Hockey Axemen end 2013 on a happy note

Jennifer Hoegg
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Acadia downs Guelph in exhibition play

Acadia’s men’s hockey team closed out 2013 with a win.

In a New Year’s Eve matinee exhibition game, the Axemen defeated the Guelph Gryphons 3-1.

The visitors opened the scoring halfway through the first period with a power play goal from Brett Appio, assisted by Daniel Broussard.

In the second period, Acadia defender Leo Jenner evened the tally with a goal less than five minutes into play. Joe Gaynor and Dustin Ekelmen had the assists on Jenner’s goal. Later in the second, a goal from Gaynor, with help from Ekelmen and Alex Beaton, gave Acadia the lead.

Guelph tied up the score with just over a minute left in the second period on a goal by Jordan Mock, assisted by Michael Hasson and Appio.

Acadia regained the lead and secured the win just over six minutes into the third on a powerplay goal from Dylan Anderson, assisted by Gaynor.

The match was marred by a number of scuffles and scrums, including one that saw Acadia’s Brett Thompson ejected from the game early in the second period.

Evan Mosher and Brandon Glover shared the netminding duties for the Axemen: Mosher stopped 10 or 11 shots  in the first half of the game, earning the win, and Glover stopped 15 of 16 shots.

Guelph goalie Andrew Loverock stopped 33 shots in the loss.

Gaynor was the first star of the game, Guelph’s Daniel Broussard was second star and Jenner took the third honour.

Acadia goes into the second portion of the Atlantic University Sport season in first place in the conference with 24 points – on a 11-1-2 record -  one more than reigning national champion UNB, which ended the fall part of the season 11-2-1.

The Axemen, currently ranked third in the country, head to Fredericton Friday for the first game of 2014. They are back at home Jan. 10 to host the Saint Mary’s Huskies.

Geographic location: Guelph, Fredericton, Saint Mary

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