UNB advances to men's hockey semifinal with win over Queen's

The University of New Brunswick is headed to the semifinals at the University Cup men's hockey championship.

The host Varsity Reds downed Queen's University 5-1 in the do-or-die quarter-final at the Aitken University Centre Thursday night in front of 3,374 fans.

Queen's took a 1-0 lead early in the first period, but it lasted for less than a minute.

UNB scored two goals in the first period, and added three more in the second.

Philippe Maillet – who was named the U SPORTS Player of the Year – picked up three goals and an assist in Thursday night's game; Christophe Clappert and Philippe Halley also scored.

UNB goalie Etienne Marcoux stopped 14 of 15 shots during his 60 minutes in net.

UNB, Acadia to play in first semi-final game

The Varsity Reds will play the Acadia Axemen in the first semi-final game at noon Saturday.

Eighth-ranked Acadia downed top-ranked Alberta 4-1 in a quarterfinal game Thursday afternoon.

UNB and Acadia played five times during the Atlantic University Sport regular season, and the Varsity Reds won four times.

Two more quarterfinal games on Friday will see Saskatchewan play York at 1 p.m., followed by a faceoff between McGill and StFX at 7 p.m.

The winners of those games will advance to Saturday's second semifinal at 4 p.m.

The bronze medal game will be played at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, with the gold medal game going at 1 p.m.