Friday, March 18, 2016

X-Men Blow Out Bears

The AUS Champion and #3 ranked St. FX X-Men spotted the defending champion and #6 ranked Alberta Golden Bears a 2-0 lead after twenty minutes, but then reeled off 6 consecutive goals over the final two periods in a 6-2 win before 5823 in attendance tonight in Halifax.

Alberta received goals from Jamie Crooks and Riley Kieser just over two minutes apart late in the 1st period and looked well on their way to advancing. However, the X-Men showed the resiliency AUS fans have come to expect over the years by striking for 3 goals in both the 2nd and 3rd periods. Michael Clarke led the way with a hat-trick with Adam Stevens contributing a pair and Zack MacQueen notching the other.

In what has been a trend in almost every Alberta loss this year, the Bears dominated the shot-clock with a 45-27 advantage, but once again their defence and goaltending wasn't quite up to par with recent years - especially last year's University Cup-winning squad.

The X-Men will now advance to face the Saskatchewan Huskies on Saturday in one semi-final. Game time is 12 PM and it will be broadcast on Sportsnet 360.