Pair of weekend wins for ice Axemen

John Decoste
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During the second period Jan. 10, Acadia goalie Evan Mosher ended up under the net, under teammate Colin Archer and Saint Mary’s player Jeff Marchand, after the two skaters collided behind the net and crashed into the frame. No one appeared to be injured on the play and no penalties were called. – Eric Cederberg photo

The hockey Axemen are officially on a roll.

The first-place Acadia squad improved to 15-1-2 on the season with a pair of weekend wins, continuing the post-Christmas winning streak.

Acadia, the #3 team in the CIS, dominated the Saint Mary’s Huskies 5-1 Jan. 10 in Wolfville, then edged St. F.X. 2-1 on Jan. 11 in Antigonish.

The Axemen took a 1-0 lead Jan. 10 on Brett Thompson’s even-strength goal after only 54 seconds. Liam Heelis made it 2-0. In the second, Acadia went up 3-0 on Dustin Ekelman’s goal before Gerrad Grant got the Huskies on the board.

In a flurry of goals, Ekelman scored at 8:59; Grant at 9:15; Thompson netted his second of the game at 9:50; and Alex Beaton made it 5-1 for Acadia at 11:29.

Acadia’s top line of Thompson, Heelis and Mike Cazzola was once again effective. Thompson scored twice, Heelis collected a goal and an assist, and Cazzola, shaking off the effects of the flu, added three helpers.

At the start of the week, Heelis led the AUHC scoring race with 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points. Cazzola (5-19-24) was second and Thompson (8-11-19) was tied for sixth.

On. Jan. 11, the Axemen took a five game-winning streak on the road to Antigonish. First-year winger Michael Clarke opened the scoring with an even-strength goal at 14:50 of the first period, assisted by Joe Gaynor and Dylan Anderson.

Acadia took a 2-0 lead at 2:33 as Travis Randell scored on assists from K.C. Brown and Leo Jenner.

Mosher earned first star honours by stopping 22 of 23 shots.

The Axemen are back on the road this weekend. The Axemen will face UNB Jan. 17 in Fredericton, and will move on to Moncton Jan. 18 to face the Aigles Bleus.

See a slideshow of photos from the Jan. 10 game HERE.

Geographic location: Acadia, Antigonish, Saint Mary Wolfville Fredericton Moncton

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