Golden Bears win 12th CIS title
It was only heartbreak for the Lakehead Thunderwolves last night, the underdog team that climbed all the way through the OUA playoffs to Canadian university hockey's championship game.
Ultimately, the 'little team that could' fell just one goal short of an improbable first-ever championship, and the team everyone said would win this thing — the Alberta Golden Bears — did:
"We left everything on the ice," said Lakehead coach Pete Belliveau, who earned a University Cup title with Moncton in 1994-95 but took the T-Wolves to its first final. "That first period hurt us." ...And this is why covering Canadian university sport is such a blast. Alas, the men's hockey tournament was the last event of the CIS season, but it has been quite a year.
A reporter mentioned that Alberta's post-game celebration seemed business-like.
"That's because the beer is not here yet," quipped fifth-year Golden bears forward Brad Tutschek. 'We'll get at it pretty hard."