Sunday, December 13, 2015

AUS Players Help Lead All-Stars Over Juniors

UPDATE: The rematch wasn't quite as exciting as Anthony Beauvillier recorded a hat-trick in a 5-0 victory for Team Canada Sunday afternoon.

St. FX forward Eric Locke had two goals and an assist, and Moncton forward Allain Saulnier had a goal and two assists, as the CIS all-star team defeated Canada's National Junior Team Prospects 5-4 in a shootout in Toronto last night.

Concordia forward Olivier Hinse, who UNB fans will get a chance to see in the Pete Kelly Cup, scored the other regulation goal for the CIS as they overcame an early 2-0 deficit to rally for the win.

After Mitchell Stevens (33rd overall, 2015, Tampa Bay) and Travis Dermott (34th overall, 2015, Toronto), on the power play, gave Team Canada a 2-0 lead 12:35 into the game Locke, a former NHL draft pick himself, responded 23 seconds later to make it 2-1 and Hinse scored just 15 seconds after that to tie it up.

The CIS took their first lead of the game at 16:20 of the 2nd period on Saulnier's marker but Julien Gauthier (projected 1st round pick, 2016) responded with a power play goal at 18:27 to tie the game at 3 heading into the final frame.

Locke's second goal of the night, this one with the man advantage, restored the CIS' lead at 7:22. However, Team Canada once again managed to tie it back up with Anthony Beauvillier (28th overall, 2015, New York Islanders), brother of UNB's Francis, scoring at 17:37.

Despite the CIS team having a power play to begin overtime the teams remained tied 4-4 after the five minute 4-on-4 extra session and went to a shootout. After the first five shooters were stopped Queen's defenseman Spencer Abraham beat Team Canada goaltender Mason McDonald (34th overall, 2014, Calgary) with a nice toe-drag to give the CIS a 5-4 victory.  

- Shots in the game were 44-32 for Team Canada.

- The CIS was 1 for 3 on the power play while Team Canada was 2 for 5.

- Queen's goaltender Kevin Baille went the distance in the CIS net.

- Attendance was 506.

- The AUS forward line of Locke, Saulnier, and Saint Mary's Huskly Stephen MacAulay combined for 3 goals and 4 assists in the game.

- V-Reds defenceman Jordan Murray was held pointless on the night.

- Team Canada sat a number of players who are seen as locks to make the team. These included forwards Dylan Strome (3rd overall, 2015, Arizona), Mitchell Marner (4th overall, 2015, Toronto), Lawson Crouse (11th overall, 2015, Florida), and Brayden Point (79th overall, 2014, Tampa Bay), and defencemen Joe Hicketts and Haydn Fleury (7th overall, 2014, Carolina).

- The two teams are back in action today at 1 PM AST. You can watch the live web-cast here.