DiGiacinto nets the lone Acadia goal
The Acadia Axemen faced off on Saturday night against the top ranked team in the ultra competitive ECAC conference of the NCAA’s Division 1, the Boston University Terriers. The outcome on the scoreboard was not what the Axemen had hoped, as they were downed 7-1 by the home team.
The Axemen’s night got off to a bad start early when a strange puck bounce fooled Axemen starting goaltender Logan Flodell to put BU up 1-0 just 1:56 in, despite Acadia being on the powerplay.
Just two minutes later, the Terriers struck again as defenceman Shane Switzer took a pass in the slot and beat the Axemen netminder to make it 2-0. The Axemen settled down after that goal and played a strong final 15 minutes of the opening period, but couldn’t beat the BU starter Jake Oettinger.
The Terriers put a stop to the Axemen’s momentum early in the 2nd period as they scored at 1:35 and then again at 2:34 to stretch the lead to 4-0. They tacked another on before the midway point of the period to make it a 5-0 game.
BU opened the 3rd period scoring just 41 seconds into the frame on another bad bounce for the Axemen as the puck went off the skate of an Acadia player, and into their own net; BU rounded out their scoring at 8:03 as Joel Farabee ripped home a top corner shot to make it 7-0 for the home team.
The Axemen finally broke the goose egg at 16:46 of the 3rd period with 1 second remaining on the powerplay as Cristiano DiGiacinto took a pass from Owen MacDonald and found the back of the net, beating BU’s 3rd period goalie Max Prawdzik.
Despite the lopsided score, Acadia had a number of good chances, especially on the powerplay. In the 1st period, Oettinger absolutely robbed Acadia sniper Stephen Harper in tight on a rebound, that would have cut the BU lead to 2-1. DiGiacinto played a strong game, driving to the net a number of times, and created scoring chances.
Shots on goal for the game were 34 for Boston University, 24 for Acadia University. The Axemen went 1 for 6 on the powerplay, while BU went 0 for 3. The Axemen were without the services of Johnny Corneil and Cole Reginato who were both out with injuries.
A familiar face for many Nova Scotia hockey fans was in the lineup for BU, as Halifax native Shane Bowers faced the Axemen, putting an assist on the scoresheet in the 3rd period.
The Axemen will have a quick turnaround as they face the UMass Lowell Riverhawks on Sunday afternoon at 2pm Atlantic time.