Axemen defeat UPEI, lose top defenseman

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Christopher Owens suffers concussion following hit

Acadia's Michael Ward steals the puck from UPEI's Jordan Mayer during Nov. 30 action. - Gary Manning photo

The hockey Axemen put another point in the win column on Nov. 30 with a 3-1 victory over UPEI, led by fourth-year forward Andrew Clark.

Clark, who trails the league-leading Saint Mary’s Huskie Peter Bloodoff by just two points in the scoring race, picked up two goals – including the game-winning second goal – to help lead the Axemen to the win.

The match was a physical game that drew 35 penalties and sent one Axemen to hospital.

Defenseman Christopher Owens, who has been a leading force for Acadia this season – before the Nov. 30 game, he was second in the AUS points race - was hurt in the second period and struck in the head. He lay unconscious for a moment and was taken off the ice on a spinal board as a precaution.

Owens suffered a concussion and, while the one-month Christmas break may minimize the time the team loses him on the ice, exams began Dec. 3 for the student-athlete.

UPEI’s Mason Wilgosh was handed a match penalty, a major penalty and a game misconduct for the hit behind the net against Owens.

Following the incident, the game took a turn for the worse, with five more 10-minute misconducts and many more minor penalties and skirmishes added to the penalty sheet. In total, Acadia had 18 penalties and UPEI had 17, with most of the Panthers penalties coming in the third period.

In addition to Clark’s two goals, rookie sniper Mike Cazzola scored on the power play six minutes into the first period off the stick of Brett Thompson.

Thompson assisted on all three goals against the Panthers.

The lone Panthers goal against Peter DiSalvo, who made 32 saves during the night, came with just 12:42 remaining in the game. UPEI’s Reggie Traccitto picked up his fifth goal of the season on the man advantage.

The two teams will face-off again in early January for the final of four match-ups this season.

With the Nov. 30 game, the Axemen improved to 11-3-1, while the Panthers dropped to 6-8-1. 

Organizations: Panthers

Geographic location: Acadia, Saint Mary

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