Antman Does It Again
Anthony Peters of the Saint Mary's Huskies was named Player of the Game again last night turning aside 30 shots in a 1-0 win over the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds. The victory upset the heavily favorited UNB team 3-1 in the best of five series. It was payback of sorts for last year's 1-0 loss in the National Final game in which Peters did all he could to steel a Championship title for SMU. Coming into the playoffs this season, SMU was unranked while UNB was ranked 2nd in Canada. Anthony stopped 134 of 141 shots in the series with an incredible 1.60 GAA and a .950 save percentage. After disposing of the UPEI Panthers in the quarterfinals and now UNB in the semis, SMU will face the Acadia Axemen in the AUS Finals. Whoever wins the AUS Championship will move on to the Canadian University Finals in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan March 20. To read more click here
Canadian University Hockey teams are made up primarily of Canadian Major Junior A (CHL) hockey players who, after their junior careers, decided to move on to get a University education. Some players eventually make the NHL after successful CIS careers. Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools has a strong tradition of supplying talent to the CIS. Anthony Peters took over the reigns at SMU from Neil Conway, who won a National Championship in 2010. Neil is presently in his second year of pro hockey and is tearing up the ECHL with a .937 save percentage.
Mike Ouzas won a National Championship for UNB and upon graduating signed a professional contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. He has since moved on to becoming one of the top goalies in the Austrian Professional Hockey League (EHL). He recently signed a two year extension with Linz that will make him very good money. Prior to Ouzas, was Mike Mole, who won a National Championship with the St. Francis Xavier University X-Men. Mole went on to a brief stint as a back-up in the NHL for the New York Islanders.