The University of New Brunswick Reds are back-to-back Atlantic University Sport champions after defeating the St. Francis Xavier X-Men.
The Reds took both games of the best-of-three series, including Thursday’s 7-1 win in which forward Tyler Boland, who suited up for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rimouski Oceanic from 2013 to 2017, led the way with a hat-trick, counting the eventual game winner that was notched with just over two minutes remaining in the opening frame.
Cameron Brace (Belleville Bulls), Olivier Leblanc (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles), Oliver Cooper (Charlottetown Islanders), and Kris Bennett (Saginaw Spirit) also scored for the Reds, while forward Mark Tremaine (Saint John Sea Dogs) picked up the lone tally for the X-Men. Following the game, Bennett was recognized as the AUS playoff MVP after he recorded five goals and four assists for nine points in five games.
The win marked the Reds’ third time claiming the AUS championship in the past five years, and sixth in the last nine seasons. It was also the fifth year running in which the Reds and X-Men competed in the final round. St. Francis Xavier won it all in back-to-back years in 2016 and 2017.
Both squads now move on to represent AUS at the 2019 University Cup. This year’s tournament will be hosted by the University of Lethbridge and begins March 15.
AUS Champion University of New Brunswick Reds (OHL Graduates):
Noah Carroll, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Marcus McIvor, North Bay Battalion
Kris Bennett, Saginaw Spirit
Cameron Brace, Belleville Bulls
James McEwan, Guelph Storm
Patrick Watling, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
AUS Finalist St. Francis Xavier X-Men (OHL Graduates):
Santino Centorame, Owen Sound Attack
Daniel Robertson, Windsor Spitfires
Bryson Cianfrone, Owen Sound Attack
Holden Cook, Owen Sound Attack
Anthony Difruscia, Niagara IceDogs
Adam Laishram, Windsor Spitfires
Nathan Pancel, Peterborough Petes
Sam Studnicka, Sarnia Sting
For more coverage of the 2019 AUS Championship visit atlanticuniversitysport.com.