Liam Heelis, shown here in action against St. F.X. at the Don Wells Memorial tournament this past weekend in Wolfville, is wearing the captain’s ‘C’ for the Acadia hockey Axemen this season. Heelis had a goal and an assist in Acadia’s two tournament games, a 3-1 loss to St. F.X. and a 4-4 tie with Saint Mary’s. - John DeCoste, www.kingscountynews.ca
By John DeCoste
The good news was, this year’s version of the Don Wells Memorial featured great competition, with every game decided by two goals or less and both games on Sept. 22 going to overtime.
The bad news was, the Acadia-Saint Mary’s consolation final couldn’t be completed after a potentially scary injury to first year Saint Mary’s player Cameron Wind.
After being injured in the opening minute of overtime, Wind was removed from the ice on a stretcher as a precaution. After a short discussion, both coaches agreed to call the game, which ended as a 4-4 tie.
It was feared at the time that Wind might have suffered a spinal injury. Eric Cederberg of Acadia Athletics confirmed Sept. 23 that while the Huskies’ player had suffered an injury, it was not to his spine and was not as serious as first thought.
On the opening day of play Sept. 21, Dalhousie topped Saint Mary’s 5-3, while St. F.X. overcame an early 1-0 deficit to defeat the host Axemen by a 3-1 score.
On Sept. 22, Dalhousie nipped St. F.X. 4-3 in the tournament final on Andrew Wigginton’s goal at 7:28 of overtime.
Mike Cazzola had the lone Acadia goal on Sept. 21, which opened the scoring against St. F.X. On Sunday, Brett Thompson had two goals for Acadia, while Colin Archer and Liam Heelis had the other Axemen goals.