Sunday, March 20, 2016

UNB, StFX Meet In CIS Final Tonight

Two former Saint John Sea Dogs captains will go head-to-head in tonight’s University Cup gold medal game in Halifax.

Mark Tremaine and the StFX X-Men will take on Mike Thomas, Stephen Anderson and the UNB Varsity Reds in the CIS men’s hockey national championship match tonight at 6:30 p.m. The game can be seen on Sportsnet 360.

The X-Men advanced to tonight’s final with a 2-1 triple-overtime victory over the University of Saskatchewan yesterday. They defeated defending champion Alberta, 6-2, in the quarterfinals.

UNB has been fairly dominant at this year’s tournament, defeating Western 5-1 on Friday and Saint Mary’s 4-0 yesterday.

Tonight’s game will be a rematch of the AUS final which saw the X-Men win the best-of-three series 2-0.

Meanwhile, in this afternoon’s bronze medal game, Stephen MacAulay and the Saint Mary’s Huskies take on the Saskatchewan Huskies.

Some other notes…
  • StFX’s last and only national championship came in 2004 when they defeated UNB 3-2 in double-overtime in Fredericton.
  • UNB lost last year’s gold medal game to Alberta. Their last University Cup title came in 2013.
  • Mike Thomas’ epic beard, pictured above, is prominently featured in a UNB commercial that has been airing on Sportsnet this weekend.

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