By John DeCoste
After losing their first three games of the second half, the Acadia hockey Axemen finally stopped the bleeding with a 6-3 win on Jan. 12 at St. Thomas.
That doesn’t mean, though, that there weren’t some anxious moments along the way, particularly when the Tommies jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period on goals by Chris Morehouse, Yuri Cheremetiev and Sebastien Bernier.
The Axemen, however, responded well, scoring four goals in just under six minutes in the second period to take a 4-3 lead, while outshooting St. Thomas 17-1.
Liam Heelis scored at 5:23, while Mike Cazzola picked up a marker at 7:21 on the power play, Travis Gibbons at 11:22 and Heelis again at 13:07.
Acadia then added a pair of goals in the third period, Gibbons’ second of the game was at 5:31 and Joe Gaynor scored at 17:41 for the final margin of victory. Heelis and Gibbons both ended up with two goals and one assist.
The Axemen outshot St. Thomas 18-10 in the first period, 17-1 in the second and 21-3 in the third for a 56-14 edge overall.
The previous evening in Moncton, the Axemen dropped their third straight game since the start of the second half, falling 4-3 to the Aigles Bleus.
Moncton took a 1-0 lead after one period on a goal by Pierre-Antoine Dion. The teams then had two goals each in the second period and one goal each in the third, with Dion’s second goal, on the power play at 4:03 of the third, as the game-winner.
Alex Beaton, Cazzola and Travis Randell had the goals for the Axemen, who battled well and outshot the Aigles Bleus 32-23.
The weekend results left Acadia with a record of 13-6-1, good for third place in the league, two points behind Saint Mary’s and three behind first-place UNB. They are three points ahead of fourth-place St. F.X.
The Axemen and X-men met Jan. 16 in Wolfville. Acadia takes to the road this weekend for games Friday at Saint Mary’s and Saturday at Dalhousie.