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Ste Anne Aces claim CSHL title

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 03/19/2016 9:05 AM

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The Ste Anne Aces celebrate their CSHL championship following their 5-2 win over the Huskies Friday night in Steinbach.


The Ste Anne Aces celebrate their CSHL championship following their 5-2 win over the Huskies Friday night in Steinbach.


In an electric atmosphere Friday night in Steinbach, with more than 800 fans on hand, the Ste Anne Aces won the Carillon Senior Hockey League championship as they defeated the defending champion Steinbach Huskies 5-2 to win the championship series 4-2.

It is the second CSHL crown for the Aces and the first since the 2007-08 season.

Scoreless in the first, the Aces emerged with a 3-2 lead after a frenetic second period, only gaining the lead in the final minute of the frame as Brett Charette scored for the Aces on a two-man advantage.

That capped off a second period that earlier saw four goals scored in less than three minutes. It all started with Ste Anne's Russell Trudeau speeding down the wing and scoring on a beautiful wrister to the top corner that beat Jesse Charriere. But just 68 seconds later Jamieson Krentz tied it for the Huskies on an equally impressive laser from the slot, also to the top corner, beating Guy St. Vincent.

Kevin Burton, assisted by his brother Ellory Burton, then gave the Huskies the lead just a minute later. But with the Steinbach fans just finally quieting down after taking the lead, it was Trudeau again who scored just 26 seconds later to tie it for the Aces, and the old barn was creaking and rocking as the hundreds of Ste. Anne fans erupted.

Brad Johnston and Brennan Ritchie added third period goals for the Aces to salt this one away. Ritchie had a goal and two assists in the contest. Trudeau was simply outstanding in the game as he added a pair of assists to his two highlight reel goals.

Ste Anne outshot Steinbach 30-24.

Guy St. Vincent had a perfect 7-0 record in the playoffs as he posted a scintillating 1.81 goals against average and .946 save percentage. He said, "to win the championship in this atmoshphere in front of so many of our fans that were here, was extra special." St. Vincent added, "we knew we had a good team going into the season, and we were able to make it happen."

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