CIS men’s hockey Saturday roundup: No. 3 Axemen end winning streak of No. 2 UNB

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Jan 24, 2015

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UNB 1 Acadia 4 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Mitchel Racine, Acadia Sports Information

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.

Just over four minutes later, rookie sensation Zachary Franko gave Acadia the lead with 3:34 remaining in the second period. Franko beat UNB netminder David Shantz for his 12th of the year. Brett Thompson and Remy Giftopolous received assists on the play.

Beaton scored again late in the third with an unassisted breakaway goal to give Acadia a 3-1 cushion with under three minutes remaining in the game.

Just for added measure, Beaton scored his third of the game and seventh of the season into an empty net from center ice. For his three goal night, Beaton received the games Subway First Star.

Brandon Glover stood tall making 19 saves in the win, while David Shantz stopped 25 shots on the losing end.

The Acadia win snaps a 10 game winning streak that the Varsity Reds were riding prior to tonight’s game. The last time UNB lost was back on November 15 when the Axemen pulled off a 4-3 overtime win in Fredericton. The Axemen lead the four game season series 3-0.

The Varsity Reds next see action at home as they host the seventh place St. Thomas Tommies on Wednesday January 27th.

Acadia visits New Brunswick next weekend for the rubber-matches versus UNB on Friday and then to Moncton on Saturday.

Moncton 10 Dalhousie 3 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Dalhousie Sports Info

The University of Moncton Aigles Bleus ended their five-game losing streak in dominating fashion, as they demolished the Dalhousie Tigers 10-3 Saturday night at the Halifax Forum. This is the second blowout loss for the Tigers in as many days, as they fell 7-2 at the hands of the UNB Varsity Reds just one day before. It was a crucial win for the Aigles Bleus, who now are five points up on the Tigers for the final playoff spot in the AUS.

Danny Chiasson, Allain Saulnier, Samuel Groulx all scored twice for the Aigles Bleus, while Alex Saulnier and Alex Noel each finished with four points in the blowout victory.

Corbin Boes made 41 saves in the loss for the Tigers.

It was the Tigers who struck first as Colton Parsons scored his fifth goal of the season in the first five minutes to give the Tigers a 1-0 advantage. Moncton answered right back, and Samuel Groulx and Maxime Pilon each potted a goal to gain the lead for the Aigles Bleus. They’d add three more in the final 2:33 of the first minute and they opened up a massive 5-1 lead as they headed into the first intermission.

Parsons scored again early in the second period to trim the lead to 5-2, but Alex Noel answered right back just a minute later to make it a 6-2 game. Fabian Walsh scored his tenth goal of the season in the final minute of the period, but that’s as close as the Tigers would get. Thierry Comtois, Allain Saulnier, Danny Chiasson and Samuel Groulx all scored in the third period as they blew out the Tigers 10-3. The Tigers losing streak now stands at four games, and they’ve now lost ten of their last twelve games.

The Aigles Bleus will try to win back-to-back games for the first time since October 24 when they take on the UPEI Panthers on Wednesday. The Panthers have lost three of their last four games.

StFX 3 St. Thomas 1 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: St. Thomas Sports Communications

FREDERICTON, N.B. – The St. Thomas Tommies dropped a 3-1 decision to the St. Francis Xavier X-Men in AUS men’s hockey action, Saturday night at the Grant-Harvey Centre in front of 557 spectators.

Zach MacQueen had two goals and an assist for the X-Men in the win.

Matt MacLeod was the lone goal scorer for the Tommies.

“For all intents and purposes I think we played a really good game,” Tommies head coach Pat Powers said. “I think it comes down to us not capitalizing on the opportunities we did have.”

The game was scoreless until midway through the second when MacLeod buried a rebound to give the Tommies a 1-0 lead.

The lead was short-lived, though, as MacQueen evened the score less than three minutes later to tie the game at 1-1 after 40 minutes.

MacQueen netted his second of the game with less than two minutes to go to give the X-Men a 2-1 lead.

The Tommies pulled Teichmann for the extra attacker, but a turnover by Eric Diodati proved costly as Rob Slaney added an empty net insurance marker to give StFX the 3-1 win.

“It’s frustrating. We are playing the right way and we just continue to find ways to not win,” Powers said. “We had tons of power play opportunities and our power play just couldn’t generate anything tonight.”

The Tommies are back in action Wednesday when they face the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds at the Aitken University Centre. The X-Men return to the ice Jan. 30, when they host the Tommies in Antigonish.

Saint Mary’s 1 UPEI 3 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Ryan Lloyd for UPEI Sports Communications

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – After giving up a goal in the first period, UPEI scored three straight to beat Saint Mary’s 3-1 Saturday night at MacLauchlan Arena in Charlottetown in front of 845 fans.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 10-11-2 on the season and sit fifth in the AUS, while the Huskies fall to 16-7-1 and sit in fourth position in the conference.

UPEI came out of the gates a little slow, but rallied behind strong games from goaltender Mavric Parks (Eganville, Ont.), captain, Mason Wilgosh (Winnipeg, Man.) and assistant captains Chris Desousa (Mississauga, Ont.) and Tyler Brown (Detroit, Michigan) to put three goals in the net in the final two periods.

The first period was relatively quiet with only 14 total shots, however Saint Mary’s was able to score a late goal with four minutes left. Bradley Greene (Tilting, N.L.) scored the goal for the Huskies with assists going to Stephen Gillard (St. John’s, N.L.) and Ben Duffy (Lower Sackville, N.S.).

Saint Mary’s goalie Anthony Peters (Blyth, Ont.) was solid in the net, stopping all eight shots he faced in the period.

The momentum switched in the second period with Mason Wilgosh scoring two goals less than five minutes apart for the Panthers. The first goal came 12 minutes into the period and was assisted by his assistant captains Desousa Brown. The second goal came 16:18 into the period and saw assists go to Desousa and Nelson Armstrong (Peterborough, Ont.). UPEI outshot the Huskies 17-9 in the period.

The third period saw Saint Mary’s outshoot UPEI 16-6 but Parks was up to the challenge, stopping each of those shots. The third and final Panthers goal came with 6:20 left when Desousa put a shot in the back of the net off a pass from Brown.

Parks stopped all but one of the 31 shots he faced from Saint Mary’s, while Peters stopped 28 of the 31 shots that UPEI put on net.

The Subway player of the game was UPEI’s Wilgosh who finished the game with two goals.

UPEI has three road games in the next week, visiting Moncton (8-13-2) on Wednesday, Saint Mary’s on Friday, and StFX (16-7-1) on Saturday.

Saint Mary’s will play host to UPEI and St. Thomas (2-17-4) on Friday and Saturday. All games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Saskatchewan 2 Manitoba 6 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Rob Mahon, Manitoba Sports Info

The Manitoba Bison men’s hockey team laid a 6-2 beating on the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies on Saturday, January 24, in a game with playoff implications for both teams and more than its share of nastiness.

The Bison got contributions from six different goal scorers, with Aaron Lewadniuk, Brett Dudar, Jory Coates, Jesse Paradis, Joel Schreyer and Jordan DePape all scoring for the home squad. Josh Roach, who was ejected for a hit to the head, and Michael Sofillas, replied for the Huskies.

The game started off with the Bison firmly in control, and for much of the game they stayed that way. Taylor Dickin rang one off the post just seconds into the game, and just two minutes in, Lewadniuk, left all alone in front, rifled one past Saskatchewan goaltender Jordon Cooke.

Moments later, Dudar was in on the act off a pretty three way passing play. Roach replied for Saskatchewan on the Huskies first shot of the game, but soon after, Coates gave Manitoba a 2 goal lead it never relinquished.

Bison head coach Mike Sirant was impressed with his team’s flying start. “It’s really encouraging to see,” said Sirant, “because that’s been a problem for us lately. It was a real good start for us tonight.”

Both teams had plenty of practice on the penalty kill on this night in a tightly called game that saw two five minute majors. “Last night there weren’t a lot of penalties,” Sirant said when asked if he expected the game to be as penalty-filled as it was. “I think neither team wants to put themselves in a situation where they’re killing as many penalties as both teams did today.”

“But our penalty killers did a good job. They got called upon more than we would like to have them called upon but they did a good job.”

One penalty in particular, a five-minute match penalty to Darren Bestland stood out. On that man advantage, Bison goalie Byron Spriggs made save after save, keeping the Huskies from capitalizing.

Spriggs surrendered a goal on the first shot he faced, but was otherwise solid. He was named the third star of the game.

“Byron really had a strong third period,” said Sirant. “He got a lot of shots. We just gave away a few shots in the third period, but he was able to step up with some really good saves.”

Before the game, Bison starters Darren Bestland, Jory Coates, Taylor Dickin and Aaron Lewadniuk were honored for the completion of their senior years. All four were key contributors in the game on this night, with Lewadniuk and Coates getting early goals for the Bison.

The victory gave the Bison a weekend sweep of the Huskies and gave them two much needed points as they fight for home ice advantage with the UBC Thunderbirds heading into the playoffs. The Huskies, meanwhile, have yet to clinch a playoff spot, and remain at 22 points on the season as they fight the Regina Cougars for the sixth and final playoff spot in the conference.

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Windsor 0 Laurier 3 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Windsor Sports Info

In a rare occurrence, the Lancer men’s hockey team was kept off the scoreboard and fell 3-0 to the Laurier Golden Hawks on Saturday night in Waterloo.

The Lancers defeated the Brock Badgers Friday night, and with the weekend split are now 18-4-1 and continue to remain in first place in the OUA heading into the final two weeks of the season. With the victory, the Golden Hawks improve to 8-14-1 and are still battling for the final playoff position.

The game remained scoreless until early in the second when Laurier’s Mackenzie Braid snuck one past Lancer goaltender Parker Van Buskirk to give the home team a one goal lead heading into the third period.

In the third, Golden Hawk captain Tyler Stothers came up big for the hosts scoring two goals to lift his team over the visiting Lancers.

Van Buskirk turned aside 25 saves in the effort for Windsor, while Laurier’s Vinnie Merante made 36.

Windsor is on the road to Western on Friday night before returning home for a single game against the York Lions on Saturday January 31st. The game is part of the Department of Athletics’ annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day, and there will be new commemorative t-shirts on sale for only $10 with all proceeds going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Lethbridge 0 Calgary 4 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Calgary Sports Info

CALGARY – The No. 5 University of Calgary Dinos closed out their home schedule on Saturday night, blanking the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns with a 4-0 victory at the Father David Bauer Arena.

Before the game, the Dinos honoured Kodie Curran, Colton Grant, Kris Lazaruk and Walker Wintoneak for their five years spent with the program. Curran would stand out, taking home the game’s first star with two goals and an assist. Jacob DeSerres made 19 saves to record his second shutout of the season.

“It was a blast to share tonight with the guys, I had family and friends out. I am so appreciative for my five years here and all the guys that helped me get through it,” explained Curran. “We had a tough first period tonight but we fought through it and got our game back on track.”

With the win, the Dinos improve to 18-8-0 on the season, while the Pronghorns fall to 4-22-0.

“I think we took tonight for granted a little bit. It can be tough to check in mentally after a 9-1-type game,” said Dinos head coach Mark Howell. “I thought Kodie had his best game since coming back. He had his legs moving and found some open lanes. With his skill, he can score some goals.”

Just minutes into the game, one of Calgary’s four senior players got the scoring started. After Dylan Walchuk’s chance from the left side of the goal was stopped by Warren Shymko, the puck bounced into the slot for Curran. The local product wasted little time settling into the shot and blasting past the Lethbridge goaltender for his seventh of the season.

Extending the lead to 3-0 in the middle frame, Spencer Edwards picked up a pair of primary assists. While on the power play at 6:48, Edwards dished the puck from the left corner to the far side of the blue paint where Curran lifted his second of the game past Shymko for his eighth of the year.

Chris Collins tallied the other goal of the second period. After some good stick work by Aspen Sterzer, the puck was turned over to Edwards who fed a cross-ice pass to Collins for a tap-in. The goal at 9:37 was Collins’ 11th of the campaign.

On a late power play in the third period, the Dinos would score once more to round out the scoring. Skating in from the point, Drydn Dow wired a hard shot through Shymko for his second of the season.

Calgary outshot Lethbridge 32-19. The Dinos went 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Pronghorns went 0-for-4.

The Dinos finish the regular season next weekend as they head to Regina to take on the Cougars from Jan. 29-30. Lethbridge will wrap up their regular season at home from Jan. 29-30 as they host the UBC Thunderbirds.

Alberta 7 Mount Royal 1 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Mount Royal Sports Info

Calgary – One night after the Cougars stole an overtime game from Golden Bears, the nation’s number one team exacted some revenge on Mount Royal, beating them by a score of 7-1.

Lazo (2), Legault, Carr, Clarkson, Ferguson and Crooks scored for Alberta. Emerson Hrynyk scored the lone marker for Mount Royal, his first ever CIS goal.

Just 5:20 into the game the Cougars were caught flat-footed and the Golden Bears capitalized. Mackenzie Johnston and Scott McKay were too deep in their own zone and Stephane Legault snuck in behind them. Brett Ferguson then threw a perfect saucer to Legault who walked in and buried a laser over the glove hand of Cam Lanigan.

The Cougars composed themselves until Zack Henry took an interference penalty and the conference’s top power play unit went to work. Johnny Lazo was left all alone in the high slot and hammered home a one-timer low stick side on Lanigan.

Lazo wasn’t done there. While killing a penalty, the Cougars didn’t get the puck deep and turned it over at Alberta’s blue line. Kruise Reddick picked up the puck and went in two on one with Lazo. Reddick’s pass was right on the tape and Lazo slid it far side past Lanigan putting Alberta up 3-0 lead after one.

The Cougars composed themselves early in the second to minimize the damage. They were able to kill off two shorthanded situations but were unable to cash in on their two power plays. With less than three minutes to go in the second, Thomas Carr scored Alberta’s fourth goal in the slot off a nifty feed from Levko Koper.

Tanner Clarkson made it 5-0 to for Alberta before Emerson Hrynyk scored his first career Canada West goal to spoil Luke Seimens’ shutout. Brett Ferguson and Jamie Crooks added two more to make the final 7-1 for the Alberta.

The Cougars remain in third spot with 33 points and a 16-9-1 record. They sit 12 points behind the Golden Bears who are atop the league’s standings with a 22-3-1 record.

Mount Royal will finish off the season with two games at the Flames Community Arenas on Thursday and Friday night against the Manitoba Bisons. Puck drop for both games is slated for 7:00pm.

Alberta will head to Saskatchewan to play their final two games before the FISU break. That series will also go Thursday and Friday in Saskatoon.

Regina 0 UBC 1 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Rachel Villari, UBC Sports Information Assistant

VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds men’s hockey team (12-9-5) outlasted the University of Regina Cougars (8-16-2) 1-0 Saturday night at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

Nick Buonassisi scored the lone goal of the game while goaltender Matt Hewitt was the first star of the game earning his second career CIS shutout.

“It feels good,” Hewitt said after the game. “After the first one it sort of took the monkey off of my back. But, tonight we played a desperate team trying to make the playoffs and they pushed hard. I just tried to hold my ground and give my team a chance to win.”

A scoreless first saw the Thunderbirds with many chances. Outshooting the Cougars 12-4, Joe Antilla, Anthony Bardaro, Nate Fleming, and Cole Wilson led UBC with two shots apiece in the first 20. Antilla saw time on both the power play and the penalty kill, in which he led a short-handed rush for one of the period’s most exciting scoring opportunities. Both teams went 0-for-2 on the power play, and UBC entered the second on the man-advantage.

UBC made their way onto the board with a goal early in the second. Defenceman Brendon Wall got Regina goaltender Lucas Gore leaning before making a saucer of a pass across the ice to Nick Buonassisi, who was able to tap the puck into a wide open net. The goal is Buonassisi’s 10th of the season. He now trails Wilson by one for the team lead in goals.

Despite a surge in offensive opportunities from Regina, Hewitt and the team were able to keep the score 1-0 through the period. Hewitt made all 15 saves he faced while UBC remained dominant on the attack with 23 shots through 40 minutes of play.

The score remained 1-0 as the Thunderbirds outlasted the visiting Cougars in the final period, in which Regina goalie Gore was excellent in keeping his team in the game.

With Regina on the power play, UBC had two shorthanded breakaways but Gore stopped both.

On the second breakaway, though, Thunderbird Antilla was cut short by a Cougar defenceman and was awarded a penalty shot but Gore turned him aside as well.

The Cougars, clinging to the hope of making the playoffs, fired an additional 11 shots on net in the final frame, but Hewitt and his defensive corps were able to shut them down. With the win, Hewitt has now earned two shutouts in last three starts.

Although regular season home games at ‘the Doug’ have come to an end, the fourth place Thunderbirds still have one more series to suit up for. The team travels to Lethbridge to take on the eighth-place Pronghorns (4-22-0) next Friday and Saturday.

Regina will finish out the season by hosting Calgary next weekend.

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