Nine former OHL players help guide UNB to third straight AUS Championship


The UNB Reds defeated the Acadia Axemen 5-1 in a deciding Game 3 of the AUS Men’s Hockey Championship Series on Friday night at the Aitken Centre in Fredericton.

Nine former OHL players are champions, helping steer the Reds to their third straight Atlantic conference title.

We worked so hard all year, and it’s just another exciting step in the process,” said fifth-year UNB captain Marcus McIvor (North Bay Battalion). “Next week is where our main goal is, and this is another step in the process and I’m so excited and we worked really hard for it. 

Both the Reds and Axemen, along with the third place Saint Mary’s Huskies, have qualified for the 2020 Cavendish Farms University Cup that begins on Thursday in Halifax.

Acadia opened the Final series with a 3-1 road win on Monday as Cristiano DiGiacinto (Windsor Spitfires) and Owen MacDonald (London Knights) had goals. UNB rallied for a 6-0 road win on Wednesday in Wolfville, Nova Scotia before closing out the series at home in Game 3.

Kris Bennett (Saginaw Spirit) and Patrick Watling (Soo Greyhounds) were among UNB’s playoff scoring leaders with seven points apiece.

Former OHL Players on UNB Reds:

Noah Carroll (Soo Greyhounds 2018)
Connor Hall (Kitchener Rangers 2019)
Marcus McIvor (North Bay Battalion 2015)

Kris Bennett (Saginaw Spirit 2017)
Brady Gilmour (Saginaw Spirit 2019)
Ben Hawerchuk (Barrie Colts 2019)
James McEwan (Guelph Storm 2018)
Dylan Seitz (Kitchener Rangers 2017)*
Patrick Watling (Soo Greyhounds 2014)

*played 2017-20 with QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats

For full coverage of Game 3 of the 2020 AUS Men’s Hockey Championship Series, visit

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