• Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • Lethbridge, UofL - ENMAX Centre
  • Box Score
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AB goals: Luke Philp (2), Ben Carroll, Cole Sanford, Sawyer Lange, Trevor Cox, Brandon Magee

Bears earn No. 1 seed, play Lethbridge in quarter-final

No. 1 Alberta to play No. 8 Lethbridge in U SPORTS Quarter-Final on Thursday

By U SPORTS Communications on March 10, 2019

TORONTO (U SPORTS) - The Alberta Golden Bears have been named David Johnston University Cup favourites the lead-up to an action-packed weekend of national championships. 

The 2019 U SPORTS Cavendish Farms University Cup, hosted by the Lethbridge Pronghorns in kicks off on Thursday at the ENMAX Centre, home of the Western Hockey League’s Lethbridge Hurricanes,  and concludes next Sunday with the gold-medal final at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. The semifinals and final will be broadcasted live on Sportsnet 360 and SN NOW All remaining games livestreamed at USPORTS.LIVE.


Wednesday, Mar. 13

Meet the Teams Media Conference, 12 p.m. MST
All-Canadian Awards Gala, 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

Thursday, Mar. 14 (Quarterfinals)

No. 4 Guelph vs. No. 5 Saskatchewan, 1 p.m. MST
No. 1 Alberta vs. No. 8 Lethbridge, 7 p.m. MST

Friday, Mar. 15 (Quarterfinals)

No. 2 UNB vs. No. 7 Carleton, 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
No. 3 Queen’s vs. No. 6 StFX, 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

Full championship schedule available here.

No. 1 Alberta Golden Bears

Playoff finish: Canada West champions
Regular season / playoff records: 24-3-1 / 4-1
Last U SPORTS championship: 2018
Total U SPORTS championships: 16
Team offence: 4.79 goals/game, 2nd
Team defence: 1.93 goals against/game, 3rd

Team Leaders

Point: Luke Philp, 45
Goals: Luke Philp, 21
Assist: Cole Sanford, 25
Probable Starting Goalie: Zach Sawchenko (16-2-1, 1.46 GAA, 0.926 SV%)

Looking for their second-straight University Cup Championship and fourth in the last six seasons, the Golden Bears head to Lethbridge as the likely tournament favorites.

The Bears finished the regular season with 13 straight wins, will earning a point in 21 straight games, their longest streak since 2004. After a first round playoff bye, the Bears swept the Calgary Dinos in the conference quarterfinal, before beating Saskatchewan on the road in the conference final. The Canada West Championship is their third-straight, and six in the past seven seasons.

The Bears are led by third-year forward Luke Philp, who led the conference in scoring with 45 points in 24 games, earning back-to-back Player of the Year Awards. Third-year defenceman Jason Fram also captured his second straight Defenceman of the Year Award, leading all Canada West defenders with 30 points. 

No. 2 UNB Reds

Playoff finish: AUS champions
Regular season / playoff records: 25-2-3 / 5-0
Last U SPORTS championship: 2017
Total U SPORTS championships: 7
Team offence: 5.00 goals/game, 1st
Team defence: 1.93 goals against/game, Tied 2nd

No. 3 Queen’s Gaels

Playoff finish:  OUA champions
Regular season / playoff records: 18-10-0 / 7-1
Last U SPORTS championship:  Never
Team offence: 3.39 goals/game, 11th
Team offence: 2.70 goals against/game, 10th

No. 4 Guelph Gryphons

Playoff finish: OUA finalists
Regular season / playoff records: 13-11-4 / 6-3
Last U SPORTS championship: 1997
Total U SPORTS championships: 1
Team offence: 3.00 goals/game, 18th
Team defence: 2.44 goals against/game, 7th

No. 5 Saskatchewan Huskies

Playoff finish: Canada West finalists
Regular season / Playoff records: 25-3-0 / 3-2
Last U SPORTS championship: 1983
Total U SPORTS championships: 1
Team offence: 4.07 goals/game, 7th
Team defence: 1.07 goals against/game, 1.73, 1st

No. 6 StFX X-Men

Playoff finish: AUS finalists
Regular season / playoff records: 15-12-3 / 5-5
Last U SPORTS championship: 2004
Total U SPORTS championships: 1
Team offence: 3.00 goals/game, 18th
Team defence: 3.16 goals against/game, 18th

No. 7 Carleton Ravens

Playoff finish: OUA bronze medallists
Regular season / playoff records: 18-5-5 / 5-3
Last U SPORTS championship: Never
Team offence: 3.50 goals/game, 9th
Team defence: 2.53 goals against/game, 8th

No. 8 Lethbridge Pronghorns

Playoff finish: Canada West quarterfinalists / hosts
Regular season / Playoff records: 9-17-2 / 0-2
Last U SPORTS championship: 1994
Total U SPORTS championships: 1
Team Offence: 2.64 goals/game, 27th
Team Defence: 3.85 goals against/game, 29th