The Acadia hockey Axemen took care of their own business with a 5-1 win over St. F.X. Jan. 16 in Wolfville, but the third-place Axemen were unable to gain ground on the AUBC.
On a rare weeknight that saw all eight teams in the conference in action, Acadia improved to 14-6-1 on the season by dominating the X-men to take a 2-1 lead in the season series.
The Axemen finished with a 42-19 advantage in shots on goal, including 18-1 in the first period, 13-8 in the second and 11-10 in the third.
The AUBC standings after the Jan. 16 games had UNB first at 16-5 for 32 points, Saint Mary’s second at 15-5-1 for 31 and Acadia third at 14-6-1 for 29.
Fourth-place St, F.X., 11-8-2 for 24 points, lost ground with the loss to Acadia, and was just a point ahead of UPEI, fifth at 11-9-1 for 23 points. The Panthers were 5-0 since Christmas with wins over Dal, Acadia, St. F.X., Saint Mary’s and Moncton.
Moncton held down the sixth and final playoff spot with 20 points and an 8-9-4 record. Dalhousie (6-12-3) was seventh with 15 points and St. Thomas eighth with a 3-17-1 record and seven points.
The Axemen will be back in action this past weekend with a pair of road games, Friday at Saint Mary’s and Saturday at Dalhousie.
Acadia’s next home action is Jan. 25 against Moncton and Jan. 26 against St. Thomas.
For the full story, see the Jan. 22 edition of The Advertiser.