By John DeCoste
Acadia’s hockey Axemen gave it their best shot - actually, 41 of them - but saw their 2012-2013 season come to an end with a 1-0 loss to the Saint Mary's Huskies Feb. 24 in Wolfville.
The Huskies captured the best-of-five conference semifinal series three games to one. Saint Mary’s advances to meet the winner of the other semifinal series between UNB-UPEI in the conference final.
Michael D'Orazio had the game's only goal, scored at 13:05 of the second period on an unusual play.
A pair of Saint Mary's penalties gave Acadia a five-on-three advantage and the Axemen still had a five-on-four power play after they received a penalty.
The two Huskies in the penalty box - one of them D'Orazio - exited at the same time and found themselves on a two-on-none break on goalie Evan Mosher.
D'Orazio's initial shot went wide, but, before the Axemen could recover, the puck was on his stick again, and D’Orazio potted a power play goal.
The score remained 1-0 until the final buzzer. The Axemen applied great pressure, especially in the third period, but Huskies' goalie Anthony Peters proved equal to the task.
Shots on goal were 41-37 in favour of Acadia, with both Peters and Evan Mosher turning in solid performances and earning first and second stars of the game honours, respectively.