The University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey team is in celebration mode.
Jamie Crooks scored a hat-trick, including an empty-netter, to help the Bears defeat the Saskatchewan Huskies 6-3 in the rubber-match of the best-of-three Canada West Final on Sunday night.
Taylor Cooper, Luke Philp, and Cole Sanford also scored for the Bears, with Brendan Burke stopping 32 out of 35 shots on net.
This is the first Canada West hockey title for the Bears since 2015, and their eighth since 2008.
Both Alberta and Saskatchewan will now head to the U SPORTS Championship, Mar. 16-19 in Fredericton, NB.
The Golden Bears will be looking for their first national championship since winning back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015. (dc/td)