CIS University Cup overtime win sends St. FX to finals

Tied 1-1 for three overtime periods, X-Men finally defeated the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The team from Antigonish will face either Saint Mary's or University of New Brunswick in Sunday's final.

Tied 1-1 for three overtime periods, X-Men finally defeated University of Saskatchewan Huskies

Forward Holden Cook celebrates after the game-winning goal, scored 17:35 into the third overtime. (Submitted by Mona Ghiz)

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.

Eric Locke watches as the puck lands in the net. The X-Men outshot the Huskies 61 to 55. (Submitted by Mona Ghiz)

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. 

The X-Men are heading to the CIS men's hockey finals for the first time since 2004. (Submitted by Mona Ghiz)

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Elizabeth McMillan

Elizabeth McMillan is a journalist with CBC Nova Scotia. Over the past eight years, she has reported from the edge of the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic Coast and loves sharing people's stories. She can be found on twitter @elizmcmillan.

With files from the Canadian Press


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