Saturday 16 January 2010

X-Men prevail over Tommies

The Tommies couldn't pull off the perfect weekend tonight, falling 4 to 1 against St-FX. The X-Men were able to capitalize on their chances and STU's powerplay woes continued.

The first was a scoreless affair which kept the special teams on both sides busy, as referee Brad Mills called 9 penalties in the period. Shots favoured St. Thomas 6 to 5.

St-FX broke the goose egg at 2:08 of the second after Charles Lavigne was unable to handle a Murdock MacLellan shot that Brennan Wray whacked home on the rebound. At 4:20 the X-Men scored the lone PP goal of the night when Bryce Swan wired home a one timer from the slot. X out shot STU 10 to 8 in the period.

MacLellan added to the lead in the final period with a wrist shot off a 3 on 1 break to make it 3 to 0 at 2:02. The Tommies didn't quit and at 3:52 Matt Eagles picked up a loose puck in the slot and beat Bryan Gillis with a quick wrister. Alex Labonte and Erick Tremblay picked up the assists.

STU continued to press but couldn't beat Gillis and finally at 19:45 Phil Mangan scored into the empty net to seal the win. Final shots were 27 to 25 for X. Matt Eagles picked up STU player of the game honours.

The Tommies are right back to where they were at the beginning of the weekend, 1 point up on Dalhousie for the final play-off position, as the Tigers defeated Moncton 3 to 1. Also UPEI beat SMU 4 to 3 and move 4 points up on the Tommies, who have a game in hand. That game will be played on Wednesday night as STU meets Moncton on the road. Daily Gleaner Article

1 comment: