Saturday, March 18, 2017

X-Men Set-Up Rematch With Huskies

The similarities to last season's University Cup continue as the St. FX X-Men defeated the McGill Redmen 4-1 tonight to set up a rematch of last year' semi-finals with the Saskatchewan Huskies.

- The X-Men opened the scoring 2:27 into the game when a rush up the ice pulled Redmen goalie Jacob Gervais-Chouinard well out of his net and Jagger Dirk found Matt Needham from behind the net all alone in front for an easy tap-in.

- Michael Clarke extended the lead to 2-0 at 14:35 of the second period when he batted the puck into an empty net at the side of the cage.

- McGill made a game of it 4:04 into the 3rd period while on a 5-on-3 advantage after Christophe Lalonde beat X-Men goaltender Chase Marchand with a fluttering shot from the point.

- St. FX was able to secure the victory with two goals in less than a minute just after the mid-point of the 3rd period. At 12:09 Mark Tremaine drove to the net and redirected a Nathan Pancel cross-ice past just inside the post and out of the reach of the left leg of Gervais-Chouinard and then at 13:01 Holden Cook, who had left the game earlier in the period with an apparent shoulder injury, gained possession of a loose puck in the slot and made no mistake firing it in for a 4-1 lead.

- Shots were 35-22 for St. FX.

- McGill was 1 for 6 on the power play while the X-Men were scoreless on four opportunities.

- Face-offs were almost even with McGill holding a slight 36-35 edge.

- Cook (1 goal) and Etienne Boutet were named the players of the game.

- Attendance was 3269.

- Redmen defenceman Nathan Chiarlitti was facing his former team for the first time.

- For the second consecutive year the AUS will have three teams in the final four. The X-Men advance to face the Saskatchewan Huskies in tomorrow afternoon's 4PM semi-final while the Acadia Axemen and UNB Varsity Reds play each other in the 12PM semi-final. The winners will move on to Sunday's 1PM gold medal game and the losers play in the 9:30AM bronze medal contest.