Former Moosehead centreman commits to Acadia

QMJHL – Halifax Mooseheads vs Shawinigan Cataractes – Halifax Mooseheads C, Zack Jones (42). Scotiabank Center, Halifax, Nova Scotia – February 1, 2020. (Trevor MacMillan/Halifax Mooseheads)

The Acadia Axemen are proud to welcome Zack Jones to the hockey program, he will join the team starting in the January.


Jones is a Bridgewater, MA, in the United States, and played the last 3 years in the QMJHL with the Halifax Mooseheads. The 5’9” center is a left-handed shot, who will add an offensive punch to the Axemen lineup, having scored 38 goals and 85 points in 158 regular season games with the Mooseheads.


We asked Zack what made him choose Acadia, he said, “Acadia University seems like a great school and I am very excited to attend. Living in Halifax for the last few years, I have heard nothing but great things as a school. It checks off everything I was looking for in a hockey program, and after talking with the coaching staff it was a great fit for me.”


In the 2019-20 season he had 15 goals and 34 points in 63 games. The shortened 2020-21 season saw him put up 13 points in 29 games, and last season he had his best season in the QMJHL, with 18 goals and 38 points in 66 games.


Coach Darren Burns likes the addition of the centreman saying, “Zach will be a very welcome addition to our team. He plays with a lot of pace works extremely hard and has an excellent reputation as a teammate. He’s a player we were looking to add this past off season. To be able to bring him in now will help us. He is tailor made for AUS hockey and with his addition we have immediately gotten better.


Prior to joining the Mooseheads, Zack was an All-Star in the National Collegiate Development Conference with the Boston Junior Bandits where he scored 35 points (4 goals 31 assists) in 50 games. The NCDC is a league comprised of 16 to 20-year-old players. Jones also had 53 points (22 goals 31 assists) in 2017-18 with the U16 Boston Junior Bandits.


We asked Jones what Axemen fans can expect to see from his game in January, he said, “the Axemen fans can expect a hard-working, fast skater and a playmaker. I like to play hard in the D zone first, before getting into the offense. With saying that, I can bring offensive production as well and will do whatever it takes to help our team win games.”


Jones and the Axemen will return to AUS regular season action, following the holiday break, on January 6th as they face the Dalhousie Tigers at the Halifax Forum.

Zazula named to USports ‘Team AUS’

TORONTO – For the eighth time since 2015, a team of U SPORTS men’s hockey all-stars will be facing members of Canada’s National Junior Team Selection camp as a part of its preparation for the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championship.

U SPORTS has selected players exclusively from the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference to represent the All-Star team and face Team Canada’s hopefuls in a pair of games at the Avenir Centre in Moncton on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. AT and Dec. 12 at 12 p.m. AT.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at

The U SPORTS squad is loaded with firepower, as the Top 10 AUS scorers have all made the roster, with every player scoring at a greater than a point-per-game clip. The team will be led by AUS leading scorer Liam Hawel from the STFX X-Men, who has posted 27 points in 18 games this season (12-15-27). The former Soo Greyhound and Kitchener Ranger also played seven games for the Laval Rocket of the AHL in the 2020-21 season before joining the X-Men for the 21-22 campaign where he scored 18 goals and added 19 assists.

The U SPORTS defence is led by UPEI Panthers blueliner Matthew Brassard. The former Barrie Colt and Niagara Ice Dog is the leading point-getter amongst rearguards in Canadian university men’s hockey with 23 points in 18 games (3-20-23). Legendary UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall, who will also oversee the U SPORTS entry at the upcoming FISU Winter World University Games in Lake Placid, New York, will guide the All-Star team with six members of his UNB REDS, including fourth year forward Brady Gilmore (3-16-19)

“This is an excellent opportunity for U SPORTS to show our continued support for Hockey Canada in helping them best prepare the Canadian World Junior Team for the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Atlantic Canada,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, Chief Sport Officer of U SPORTS. “We are honoured to be invited annually to the selection camp, while simultaneously showcasing some of the best talent Canadian university hockey has to offer. We greatly appreciate Hockey Canada’s support in hosting some of Canada’s top university players.”

Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team has faced various U SPORTS competition on a regular basis since 1988. U SPORTS began its current All-Star team format in 2015 and in seven previous camps has a 6-6-1 record.


Name / Nom Pos Hometown / Ville natale Yr/Année Team/Équipe
Jonah Capriotti G Mount Hope, ON 2nd UPEI
Matthew Welsh G Halifax, NS 3rd Saint Mary’s
Noah Carroll D Strathroy, ON 5th UNB
Adam McCormick D Woodstock, NB 2nd UNB
Yann-Felix Lapointe D Granby, QC 2nd Moncton
Justin MacPherson D Richmond Hill, ON 2nd Saint Mary’s
Matthew Brassard D Barrie, ON 4th UPEI
Ross MacDougall D St. Stephen, NB 4th UNB
Luke Zazula D Langley, BC 2nd Acadia
Vincent Deslauriers F Ste. Anne-des-Plains, QC 5th Moncton
TJ Shea F Tignish, UPEI 4th UPEI
Kyle Maksimovich F Hamilton, ON 4th UPEI
Troy Lajeunesse F Dokis, ON 5th UPEI
Mika Cyr (INJ)

*will not play

F Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska, NB 2nd Moncton
Nathael Roy F St-Redempteur, QC 2nd Moncton
Matthew Struthers F London, ON 2nd STFX
Liam Hawel F Kanata, ON 2nd STFX
Austen Keating F Kitchener, ON 3rd UNB
Brady Gilmour F Cobourg, ON 4th UNB
Jason Willms F Kitchener, ON 3rd UNB
Shaun Miller F Cole Harbour, NS 3rd Dalhousie
Andrew Coxhead F Fall River, NS 2nd Saint Mary’s
Jacob Hudson F Antigonish, NS 2nd STFX


Gardiner MacDougall Head Coach UNB
Forbes MacPherson Assistant Coach UPEI
Derek Cormier Assistant Coach Moncton
Tyler Naugler Assistant Coach SMU
Christopher Becker Equipment Manager UNB
Jordan Lamontagne Equipment Manager Moncton


Flaman & Hoyt with the Acadia goals

HALIFAX, N.S. – The Dalhousie Tigers beat the Acadia Axemen 3-2 in Saturday night men’s hockey action at the Halifax Forum.


Acadia began the game on the attack, peppering Dalhousie goaltender Alexander MacDonald (Truro, NS) with shots in the hopes that something would get by him. MacDonald turned them all away and was rewarded late in the period when Matt Green (Hammonds Plains, NS) and Kyle Yewchuk (Calgary, AB) found the back of the net to give the Tigers the lead.  

Acadia’s aggression paid off early in the second period when Jack Flaman (Vbank, SK) redirected a puck past MacDonald to close the gap on the powerplay. Dalhousie’s Ethan O’Rourke (Prince George, BC) responded later in the period to keep the Axemen comeback at bay.  

The Axemen wouldn’t quit though and continued to fire away on MacDonald. For the game, they outshot the Tigers 34-20, and midway through the third period they managed to get their second goal from Peyton Hoyt (Fredericton, NB) to shrink Dalhousie’s lead once more.  

Their effort came too late though, as Dalhousie walked away with their second win of the season, breaking a 13 game losing streak. They now sit at 2-15-0-1 on the season while Acadia drops to 5-10-1-2 entering the winter break. 

Kyle Yewchuk, earned Subway player of the game honours for Dalhousie.  

Dal and Acadia will face off against each other in their next match-up on January 6 at the Halifax Forum, but for now, both teams will take the winter break to rest up and refocus for the home stretch.  

Written by Joe Thomson, Dalhousie Tigers Communications Office

Rippon with the OT winner for Acadia

Antigonish, NS – The Acadia Axemen went into the Christmas break on a high note, dropping the STFX X-Men 5-4 in overtime, with defender Merrick Rippon (Ottawa, ON) ending the game and sealing the win Wednesday night at the Antigonish Arena.  

Acadia had it over the X Men in the early going, hemming the home team into their own zone and not allowing much in the way of offence. The X-Men picked up the pace later in the period, and produced a couple of solid scoring chances on a power play but Acadia goalie Connor McCollum (Pickering, ON) was up to the task. There was a bit of the rough stuff too, with neither team backing down from the other.  

Acadia lit the lamp first with about six minutes left to play, with Axemen defender Hudson Wilson (Toronto, ON) one-timing a face off win by centre Cole Nagy (Saskatoon, SK) into the back of the X net.  

With five seconds left in the period, Nagy added a goal himself, knocking one home after the puck bounced in front of the X net from the boards. Brendan Tomilson (Cameron, ON) and Liam Kidney (Enfield, NS) assisted.  

Shots at the end of the first period were 13-7 in favour of Acadia as they held a 2-0 lead on the scoreboard.   

Acadia looked to increase their lead on an early powerplay in the second period, but the X penalty killers did their job. Shortly thereafter, a nifty passing play from Zack Trott (Mulmur, ON) and Matthew Struthers (Milton, ON) resulted in Jacob Hudson (Antigonish, NS) potting his ninth goal of the season for the blue and white with just over three minutes played.  

The game opened up at that point and it was STFX’s Josh Nelson (Lockport, IL) tying the game three minutes later, roofing one short side off a pass from Ethan Crossman (Sackville, NB) and Connor Roberts (Owen Sound, ON).   

The tie score was short lived though, with Kidney notching his seventh of the season off an assist from Brendan Sellan (Orangeville, ON), giving Acadia the lead.    

The teams continued to exchange chances for the rest of the period but the score remained 3-2 for the visitors after 40 minutes. Shots at the end of the period were 22-20 in favour of the X-Men.  

A late penalty in the second left STFX shorthanded to start the third, and X goalie Lucas Pfeil (Owen Sound, ON) had to come up with some big saves early.  

Another big bounce off the backboards led to another Acadia goal with about five minute gone, with Sellan batting one home, and Tomilson and Rippon assisting. STFX answered 28 seconds later though, with Nelson hitting paydirt for his second goal of the game, off assists from Clark Webster (Kensington, PE) and Patrick Kyte (Pembroke, ON).   

The X-Men had a two-man powerplay about halfway through the period, and it was Hudson who knotted the game at four, scoring his second of the game off a rebound from a Struthers shot, with Trott getting the other assist.   

With just under seven minutes left to play, STFX appeared to score but the goal was called off due to a high stick. The teams continued to battle but regulation solved nothing and they went to overtime. 

The X-Men had a 4-on-4 power play for the first 1:30 of overtime but could not solve McCollum. After stopping several other X scoring chances, the Axemen went on a 2-on-1 rush, setting the stage for Rippon’s game winner, coming off assists from Sellan and Peyton Hoyt (Lincoln, NB).  

McCollum made 31 saves on the night for the win, while Pfeil had 28 stops in the X net.  

With two goals on the night, Nelson was the first star and Subway player of the game, while teammate Hudson garnered the second star, also netting a pair of goals. Acadia’s Rippon was the third star of the game. 

The X Men resume play on December 2nd when they head to Halifax to take on Saint Mary’s, while Acadia is back at it on December 3rd when they play Dalhousie, also in Halifax. 

Recap courtesy Matt Draper, STFX Athletics  

5 different Acadia goal scorers in win

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – It was the end of a seven-game losing streak for the Acadia Axemen (4-9-2-1) on Saturday night, as they defeated the Moncton Aigles Bleus (10-6) by a score of 5-2.

Subway First Star of the Night Merrick Rippon (Ottawa, Ont.) and third star of the night Bailey Peach (Falmouth, N.S.) contributed to their team’s offensive outburst with a goal apiece.

Acadia went on an offensive explosion in the first period with three goals.

Eric Henderson (Kingsville, Ont.) and Rippon both scored their first goal of the year in the opening frame.

Henderson took a pass from Jack Flaman (Vibank, Sask.) and chipped the puck over Moncton’s goalie Felix-Anthony Ethier (Deux-Montagnes, Que.) in close to make it 1-0.

Rippon doubled the lead for Acadia less than two minutes later on a shot from the right face-off circle.

Corson Hopwo (Duncan, B.C.) potted the third goal of the frame for Acadia with a quick snapshot from the left face-off circle that beat the Ethier glove side.

Moncton responded with a goal late in the period from the second star of the night, Thomas Pelletier.

Thomas Pelletier (Quebec, Que.) got his team on the scoreboard with a power-play marker. Pelletier took a snapshot in close and beat Acadia’s Conor McCollum (Pickering, Ont.) low blocker side to make it 3-1.

At the end of the first period, Acadia held a 12-10 lead in shots.

The teams were evenly matched for most of the second period, as they traded scoring opportunities throughout the frame.

Moncton was stronger at the start of the period, but Acadia began to nab more chances as the period wore on.

It was Acadia who found the back of the net near the end of the second period, during a 4-on-3 power-play.

Bailey Peach wired a one-timer into the top left corner of the net, after passing back and forth with Adam McMaster (Beamsville, N.S.), to make it 4-1.

By the end of the period, Acadia had a 24-20 lead in shots.

Each team added a goal to their total in the final frame.

Acadia got a goal from Nick Deakin-Poot (Georgetown, Ont.) after jamming a puck in on a mad scramble in front of Moncton’s net.

Moncton added a goal with 15 seconds remaining in the game. McCollum was sprawled out and made a handful of saves before Remy Anglehart (Gascon, Que.) chipped the puck in to make it 5-2.

McCollum stopped 29 of 31 shots, while Moncton’s Felix-Anthony Ethier turned aside 29 of 34 shots.

Tonight, marked Acadia’s last home game until January. They’ll wrap up before Christmas with games on Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 3 against the STFX X-Men and Dalhousie Tigers, respectively.

Moncton travels to UPEI on Wednesday night.

Acadia’s next home game is Friday, Jan. 13 against the Saint Mary’s Huskies.

Submitted by Joshua Foote, Acadia Athletics Communications Office

Stevenson with the Acadia goal

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – Two streaks continued on Friday night in Wolfville following a 2-1 OT victory for the U SPORTS No. 1 ranked UNB REDS over the Acadia Axemen. For the UNB Varsity Reds, the win marked their twelfth in a row. Meanwhile, the Acadia Axemen now hold a seven-game losing streak.

Despite the loss, tonight marked possibly the strongest performance from the Axemen yet this season.

Both teams benefitted from the excellent play of their goaltenders.

Axemen goalie Zachary Paputsakis (Rockland, Ont.) stopped 23 of 24 shots in the first two periods, before being replaced, due to injury, by Conor McCollum. UNB goalie Samuel Richard (Ste. Catherine, Que.) turned aside 25 of 26 shots and was named the third star of the night.

Acadia jumped out to an early lead thanks to a goal from the second star of the night, Keegan Stevenson (Aweres Township, Ont.).

Stevenson redirected a quick wrist shot from Hudson Wilson at the point to give Acadia the first lead of the game.

At the end of the first period, shots were 11-6 in favour of UNB.

UNB had a litany of offensive chances in the second but solved Paputsakis only once in the period to tie the game.

The REDS had two separate breakaways, while shorthanded near the midpoint of the second period. Both shots were turned aside on wonderful saves, including one that required Paputsakis to sprawl at the goal line to keep the puck from going in.

However, UNB finally scored with 3:31 left in the second frame.

The REDS broke out of their own zone quickly and rushed into the Acadia zone where Cole MacKay (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) took a feed in the slot and wired a wrist shot home to tie the game at 1-1.

By the end of the second period, UNB held a commanding 24-13 lead in shots.

Acadia made a goaltending change at the start of the third with Conor McCollum taking over between the pipes. Paputsakis seemed to be labouring with some sort of injury throughout the second period.

There was no scoring in the third period despite several strong attempts from both sides.

With the game tied at one, the teams were forced into overtime to find a winner.

The extra period saw a number of solid scoring chances from both teams, but it was Brady Gilmour (Grafton, Ont.) who sent the crowd home.

McCollum stopped the initial shot from a UNB rush but could not cover the puck with a number of bodies in front of him.

Gilmour scooped up the puck in front and flipped it over the Axemen goalie for the game-winner.

UNB defenceman Adam McCormick (Waterville, N.B.) was named Subway First Star of the Night.

Acadia returns to play tomorrow night at home, as they take on the Moncton Aigles Bleus, while the REDS head to Saint Mary’s. Puck drops at 7:00 pm for both games.

Submitted by Joshua Foote, Acadia Athletics Communications Office