**Updated** UNB hosts men's hockey nationals this weekend

It's a big weekend for hockey fans in Fredericton.

The 2017 University Cup men's hockey championship begins at the Aitken Centre Thursday afternoon.

Acadia University will face Alberta in the first do-or-die quarter-final at 1 p.m., while the host UNB Varsity Reds will play Queen's at 8 p.m.

UNB and Queen's were slated to play at 7 p.m., but organizers decided Thursday morning to delay the game due to travel difficulties encountered following inclement weather earlier this week.

Two more quarter-finals on Friday will see Saskatchewan play York at 1 p.m., followed by a faceoff between McGill and StFX at 7 p.m.

UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall told reporters on Wednesday that the team is excited to be hosting the national event.

"It is a prime event in U SPORT hockey in Canada, and it's one of the neatest events in the country," said MacDougall. "It's always nice to be a participant, and certainly even more so to be the host. Our group has been really excited about this opportunity for a long time."

All four quarter-final winners will move on to Saturday's semifinals, while the losers will be eliminated from the championship.

The bronze medal game will be played at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, with the gold medal game going at 1 p.m.