Saturday, March 24, 2012

McGill Advances To Final Despite Loss

If the UNB Varsity Reds want to claim their second consecutive University Cup they will need to take the same route as last year. The McGill Redmen were defeated 4-3 by the Saskatchewan Huskies this morning/afternoon, but advance to tomorrow's final by virtue of goal differential. All three teams (Moncton being the other) finished 1-1 in pool play, however McGill had a +2 goal differential that bested both the Aigles Bleus (+1) and the Huskies (-3).

Despite needing to win by 6 or more goal to advance, Saskatchewan played hard and managed to salvage a split of their two games this weekend. Kyle Bortis got the Huskies on the board at 10:51 of the first period with a power play goal and the teams traded goals the rest of the way. Evan Vossen scored the only other goal of the first period at 14:38 to tie the game. Shots were 14-9 for the Redmen.

Cody Smuk scored the lone second period goal at 2:25 to restore the Huskies one goal lead. Shots in the period were 12 apiece.

In the third period McGill's Francis Verreault-Paul scored on a 5-on-3 advantage at 4:12, Derek Hulak gave Saskatchewan a 3-2 lead at 6:51, and Keven Dupont replied for the Redmen only 27 seconds later to knot things up once again. Finally, Kyle Ross scored what proved to be the game winning goal on the power play at 14:48. Shots in the period were 15-8 for McGill, and 41-29 in the game.

- Players of the game were Verreault-Paul for McGill and Huskie goalie Ryan Holfeld.

- This afternoon UNB and Western will take to the ice at 4:30PM in the other semi-final, with the winner advancing. The game is sold-out but will be shown live on Rogers Sportsnet.