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For the third straight season, and the eighth time in the last nine seasons, the University of Alberta Golden Bears men’s hockey team are Canada West champions, thanks to a 4-2 game three win in the Canada West Final over the Manitoba Bisons on Sunday, March 14 evening at Clare Drake Arena. Alberta also won game two by a 2-1 on Saturday, March 13 and Manitoba won 4-1 in game one on Friday, March 12. All three games were played at the University of Alberta in the Clare Drake Arena.
Both teams now head to Thunder Bay for a shot at the CIS national championship, which Alberta last won in 2008, their CIS record 13th title in team history. Manitoba last won their only CIS national title in 1965, the same year as their last conference banner.
The CIS National Championship runs March 25-28 at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and will feature the Golden Bears, the McGill Redmen, the host Lakehead Thunderwolves, the Manitoba Bisons, the University of Québec Trois-Riviéres Patriots and a still undetermined team from the Atlantic conference. The AUS championship best-of-five series currently stands at two games to none in favour of the St. Mary’s Huskies over the St. Francis Xavier X-Men.