Reds and Axemen clinch playoff berths

Reds and Axemen clinch playoff berths

In AUS men's hockey action this weekend, the UNB Reds and Acadia Axemen clinched playoff berths as they sit atop the standings with 34 points apiece.

The Reds earned their fifth straight win, skating to weekend wins over the UPEI Panthers and the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus. The line of Tyler BolandStephen Anderson and Patrick Watling wreaked havoc on the Panthers Friday, scoring a combined 12 points in an 11-0 Reds win. Goals in the victory came from Boland (3), Anderson, Watling, Alexandre Goulet, Kris Bennett, Tristan Pomerleau, Connor Hall, Brady Gilmour and Mark Rassell. Rylan Parenteau made 22 stops for the shutout. 

Saturday night, Boland scored twice and added an assist to lead the Reds to a 7-3 win over the Aigles Bleus. Gilmour, Oliver Cooper, Matthew Boucher, Anderson (PP) and Mark Simpson all found the back of the net for the Reds, with Maxime St-Cyr, Vincent Deslauriers and Justin Guenette recording tallies for the Aigles Bleus. 

The Acadia Axemen continued their hot start to the new decade with a convincing 6-2 victory over the visiting Dalhousie Tigers Thursday night, extending their winning streak to seven. Owen MacDonald led the Axemen with two goals and one assist on the night, with teammates Rodney Southam, Johnny Corneil, Stephen Harper and Jack Flaman (SH) also getting on the board. Colton Heffley and Chandler Yakimowicz netted goals for the Tigers. 

The Axemen split their weekend games however, with StFX's Matt Needham scoring with 1:09 left in the game to lift the X-Men to a 2-1 victory Friday night, snapping Acadia's win streak. Needham earned Subway Player of the Game honours, while StFX goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon earned second star with 25 saves in the win. William Bower also got on the board for the X-Men, while Maurizio Colella scored the lone goal for Acadia.

In the first cross-town matchup of 2020, the Tigers hosted the Saint Mary's Huskies at the Halifax Forum on Friday. The Huskies special teams were the difference in this one as they took the 5-0 win. Keith Getson was named the Subway Player of the Game in the win, picking up two goals and an assist. Eric Brassard was solid in goal, making 21 saves to shut the Tigers out and earn the win. Other Huskie goals came from Stephen Johnson, Connor McGlynn and Sam King.

The Huskies swept their weekend games, playing to a 5-1 win over the X-Men Saturday night. Keith Getson (2), Nick Welsh (PP), Anthony Repaci and Stephen Johnson all found the back of the net for Saint Mary's, while Matt Needham scored the lone goal for StFX in the loss.

In Tuesday night action, the UPEI Panthers hosted the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus in Charlottetown, with the home team earning a 4-3 victory. Filip Rydstrom netted two goals and an assist to finish with a team-high three points in the win, while rookie forward Kyle Maksimovich also recorded three with a goal and two assists. Drake Pilon scored his first AUS goal for the Panthers, while Kameron Kielly notched two assists. Vincent Deslauriers, Alexandre Jacob (PP) and Robbie Graham (PP) all found the back of the net for the Aigles Bleus in thw loss.


Tuesday, January 7
Moncton 3 at UPEI 4

Thursday, January 9
Dalhousie 2 at Acadia 6

Friday, January 10
Acadia 1 at StFX 2
UPEI 0 at UNB 11
Saint Mary's 5 at Dalhousie 0

Saturday, January 11
StFX 1 at Saint Mary's 5
UNB 7 at Moncton 3

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