Huskies edge Ravens 3-2 in quadruple overtime

University of Saskatchewan Huskies' Parker Thomas, right, scores the winning goal in their 3-2 victory over the Carleton Ravens during fourth overtime period CIS championship hockey action in Halifax on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Parker Thomas scored in the fourth overtime, and the No. 2 Saskatchewan Huskies avoided an upset at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey tournament with a 3-2 win over No. 7 Carleton on Thursday. Thomas picked up a rebound at the edge of the crease and put a backhand shot into an open net at 6:11 of the fourth extra period in what became the longest CIS championship game in history.

“I talked to my centre-man before the draw, and told him I was going to drive to the net,” Thomas said.

“I got stopped on the first one, but I was able to put the rebound home. I don’t remember much after that.”

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Later Thursday, No. 3 St. Francis Xavier routed No. 6 Alberta 6-2.

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Levi Cable, on a power play, and Kohl Bauml also scored for Saskatchewan.

Brent Norris and Brett Welychka scored for the Ravens.

Jordan Cooke made 58 saves for the Huskies, while Patrick Killen turned aside 65 shots for Carleton.

“There is not much to say after a loss like that,” said Carleton coach Marty Johnston, adding his players are “an excellent group of young men.”

In the late quarter-final, Michael Clarke led the X-Men with three goals, while Adam Stevens scored twice. Zack MacQueen also scored and Eric Locke added three assists.

Jamie Crooks and Riley Kieser had the goals for Alberta.

Drew Owsley was stellar in goal for the X-Men, making 43 saves.

Luke Siemens stopped 21 shots for the Golden Bears.

UNB takes on Western and Saint Mary’s faces off against top-ranked UQTR on Friday.

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