Connor Hood, Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics
EDMONTON - In another performance against their bitter rivals, the University of Alberta Golden Bears swept the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies with a 5-1 win in Game 2 to claim the 2018 Canada West Men's Hockey Championship.
Canada West Defenceman of the Year, and former Spokane Chief Jason Fram scored twice in the first period, while Cole Sanford, Stephane Legault, and Jamie Crooks also scored for Alberta, who captured their second-straight Canada West banner, and 27th in program history.
Andrew Johnson scored the lone Saskatchewan goal late in the third, as the Huskies have now dropped back-to-back conference finals against Alberta.
Fram opened the scoring just 2:17 into the opening period of Game 2 with a deflection off a point shot from Graeme Craig, before doubling the Alberta lead with his second of the period with four minutes left in the frame.
Arguably the biggest factor in the Bears sweep of Saskatchewan was the special teams play between the two program powers. Alberta added two more power play goals on Saturday, coupled with three goals on six chances the night before. The Golden Bears also shut down the Huskies unit, as the visitors went 0-9 on the man advantage in the sweep.
Sanford added his first of the playoffs on the Bears powerplay in the second, beating Huskie starter Taran Kozun with a laser from the half-wall.
Legault and Crooks sealed Alberta's win with goals of their own within the first ten minutes of the third period. With the win, the Golden Bears also completed a perfect season at Clare Drake Arena, going 14-0 at home in conference play, and 4-0 during the Canada West playoffs.
Both Alberta and Saskatchewan will now head to Fredericton, New Brunswick in two weeks time for the 2018 U SPORTS University Cup, hosted by the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds.