CIS men's hockey roundup: Huskies win Canada West title; UNB capture 2nd straight AUS title
Photo credit Josh Schaefer
The Lancer men's hockey team's season came to an end with a 5-3 loss to the UQTR Patriotes in the OUA bronze medal game on Sunday afternoon in Trois Rivieres.
With the win, the Patriotes earned the OUA's third berth to the CIS Championships in Fredericton next week.
After a scoreless first period, UQTR's Billy Lacasse and Tommy Tremblay scored four minutes apart in the first six minutes of the second period to give the Patriotes a 2-0 lead.
Evan Stibbard would score his third of the post season at the 11:00 minute mark to bring the Lancers within one. Assists were credited to Drew Palmer and Matt McCready.
UQTR would add another pair of goals from Olivier Ouellet and Jean-Sebastien Breton before the end of the period to take a 4-1 lead heading into the third period.
Maxine Levesque would increase the Patriotes lead to four at 8:16 of the third period.
The Lancers began to chip away at the UQTR lead just four minutes later when Stibbard added his second of the game on a Lancer power play.
Windsor's final goal of game came at 14:18 of the period, as DJ Turner knocked the puck past Patriotes goaltender Guillaume Nadeau.
The Lancers applied heavy pressure on Nadeau in the final minutes, but were unable to capitalize on any chances.
Parker Van Buskirk made 31 saves in net for the Lancers.
Source: Windsor Sports Info
|Game 3 best-of-5 AUS final|
MONCTON – Sunday evening the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds defeated the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus 4-0 to win the 2012 Subway Atlantic University Sport men's hockey championship in three straight games. Chris Culligan, the leading point man in the playoffs, keyed the V-Reds offence with three assists while Travis Fullerton earned the shutout in the UNB net. It is the second AUS championship in a row for UNB, and the twelfth all-time for the hockey program.
It was a full house at the J.-Louis Levesque arena on the UdeM campus, with a little less tension in the air than usual in a must-win game since both hockey teams would be advancing the Cavendish University Cup, starting March 22 in Fredericton. Les Aigles Bleus got off to a good start in the game, with Kevin Charland (Victoriaville, QC) getting a good wraparound opportunity in the first minute. At 1:50 Thomas Nesbitt (Ottawa, ON) checked Guillaume Parenteau (Boucherville, QC) hard into the boards in front of the UNB bench and was assessed a five minute major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct. Parenteau was slow to get to his feet, but did return to the ice later in the power play. The UNB penalty kill was solid with Moncton only getting true scoring chances late in the power play when Eric Faille (Lachine, QC) couldn't beat Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) from close in.
Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) served the Nesbitt penalty, and when he came out of the box he joined the V-Reds rush as it developed out of the neutral zone. Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) and Shayne Wiebe (Brandon, MB) worked the puck into the Moncton zone and then back to the trailer Todd, who snapped it past a screen and into top corner of the Moncton net at 7:07. With momentum now going UNB's way, a few minutes later Charles Bergeron (St-Joseph-de-Coleraine, QC) tried for the big hit when he took a run at UNB defenceman Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) and was called for charging. Just 14 seconds into the power play the V-Reds went up 2-0 when Culligan won the faceoff back to Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) who slid the puck across to the right point for Gallant, who in turn hammered a shot on net that beat P-A Marion (Gatineau, QC).
Moncton's Simon Jodoin (Saint-Hyacinthe, QC) got his stick up on Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) at 14:02 and was tagged with a double-minor penalty for cutting the UNB forward. This time it took UNB's power play 56 seconds to score as they passed the puck around with precision before going to Harty all alone at the back door for the easy tap-in goal. Fullerton was forced to make a big save in the last minute and UNB went into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead and a 9-8 edge in shots on goal.
UNB certainly had an edge in territorial play in the second period but Moncton did generate several good chances midway through the period. Moncton's hope for a comeback probably faded at 14:28 when Culligan and Wiebe circled around the UdeM zone with the puck before Wiebe shot a puck that dribbled through Marion's pads. The Moncton goalie reached back with his stick and inadvertently helped the puck towards the goal line. A defender reached in with stick to stop the puck at or just over the goal line, and attempted to clear it, but instead bounced the puck off Marion and back into the net.
A few minutes later Moncton got into penalty trouble and UNB was twice in a five-on-three man advantage situation. Then at 19:09 Christopher Guay (Pont-Rouge, QC) chopped down Wiebe in the corner and was handed a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct for slashing. UNB outshot Moncton 17-6 in the second period.
UNB had over four minutes of power play time to start the third period but didn't get too many good scoring chances on Marionas Moncton played a strong penalty kill. Francis Rochon (Gatineaue, QC) even managed to ring a shorthanded shot off the post. Midway through the period Charland hit Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) right at the door to the UNB bench and was given two minutes for checking from behind and a ten-minute misconduct. While UNB did not score on the power play, or another one later in the game, it did give them puck possession time to run down the clock, and preserve Fullerton's shutout.
Shots in the third period were 7-3 for UNB and 33-17 in the game. The V-Reds were 2-for-9 on the power play while Moncton was 0-for-4. The players of the game were Culligan for UNB and Marion for UdeM. Culligan led the AUS in the playoff scoring with 13 points in six games played while Moncton's Dean Ouellet and Eric Faille tied for second place with 9 points in ten games played.
In reference to the challenge of closing out the series on the road, UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall said, “I've said many times this year that in the AUS we think has as much parity as there has been in the last several years. Full credit to the group. We had a great opponent that we knew had two hard fought victories [over StFX and SMU] and we were fortunate to get a bye in the first round and get some prep time and rest time. We were fortunate to get through [the quarter-finals] in three and use that to our advantage and I thought we got stronger as this series went. Now we get some more prep time and get ready for our first game at Nationals.”
Source: UNB Sports Info
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|Game 3 best-of-3 Canada West final|
SASKATOON - For the first time since 2006-07, the University of Saskatchewan Huskie men’s hockey team was crowned Canada West champions.
Defenceman Brett Ward scored 6:33 into triple overtime to give the Huskies a 2-1 win over the University of Calgary Dinos in Game 3 of the best-of-three Canada West Final.
Saskatchewan will now travel to the University Cup as the lone Canada West representative. It will be the first appearance on the national stage for the Huskies’ since 2007-08.
Ward found the puck after it came to him from the corner of the net. His shot beat Dustin Butler five-hole for the win.
The triple overtime affair goes down as the longest in conference history. It topped the Huskies’ triple overtime win over Alberta in Game 2 of the Canada West Final in Edmonton March 10, 2007. Curtis Austring scored the winning goal at 9:16. In 2007, the first overtime period was 10 minutes.
Butler and Huskie netminder Ryan Holfeld were spectacular in the overtime periods, each saving the game multiple times. Calgary hit the crossbar and were stopped by a sprawling Holfeld twice. Butler stopped both Canada West leading scorers Kyle Ross and Derek Hulak on wide open shots.
Calgary had opened the scoring in the game after a turnover by the Huskies in front of the net. Dino Tyler Fiddler snipped the puck through Holfeld’s five-hole just 1:56 into the game. Saskatchewan had a slow start not registering a shot until 10 minutes into the game.
Huskie rookie Matthew Spafford knotted the game at one at 9:22 in the second period with six seconds left on a power play with a hot shot as he came streaking through the zone.
Butler made 40 saves for the Dinos, while Holfeld made 38.
Calgary has never defeated the Huskies in the five Canada West final meetings in history.
University Cup, hosted by the UNB Varsity Reds, is March 21-25 in Fredricton, New Brunswick.
Source: Saskatchewan Sports Info