Men's hockey playoffs set with one week remaining in season

Men's hockey playoffs set with one week remaining in season

With their twelfth-straight win, the UNB Reds earn the top seed in the AUS men's hockey playoffs, with the Acadia Axemen finishing in second to also earn a first round bye.

The Reds visited the Acadia Axemen Friday night, proving to be victorious in Wolfville, winning by a score of 4-2. Kris Bennett led the Reds to victory with two goals on the night, with teammates Samuel Dove-McFalls and Brady Gilmour also recording goals in the win. Johnny Corneil (SH) and Ross MacDougall posted tallies for Acadia in the loss. Despite the loss, Acadia goaltender Logan Flodell finished with a massive 41 saves on the night. 

UNB then took on the Saint Mary's Huskies Saturday night, topping them 5-1. Ben Hawerchuk and Alexandre Goulet each scored once and assisted on two other goals in the win. Other UNB goals came from Mark Simpson, Mark Rassell, and Matt Murphy. Saint Mary's Keith Ketson scored a power play tally, which was the lone goal for the Huskies in the loss. 

Despite losing back-to-back games this weekend, the Axemen held on for the second spot in the standings, earning themselves a first round bye in the playoffs. 

Saturday evening, the Axemen hosted the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus in Wolfville, falling 4-3 in a shootout. Vincent Deslauriers scored the game winning goal for the Aigles Bleus, earning them to the victory. Moncton goals in regulation came from Maxime St-Cyr (PP), Samuel Guilbauilt (PP) and Alexis Roy (PP), while Acadia goals came from Garrett McFadden (PP), Stephen Harper (PP) and Jordy Stallard. 

The UPEI Panthers earned five points out of a possible six this week, allowing them to clinch the final spot in the AUS men's hockey playoffs.

They kicked things off in rare Monday night game against the  the Dalhousie Tigers, falling in overtime. After being down 2 goals in the third period, the Tigers were able to force overtime and come away with a 5-4 win. Zachary Taylor was the overtime hero for the Tigers, earning Subway Player of the Game honours. Dalhousie goals in regulation came from Campbell Pickard, Andrew Shewfelt (2) and Michael Dill, while Kyle Maksimovich, Kameron Kielly, Owen Headrick (PP) and Jordan Maher all found the back of the net for UPEI in the loss. 

In their second meeting of the week, the Panthers bounced back to earn a 4-3 overtime win over the Tigers, clinching a playoff spot with the win. Headrick led UPEI with two power play goals on the night, while teammates  TJ Shea and Matt Brassard also found the back of the net in the win. Logan Johnston, Matt Green and Campbell Pickard scored for Dalhousie. 

Saturday night, the Panthers went on to top the StFX X-Men 6-5 in a shootout. Kyle Maksimovich scored the game-tying goal in the third period and then notched the shootout winner to lift the Panthers to victory. He finished with a hattrick on the night. Other UPEI goals came from Owen Headrick, Filip Rydstrom (PP) and Kameron Kielly. StFX tallies were notched by Matt Needham, Matthew Graham (PP), Mark Tremaine, Bryson Cianfrone and Sam Studnicka. UPEI goaltender Simon Hofley finished the night with 39 saves on the night, earning Subway player of the game honours. 

The Tigers earned two points on the week as captain Colton Heffley scored two goals and the shootout winner to lift Dalhousie to a 5-4 win over the StFX X-Men Wednesday night in Antigonish. In a back and forth game, Heffley also scored the tying goal for the Tigers with only 51 seconds left in the game to force overtime and the eventual shootout. He earned Subway Player of the Game honours for his efforts. Tigers goals in regulation came from Michael Dill and Dillon Boucher, while Regan Spears (PP), Declan Smith, Cole MacDonald, Cole MacDonald and Mark Tremaine all found the back of the net for StFX.

Friday night, the Saint Mary's Huskies skated to a 5-1 win over the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus in Halifax. Huskies goals came from Mitchell Balmas (PP), Jacob Friend, Dawson Theede, Keith Getson and Connor McGlynn, while Francis Thibeault scored the lone goal for the Aigles Bleus. The Subway Player of the Game was awarded to Saint Mary's' goaltender Eric Brassard, who turned away 29 of 30 shots in the win. 


Monday, January 27
UPEI 4 at Dalhousie 5 (OT)

Wednesday, January 29
Dalhousie 5 at StFX 4 (SO)

Friday, January 31
UNB 4 at Acadia 2
UPEI 4 at Dalhousie 3 (OT)
Moncton 1 at Saint Mary's 5

Saturday, February 1
UPEI 6 at StFX 5
Moncton 4 at Acadia 3 (OT)
UNB 5 at Saint Mary's 1

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