Acadia drops 6-2 decision to Dalhousie

Harper with 2 assists in Axemen loss

Photo courtesy of Trevor MacMillan

By Mark Moffat

In AUS men’s hockey action at the Halifax Forum, the Dalhousie Tigers defeated the Acadia Axemen 6-2 in a game that was defined and dictated by penalties.

In the first period, Dalhousie got the first goal when Jonathan Cyr (Ottawa, ON) collected a loose puck, cut across the slot and put a backhand into the net at 2:28 to make it 1-0. The seemingly endless string of penalties started in the first period and didn’t waiver, with 10 infractions called in the first period and 21 called in the game. Both teams were playing intense out of the gate, which led to occasion skirmishes after the whistle in this period, and throughout the game. The first ended with a 1-0 Tigers lead.

The second period saw Dalhousie get another one as Josh Worthen (Dartmouth, NS) got a rebound in the slot and fired a wrist shot in at 3:14 on the powerplay to make it 2-0. Acadia struck back when Rodney Southam (Saskatoon, SK) got the puck after some pretty passing and put a wrist shot from the slot in at 11:26 on the powerplay to narrow it to 2-1. The Tigers would regain the two goal lead as Mike Evelyn (Ottawa, ON) managed to score from in close as he was taking a spinning fall at 14:04 on the powerplay to give Dalhousie a 3-1 lead after two periods. Read more ›

Axemen fall 4-1 to StFX

Leier scores in return from injury

Antigonish, NS – In a battle of U SPORTS top ten ranked teams, the No. 2 StFX X-Men defeated the No. 7 Acadia Axemen by a 4-1 score Wednesday evening at the Charles V. Keating Centre on Bell Let’s Talk night.

After exchanging first period goals, the X-Men netted two in the second period and held on for the win.

It was the Axemen who opened the scoring in the game off a Boston Leier (Saskatoon, SK) first period goal. Carrying the puck into the StFX zone along the right-side boards, Leier deked an X-Men defender and cut towards the front of the net where he wristed a shot past X goaltender Chase Marchand (Halifax, NS) over his glove shoulder. Michael Zipp (Edmonton, AB) and Taylor Makin (Lethbridge, AB) picked up assists on the goal that came at 11:47.

The X-Men replied with a power play marker with 1:19 left in the opening period as defenseman Cole MacDonald (Wetaskawin, AB) passed to Craig Duininck (St. Cloud, MN) at the top of the face-off circle, who then found Matt Needham (Pentincton, BC) in front of the Axemen net. Off the quick pass Needham one-timed the puck past goaltender Robert Steeves (St. Joseph-de-Kent NB) off the backhand to even the game at one goal apiece.

In a fairly evenly matched first period the visiting Axemen held an 11-9 shot advantage.

The X-Men scored two goals in the second period, despite being outshot 10-4. The goals came off the sticks of Cole MacDonald and Michael Clarke (London, ON) as StFX took a 3-1 advantage after 40 minutes of play.

MacDonald’s goal came just over eight minutes into the period. After the X-Men did a good job to keep the puck in the Axemen zone, Jagger Dirk (Penticton, BC) unleashed a shot from the point that went wide, but a lucky bounce off the boards brought it back in front of the net and right onto the stick of MacDonald who quickly deposited it into the mesh. Holden Cook (Oshawa, ON) also had a helper.

Clarke then connected with Cook and MacDonald again at the 18:20 mark to score the X-Men’s third goal. MacDonald passed through the central ice zone to Cook who brought it into Axemen territory. Clarke took a nice drop pass from his linemate Cook and roofed the puck on a quick shot high over the blocker of Steeves.

The X-Men’s final goal of the evening came on the power play at 16:21 of the third period as Mark Tremaine (Dartmouth, NS) tipped in a Kristoff Kontos (Pentanguishene, ON) shot from the point. Cody Hendsbee (Richmond, ON) also assisted on the play.

Chase Marchand with 33 saves on the night picked up his league-leading 15th win of the season. Steeves turned aside 18 pucks as the Axemen outshot the home squad 34-22.

The Axemen struggled on their power play opportunities, going 0-for-10 on the night. Read more ›

Acadia falls 6-0 to UNB

Axemen dress 16 skaters due to injuries & suspensions

(FREDERICTON, NB) Cam Brace(Etobicoke, ON) and Chris Clapperton(Cap d’Espoir, QC) each scored twice to lead the UNB Varsity Reds to a 6-0 victory over the visiting Acadia Axemen on Saturday.

Clapperton opened the scoring, just 1:22 in.

The teams then settled into a relatively even first period.

“That was our plan, to come out right away and get that first goal, so that worked,” said Varsity Reds defenceman Tristan Pomerleau(Riviere du Loup, QC).

Clapperton struck again late in the second, and Mark Simpson(Rothesay, NB) made it 3-0 just 46 seconds later.

Brace scored both his goals in the third.

“They were a little short on their side. We just stuck to the game plan,” said Brace, who noted the Varsity Reds got offence from every line. “When all lines are going, all lines are working, I think that’s the most dangerous thing about our team.”
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UPEI tally 5 in 2nd period to top Axemen

Harper with a goal in the 5-1 loss

By Thomas Becker of UPEI

There was a power surge at MacLauchlan Arena Friday night, as the Panthers put up five goals in the second period to overpower the Acadia Axemen 5-1.

Marcus Power was in the forefront of all the action, posting a hat trick in the decisive frame. Riley Whittingham and Cody Payne were the other two skaters to hit the back of the net, while Ryan MacKinnon and Darcy Ashley recorded two assists each.

“It’s great seeing all the hard work we put in this week paying off like that,” said Power, who was named Subway Player of the Game.

With only their second win in their last 10 games, Panthers head coach Forbes MacPherson was pleased with the way his team fought against a tough Acadia (15-6-2) squad. And with only a handful of weeks remaining in the season and a pair of teams chasing them for the final two playoff spots, he’s anxious to see how they’ll respond when they hit the ice again on Saturday and beyond.

“We have to find some consistency,” he said. “Some guys played some of their best hockey in awhile tonight, so that tells me two things – how well they can play, but how inconsistent they’ve been.”  Read more ›

U SPORTS No. 6 Axemen hand No. 7 Huskies 6-2 loss

Axemen score 5 powerplay goals in victory

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The U SPORTS No. 6 ranked Acadia Axemen (14-5-2) were on fire downed the visiting No. 7 Saint Mary’s Huskies (15-6-1) by a score of 6-2 in front of a near capacity crowd of 2060.

Of the eight goals scored on the night, six came on the power-play, with the Axemen going 5-for-7 on the man-advantage for the night.

The Axemen jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, despite fairly even play between the two teams for the majority of the period.

Acadia broke the scoreless tie with 6:16 remaining in the first frame, when forward Boston Leier redirected the point shot by Subway First Star of the Game, Matthew Pufahl into the top left corner of the net to make it 1-0.

The Axemen followed the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, scoring on a nearly identical play, this time forward Sam Fioretti tipped the puck under the legs of the Huskie goaltender Cole Cheveldave to make it 2-0. Read more ›

U SPORTS No. 7 Axemen pickup 4-2 over No. 6 Huskies

Steeves stars with 36 saves in victory

(Halifax, NS) The Acadia Axemen added an empty-net goal to beat the Saint Mary’s Huskies 4-2 on Saturday night at the Halifax Forum.  It was a back and forth game, with the Huskies coming back to tie it up twice. The third Axemen lead of the night proved to be too big a hill to climb. 

Axemen tender Robert Steeves (Moncton, N.B.) was the player of the game – making 36 saves on the night.  Mathew Pufahl (Saskatoon, Sask.), Remy Giftopolous (Ancaster, Ont.), Sam Fioretti (Calgary, Alta.) and Taylor Makin (Blairmore, Alta.) scored for Acadia. 

Jake Coughler (St. Catharines, Ont.) and Calder Brooks (Emerald Park, Sask.) responded with goals for SMU. Bronson Beaton (Springhill, N.S.) picked up two assists. Eric Brassard (St. Hubert, Que.) got the start for the Huskies making 15 saves in the losing cause.  

Pufahl put the Axemen on the board just 23 seconds into the game. Cristiano Digiacinto (Hamilton, Ont.) and Rodney Southam picked up helpers on the play.  Coughler tied things up at 1-1 with just over 3-minutes left in the first. Beaton and Dylan Diperna (Nobleton, Ont.) had the assists. 

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Two third period goals deliver 7-4 win over Moncton

Harper with 4 assists in Axemen win

Wolfville, N.S – Neither the icy aftermath of a winter storm or the prospect of seeing the entirety of Canada versus Sweden game stopped the Axemen faithful from coming to Wolfville on Friday night. Those who came for the game were not disappointed as the Acadia Axemen (12-5-2) won a back-and-forth game, 7-4 against the Moncton Aigles Bleu (3-15-2).

The Axemen dominated play for most of the opening period, leading 17-6 in shots and taking a 2-1 lead into the second.

Axemen forward Owen MacDonald fed a tight saucer pass across the ice to the third star of the night, Remy Giftopoulos who lifted the puck into the top right corner of the net to make it 1-0.

Exactly 41 seconds later, the Axemen doubled their lead when Subway First Star of the Game, Kyle Farrell took a lead pass from Giftopoulos and ripped a slap shot between the legs of the Moncton goalie to make it 2-0.

The Axemen ran into penalty trouble late in the period, as Aigles Bleu defenseman Jean-Francois Plante scored on a wrist shot in front of the Axemen net to cut the Acadia lead to 2-1.

Moncton and Acadia trading goals in the second period, with the Axemen holding a 5-4 lead heading into the final frame.

Moncton scored two more goals on the man-advantage in the second, with one coming from Joey Richard in tight and the other coming off a point shot from Plante for his second of the game. Read more ›

Harper & Leier named to U SPORTS All-Star squad

Axemen pair to face World Jr hopefuls

TORONTO (U SPORTS) – U SPORTS announced Monday the roster of the 2017 U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Star Team for the upcoming two-game series against Canada’s National Junior Team prospects.

The games are set for Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT and Thursday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ont., home of the OHL’s Niagara Ice Dogs.  The games will mark the culmination of a four-day camp for the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Stars beginning Dec. 11, while also serving as part of Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship slated for Dec. 26 -Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Hockey Canada for what should be two very entertaining hockey games, and a continued partnership between our organizations,” said Graham Brown, President and CEO of U SPORTS. “We all know how excited Canadians get every December about Canada’s National Junior Team. These games will provide great exposure for U SPORTS men’s hockey, and I know our players and coaches are looking forward to shining on a national stage.”

It will mark the third straight year Canada’s National Junior Team Prospects have faced off against the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Stars, all but one of whom have CHL major junior experience, including six returning players from last year’s squad.

Acadia Axemen forward Boston Leier and Stephen Harper are included on the All-Star team roster. Read more ›

U SPORTS No. 2 UNB grabs 3-2 OT win over No. 7 Axemen

Leier & Farrell tally for Axemen in loss

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The U SPORTS No. 7 ranked Acadia Axemen (11-5-2) ended the first half of their season on a sour note, losing 3-2 in OT to the No. 2 UNB Varsity Reds (15-0-3).

Acadia held the lead twice in the game, but the league’s best V-Reds answered back each time.

The Axemen head into the holiday break with fourth place in the AUS standings.

The first period was dominated by the Axemen, as they outshot UNB 12-7 and took a 1-0 lead into the second frame.

Axemen forward Boston Leier scored at 6:07 in the opening period when he picked up the puck off the back boards and fired it past UNB’s goalie Alex Dubeau to ignite the home crowd.

Near the end of the first, a fight broke out in front of the UNB net and saw Dubeau receive a rare roughing penalty.

UNB responded with a strong second period, where they dominated most of the play and outscored the Axemen 2-1 in the period to tie the game 2-2 heading into the final frame.

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Leier scores two in Axemen’s 6-3 win vs Panthers

Three first period goals power Acadia to victory

WOLFVILLE, N.S – Following two weeks on the road that saw Acadia go 2-2, the U SPORTS No. 7 ranked Axemen (11-5-1) defeated the UPEI Panthers (4-12-1) 6-3 in the first of two home games this weekend before the Christmas break. Axemen forward and Subway First Star of the Game Boston Leier scored two goals on the night to help the Axemen secure the win.

Acadia was strong offensively in the first and held a 3-0 lead heading into the second period.

Axemen forward and Third Star of the Game, Chance Braid, opened the scoring, lifting the puck past the left shoulder of the Panthers’ goalie Matt Mahalak, knocking the water bottle off the top of the net in the process.

Adding to their lead, Axemen forward Boston Leier scored a power-play marker late in the period.

Leier took a pass from Stephen Harper while coming over the blue-line and ripped a wrist shot over the glove of the Mahalak to make it 2-0.

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