A trio of Southwest skaters made it all the way to the CIS championship game at the 2014 PotashCorp University Cup in Saskatoon.
Hazlet’s Andrew Bailey, Herbert’s Blake Voth, and Swift Current’s Brett Ward all helped the host University of Saskatchewan Huskies reach the championship game. The Huskies lost the CIS championship 3-1 to the rival University of Alberta Golden Bears on Sunday in front of 6,289 fans at the Credit Union Centre.
The event, held in Saskatoon for a second straight year, set a new record for attendance with 41,089 fans watching the seven games, the highest total in the 52-year-old tournament’s history.
The Golden Bears won their record 14th University Cup. They were coached by former Swift Current Broncos defenseman Ian Herbers in his second season as head coach. He also won a title as a player with the Bears in 1992.
The Huskies advanced to the final with a 3-2 win over Acadia and a 9-0 win over Windsor. Bailey had an assist on a game-tying goal in the win over Acadia. He also had a goal and finished plus-two in the blowout win over Windsor.
The Golden bears defeated Carlton 3-2 and topped McGill 3-2 in double overtime to advance to their record 19th championship game appearance. The two teams also met in the 2005 CIS final when the Bears won 4-3 in overtime, the only previous time two Canada West teams had met in the championship game.