Harper with 4 points in Acadia victory
WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The Acadia Axemen (6-2-1) started their two-week home stand with a convincing 5-0 defeat of the Dalhousie Tigers (2-6-1). Axemen goaltender and Subway First Star of the Night, Robert Steeves turned aside all 38 shots he faced for his first shutout of the year.
The first period saw Acadia take a commanding 3-0 lead, with goals from Stephen Harper, Kyle Farrell and defenseman Michael Zipp.
Harper was the first to score, burying a one-timer from a cross ice pass by Farrell.
Farrell added a goal of his own on the power-play a few minutes later, when he finished a passing play while parked in front of the Dalhousie net.
Seconds after killing off a penalty, Michael Zipp picked up the puck in the Dalhousie zone and ripped a wrist shot to the top left corner of the net to make it 3-0 heading into the second.
Acadia added to their lead in the second period, with an early power-play goal to make it 4-0.
On the man-advantage, Axemen forward and second star of the night, Boston Leier put on the brakes to evade the defense and passed the puck to Remy Giftopoulos for an easy tap in.
The game got rough near the end of the second as the two teams combined for 18 minutes in penalties, with forward Remy Giftopoulos receiving a 10-minute misconduct.
Hostilities grew between the teams in the third, as Acadia and Dalhousie combined for 26 minutes in penalties, including fighting majors on both sides and a 10-minute misconduct for forward Reid Murphy.
Boston Leier added the only goal of the third, with a power-play marker from the point to make it 5-0.
Dalhousie goaltender Corbin Boes turned aside 28 of 33 shots he faced.
Tigers defenseman Colton Heffley was named third star of the night.
The Axemen take to the ice again at home on Friday Nov. 3 against the StFX X-Men. Puck drop is at 7:00pm.
Submitted by Joshua Foote, Acadia Athletics Communications