UNB and Saskatchewan meet in U Cup hockey final

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies will meet Sunday afternoon in Fredericton to decide the national university hockey championship.

The hosting Varsity Reds, who held the No. 5 seed entering the national championship, advanced to the final with a 3-0 win over the Acadia Axemen on Saturday before a hometown crowd in Fredericton.

In Saturday's other semi-final, the sixth-ranked Huskies whitewashed the second-ranked St. Francis Xavier X-Men of Nova Scotia 8-0.

The final is scheduled for 1 p.m. (AT) Sunday at the Aitken Centre on the UNB campus in Fredericton.

The Acadia Axemen, of Wolfville, N.S., and the St. Francis Xavier X-Men, of Antigonish, N.S., will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the bronze medal game.

UNB shutout

UNB's defence led the way against Acadia on Saturday as goalie Etienne Marcoux made 20 saves for the shutout.

The Varsity Reds had goals from Stephen Anderson, Jordan Murray and Philippe Maillet.

Maillet's goal, an empty-netter, was his fourth in two games in the tournament. The fourth-year forward was named the Canadian university hockey player of the year at an awards ceremony Wednesday night.

Saskatchewan cruises

The Huskies blew open their semi-final game against the X-Men, with six goals alone in the second period.

Logan McVeigh scored twice for Saskatchewan while Jesse Forseberg, Levi Cable, Carson Stadnyk, Parker Thomas, Wyatt Johnson and Connor Cox also scored.