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HUSKIES MEN'S HOCKEY TEAM REACHES FINALS OF 2017 HELDER CUP INVITATIONAL

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George Brown men's extramural hockey dominated on its way to the 2017 Helder Cup finals, where a lack of discipline cost the Huskies against Humber North.

It was abundantly clear early on that George Brown's squad was going to be one of the teams to beat. Kicking off the invitational against the Canadore Panthers, the Huskies controlled play from puck drop to the final whistle on their way to a 4-1 win. The hosts scored three straight tallies at even strength, before Canadore put itself on the board courtesy of a power play goal with 4:04 remaining in the third.

Next up, the Huskies came out flying against Humber Lakeshore in game one of round robin action, carrying a 2-1 lead until the game's final minute. A desperate Hawks side tied things up with 29 seconds left, setting up George Brown's shootout victory.

With two W's notched, the Huskies earned a bye into the semi-finals, where they would face off against St. Lawrence after the latter downed Canadore in the quarters. The game proved an uneven affair, as George Brown swept aside SLC to the tune of a 7-0 shutout.

A rivalry worth noting whether at the varsity or extramural level, George Brown and Humber met once again in the tournament's finals, with the Huskies facing off against Humber North's squad. The Hawks found themselves in the championship game having dispatched McMaster and SLC in the groups, before downing McMaster once again in the semis.

Humber North proved to be George Brown's stiffest challenge, and an opponent which capitalized on Huskies missteps. George Brown was on the board halfway into the first, but 20 seconds after a tripping penalty with 2:05 left in the period, Humber evened things up 1-1.

After trading blows without finding net, the Hawks pulled away in the third, with a four goal outburst which started on the man advantage. Humber would end up winning the 2017 Helder Cup Invitational by a 5-1 final score.

"I think the tiredness got to them, took some lazy penalties, some mental errors," said Huskies head coach Jack Malone, while also giving credit to a strong Humber side. "It's just the discipline in the final game. It was the first time we were down all tournament, and it's hard to come out of that when you're taking bad penalties."

Though the end result wasn't what George Brown had envisioned, the invitational was an important bonding experience, being the first tournament of the season.

"In the dressing room, it was really positive vibes," said Colin Ferreira, a standout for George Brown throughout the tourney. "There was no negativity in the room. It's a great bunch of guys, they were all pumping each other up, motivating each other to be the best we can be on the ice."

Malone certainly wasn't pleased with the lack of discipline in the final game, but the head coach's assessment of his team's overall performance was a positive one. Moving forward, he and the team may have some payback on the scoresheet in mind for the next tournament.

"I liked everybody's performance, I thought everybody contributed, everybody worked well together," said Malone. "Aside from the last couple of periods there, everybody was on the same page.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing our guys in Humber's tournament, and handing it to them."