Friday, March 13, 2015

X-Men No Match For Top Ranked Bears

The defending University Cup champion University of Alberta Golden Bears showed why they have been the top ranked team in Canada all season by dominating the host St. FX X-Men 5-1 tonight in Halifax. The Golden Bears will move on to play the UQTR Patriotes tomorrow afternoon in the national semi-final while the X-Men see their season come to an end.

St. FX got off to a great start as they took a 1-0 lead 7:54 into the game after Blake Gal converted on a 2-on-1 rush with Michael Kirkpatrick. Jordan Hickmott answered for the Bears with two minutes remaining in the period while shorthanded and it completely changed the momentum of the game. The Golden Bears would never look back after tying the game, dominating in all facets for the last 42 minutes.

Alberta received goals from Brennan Yadlowski and Travis Toomey in the 2nd period and Kruise Reddick and T.J. Foster in the 3rd period as they held a huge advantage territorially as well as on the clock shot. After only out-shooting the X-Men 9-7 in the 1st period the Golden Bears held a 15-1 advantage in the 2nd and 10-5 in the 3rd for a game total of 34-13.

- Foster and X-Men Rob Slaney were named the player's of the game.

- St. FX went 0 for 4 on the power play. Alberta was 0 for 1.

- The X-Men did dominate in the face-off circle, winning 43 out of 65 draws.

- Attendance was 5504.

-  So after the quarter-finals the last four teams standing end up being the top four seeds, setting the stage for tomorrow's semi-finals. UNB and Guelph will play at 12PM and UQTR and Alberta will play at 4PM. Both games can be seen live on Sportsnet One. The winners will move onto Sunday night's National Championship game while the losers will play Sunday afternoon for bronze.