Hockey

UQTR defeats Alberta in double-OT thriller to claim 1st U Sports men's hockey title in 19 years

Simon Lafrance scored in double overtime in the championship final Sunday to lead the UQTR Patriotes to their first men's hockey national title in nearly two decades.

Simon Lafrance scores winner, Alexis Gravel makes 66 saves for Patriotes

The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes pose with the David Johnston University Cup after claiming a 5-4 double-overtime victory over the Alberta Golden Bears on Sunday in the U Sports men's hockey championship final in Wolfville, N.S. (@PatriotesUQTR/Twitter)

Simon Lafrance scored in double overtime in the championship final Sunday to lead the UQTR Patriotes to their first men's hockey national title in nearly two decades.

Lafrance's goal with 5:42 to play in the second overtime period gave the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières a 5-4 victory over the Alberta Golden Bears.

It was the Patriotes' first national title since 2003.

Goalie Alexis Gravel made 66 saves, including 22 across the two overtime periods.

The winning goal was Lafrance's second of the game after he forced overtime with a third-period strike on the power play to tie the final 4-4.

Jordan Martel, Felix Lauzon and Loik Leveille each scored once and added an assist for the Patriotes, which had a 10-3-2 record in the regular season.

Noah Philp led the way for the Golden Bears with two goals and an assist. Matt Fonteyne had a goal and two helpers, and Luc Smith also scored.

Goalie Taz Burman stopped 35-of-40 pucks in defeat.

Alberta (16-3-1 in regular season) led Sunday's final 3-1 when Philp beat Gravel 45 seconds in the second period. The Golden Bears led 4-2 going into the third.

Leveille halved the deficit 8:46 into the third before Lafrance's equalizer at 12:47.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men won bronze earlier Sunday with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Ryerson Rams. Zack Trott netted the OT winner 43 seconds into the extra frame.

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