Axemen sit atop men's hockey standings heading into second half of season

Axemen sit atop men's hockey standings heading into second half of season

The Acadia Axemen have won four straight, allowing them to take sole possession of first place in the men's hockey standings with a 14-4 record.

The Axemen kicked off their weekend with a 3-2 win over the U SPORTS No. 1 ranked UNB Reds Friday night. Alexander Lepkrowshi struck first with a powerplay tally to put Acadia on the board, followed shortly by a goal from UNB's Olivier LeBlanc to tie the game at 1-1. Under a minute into the second frame, Eric Henderson put the Axemen ahead by one, with teammate Jack Flaman adding a third goal minutes later. At the 7:12 mark of the second period, Matthew Boucher put the Reds within one but it was not enough as the Axemen held on for the victory. Logan Flodell made a huge 40 saves in the win for Acadia.

Acadia then went on to close out the 2019 half of their season with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus. Owen MacDonald found the back of the net at the 3:30 mark of the extra frame to seal the victory for the home team. Acadia had three power play goals in regulation, with tallies coming from Jordy Stallard, Cristiano Digiacinto and Maurizio Colella. Moncton goals came from Danick Crete, Maxime St-Cyr and Robbie Graham.

Despite their loss to the Axemen Friday night, the second place Reds bounced back Saturday night, skating to a huge 8-1 win over the Saint Mary's Huskies. Brady Gilmour earned Subway Player of the Game honours with one goal and one assist on the night. Other UNB tallies came from Samuel Dove-McFalls (2), Matthew Boucher, Tyler Boland, Joe Gatenby, Kris Bennett and Alexandre Goulet. Mitchell Balmas scored the lone goal for the Huskies in the loss. 

The Huskies also split their weekend games, defeating the Aigles Bleus 5-2 in a penalty filled battle Friday night. Anthony Repaci led the Huskies with two goals to earn Subway Player of the Game honours. Other Huskie goals came from Stephen Johnson, Logan DeNoble and John Mullaly. Vincent Deslauriers and Maxime St-Cyr both recorded powerplay goals for Moncton in the loss.

In midweek hockey action, the Dalhousie Tigers hosted the StFX X-Men at the Halifax Forum. It was a high scoring affair, but the X-Men came out on top with an 8-5 win. StFX goals came from Satino Centorame (PP), Bryson Cianfrone (2), Regan Spears, Adam Laishram, William Bower, Mark Tremaine (EN) and Matthew Graham (EN). Matt Green (2), Kelly Bent, Chandler Yakimowicz (PP) and Cameron Thompson (PP) all found the back of the net for Dalhousie in the loss.

The X-Men then hosted the UPEI Panthers Friday night where they were outlasted 6-5. Kameron Kielly led the Panthers with two goals and an assist on the night. For his three-point effort, Kielly earned first star and Subway player of the game honours. Filip Rydstrom also recorded two tallies in the win, with Troy Lajeunesse and Chad Labelle adding powerplay goals for the Panthers. X-Men goals came from Centorame (PP), Graham, Cianfrone, Jeremiah Addison (SH) and Cole MacDonald (SH). Simon Hofley made a huge 42 saves in the win for the Panthers. 

The Panthers then went on to host the Tigers Saturday night, where they fell 3-2. Dalhousie netminder, Connor Hicks turned aside 31 shots to earn his second win of the campaign. The Tigers were led by Duncan MacIntyre, Matt Green and Logan Johnston who all found the back of the net in the win. Jordan Maher and Darian Pilon (PP) got on the board for The Panthers. 

AUS men's hockey will return on Thursday, January 2nd as the Saint Mary's Huskies host the UPEI Panthers. 


Wednesday, Nov. 27
StFX 8 at Dalhousie 5

Friday, Nov. 29
Moncton 2 at Saint Mary's 5
UPEI 6 at StFX 5
UNB 2 at Acadia 3

Saturday, Nov. 30
UNB 8 at Saint Mary's 1
Moncton 3 at Acadia 4 (OT)
Dalhousie 3 at UPEI 2

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