The Acadia Axemen defeated the CIS #3-ranked UNB Varsity Reds 5-1 on Nov. 29 to end the first part of their season in first. Here, Alex Beaton chases after the puck for Acadia. – Gary Manning photo
By John DeCoste
The Acadia hockey Axemen will get to spend the next month in first place in the AUHC after earning three of a possible four points from their Nov. 29-30 weekend games.
After picking up a point from a 4-3 shootout loss to Moncton Nov. 29 at Acadia Arena, the Axemen skated to a 5-1 win Nov. 30 over the CIS #3-ranked UNB Varsity Reds.
That win, Acadia’s second straight over UNB, allowed the Axemen to pull ahead of the V-Reds, 24 points to 23, and into sole possession of first place.
Acadia has an 11-1-2 record, with UNB right behind at 11-2-1.
The Axemen entered the Nov. 30 first-place showdown on a two-game losing streak, having lost to St. F.X. in overtime Nov. 27 and to Moncton the night before, though they earned points from both losses.
Acadia took a 1-0 lead at 13:10 of the first period thanks to their fourth line. Joel Ridgeway scored the goal, assisted by K.C. Brown and Colin Archer.
The 1-0 lead held up until Tyler Carroll got UNB on the board with a power play goal at 3:10 of the second period. Before the period was out, at 16:02, Mike Cazzola put Acadia up 2-1 with some nifty stick work near the net, also on the power play.
The final 20 minutes were all Acadia. Dylan Anderson scored shorthanded at 5:04, Archer added an even-strength goal at 12:30 (also with Acadia’s fourth line on the ice), and Chris Owens rounded out the scoring with a power play goal at 14:26.
Acadia outshot UNB 16-9 in the first period and 20-11 in the second, en route to a 43-28 edge overall. The Axemen were 2-5 on the power play; UNB went 1-4.
Regular season action resumes for the Axemen Jan. 3, when they visit St. Thomas, followed by a Jan. 4 contest at UPEI.
Acadia has also scheduled an exhibition game Dec. 31 against Guelph, a 1 p.m. start at Acadia Arena.
See a slideshow of photos HERE.