Sunday, March 27, 2011


FREDERICTON – In a winner-take-all bout, two former Saint John Sea Dogs find themselves on opposing sides tonight in Fredericton.

Tonight, the 2011 Cavendish University Cup wraps up at the Aitken Centre with the host University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds taking on the McGill Redmen in Canadian Interuniversity Sport action. Game time is 8:00 pm and can be seen live across the country on Rogers Sportsnet.

Tonight’s Gold Medal game features two 2-0 teams taking on each other. UNB won their first game in thrilling style as Josh Kidd fired a point shot with four seconds left to give the hosts a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Dinos. Last night, the V-Reds battled through some questionable officiating to beat the Western University Mustangs 4-0 to advance to today’s final.

In yesterday’s game, ex-Sea Dogs goaltender Travis Fullerton picked up the shutout win. The Riverview native is expected to start tonight’s championship game as well. In 2009, Fullerton backstopped the V-Reds to a national championship in his rookie season.

The Times & Transcript reported on Wednesday that the netminder “posted a CIS-best 1.60 goals-against average and topped the Atlantic University Sport conference with a .928 save percentage this season. He finished with a 15-4 regular-season record and five shutouts.”

As seen in his playing career – and especially with the young 2007-08 Saint John team – Fullerton lives for big games. He has come up huge several times in this tournament and he’ll be looked upon to do so again this evening against the Redmen.

McGill opened the tournament on Thursday as well with a 2-1 win over the St. Francis Xavier X-Men. The Redmen advanced to the final with a solid 6-3 victory over the Alberta Golden Bears.

The Redmen feature former Sea Dogs forward and CIS player of the year Alexandre Picard-Hooper. Picard scored once and added an assist in yesterday afternoon’s tilt against the Golden Bears.

Like Fullerton, Picard was an overager on the Sea Dogs’ surprising 07-08 team.

This has been an unbelievable tournament so far and every game has provided entertainment. Both UNB games have featured incredible atmosphere – and tonight will be no different. Buckle up.

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