Ice Axemen take top spot in AUHC

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Ice Axemen

By John DeCoste


The Acadia hockey Axemen are alone in first place in the Atlantic Universities Hockey Conference following a weekend sweep on home ice.

After edging St. Thomas 3-2 Nov. 2, the Axemen, sixth in last week’s national rankings, blanked the CIS #3-ranked Moncton Aigles Bleus 4-0 Nov. 3 at Acadia Arena.

Acadia took a 2-0 lead after one period Nov. 3 on goals by Michael Ward and Dylan Anderson, dominating play both offensively and defensively and outshooting Moncton 16-4.

The second period was scoreless, and though the Axemen weren’t quite as dominant, they still outshot the Aigles Bleus 14-6 for a 30-10 edge after 40 minutes.

In the third period, Liam Heelis, who had missed a pair of scoring opportunities earlier in the game, scored twice, at 7:19 and again at 8:46, to round out the scoring.

Peter Di Salvo made 22 saves for the shutout, while Adrien Lemay stopped 39 of 43 in the Moncton net.

On Nov. 2, after a scoreless opening period, the Axemen struck twice in the second on goals by Joe Gaynor after just 52 seconds and Brett Thompson at 11:58. Acadia then made it 3-0 on Mike Cazzola’s goal at 2:19 of the third.

St. Thomas, which had been outshot 39-8 over the first two periods, replied with two goals in the third, by Felix Poulin at 8:38 and Jonathan Bonneau at 11:42, but the Axemen were able to prevent any further scoring and held on for the win.

The final shots on goal were 49-17 in Acadia’s favour.

The standings following weekend play had Acadia first at 6-2 for 12 points, Moncton second at 5-2-1 for 11, and Saint Mary’s and UNB tied for third at 5-3 for 10 points.

St. F.X. and UPEI were tied for fifth at 4-3-1 for nine points, Dalhousie was at 3-4-1 for seven and St. Thomas was still winless after eight games.

The Axemen take to the road this weekend for games Nov. 9 at Saint Mary’s and Nov. 10 at St. F.X.

Geographic location: Acadia, AUHC, Moncton St. Thomas Saint Mary

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