Ax­e­men pickup two wins on road trip to UPEI and Mt. Al­li­son

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS - Sub­mit­ted in part by Thomas Becker, UPEI Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Cooper Coats’ two goal per­for­mance helped the Aca­dia Ax­e­men hand host UPEI Pan­thers a 3-0 loss in the Ax­e­men’s first of two game road trip.

“I don’t know what it is about this place,” said Coats, who re­turned from in­jury and played in his first game of the sea­son. “It’s a great start for me, but I re­ally think the lads are go­ing to ben­e­fit from this win and bounce back af­ter a tough open­ing week­end.”

“This win was very im­por­tant,” said Ax­e­men head coach Findlay Macrae. “There’s no room for er­ror in this league and drop­ping points while all these teams pick them up is tough.”

In des­per­ate search of their first win, it didn’t take long for the Ax­e­men to make an im­pact. Just four min­utes in, Travis Fen­ning came in from the left side, drib­bled his way past de­fence­man Ben Keefe and fired a shot past Brett Strba in the top right cor­ner.

At half­time, Coats got the nod from his coach and im­me­di­ately made his pres­ence felt. On a set play in the 51st minute, Coats redi­rected a vol­ley from his team­mate and headed it past the goal­tender for the 2-0 ad­van­tage.

The Ax­e­men added the third and fi­nal goal at the 73rd minute, when Coats skipped a shot past the Pan­ther keeper for his sec­ond goal of the match in the 3-0 vic­tory.

In the sec­ond of a two-game week­end on the road, the Ax­e­men hit the ground run­ning with an early 3-0 lead in the first 20 min­utes of the game against the host Mount Al­li­son Moun­ties.

The Moun­ties even­tu­ally set­tled into the game and se­nior Jaryd Mor­ris­sey scored his first goal of the sea­son and his first of two goals in the 28th minute tak­ing the teams to half­time.

The scored re­mained 3-1 un­til the 58th minute. First year Ax­e­man Cole­man Hooper added two goals shortly af­ter the 58th minute. Mor­ris­sey net­ted his sec­ond and fi­nal goal for the Moun­ties.

Zach Visser, Cooper Coats and Hooper again added goals for an 8-2 fi­nal. Hooper notched a hat­trick, while team­mate Cooper Coats had two goals.

The Ax­e­men head to Cape Bre­ton this Fri­day evening for a sin­gle game against the Capers and then re­turn home to host Monc­ton on Sun­day, Septem­ber 24 start­ing at 3:15 p.m. The Moun­ties re­main win­less and Aca­dia im­proves to 2-1-1.

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