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Wednesday, 28 March 2012 09:31

Swift Current’s Evan Vossen writes championship ending to Canadian Interuniversity Sport career

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And the 2012 McGill Redmen lived happily ever after.

Swift Current product Evan Vossen scored the fairy tale overtime winner Sunday as McGill beat the Western Mustangs 4-3 in Fredericton for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national men’s hockey championship.

It was the first University Cup win in McGill’s 135-year history, and Vossen’s final game of college eligibility.

“I’ve kind of been saying that you couldn’t write a better script to end it for myself or (the team) or a lot of the guys,” Vossen said Monday. “It’s really kind of a storybook finish.”

Vossen scored the winner six minutes into overtime after taking a cross-ice pass from teammate Alex Picard-Hooper. Vossen’s intentions to go top shelf were stymied by the choppy, unflooded ice so he went to plan B — shovel the puck on net and hope for the best.

“I was pretty surprised,” he admitted. “I didn’t think it crossed the line by much.”

Surprised at the goal itself, to be clear, not the end result.

“Everybody played well all game,” said Vossen. “We had a lot of sustained pressure throughout 60 minutes. They scored one late to tie it up on a five-minute power play but we killed (the rest of it) off.

“Everybody dug deep and we weren’t worried. It was always positive. We stayed pretty level and I knew it was just going to be a matter of time.”

It was once upon a time that Vossen was just a rookie with the Redmen, posting five points in 20 games as a freshman in 2007-08. His time there ended not just with a championship, but as the team’s captain.

“He’s just been an incredible leader for us,” said McGill head coach Kelly Nobes. “He’s been the team captain the last two years and he’s been an outstanding leader on the ice and off the ice. His contribution on the ice, if you were watching the game last night, it was on the penalty kill, on the power play, and five-on-five.

“He’s just an outstanding individual. There couldn’t have been a better guy to score that goal.”

Vossen starred for the La Ronge Ice Wolves in the last of his three Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League seasons before moving on to McGill.

His final career CIS numbers: Fifty-three goals and 43 assists for 96 points in 126 games.

And now, one national championship.

“The goal is special, but the fact that we won it all and that for the program it had been so long … there’s nothing that even comes close to comparing to this,” said Vossen.

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