University Cup: Day 1 Recap – Alberta/Windsor Score First

The Alberta Golden Bears and Windsor Lancers drew first blood at the 2014 University Cup.

Here are the game recaps from the opening day of action:

The top-seeded University of Alberta Golden Bears got off to a strong start scoring three first period goals en route to a 3-2 win over the No. 6 Carleton Ravens in the CIS men’s hockey championship opener at Credit Union Centre.

With the win the Golden Bears (1-0) take an early lead in Pool A and will face the McGill Redmen Saturday at 2 p.m. Saskatchewan Time, live on Sportsnet 360 and on the web at

Carleton (0-1), which is making its first-ever University Cup appearance, takes on McGill Friday at 1 p.m. Saskatchewan Time.

Alberta opened the scoring a minute and 29 seconds into the contest on a Jordan Rowley tally. The third-year defenceman, who was named the top rearguard in Canada West this season, jumped into the rush and deflected Brett Ferguson’s shot past Carleton netminder Francis Dupuis.

The Golden Bears increased their lead with a power play goal at 6:31. Ferguson dangled his way through the neutral zone before centering a pass to rookie forward T.J. Foster, who beat Dupuis stick side.

Carleton cut the Golden Bears lead in half on a Joe Pleckaitis power play tally with just over five minutes remaining in the opening stanza. With Ian Barteaux in the penalty box for hooking, the Ravens were able move the puck freely in the Alberta zone. Pleckaitis’ seeing-eye shot found its way through a screen and beat Alberta’s Kurtis Mucha over the glove.

The Golden Bears restored their two-goal advantage on a Travis Toomey goal with just over three minutes remaining in the opening stanza. Toomey’s marker stood as the game winner.

Damien Cross gave the Ravens hope late in the third period. Carleton entered the zone quickly, Cross fed a streaking Plecktaitis, whose shot beat Mucha but rang off both posts before Cross batted the puck into the open net. Carleton nearly tied the game on a late power play shot from Matthew Stanisz but Mucha found the puck through a screen and made the kick save.

“We found out last year that this game, Thursday, is the hardest game.” said Alberta head coach Ian Herbers, whose team was upset 2-1 by Waterloo in its 2013 opener despite outshooting the Warriors 43-13. “Last year we didn’t capitalize [on our chances], I like that we came out and scored right away and got the momentum.”

The Golden Bears controlled play for much of the contest out-shooting the Ravens 41-17, and held Carleton to just two shots on goal in the second period.

Carleton head coach Marty Johnson was disappointed with his team’s start.

“The start wasn’t what we wanted, give Alberta credit. We will learn from our start and move forward. Alberta is a deep team, they came at us hard and we didn’t react, give them credit.”

T.J. Foster was named the player of the game for Alberta, while Dupuis earned the honour for Carleton.

The PotashCorp University Cup presented by Co-op resumes Thursday at 7 p.m. local time with the first game of Pool B between the AUS champion and No. 2 seeded Acadia Axemen and the OUA champion and No. 3 seeded Windsor Lancers.




1. ALB Jordan Rowley (1) (Brett Ferguson), 1:29

2. ALB T.J. Foster (1) (Brett Ferguson), 6:31 PP

3. CAR Joe Pleckaitis (1) (Tim Billingsley, Mike McNamee), 14:40 PP

4. ALB Travis Toomey (1) (Drew Nichol, Kruise Reddick), 16:49



Cardwell (CAR) checking to the head, 10-minute misconduct, 5:21;

Barteaux (ALB) hooking, 13:18.



(no scoring)



Billingsley (CAR) high sticking, 4:42;

Barteaux (ALB) interference, 18:43.



5. CAR Damien Cross (1) (Joe Pleckaitis), 17:21 PP



Deagle (CAR) cross checking, 4:35;

Bahm (CAR) checking to the head, 10-minute misconduct, 12:33;

Crooks (ALB) tripping, 13:07;

Nichol (ALB) tripping, 16:02;

Koper (ALB) cross checking, 19:14.

GOALS (by period)

ALB 3-0-0: 3

CAR 1-0-1: 2

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)

ALB 16-15-10: 41

CAR 8-2-7: 17


ALB 1-4

CAR 2-5


ALB – Kurtis Mucha (W, 1-0, 17 shots, 15 saves, 2 GA, 60:00)

CAR – Francis Dupuis (L, 0-1, 41 shots, 38 saves, 3 GA, 59:14)

CAR – Empty net (0 GA, 0:46)


ALB: T.J. Foster

CAR: Francis Dupuis

REFEREES: Nathan Wieler, Todd Thomander

LINESMEN: Nick Bilko, Sean Dufour


START: 1:00
END: 3:17
LENGTH: 2:17


The third-seeded University of Windsor Lancers used two third period tallies to upset the No. 2 Acadia Axemen 4-2 in the Pool B opener Thursday night at the CIS men’s hockey championship at Credit Union Centre.

The Lancers (1-0) take the lead in Pool B and will face the tournament host University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday at 7 p.m. Saskatchewan Time (live on Sportsnet).

Acadia (0-1) will take on the Huskies Friday at 7 p.m. Saskatchewan Time, with its season on the line.

With the score tied 2-2 heading into the third period, the OUA champion Lancers’ power play capitalized 1:07 into the frame on a goal from rearguard Kenny Bradford. Windsor cycled the puck in the Axemen’s zone before Spencer Pommels set up Bradford for a one-timer that beat Acadia netminder Evan Mosher on the glove side.

Moments later, Acadia nearly tied the score when Joe Gaynor tipped a centering pass by Windsor goalie Parker Van Buskirk but it hit the post.

The Lancers doubled up Acadia at 4:17 of the third on a goal from Mike Christou. The forward received a pass from Richard Cameron in the neutral zone, and streaked down the right wing before beating Mosher through the legs.

Van Buskirk had a strong third period making a number of key saves down the stretch.  Bradford was called for tripping late in the game. Liam Heelis, the CIS player of the year, had a great opportunity on the resulting power play when a loose puck careened to him at the side of the net, but Van Buskirk was able to stretch out his right pad and make the toe save.

Acadia opened the scoring at 1:19 of the first stanza. Mike Cazzola came fired a long wrist shot that ricocheted off the glass behind the Windsor net and then off the back of Van Buskirk.

The Lancers answered late in the first on a goal by Cameron. Myles Doan emerged from a broken play down low and centered a pass for Cameron who on-timed the puck timer over the glove of Mosher.

A Heelis tally at 1:43 of the second period gave the Axemen a 2-1 lead. Brett Thompson advanced the puck off the half boards to Cazzola who took the puck to goal line and slide a pass cross crease that Heelis fired into the open net.

Windsor tied the game 2-2 at 12:42 of the second period with a power play goal from Drew Palmer. With Colin Archer in the penalty box for slashing, Windsor cycled the puck in the Axemen zone. A centering pass deflected off an Axemen defeceman right to Palmer at the side of the net he put it through the legs of Mosher.

The Lancer’s improved to 8-1 in the post season and continued to turn heads.

“Not a lot of people knew about the University of Windsor Lancers before this tournament,” said head coach Kevin Hamlin. “To be honest I don’t care if they know us by name at the end of it but they will know who the Lancers are. We’ve had some lean times through the course of this season but we have battled together and battled through.”

“Playing as an underdog team has been working for us all playoffs,” added Palmer, captain of the Lancers.

The loss dampened the Axemen’s chances at reaching the championship game but their coach was adamant that the team will continue to play with pride.

“We probably didn’t play our best tonight and we got beat by a good opponent. But we will stick together and we will be ready to go tomorrow,” said Darren Burns.

Van Buskirk made 25 saves for the win, while Mosher made 24.

Bradford was named player of the game for Windsor, while Heelis took the honour for the Axemen.

The CIS PotashCorp University Cup presented by Co-op resumes Friday at 1 p.m. local time with the Game #3 between the No.  4 seeded McGill Redmen and the No. 6 seeded Carleton Ravens in Pool A action.




1. ACA Mike Cazzola (1) (Liam Heelis), 1:19
2. WSR Richard Cameron (1) (Myles Doan, Isak Quakenbush), 16:52


Doan (WSR) high sticking, 10:24.

3. ACA Liam Heelis (1) (Mike Cazzola, Brett Thompson), 1:43
4. WSR Drew Palmer (1) (Spencer Pommells, Saverio Posa), 12:43 PP


Palmer (WSR) slashing, 7:14;
Archer (ACA) slashing, 12:33;
Thompson (ACA) tripping, 12:33;
Lanoue (WSR) roughing, 12:33;
Palmer (WSR) tripping, 12:47;
Anderson (ACA) goaltender interference, 14:35;
Cazzola (ACA) interference, 16:53;
Gibbons (ACA) interference, 19:45.

5. WSR Kenny Bradford (1) (Spencer Pommells, Saverio Posa), 1:07 PP
6. WSR Mike Christou 1 (Richard Cameron, Blake Blondeel), 4:14

Makin (ACA) roughing, 5:55;
Shepley (WSR) holding, 14:34;
Beaton (ACA) tripping, 16:05;
Bradford (WSR) tripping, 19:23.


GOALS (by period)
WSR 1-1-2: 4
ACA 1-1-0: 2


SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)

WSR 4-14-10: 28
ACA 10-13-4: 27

WSR 2-6
ACA 0-5


WSR – Parker Van Burskirk (W, 1-0, 27 shots, 25 saves, 2 GA, 59:56)
WSR – Empty net (0 GA, 0:04)
ACA – Evan Mosher (L, 0-1, 28 shots, 24 saves, 4 GA, 60:00)



WSR: Kenny Bradford

ACA: Liam Heelis

REFEREES: Scott Ferguson, Derek Zalaski
LINESMEN: Mike Roberts, Ryan Lundquist

START: 7:00
END: 9:20
LENGTH: 2:20



Pool A standings (after 1 of 3 games) 

GP       W        L          GF       GA      PTS

1. ALB             1          1          0          3          2          2

2. McG            0          0          0          0          0          0

3. CAR            1          0          1          2          3          0


Pool B standings (after 1 of 3 games) 

1. WSR            1          0          0          4          2          2

2. SSK             0          0          0          0          0          0

3. ACA            1          0          1          2          4          0

Thursday, March 20

13:00 Pool A #1: Alberta 3, Carleton 2

19:00 Pool B #1: Windsor 4, Acadia 2

Friday, March 21

13:00 Pool A #2: No. 6 Carleton vs. No. 4 McGill (

19:00 Pool B #2: No. 2 Acadia vs. No. 5 Saskatchewan (

Saturday, March 22

14:00 Pool A #3: No. 1 Alberta vs. No. 4 McGill (Sportsnet 360 &

19:00 Pool B #3: No. 3 Windsor vs. No. 5 Saskatchewan (Sportsnet 360 &

Sunday, March 23

13:30 Final (Sportsnet &

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