The Saint Mary’s Huskies did themselves a big favour at the University Cup by entering as Atlantic champions. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a cakewalk.
The No. 2-ranked Huskies open the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey championship in Thunder Bay, Ont., today at 3 p.m. against the fifth-ranked McGill Redmen.
The No. 3 Western Ontario Mustangs are also in their pool.
They’ve avoided the Alberta Golden Bears and New Brunswick Varsity Reds — traditional powerhouses that landed in the other pool — and are hoping to keep the momentum rolling after beating the V-Reds in the conference final.
“I very much like our chances if we play like that,” said Huskies head coach Trevor Stienburg.
“We worked hard, we did the little things and we were on the same page. But don’t forget, we got some breaks.
“It’s got to be that perfect storm.”
If the Huskies win, they will get a day off before facing Western Ontario. If they lose, they play Western Ontario tomorrow.
The championship is Sunday at 3 p.m.
Stienburg’s message to his troops is, “Don’t go out with the fear of failure, but with the opportunity for success.”