Acadia Axemen come home with bronze medals from nationals

Published on March 20, 2017

Acadia Axemen and team leaders pose with their bronze medals on March 19 in Frederiction after their final game at the nationals.

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FREDERICTON NB – The Acadia University hockey Axemen came home with bronze medals from the U SPORTS Cavendish Farms University Cup in Fredericton March 19.

“We had a tremendous year in a great league,” said coach Darren Burns on Monday. “I’m really proud of our guys.”

Acadia player Michael Clarke had two goals in the first period, and then Daniel Pettersson added two in the second to lead the team to a 7-3 win over St FX. Boston Leier, Liam Maaskant, Taylor Makin, Eric Locke added goals and Pettersson scored again.

Acadia outshot St FX 34-29 in the contest.  

Burns called the bronze medal a nice way to finish the season, after coming into the tournament seeded eighth. The Axemen lost 3-0 to the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds on their home turf in Frederiction last Saturday.

“The comeback shows the integrity of our players,” he said. “It was a tremendous season.”

Well aware that many Acadia fans were listening to the radio play of the game, Burns said the Axemen represent both the university and the Valley when in competition.

He said other universities in the league “don’t get the support that we do. People care so much. It’s a huge recruiting factor.”

In fact, the coach said he enjoys seeing fans excited at home games. The Axemen are back to their studies now and Burns will be dealing with the loss of some key players.

“We losing some strong leaders, but that’s the nature of what we do,” he said.

Acadia’s Player of the Game was Michael Clarke. The March 19 game was the ninth meeting of the season between the two teams, with St FX winning both the season series 4-1 and the best-of-five AUS semifinal 3-0.

Acadia defeated the top-seeded University of Alberta Golden Bears in the March 16 opening game.

University Cup website: www.universitycup.ca