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St. FX wins University Cup

FREDERICTON (CP) — It took the St. Francis Xavier X-Men five periods, but they emerged as the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey champions on Sunday night.

Blake Robson scored at 10:17 of the second overtime to give the X-Men a 3-2 victory over the hometown University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds.

Todd Norman and Ryan Walsh scored for St. Francis Xavier, which won it’s first national championship in men’s hockey. Michael Dombkiewicz and Danny Johnston replied for the Varsity Reds.

The Reds opened the scoring 5:36 into the first period when Dombkiewicz fired a slapshot that beat screened X-Men goalie Mike Mole. Johnston extended the lead to 2-0 five minutes later.

The Reds held the X-Men to just two shots on goal in the second period, but Walsh made one of them count. His quick shot from in front of the crease beat UNB netminder Reg Bourcier. Todd Norman tied it 2-2 just 27 seconds into the third period. Mole finished with 31 saves and the win.

The X-Men came into the game as the 2003/04 Atlantic University men’s hockey champions — an honour that eluded the team for 26 years. They advanced to the CIS final with a 4-0 win over York University on Saturday.

UNB came into the championship ranked sixth and advanced to the final by beating undefeated University of Alberta 6-5 in overtime — its first loss in 43 games this season.

The Golden Bears were sent packing without a medal on Sunday after Dalhousie University upset them 4-1. It’s the first time Alberta has lost back-to-back games since March 23-24, 2001, at the national championships in Kitchener.

Chris Stanley, the CIS player of the year, finished with three goals and an assist for the Tigers. Stanley scored in each period, adding an empty-netter to give Dalhousie a medal in its first CIS tournament appearance since 1985-86.

“Not taking anything away from the Ontario and Canada West conferences, I think this weekend’s results should bring more respect to our division,” Stanley said.

Darrell Jerrett had the other goal for the Tigers, while Dalhousie goaltender Jean-Francois Perras made 41 saves for the win.

 

 

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