Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Bowers named to ECHL all-star game

Former Tommie Justin Bowers is continuing to impress as he has just been named to the ECHL Amercian Conference All-Stars. Congratualtions Justin and keep up the good work. Photo Credit: ECHL

"There are 11 rookies on the American Conference and 18 of the 21 players are making their first appearance in an ECHL All-Star Game. There have been 46 players from the All-Star Game who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 29 since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level." ECHL Story

Wednesday, 24 December 2008


On behalf of we would like to wish our fellow Tommie fans, AUS hockey fans, players, and coaching staff a Merry Christmas. May the joy of the season be yours and we hope everyone has a prosperous 2009.


Saturday, 20 December 2008

It's a Slow News Month

Came across this video from "CuriousGeorge03". We're not sure if Tommies hockey cards are available, as the video is described as "an example of what I can do for your sports team". If you'd like more information, you can contact George through this link. In the meantime, enjoy the presentation of Tommies game action photos, "Deliverance" soundtrack notwithstanding.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

STU adds powerplay specialist

The re-tooling is underway, with a new defenseman joining the Green and Gold
(Photo Credit: Daily Gleaner)

From the Daily Gleaner:

Tommies head coach Mike Eagles thinks Andricopoulos, 21, can make a difference [on the powerplay].
"He's the type of guy we've been looking for," Eagles said. "He's a pretty good puck mover, he skates and moves well. From his background, he would certainly be in our top four and definitely help us on the power play."
That responsibility "is what I'm looking for," Andricopoulos said. "I've always been a power play guy. I'm definitely an offensive player but I'm very responsible defensively as well. I'm more of an all-around guy now as opposed to when I was 16 joining the Remparts for the first time."

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Bowers excelling in ECHL

We didn't forget about you Justin but we were saving talking about you until Christmas break when there wasn't any hockey. If Tommie fans aren't aware, our big gun for the past two years is now lighting the lamp in the ECHL for the Dayton Bombers. Justin is leading his team in scoring, is second in rookie scoring for the league (1 point behind the rookie leader) and sits 10th overall in league scoring.

While Justin had high hopes of achieving these stats in the sunny State of Florida, somethings don't work out as originally planned. He was traded away to Dayton as "the player to be named later" from a transaction that took place last year between the Bombers and Florida. So I guess the lesson Justin learned was when you get dealt lemons, you do your best to make lemonade or else you will turn sour. He has done very well and is a valuable part of the Dayton team that is pursuing top spot in their division. At this pace it is only a matter of time before JB will get the call and head up to the AHL. As Tommie fans we all wish Justin could have stayed on with STU but we are certainly pleased to see him succeed. We hope his time spent with the Green and Gold was a valuable asset to his career. Good luck Justin. DG: Putting up big numbers Change of scenery works wonders for Bowers

"I grew up where St. Thomas is in Fredericton, New Brunswick, so I knew what to expect going to the CIS level," Bowers said. "From Junior A, it's a big step. It's a bigger, stronger, faster league. It's above the CHL, it's above the Quebec Major Junior League. I got off to a good start there, and I just kept building on it and kept trying to get better. I got a great opportunity to play a lot. It worked out for me."

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Music for the Tommies

The first half went by so quickly and Tommies fans are anxiously waiting to find out if Coach Eagles will have another successful Christmas recruiting season. It will be a hard task to out do last year's job of Tremblay, Wynn, and Cassidy.

In the meantime, have you ever wondered what songs you were listening to during the Tommies' games at the LBR? Maybe you wanted to know who the artist was who sang that familiar tune? Well wonder no longer. Mike Sanderson the DJ of STU Hockey, or The Sandman, has kept track and has posted the play lists for all the St. Thomas men's and women's games dating back to the preseason. The Sandman even entertained our suggestions for the next STU vs. UNB game in January. Make sure you listen for our suggested tunes. (Trust us, you'll know our picks) The Sandman's play list 2008-09.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Dual job too demanding?

From today's Daily Gleaner:
Mike Eagles says it will be January or February before he decides on whether or not to continue in the dual role as hockey coach and athletic director at St. Thomas University.

Eagles took over the AD role on an interim basis in August after Jen Myers left to become director of sport and recreation at York University in Toronto. He said he is "not even close" to deciding his future.
Will the Tommies find any new recruits under the tree this Christmas? The answer is as vague as we would expect:
Eagles said the matter of additions to the team after Christmas "is an ongoing thing.

"When you look at our team you can't say 'Yeah, we're going to stand pat because we're happy with what we've got. Recruiting is a 12-month a year job. There's nothing firmed up, but it's an ongoing process."

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Panthers no match for Tommies

On the strength of 2 first period goals the Lady Tommies defeated the visiting UPEI Panthers 5 to 1. The Tommies enter the Christmas break firmly in fourth place and within striking distance of a first round bye in the play-offs.

In today's contest St. Thomas struck first at 10:37 when Catherine Boudreau scored her first goal of the year from Nussbaum and Matthews. Just over two minutes later the Tommies scored goal number two off the stick of Jillian Coughlin from Rossignol and Blackmore. The Ladies dominated and out shot UPEI 15 to 4.

PEI got their only goal of the game 3/4 of the way through the second frame on the PP. The rest was all STU. Sarah Belmore connected with her first of the night from Boyle and Duguay to restore the 2 goal cushion.

The third period saw Belmore and Coughlin score their second goal each while Kayla Blackmore, Lyse Rossignol, and Ashley Duguay all got their second assists of the evening. Julia Sharun got the win in the Tommies net facing 17 shots. The Tommies shot 43 pucks at Kate Read in the PEI net for their second consecutive win over PEI in the past week. The Tommies next action will be Saturday January 10th when second place ST FX is in town. DG: Tommies finish strong

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Squirrels sting STU in shoot-out

St Thomas put in one heck of an effort tonight against the Squirrels but unfortunately were just shy of the 2 points. Strong defensive play and timely scoring were the keys to hanging tough against a top team like UNB. I'm not a fan of the charity point for the loss but this evening's point was earned and could have easily been two.

In a game where UNB carried the play but STU had the better scoring chances overall, the Squirrels were first on the board. Dustin Friesen at 18:27 of period one collected the rebound off a shot and fired past Ben MacFarlane on the PP. The Squirrels were 1 for 3 on the power play in the first and the Tommies knew they had to avoid the box at all cost or else they would be digging themselves a deeper hole.

The second period saw UNB take the first two penalties of the period and the second one would prove costly. Just as a Josh Hepditch penalty expired, Ryan Lehr potted one from Erick Tremblay and Jason Rinzler to tie the game. A few minutes later the Tommies were back where they didn't want or could afford to be, the Sin Bin. The big red rodent machine went to work and got their second PP goal of the night and their one goal lead restored. The Tommies would finish the second period on a high note as they were successfully able to kill off a penalty with only 2:11 remaining. It may have been a key kill as being down two heading to the third could have been the death blow.

With the Tommies down one in the third Wes Welcher was able to gain the Squirrels zone make a good pass to Jason Rinzler who fired a cross ice pass to Brad Gallant who went upstairs past Derek Yeomans to tie the score at 5:47. The Tommies came close several times to taking the lead, including a short handed break away by Mitch Price around the 17 minute mark and Max Chamberland hitting the post. It was not to be on this night as the game went to O/T.

In the overtime period the Squirrels took a penalty at 1:56 but the Tommies couldn't capitalize. STU found themselves shorthanded for the final 18 seconds of the game but Ben MacFarlane and the PK unit held the fort. Ben was solid in net and faced 42 Squirrel shots over 70 minutes. St Thomas fired 25 the other way.

The game went to the shoot out and Max Chamberland was the first shooter. He was oh so close but his shot went off the cross bar. Hunter Tremblay was first up for UNB and he tried to go five hole on MacFarlane who shut the door. Corey Banfield was up next and he tried a deke and stuff to no avail. Justin Dacosta would score the only goal on his "patented" shoot out move. Jason Rinzler would get a chance to extend it but his shot sailed high. It was one of STU's best efforts and it did get the all important point as they slide past Dalhousie for 7th in the league. The Tommies first half comes to an end and their past several games have given new hope for the second half. DG: Renewed rivalry

Don't forget that the Lady Tommies finish off their first half tomorrow afternoon at the LBR versus UPEI at 2 PM.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Tommies torch Tigers in high scoring game

It was a high scoring game indeed and the Tommies came out on the right side of a 11 to 7 victory. STU was actually up by six goals at one point in the third period but some ill advised penalties took their toll as the lead dwindled to three. As the old saying goes "all's well that ends well" and that was the ultimate truth on this evening for the Tommies.

The Tommies had a fantastic opening period as Jason Cassidy started things off quickly at the 59 second mark. Wes Welcher got his second of the season at 9:22 on an easy tap in and Corey Banfield scored on a delayed penalty on a beautiful feed from Max Chamberland. Dal scored their first of five PP goals on the evening at 17:42 but STU got it back when Keith Wynn finished off a spectacular pass from Wes Welcher. Wes kept control of the puck, fighting off a Tiger defender, and dropped the pass between his legs to a cruising Wynn. The Tommies out shot Dal. 20 to 5.

Dalhousie was first to score in the second frame on the PP but Brad Gallant at 8:40 then Jeremy Turgeon with two goals 11 seconds apart at 9:28 and 9:39 made sure Josh Disher's night was over. With the change in goaltenders and a 30 second time out the Tigers found new life for a time and scored shortly after at 11:13. Ryan Lehr scored at the 13:00 minute mark to regain the 5 goal cushion but the Tigers would score at 18:22 to bring themselves closer.

The Tommies scored two quick goals in the third off the sticks of Justin Roy and Corey Banfield to make double digits at 10. Then things got dicey when STU took 3 consecutive penalties that the Tigers took full advantage of each time to trim the safe lead of 6 down to 3. St. Thomas stayed out of the box from there on in and kept Dal. scoreless until Maxime Chamberland scored with three seconds to go for goal number 11. Matt Davis picks up the important win facing 31 shots. STU fired 52 pucks at the Tiger goalies. Max Chamberland led the Tommies with 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 points while Jason Rinzler, Wes Welcher, Jeremy Turgeon, and Corey Banfield each had 3 points. Ryan Lehr, Mitch Price, Jason Cassidy, and Brad Gallant all had 2 points. DG: Not pretty but good enough

Saturday night the Squirrels are down the hill to face off against the Tommies in their final game of the first half. Game time is 7 PM.

Banfield little big man

From the Daily Gleaner:
"The personal accomplishments are nice and all that," Banfield said, "but the main objective is two points. It's all relative if we're not winning. But we're working hard every day, so it has to come sometime."

Tonight would be a good place to start.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Busy final week

Wow, the first half has flown by. Just two games remaining for both the Men and Ladies until the Christmas break.
Daily Gleaner: Busy final week...

Also, former Tommie Matty Seymour is performing well in the Southern Senior Hockey League.
Daily Gleaner Article

Monday, 24 November 2008

Banfield, Blackmore Athletes of the Week

From STU Athletics,

The male athlete of the week for St. Thomas University is Corey Banfield of the Men’s Hockey team. This weekend the team travelled to St. FX and St. Mary’s Universities and Corey scored goals in both games. Banfield was 24-8 on faceoffs for the weekend and had two great games. Corey is a first year student, taking his Bachelor of Arts at STU, and hails from Dartmouth, NS.

The female athlete of the week for St. Thomas University is Kayla Blackmore of the women’s hockey team. The team played this past Sunday against UPEI and Kayla scored two goals and had 8 shots on goal in the Tommies 3-2 win over UPEI. Kayla was part of a strong team effort for the Tommies. Blackmore is a first year player from Lincoln, NB and is in the Bachelor of Arts program here at STU.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Ladies back in the win column

The Tommies paid a visit to the Island this afternoon and came out on top 3 to 2. After yesterday's game was cancelled due to the bad weather you can rest assured the women's team was set to play.

Local standout Kayla Blackmore got things rolling for STU at the 15:43 mark of the first with assists going to Walls and Rosignol. At the first intermission the game was tied at one while the Tommies out shot the Panthers 12 to 8.

There was no scoring in the second period as Kate Read for PEI and Julia Sharun held their respective forts. In the third Kayla got her second of the game from Alexis Laird to take the early lead at 1:37. PEI wouldn't lay down and tied the score at 9:39 on the PP but Kelly Matthews from Boyle and Nussbaum got the winner at 12:10. The winning goal was on the power play. Julia Sharun closed the door from there on in to seal the win facing 30 shots. STU fired 35 the other way.
Daily Gleaner Article

St. Thomas will see the Panthers very soon as the make up game from the November 1st cancellation will be played at the LBR on Sunday November 30th at 2PM.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Penalty problems plague Tommies

If the Tommies could have stayed out of the penalty box they might have been able to nip the Huskies. As it were the Tommies allowed four power play goals and lost to SMU 5 to 2. Saint Mary's took a one goal lead in the first period and if not for a highlight reel save by Matt Davis a few minutes later the Tommies would have been down two. (Photo credit: Ingrid Bulmer, HCH)

In the second frame STU tied the game on the power play when Jason Cassidy roofed the puck past Brandon Verge in the Saint Mary's net. The Huskies pulled away quickly with less then 5 minutes to play in the second on two PP goals. One by Cody Thorton and the other by Marc Rancourt.

Saint Mary's scored the only even strength goal of the game to go up 4 to 1 in the third period. Corey Banfield got his second point of the night when he scored on the PP at 14:54 to make it close again but SMU rebounded with another PP marker to put this one out of reach. Matt Davis gets stung with another loss. STU will be at home this Wednesday night in an important game versus Dalhousie as the Tommies sit 2 points behind the Tigers for 7th spot in the AUS.
HCH Article
Daily Gleaner Article

The Lady Tommies game scheduled for this afternoon against Mt Allison was postponed due to the weather. The Ladies are scheduled to play at UPEI tomorrow.

On the Road: To Blog or not to Blog?

The Tommies are in New Glasgow right now, about 45 minutes up the road from Antigonish, where STU fell 4-1 to St. F-X last night. Lunchtime soon, then on the bus to Halifax in about 3 hours.

Thanks for the comments and emails about last night's Live Blog. I enjoyed being a part of it, and thanks to STUTOMMIES.COM again for the opportunity. Not sure if I'll be able to get online tonight. Check in around 5:30 pm, if there's an internet connection available, then I'll post some notes about tonight's game. And be sure to tune in, 7:00 pm STU @ SMU from the Halifax Forum, locally on 95.7 FM CKTP, or online at

Suffice it to say, Coach Mike Eagles was not pleased with his team's effort last night, so I would expect to see more fire from the STU squad tonight.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Live Blog a Success

We would like to extend a big THANK-YOU to Randy Corey with his contribution to STUTOMMIES.COM. His live blog tonight versus St FX. was a big success and we look forward to hearing more from the "Voice of the Tommies". DG: X-Men down Tommies 4 -1

Live Blog: STU @ ST. F-X

Hi everyone! We're getting set to go just under an hour from now at the Charles F. Keating Millennium Centre in Antigonish.

Just want to say thanks to the folks at STUTOMMIES.COM for the invite to contribute here. I hope to be able to provide some in-game updates during the intermissions as often as possible. Some rinks don't have internet access, but where they do, I'll hopefully be able to get online. And from time to time, maybe I'll have something else to say too. We'll see.

Remember to tune in tonight at 7:00 pm on 95.7 FM CKTP, or online at Check out the link at the top of the page.

Warm-ups will be getting underway in about 15 minutes or so. Here's what we know so far...

Matt Davis will get the start in goal for the Tommies tonight, backing him up will be Guillaume Misczak. Matt's coming off the win on Saturday night in PEI.

Due to the fracas at the end of Saturday's game, Coach Eagles will not be behind the bench tonight (see post below). Brad Shepard and "Doc" Feeney will handle the bench for STU. Coach will be back for tomorrow's tilt at the Halifax Forum vs St. Mary's.

And GOOD NEWS! Wes Welcher will be back in the lineup for the Tommies tonight. Wes suffered a separated shoulder in the season opener in Moncton back on October 17th after a hard check from Jules Melanson. It remains to be seen how much ice-time he'll see tonight, but it's good to see him back, and hopefully he can give the Tommies a lift.

Ben MacFarlane, Brian Soso and Matt Foster are healthy scratches for STU tonight.

I'll continue to add to this post as the night goes on.



Warmups are underway. Danny Battochio will start for the X-Men tonight. Battochio is 4-7 on the season with a 3.86 GAA and .893 save %. Allesandro Lupo will be the backup. Scratches for St. F-X: David Shillington, Kurt Jerrett, Jevin MacLellan, Eric McKenna and goaltender Ryan Aschaber.

The X-Men beat the Tommies 7-5 at the LBR back on October 24th. They sit 6 points ahead of STU, in 6th place and the final playoff spot, with a 4-5-2 record and 10 points, compared to the Tommies' 1-7-2 record and 4 points.

Less than 30 minutes to game time. I'll be back in the first intermission.


7:30 PM UPDATE - 1st Intermission STU 0 St. F-X 0

Well, not much to tell from the first period. The X-Men controlled much of the action in the first half of the period, registering the first 9 shots on goal. Fittingly, Wes Welcher picked up the first shot on goal of the game for the Tommies, on his first of just two shifts in the first period. Nice to see Wes didn't seem wary of getting involved in the play though, an indication he's feeling pretty good out there.

Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play in the first period. Matt Davis made a few solid saves under some strong pressure from X.

13-9 shots on goal for St. F-X after the first. Next update in the second intermission.



Not a good second period for the Tommies, running into penalty trouble, though the penalties to David Crossman seemed on the soft side. However, the STU penalty kill couldn't handle X, giving up goals to Chris Hulit at 2:02 and Brett Liscomb at 8:07. Some great tic-tac-toe passing by the X-Men on the Hulit goal in particular. Will Colbert scored the 3rd St. F-X goal at 12:13 after the Tommies found themselves standing around watching in the defensive zone, allowing Kevin Undershute to get the play started.

The X-Men outshot the Tommies 21-10 in the second, 34-19 over two periods.

Tommies will start the 3rd with 1:13 remaining on a Corey Banfield tripping call. X-Men were 2/3 on the powerplay in the second, Tommies 0/1.

Back with a game recap post-game.



Final Score St. F-X 4, STU 1

Nice wrist shot goal by Corey Banfield at 2:17 to put the Tommies on the board. However, with Justin Roy in the penalty box, Jeff Caron got it back for the X-Men with a hard slap shot from the point at 9:48.

The Tommies had no solution for the X-Men tonight. St. F-X dominated for the most part, outshooting STU by a final count of 51-28.

Thanks for listening, and thanks for reading. Hopefully I'll get a chance to check in again this weekend. Don't forget to tune in tomorrow night at 7:00 pm for STU vs. SMU.

Introducing the "Voice of the Tommies" - Randy Corey

STUTOMMIES.COM is pleased to introduce a new contributor to the site, Tommies' play-by-play man, Randy Corey. Randy will be posting his thoughts from time to time as the season continues. In particular, Randy will be "live-blogging" from the road, where online access will allow. The Tommies are in Antigonish tonight to take on the X-Men, a 7pm start. You can listen to the game on CKTP 95.7 FM or online at

Just received an email from Randy from the arena. He'll be online before the start of tonight's game, and is promising some GOOD NEWS for Tommies fans. Stay tuned.

Quick update for November 21st.

Due to the penalty given to Coach Eagles versus PEI last Saturday night, the AUS has suspended him for one game. Mike will not be behind the Tommies bench tonight against the X-Men. Assistant coach Brad Sheppard will be filling in. Good luck to our Tommies on the Nova Scotia road trip.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

X=0 for Tommies

The promising weekend that could have been turn into a whole lot of nothing for St. Thomas. This afternoon in Antigonish the X-Women dominated the play and won the game 3 to 0. St FX out shot the Tommies 38 to 8 and if not for the solid play of Julia Sharun it could have been worse. X held STU to period totals of 3, 1, and 4 shots respectively over three periods. The Tommies will look to rebound next Saturday afternoon in Sackville as they take on the Mount Allison Mounties.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Tommies get it done versus Panthers

Wow, what a huge weight lifted from the shoulders of the Tommies. Mitch Price with a three point effort and Ryan Lehr with 2 first period goals helped to end the winless drought at 9 games. Final score was 7 to 5.

STU fell behind early in this one being down 2 goals by the 6 minute mark of the first but would score the next 4 goals to bring hope back. Ryan Lehr, Mitch Price, Ryan Lehr, and Corey Banfield on a pretty passing play made it 4 to 2 by the 17:01 mark of the first. The Tommies out shot the Panthers 15 to 7.

UPEI would score the only goal of the second period at 3:44 to shrink the Tommies lead to one. The third period lead ended up being very short as the Panthers would tie the game 21 seconds into the third but St. Thomas found something down deep and could not be stopped on this night. Island native Devan Praught replied at 5:44 and Mitch Price with his second of the game scored less than 2 minutes later for another 2 goal cushion. PEI slipped one more past Matt Davis in the Tommies net but Erick Tremblay got the back breaker at 16:19. Davis closed the door the rest of the way for the win facing 29 shots. Ryan Lehr, Mitch Price, and Devan Praught all had multi point nights while the Tommies fired 33 shots at UPEI goalie Wayne Savage.

Next game for the Green and Gold is in Antigonish next Friday night, 7 Pm versus X. DG:Tommies secure initial win (Including men's and women's recaps) and Box Score also AUS Roundup from Halifax Herald.

Moncton holds edge against Tommies

The Lady Tommies headed out on the road hoping for a big weekend against two AUS powerhouses. The first game didn't end has they had hoped. On the strength of two 3rd period goals, Moncton defeated STU 3 to 1.

The Ladies opened the scoring in the second frame when Jillian Coughlin scored from former UNB players Belmore and Laird. The lead held for 10 minutes before UdeM tied it at 15:26. They would score 2 more in the third with the winner coming on the power play at 7:20. Julia Sharun faced 33 shots in the STU net while the Tommies mustered a 27 shot effort. The weekend isn't over yet with a big game tomorrow at St Francis.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Dalhousie game rescheduled for Wednesday Nov. 26th.

The Dalhousie vs. St. Thomas game that was cancelled on Saturday November 1st has been rescheduled. The new game time is Wednesday November 26th at the LBR. Game time is the usual 7:00 PM start. No word on the Lady’s game vs. PEI.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Good effort, horrible result for Tommies

On the strength of four 2nd period goals Les Aigles Bleu trounced the Tommies 8 to 3. While the score doesn't appear to be very flattering Moncton had more than their fair share of bounces and the starved for a win Tommies didn't. STU actually out shot UdeM 34 to 30 with the Moncton keeper making some beautiful/miraculous saves. Photo credit: Ray Bourgeois

St. Thomas opened the scoring at 4:48 of the first when Brian Soso potted his first as a Tommie with the well deserved assist going to Jeremy Turgeon. Lets hope this was the coming out party for Brian as he also just missed on a break away later in the first. Moncton would tie things up just over 5 minutes later at 10:15 on a goal by Francis Marchand. The tie would stand heading into the first intermission with the Tommies holding the territorial advantage and edge in shots on goal 13 to 8.

The second period has not been kind to STU this year and tonight was no exception. Moncton took the lead at 2:16 when the puck bounced off the wall, Ben MacFarlane swatted at it, before it bounced of Erick Tremblay and into the net. Just under a minute later UdeM's third goal came from a stretch pass break away and wrist shot past MacFarlane. Les Aigles scored 2 more goals 35 seconds apart half way through the period to make it 5 to 1 as the game just slid away. This was the end of Ben MacFarlane's night as Matt Davis got the call to replace him. The Tommies avoided any more damage in the second and were out shot 12 to 10.

STU started the third off strong with a good rush into the Moncton zone by Jason Cassidy, who hung on to the puck, goat a shot away before Devan Praught whacked it home. UdeM would score the next three goals to put the game out of reach before Devan Praught scored the final goal of the night when Justin Roy made a nifty back pass to Jason Cassidy who slipped it over to Devan for him to make a nifty deke and deposit the puck upstairs passed the helpless goalie. For the pair of goals he scored Praught was named the Tommies player of the game.

The next game for the Tommies will be Saturday night in PEI. As always you can listen live at or 95.7 FM on the radio dial. DG: Strong start, poor finish

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Tommies preparing for Moncton on Wednesday

With Moncton coming to town on Wednesday evening the Tommies are getting ready to play a tough opponent and earn their first win of the season. The whole team played well against U de M in Moncton on the first night of the season and will have to expand on that effort at home. Newly named male athlete of week Mitch Price is one guy Coach Eagles has shown plenty of confidence in as a rookie.

"He can certainly play at this level,'' says Eagles. "We've have him killing penalties. He skates well and he works hard out there. It's a matter of playing with more physicality out there. Once he gains a little more confidence playing at this level, he's going to be a lot stronger. He's got great skills, he's intelligent and he's coachable. That's the kind of player you want.''
Daily Gleaner: Paying the Price for success at AUS level.

The Tommies face-off against Moncton at 7pm on Wednesday night.

It is also comforting to note for Tommies fans that St. Thomas has an ace in the hole when it comes to recruiting for the 2009-10 season. While there are no guarantees, one of the best 20 year old forwards in the QMJHL has expressed his desire to play at STU. I'm sure his Dad would be proud to have him.

"If I don't go pro, there's a very good chance I'll end up at St. Thomas," Matt [Eagles] said. "I have more respect for my dad than probably anybody in the hockey world. He's partially been my coach my entire life. To get a chance to play for him on a full-time basis would take my game to a higher level, so maybe I'd be able to play pro after St. Thomas."

Bruce Hallihan article

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Tommies continue to win

The Tommies brought their "X" game to LBR this afternoon and were rewarded with a huge 4 to 1 win. Word is spreading across the AUS of this teams ability and no one will be taking them lightly. That's for sure.

St. Thomas spotted St FX a one goal lead at 14:06 of the first period but Julia Sharun would shut the door from there on in. In fact the entire team shut down X as the Ladies were badly out shot in the first but would out shoot the X-Women the rest of the way and claim the win.

Jessica Holt tied things up at one at 3:16 of the second from Catherine Boudreau. Lyse Rossignol would give STU the lead they would never relinquish at 10:07 from Sarah Belmore. The goal was scored on the power play. Kayla Blackmore would score unassisted at 16:39 to pad the lead. The Tommies out shot X 14 to 6.

Late in the third period Jillian Coughlin from Sarah Belmore and Lyse Rossignol would salt this game away. The goal was scored on the PP at 18:16. Julia Sharun got the key win for STU stopping 25 of 26 shots while STU countered with 27. With the victory the Tommies move into sole possession of 3 rd place only 4 points back of the X-Women for second plus have a game in hand. HCH: Men's and women's AUS roundup. and DG Article -Women's & men's recap also Lady's weekend update from Official site

No luck in Acadia for STU

The Tommies started off the scoring tonight but Acadia finished it on their way to a 4 to 1 win. The first period saw Acadia out shoot the Tommies by a wide margin of 20 to 4 but no damage was done as the game remained tied at zeros heading to the second frame.

STU started the scoring at 7:01 of the 2nd when Jason Cassidy kept on side at the blue line before finding Devan Praught who promptly fed Justin Roy for a pretty goal. With the wind in their sails the Tommies were playing well but penalty trouble would be their undoing again as Acadia scored 2 power play markers at 9:53 and 13:16. The two quick goals seemed to deflate the team and the Tommies wouldn't get any closer. Acadia out shot the Tommies 15 to 13 in the period.

David Lomas would score the sure fire back breaker at 14:32 of the 3rd as he beat three Tommie defenders and fired a wrister past a startled Ben MacFarlane. Lomas would get his third goal of the night with 3 minutes left in the game to finish off STU. Ben MacFarlane faced 48 shots and the Tommies fired 23 the other way. Next game for St. Thomas will be on Wednesday night versus Moncton. 7 PM at the LBR. Expect a big effort from the Green and Gold.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Tigers sink STU in overtime.

The Tommies came close tonight but couldn't pull out the final goal to gain their first win of 2008. The Tigers scored at 3:06 of O/T to defeat STU 4 to 3. St. Thomas showed heart and rallied from a 3 goal deficit before bowing out in period #4.

It was all Dalhousie in the first period as the Tigers scored early at 11 seconds, half way through at 9:33, and late at 18:33. The final two goals were not on the PP but a penalized Tommie player was not back into the play either time when Dalhousie scored. The shots in the first were 15 to 4.

Coach Eagles must have calmed down the troops as the second period Tommies were much improved. Also his new line of Price, Roy, and Rinzler would pay dividends at the 8:30 mark of the period when Mitch Price got STU rolling. He roofed a Jason Rinzler pass after Rinzler had missed on his own chance but followed the puck behind the net and got it out front to Price. Justin Roy drew the other helper. Rinzler would bring the Tommies to within one at 13:51 from Price and Wynn. STU out shot DAL 12 to 7 in the period.

St. Thomas kept coming in the third but it was Matt Davis at the 10 minute mark of the period that made a huge save and kept the Tommies alive. This allowed Andrew Estey the chance to work his butt off and make a great pass out to Max Chamberland to tie the game at 14:34. The Tigers came close to ending it with seconds on the clock but Matt Davis held the fort.

In the overtime the Tommies buzzed the Tigers net for several seconds and missed several chances. Dalhousie cleared the puck from their zone, skated up ice, and promptly deposited the winner behind Matt after STU was inches from the win. Final shots on goal favoured the Tigers 34 to 25. The Tommies will now head to Acadia still looking for that first win. GO GET THEM TOMMIES!!! DG: Tommies pick up point. and HCH: AUS Roundup

Lady Tommies Tame Tigers

Tonight at the LBR the Tommies rode the strength of 3 first period goals to a 4 to 2 win. Caroline Hammerheim got the game off on the right foot with a goal at 2:16 from Kayla Blackmore. Dominique Bernier scored on the PP at 7:06 from Matthews and Boudreau. The surge continued at 13:24 when Jillian Coughlin scored from Lucrece Nussbaum.

Dalhousie scored the only goal of the second period at 17:16 and the Tigers outshot the Tommies 11 to 3. Jessica Holt got the three goal cushion back at 12:04 from Walls and Catherine Boudreau with her second helper on the night. Dalhousie scored late at 19:43 but it was to late to cue a comeback. Julia Sharun got the win stopping 29 of 31 shots while STU fired 18 the other way. The Tommies will have little time to rest on their laurals as top ranked ST-FX is in town tomorrow afternoon at 2 PM. DG: Sharun sparks STU

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Axemen cut down Tommies

The Tommies hung tough with Acadia this afternoon but the final 4 to 2 result doesn't help in the standings. Ben MacFarlane got the start in net being both strong and lucky. Case in point, the game was tied at zeros half way through the first period when a bouncing puck found its way past Ben but an alert Ryan Lehr was able to bat it off the goal line just as it was going in the net.

Acadia would end up getting the first goal at 14:36 when Jonathan Laberge was able to skate out into clear territory and rifle a wrister past MacFarlane. The score remained 1 to 0 until early in the second frame when Andrew Estey got an unassisted goal by firing a bad angle shot that fooled the Acadia net minder. Laberge would score again for the Axemen at 5:25 but the nicest play of the night came when Philippe Bertrand made a beautiful rush into the Tommies end, shake and baked past a STU defenceman, before roofing the puck past MacFarlane to make it 3 to 1. Erick Tremblay would make it close at 11:35 on the PP when he fired a laser past the goalie from Bryan Main and Jason Rinzler.

Just like the game before the STU crew were only down a goal heading into the third but couldn't find a way to tie it. Acadia surged 2 goals ahead on a power play at 15:53 to cement the victory. Final shots on goal were 44 to 17 for Acadia. The Tommies now must head out on the road next weekend in search of their first win. They will face Dalhousie on Friday night and Acadia on Saturday. DG Article: Tommies fall short again.

Tommies seek first win versus Axemen

In a rare afternoon game at the LBR, the hungry for a win St. Thomas Tommies will face a tough Acadia Axemen squad at 3 PM. STU will enter the game 5 points behind Saint Mary's for the 6th and final playoff spot after last night's games in the AUS. DG: Tommies have Wynn but need wins.

Friday, 31 October 2008

Saturday November 1st games cancelled.

The regularly scheduled November 1st AUS hockey games for the St. Thomas men's and women's teams are cancelled due to the horrific tragedy that occurred to Professor John McKendy. We would like to offer our deepest condolences to Mr. McKendy's friends and family. CBC Story

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Tommies crush Mounties

The Lady Tommies had a productive game this evening out shooting the visiting Mount Allison Mounties 44 to 21 and on the score sheet 8 to 2. This was the first meeting of 2008-09 between the two Universities.

Lyse Rossignol led the Tommies attack with 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) while Ashley Duguay, Charity Walls, and Sarah Belmore each had 3 points. The win evens STU's record at 2-2-1 while Mt A falls to 1-4-0.

The Tommies outscored their opponents 3 to 0 in the first with Charity Walls, Dominique Bernier on the PP, and Sarah Belmore collecting goals. In the second frame the Tommies surged ahead 7 to 1 with Sarah Belmore picking up her second of the evening shorthanded and Lyse Rossignol's first, sandwiched between the Mounties only goal of the period. Jessica Holt and Ashley Duguay on the PP rounded out the scoring in the second. STU dominated the shot clock 37 to 11 after two.

Mt Allison would get their last goal of the night at 5:11 before Kayla Blackmore rounded out the scoring at 8:12. Julia Sharun picked up the win in net facing 21 shots in total. STU responded with 44 shots the other way. The next action for the Ladies is Saturday afternoon at home versus UPEI. Game time is 2 PM at the LBR. DG: End result all that matters for STU

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

$quirrels trump Tommies in first battle of 08

Those pesky little Squirrels, the more you chase them, the more you would like to catch them and choke the living crap right out of them. Unfortunately we never seem to be able to catch them, particularly at the Drey. The final score tonight was 7 to 4 for UNB and if it weren't for some big saves from Matt Davis, it may have been worse.

UNB jumped out to a 2 goal lead by the 6 minute mark of the first but the Tommies were able to reply when Jeremy Turgeon banged home the puck on a goal mouth scramble and some hard work by line mate Ryan Murphy. Matt Foster picked up the other helper on the goal. The Squirrels would capitalize on a power play at 13:50 and would take the 2 goal cushion to the locker room at the end of the first.

Json Rinzler would start the Tommies off on the right foot in the second scoring at 2:51 from Gallant and Chamberland but UNB responded only 19 seconds later to regain the edge. After two successive UNB penalties, Erick Tremblay blasted one home on the two man advantage from Lehr and Gallant but it was tit for tat on this night and UNB came back just over 3 minutes later on their own PP. Jason Cassidy would score on a 2 on 1 when Corey Banfield sled him the puck under the UNB defenceman with under 5 minutes to play in the period. Devan Praught had the second assist on the goal.

The Tommies started the third period down by a goal but were not able to get any closer as the Squirrels literally closed the door, scoring 2 more goals and not allowing a shot on net in the period. Play got a little chippy towards the end of the period as tempers started to rise. It looks like their may be a little fire left in the rivalry as several Tommies seemed to take exception with one little tree rat on defense. We'll see how that plays out in the future. Matt Davis was stung with the loss facing 42 shots while Guillaume Miszczak was in net for less than a minute and allowed a goal. Next game for the Tommies is Saturday night versus Dalhousie. DG: Uphill battle for Tommies against UNB

Battle of the Hill renewed at AUC

Daily Gleaner Article
Speaking of industrious forwards, Jason Cassidy is off to a strong start with STU, with two goals and four assists in four games.
Cassidy only joined the Tommies at the Christmas break, but he's already developed a strong dislike for the V-Reds.
"There's no team I hate more than them," Cassidy said.
"They're a really good hockey program and obviously very skilled, but I think we match up well against them because we're the type of team they don't want to play.
"We're a bunch of rats out there and we give it everything we've got every shift."
Tonight's game is also available on 95.7 FM CKTP, and online at

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Tommies follow the bouncing puck to an overtime loss.

The Tommies early season woes continued tonight at the LBR. Penalty troubles and bad bounces proved to be STU's ultimate undoing in a 6 to 5 overtime loss at the hands of the Saint Mary's Huskies. St Thomas was first on the board tonight just 2:34 into the first period, striking shorthanded. Tommies' leading scorer Max Chamberland did a fine job breaking up a Huskies drive at his own blueline, then driving to the SMU net where his initial shot was stopped by Cory Chipman. Fellow penalty killer Ryan Murphy found the puck on the doorstep and registered his first goal of the season. The Huskies would reply with a Garret Peters goal at 3:30. STU showed no quit despite the Huskies repeated comebacks in the first as Corey Banfield scored on a top-of-crease scrum to make it 2-1 at 4:41. Bouncing pucks would be the Tommies' Achilles heel on this night, as Ryan Lehr's attempt to block an Andrew Hotham point shot at 11:34 would see the puck bounce off his stick behind a helpless Guillaume Miszczak, getting the start in goal to break a 37 consecutive start stretch for Matt Davis. But once again the Tommies bounced back with Lehr redeeming himself at 13:46 wth a point shot that beat Chipman over the shoulder.

In the second period, the Tommies began to extend their lead thanks to a pair of goals from Jason Cassidy. At 7:18 Cassidy redirected a Corey Banfield feed past Chipman, then at 8:55, with the Tommies on the powerplay, Cassidy would score his second of the season to make it 5-2 Tommies. The Tommies continued to skate well with the dangerous Huskies until running into penalty trouble late in the second period. With defenders Bryan Main and Erick Tremblay both in the penalty box, Cody Thornton found the back of the net at 19:42. The second period would end with the Tommies holding onto a 2-goal lead, but Tremblay remained in the sin bin, and the Huskies power play would take advantage.

Brandon Verge would replace Chipman between the pipes to start the final period of regulation, and just 33 seconds into the third frame, Cam Fergus would bring SMU to within a goal while continuing their man advantage. Suddenly, the lead once thought safe was safe no more. With momentum having swung toward Saint Mary's, Kyle Doucet scored at 3:52 to even up the score at 5 goals apiece. The Tommies were outshot 14-4 in the third as they hung on to force overtime and gain the point.

Just 1:22 into overtime, the bouncing puck would once again sting STU, as Marc Rancourt carried the puck down the right wing side. A poor centering attempt by Rancourt nonetheless found the inside of the far post as a defending Keith Wynn redirected the puck behind Miszczak for the Huskies' winner. The Tommies fall to 0-3-1 on the season while the Huskies even their season record at 2-2-0. St. Thomas head coach Mike Eagles was quoted as saying he "is sick of his team's undisciplined play so far this season." Up next for the Tommies are the rival UNB $quirrels on Wednesday night, a 7pm start. Daily Gleaner: Tommies continue to self destruct

In Lady's AUS action from Sunday afternoon the Lady Tommies fell 1 to 0 in a shootout to Dalhousie. Julia Sharun was strong in the Tommies net facing 30 pucks. The Tommies lone goal in the shoot-out was scored by Dominique Bernier while the Tigers got two past Sharun. DG Article: Double dipper for Tommies in women's hockey.

3 minutes does in Ladies

The men weren't the only Tommies busy fighting Huskies. The Ladies were in Halifax this evening and were on the wrong end of a 6 to 2 score. St Mary's scored the only goal of the first before the Ladies tied it in the second period off the stick of Jessica Holt on the PP. SMU scored one more in the second and an early third period tally to take a 3 to 1 lead. Kayla Blackmore from Hammerheim and Laird trimmed the lead to one but 10 seconds later the flood gates opened and the Huskies scored 3 goals in 3 minutes to take control. Mia Leander took the loss facing 31 shots while STU fired 35 the other way. The Ladies will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM against Dalhousie. Article

Friday, 24 October 2008

X-Men power past Tommies

Defensive miscues and the Tommies inability to keep X off the board on the penalty kill led to a 7 to 5 win for St FX tonight at the LBR. The X-Men converted on 50% of their power play opportunities(3 of 6) while STU went 1 for 4. X scored the first 2 goals in the first but the Tommies roared back with two of their own from Devan Praught and Andrew Estey just 15 seconds apart. St FX took the lead back on a defensive zone mistake by STU at 19:24. Shots after one period were 12 apiece.

The X-men wouldn't let up in the second and scored the next 3 to take a 6 to 2 lead shortly after the half way mark of the period. You have to give STU credit for not quitting as they would cut the lead at 19:02 on the PP when Jason Rinzler scored one from Bryan Main and Max Chamberland. Shots after two periods favoured X 24 - 23.

In the third STU scored at 3:41 to trim the lead with the goal going to Brad Gallant but X responded on the PP 4 minutes later. Erick Tremblay scored his first regular season goal for the Tommies at 10:20 to give fans hope but the team with the fancy new duds could get no closer. Final score 7 to 5. Max Chamberland led the way tonight offensively with 3 assists while Corey Banfield and Jason Rinzler both had 2 points. Matt Davis faced 35 shots and took the loss, while Danny Battochio faced 35 shots for X. The Tommies will regroup overnight and welcome an irritated Huskies team who lost in Moncton this evening.

Daily Glearner: "New look Tommies but same results"
"We're making little mistakes," [Erick] Tremblay said. "We've got to eliminate
those mistakes, those giveaways. If we do, I think we're going to be fine
because we're working hard. With five goals you're supposed to win. Seven goals against can't happen. Those are just mental mistakes. We're a young team and it's going to happen, but it can't happen too often. A winning team finds ways to win."
I don't know about you but we love the retro look of St. Thomas' new home whites. It is our understanding that this look goes back to the 1960's. If anyone remembers the last time STU's jersey had the Big T on front we would love to hear from you. Let us know your memories.

The Weekend Ahead

The Tommies Men continue their homestand with a pair of games this weekend. Tonight at 7pm the 0-and-2 Tommies will play host to the X-Men of St. Francis Xavier University who are also seeking their first victory (0-1-1). On Saturday night the St. Mary's Huskies (1-1-0) will swing into town for a 7pm start at the LBR.

Not only will we get our first look at "X" and SMU this weekend, but we should get our first look at the Tommies new home threads. The new jerseys should be ready and they look sharp. We can't tell you any more about them, you'll have to head to the rink to get a gander at the fresh duds, but we've had a sneak preview and we think you'll enjoy the new "classic" look. We'll post pictures after they debut on-ice.

Both games can be heard on 95.7 FM CKTP and online at

The Lady Tommies (1-1-0) head on the road for the first time in their young campaign, visiting St. Mary's (0-2-0) tomorrow at 6 pm. The Ladies picked up their first win of the season last Sunday against the Huskies with a 2-1 victory. On Sunday, STU travels across town to take on Dalhousie (2-0-0). The Tigers are off to a good start to their season, having shown plenty of offensive punch in dropping UPEI 10-1 last Saturday.

Check back here for post-game recaps.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Tommies look to Rinzler to help fill offensive void

Daily Gleaner Article

Some Ontario schools tried to recruit Rinzler, but he was sold on St. Thomas from the start.

"This is a better league," he said, "so it wasn't a very hard decision for me. This is a big step up from junior A, especially with the size and strength, so you've got to be strong on your stick and skate your hardest all the time."

Monday, 20 October 2008

Bourbeau movin' on up to Bridgeport.

Jean Bourbeau (pictured right, credit: Ian MacAlpine) had a great weekend for Odessa, now the former Tommies stalwart is heading to the AHL to play for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. This guy gave 100% every shift and has worked his way up the hard way.
(Odessa, TX) – The Odessa Jackalopes announced today that forward Jean Bourbeau has been called up to the team’s AHL affiliate, Bridgeport Sound Tigers.... Odessa received the call Monday morning for Bourbeau to head to Bridgeport, and head coach Paul Gillis notified the Jacks’ forward after the team’s morning practice.

“It’s great,” said Bourbeau, “(Team Captain Kory Karlander) told me to just enjoy it, keep it simple, work hard, and do all the little things and I’ll be fine.”

Bourbeau scored two goals and added an assist in the Jacks first two games of the season against Arizona over the past weekend.

“We’re very excited for him,” said Gillis. “He played well in Arizona over the weekend, and it’s great that Bridgeport wants to call him up this early in the season.”
Odessa Jackalopes Story


Sunday, 19 October 2008

Tommies tame Huskies

On the strength of a two goal performace by Dominique Bernier and the strong goaltending of Julie Sharun the Lady Tommies outlasted the SMU Huskies 2 to 1. With the win STU evens their record at 1 and 1.

This afternoon at the LBR, Bernier scored at the 5:14 mark of the first from Coughlin and Boyle and got the eventual game winner less than 3 minutes later on the PP at 7:57. Jillian Coughlin got her second assist on the winning goal and Lyse Rossignol added the other helper.

While there was no scoring in the second frame the Huskies made a game of it in the third scoring at 6:23 but they would get no closer as Sharun shut the door. Final shots on goal favoured STU 33 to 25. The next game for the Ladies is in Halifax against the same Huskies on Saturday the 25th.

Daily Gleaner Article

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Panthers pound punchless Tommies

The UPEI Panthers took full advantage of their powerplay opportunities tonight at the LBR and skated to an easy 6 to 2 decision. UPEI scored on 3 of their first 4 powerplays chances, potted 4 goals, and chased Matt Davis from the net...all of this in the first period on STU's home opener.

The Tommies got two third period goals from Erick Tremblay (Chamberland, Gallant)on a 2 man PP and Corey Banfield (Cassidy, Praught) with under a minute left in the game. The Tommies tempted fate all night by giving the Panthers powerplay opportunities that they capitalized on 4 of 7 times. Matt Davis was graciously pulled after the first period allowing 4 goals on 10 shots. Ben MacFarlane came into the game and faced 23 shots over two periods. Final shot count was STU 24 - PEI 33. The Tommies will have to regroup and get ready for next Friday's game versus St. F-X.

Daily Gleaner Article

Friday, 17 October 2008

Tough loss in Moncton.

Despite the best efforts of Tommies goaltender Matt Davis, STU couldn't pull out the win against a talented U de M squad.

The Tommies started well. Jason Cassidy, after some good work down low, fed the puck to Max Chamberland, whose weak shot trickled past Aigles Bleu keeper Kevin Lachance and bounced off the post. With nary a Moncton defender nearby, Wes Welcher scored what may be the easiest goal he'll tally as a Tommie, tapping in the loose puck to put the Tommies ahead 1-0 at 3:20 of the opening frame. Moncton outshot St. Thomas 18-11 in the first.

That's all the scoring there would be over the first 40 minutes. The Tommies ran into penalty trouble, taking the first four penalties of the hockey game, but the penalty killing unit did some fine work shutting down Les Aigles Bleu. Then the penalties started to pile up on the Moncton side, but the Tommies seemed unable to mount any kind of pressure with the man advantage. Shots on goal were 12-10 in Moncton's favour in the second, for a two period total of 30-21 for Moncton.

If you were listening to the game on 95.7 FM CKTP or online at as we were, you likely heard Randy Corey and Harold DeCourcey lauding the Tommies systems play in the first two periods, while providing the cautionary warning... this Moncton group is a talented bunch, so the Tommies needed to stay out of the penalty box and stay tight defensively. Talk about your bad omens! STU took the first three penalties of the third period, including a lengthy 5 on 3 disadvantage. Just as Erick Tremblay stepped out of the sin bin, Nicolas Laplante got Moncton on the board, evening things up at 5:29. At 12:58 with the teams at even strength, a bouncing puck found its way past Davis off the stick of Marc-Andre Cote, giving Moncton the 2-1 lead. Suddenly the Tommies needed to fight their way back after leading for most of the contest. And fight back they did, but at what cost? Wes Welcher accepted a pass at his own blueline and was promptly rocked by a check from Jules Melanson. According to the broadcast, the legality of the hit was unclear simply due to the suddenness of the collision and the angle of the viewer. However, referee Jean Hebert chose to punish Melanson with a 5-and-a-game checking to the head penalty. Jason Cassidy also got tagged with a 2 minute roughing minor in coming to the defense of his teammate. Good for you, Jason! Welcher was slow to get up, appeared woozy according to the radio relay and eventually left the ice and headed to the dressing room. Wes was taken to the hospital with a separated shoulder. It's unknown how long he'll be out of the lineup. The Tommies and Aigles Bleu played 2 minutes of 4-on-4 hockey, which developed into a 3-minute STU powerplay. It was with this man advantage that Max Chamberland found Jason Rinzler with a centering pass. Rinzler redirected the pass behind Kevin Lachance and the hockey game was tied at 14:56. As the game clock ticked down to its final minutes, a breakdown at the Tommies blueline allowed a 2-on-1 to develop for Moncton. Francis Marchand brought the puck in the right side wound up and fired a shot at Matt Davis, who made the initial save. The rebound however found the stick of Mathieu Labrie on the left wing side, who beat Davis with a wrist shot, making it 3-2. The Tommies pulled Davis for the extra attacker for the remainder of the third period, but to no avail. Final score, Moncton 3, Tommies 2. Moncton outshot STU 18-7 in the third for a game total of 48-28. Matt Davis made 45 saves in the loss.

The Tommies host UPEI in their home opener tonight at 7pm at the LBR. If you can't make it to the rink, the game will be broadcast on CKTP, with links at the top of the page to listen online.

10/18 Update - Daily Gleaner Article: UdeM strikes late to sink Tommies

Lady Tommies Fall to Moncton in Season Opener

Captain Kristine Labrie scored a hat trick Thursday night to help the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleues beat the Saint Thomas University Tommies 5-2 in the opening game of the Atlantic University Sport Women’s Hockey 2008-09 season here at the Lady Beaverbrook Arena
St. Thomas scored the first goal of the game off the stick of Jillian Coughlin with helpers going to Laird and Rossignol but Moncton would score the next four. Michelle Goguen, with assists to Lyse Rossignol and Sarah Belmore, would inch the Tommies closer at the 12 minute mark of the third but Moncton would seal it just over 3 minutes later with their fifth goal. Mia Leander took the loss in net facing 29 shots. The Ladies return to action Sunday afternoon at 2PM versus St Mary's at the LBR.

Daily Gleaner: UdeM spoils STU debut

Finally! Season opens tonight in Moncton

No more recruiting talk (at least until Christmas). No more exhibition games. Finally, the season begins. The march to the playoffs gets underway. The Tommies Men visit Moncton tonight to kick off the 2008 - 2009 campaign. New captain Justin Roy and last year's MVP Matt Davis will lead the Green and Gold into the J. Louis Levesque Arena against Les Aigles Bleu. Randy Corey, along with Harold DeCourcey, will bring the call of the game on 95.7 FM CKTP, who are now streaming online. You can listen live online at Check back after the game for a full recap.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Roy brings workmanlike approach to Tommies

From the Daily Gleaner:
"In some ways, I'm going to have to be more disciplined than in past years," said Roy. "Sometimes my mouth can get the best of me out there. It has in past years. That's going to have to stop for sure. Other than that, it's not going to change anything."


"We're underdogs...that's what everybody's saying around the league and I guess that comes with the age of our team and how young we are," [Roy] said. "But we're going to thrive on that and show up at the rink every night and outwork other teams."

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Roy named Captain

From today's Daily Gleaner:
Meanwhile, the St. Thomas Tommies under head coach Mike Eagles, also begin their regular schedule on the road Friday against the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus at 7 o'clock. The game can be heard on CKTP 95.7....

....The Tommies return home Saturday night to face UPEI beginning at 7 o'clock at the Lady Beaverbrook Rink. Dalhousie plays at Saint Mary's and Acadia takes on St. FX in Saturday's other league games.

Eagles said yesterday that fifth year centre Justin Roy of Harvey will wear the captain's 'C' with the Tommies this season.
Roy certainly has the seniority to wear the "C" this season. But is he the best choice to lead the Tommies? What do you think? Post your thoughts in the comments.

The Daily Gleaner's Bruce Hallihan's AUS Preview Online

A very special thanks to columnist Bruce Hallihan, who was kind enough to provide us with electronic versions of his 18th annual AUS Preview from last Friday's Daily Gleaner. Whether or not you agree with Bruce's assessments, there's no debate that this feature is always a great read, and we thank Bruce for his hours of dedication and effort in covering the AUS and providing us with this highly anticipated article.

You can access the preview below. We have hosted the PDF files on a 3rd party hosting site, so any issues you may encounter - which we hope are none - are our error and not of the Daily Gleaner.

Also, the text of the overview article which accompanied the preview piece is below, which again Bruce was kind enough to pass along...


Gardiner MacDougall is an optimist and a realist.

As much as he’d like to see his University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds get another crack at the University Cup men’s hockey championship next March — and there’s a good chance they will — he knows UNB will never have another season like last one.

“Last year was an anomaly,” MacDougall said. “To have one team go 26-1-1 in the regular season ... that happens, what, once every eight or 10 years?”

It was a dream season with a nightmarish ending.

Heading into the Nationals final in Moncton, the V-Reds were riding a 21-game winning streak and had lost just four of 47 games overall. They were the number one ranked team all season. But a red-hot Aaron Sorochan backstopped the University of Alberta Golden Bears to a 3-2 victory over the favoured V-Reds, who outshot their western rivals 42-25.

Now the Reds, still good and hungry, want to earn one of two Atlantic University Sport Men’s Hockey Conference tickets to Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Lakehead University Thunderwolves are hosting Nationals the next two years.

MacDougall knows it won’t be easy to get there. The coaches’ consensus is the AUS recruiting crop is the best in three years and six of the eight teams feel they’re better than last year.

“I thought last year, from one to eight, was the weakest the talent has been,” Acadia Axemen coach Darren Burns said, “but I think that’s been turned completely upside down. It looks like as talented a league as it’s been in years.”

The V-Reds expect the Saint Mary’s Huskies to be right on their tail.


The Huskies lost all six games to UNB last season — including 3-2 in overtime twice in a thrilling AUS final — but were 23-1-4 against everybody else.

“I think you’re back to every weekend there are no gimmes,” MacDougall said of a more parity filled conference. “A game on October 17 will be just as important as a game on February 14. Every night’s a four-point game because everyone’s in the same division.

“Saint Mary’s is certainly going to be a worthy opponent and Acadia’s got a lot of big names in there,” MacDougall said. “UNB-Moncton is one of the top rivalries in CIS sport. St. FX had a huge recruiting season, UPEI’s improved...”

The St. Thomas Tommies, who’ve lost six of their top seven pointgetters, and the Dalhousie Tigers, who won five of 28 games last season, will have to overachieve to get in.

But no one’s discounting them entirely.

“I see tremendous parity in the league,” UPEI coach Dylan Taylor said. “Every night in this league everybody’s got a chance. You’ve got to bring your focus, your work ethic and your A game.”

Taylor doesn’t consider anyone a frontrunner.

“I really think that the league’s wide open,” he said. “I give everybody as much chance as everyone else.”

“I thought the conference had a great recruiting year,” STU bench boss Mike Eagles said. “There are teams that have made significant improvements on paper, but at the same time that doesn’t get you any points.

“But you have to look at the two frontrunners from last year, UNB and Saint Mary’s, as being the two frontrunners again this year,” Eagles said. “Other than that, it’s going to be who plays the best.”

“UNB and Saint Mary’s are going to be the top two teams,” Burns said. “The only reason a hockey person would give UNB the edge is because they’re defending champs. When you’re the champs, obviously you’ve had that experience. But Saint Mary’s is a high-character group and they’re extremely well-coached.

“After that, I think you’re going to see a flip of the coin,” Burns said. “There’s no question, those are the two lead horses but at the same time I think the other teams have more of a realistic ability to knock those teams off.”

Paddy Flynn and Doug Doull are running the SMU bench until Trevor Stienburg returns from a lengthy illness, hopefully in January.

“After last season’s 20 wins — the most in our history — and a final berth, this program has a very achievable goal of getting back to the final,’’ Flynn said. “Many of the programs in the conference have improved such as UPEI, Acadia and St. FX with UNB basically just retooling an already impressive program to finish off where they left off.

“The V-Reds are deep and their goals and eyes are firmly fixed on the big prize,” Flynn said. “All roads to the CIS Nationals will have to be paved through them.”

Universite de Moncton coach Bob Mongrain isn’t so sure.

“I think every team’s got quality players,” Mongrain said. “It is a tough conference, like everyone says, so your recruiting had better be good. But sometimes you’ve got to wait and see where you fit in.

“Looking at teams on paper is one thing. Until I see the other seven teams once, I’m only concerned about how our team looks,” Mongrain said.

“I know a lot of coaches are happy with their recruits, so that’s a good sign,” St. FX head coach Brad Peddle said. “It’s going to be a dogfight, like it always is. UNB has a very strong team — and everybody knows that — but I think some teams are going to use their returning group and a good recruiting class to claw away to get up towards the top.”

New Dal Tigers coach Pete Belliveau, who has 16 years of CIS experience on his resumé, isn’t afraid to handicap the conference.

“I definitely think you’re going to see UNB, then Moncton, Saint Mary’s, Acadia,” Belliveau said. “X is not far behind, then St. Thomas, UPEI and us fighting for the last playoff spot.”

We’ll have a better idea before long.

The regular season opens a week from today, followed by best-of-three quarter-final and semifinal series and a best-of-five final.
Here are the links to the Daily Gleaner's AUS Preview (Adobe Reader may be required, click here to download):

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Spread Proof (Pages 2&3)
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High Expectations at STU

Daily Gleaner Article
The St. Francis Xavier X-Women, as host team, are guaranteed one of two Atlantic University Sport spots at the CIS women's hockey nationals next March.

Peter Murphy wants his St. Thomas Tommies to grab the other AUS berth.

Tired of finishing middle-of-the-pack in the Atlantic conference - now down to seven teams with the off-season clubbing of the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds - Murphy feels the Tommies are ready to take a step or two up.

"We don't play to lose," he said. "We think we can get into that top three and move on. Getting to nationals is our goal. The girls have it in their mind that that's where they want to be (March 19-22)."

Monday, 13 October 2008

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Saturday, 11 October 2008

Pre-Season: Tommies lose in Sussex

Coach Eagles was probably hoping for a better home coming than a 4 to 1 loss to the Acadia Axemen but that is what he had to settle for tonight in his hometown. In front of approximately 700 people in Sussex the new and improved 08-09 Axemen used 3 powerplay markers and face-off dominance to power past STU.

Acadia scored the only goal of the first period before the Tommies tied it in the second on the PP. Brad Gallant, who has been having a fabulous pre-season, scored from Chamberland and Rinzler. Acadia would score the winner later in the same period and salt the game away in the third with two more tallies. Matt Davis was busy in the STU net facing 45 pucks while his counterpart only saw 18 shots.

This was the Tommies final pre-season warm up as the real season gets under way next Friday night in Moncton. You can catch all the game action live with Randy Corey on 95.7 FM CKTP.

Friday, 10 October 2008

AUS Preview in today's Daily Gleaner

Yes, the 18th annual AUS preview from Bruce Hallihan is available in today's Daily Gleaner. However, you'll have to pick up a copy as the feature is not currently available on the Gleaner website. We're hoping it does become available soon, and we will post the link at that time. In a nutshell, Mr. Hallihan has reprised his forecast from last season, envisioning a 7th place finish for the Tommies.

We'll have excerpts and comments over the weekend, sooner than later if an online version becomes available.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Tommies' Hockey Night in Sussex Saturday

The Tommies take on the Acadia Axemen on Saturday night at 7:30 pm at the 8th Hussars Sports Centre in Sussex in their final pre-season tuneup before the regular season kicks off next Friday night. Advance tickets in Sussex are available by contacting Jason Thorne at 432-4573

STU Tommies Press Release

Some other Tommies' notes...
  • Interesting column from Bruce Hallihan in today's Daily Gleaner on the state of university hockey in the region.
  • Speaking of Bruce Hallihan and the Gleaner, Bruce's annual AUS preview is eagerly anticipated each year, and we'll be treated to the 18th annual edition in tomorrow's sports section. We'll have the link for you - and likely some thoughts of our own - tomorrow.
  • As mentioned, the Tommies' regular season kicks off next Friday, October 17th in Moncton, followed by the home opener at the LBR on Saturday the 18th versus PEI. Randy Corey returns to the airwaves for his second season behind the mic as the voice of the Tommies on our new carrier, 95.7 CKTP FM. The station also plans to be streaming online at by then as well.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Pre-Season: Tommies finish with win and 3rd place.

With a heart breaking loss last night against Dalhousie, the Tommies bounced back today and posted a 2 - 0 win over College Lafleche out of Quebec. Julia Sharun of Edmonton, AB picked up the shut out win to clinch third place in the U de M tournment for St. Thomas.

Catherine Boudreau and Kathleen Boyle scored the Tommies goals, both in the third period. STU outshot their opposition 29 to 25. This runs the teams record to 4 and 1 in exhibition play. This was the Tommies final pre-season game as the Ladies will not see action again until their regular season home opener on Thursday October 16th versus U de M. STU Article

Photo Credit: Official Tommies site.

Pre-season: Tigers claw past Tommies.

The Dalhousie Tigers got a late third period goal to earn a tight 5 to 4 win over the Lady Tommies in the semi-final round of the U de M tournament in Moncton. Lyse Rossignol scored a natural hat trick to lead the Tommies attack and Ashley Duguay scored the singleton. The Tigers scored with less than 2 minutes to go in the third to eke out the victory. STU plays College Lafleche of Quebec at 1 PM this afternoon in the consolation final.
STU Article.

Photo Credit: Official Tommies site.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Pre-Season: Sweet home LBR.

It was home sweet home for the Tommies tonight at the LBR as they cruised past the UPEI Panthers 5 to 4. This was STU's first win against AUS competition this pre-season as the Tommies improved to 3 wins and 4 losses so far. In this evening's game the Tommies were first on the board at 12:14 of the first as senior Justin Roy got it rolling from rookies Estey and Price. PEI tied it over a minute later on a Tomas Stryncl goal but Jason Rinzler regained the lead for STU at 14:37 from Mitch Price. With 14 seconds left in the period and 2 seconds after a penalty to Keith Wynn had expired, Justin Donati tied it with a laser beam past Matt Davis.

St. Thomas scored the only goal of the second period off the stick of Brad Gallant with assists to Max Chamberland and Wes Welcher. At 4:33 of the third the Panthers replied when former Florida Panther draft pick Bret Nasby potted one. Eight minutes later the Tommies took the lead again when Jeremy Turgeon roofed one past a stunned Wayne Savage with the helpers going to Bryan Main and Brian Soso. Brad Gallant, with his second of the game, from Rinzler and Welcher scored an important insurance goal on the PP at 15:47. It proved to be the winner as Rick Steadman got a lucky bounce off Matt Davis to score 33 seconds later and make it close once again. That would be it on this night as Matt Davis got the complete game win facing 32 pucks while the duo of Wayne Savage and Tim MacPhee faced 29.
DG: Gallant effort leads Tommies to win

In Ladies' action, the Tommies defeated U de M 4 to 3 in a shootout. They advance to the next round tomorrow. Scoring for STU was Caroline Hammerheim with 2 including the shoot out winner, Catherine Boudreau, and Dominique Bernier. The Tommies will play in the semi-final versus the Dalhousie Tigers at 3:00pm on Saturday.
STU write up / Times Transcript article.

"Key Contest" tonight vs. UPEI

The Tommies Men, 2-4 thus far in exhibition play, will host UPEI tonight at the Lady Beaverbrook Rink. Game time is 7:00 pm. The Tommies opened the pre-season with a 5-3 loss to the Panthers.

Daily Gleaner: Tommies treating AUS exhibition as key contest
"We want to make the LBR a very difficult place for teams to come and play," said [Tommies' head coach Mike] Eagles. "It's going to be a big challenge for us, but it's something we've really got to establish, that we can win our home games. We have to have a team that plays very aggressive and at a high tempo. And when you do that in small rinks, I think you become very tough to play against."

UdeM Pre-Season Tourney begins today

In addition to the Aigles Bleues, the participating teams are Saint Francis Xavier X-Women, University of Prince Edward Island Panthers, Saint Mary’s University Huskies, St. Thomas Tommies, Dalhousie University Tigers and Mount Allison Mounties, as well as the Collège Laflèche of Trois-Rivières, QC.
The Lady Tommies play the host Aigles Bleu tonight at 7pm.