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Alberta opened its 31st tournament appearance in the University Cup with its 8-2 victory over Wilfrid Laurier before a sellout crowd of 3,009 at Clare Drake Arena on March 24th. Led by Stanley’s five point game, a four point game by Thomson (1-3-4) and two-goal games by Anderson and Joff Kehler, the Golden Bears scored the game’s first seven goals on their way to the win. The Golden Bears advanced to their 16th University Cup final with a 5-1 win over the McGill University Redmen, who were making their first-ever appearance in the tournament. The line of Scott Henkelman (2-1-3), Richard Hamula (1-2-3) and Justin Wallin (0-1-1) combined to score seven points to pace the Golden Bears offence in the win over McGill. 

Dylan Stanley scored the game-winning goal and added an assist to lead the University of Alberta Golden to a 3-2 victory over the Lakehead University Thunderwolves in the championship game of the 44th annual TELUS University Cup tournament before a crowd of 7,615 at Rexall Place in Edmonton on Sunday, March 26th.

The victory gave the Golden Bears their second consecutive CIS national championship and their record 12th title. Alberta entered the tournament as the number one seed and went undefeated with a perfect 3-0 record, outscoring their opponents 16-5. The three victories extended the Golden Bears winning streak at the CIS University Cup tournament to six games.

Alberta's victory marked the eighth time in tournament history that the host team has won the championship, while the Golden Bears also became only the seventh number one ranked team to win the University Cup since 1979-80.

Alberta fell behind early in the University Cup final as Tobias Whelan scored a powerplay goal only 1:16 following the opening faceoff. Down a goal, the Golden Bears rallied to tie the score on Harlan Anderson's powerplay goal at 8:11. Less than two minutes later Richard Hamula banked a shot off the leg of Lakehead goaltender Chirs Whitely to give Alberta its first lead of the game at 10:07. Stanley, who earned an assist on Anderson's goal, doubled the Alberta lead with his third goal and ninth point of the tournament at 12:57.

Stanley finished with 3-6-9 to lead the tournament in points and assists and was twice named Alberta's Player of the Game, earning the honors in Alberta's wins over Lakehead and Wilfrid Laurier. Five of Stanley's nine points came in Alberta's opening 8-2 win over Wilfrid Laurier as the Alberta freshman scored five points with a goal and four assists. Stanley, who was one of four Golden Bears named to the all-tournament team, also topped powerplay scorers, netting 2-4-6 with the man advantage.

Following Stanley's first period goal, the Golden Bears held on to their two-goal lead until the middle of the second period when Brad Richards brought Lakehead to within a goal. The Thunderwolve's assistant captain, made an end-to-end rush before beating Alberta netminder Aaron Sorochan at 12:14. It was Richards tournament-leading fifth goal. Three of Richards five goals came in the Thunderwolves 4-2 win over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in the Pool B final one day earlier. The fourth-year assistant captain scored once in the second period to give Lakehead a 2-0 lead and he added two more in the third period. Richards netted the game-winning goal with 4:24 remaining in the game and sealed Lakehead's first-ever trip to the University Cup final with an empty net goal at 19:37.

Down by only a goal, Lakehead continued to press the Golden Bears, but outstanding defence, led by tournament MVP Harlan Anderson and goaltender Sorochan, gave Alberta the 2006 championship.

Ben Thomson, the MVP of the 2005 University Cup tournament, had two assists in the championship game for Alberta and finished second to Stanley in the tournament scoring race with 1-6-7.


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