2019 U Sports University Cup

The 2019 U Sports Men's University Cup Hockey Tournament (57th annual) was held March 14–17, 2019, in Lethbridge, Alberta and played at the ENMAX Centre. The Lethbridge Pronghorns, a member of U Sports Canada West conference, are the designated host for this awarded year.[1] The ENMAX center is located 15 minutes from campus, in south Lethbridge. This event marks the first appearance of the tournament in Lethbridge and 10th time in Alberta (7 times in Edmonton and 2 times in Calgary).

2019 U Sports University Cup
University Cup Marketing Logo for 2019 hosted by Lethbridge.jpg
Tournament details
DatesMarch 14–17, 2019 (2019-03-14 – 2019-03-17)
Venue(s)ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, Alberta
Final positions
ChampionsUNB Varsity Reds (8th title)
Runner-upAlberta Golden Bears
Third placeSt. Francis Xavier X-Men
Fourth placeSaskatchewan Huskies
Tournament statistics
Matches played8
Attendance11,416 (1,427 per match)
MVPAlex Dubeau

The New Brunswick Reds won their 8th title over the defending champion Alberta Golden Bears. UNB last won the University Cup in 2017. This marked only the 2nd victory for an Atlantic program in 10 trips to Alberta (the other victory was Moncton, in 1981, hosted by Calgary).

The tournament format remained unchanged: 8 teams, single elimination and Bronze medal games, with 3 conference champions, 3 conference runner-ups, OUA Bronze winner and host.

Road to the CupEdit

AUS playoffsEdit

Quarter-finals (Best of 3) Semi-finals (Best of 5) AUS Championship (Best of 3)
1 UNB Reds 3
4 UPEI Panthers 2 4 UPEI Panthers 0
5 Moncton Aigles Bleus 0 1 UNB Reds 2
2 St. Francis Xavier X-Men 0
2 Saint Mary's Huskies 2
3 St. Francis Xavier X-Men 2 3 St. Francis Xavier X-Men 3
6 Acadia Axemen 1

OUA playoffsEdit

Division Quarter-finals (Best of 3)
OUA Sweet 16
Division Semi-finals (Best of 3)
OUA Quarter-Finals
Division Finals (Best of 3)
OUA Semi-Finals
Queen's Cup (Single Game)
OUA Championship
1E Ottawa Gee-Gees 2
8E Laurentian Voyageurs 0
1E Ottawa Gee-Gees 1
4E Queen's Gaels 2
4E McGill Redmen 2
5E UOIT Ridgebacks 0
2E Carleton Ravens 0
4E Queen's Gaels 2
2E Carleton Ravens 2
7E UQTR Patriotes 0
2E Carleton Ravens 2
3E McGill Redmen 1
3E Queen's Gaels 2
6E Concordia Stingers 0
4E Queen's Gaels 4
4W Guelph Gryphons 1
1W Ryerson Rams 2
8W Toronto Varsity Blues 0
1W Ryerson Rams 1
4W Guelph Gryphons 2
4W Guelph Gryphons 2
5W Laurier Golden Hawks 0
3W Western Mustangs 1
4W Guelph Gryphons 2
2W Brock Badgers 2 Third place - Best of 1
7W York Lions 0
2W Brock Badgers 1 2E Carleton Ravens 3
3W Western Mustangs 2 3W Western Mustangs 0
3W Western Mustangs 2
6W Windsor Lancers 0

Note 1: The Queen's Cup championship game must be held in Ontario (part of the arrangement when the RSEQ hockey league merged with the OUA). When a Quebec-based OUA-East representative is the higher seed and should 'host' the game - the game shall be hosted by the OUA-West team instead, but the OUA-East team shall be the 'home' team and have last change.

Note 2: Queen's forfeited a Feb. 9 regular season game against McGill after it was determined they dressed an ineligible player. The subsequent loss and adjusted record would relegate Queen's to the 4th seed (previously 3rd), while McGill promoted to #3 (previously 4th). However, due to the late determination of this foul (two hours before the start of the first round of the playoffs) - it was determined that the opening round matchups would remain unchanged. Going forward into the second round, the two teams (if they advanced) would be reseeded accordingly.[2]

Canada West playoffsEdit

Quarter-finals (Best of 3) Semi-finals (Best of 3) Canada West Championship (Best of 3)
1 Saskatchewan Huskies 2
3 Calgary Dinos 2 5 Mount Royal Cougars 0
6 Lethbridge Pronghorns 0 1 Saskatchewan Huskies 1
2 Alberta Golden Bears 2
2 Alberta Golden Bears 2
4 UBC Thunderbirds 1 3 Calgary Dinos 0
5 Mount Royal Cougars 2

University Cup TournamentEdit

The eight teams to advance to the tournament are listed below. The three conference champions must be seeded 1-3 based on the pre-tournament Top 10 Rankings followed by the OUA Runner-up (seed #4). The remaining four seeds are for the AUS Finalist, Canada West Finalist, OUA Third-place and host. Their seedings are based on the pre-tournament rankings.

Further Information in the tournament preview: University Cup

Rank Seed Team Qualified
1 1 Alberta Golden Bears Canada West Champions
2 2 UNB Reds AUS Champions
5 3 Queen's Gaels OUA Champions
6 4 Guelph Gryphons OUA Finalists
3 5 Saskatchewan Huskies Canada West Finalists
4 6 St. Francis Xavier X-Men AUS Finalists
7 7 Carleton Ravens OUA Bronze Medallists
8 8 Lethbridge Pronghorns Host

Tournament formatEdit

The tournament is a traditional 8 team, single elimination ladder with bronze medal game between the two semi-final losers. Games that are tied after regulation play a 10-minute overtime period following the 3rd period. If there is no score after the first overtime, the ice is cleaned and they would play 20 minute periods (with ice cleaned between periods) until there is a winner.

The higher seed is the 'Home' team for each game (the home team must wear their 'white' jerseys and will get the last change during stoppages of play).

(Single Game)
(Single Game)
Championship Final
(Single Game)
4 Guelph Gryphons 1
5 Saskatchewan Huskies 6
5 Saskatchewan Huskies 0
1 Alberta Golden Bears 3
1 Alberta Golden Bears 7
8 Lethbridge Pronghorns 1
1 Alberta Golden Bears 2
2 UNB Reds 4
2 UNB Reds 2
7 Carleton Ravens 1
2 UNB Reds 9 Bronze Medal (Single Game)
6 St.FX X-Men 1
3 Queen's Golden Gaels 3 1 St. Francis Xavier X-Men 5
6 St. Francis Xavier X-Men 5 6 Saskatchewan Huskies 1

Championship BronzeEdit

March 17, 2019
1:00 (local)
Saskatchewan Huskies #51-5
(0-2, 0-2, 1-1)
St. Francis Xavier X-Men #6ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge
Attendance: 923 (16.8%)
Game reference
Travis Child (0-0)GoaliesChase Marchand (1-1)Referees:
Cory Bannerman
Colin Watt
Deion Foster
Brett Mackey
0-12:07 - A. Holwell (1) (D. Robertson & R. Spears) (PP)
0-212:41 - C. MacDonald (1) (B. Cianfrone & A. Laishram) (PP)
0-321:26 - A. Holwell (2) (Bryson Cianfrone & M. Tremaine)
0-435:58 - M. Needham (1) (M. Tremaine & Bryson Cianfrone)
0-543:28 - M. Graham (1) (W. Thompson & N. Pancel) (PP)
P. Thomas (1) (J. Yakubowski ) - 59.291-5
5 for 18 minPenalties8 for 16 min
Game MVPs: Chase Marchand (SFX) & Michael Sofillas (USK)

Championship FinalEdit

March 17, 2019
6:00 (local)
Sportsnet 360
TVA Sports 2
Alberta Golden Bears #12-4
(1-1, 0-2, 1-1)
UNB Reds #2ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge
Attendance: 1573 (28.7%)
Game reference
Zach Sawchenko (2-0)GoaliesAlex Dubeau (2-0)Referees:
Adam Bloski
Chris Crich
Chad Huseby
Mike Roberts (ice hockey)
S. Owre (1) (B. Magee, J. Fram (PP) - 4:331-0
1-16:36 - S. Dove-McFalls (1) (Mark Rassell)
1-224:27 - O. Cooper (1) (R. Gazzola & M. Boucher)
1-337:29 - K. Bennett (1) (T. Boland & M. Simpson) (PP)
B. Magee (1) (G. Pawlenchuk, S. Legault) - 46.472-3
2-450:57 - M. Rassell (1) unassisted
7 for 14 minPenalties3 for 6 min
Game MVPs: Mark Rassell (UNB) & Brandon Magee (ALB)

Tournament All-StarsEdit

Alex Dubeau, from the UNB Reds, was selected as the Major W.J. 'Danny' McLeod Award for U Sports University Cup MVP. Dubeau played all three games for UNB (Game 1 MVP versus Carleton) and finished the tournament with a GAA of 1.33 and Save Percentage of 0.948.

Joining Dubeau on the tournament all-star team were:[3]
Forward: Kris Bennett (UNB Reds)
Forward: Christopher Clapperton (UNB Reds)
Forward: Luke Philp (Alberta Golden Bears)
Defenseman: Marcus McIvor (UNB Reds)
Defenseman: Jason Fram (Alberta Golden Bears)

See alsoEdit

2019 U Sports Women's Ice Hockey Championship


  1. ^ Lethbridge Awarded 2019 University Cup https://gohorns.ca/news/2018/2/1/mens-hockey-lethbridge-awarded-the-2019-u-sports-university-cup.aspx?path=mhockey Archived 2018-09-06 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Playoff update regarding second round seeding - Ontario University Athletics (OUA)". www.oua.ca. Archived from the original on 2019-02-18. Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  3. ^ Gold Medal Summary https://usports.ca/en/championships/hockey/m/news/2019/03/3598205818/final

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