University of New Brunswick: Canadian Interuniversity Sport Hockey Champions

Brit Milazzo@@M11azzoCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2013

The UNB Men's Hockey team won their fifth CIS University Cup on Sunday. Photo provided by UNB Athletics.
The UNB Men's Hockey team won their fifth CIS University Cup on Sunday. Photo provided by UNB Athletics.

What better way is there to celebrate St. Patrick's Day for the University of New Brunswick men's hockey team than winning their fifth Canadian Interuniversity Sport University Cup Sunday night in Saskatoon, Sask?

The Varsity Reds defeated Saint Mary's University, 2-0, in the lowest reported scoring University Cup Championship on record.

Daine Todd and Tyler Carroll were both goal scorers in the win, while senior goaltender Daniel LaCosta stopped 17 shots in the shutout and earned game honors.

"Anytime you can win a national championship it's a real special moment," Head Coach Gardiner MacDougall said.

According to the UNB athletics statistics website, Todd scored on the power play midway through the first period from a Nick MacNeil pass.

The UNB Varisty Reds kept the game to a 1-0 score until 10 second left in the game when Carroll shot at an empty net finalizing the game, 2-0.

Carroll earned tournament MVP honors tallying four goals.

"You couldn't ask for much more than a win," Carroll said to press afterwards.

"It feels great," senior Luke Lynes added via Facebook message about winning three championships with the team.

This was the fourth championship for UNB in seven years, all under MacDougall, and ninth championship appearance in the team's hockey team history, making them the third most successful University Cup contenders in the CIS behind the Alberta Golden Bears and Toronto Varsity Blues.

Earlier in the month, UNB also won their third consecutive Atlantic University Sport championship also against the St. Mary's Huskies in a 2-0 victory at the Aitken Centre in Fredericton, N.B. This marks the fifth AUS championship for the UNB men's hockey team under coach MacDougall.

UNB forward Dion Campbell was named player of the game and scored the winning goal for his second of the series with 17 seconds left in the first period. The second goal came from Antoine Houde-Caron late in the third period.

LaCosta gained his second shutout of the tournament series and was named the most valuable player of the AUS playoffs.

Britney Milazzo is a Contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand. Milazzo will have an exclusive interview with team members goaltender Travis Fullerton, and forwards Luke Lynes, Chris Culligan and Nick MacNeil, and Coach MacDougall. Check back for more. Follow her on Twitter @bmilazz.