Tough time on the ice

Ax­e­men re­turn home win­less af­ter road trip to UPEI and UNB

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY ACA­DIA ATH­LET­ICS CHAR­LOT­TE­TOWN, PEI

A Pan­ther-Ax­e­men matchup at cLauch­lan Arena rarely dis­ap­points.

And on the week­end UPEI got the bet­ter of their ri­val 4-1.

Af­ter sur­ren­der­ing an early goal, the Pan­thers (7-5-1) coun­tered with four unan­swered to grab the vic­tory. Cody Payne broke out and matched his sea­son to­tal with two goals, while Kameron Kielly and Beau McCue chipped in with a goal apiece.

The Ax­e­men (4-8-2) found the back of the net at 4:28 when Stephen Harper scored off a face­off win that eluded goal­tender Si­mon Hofley.

How­ever, UPEI would get that goal back be­fore the pe­riod ended on a goal by Payne.

The Pan­thers hit the gas in the sec­ond and quickly took the lead at 3:42. A goal by Kielly put his team ahead 2-1. Payne would score his sec­ond of the night on the pow­er­play at 7:46 in the sec­ond frame.

With time slip­ping away, McCue sealed the 4-1 win with an empty net goal in the third.

“They [Aca­dia] def­i­nitely had a push and they ral­lied be­tween the sec­ond and third, but we were re­silient and our killers did a good job block­ing shots and tak­ing away shoot­ing lanes,” UPEI head coach Forbes MacPher­son said.

In the sec­ond of two road trip games, the UNB Reds scored four power-play goals on route to a 6-1 win over the Aca­dia Ax­e­men on Satur­day.

Chris Clap­per­ton and Tyler Boland each scored twice for the Reds, while Kris Ben­nett Ma- and Joe Gatenby each had three as­sists.

Matthew Boucher had a goal and an as­sist for UNB, while Sa­muel Dove-McFalls also scored.

Aca­dia ac­tu­ally struck first, when Stephen Harper scored, on the power-play, at 5:42 of the first pe­riod.

UNB coun­tered with their first power-play goal about two-and-a-half min­utes later.

Boucher’s shot from the face-off cir­cle was kicked out by Ax­e­men net­min­der Daw­son Carty but Dove-McFalls was right there to fire the re­bound home.

The Reds erupted for three goals, all on the power-play, in the sec­ond pe­riod.

Alex Dubeau earned the win in the UNB net, stop­ping 26 of the 27 shots he faced. Carty took the loss, stop­ping 42 of 48 shots.

“We are young,” ad­mit­ted Ax­e­men head coach Dar­ren Burns. “They’re work­ing as hard as they can, but just to get ac­cli­ma­tized to this league, it’s tough.”

With the win, the Reds im­prove to 13-0-3. The Ax­e­men wrap up the first half of the sea­son by host­ing UPEI and UNB this Fri­day and Satur­day night at 7 p.m.

JAMES WEST/UNB COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS PHOTO

Gar­rett McFad­den sends a cross ice pass to a team­mate vs. UNB on the week­end.

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