Saturday, March 16, 2013

Huskies Earn Trip To National Final

The Saint Mary's Huskies came in to their game this afternoon against the Waterloo Warriors knowing they needed to win by at least two goals to advance to tomorrow's final, and they took care of business, beating the Warriors 5-1.

The Warriors got off to a quick start with CIS leading scorer Justin Larson giving his team the lead only 25 seconds into the game. However, the Huskies tied the game on a Shawn O'Donnell goal at 16:08 and never looked back, dominating play for the majority of the game.

Cory Tanaka scored the only goal of the second period at 6:05 of the period to give SMU a 2-1 lead, which kept things interesting for awhile since if that score held it would be Alberta advancing to the finals. The Huskies came out in the 3rd and quickly put that scenario to rest, eliminating the Golden Bears thanks to O'Donnell's 2nd goal of the game. Saint Mary's kept on pouring it on and Tanaka got his 2nd of the game at 9:23 to make 4-1, before Michael Stickland rounded out the scoring on the power play at 14:51, as Waterloo became unglued and took a number of undisciplined penalties.

- Anthony Peters made 24 saves for the Huskies while Keaton Hartigan turned away 45 out of 50 shots directed his way in the Waterloo net.

- O'Donnell was in on all 5 goals for Saint Mary's as he picked up 3 assists to go along with his 2 goals. Tanaka had two assists, giving him 4 points on the afternoon.

- SMU was 1 for 7 on the power play. Waterloo was 0 for 3.

- Attendance was 4339.

- For the second consecutive game SMU forward and CIS MVP Lucas Bloodoff received a 5 minute major penalty for checking to the head and a game misconduct. It appears he will be allowed to play tomorrow night.

- The Huskies now await the winner of tonight's UNB/UQTR game to see who they will play for the CIS Championship.