Monday, February 27, 2017

Huskies Force Game 4

Cole Cheveldave turned aside 48 out of 50 shots as the Saint Mary's Huskies staved off elimination with a 3-2 victory over the visiting University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds 3-2 tonight in Halifax. The V-Reds hold a 2 games to 1 series lead in the best 3-of-5 semi-final series.

- Cam Braes (Maillet, Clapperton) opened the scoring 7:43 into the contest with a wrist shot from the top of the face-off circle.

- After that it was all Cole Cheveldave as he weathered the constant storm of shots directed his way and allowed his teammates to take advantage of three of their limited chances. Anothony Repaci (8:27 of the 1st period), Kyle Pereira (9:27 of the 1st period), and Bronson Beaton (7:06 of the 3rd period) all struck for the Huskies to open up a 3-1 lead.

- Francis Beauvillier (Caissy, Anderson) gave the Varsity Reds a glimmer of hope with a goal with 1:53 remaining, but a late penalty negated any serious chance of a comeback.

- Shots were 50-16 for UNB.

- The V-Reds won 47 out of 83 face-offs.

- The number of penalties continued to be a problem for UNB as SMU went 1 for 8 on the power play. The Varsity Reds went 0 for 4.

- Captain Kyle Pereira returned to the line-up for Saint Mary's, but they still dressed only 14 out of a possible 18 skaters.

- Etienne Marcoux took the loss in goal.

- The Varsity Reds struggles on the road against Saint Mary's continue. They have now lost 15 out of their last 23 road games against the Huskies, including 5 straight playoff games and all 3 games this season.

- 3 out of UNB's 6 losses this year have come against SMU at the Halifax Forum.

- In the other semi-final series, St. FX rallied from a 4-1 3rd period deficit to beat Acadia 5-4 in overtime. The X-Men sweep the series and move on to the AUS Final where they will look to defend their title. They have also earned a trip to the University Cup, joining Canada West finalists Alberta and Saskatchewan, and host UNB as the first four teams to punch their ticket. Meanwhile, Acadia waits and hopes they will get a second chance in a 3rd place series against Saint Mary's.