CIS men’s hockey Friday roundup: Tigers upset CIS No. 3 Axemen with 5-2 win

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Feb 06, 2015

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Source: Eric Cederberg, Acadia Manager, Events & Communications

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The Dalhousie Tigers grabbed an upset win over the CIS No. 3 Acadia Axemen with three unanswered goals to give the Tigers a 5-2 victory. A win over the Tigers would have guaranteed the Axemen a quarterfinal bye, but now Acadia will have to win or tie StFX tomorrow night to capture second place in the AUS final standings.

After an opening ceremony that paid tribute to our Canadian Forces and graduating Acadia Axemen hockey players along with a puck dropping by former SMILE member and an Axemen follower for over 20 years Nick Vidito, the Tigers were quick to jump on the scoreboard.

Second year forward Andrew Rieder (Regina, Sask.) buried a perfectly placed wrist shot from in tight over the shoulder of Brandon Glover (Victoria, B.C.) to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead only one minute and eleven seconds into the opening frame.

Just over 11 minutes later, the Tigers extended the lead to two on the powerplay when Mike Evelyn (Ottawa, Ont.) scored his sixth goal of the season.

The Axemen scored their first of two goals with just over four minutes remaining in the first period when Geoff Schemitsch (Thornhill, Ont.) fired a low shot on Tiger goaltender Wendyl Vye (Moncton, N.B.) to cut the lead to one after one frame. The goal Schemitsch’s third of the season and assisted by Matthew Pufahl (Saskatoon, Sask.) & Dylan Anderson (Ottawa, Ont.) on the powerplay.

Seven and a half minutes into the second frame, second star of the game Brett Thompson (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) scored his 18th goal of the regular season. Sam Fioretti (Calgary, Alta.) and Stephen Woodworth (Middleton, N.S.) each added an assist on the tally. Thompson continues to lead the AUS in goal scoring and trails Phillipe Maillet of UNB by three points with 36 but has a game in hand.

Eight seconds after the Axemen killed off a two minute hooking call, Dalhousie scored on a deflected shot off of an Acadia defender. Andrew Langan (Saint John, N.B.) received credit for the goal with Mike Evelyn assisting Dalhousie’s go-ahead goal.

Teammate JP Harvey (Cole Harbour, N.S.) extended the lead to two with a goal at 18:34 of the second frame to give Dalhousie a comfortable 4-2 lead.

Harvey scored his second of the night at 8:05 of the final frame to give Dalhousie a convincing 5-2 win over the Axemen, snapping a 10 game losing streak to Acadia dating back to 2012. Harvey earned the games third star for his three point night.

Wendall Vye stole the show for the Tigers, stopping 50 of 52 shots he faced and received the game’s first star for his game winning performance. Acadia’s Brandon Glover had 20 saves in the losing affair.

The Axemen have a game in hand and are tied with the Saint Mary’s Huskies for second place in the AUS and will have to win or tie tomorrow night against StFX to take the quarterfinal bye and finish the regular season in second place.

StFX 3 Saint Mary’s 4 Final Shootout Box Score | Recap

Source: Saint Mary’s Sports Info

Halifax, NS – In a game that went the distance, #77 Michael Curtis (Georgetown, ON) scored the only goal of a ten round shootout as the Saint Mary’s Huskies defeated the Saint Francis Xavier X-Men 4-3 at the Halifax Forum Friday night.

Curtis’ winning goal earned him Subway player of the game honours.

To open the game, the X-Men got on the board first, when Michael Kirkpatrick (North Sydney, NS) scored at 14:43 to give the X-Men a 1-0 lead.

The Huskies answered back, when 2nd year forward, Mitchell Maynard (Cole Harbour, NS) notched a powerplay marker at 16:11 to tie the game at 1-1 after the first period.

Saint Mary’s took the lead in the 2nd, when Francis Menard (Embrun, ON) tallied at 8:10 to make the score 2-1. The Huskies extended their lead when 3rd year defenseman, Kyle Pereira (Brampton, ON) scored at 11:30 to give Saint Mary’s a 3-1 lead to end the second.

In the third, the X-Men got to within one when Cole Grbavac (Calgary, AB) tallied on the powerplay at 3:01 to make it 3-2. The X-Men tied things up at 3 a piece, when Blake Gal (Lethbridge, AB) scored on the powerplay at 13:34 regulation time.

Fans were treated to an exciting overtime period, but both the Huskies and X-Men were unable to score forcing a shootout.

After 10 shooters aside, Michael Curtis scored the winner to give the Huskies a 4-2 win over the X-Men.

The X-Men outshot the Huskies 39-36 on the night. Anthony Peters (Blyth, ON) made 36 saves to get the win in net for the Huskies and Drew Owsley (Lethbridge, AB) stopped 33 shots for the X-Men.

Both teams have qualified for the playoffs, but their opponents and dates for their first games are still to be determined.

Carleton 8 Nipissing 3 Final Box Score

Source: Nipissing Sports Info

A slow start, an attempted comeback and some bad bounces added up to a tough loss for the Nipissing Lakers men’s hockey team on Friday night.

The Carleton Ravens jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one, a 6-2 lead after two as they cruised to an 8-3 victory over the Lakers in their second meeting of the season.

The game was the final one at home for the Lakers this season as they now finish the season on the road Sunday in Sudbury against Laurentian.

The Ravens scored twice in the first period to lead 2-0 after 20 minutes and scored twice in the first five minutes of the second period to open up a commanding 4-0 cushion.

The Lakers answered back with two goals – one by Erik Robichaud and the other by Steven Deeg, his first of the season – as Nipissing climbed back into the game.

Unfortunately the strong play wouldn’t last as the Ravens tacked on two more before the end of the second to take a 6-2 lead to the dressing room after 40 minutes.

Once again the Lakers tried to mount a comeback as they scored midway through the third period to close the gap, but as was the case in the second, the Ravens scored two goals to wrap up the scoring and earn the two points.

Brogan Bailey and Matt Paton both had two assists in the loss.

The Lakers are now tied for fifth place with the Queens Gaels, with both teams having one game left on the schedule.

They are also just two points behind Laurentian for fourth spot, meaning the game remaining that the Gaels, Voyageurs and Lakers have will determine who finishes where in the OUA’s East Division.

Nipissing heads down Highway 17 Sunday night for their regular season finale.

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