03/17/2016 21:16 EDT | Updated 03/18/2017 01:12 EDT

Thomas scores in fourth overtime, Huskies edge Ravens in CIS men's hockey opener

HALIFAX — Parker Thomas scored in the fourth overtime, and the No. 2 Saskatchewan Huskies avoided an upset at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's hockey tournament with a 302 win over No. 7 Carleton on Thursday.

Thomas picked up a rebound at the edge of the crease and put a backhand shot into an open net at 6:11 of the fourth extra period in what became the longest CIS championship game in history.

"I talked to my centre-man before the draw, and told him I was going to drive to the net," Thomas said. "I got stopped on the first one, but I was able to put the rebound home. I don't remember much after that."

Levi Cable, on a power play, and Kohl Bauml also scored for Saskatchewan.

Brent Norris and Brett Welychka scored for the Ravens.

Jordan Cooke made 58 saves for the Huskies, while Patrick Killen turned aside 65 shots for Carleton.

"There is not much to say after a loss like that," said Carleton coach Marty Johnston, adding his players are "an excellent group of young men."

Alberta played StFX in Thursday's other quarter-final.

UNB takes on Western and Saint Mary's faces off against top-ranked UQTR on Friday.

The Canadian Press