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Graduating senior Scott Trask of Bonavista and freshman Kris Hodge of Conception Bay South won bronze medals Sunday at the U Sports national university hockey championship in Fredericton, N.B.

Trask and Hodge dressed for the Acadia Axemen, who upset St. Francis Xavier X-Men 7-3 in Sunday’s bronze-medal game. X won the Atlantic University Sport championship this season.
The Axemen were the eight-seeded team in the eight-team championship, hosted by the University of New Brunswick. Defending champion UNB won another title, beating the University of Saskatchewan 5-3 Sunday.
The AUS had three teams in the national championship as St. FX came in conference champs, the Varsity Reds as hosts and Acadia as a third entry.
The Axemen upset the top-ranked University of Alberta in the quarter-final Thursday. Acadia then lost 3-0 to UNB, setting the stage for the bronze-medal victory.
The X-Men featured a pair of Newfoundlanders in the lineup — Gander’s Aaron Hoyles and Marcus Cuomo of St. John’s, although the latter is injured. Brad Peddle of the Goulds is the St. Francis Xavier coach, and Brian Casey of Grand Falls-Windsor is one of his assistants.
St. FX beat McGill in their quarter-final game Friday, but was smoked 8-0 by Saskatchewan Saturday.
Two Newfoundlanders were involved in the U Sports women’s championship in Napanee, Ont.
Nicole Blanche of Dunville played for the Saint Mary’s University Huskies, who went 2-1. After losing their quarter-final 2-1 to Alberta, the Huskies beat the University of Guelph 4-3 in a shootout in a consolation game, and then downed Queens University 4-1 in the consolation final.
Brooke Noseworthy of St. Anthony suited up for St FX, which lost twice — 3-1 to McGill in the quarter-final, and 2-0 to Queens in a consolation game.

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