U SPORTS No. 3 REDS end Axemen streak at three
Hoyt with the lone goal for Acadia
WOLFVILLE, N.S. – All good things come to an end. In this case, it was the three-game winning streak for the Acadia Axemen (8-13-2-1) that was snapped by the UNB REDS (19-3-1-1) in a 5-1 loss on Saturday night.
Acadia’s lone goal in their effort came from the second star of the night Peyton Hoyt (Fredericton, N.B.). The offensive opportunities for the Axemen were limited as they were outshot 36-22 on the night.
The REDS jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period.
Subway First Star of the Night Emmett Sproule (Collingwood, Ont.) scored with 8:35 left in the opening frame thanks to a communication error by the Acadia defence.
Sproule picked up the puck just outside the Acadia blueline after the Axemen D-men ran into each other. He came in on the Acadia goalie Conor McCollum (Pickering, Ont.) and snuck a shot low left side to put the REDS up 1-0.
Connor Hall (Kitchener, Ont.) scored a few minutes later, on a wrist shot from the point. The puck managed to get by the crowd in front of the net to double the lead for UNB.
Acadia responded 33 seconds later thanks to an incredible solo performance from Peyton Hoyt.
Hoyt split the defence at the REDS’ blueline with a burst of speed for a breakaway and shot low right side and beat REDS’ goaltender Samuel Richard to make it 2-1.
At the end of the period, the shots were 10-9 in favour of the REDS.
UNB doubled their goal total in the second period, going up 4-1 in the frame.
Sproule added his second marker on the night at 4:01 into the second period on a shot from the slot. He took a pass from Simon Pinard (Drummondville, Que.) and beat the McCollum low to make it 3-1.
Acadia had a few solid chances in the period, including a partial break from Hoyt, but they could not find the back of the net.
Jason Wilms (Kitchener, Ont.) scored the final goal of the period. Wilms was parked by the right post and buried the puck on a pass from Camaryn Baber (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) who was coming out from behind the Acadia net.
By the end of the second period, the REDS held a 29-17 lead in shots.
The first half of the third period was light on scoring but heavy on the rough stuff.
It was a scrum in front of the Acadia net that gave the REDS the man-advantage necessary to score their fifth goal on the night.
Benjamin Corbeil (Granby, Que.) sniped a one-timer from inside the left face-off circle to make it 5-1.
There were a couple of scrums that broke out in the final minutes of the game, but otherwise, it was an uneventful end to the game.
Acadia goalie Conor McCollum stopped 31 of 36 shots, while his UNB counterpart Samuel Richard turned aside 21 of the 22 shots he faced on the night.
The third star of the night was REDS defenceman Kade Landry (Gowanstown, Ont.).
Acadia returns to play on Wed. January 25 against the Saint Mary’s Huskies, while the REDS travel to STFX and Dalhousie next weekend.
Contributed by Joshua Foote, Acadia Athletics Communications Office