Ten OHL graduates have helped the StFX X-Men claim their first AUS title since 2004, defeating the UNB Varsity Reds 2-0 in their best-of-three championship series.
With the two clubs entering the third period of a deciding Game 2 on Wednesday knotted at three, Peterborough Petes graduate Michael Clarke scored the eventual winner 1:59 into the frame before fellow Petes alumnus Nathan Pancel put things out of reach into an empty net for a 5-3 final.
Owen Sound Attack graduate Nathan Chiarlitti was named the series MVP after scoring twice on Wednesday to finish with a team-leading seven points (3-4–7) in six playoff contests.
Saginaw Spirit graduates Eric Locke and Kristoff Kontos each had assists in the victory.
Locke was recently named the AUS’ Most Valuable Player for the 2015-16 season after he finished with 14 goals, 21 assists and 35 points with a plus/minus rating of plus-15 in 28 games.
StFX will compete in the 2016 CIS University Cup Championship in Halifax beginning Thursday March 17th. Other teams in the event include the Western Mustangs, UQTR Patriotes, Saskatchewan Huskies, Saint Mary’s Huskies, Alberta Golden Bears, UNB Varsity Reds and the winner of a matchup between the Carleton Ravens and Guelph Gryphons.
AUS Champion St-FX X-Men – OHL graduates:
Nathan Chiarlitti (Owen Sound Attack)
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes)
Holden Cook (Owen Sound Attack)
Craig Duininck (Sudbury Wolves)
Brandon Hope (Niagara IceDogs)
Max Iafrate (Kitchener Rangers)
Kristoff Kontos (Saginaw Spirit)
Eric Locke (Saginaw Spirit)
Zack MacQueen (Windsor Spitfires)
Nathan Pancel (Peterborough Petes)
For more information on the 2016 CIS University Cup, please visit cis-sic.ca or ucuphfx.ca.