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


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


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 »