Acadia falls 4-0 to UPEI

WOLFVILLE – The UPEI Panthers (4-8-0-0) passed the Acadia Axemen (3-7-0-1) to move into fifth place with a 4-0 win on Friday night in Wolfville in front of 1,154 fans.  

Acadia outshot the Panthers 28-25 in the game, but it was UPEI that was successful offensively.  

Kaleb Pearson (St. Marys, ON) opened the scoring 13:20 into the first period, with the next goal not coming until 6:49 of the second from Yanic Crete (L’Original, ON).  

Pearson scored his second of the night 13:11 into the second on the power play, which the Panthers were 1-for-3 on the night.  

The final goal came from Noah Sedore (Sharon, ON), an empty-net goal with 2:10 to go in the game.  

Jonah Capriotti (Charlottetown, PE) picked up a 28-save victory between the pipes for UPEI, his first shutout of the season.  

Thomas Couture (Levis, QC) took the loss for Acadia, making 21 saves.  

The Axemen now travel to Halifax on Saturday to face the Saint Mary’s Huskies, while UPEI is off until next Saturday when they travel to Antigonish to face the X-Men.  

Burns with 4 points in Acadia win

WOLFVILLE – The Acadia Axemen (3-6-1) ended their losing streak on Saturday night, picking up a convincing 6-3 win over the Dalhousie Tigers (3-7-0), despite trailing multiple times throughout the night.

Alec Belanger (Quebec, QC) opened the scoring for the Tigers early, but was answered at the end of the first by Acadia’s Liam Kidney (Enfield, NS) scoring on the power play to end the first period tied 1-1.

In the second period Dal again took the lead, but Brady Burns (Port Williams, NS) answered with an unassisted goal off a turnover at the Tigers blue-line.

Zak Smith (Austin, MB) scored the first of five goals in the final nine minutes of the third period to give Dalhousie a 3-2 lead before Acadia scored four unanswered goals to end the third. Smith’s goal was on the power play, which the Tigers finished the night 1-for-4.

Bailey Peach (Falmouth, NS) evened the game up with Acadia’s second power play goal of the night. The Axemen finished 2-for-5.

Burns scored his second of the night and eventual game-winning goal at 15:54 of the period, with Kidney adding his second at 18:08.

A final empty-net goal was added by Hudson Wilson (Toronto, ON) with 10 seconds remaining on the clock.

Nicholas Chenard (Tecumseh, ON) made 25 saves in the loss for the Tigers, while Thomas Couture was credited with the win for Acadia having made 11 saves in 27 minutes of action. Brayden Peters started the game but had to leave after making 11 stops with an injury.

Acadia is back in action at home on Friday night when the welcome UPEI (3-7-0), while the Tigers host the first place UNB Reds (10-0-0) in Halifax.

Burns with loan Acadia goal

WOLFVILLE – The STFX X-Men continued their winning ways as they topped the Acadia Axemen 4-1 on Friday night in Wolfville.  

It was the fourth win in a row for the STFX, while Acadia lost their fifth straight.  

In the first period, STFX wasted no time in asserting their authority, with Declan Smith (Antigonish, NS) netting a power-play goal at 03:01, assisted by Josh Nelson (Lockport, IL). They extended their lead when Liam Hawel (Arnprior, ON) struck with a shorthanded goal at 11:32, also thanks to Smith’s assist.  

The second period saw STFX’s Hawel notch another power-play goal at 13:33, this time assisted by Matthew Struthers (Milton, ON).  

Acadia managed to get on the scoreboard when Brady Burns (Port Williams, NS) found the back of the net at 17:38, with Zack Jones (North Falmouth, MA) providing the assist.  

In the third period, the X-Men continued their dominance with Nelson scoring a power-play goal at 12:25, assisted by Logan Chisholm (Antigonish, NS) and Smith. STFX exhibited efficiency on the power play, going 3-for-9, while Acadia struggled to convert on their power plays, going 0-for-8. 

Thomas Couture (Levis, QC) made 16 saves in the loss, while Joseph Raaymakers (Chatham, ON) made 32 saves in the victory.  

Saturday night Acadia welcomes the Dalhousie Tigers, an important game early in the season in the AUS standings, while STFX is home against the Saint Mary’s Huskies – who picked up a 5-0 win over the Dalhousie Tigers on Friday. Puck drop is 7 p.m. for both games.  

Jones with the lone Axemen goal

The Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus (6-2-0-0) picked up a 4-1 win over the Acadia Axemen (2-5-0-1) on Saturday afternoon in an Atlantic University Sport men’s hockey game in front of more than 640 spectators at the J.-Louis-Lévesque Arena. 

It was their sixth straight win of the season, having lost their first two games of the campaign. Jeremy Lapointe at 15:29 in the first period, Edouard St-Laurent on the power play at 16:20 in the second and Alexandre Couture at 4:35 and Nathaël Roy, the latter into an empty net late in the game at 19:45 in the third, found the back of the net for the winners. Zack Jones was the only one to get the puck past goaltender Olivier Adam on 25 (5-12-8) shots. Brayden Peters made 29 (10-12-7) shots in the loss. Jacob Dion added two assists. Moncton was 1-for-1 on the power play and Acadia was 0-for-4. 

Players from both teams battled for possession of the puck. The game was fast from one end of the ice to the other and the goalies made several key saves. The three stars of the game were Edouard St-Laurent, Jacob Dion and Alexandre Couture. 

The Aigles Bleus will host the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the J.-Louis-Lévesque Arena and visit the UNB Reds on Friday night in Fredericton. Acadia will host the StFX X-Men on Friday. 

Webb, Peach & Hoyt score for Acadia, Couture with 48 saves

(FREDERICTON, NB) A four-goal second period helped lift the UNB REDS past the Acadia Axemen, 6-3 on Friday night at UNB’s Aitken Centre.  


Cole MacKay (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) had two goals and an assist and was named Tim Horton’s Player of the Game as UNB moved to 7-and-0 to start the season. 


Friday night’s win didn’t come without some adversity for the REDS, who fell behind 3-1 in the first period.  


The Axemen burst out of the gates, notching their first goal just 4:39 into the game. 


Reilly Webb (Stoney Creek, ON) fired a shot that took an unusual bounce off the post and deflected off UNB’s Patrick Kyte’s (Pembroke, ON) stick, he was attempting to clear the puck from the crease, giving Acadia a 1-0 lead. 


Five minutes later, Acadia extended their lead on a power-play opportunity, thanks to Bailey Peach (Falmouth, NS). He took an excellent pass from Brady Burns (Port Williams, NS) and fired it over Samuel Richard’s (Ste. Catherine, QC) glove. 


UNB managed to respond at 15:24 of the first, when Kade Landry’s (Gowanstown, ON) shot found its way through a screened Thomas Couture (Lévis, QC), closing the gap to 2-1. 


However, Acadia quickly re-established their two-goal lead when Peyton Hoyt (Fredericton, NB) snapped a shot past Richard from the slot, making it 3-1, capping off a first period filled with scoring opportunities. 


The REDS launched an impressive offensive surge in the second period, finding the back of the net four times to seize a 5-3 lead. 


It started when Michael Petizian (Mississauga, ON) pounced on a loose puck right in front of the net, igniting the UNB offense 5:55 into the period. 


Five minutes later, Adam McCormick (Waterville, NB) leveled the game, firing a point shot past Couture, knotting the score at 3-3. 


Isaac Nurse (Hamilton, ON) then propelled the REDS ahead at 13:34, going top shelf to secure UNB’s first lead of the game. 


MacKay added an insurance goal for the REDS in the closing moments, tipping home a blistering shot from the point by Kale McCallum (Rothesay, NB) on the power-play, extending the score to 5-3 with 15 seconds remaining in the period. 


MacKay added an empty net goal at 18:14 of the third period to cement the victory for UNB. 


Looking ahead, both teams are back in action on Saturday night. The REDS will host the Saint Mary’s Huskies at 7:00pm. The Axemen travel to Moncton to face the Aigles Bleus at 7:00 pm. 


Recap by: Evan Richtsfeld/UNB Athletics 

Photos by: Kunal Mahajan/for UNB Athletics