The No. 5 UNB Varsity Reds returned to the 2016 CIS championship and defeated the No. 3 St. Francis Xavier X-Men 3-1 on Sunday for the school's sixth national championship in Halifax.

"The whole year we didn't want to ever have that feeling again," Varsity Reds defenceman Jordan Murray said about the teams' crushing defeat in the 2015 finals.

Earlier this month, the X-Men swept the Varsity Reds in two games for the AUS conference crown.

"We had a little taste of it in the finals at AUS against (the X-Men), and we knew coming in today that we weren't going to let that happen again," added Murray.

Christopher Clapperton opened the scoring for UNB 6:49 into the first period before Zach MacQueen responded for St. Francis Xavier at 19:49.

Francis Beauvillier restored the lead for the Varsity Reds on the power play at 9:02 of the second and Tyler Carroll added insurance just 17 seconds later.

Etienne Marcoux made 22 saves for UNB while Drew Owsley kicked out 27 of 30 shots for StFX.

"A 3-1 game in a national final — it's close, like people expected, but obviously not the result that we wanted," said X-Men coach Brad Peddle.

"But, at the end of the day, it's two good teams going at it again."

Earlier, the No. 8 Saint Mary's Huskies toppled the No. 2 Saskatchewan Huskies 5-2 to claim CIS bronze.

Calder Brooks struck twice for Saint Mary's while Anthony Repaci, Grant Gerrard and Stephen Macaulay added the other goals. Cole Cheveldave made 17 saves for the win.

Saint Mary's was playing for third place after a 4-0 loss to UNB in the semifinals.

Jesse Ross and Josh Roach supplied the scoring for Saskatchewan, which dropped a 2-1 decision in triple overtime against St. FX in the semifinals.

Carabins rout Thunderbirds for women's title

Alexandra Labelle scored three goals and added an assist as the Montreal Carabins won the women's title with an 8-0 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds.

Marie-Pier Chabot made 23 saves for the shutout.

Emmanuelle Passard and Maude Laramee each had a goal and two assists for the Carabins, while Jessica Cormier had four assists.

Alexandra Paradis, Maude Gelinas and Casandra Dupuis rounded out the scoring.

UBC starter Danielle Dube allowed five goals on 10 shots. Samantha Langford stopped five of eight shots in relief.

Saint Mary's topped Guelph 3-1 in the bronze-medal game.

Guelph entered the tournament as the top seed but will leave Calgary empty-handed.