This weekend the Floorball League of Canada (FLC) will descend itself upon the city of Guelph, Ontario where local club, Cambridge FC will play host to the leagues top teams. Cambridge FC, will be hosting the second leg of the FLC season at Guelph University for the third consecutive year. Playing manager Tyler Brush says that, “we have a great relationship with the athletic department here at Guelph University, and our club loves hosting our tournament here every year”. This weekend the top teams in Canada will be competing for a chance to solidify their rankings heading into the third and final leg of the season. "With the second leg of the season closely followed by the third leg, it is important that you have a good showing this leg", said Ottawa Blizzard captain Matt Smith. The second leg of the tournament, hosted by Cambridge FC on February 15-16 will be closely followed by the Ottawa Blizzard's hosting the third leg of the season on Febrauary 29 to March 1. Each game within the next two legs are very important to secure a good spot heading into the National Championship weekend that will be held on March 21-22 of 2020. With the stage set for all drama and thrills you can think of, here is a quick update on each team as results of the current standings.
Coming off a strong start to the season in Montreal, Cambridge will be looking to build off their momentum as they host the second leg of the season. The host team will be starting the second leg boasting a 2-0-1 record only failing to secure a full three points in one game where they tied the Ottawa Blizzard's. Team defender Mytchell Brush stated that, "we have been working hard over the last month or so and are looking forward to defending our number one spot”. Cambridge will look to defend that spot when they the second leg against Montreal FC.
Compared to years past, the Ottawa club has had a rough start to the year. Finishing the first leg of the season with a 1-0-2 start the Ottawa Blizzards are looking to chase down the top team in Cambridge this upcoming leg. Sitting only two points behind first spot Ottawa will look to push their opponents in this upcoming leg and put pressure on the host club in their quest towards the national championship. The team will begin this push as they open up the second leg of the season against the Ontario Stormtroopers.
Ending the first leg with a 1-2-0 record the Stromtroopers will be looking to greatly improve their position within the league standings at this upcoming leg. "Being the new team in the league we needed to get our feet wet and learn how to play with each other. We will be looking to make a strong push this leg", said team captain Tristan Walsh. Boasting a lineup full of national team players, the Stormtroopers will be looking to mesh together quickly as they prepare to open their tournament against the Ottawa Blizzard. They will be looking to catch both Cambridge and Ottawa in the overall standings, before the third and final leg of the season later this month
After hosting the first leg of the FLC season, Montreal FC will be looking to come all cylinders firing this leg. Failing to capture a win as the host team with a 0-2-1 record Montreal will be looking for their first win of the season. Opening up their tournament against Cambridge FC team forward Thomas Courtemanche believes that, "if we can get a win early on this leg we will be more confident in our ablities and hopefully make a push for top spot". Montreal will be looking to pull themselves up by their bootstraps as they push for that coveted first overall spot before heading to the third and final leg of the season in Ottawa.
Who will solidify their place in the race for the national championship? Will Cambridge continue their winning ways? Or will another team rise to the occasion?
All games this weekend can be viewed for free, and will be hosted in the newly renovated W.F. Athletic centre on the University of Guelph's main campus. Whether you are new to the sport, or a season veteran all are welcome to come and attend all the games throughout the weekend.