Henderson with lone Acadia goal
HALIFAX, N.S. – The Saint Mary’s Huskies men’s hockey team completed a crucial four-point weekend with a 6-1 win over the Acadia Axemen on Saturday night, while the Axemen split the week with a win at UPEI and a loss tonight against the Huskies.
The first period started off with a quick pace, but halfway through the period started to get bogged down with stoppages in play.
The Axemen had two breakaways in the first period, one stopped by Huskies goaltender Matt Welsh (Halifax, N.S. / Commerce) and one kept out by the crossbar.
The Huskies outshot the Axemen 17-6 in the first period, but were unable to beat Axemen goaltender Max Paddock on their first 16 shots.
It looked like the first period was going to go by without a score, until the dying seconds of the frame, when Keith Getson (Bridgewater, N.S.) scored in a scramble with one second on the clock, giving the Huskies a one goal advantage heading into the second.
In the second period, there was a controversial penalty given to the Axemen for goaltender interference. Andrew Coxhead (Bedford N.S. / Commerce) was able to capitalize on the Huskies’ powerplay, giving the home team a 2-0 lead.
The Huskies’ period momentum continued less than three minutes later, as Bradley Johnson (Lindsay O.N. / Arts) added another goal to the Huskies’ lead, scoring on a breakaway created by a beautiful feed pass from Coxhead.
The Axemen took one back late in the period when Eric Henderson threw a shot on the net on a broken play that snuck past Welsh. The Huskies didn’t waste much time getting back their three goal advantage, as Keith Getson scored his second of the game just two minutes after the Axemen goal.
The Huskies’ dominant play continued into the third, as Mitchell Balmas scored his team’s fifth of the night beating the Axemen’s Max Paddock with a clean shot to give the home team a 5-1 lead.
Andrew Coxhead’s second goal of the game added late insurance, putting the Huskies up 6-1.
Midway through the third period, one of the Huskies players crashed into Axemen goalie Max Paddock, who was replaced by Logan Flodell between the pipes after the crash.
Balmas was named first star and Subway Player of the Game with a four-point night (one goal, three assists), moving him into a tie for second in the conference with 20 points on the campaign. Coxhead was named second star with two goals and two assists, and Getson was named the third star with a pair of goals.
With the win, the Huskies improve to 7-6-1 on the season and take over sole possession of third place in the conference.
The Huskies will be back on home ice next Friday when the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus visit the Dauphinee Centre.
The Axemen will also return to the ice next Friday as they host the University of New Brunswick Reds.