QF3: 2017 U SPORTS Cavendish Farms University Cup:
X-Men defeat Redmen 4-1 in quarter-final win
FREDERICTON (U SPORTS) – The StFX X-Men used a balanced attack to defeat the McGill Redmen, 4-1, in the final quarter-final game of the 2017 U SPORTS Cavendish Farms University Cup men's hockey championship on Thursday evening.
Four different players found the net for the X-Men, who become the third Atlantic University Sport representative to qualify for the semifinal round.
The X-Men got on the board early, courtesy of Matt Needham's marker at 2:27 of the first. After Bryson Cianfrone brought the puck up ice, he dished to Jagger Dirk who had a shot on goal that was saved by Jacob Gervais-Chouinard. The rebound came right back out to Needham who fireditinto the pne net.
The Redmen got back into the game at the 4:04 mark of the third period, on a power play goal by Christophe Lalonde. His point shot through traffic while on a 5-on-3 bested X-Men goalie Chase Marchand.
Tremaine scored on a 2-on-1 with Nathan Pancel, while X-Men player of the game Cook intercepted a McGill pass in the slot and made no mistake beating Gervais-Chouinard. StFX captain Eric Locke assisted.
The game was a physical affair, with Sam Studnicka of the X-Men being ejected for kneeing late in the second period, and McGill's Samuel Tremblay receiving an early shower for a check from behind at 4:49 of the third.
For McGill, veteran goalie Gervais-Chouinard made 31 saves on 35 shots to take the loss. AUS first team all-star Marchand picked up the win for the X-Men, making 21 saves. StFX outshot McGill 35-22.
The Redmen went 1-for-6 on the power play, while StFX was 0-for-4.
With the win, the X-Men will take on the Saskatchewan Huskies, who won Friday's earlier quarter-final, in a national semifinal at 4 p.m. Atlantic Time Saturday. Acadia and the host UNB Varsity Reds will play in the other semi, set for a noon start.
SCHEDULE & RESULTS (All Times AT)
Thursday, March 16, 2017
1:00pm Quarter-final 1: No. 1 Alberta 1, No. 8 Acadia 4
8:00pm Quarter-final 2: No. 4 Queen's 1 vs. No. 5 UNB 5
Friday, March 17, 2017
1:00pm Quarter-final 3: No. 3 York 0, No. 6 Saskatchewan 1 (OT)
7:00pm Quarter-final 4: No. 2 StFX vs. No. 7 McGill (USPORTS.LIVE)
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017