1998 AUAA Championship and CIAU Appearance
Regular SeasonUNB finished the first half of the season with a 14-1-0 record, tops in the country. Ranked #1 from the first week - they only dropped to #2 once (17 weeks at #1). A mental lapse in Mount Allison results in a shutout win for the Mounties and dashed UNB's chance to eclipse 50 points in a season, but 49 points was still a UNB record and 24-3-1 was an AUAA record.
UNB never lost a home game during the season, 14 league games, 1 exhibition game and 5 playoff games. When added to the previous season - a home winning record of 28 straight wins.
Rk MacADAM DIV GP W L T F A p 1 UNB 28 24 3 1 167 68 49 STU (1) 28 14 11 3 141 135 32 Moncton* 28 11 14 3 96 139 25 | 4-1-0 UPEI* 28 11 16 1 134 145 25 | 1-4-0 Mt. A. 28 3 23 2 84 171 8 Rk KELLY DIV GP W L T F A p 10 St. FX 28 18 8 2 129 102 39 7 Acadia 28 17 10 1 133 93 35 DAL 28 11 16 1 109 117 23 SMU (1) 28 8 16 4 91 114 21 () = number of points awarded to OT losses
MacAdam Div. Semi-Final, AUAA Quarter FinalRound One - UNB vs UPEI, Win Series 2-1
UNB meet UPEI in the first round. The season series was in UNB's favour - 5-0-0. UNB had out scored UPEI 35-13 and with a such a strong home record - UNB looked to be the favorites in the series. UNB won the openning game 9-4, but lost the second game two nights later in Charlottetown 4-2. UNB bounced back at home in game three with a 5-4 victory and a 2-1 series win.
MacAdam Div. Finals, AUAA Semi-FinalsRound Two - UNB vs STU, Win Series 2-0
STU had advanced past UdeM in their first round match to setup a UNB/STU MacAdam Division final for the second time in two years. The previous year UNB had won the best of three series two straight 4-2 and 5-4 OT1. The first game was at the Aitken Centre where UNB won by the same score of 4-2. Game two was at the LBR and saw UNB win with the same score of 5-4 and win the series 2-0 and advance against Acadia for the second time in two years.
AUAA FinalsRound Three - UNB vs Acadia, Win Series 2-1
The previous year Acadia had home ice advantage (to no avail), but this year the MacAdam Division Champion would have home ice advantage (home is rotated each year) - something UNB would need. UNB lost the first game in Acadia 1-2, they would need to win both games at home, something they had done all year, to win the series.
UNB would win the first game 3-2 in overtime on a power play goal by Scott Cherry. Acadia player Mike O'Leary, received a double minor for slashing and checking-from-behind at 16:58 of the third. UNB didn't capatilize until their first shift of OT. This setup the third and deciding game on Sunday. UNB would win 3-2 on a last minute goal by Jason Campeau with 28 seconds left. This would mark UNB's second AUAA title in as many years - a first for the hockey team.
With the new format of the CIAU finals, both UNB and Acadia would advance to the tournament, but UNB would advance as the AUAA Champion.
CIAU Finals - U. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon - Saskatchewan
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