Friday, March 18, 2016

Hometown Huskies Knock Off Top Ranked Patriotes

Anthony Repaci scored a pair of goals and Ben Duffy scored the eventual game-winner with just over 6 minutes remaining to lift the #8 ranked Saint Mary's Huskies to a 3-2 win over the #1 ranked UQTR Patriotes in an entertaining, back and forth, contest in front of 5817 tonight in Halifax. The Huskies will now meet the Varsity Reds in tomorrow's 4PM semi-final.

Repaci got the Huskies on the board first with the lone goal of the opening period at 12:20 when he drove towards the net and redirected a Stephen MacAulay centring pass up and over Patriotes goalie Sebastien Auger. However, a Huskies penalty at the end of the period proved to be costly as Jeremy Beaudry jumped on a loose puck in the slot to tie the game just 32 seconds into the 2nd period. Although both teams traded chances up and down the ice, the game would remain tied 1-1 until 7:37 of the 3rd period when Repaci, while on the power play, got the puck on the goal line and had all kinds of time and space to skate out front and put the puck up and under the crossbar for his second of the game. Duffy would make it a 3-1 game at 13:57 after a long Huskies shift in the offensive zone. He collected a rebound from a point shot just  outside the crease and backhanded the puck off the far post and in to give Saint Mary's some breathing room. The Patriotes made it 3-2 with only 46 seconds remaining on a goal by CIS Player of the Year Guillaume Asselin, but it was too little too late for the Patriotes. UQTR won an offensive zone face-off with just over 10 seconds remaining, but the puck split their defense and went back to the neutral zone, effectively ending any chance they had of pulling off a miracle.

- Shots were 33-29 for SMU.

- SMU was 1 for 4 on the power play. UQTR was 1 for 5.

- The Patriotes had won 16 straight games coming into this one.

- With St. FX and UNB already moving on to the semi-finals, the AUS represents 3 out of the final 4 teams left standing.

- Tomorrow's UNB/Saint Mary's game will be broadcast live on Sportsnet 360. Game time is 4PM and a trip to Sunday's National Championship game is on the line.