CHARLOTTETOWN – The 2013-14 season is over for the UPEI Panthers in the Atlantic University Sport Men’s Hockey Conference.
The Saint Mary’s Huskies scored two goals in the first six minutes and never looked back en route to a 4-1 victory in the third and deciding game of the best-of-three quarter-final series on Sunday night. The Huskies will now face the first-place UNB Varsity Reds, who are coached by Bedeque native Gardiner MacDougall, in one best-of-five semifinal series. Moncton and Acadia will meet in the other semifinal.
Before 989 fans at MacLauchlan Arena, Gerrad Grant opened the scoring for the Huskies 1:02 into the contest, and Alex Cord made it 2-0 at 5:54. Stephen MacAulay scored at 15:27 to chase UPEI starting goaltender Wayne Savage, who gave up three goals on 12 shots.
The Panthers got back in the game as Reggie Tracitto scored during a two-man power-play 59 seconds into the second period. The Panthers applied some pressure in the middle frame, but were unable to solve Huskies goaltender Anthony Peters and cut into the lead.
Ryan Hillier scored an unassisted goal at 19:48 of the second period to give Saint Mary’s a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Overall, the Panthers outshot the Huskies 34-26, including a 14-4 margin in the final 20 minutes.