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Saint Mary's wins University Cup

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Brad Smith has given the Saint Mary's Huskies something nobody before him in school history could -- a Cavendish University Cup.

Smith, who started on the fourth line, scored in overtime to lead No. 3 Saint Mary's to a thrilling 3-2 win against No. 1 Alberta in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's hockey final on Sunday night.

Smith snapped up a rebound off of captain Marc Raincourt's shot from the slot, and put it top right corner for the win.

"To be honest, I think it's the biggest goal I'll ever score in my career," Smith said after the game. "I just froze; I couldn't believe it. When I realized what I had just done, I just went crazy."

Neil Conway made 38 saves for Saint Mary's, while his teammates managed only 26 shots through more than three periods against Alberta's Travis Yonkman.

"We know we got outplayed in the first period pretty badly," Saint Mary's coach Trevor Stienburg said. "We made the most of our chances, and we just willed it out."

Stienburg said all the media attention that former NHLer Mike Danton brought when he joined the Huskies in January galvanized the team. Danton appeared in 87 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues from 2001-04.

"He's been unreal," Stienburg said of Danton. "The city, the school, and the team's embraced him.

"Maritimers love him, man."

Cam Fergus and Scott Brophy also scored for the Huskies, while Tyler Metcalfe and Derek Ryan tallied for Alberta.

Alberta, the top seed, has won three CIS championships in the last six years, and was the favorite to win again this season.

"Obviously guys are afraid to make a mistake," coach Eric Thurston said. "We seemed to be a little bit tentative at times. But these guys are just kids, and they're going to get nervous."


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