Heelis, Thompson and Cazzola top three in AUS points standings

23/11/2013 2:17 pm

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The CIS No. 4 ranked Acadia Axemen hockey team extended their winning streak to nine with a 4-2 win over the scrappy Dalhousie Tigers who picked up a win in their last game against the Saint Mary’s Huskies – their second of the season.

Alex Beaton opened up the first period scoring with a goal at the three minute mark assisted by linemates Scott Trask and Tyler Ferry. The Tigers responded with 20 seconds remaining in the first, when Tiger Fabian Walsh knotted the score with the help of Brett Plouffe and Chris Ivanko.

The Axemen retook the lead in the second period, when Brett Thompson scored his fifth of the season from Mike Cazzola and Liam Heelis to end the first 40 minutes 2-1.Read more »

CIS No. 4 ranked Axemen hand StFX 3-2 OT loss

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WOLFVILLE, N.S. – Tonight’s game needed more than regulation time as the CIS No. 4 ranked Acadia men’s hockey team beat the StFX X-Men in overtime to keep the streak alive. It was assistant captain Chris Owens, on the power play, who put a laser beam of a slap shot over the shoulder of Drew Owsley and off the crossbar, giving the Axemen a 3-2 victory. Owens was awarded the games Subway First Star for his clutch performance.

The Axemen continue to play well, stretching their winning streak to eight games, improving their record to 9-1-0 on the season so far. The win also places Acadia in first place in the AUS standings after the St. Thomas Tommies upset the UNB Varsity Reds 3-2 in Fredericton tonight.Read more »

CIS No. 5 Axemen extend winning streak to seven with 5-4 win

17/11/2013 11:25 am
MONCTON, N.B. – The Acadia Axemen made it seven wins in a row, with a 5-4 victory over the Moncton Aigles Bleus on Moncton home ice. The 8-1 Axemen, coming off a hard fought OT Shooutout win over the #2 ranked UNB Varsity Reds on Friday.

Captain Liam Heelis scored the eventual game winner at 18:47 of the third period to give the Axemen a 5-3 lead in the closing minutes. The lead would be shortened by a Simon Lacroix goal in the dying seconds of the game forcing Acadia to hold tightly onto the one goal margin.

First year goalie Brandon Glover got the start for the Axemen, and played a solid game stopping 27 of 31 shots to grab the win, while the 4-4 Aigles Bleus’ Adrien Lemay made 27 of 32 saves in the loss.Read more »

CIS No. 5 ranked Acadia hands Varsity Reds their first loss

16/11/2013 12:11 am

FREDERICTON, N.B. – The CIS No. 5 ranked Acadia Axemen gained ground on the undefeated CIS No. 2 UNB Varsity Reds in the AUS men’s hockey standings with a 4-3 overtime shootout win. The Varsity Reds experienced their first loss of the regular season in a game that posted a 21-20 shots on net Acadia advantage in regulation time.

UNB grabbed a quick early lead only 20 seconds into the opening period when Adrian Robertson scored on the UNB man advantage. Acadia’s Joe Gaynor was handed a two minute roughing penalty after only 12 seconds of time came off the clock after the opening faceoff.

Just over five minutes later, AUS All-Star defenceman Chris Owens scored on a one-timer fed by Brett Thompson on the powerplay to tie the game for the first of three times. Before the end of the first frame, V-Red Cam Braes put UNB back in the lead on the third and last powerplay goal of the night.Read more »

Axemen Cazzola scores for team Black

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FISU_AUS_MH_logoFREDERICTON, NB, November 8, 2013 – Team Black scored first but it was Team White that skated to a 4-2 win with two unanswered goals in the third at the AUS All Star game at the Grant Harvey Centre here.

After a first period that saw no one beat the goaltender at either end of the ice. The game took off early in the second with Team Black opening the scoring at the 3:57 mark on a goal by Lucas Bloodoff from Jordan Mayer. Black scored again at the 13:17 mark of the middle frame as Mike Cazzola took a pass from Brett Thompson to Liam Heelis and dumped it home. That gave Team Black a short lived 2-0 lead.

But less than a minute later Chris Desousa got Team White on the board converting a play from Ryan Hillier to Corey Tanaka into the first goal for White and that left White down by one when the buzzer went on the first 40 minutes of play.Read more »

Hockey Axemen improve to 6-1 with 4-3 over Huskies


Dylan Anderson works on clearing the puck

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HALIFAX, N.S. – The CIS No. 6 ranked Axemen hockey team extended their winning streak to five with a 4-3 win over the Saint Mary’s Huskies in Halifax. The win gives Acadia a 2-0 season series lead with the remaining games against the Huskies in the second half of the season after Christmas.

A scoreless first period quickly changed in the remaining two periods when the Huskies scored first eight minutes into second frame. Parker Deighan netted the only goal of the second period for the Huskies.

Acadia’s Mike Cazzola tied the game at 12:30 in the second followed under a minute later by Scott Trask’s first goal of the regular season to give Acadia a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission.

Three minutes into the final frame, Huskie Steven Beyers tied the game at one with his fifth goal of the season. Just over a minute later, the Axemen regained the lead when Brett Thompson scored his third goal of the season, ending a six game scoring drought that began after the season opening game where Thompson scored two goals.Read more »

Gaynor leads Axemen in win over Saint Mary’s with two goals

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WOLFVILLE, N.S. – Veteran forward and the Subway First Star of the Game, Joe Gaynor, scored both of the Axemen’s goals, which was enough to defeat the defending AUS champion Saint Mary’s Huskies 2-1. Evan Mosher stopped 26 shots and was named the third star in the victory.

The CIS No. 8 ranked Axemen have now won 4 straight games, improving to 5-1-0 on the season.

The Axemen opened the scoring in the first, with Joe Gaynor as the recipient of a beautiful end-to-end rush by second year forward Dylan Anderson, sliding a pass across crease for a wide-open cage. The entire period was dominated by the Axemen outshooting their opponents a lopsided 20-5.Read more »

Heelis scores second hat-trick in three games


Leo Jenner has opportunity to score in the second

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WOLFVILLE, N.S. – Acadia captain Liam Heelis has had the hot stick of late, scoring eight goals in his last three games including a trio tonight against the Dalhousie Tigers.

A third year forward, Heelis did something rare in modern hockey, scoring three straight beginning in the second period, for a natural hat trick. His dominating play led the Axemen to a convincing 5-0 victory over the winless Dalhousie Tigers and was given the game’s first star on a unusual Wednesday night match up.

Rookie goaltender Brandon Glover recorded his first win of the season in fashion, stopping all 27 shots he faced including numerous acrobatic saves. He was awarded the third star for his brilliant performance.Read more »

Axemen hand UPEI first loss, with a 2-1 win

photo_2015046_resize_articleThe Acadia Axemen made it a perfect road trip, as they followed up a road win Friday night at St Thomas, with a 2-1 road win at UPEI.

The Axemen improved their record to 3-1 on the season, handing UPEI, also 3-1, their first loss of the season.

Acadia opened up the scoring midway through the first period, with the red hot Liam Heelis, scoring his 4th goal of the weekend, with Alex Beaton adding an assist on the goal.

UPEI tied things up early in the second on a goal by Dana Fraser; Jordan Mayer picked up the helper.

That score held through two periods, until 7:58 of the third when Joe Gaynor scored a shorthanded marker to cap the scoring.Read more »

Axemen Down St Thomas 7-2 for First Road Win in Young Season

HockeyAxemanwithnewAchangedcopyThe Acadia Axemen had their first road test Friday night, hitting the road

to take on the St Thomas Tommies in Fredericton, NB, and skated away with a 7-2 victory.

STU took the early lead in the first periodl on a goal from Brendan Childerley, but Liam Heelis replied before the end of the first with a shorthanded marker.

The second period was a deadlock until 13:48 when Michael Clarke put the Axemen up 2-1, but the lead didn’t last long as STU scored on the powerplay on a goal by Colin Martin.

With the teams squared up at two going into the third, it was all Acadia from there as they went on to score five unanswered goals, including three on the powerplay.Read more »