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NCL Crossover set to begin from Surrey, British Columbia
January marks the end of preparations for 19U teams heading to the annual Interconference weekend February 1-4, 2018 in Surrey, British Columbia. There are big changes in the competition format this year at the crossover, as the winning men’s and women’s team will now clinch a spot at the 2018 National Finals in Montreal. The previous format of the crossover had the teams from the eastern and western conferences playing each other one time each, with the results counting towards the regular season standings. That design has been replaced by a tournament format where teams begin by playing a round robin against the other teams, before an elimination bracket determines the champion. A total of 44 games over four days will be played at the Guilford Aquatics Centre in Surrey.

In the 19U Men’s division, the Calgary Torpedoes, CAMO, Dollard, Fraser Valley, Pacific Storm, Saskatchewan, and Tsunami/Wild will be competing for the title. Whoever wins the men’s competition will no doubt have to survive several tough tests. CAMO and Dollard are off to strong starts in the Eastern Conference, with identical 3-1-1 records, while Saskatchewan is pacing the field in the West, with a perfect 6-0-0 record. The Crossover has been known to offer exciting matchups, and one to look for will be the opening men’s match between Fraser Valley and Pacific Storm, who sit in second and third place respectively in the western conference. When they met earlier this year, Fraser Valley scored the equalizer with only 2 seconds left in the game. Only four of the seven’s men’s team will qualify for the semi-finals after the round robin, so every game is crucial for teams hoping to have a shot at the title.

On the women’s side, the crossover will pit the Calgary Renegades, Edmonton Tsunami, Fraser Valley, Pacific Storm, and Saskatchewan squads against each other with a spot at the National Final on the line. The Sask women will be looking to keep their clean 6-0-0 record intact and hopefully book their place at Nationals early this year. The other four teams will have something to say about that, with Pacific Storm (4-1-2) and Fraser Valley (3-1-3) looking especially dangerous with the home crowd advantage on their side. In fact, all five teams in the competition will have a legitimate shot at the title, as when these teams competed against each other in Regina in November, there was little to separate the competition.

The 2018 Crossover is sure to be an exciting event from start to finish. The games will be played at the Guildford Recreation Centre, open to all. For those who cannot make it to Surrey, live streaming will be available.


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