• Friday, March 16, 2018
  • 10:00 AM
  • Fredericton, UNB - Aitken University Centre
  • Box Score
Score123Final
Acadia Axemen1146
Golden Bears2338
Golden Bears goals: Riley Kieser (2), Luke Philp, Cole Sanford, Stephane Legault, Trevor Cox, Jamie Crooks, and Jason Fram

Bears hockey seeded second for U Cup; play Acadia in quarter-final

No. 2 Bears battle No. 7 Acadia Axemen in U SPORTS quarter-final for second straight year

By U SPORTS Communications on March 11, 2018

The UNB Varsity Reds have been named University Cup favourites in the lead-up to an action-packed weekend of #CHAMPSZN. 
 
The 2018 U SPORTS Cavendish Farms University kicks off on Thursday at the Aitken University Centre in Fredericton and concludes next Sunday with the gold-medal final at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT.

The semifinals and final will be broadcast live on Sportsnet 360 and SN Now. All remaining games will be livestreamed at USPORTS.LIVE. 
 
No. 1 UNB Varsity Reds
 
Playoff finish: AUS champions
Regular season / playoff records: 24-2-4 / 5-0
Last U SPORTS championship: 2017
Total U SPORTS Championships: 7 
Team Offence: 4.27 goals per game (3rd)
Team defence: 2.22 goals against per game (2nd)
 
Team leaders  
Points: Kris Bennett (38)
Goals: Kris Bennett (18)
Assists: Kris Bennett and Tyler Boland (20)
Probable starting goaltender: Alex Dubeau (15-2-4)
 
No. 2 Alberta Golden Bears

Playoff finish: Canada West champions
Regular season / playoff records: 23-4-1 / 4-0
Last U SPORTS championship: 2015
Total U SPORTS championships: 15
Team offence: 4.71 goals per game (1st)
Team defence: 2.15 goals against per game (1st)
 
Team leaders
Points: Luke Philp (40)
Goals: Steven Owre (17)
Assists: Luke Philp (29)
Probable starting goaltender (record): Brendan Burke (11-2-1)
 
Despite having one of their youngest teams in program history, the Alberta Golden Bears continued their tremendous success at the Canada West level. With a roster featuring four rookies, 12 sophomores, and just one fifth-year, the Bears finished the 2017-18 season with a conference-best 23-4-1 record. They went on to sweep the Saskatchewan Huskies to win their 27th Canada West championship.
 
Not only were the Bears the class of Canada West, they were also one of the most dominant in all of U SPORTS. Alberta was consistently ranked inside the top three in the national rankings and finished the season with the No. 1 offence (132 goals), and No. 1 defence (60 goals against) in Canada.
 
No. 3 McGill Redmen
 
Playoff finish: OUA champions 
Regular season / playoff records: 22-4-2 / 7-2
Last U SPORTS championship: 2012
Total U SPORTS championships: 1
Team offence: 4.00 goals per game (4th)
Team defence: 2.31 goals against per game (3rd)
 
Team leaders 
Points: Jerome Verrier (41)
Goals: Christophe Lalonde (13)
Assists: Jerome Verrier (29)
Probable starting goaltender (record): Louis-Philip Guindon (18-4-2)
 
No. 4 Brock Badgers
 
Playoff finish: OUA finalists
Regular season / playoff records: 14-9-5 / 6-2
Last U SPORTS championship: Never
Team offence: 2.75 goals per game (26th)
Team defence: 2.48 goals against per game (7th)
 
Team leaders 
Points: Ayden MacDonald, Brandon O’Quinn, Dexter Weber, Josh Timpano (17)
Goals: Ayden MacDonald (9)
Assists: Josh Timpano, Dexter Weber (13)
Probable starting goaltender (record): Clint Windsor (12-8-4)

No. 5 StFX X-Men
 
Playoff finish: AUS finalists
Regular season / playoff records:  22-4-4 / 3-4
Last U SPORTS championship: 2004
Total U SPORTS championships: 1 
Team offence: 3.67 goals per game (9th)
Team defence:  2.40 goals against per game (5th)
 
Team leaders
Points:  Holden Cook (37)
Goals:  Michael Clarke (17)
Assists:  Holden Cook (27)
Probable starting goaltender (record):  Chase Marchand (16-2-3)
 
No. 6 Saskatchewan Huskies
 
Playoff finish: Canada West finalists
Regular season / playoff records: 20-7-1 / 2-3
Last U SPORTS championship: 1983
Total U SPORTS championships: 1
Team offence: 3.61 goals per game (10th)
Team defence: 2.34 goals against average (4th)
 
Team leaders
Points: Josh Roach (37)
Goals: Josh Roach (13)
Assists: Josh Roach (24)
Probable starting goaltender (record): Taran Kozun (4-0-1)
 
No. 7 Acadia Axemen
 
Playoff finish: AUS bronze medalists
Regular season / playoff records: 18-10-2 / 6-4 
Last U SPORTS championship: 1996 
Total U SPORTS championships: 2
Team offence: 3.90 goals per game (7th) 
Team defence: 3.07 goals against per game (17th)
 
Team leaders
Points: Stephen Harper (46)
Goals: Kyle Farrell (17)
Assists: Stephen Harper (32)
Probable starting goaltender (record): Robert Steeves (13-9-1)
 
No. 8 Concordia Stingers
 
Playoff finish: OUA bronze medalists
Regular season / playoff records: 18-7-3 / 6-3
Last U SPORTS championship: Never
Team offence: 3.96 goals per game (6th)
Team defence: 2.90 goals against per game (15th)
 
Team leaders (regular season)
Points: Anthony Beauregard (60)
Goals: Anthony Beauregard (19) 
Assists: Anthony Beauregard (41)
 
Probable starting goaltender (record): Marc-Antoine Turcotte (15-6-3) 
 
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Thursday, Mar. 15 (Quarter-finals)
Brock vs. StFX, 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT 
UNB vs. Concordia, 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
 
Friday, Mar. 16 (Quarter-finals)
Alberta vs. Acadia, 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT 
McGill vs. Saskatchewan, 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT