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Payne scores twice, Mancina stops 42 shots in UPEI win

The UPEI Panthers play in the Atlantic University Sport.
The UPEI Panthers play in the Atlantic University Sport. - Contributed

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Beau McCue tied it and Cody Payne won it Saturday as the UPEI Panthers scored twice in the final five minutes to defeat the Saint Mary’s Huskies for their third straight victory.

The fourth-place Panthers improved to 8-5-1 while the second-place Huskies dropped to 11-4-1.

Matthew Mancina stopped 42 shots for the win while former Charlottetown Islander Eric Brassard had 18 saves in the loss.

Payne scored a power-play goal in the first period while Kameron Kielly scored with three minutes to play in the second period.

Kielly added two assists, including one on the winner, for a three-point night and now has 24 points in 14 regular season games this season.

Captain Brent Andrews added two assists while singles went to Doug Blaisdell, Gabe Guertler, Sam Aulie and Riley Whittingham.

Austyn Hardie, Logan DeNoble and Dawson Theede scored for the Huskies.

UPEI was 1-for-7 on the power play and Saint Mary’s was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

The game was tied 1-1 after the first period and 2-2 heading to the third.

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