The UNB Reds closed the AUS men's hockey season on a 14-game win streak, allowing them to finish first in the standings with a 26-4 record on the season.
The Reds earned their 13th win in a row with a 9-2 win over the UPEI Panthers Friday night in Fredericton. Stephen Anderson scored twice and assisted on another pair of goals, while Patrick Watling had a goal and three assists in the victory. Anderson was named the Subway Player of the Game for his efforts. Mark Rassell, Tyler Boland, Matthew Boucher (SH), Alexandre Goulet (2) and Oliver Cooper also found the back of the net for UNB while Kameron Kielly and Riley Whittingham scored for the Panthers in the loss.
They then exploded for four unanswered goals in the second period en route to an 8-2 win over the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus Saturday night. Subway Player of the Game, Kris Bennett, led the visitors offensive attack with two goals and two assists. Brady Gilmour and Mark Simpson each scored twice, while Alexandre Goulet and Tyler Boland added singles. For Moncton, Gabriel Vanier and Maxime St-Cyr found the back of the net. UNB's Rylan Parenteau made 19 saves for the win, while Moncton's Alexi Thibaudeau made 25 saves in the losing cause.
Despite their loss to the Reds, the Aigles Bleus split their games this week, topping the Panthers 7-1 Wednesday night. Robbie Graham scored two goals and added a helper in the win, while teammate Alexis Roy recorded a goal and two assists in the win. Vincent Millette, Alexandre Jacob, Vincent Deslauriers and Danick Crete also found the back of the net. Maxime St-Cyr and Vincent Lanoue had two assists each. Bobby Zinkan scored the lone goal in the loss for the Panthers. The Aigles Bleus finished the season in fourth in the standings with a 13-11-6 record.
The Acadia Axemen finished the season in second in the standings with a 19-9-2 record to clinch a first round bye in the playoffs. They ended the regular season with a weekend split, kicking things off with a 7-2 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers Friday night. Acadia's goals came from seven different players, including Maurizio Colella (PP), Owen MacDonald, Ross MacDougall, Garrett McFadden, Stephen Harper, Marc McNulty (PP) and Cristiano Digiacinto (PP). Michael Dill and Kelly Bent recorded tallies for the Tigers in the loss.
The Axemen then visited the StFX X-Men in Antigonish Saturday night for their final game of the regular season, falling 5-2. The X-Men scored three power play goals in the game, coming from Santino Centorame, Adam Laishram and Regan Spears. Bryson Cianfrone and Declan Smith also found the back of the net in the victory, while Harper and McNulty scored for the visitors.
The X-Men also split their weekend games, falling to the Saint Mary's Huskies 9-3 Friday night. The Subway Player of the Game was the Huskies' goaltender, Xavier Potvin, who finished with 29 saves on the night. Saint Mary's goals came from Stephen Johnson, Adam Bateman, Keith Getson (PP), Connor McGlynn (2), Logan DeNoble, Jacob Friend, Dawson Theede (PP) and Noah Zilbert. Cianfrone, Laishram and William Bower recorded tallies for the X-Men in the loss.
The Huskies then went on to face cross-town rivals the Tigers Saturday night in the final game of the season, where they fell 4-3 in overtime. The Tigers were able to come out on top when Colton Heffley sent a pass from the corner to the point for Duncan MacIntyre who hammered a slapshot through traffic to find the top corner and give his team a 4-3 win in overtime. The goal also earned MacIntyre the Subway Player of the Game title. Goals in regulation came from Dalhousie's Heffley, Dill and Matt Green, while Saint Mary's tallies came from Theede, Anthony Repaci and Alexander Peters.
The Reds, Axemen, Huskies, Aigles Bleus, X-Men and Panthers all advance to the AUS men's hockey playoffs. For a look at the final standings, click here.
Wednesday, February 5
Moncton 7 at UPEI 1