Friday 27 November 2009

West is best for Tommies

The Wild West Line combined for 10 points and some late game heroics to propel St. Thomas to a come from behind 7 to 6 victory tonight at the LBR over UPEI. Mike Reich was the Tommies' player of the game with 2 goals - including the game winner - and 1 assist. Kenton Dulle with 1 goal, 2 assists and Tyler Dietrich with 2 goals, 2 assists were successfully reunited for a big win.

STU started off on the right foot at the 15 second mark when Mike Reich went hard to the net, took the shot, and Tyler Dietrich was there to bang home the rebound. UPEI tied it up at 2:41 when Charles Lavigne let out a big juicy rebound that Taylor Raszka capitalized on. STU went ahead again when Reich got a break and scored on his own rebound. First period ended with the Tommies leading 2 to1 and outshooting the Panthers 12 -7.

UPEI played a much better second period tying the game at 7:58 after Brandon Biggers knocked down a Lavigne clearing attempt and scoring on the empty net. Jared Gomes and Cory Vitarelli scored to put the Panthers up 4 to 2. STU gained a 5 on 3 advantage late in the period and Erick Tremblay rifled a blast from the point past Jhase Sniderman at 19:54 to pull the Tommies back within a goal. Shots favoured UPEI 13 to 9.

Biggers extended the UPEI lead at 3:03 of the third period but the Tommies would bounce back with Jason Cassidy redirecting Brad Gallant's wrist shot at 8:08. Dulle tied it up on a perfect pass from Dietrich, who lifted the puck past a sprawling UPEI defender to find the streaking Dulle. However, the Panthers regained the lead at 16:21 on a Zach McCullough goal. The Tommies battled back once again as UPEI took a late penalty which cost them as Dietrich scored his second of the night at 18:41 on the PP to tie the game at 6 - 6. The Panthers took another penalty at 19:02 and Reich, on a great individual effort, motored down the right side, cut in on goal, and beat Sniderman for the winner. Daily Gleaner: Wild comeback for Tommies

With the win the Tommies improve to 4-8-1 for 9 points and remain 1 point up on Dalhousie, who defeated St-FX 6 - 4, and pulled to within 3 points of 5th place UPEI. Next up for the Tommies are the Squirrels tomorrow night, 7 PM at the Aitken Centre in their final game of the first half. Daily Gleaner: Players take Battle of the Hill 'very seriously' - Squirrel

Also on tap this afternoon at 4PM, the Lady Tommies take on Les Aigles Bleues. If you can't get to the game you can listen live at 97.9 CHSR.


  1. That was a great game and great to see them come from behind. Tyler Dietrich look good his first game back. I wish Dal could have lost.
    I remember Mark Rupnow having more hair. Another Mark was there ,Coach Eagles Brother-in-law Mark Hegarty.With all the other former players that were there could have had a game of their own.
    Look Squirrels, It will notbe easy to get two points ,if you get any at all.
    Oilers/Cowboys fan

  2. Even a monkey with a typewriter gets lucky once. Why not A STU win up the hill??

  3. Love the logo on the bottom of the picture of the rink. $TU Hockey.

  4. Hahah. Yep. Money never gets away from it.

    What exactly is your problem with the money being spent at this school. So hockey is a priority. What's your point? It's not detracting from the education the average student gets.

    Not throwing my hat in the ring for a flame war; I'm willing to listen.

  5. Good to see the Tommies show some resilience. Big win for sure. Not really sure if that means UNB should be shaking in their skates, however, as the first post suggests. Let's just hope STU can make it interesting. That's all fans want to see