Worth the wait

Hockey Ax­e­men pull off over­time win against StFX at home opener

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY JOSHUA FOOTE ACA­DIA ATH­LET­ICS WOLFVLLE

The Aca­dia Ax­e­men ( 1- 1) kicked off their home-opener with a nail-bit­ing 2-1 win over the StFX X-Men (0-0-1) in over­time.

De­spite chances on both sides – in­clud­ing one power-play for the X-Men and two for Aca­dia – nei­ther team could put the puck in the net in the first pe­riod.

Shots on goal were 9-4 in favour of the Ax­e­men af­ter one pe­riod.

The Ax­e­men be­gan to pull away from StFX in the sec­ond pe­riod, as they con­tin­ued to out­shoot and over­power the X-Men.

Ax­e­men for­ward Jack­son Houck scored the first goal of his AUS ca­reer with 8:57 left in the sec­ond pe­riod. Houck scooped up the re­bound in front of the StFX net to give the Ax­e­men a 1-0 lead.

The Ax­e­men had sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties that were turned aside by X-Men goalie Chase Marc­hand, in­clud­ing a stel­lar sprawl­ing glove save that pre­vented an ap­par­ent sure goal.

With 7:26 re­main­ing in the sec­ond, there was a con­sid­er­able de­lay in game ac­tion due to a body check from Ax­e­men for­ward Rod­ney Southam that broke the han­dle on the away team’s penalty box.

Fol­low­ing the de­lay, the X-Men seemed rein­vig­o­rated as StFX for­ward Adam Smith scored a power-play marker a mere 27 sec­onds af­ter re­turn­ing to the ice.

By the end of the sec­ond pe­riod, the score was tied and shots were 23-11 for Aca­dia.

The third pe­riod once again saw chances on both sides – in­clud­ing a strong power-play by the X-Men and a break­away by Ax­e­men for­ward Owen Mac­don­ald – but nei­ther team could break the tie.

Ax­e­men for­ward and Sub­way First Star of the Night Stephen Harper scored the game-win­ner with 1:38 left in OT. Harper broke down the right wing and fired a hard wrist shot into the top right cor­ner of the net.

Ax­e­men goal­tender Daw­son Carty turned aside 20 of 21 shots, while his StFX counterpart Chase Marc­hand stopped 33 of 35 shots.

The sec­ond and third stars of the night were X-Men goalie Chase Marc­hand and Ax­e­men for­ward Owen Mac­don­ald, re­spec­tively.

The Ax­e­men now head on the road to the US to take on Bos­ton Univer­sity and UMass – Low­ell in NCAA ex­hi­bi­tion play and then re­turn to AUS sea­son play at StFX Oct. 10.

PHOTO BY PETER OLESKEVICH

Jack­son Houch, who scored the Ax­e­men’s first goal, looks for an­other vs StFX.

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