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Ian McDonald's powerplay goal at 11:33 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie and lifted the University of Alberta Golden Bears to a 3-2 victory over the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds in the championship game of the 46th annual CIS University Cup tournament before a crowd of 4,712 at the Moncton Coliseum on Sunday, March 23rd.

Alberta's journey to the University Cup championship was a roller coaster ride of emotions. The second ranked Golden Bears opened the tournament with a 2-1 overtime loss to the host Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus on the opening day of the tournament. Mathieu Betournay gave the Aigles Bleus a 1-0 lead at 17:52 of the first period before Tim Krymusa tied the score for Alberta only nine seconds into the second period. The game remained tied for the remaining 39:51 of regulation before fifth year senior defenceman Louis Mandeville's point shot gave Moncton a 2-1 victory 1:19 into overtime.

Needing a win to remain alive in the tournament, Alberta evened their record at 1-1-0 with a 7-3 victory over the McGill University Redmen on Friday. Led by Ian McDonald's second hat trick of the season the Golden Bears skated past the Ontario University Athletics champion. Tied 1-1 after the opening 20 minutes of play, the Golden Bears exploded for four goals in the second period and outshot McGill 50-24 on their way to the win.

Six Golden Bears registered multiple point games in the victory. Team captain Harlan Anderson and Jesse Gimblett matched McDonald's three-point night with three points of their own. Anderson had three assists while Gimblett scored once and added two assists, including one on McDonald's second period game winning goal. Jason Fransoo (1-1-2), Derek Ryan (0-2-2) and Chad Klassen (0-2-2) each had two-point games, while Ben Kilgour and Dylan Stanley added single goals.

With a 1-1-0 record, the Golden Bears now had to rely on McGill to defeat Moncton on Saturday night if they were to have any hope of advancing to the University Cup final on Sunday. Alberta sat nervously by and watched McGill goaltender Mathieu Poitras make 39 saves to backstop the Redmen to a 3-0 victory over the Aigles Bleus.

With the McGill victory all three teams in Pool B of the tournament finished the pool round robin with 1-1-0 records. The tie breaker was determined by goals for and against, with the Golden Bears emerging on top. By virtue of its 7-3 win over McGill on Friday, Alberta finished with a +3 goals for and against margin, while McGill was second at -1 and Moncton third at -2.

This marked the first time in the 17 seasons that the six-team, two pool tournament format had seen a pool have three teams with a 1-1-0 record. Prior to this season, all 16 previous tournaments using this format had seen the pool winner with a 2-0-0 mark.

The championship final saw the CIS top two ranked teams face-off for the University Cup. It marked the first time the top two seeds have met in the championship game since 1997-98. The number one ranked Varsity Reds took a 1-0 lead 4:23 into the first period on defenceman Justin DaCosta goal. Brian Woolger took a feed from Chad Klassen and beat Varsity Reds all-Canadian goaltender Michael Ouzas to tie the score at 9:12.

Rob Hennigar, the 2008 Sullivan Trophy winner as the CIS outstanding player, restored the New Brunswick lead when his pass deflected into the Alberta net off of defenceman Jason Fransoo's skate only 34 seconds into the second period. Exactly two minutes later, Tim Krymusa scored his second goal of the tournament after taking a pass from McDonald, who won a battle along the boards for the puck.

The score remained tied until McDonald netted his fourth goal of the tournament in the third period. McDonald's goal came on the powerplay, only 23 seconds after New Brunswick defenceman David Bowman was called for interference on Golden Bears forward Brian Woolger.

McDonald netted his second game winning goal when he converted a rebound of Krymusa's shot. Both Krymusa and Hunter earned assists on the decisiv


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