Axemen Knock off UPEI, Franko & Giftopolous with 3 pts each

Athletics - A3The Acadia Axemen made it three wins in a row, with a 4-3 win over the UPEI Panthers in Charlottetown on Friday night. The Axemen used the third period to score 4 goals, to give them the comeback win, after trailing 2-0 after two period of play.

The Panthers all but owned the first period, firing 19 shots on net, to the Axemen’s 6. But Acadia second year goaltender Brandon Glover stood tall, stopping 18 of 19. Only Cole MacMillan was able to beat Glover, scoring at 14:07 of the first period. Matt Pufahl took a late interference penalty in the first period that carried over into the second, where the Panthers added to their lead with a powerplay marker from Chris Desousa just 20 seconds into the period. That was all for the scoring in the session, as Acadia matched their first period total of 6 shots, but this time held UPEI to just 5 shots on goal.

The third period was a different story altogether. Acadia took advantage of a holding call to UPEI’s David Mazurek, as 1st year forward Zach Franko continued his hot scoring as of late, scoring on the powerplay from Chris Owens and Remy Giftopoulos. Just under two minutes later, Giftopolous and Franko hooked up again, this time it was Giftopoulos converting for the goal, from Franko and Boston Leier to tie the game at two.

It looked like the Axemen had all of the momentum, but when Acadia goalie Glover was called for delay of game, Chris Desousa made good for the second time on the night with the man advantage, putting UPEI back on top 3-2.Read more »

Road Warrior Axemen knock off 2 of the Top 10 CIS teams

Athletics - A3The Acadia Axemen needed a big bounce back weekend, and they did just that. After dropping 2 games at home last weekend, they faced a tough task of hitting the road to face two of the top 10 CIS ranked teams this weekend in Moncton and UNB. The road warrior Axemen accepted the challenge and return home with two W’s.

Saturday night’s matchup saw the #7 ranked Axemen face the #2 ranked UNB Varsity Reds. The Reds were coming off a tough 4-3 loss to SMU last night and came out of the gate slow in the first period against Acadia. The Axemen got on the board first at the 10 minute mark as captain Liam Heelis scored his 7th of the season, with helpers going to Alex Beaton and Matt Pufahl.

The Axemen took the only penalty of the period at 17:48 when Travis Gibbons went off for tripping, and the UNB powerplay made them pay as Phillippe Halley one-timed a pass from Peter Trainor, beating Axemen goalie Brandon Glover. The teams went to the dressing room tied at 1 with UNB getting the edge in shots on goal at 12-7.

Zach Franko got his first on the night on a scramble in front of UNB goalie David Shantz, Shantz stopped 3 shots before Franko was able to get the puck by the sprawling tender. Mike Cazzola and Brett Thompson picked up assists on the tally.

It looked like that might be it for the scoring in the 2nd, until Phillippe Maillet scored his first of the night at 19:33 to tie the game up, the 2nd time on the night the Varsity Reds scored a goal in the last minute of the period to tie the game up. Shots on goal in the 2nd period were even at 12 aside.

With the ice barely dry, UNB was able to score just 15 seconds into the third period as Phillippe Maillet scored his second of the night, and by the game clock, his second in 42 seconds of play.Read more »

Bailey, Burns, Knopp, and Sproxton Inducted

On Saturday, November 8th, the Acadia Hockey Honour Roll proudly welcomed four new members to the exclusive club of Axemen hockey greats. This year’s inductees we Paul Bailey, Darren Burns, Kevin Knopp, and Denis Sproxton.

This year we are proud to be able to provide you the complete ceremony in its entirety for those who couldn’t make it. Please click below.

Here are a few pictures from the event as well.Read more »

Owsley Breaks Acadia Hearts In St.FX Win

X-Men Drew Owsley sprawls out to cover a loose puck as the Axemen attack the net.
X-Men goaltender Drew Owsley sprawls out to cover a loose puck as the Axemen surround the attacking net.

A good goaltender can make all the difference in the world. This was certainly the case when the St. FX X-Men came to Wolfville to take on the Acadia Axemen.

St. FX goaltender Drew Owsley was the talk of the game, as he stopped 35 Acadia shots en route to a 2-0 win. The loss gives Acadia their first mini slump of the season, as the Axemen lost to the Saint Mary’s Huskies the night before. They have now lost two games in a row, and scored only two goals in those two games.

St. FX opened the scoring midway through the first period on a two on one that Acadia goalie Brandon Glover had no chance on. Acadia began their barrage on the X-Men goal, but were unable to solve Owsley. Owsley made the 1-0 lead stand up through most of the game, as he continually frustrated the Axemen gunners. In the end, goals by Blake Gal and Jagger Dirk were the difference. Dirk’s goal came on a power play in the third period, after Glover made three sensational saves. He could not make the fourth, as his defense seemed to have purchased tickets to the game and were watching the play. Dirk deposited the puck into the open net as Glover and the rest of the Axemen could only watch.Read more »

Axemen Win Streak Stopped at Four

Athletics - A3The CIS #2 ranked Acadia Axemen hosted the #7 ranked Saint Mary’s Huskies on Friday night in a battle for top spot in the AUS. The game turned out as billed with the perennial rivals battling right to the final buzzer, with the SMU Huskies holding on to edge the Axemen 3-2.

The game opened up with SMU taking a penalty for delay of game at 2:12 when Steven Trojanovic was whistled for shooting the puck over the glass in his own end zone; ironically the Huskies would be called for shooting the puck over the glass four times throughout the game. Acadia took advantage of the powerplay, with just 6 seconds remaining in the man advantage Zach Franko rifled a shot home to put the Axemen up 1-0 early. Linemates Sam Fioretti and Boston Leier picked up the assists on the goal.

That was all the scoring in the first period despite SMU taking two more penalties, but Acadia was unable to capitalize with the man advantage. Shots on goal after the first period were 12 for Acadia, and 7 for Saint Mary’s.

Travis Gibbons left the game in the first period and did not return, after being hit by SMU player, Alex Cord. The Huskie had just came out of the penalty box and caught the Axemen defenceman off guard, sending Gibbons to the ice after the hit.

The second period opened with a strange penalty call where it appeared as though a SMU penalty was upcoming as the referee blew the whistle when Saint Mary’s touched the puck on the delayed call, but then after some confusion, the referree’s called the penalty on Mike Cazzola, as Cazzola entered the penalty box, the ref decided it was Matt Pufahl instead who should go off for cross checking.Read more »

A Big Valley Welcome to Axemen Hockey Family Members

Athletics - A3The Acadia Axemen have two important games this weekend as they face the CIS #7 ranked SMU Huskies and the 2015 CIS University Cup host St. FX X-Men. But there is another reason this coming weekend mark’s a very special weekend for the Acadia Axemen players. This is the Axemen family appreciation weekend, where our players’ family are invited to travel to Wolfville to spend time together & with the team, experience Acadia University, while enjoying two home games while they are in town.

This is the 6th annual weekend for the event, and it has been a great success in the past, and event organizer Sonia Richards believes this weekend will be no different; with 20 families travelling to Wolfville, from places as far as Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Coach Darren Burns had this to say about the event, “We are extremely excited about the impact and importance of our family weekend. It has become a staple of our program. It is important for us as a team, for our families to experience Acadia, together.”

It is a great event for the families of the 1st year players to get to know the town, the University, and the players surroundings; and for the veteran players, the families look forward to seeing other families they’ve met up with in years past to enjoy watching their sons, brothers, nephews, or cousins suit up for the Axemen.

If you see one of the Acadia Axemen players’ families in town this weekend, be sure to give them a great big Valley welcome! Let’s fill the rink again this weekend and show the Axemen players’ families our support for their Axemen!


Join us as we welcome this year’s inductees to the Acadia Hockey Honour Roll!

DATE: Saturday, November 8, 2014

TIME: 11:30 a.m.

LOCATION: The Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons, Acadia campus

The 2014 inductees to the Acadia Hockey Honour Roll are:

Darren Burns (’95)

Denis Sproxton (’98)

Kevin Knopp (’95)

Paul Bailey (’75)

Tickets to the event are $20. To purchase and for more information, please contact Sandra Symonds at: