Updated: Weekend sweep for ice Axemen

Jennifer Hoegg
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The hockey Axemen swept both their weekend games, winning 7-2 over Dalhousie Friday in Halifax and 4-3 over St. F.X. Saturday in Wolfville.  

The Saturday night game against the X-men saw the host Axemen get ahead quickly and stay ahead to earn a 4-3 victory, despite a standout performance from St. F.X. goaltender Drew Owsley.

View a slideshow of photos from Saturday night's game here.

In the second minute of the first period, Michael Clarke scored, with assists from Leo Jenner and Dylan Anderson. Less than three minutes later, Mike Cazzola made it 2-0 for the home team, with assists from Liam Heelis and Chris Owens.

St. F.X didn’t get on the scoreboard until four minutes into the second frame when Josh Day beat Evan Mosher, with assists from Rob Slaney and Michael Kirkpatrick.

Jenner answered three minutes later with a power play goal; Geoff Schemitsch had the assist.

X-man Brandon Hynes scored with two minutes remaining in the second, with assists from Jason Bast and Nathan Chiarlitt, to make it 3-2 Acadia going into the second intermission.

Despite the X-men putting more pressure on the host team, the third period was relatively quiet scoring wise, until Mike Cazzola took a penalty late in the game and Owsley went to the bench. Acadia’s Tyler Ferry put the puck in the empty X net for a shorthanded marker, on a pass from Anderson, with 29 seconds left. St. F.X replied 16 seconds later with a power play goal from Zack MacQueen, with help from Cole Grbavac, but it was too late to even the score.      

Owsley stopped 47 shots in the loss. Acadia’s Evan Mosher made 29 saves.

Acadia’s Joe Gaynor was hurt on a hit by Jarrad Struthers in the second period and left the ice with a neck brace. The hit ,and the resulting scuffle between the two teams, sent three players off with 10-minute misconducts:  St F.X.'s Struthers, along with a five-minute major and a game misconduct, and Steven Kuhn and Acadia's Cullen Morin.

Acadia’s Jenner was named first star of the game; St. F.X.’s Josh Day was second star and Acadia’s Travis Randell was third.

Acadia improves to 17-2-3 on the season and remains tied for first place with UNB (18-3-1), both with 37 points.

The Axemen play next Friday, Jan. 31, when they host the UPEI Panthers, and again Feb. 1 when the St. Thomas Tommies are in Wolfville.

Geographic location: Halifax, Wolfville

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