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McGill and Western advance to CIS men’s hockey championship final

03/24/2012 06:51 EDT | Updated 05/24/2012 05:12 EDT
FREDERICTON - Keaton Turkiewicz had a goal and an assist and the Western Mustangs advanced to the CIS men’s hockey championship final with a 3-2 upset victory over top-seed hosts the New Brunswick Varsity Reds on Saturday.

No. 4 Western will now meet No. 2 McGill in Sunday's final in a rematch of the Queen’s Cup. The Mustangs lost that game 4-1.

The Redmen booked a spot in the final earlier in the day, despite a 4-3 loss to the No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies in the other semifnial. McGill advanced thanks to a better goal differential.

Jason Furlong’s short-handed goal at 17:48 of the first period stood up as the eventual winner for Western. The Mustangs had a 3-0 lead after the first period, with Dominic De Sando also scoring in the frame.

New Brunswick scored twice on the power-play goal in the third period on goals by Jon Harty and Kyle Bailey, but couldn't complete the comeback.

Earlier on Saturday, Huskies captain Kyle Ross scored the game-winner during a power play with five minutes remaining in regulation.

The second-seeded Redmen could afford to lose to the Huskies by two goals or less and still qualify for the championship match. The OUA champions had doubled the Moncton Aigles Bleus 6-3 on Thursday, while Saskatchewan lost 5-1 to Moncton on Friday.

The three teams finished Pool B with identical 1-1 records but McGill advanced on a goal differential.

It's the Redmen's second straight appearance in the gold medal game. They dropped a 4-0 decision last year to UNB.

Kyle Bortis had a goal and two assists while Derek Hulak and Cory Smuk also scored for Saskatchewan.

Netminder Ryan Holfeld of Leroy, Sask., delivered a 40-save performance for the Huskies.

Captain Evan Vossen, Francis Verreault-Paul of Mashteuiatsh, Que., and defenceman Keven Dupont of St-Charles-de-Bellechasse, Que., had the goals for McGill.

Morin, a native of St-Georges-de-Beauce, Que., turned aside 26 of 30 pucks fired his way.

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