Huskies Lead Best of 5 Series 2-1

Athletics - A3Game 3, of the best of 5 AUS semi-final playoff series, took place on Sunday night at the Halifax Forum, with the Saint Mary’s Huskies playing host to the Acadia Axemen. When the smoke cleared and the final buzzer went off, it was the Huskies winning by a score of 4-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. From here on out, it’s a win or done situation for the Axemen as they will need to take Tuesday’s game 4 in order to push the series back home to Wolfville for a game 5.

The two teams played a scoreless first period, with Acadia firing 9 shots on goal and SMU with 8, but both Brandon Glover for Acadia, and Anthony Peters for SMU, stood tall in their respective net stopping all comers. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the powerplay in the opening frame.

The second period saw SMU open the scoring at 4:33, when Bradley Greene came out from behind the net and shovelled a pass to the far side of the net, to wide open teammate Michael Curtis who tapped the pass home.

At 11:44, with Huskies defenceman Alex Cord off for checking from behind, his teammates were able to score shorthanded, when Stephen Johnston was stopped by Glover, the puck appeared to be under the goaltender’s pad, out of sight, but Jamie Doornbosch came in and knocked at the pad pushing the puck into the net. To many onlookers surprise, the goal counted and Saint Mary’s took a 2-0 lead into the dressing room after 2 period. Acadia outshot SMU 14-9 in the period; Acadia was 0 for 3 on the man advantage in the 2nd.Read more »

Giftopoulos nets winner, 4-3 Final

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Acadia’s Boston Leier, in all alone on a breakaway,roofs the puck past SMU goaltender Anthony Peters in the 2nd period. The goal tied the game at 2. (Photo credit to Acadia Athletics)

The Acadia Axemen lost Game One of their AUS semi-final series to the Saint Mary’s Huskies 3-2 in double overtime. Another loss would almost prove fatal. Forced to win three games against a Saint Mary’s squad that boasted a stingy Anthony Peters in goal would prove next to impossible.

The Axemen hung on for a 4-3 win in Wolfville Thursday evening, evening their series at one game apiece. It was another classic between these two squads, with Anthony Peters and Brandon Glover of Acadia putting on a collective goaltending clinic. Both made spectacular saves throughout the game. Neither team was able to seize control of the game, and it took an Axemen goal with 2:40 remaining in the game to squeak past the Huskies.

The first two periods of the game solved nothing, as both teams traded goals in both frames. Bradley Greene opened the scoring at the 15:39 mark, only to watch as Brett Thompson tied the affair with a penalty shot goal at 17:47. Glover stopped four of five shots in the frame, as Peters knocked aside 17 of 18 shots.Read more »

Franko with a pair of goals for Acadia

The Acadia Axemen celebrate their game tying goal just over 7 minutes into the 3rd period, on a great individual effort by Zach Franko.
The Acadia Axemen celebrate their game tying goal just over 7 minutes into the 3rd period, on a great individual effort by Zach Franko.

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The opening game of the best of five semi-final series between the CIS No. 3 ranked Acadia Axemen and the No. 5 ranked Saint Mary’s Huskies was decided after two overtime periods.

Huskie Francis Menard (Embrun, Ont.) knocked in the game winner just over 6 minutes into the second overtime period to give Saint Mary’s a 3-2 win and a 1-0 lead in the best of five series.

With a 13-8 shots on goal advantage for the host Axemen, neither team could score in the opening period.

Not until 5:39 of the second period on the powerplay did the game record its first goal by first year forward Zach Franko (Winnipeg, Man.) who scored his first of two goals for Acadia.Read more »

Acadia Earns 1st Round Playoff Bye

STFX-ACA15WOLFVILLE, N.S. – With a large gathering on hand for the official opening of Andrew H. McCain Arena and a quarterfinal playoff bye on the line, the CIS No. 3 ranked Axemen could feel the energy of a hopeful crowd of 1996.

It was a timely effort by the Axemen who had yet to beat the StFX in three regular season match ups. Acadia saved their best performance for last as they rallied late in the final period to grab a 5-4 victory over the X-Men by scoring two goals in the remaining 90 seconds to punch their ticket to a second round berth.

On a rare 2-on-0 break at the eight minute mark of the opening period, rookie Boston Leier (Saskatoon, Sask.), decided to shoot the puck rather than pass it, sniping a shot off the cross bar to give Acadia a 1-0 lead. Tyler Ferry (Richmond Hill, Ont.) and Taylor Makin (Lethbridge, Alta.) received assists on the play.

Under a minute later, X-Men forward Trey Lewis (Aldouane, N.B.) scored his second goal of the season on a 2-on-1 break that tied the game at one.

The X-Men took the first of three leads when Michael Kirkpatrick (North Sydney, N.S.) scored on the powerplay at 13:30 of the first. Read more »

Long-time Acadia Axemen fan Nick Vidito with his former Acadia SMILE buddy & Axemen alumnus Adam Armstrong were on hand for the ceremonial opening faceoff on Canadian Forces night. Nick has been in the hospital for the past few months battling health issues.
Long-time Acadia Axemen fan Nick Vidito with his former Acadia SMILE buddy & Axemen alumnus Adam Armstrong were on hand for the ceremonial opening faceoff on Canadian Forces night at the Andrew H McCain Arena. Nick has been in the hospital for the past few months battling health issues.

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The Dalhousie Tigers grabbed an upset win over the CIS No. 3 Acadia Axemen with three unanswered goals to give the Tigers a 5-2 victory. A win over the Tigers would have guaranteed the Axemen a quarterfinal bye, but now Acadia will have to win or tie StFX tomorrow night to capture second place in the AUS final standings.

After an opening ceremony that paid tribute to our Canadian Forces and graduating Acadia Axemen hockey players along with a puck dropping by former SMILE member and an Axemen follower for over 20 years Nick Vidito, the Tigers were quick to jump on the scoreboard.

Second year forward Andrew Rieder (Regina, Sask.) buried a perfectly placed wrist shot from in tight over the shoulder of Brandon Glover (Victoria, B.C.) to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead only one minute and eleven seconds into the opening frame.

Just over 11 minutes later, the Tigers extended the lead to two on the powerplay when Mike Evelyn (Ottawa, Ont.) scored his sixth goal of the season.

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Thompson, with his 17th, stands up as the game winner

Athletics - A3The Acadia Axemen (18-4-3) are one step closer to securing a first round AUS playoff bye with a tight 1-0 victory over the U de M Aigles Bleus (10-13-2) on Sunday afternoon. The game was originally to be played on Saturday night, but due to inclement weather in Moncton, the game was moved to Sunday.

In what was a very fast and exciting game to watch, with end to end action, very few penalties, and minimal whistles, the teams showed off great speed and skill, but the most important stat on the day came from the goaltenders. Acadia’s Brandon Glover turned away all 27 shots he faced from the Aigles Bleus, while Brandon Thibeau stopped 37 of 38 shots directed his way by the Axemen.

The only shot to beat Thibeau came off the stick of Axemen sniper Brett Thompson, who scored his 17th on the season at 13:32 of the 2nd period, with assists going to rookie Sam Fioretti and 2nd year defenceman Geoff Schemitsch.

Acadia was 0 for 2 on the powerplay, while Moncton was 0 for 3. The Acadia win snapped a three game win-streak that Moncton was riding entering the matchup.

Following the win, Coach Burns had the following to say about his team, “Very proud of our effort this weekend. This is a tough road trip playing against these two teams (UNB and Moncton). They are both playing well right now.”

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Acadia earns point, takes season series 3-1

Athletics - AThe CIS #2 ranked Acadia Axemen were in Fredericton Friday night to take on the #3 ranked UNB Varsity Reds, and the game did not disappoint. Just 6 days after playing on Acadia’s home ice, which saw the Axemen come away with a 4-1 victory, UNB turned the tides on the visitors with a 2-1 overtime win.

With the win, UNB moves 3 points up on Acadia for top spot in the AUS; while Acadia earned an important point as they vie for one of the two spot spots which earn a first round playoff bye in the AUS. The Axemen now lead St. FX and SMU by 4 points with 3 games remaining on the season.

Tonight’s game saw UNB open the scoring with the only goal of the first period at 15:01, when Jordan Murray was able to slam home a shot on a broken scrambled play. The Varsity Reds and Axemen each had 8 shots in the opening period, with Acadia’s Brandon Glover and UNB’s David Shantz both standing tall in their respective team’s net.

Acadia came back and evened things up on the scoreboard in the second, as Brett Thompson was able to find Mike Cazzola to the side of the UNB net, and Cazzola shoveled the puck by Shantz to knot the score at one just 1:28 into the frame. Alex Beaton picked up the secondary assist on Cazzola’s 14th on the season. And that was the end of the scoring in regulation.Read more »

Beaton scores 3 in win

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WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The CIS No. 3 ranked Acadia Axeman posted an impressive 4-1 victory over the No. 2 UNB Varsity Reds, improving their record 18-4-2 and moving into a tie for first place in the AUS standings with the V-Reds who have a game in hand.

What became a rough game with big hits registered by both teams, the action remained at a high intensity from the opening bell. With UNB on the powerplay following a tripping call on Acadia, V-Red Cam Braes scored his sixth goal of the regular season on the short side of starting goaltender Brandon Glover to give the visiting Varsity Reds their first and only goal at the 5:30 marker.

Senior forward Alex Beaton scored his first of three goals at 12:01 of the second period on the powerplay to tie the game at one.

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Thompson & Cazzola with 3 points each

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WOLFVILLE, N.S. – Rebounding from a tough to swallow 4-3 overtime loss to the CIS No. 7 ranked Saint Mary’s Huskies this past Wednesday, the CIS No. 3 Acadia Axemen defeated the Moncton Aigles Bleus 6-4.

The first of ten goals scored in the game came from Axeman Chris Owens (St. John’s, Nfld.) at 3:15 on the man advantage, as he netted his fourth goal of the season top corner through traffic to give Acadia the early 1-0 lead.

Over a minute later, Moncton forward Allian Saulnier (Cap-Pelé, N.B.) scored his tenth of the season, beating Axemen goaltender Brandon Glover (Victoria, B.C.) over the shoulder.

Acadia’s Dylan Anderson broke the deadlock at one, beating Aigles Bleus’ Brandon Thibeau (Riverview, N.B.) on the far side giving Acadia a 2-1 lead after one period of play.

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A tough pill to swallow

Axemen goaltender Brandon Glover makes a blocker save as SMU forward attempts a tip.
Axemen goaltender Brandon Glover makes a blocker save as SMU forward attempts a tip.

Acadia looked like they had done what they needed to do on Wednesday night, come in to Saint Mary’s barn and win in regulation time; which would give them the tie breaker with SMU, & leave them in a great position to move a step closer to the AUS 1st round playoff bye… it looked good… until the final minute of play in the third period.

Acadia led 3-1 late in the third period, as SMU goaltender Anthony Peters left the ice in favor of the extra attacker, Stephen Johnston was able send a shot past Axemen goaltender Brandon Glover, closing the gap to 3-2 with just 54 seconds to play. As the Huskies maintained possession following the faceoff, Peters again headed to the bench, and the puck found its way to SMU sniper Stephen MacAulay and he made no mistake, beating Glover high to the glove side to knot the game up at 3 with 26 seconds remaining in the third. The goals came just 28 seconds apart.

Overtime saw both teams exchange chances, with Peters making a couple of key saves to keep the game alive. Tyler Ferry went off for a slash, breaking the stick of SMU forward Stephen Johnston, giving the Huskies an overtime powerplay. And they made no mistake as Kyle Pereira’s shot from the point beat Glover to give SMU the win. Stephen MacAulay picked up an assist on the goal, giving him 4 points on the night (2 goals, 2 assists).Read more »