(For those who read this weekly update regularly, my apologies, as I have been dealing with what coaches like to call "flu-like symptoms" and the meds I have been taking in response turn me into a zombie and sap my will to write ... good thing I'm not being paid for this!)
UNB (10-4-0) - Not a good week. Been a long time since they've lost both games in a weekend. Friday they played well enough to beat Acadia, but lost a close game 3-2. They had a 17 game win streak going back to 2007 against the Axemen, and they squeaked out many of those wins, so maybe karma finally caught up to the V-Reds. Saturday night was a different story. Both of the UNB goalies happened to have an off night and the guy at the other end of the ice was standing on his head. UNB loses 6-3 to Dalhousie despite controlling almost all of the territorial play and outshooting the Tigers 55-23. UNB closes out the half when they host Moncton on Friday night.
UPEI (8-4-2) - The top offence in the AUS loses 6-5 in overtime to Dalhousie on Friday and gets outplayed by Acadia in losing 3-2 (shots were 38-19 for the Axemen).
SMU (8-4-1) - The Huskies embarrased the Tommies 9-2 on Friday (a truly awful game by STU) and then squeaked out a 2-1 win over Moncton on Saturday. Good road weekend, and they still have a game in hand on everyone except STU (who they host on Saturday).
StFX (8-6-1) - Went 3-for-6 on the PP in beating Moncton 6-5 in OT on Friday. Saturday night they were upset by STU 3-2. Tuesday night they shutout Dal 4-0.
Acadia (7-5-2) - Finally playing like was expected of them. After that close 3-2 win over UNB they beat UPEI on Saturday, also 3-2, but clearly outplayed their opponent this time. They close out the half Wednesday night with a big, big game against Saint Mary's.
Dal (8-7-0). Their charmed run might be over. The OT win against UPEI on Friday was their third overtime win in a row, and sixth this season. Then they stole that 6-3 win against UNB on Saturday, halting their losing streak against the V-Reds at 14 games. No horseshoes at work Tuesday night, when X goalie Joey Perricone outshone AUS male athlete of the week Bobby Nadeau to earn a 4-0 shutout.
UdeM (5-7-2) - Make that four losses in a row now as they lost 6-5 in OT to StFX on Friday and 2-1 to SMU on Saturday. Will try to close out the season with a win on Friday, except they play UNB, in Fredericton. Good luck with that.
STU - (2-9-2) After that 9-2 thrashing by SMU on Friday they surprisingly responded with their best game of the season to earn the 3-2 win over StFX on Saturday. Tough week ahead to finish the half with road games against UPEI on Friday and SMU on Saturday.
[Update: SMU was clicking on all cylinders Wednesday night, as they beat Acadia 4-0. Neil Conway got the shutout. Cam Fergus led the Huskies attack with two goals and an assist.]