Hockey: AUS Weekly Update

It was a good week for the Acadia Axemen, who won both of their games against the Dalhousie Tigers. On Wednesday in Wolfville, Dal scored the first two goals and Bobby Nadeau made 38 saves, but it wasn't enough as the Axeman battled back to tie the game before Phillipe Bertrand got the winner in the third period for the 4-3 victory. Friday night in Halifax it was Acadia who scored the first two goals, but the lead never changed as the Axemen held on for the 3-2 victory over Dal. Acadia is now riding a seven game winning streak.

Also on Friday the most intriguing match of the week was in Charlottetown, as new UPEI coach Forbes MacPherson was behind the bench after a midweek player revolt led to head coach Dylan Taylor and the all of his assistants resigning. The Panthers came out well against the UNB Varsity Reds and the game was scoreless after the first period. However the V-Reds' leading scorer, Hunter Tremblay, scored in the second period, and then again in the third period for his 12th goal of the season as UNB's sputtering power play finally clicked. Travis Fullerton only faced 14 shots as got his second shutout of the season in the 2-0 win. In the other game Friday night, STU came out flat and visiting UdeM scored the first three goals and had a surprisingly easy 4-1 win to end a six-game losing streak.

There was only one game Saturday night as Saint Mary's travelled to Antigonish. SMU outshot StFX 33-21, but Joey Perricone had a strong night in nets for the X-Men, and Bryce Swan scored two goals against the Huskies for the second game in a row as X won 3-2. Sunday night the Huskies met the Panthers, and the game went deep into overtime. Rookie Jared Gomes scored the winner for UPEI at 9:41 of OT, his second goal of the game, as the Panthers won 2-1. Neither team found a way to score on the power play, including one opportunity each in overtime.

UNB is still undefeated and remains in first place. Acadia has moved into second place, bumping StFX to third place. Picking up only one point on the weekend has dropped SMU into fourth place. Dal and UdeM are still tied for last place.

Looking ahead: On Friday StFX is at Dal, SMU is at Acadia, UPEI is at STU and UNB is in Moncton. On Saturday STU is at UNB in the Battle of the Hill, UPEI is in Moncton, Acadia is at StFX and Dal is at SMU in the Battle of Halifax.
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