CIS University Cup overtime win sends St. FX to finals
Tied 1-1 for three overtime periods, X-Men finally defeated University of Saskatchewan Huskies
It will be a Maritime faceoff at the finals of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport University Cup in Halifax Sunday with St. Francis Xavier playing either Saint Mary's or University of New Brunswick.
The X-Men defeated the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 2-1 Saturday afternoon in a dramatic game that went into triple overtime.
Forward Brad Cuzner of Glace Bay, N.S., and freshman forward Michael Clarke of Peterborough, Ont., scored the two goals.
In the third overtime, Cuzner had a shot on goal that had the crowd and team celebrating, but after reviewing video it was deemed not to be a goal, a Canadian Interuniversity Sport release said.
The game ended with Clarke's goal four minutes later, when the puck rolled off the goalie's stick
Clarke wasn't sure exactly where it was going to go.
"I closed my eyes," he said.
The last time St. FX made it to the championship game was 2004.
Final Sunday night in Halifax
The Huskies put up a good fight after winning a record-breaking 126-minute quadruple overtime game Thursday night against the Carleton Ravens. The team played a total of 223 minutes, the equivalent of two games, since Thursday.
Saturday afternoon's game ran for four hours, 20 minutes. The CIS says about 6,100 people were in attendance.
The semifinal showdown between the Saint Mary's Huskies and the University of New Brunswick's Varsity Reds was scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. AT.
The eight best university men's hockey teams in Canada are in Halifax for the tournament, which started Thursday night. All three Atlantic conference teams made it to the semifinals.
The final will be Sunday night at the Scotiabank Centre at 6:30 AT.
With files from the Canadian Press