Friday, February 24, 2012

AUS Semi-Finals Begin Tonight

FREDERICTON – The Atlantic University Sport men’s hockey semi-finals begin tonight and a few former Saint John Sea Dogs will be taking part.

Tonight at the Aitken Centre in Fredericton, Travis Fullerton and the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds host the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers. The Panthers feature Jordan Knox who played in two games with Saint John at the beginning of the 2007-08 campaign.

Fullerton, who battled injuries much of the year, finished the regular season with a record of 11-1 to go with a .909 save percentage and 1.67 goals against average.

UNB, the No. 1 seeded team, had a bye through the first round. UPEI, the No. 4 seeded team, defeated the Acadia Axemen in the first round.

The most intriguing stat heading into the playoff matchup is the season series, which UPEI leads 3-1. The Panthers also won two games at the Aitken Centre during the regular season.

In the other semi-final, the Saint Mary’s Huskies host the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus. Moncton features former Sea Dogs Kevin Charland and Charles Bergeron.

The best-of-five series that features the second and third seeded teams begins tonight in Halifax.

Moncton defeated Michael Kirkpatrick and the StFX X-Men in the first round while Saint Mary’s had a bye. Kirkpatrick had a solid rookie season, registering 15 goals and 15 assists in 28 regular season contests. 

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