Hockey: Weekly AUS Update

Friday night the rematch between StFX and UNB didn't quite deliver the drama of the week before. UNB captain Kyle Bailey scored in the first minute and the V-Reds were up 3-0 after one period, while the X-Men used back-to-back power plays to score two goals in less than a minute to make it close. The V-Reds added their own PP goal later in the period, and then they blew the game open in third period, capped by an unassisted highlight reel goal by Jordan Clendenning with 0.1 seconds left. UNB won 9-3 and went 5-for-10 on the power play while outshooting X 46-25. In Halifax Saint Mary's goalie Neil Conway has his second straight shutout against St. Thomas foiled by a Tommies power play goal with less than three minutes to go as the Huskies won 5-1.

Also on Friday Acadia defeated Moncton 4-1 with three of their goals coming on the power play. The upset of the week came in Charlottetown, where Dalhousie won 7-4 over UPEI. The Panthers twice tied the game, but Brendon MacDonald got the game winner at 12:58 of the third period, and the Tigers added two empty net goals in the final minute to seal the victory.

On Saturday Dal couldn't pull off a second road upset as they were easily handled by UNB, with the V-Reds firing 50 shots in their 7-1 victory. It is UNB's tenth straight win and leaves them the only undefeated team in the CIS. Moncton's woes continued, as they were embarrassed 11-0 by Saint Mary's in what may be a record shutout loss for les Aigles Bleus. SMU outshot UdeM 39-24 and went 4-for-7 on the power play. Hulking Huskies defenceman Justin Wallingford had a career night with two goals and two assists, and Neil Conway had his second shutout in a week. For Moncton, it is their sixth loss in a row and has them in last place in the standings, a very unaccustomed spot.

Saturday saw Acadia win their fifth game in a row, as they were up 5-0 on STU going into the third period, and cruised to the 5-1 win. The Axemen outshot the Tommies 39-26. For their part, banged-up STU has only managed to scored three goals in their last two games. StFX beat UPEI 5-1, keeping the X-Men in second place. However red-hot SMU is just one point back with a game in hand.

Looking ahead: In a relatively quiet week, there is one game on Wednesday with Dal at Acadia. On Friday UNB is at UPEI, UdeM is at STU and Acadia is at Dal. There is only one game Saturday as SMU is at StFX in a battle for second place. Sunday sees SMU travel to UPEI.
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1 comment:

  1. Acadia deserves some respect in the top 10....7-0 against everyone except UNB and SMU (0-3 against them but includes very close game at home against UNB)...they are definitely better than a lot of the ranked midlevel teams in the OUA.