Friday 21 December 2012

Friends of STU Hockey Newsletter

Thanks to the Friends of STU Hockey, Harold DeCourcey, and Coach Troy Ryan for the following newsletter. We would like to wish them and YOU a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Friday 14 December 2012

What Would You Do??

So with all the recent changes in the Tommies line-up over the last week, what would you do??  Coach Troy Ryan is sitting in a tough spot.

Currently the Tommies are sitting in the last spot in the AUS Men's Hockey standings, going into the second half with only two wins on the year. The playoffs and the chance to extend the season are not completely un-attainable but are going to take hard work and determination from the young team.

Here is where the big kicker comes into effect, the Tommies are currently down forward Randy Cameron #17 and defenceman Christian Morin #2, both due to injury. Cameron should be back in January when the Tommies take to the ice, hopefully Morin won't be too far behind him. Also with the news coming from the program last week that forwards Mike Reich and Alexandre Leduc will not be returning after the Christmas break, this could leave the Tommies with a depleted bench.

Coach Ryan has said that his efforts are going into recruiting players for next season and not bringing anyone in after the Christmas break. He is currently building the program slowly and not over spending beyond his means.

In the recent four games when the Tommies have been on the ice against opponents they have been playing much better, is the shorter bench making them a bettter team?

The Tommies have had two wins (UdeM 4-1, St. FX 5-4 S/O), a shoot-out loss (SMU 3-2) and a close game (UPEI 4-3).  To me this is a great argument in Coach Ryan's favour for leaving the team the way it is and looking forward to the future.

My biggest concern would be the injury bug that may hit later on. But have no fear that Coach Ryan I'm sure has looked at this as well, he did make a move in placing Yuri Cheremetiev #9 on the blue line, a move that seems to have revitalized the forward this season, he is a great mover of the puck and has not been caught out of position,  he is fast back on the puck and has the ability to carry it into the offensive zone if need be.

One thing I know I can say, is that this fan is excited on the upcoming next half of the season with the exciting end to the first half.

Happy Holidays Everyone,

Go Tommies Go!!


@WyldeMurph on Twitter

Sunday 9 December 2012

Leduc and Tommies Part Ways

In an article in December 6th's Daily Gleaner by Jamie Ross the Tommies Men's Hockey Program have announced they have parted ways with Forward Alexandre' Leduc #7. Head Coach Troy Ryan had commented by saying that it was related to the players attitude. Leduc was also suspended earlier in the season after an altercation with Saint Mary's Forward Brad Smith and resulted in Smith ending up with a broken ankle. Leduc sat out for three games for behavior un-becoming of a student athlete.

With the two recent roster spots opening up on the Tommies bench, Coach Ryan is sticking by his guns by saying that he is focusing on recruiting players for next season and that he won't be picking up any new players over the Christmas break this season.


@wyldemurph on Twitter

Saturday 8 December 2012

All Good Things Come To An End....

In an article in Friday's Daily Gleaner written by Justin Marshall it was announced that STU Tommies forward Mike Reich is moving on and will not be returning to the Men's Hockey program in the New Year.

The forward from Craik, SK said in the article that he has been away from home since he was 15 years old playing hockey and that it's time for him to go home. Reich has taken a position with Syngenta Canada Inc. as a territory manager. Mike informed the team at their annual Christmas party. He graduated this semester with a double major in economics and criminology.

Reich joined the program in the '09-'10 season, he is leaving the program having played 97 games, scoring 20 goals, and assisting on 27 more, as well as having 212 penalty minutes in his three and a half year career.

Mike is going to be missed from the forward lines of the Tommies, and we are wishing him all the best with his future endeavors.

The Tommies return to the ice on the road after the long Christmas break on Jan. 4th, 2013 against the Saint Mary's Huskies as they look to avenge the shootout loss on Nov. 30.


@wyldemurph on Twitter

Thursday 6 December 2012

A Little Late But Not Forgotten...

St. Thomas announced its male athlete for the month of November and it was the Men's Hockey programs very own Jonathan Groenheyde. The rookie goal-keeper stopped 247 of 267 shots on net with a record of two wins and five losses. Jonathan has made some impressive saves since donning the Green and Gold of the Tommies.

Congrats and keep up the great work!


@wyldemurph On Twitter

Saturday 1 December 2012

All I Can Say Is Unreal!

On the last night before the Christmas Break the St. Francis Xavier X-Men rolled into the Grant-Harvey Centre to face-off against our St. Thomas Tommies Men's Hockey team. The X-Men came into  town after an overtime win over U de M. The Tommies coming off a shootout loss to the Saint Mary's Huskies and were coming in to tonights game hungry for a win.

The Tommies were still missing Randy Cameron #17 and Christian Morin #2 from tonights active roster, the X-Men were missing a few regulars off their blue line with Spencer McAvoy #5 and RD Chisholm #4 not in tonights line-up.

The Tommies had starting goaltender Jonathan Groenheyde #31 between the pipes and the X-Men placed Joey Perricone #31 in the crease for tonights match-up.

The X-Men were pouring on lots of early pressure on the Tommies, Groenheyde stood his ground though and held St. FX off the scoreboard till the 12:09 mark when Stephen Sanza #23 was in the penalty box for an interference call, Josh Day #11 had a power play goal assisted by Pageau and Struthers. The 16:46 mark the Tommies answered back on a goal from Jonathan Bonneau #51 assisted by line mate Stephen Sanza. X regained the lead just over a minute later off the tape of Gabriel O'Connor #45. The period ended with X putting 19 shots up in the first frame to STU's - 3.

The second period started with Kyell Henegan #20 scoring his first goal as a member of the Tommies, helpers came from Colin Martin and Jordan Thomas. Later on in the period the Tommies added a go ahead goal on a wired shot from Captain Felix Poulin #8 (Labonte, Bernier). X was not to be shown up though and had the Tommies under pressure during a penalty kill situation and scored a short-handed goal on a play from Jason Bast #20 assisted by Brad Cuzner, this tied the game up at 3 a piece going into the third period.

A little over 5 minutes into the third period Jon Bonneau scored his second goal of the game with the helper coming from Sanza again. The Tommies carried the lead very late into the third period when the X-Men pulled goalie Joey Perricone in favour for the extra attacker, the move by Head Coach Brad Peddle seemed to be very valuable when Josh Day scored the tying goal (Bast, Struthers) which forced the game to overtime.

The overtime frame solved nothing but gave the Tommies fans a lot of excitement. The Tommies held X to 3 shots in the extra frame while only getting 2 themselves. On to the shootout!! The X-men sent Stephens, Kirkpatrick, Bast and the extra shooter Maschmeyer all to get turned away by Groenheyde. The Tommies answered the call with Colin Martin who beat Perricone but found the post, Jon Bonneau who also beat the X goal keeper but found the post, Marc-Andre Levesque and Yuri Cheremetiev who had the game winner.

This is a Tommies team that looks like they are building up some steam going into the second half of the season they are playing with fire in the belly and are making it exciting to watch.

A side note from the game Jordan Thomas left the game from what looked like an upper body injury and did not return, we wish him a speedy recovery.

Also in case any of you missed it the Squirrels lost down in Acadia figured I should throw that out there.

Good luck to both the Men's and Women's Tommies teams as they go into exams and have a great Holiday season!


@WyldeMurph on Twitter


Unfortunately our webcast chose the beginning of the shootout to freeze up on us, so the limited video is very choppy, then we switched to audio only and a little throwback to our radio days.  The call of the winner got lost a bit in the eruption from the Grant-Harvey Centre crowd (watch out for volume spike around 3:30), but for what it's worth, here's the entire shootout from tonight's first-ever Tommies' Men's Hockey win in the new building.  Enjoy.  And on behalf of myself and all of us on Tommies TV, happy holidays!

~ Randy Corey (@RandyCorey)

Video streaming by Ustream

Huskies bite Tommies in shoot out

It took a shoot out but the Saint Mary's Huskies defeated the Tommies 3 to 2 this evening at the Grant Harvey Center.

The first period saw John MacDonald (Thomas, Morehouse) open the scoring on a breakaway at 7:35 on a great feed from Jordan Thomas.  Saint Mary's would tie the game in the last minute of the period off the stick of Lucas Bloodoff.  

The Tommies were the only team to hit the score sheet in the second when Alex Labonte sent a perfect pass to Mike Reich, who was all alone in front the Huskies net an made no mistake with the shot.  Alex Leduc with the other assist.  

The Huskies would tie the game at 7:35 of the third when Cory Tanaka got one by Jon Groenheyde but it was the Tommies goalie that held the fort for the rest of the third and overtime to force a shoot out. Shots on goal were 42 to 28 in favour of SMU through four periods of hockey.

In the shootout, Stephen Johnston was the only shooter to score but it was enough to propel the Huskies to the win.  Jonathan Bonneau, Colin Martin, and Steve Sanza all shot for STU but could not beat SMU's Chris Perugini.

The Tommies will be back at it tomorrow night against ST-FX looking for their first home win.

Thursday 29 November 2012

The Christmas Break

Well folks the Christmas break in the AUS schedule is almost upon us, but with that being said your STU Tommies Men's hockey team has a two game home stand against the St. Mary's Huskies on Friday night at 7pm and another home game versus the St. FX X-Men on Saturday night also at 7pm.

The Tommies will have no easy feat on either team though, the Huskies are coming to the Grant-Harvey Centre after a 3-2 shootout win over the Acadia Axmen in Wolfville NS last Saturday night. The Axmen were bumped to second place in the AUS standings now being topped by the Squirrels over yonder.

On Saturday night the Tommies will face-off against X-Men who are coming into Fredericton after a 5-2 goal filled affair against the Dalhousie Tigers. The win keeps the X-Men in fourth place in the division.

The Tommies will be looking forward to getting some rest over the Holidays to put some familiar faces back on Coach Troy Ryan's bench. Although Randy Cameron looks like he could fit in as a coach behind the pine, it will be nice to see him hopping over the boards to add some offensive pressure against opposing teams hopefully in the New Year.

Come on out Friday and Saturday night folks both games are at 7pm at the home of the Tommies the Grant-Harvey Centre. Cheer on your Tommies to help them build up some momentum going into the second half of the regular season.

@wyldemurph on Twitter

Sunday 25 November 2012

Tommies end first half with shut out win

Julia Sharun made 28 saves today against Moncton to
earn her third shut out of the season.
Photo Courtesy Dyaln Buell
The Lady Tommies were in Moncton this afternoon to close out the first half of the 2012-13 regular season.  On the strength of a Julia Sharun shut out and three points by Captain Kayla Blackmore, St Thomas cruised to a 4 to 0 victory over U de M.

After missing last game due to academic commitments, Blackmore got STU rolling early in the first as she buried one by Jenna Van Belois at 2:54 unassisted.  Kayla would add to STU's lead at 12:15, again unassisted, with her eighth goal of the season.  Shots were 13 to 9 in the first.

St. Thomas would go ahead by three goals early in the middle frame when Blackmore feathered a great pass to Jordie Miller, who would complete the pretty give and go 2 on 1 at 1:24.  Kelty Apperson gained the second assist.  STU would come close when Cassidy McTaggart rang one off the goal post late in the period but would have to settle for a three goal lead and out shooting Moncton 9 to 5 in the second.

STU ran into a little bit a penalty trouble early in the third and leaned heavily on Sharun in net to make some saves as Moncton outshot the Tommies 14 to 5 in the period.  The Tommies would put this one to bed at 12:15, as Dani Miller scored the third unassisted marker of the afternoon and STU's fourth of the game.  That was more than enough as Julia Sharun collected her third shut out of the season.

Emily Ryan, Kenya Marcelline, and Erin MacIsaac were all scratches for today's game.

With the win the Tommies sit firmly in second position with a 9 - 2 - 1 record, 19 points, and 7 points ahead of third place U de M.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish the Lady Tommies the best of luck on their exams before Christmas and hope the break is beneficial to our injured players.

Tommies Loss in a Heart Breaking Affair

Colin Martin taking a bow after scoring his second
goal of the game.  Martin had 3 points on the night.
Photo courtesy Dyaln Buell
In the best game I have personally watched the STU Men's Tommies play all season long, the UPEI Panthers took the lead late in the game to win 4-3.

This hands the Tommies their 13th loss of the season but by no means something they should hang their heads in shame for. The guys played hard from beginning to end with a short bench, missing  from tonight's lineup were forwards Randy Cameron #17, John MacDonald #11, Alexandre Leduc #7 and the pair of D-Men, Christian Morin #2 and rookie Jordan Thomas #6.

A notable stand-in on the Tommies injury riddled bench was Yuri Cheremetiev #9 on the defensive line. The full-time forward spent the night on the blue line and played very well out of his regular position. Yuri did have a wardrobe malfunction though at the 11 minute mark in the third period. Cheremetiev was noticed hobbling off the ice, he was missing a skate blade which took him out of the game until 3:27 mark very late in the game when team trainer Patrick Carmichael had the stand-in blueliner back on the ice.

The first period had the Tommies pouring on early pressure against the UPEI Panthers although the shots on goal did not represent that. The Panthers held the Tommies to 8 shots to their own 15 on Tommies goalkeeper Jonathan Groenheyde #31 he kept the Panthers at bay in the first though, by playing a shutout period. Stephen Sanza #23 missed some time in the first period due to an injury that seemed to catch him in the mouth keeping him on the bench for a few shifts while being patched up. Very late in the opening period with the game clock at 19:52 Colin Martin put one in the Panthers net assisted by Sanza #23 and Robert Zandbeek #21 giving the Tommies their second game in a row where they jumped out to a 1-0 lead.

The second period started off with the Panthers tying the game up with a power play goal with Alex Labonte in the penalty box at 1:23 in the frame, the goal was scored by Chris Desousa #28, assisted by Reggie Traccitto #95 and Dana Fraser #12.  The Tommies though, not showing signs of giving up came right back with the skilled hands of Colin Martin planting his second goal of the night past Panthers goaltender Wayne Savage #1, the goal was assisted by Chris Morehouse #18 and Stephen Sanza. The Panthers managed to tie up the game on another goal from Chris Desousa with help from Dana Fraser getting his second of three assists on the night as well as Jordan Knox #9. At the end of the second period the Panthers lead the shots on goal 31-24.

The third period started off in the Tommies favour with UPEI going a man down late in the second period with Zach McCullough in the penalty box on a hooking call. The Tommies kept the Panthers in their own end for the power play but were unable to go ahead with the man advantage. Shortly after the power play was over UPEI scored their first go ahead goal of the game, on a goal from Tyler Brown #26 with assists from Jordan Mayer #83 and Matthew Brenton #57. St. Thomas though not to be left out came back with the tying goal at 8:11 on a fast play by Stephen Sanza, assisted by Colin Martin with his third point of the game and Chris Morehouse. The Tommies were unable though to hold the Panthers off for one last goal scored by Jordan Knox on his second point of the game scored at 11:32 in the final frame.

The Tommies pulled Groenheyde with two minutes left but were unable to get the tying goal by the time the buzzer called for the end of the game.

The final score of the game 4-3 UPEI, with Jonathan Groenheyde turning away 38 of 42 shots for the STU Tommies at the other end of the rink UPEI's Wayne Savage #1 was able to post the win for the Panthers after having stopped 32 of STU's 35 shots on goal.

As said earlier in the post the Tommies have nothing to be ashamed of, the team is starting to hit their stride from this fans perspective and is very excited by the teams upcoming games against the Saint Marys Huskies and the St. FX X-Men. They will be the last games before the first half of the season comes to an end and the team gets ready for exams and Christmas break.


Friday 23 November 2012

Two words, TOMMIES WIN!!!!

An outstanding performance by goaltender Jon Groenhyde paced the St. Thomas Tommies to a 4 to 1 win tonight in Moncton.  A gutsy effort by a short staffed Tommies crew in a barn that is difficult for any team in the league to secure a win.  This is the Tommies first victory of the season. 

The W could not have come at a better time as the team has been hit with a number of injuries in recent weeks, leaving them short handed to play the remaining games prior to Christmas break.  Randy Cameron, John MacDonald and Alex. Leduc were out up front with Jordan Thomas and Christian Morin out on the back end.

The Tommies scored first when Jon Bonneau (Levesque-Reich) broke in all alone and roofed one at 16:55 as STU picked up their very first lead of the regular season. After 20 minutes of play St. Thomas led 1 - 0 despite being out shot 22-6.

UdeM tied the game at the 7:00 minute mark of the second but the Tommies converted on a PP. Felix Poulin (Sanza-Bonneau) would get the eventual winner with just 4 seconds left in the period to put STU back on top.  Shots were 15 to 9 in favour of Moncton.

In the third, Steve Sanza (Morehouse-Martin) fired a clapper past Andre Guay at 6:13 to give STU some much needed insurance and confidence.  STU played well the rest of the way and picked up an empty netter off the stick of Robert Zandbeek(Bonneau) at 18:27 to salt the game away for the Tommies.

Final shots were 47-20 in favour of UdeM. The Tommies were 1 for 3 on the PP while holding Les Aigles off the score sheet on 3 PP chances. 

Jon Groenhyde was 1st star and well deserved player of the game holding the Tommies in this game from the first period.  Box Score

Tommies return to the GHC tomorrow evening, 7:00 PM as they host the UPEI Panthers.

Wednesday 21 November 2012

Short-staffed Tommies fall to Panthers

The Tommies women travelled to Charlottetown for a rare mid-week tilt tonight against the defending conference champion UPEI Panthers.  It was a light lineup with Emily Ryan and Kenya Marcelline sitting out recovering from injuries, as well as Julia Sharun, Kayla Blackmore and Courtney Fox all staying behind due to academic commitments.

After a scoreless first period in which STU outshot UPEI 8-4, the Tommies got on the board first with Katie Brewster (Caley Steinert) scoring her 8th of the season at 3:15.  Despite giving up 12 Panthers shots to their own 8, and back-to-back penalty kills at the end of the second, St. Thomas took the 1-0 lead to the dressing room after 40 minutes.  The Panthers took the lead in the third with goals from Keirstin Visser at 7:13 and Christina Kelly at 11:15, the latter on the power play.  But the Tommies fought back and tied the game at 14:31 on the 1st of the season from Steinert (Danielle Miller).  The teams played through a scoreless overtime and onto the shootout.  After Christina Kelly beat Kristin Wolfe on UPEI's first attempt, Kelty Apperson pulled STU even.  But that was all the Tommies could muster, and Ferran Brown collected the shootout winner for the Panthers, who prevailed 3-2.

With the shootout loss, St. Thomas gained a point on first-place St. F-X and sit in second place at 8-2-1 for 17 points.  Wolfe made 27 saves on 29 shots in the loss.  Erin MacIsaac did not play after the second period, suffering an upper body injury.  The Tommies travel to Moncton for a 2:00 pm matchup on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday 17 November 2012

Tommies fall to 0 - 12, lose to Huskies

No good news to report this evening for the men.  They drop a 4 - 0 decision to Saint Mary's.  Justin Collier got the start in net tonight and stopped 30 of 34 shots.

STU actually out shot the Huskies in the first period 11 - 9 but once SMU scored at 13:16 of the second period the wheels completely fell off.  Final shots on goal were 36 - 21.

St. Thomas has not led a game for one second this season and now find themselves at 0 - 12.  The Tommies are falling fast folks and it isn't pretty. Is there a parachute anywhere to be found??

Tommies bounce back with win over Huskies

Katie Brewster scored a goal today against SMU.
She was the Tommies player of the game.
Photo Courtesy Richard Lafortune
The Lady Tommies got back on the winning track this afternoon, dumping the Saint Mary's Huskies 3 to 2.  With the win the Tommies improve to 8 wins and 2 losses and will head out on the road to complete the remainder of the first half at UPEI this coming Wednesday and Moncton next Sunday.

STU was first on the board this afternoon when Amy Duffield potted her second straight first goal of the game.  Chelsea Fiander found Duffield all alone in front of the SMU net and Amy made no mistake  roofing the puck over Sienna Cooke.  This would be the only goal of the period.  The shots on goal were even at 7 apiece.

The Tommies would strike early in the second period at 2:23.  Katie Brewster would control the puck down low and come out and score an unassisted marker to give STU a two goal lead.  Kayla Blackmore would increase the margin to three at 11:18 while paying the price of getting banged up on the play.  St. Thomas had a .667 shooting percentage in the period as they only had 3 shots in total, in comparison to the Huskies with 5.

Rebecca Mosher  would score on the PP at 7:11 and Billee Canning, also on the PP, would fire a blast past Kristin Wolfe at 16:27 to make it close but the Tommies held on for the victory.  Final shots were 21 - 18 for SMU.  St. Thomas was 0 for 6 on the PP and 0 for 2 on the PK, as the Huskies scored both times with the extra player.

Katie Brewster was player of the game, Kayla Blackmore with her third game winning goal of the season was second star, and Cassiday McTaggart with a strong physical presence was third star.  Kristin Wolfe was solid stopping 19 of 21 shots.

Friday 16 November 2012

St-FX posts two victories over Tommies

The St-FX X-Men and Women were both too much for St. Thomas teams tonight as the X-Men won 4 to 1 and the X-Women held on for a 4 to 3 win.

Tonight's home game for the women was in support of Hailey's Dreams and Fredericton fans showed their support.  Over 700 people came out to the Grant-Harvey Centre and over $3000 was raised for this incredible young Lady.  As I watched her come out to drop the ceremonial first puck my only wish was that she wasn't sick, so young.  I could also tell you that I was able to hold back my tears but I couldn't, I was so proud and sad at the same time.  Please take a moment and check out Hailey's Dreams on line.

In tonight's game the Tommies took the lead in the first to fire up the crowd but the X-Women rattled off the next 4 goals.  STU came back in the third with two goals in the third but couldn't find the tying marker.  Scoring for the Tommies were Amy Duffield, Cassidy McTaggart, and Jenna Scott.

In Antigonish, the men tied the game early in the second on a Jonathan Bonneau goal but the X-Men scored three in the second period and held on for a 4 to 1 win.  STU outshot the X-Men 26 to 20 and 16 to 2 in the third period.

ATTENTION Fredericton Hockey Fans....

For all the right reasons we hope to see you tonight at the Grant-Harvey Centre to watch a great hockey game between two first place teams and support a great cause for a local little girl.  The following is from Bill Hunt of The Daily Gleaner and was in today's edition.  Please give it a read and some consideration.
If you have to choose a game tonight: Go Tommies

If you have to pick a local hockey game to watch tonight, please pick this one: the St. Thomas Tommies women's team hosts the St. Francis Xavier X-Women in the comfort of the new Grant•Harvey Centre. It's a battle for first place in the Atlantic University Sport women's hockey conference for one thing, among two teams ranked among the top 10 in the country: seventh-ranked St. FX and ninth-ranked STU.

So, it's got the potential to be a pretty good hockey game. More importantly, however, it's for Hailey's Dreams.

Perhaps you've heard or read of the challenges facing the Fitzgerald family. Seven-year-old Hailey has been diagnosed with a rare degenerative brain disease. There are too many syllables to comprehend, but here's what you need to know: It's genetic, it's fatal and over the next three to five years, it will rob Hailey of her quality of life and a young family of their little girl.

Want to see a picture of a sweet little girl and hear her story? Go to

When the Tommies heard it, they felt the need to do their part.

'We said 'Wow, we're always trying to get our girls involved in community events,'' said Lise Blackmore, Kayla's mom and a driving force behind the Friends of the Tom­mies.

Coach Peter Murphy has had a couple of small Tommies jerseys made up for Hailey and her little brother Chase, and they'll drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff after meeting the team in the dressing room before the game.

Imagine what a thrill it will be for that little girl, especially to do it before a full house.

Please, make it a full house.

Admission to the game tonight is $ 5. Get them in advance from Lise Blackmore at or Peter Murphy at

In advance, please.

They can't donate proceeds from the walk-up crowd, but if you let them know you're coming, they'll go to some trouble to get you your tickets, or stick them in an envelope for you.

Proceeds from advance sales will be donated. Proceeds from the 50-50 will be donated too. And there's a bake sale, featuring 'T' shortbread cookies among a host of sweet treats, or an opportunity to make a straight cash donation.

Blackmore will make the rounds with the Pink Helmet - it yielded $266 in donations when the Tommies ran a Shoot for the Cure event earlier in the season - and you're invited to help fill it up.

The folks at the York Dental Clinic are the official game sponsors, but Dr. Andrew Smyth has agreed to surrender the spotlight for a bigger cause tonight.

And, while we don't traditionally take sides in scheduling conflicts, tonight we say: Go Tommies.

Truth be told, the game which figures to siphon off most of the fan support - the men's UNB Varsity Reds hosting the Dalhousie Tigers - doesn't figure to be much of a hockey game. With all due respect to the rebuilding Tigers, they're a longshot tonight against a UNB team that might finally be hitting its stride.

Sunday 11 November 2012

Tommies trounce Tigers

Kelty Apperson had two goals to help pace the Tommies
to a 7 to 1 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers.
Photo courtesy Richard Lafortune
Sparked by a four goal explosion in the second period, the Lady Tommies cruised to a 7 to 1 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers this afternoon at the Grant-Harvey Centre.  Without regulars Kayla Blackmore, Emily Ryan, and Paige MacDonald in the lineup the offensive output today was a little surprising but completely appreciated by the partisan home crowd.

STU would get things rolling in the first period on the powerplay.  Katie Brewster (unassisted) would find herself and the puck in the crease at the same time before swinging her stick around the goalie to pot the goal at 6:35.  Kelty Apperson (D. Miller, Steinert) scored her first of the afternoon at 17:56 before Dalhousie's Jenna Currie buried a loose puck in the crease that slipped past Julia Sharun at 19:16.  Shots in the first favoured STU 13 - 8.

Dalhousie seemed to take the momentum of the late first period goal and carry it forward to the early portion of the second period but the flood gates opened for STU at 5:26 when Katie Brewster was sent in on a breakaway from a nice pass off the stick of Kenya Marcelline.  Brewster made no mistake and went top shelf past Zoe Zivolak for a 3 to 1 lead.

 Jordan Miller (Fiander) scored 46 seconds later and Erin MacIsaac batted in an Emily Francis shot at 13:20 on the PP for a 5 to 1 lead.  This goal chased Zivolak from the Tigers net and in came rookie Mati Barrett to replace her.

Kelty Apperson (Steinert, MacIsaac) would get her second goal of the game to round out the scoring in the middle frame at the 18 minute mark to make it 6 to 1 for St. Thomas.  Shots in the period were 10 -  9 for Dal.

Courtney Fox would blast a rocket from the point past Barrett at 11:08 of third period to round out the scoring.  Marcelline and Francis would each get their second assists of the afternoon on the goal.  Julia Sharun closed the door the rest of the way and picked up her fifth win of the season stopping 23 of 24 shots.  The Tommies fired 29 the other way.

This will set up a first place show down Friday night at the Grant-Harvey Centre against the St-FX X-Women.  The X-Women defeated the Mt. A Mounties this afternoon 5 - 2 and sit tied with the Tommies, each with 14 points to lead the conference.   If you were thinking about coming to check out a women's game, make it this one.

Want to learn more about our Lady Tommies rookies?  Check out this video by Tommies TV's Nick Murray, edited and produced by Randy Corey.

Saturday 10 November 2012

Les Aigles hold off Tommies

Despite a solid comeback effort in the third period, the Tommies fell 3-2 to Les Aigles Bleus tonight at the Grant-Harvey Centre, leaving STU still searching for their first win of the season, falling to 0-10.

The teams played to a scoreless draw in the first period, with Moncton outshooting St. Thomas by a 10-8 margin.

UdeM opened the scoring at 7:46 of the second period, with Mathieu Bolduc's point shot deflecting past STU goaltender Justin Collier.  Alex Quesnel scored on the powerplay at 9:16 to make it 2-0, then Marc-Andre Cote scored a shorthanded breakaway goal at 18:30 to increase Moncton's lead to 3-0.  Les Aigles outshot the Tommies 17-12 in the middle frame.

The play shifted in St. Thomas' favour in the third, and Stephen Sanza (Chris Morehouse, Colin Martin) combined to put the Tommies on the board at 3:36 after Sanza converted a nice Morehouse touch pass from behind the net.  Despite some solid pressure and a strong forecheck throughout the period, it wasn't until 17:42 that Felix-Antoine Poulin (Martin, John MacDonald) batted the puck out of the air and behind UdeM goalie Andre Guay to make it 3-2.  With Collier on the bench for an extra attacker, the Tommies had a couple of good opportunities but could not find the equalizer and les Aigles escaped their first visit to the GHC with two points.  STU outshot Moncton 13-5 in the final period.  33-32 were the final shots on goal in favour of UdeM.

Tommies no match for Squirrels

Alex Labonte takes a shot towards UNB's net.
Photo Courtesy Dylan Buell
The UNB Varsity Reds outshot and out scored the St. Thomas Tommies on their way to a convincing 6-1 win Friday night at the Grant Harvey Centre.

The VReds took control of the game from the beginning and scored one goal in the first on 11 shots, They picked up the pace in the second scoring three times on 17 shots all the time not allowing their opponents much shooting room and only allowing one shot in the first and none in the second.

The Tommies finally got on the board in the third when Chris Morehouse converted a John MacDonald pass after UNB went up 5-0. That goal came just 9 seconds after the VReds fifth, one of four power play goals they got on seven opportunities. The Tommies were 0 on 3. Thomas Nesbitt, Tyler Carroll, Nick MacNeil, Bryce Swan, Geordie Wudrick and Chris Culligan scored for the VReds. Daine Todd and Cam Braes each had a pair of assists while Colby Pridham, Ben Shutron, Swan, Cam Braes (2), Cam Chritchlow, Culligan and Marc Antoine Desnoyes each had singles.

Travis Fullerton was the winner in nets with six saves. Jonathan Groenheyde started the game and played tremendously making 30 saves on 34 shots. He was replaced by Justin Colllier for the last 14:47 of the game because of an injury and made 9 saves on 11 shots.

With files from

Sunday 4 November 2012

Tommies tops in AUS with win over Mounties

Kayla Blackmore scored her fifth goal of the season this
afternoon against the Mount Allison Mounties.
Photo Credit: Richard Lafourtune
Chalk up another win for the Lady Tommies.  Back stopped by a 20 save performance by Kristin Wolfe, STU vaulted into sole possession of first place in the AUS with a 2 to 1 victory over the Mount Allison Mounties.

St. Thomas did all of their goal scoring in the first period.  Kayla Blackmore scored her fifth goal of the season on a partial breakaway unassisted.  Blackmore muscled through the MT A. defender to beat all-star goalie Meagan Corley-Byrne at 3:46.

Sophomore Erin MacIsaac would get the eventual game winning goal at 15:16.  Once again the goal was unassisted. Shots were 14 to 8 in the period for STU.

The second period was scoreless with the Tommies holding the shot advantage 11 to 8 and both goalies playing well.

In the third, MT. A would "mount" a comeback as Samantha Bujold would score at 7:40 but STU and Wolfe would shut the door to any further damage.  Shots were 10 - 5 in favour of the Tommies and 35 to 21 overall.

Game notes:

STU is struggling on the powerplay going 0 for 3 with the advantage today.  The Tommies can't seem to get the PP going well.

St. Thomas is playing very disciplined hockey, only taking one penalty today. Yes, they were perfect on the PK, killing off MT A's only opportunity.

The Tommies will not see action again until next Sunday afternoon when the Dalhousie Tigers pay their first visit to the Grant-Harvey Centre.  Come on out and watch the Lady Tommies fight for first place.

I was happy to see at least 4 or 5 regulars to men's games at yesterdays Lady's game.  Remember that your season's pass to the men's games is also good for the Lady Tommies.  Get the biggest bang for your bucks and come on out next Sunday afternoon and support St. Thomas Hockey.

Saturday 3 November 2012

Sharun stars in Tommies victory

Julia Sharun stopped 21 shots in a 3 - 0 STU victory
Photo Credit - Dylan Buell
The St. Thomas Tommies were looking to regain top position in the AUS this afternoon against the reigning champion UPEI Panthers and thanks to Julia Sharun's excellent play they did just that.  With a 21 save performance she back stopped STU to a 3 - 0 victory, while also picking up player of the game honours.

The first period was scoreless and the shots were even at six.  Their were no great chances and both goalies were solid in net.

When the second period began the ice at the new Grant-Harvey Centre was still very wet and the puck was slowed substantially because of this.  It proved to be an advantage for STU, as Kayla Blackmore stole the puck in the Panthers' end, after a defensive miscue, and proceeded to snipe one blocker side past goalie Kristy Dobson.

Katie Brewster would hit the score sheet on the powerplay at 6:58 when Dobson couldn't cover the puck in the crease and Brewster eventually pushed it under her for the goal.  The only assist to Caley Steinert.

The Tommies would pot one more in the period as Kayla Blackmore (box score says Paige MacDonald) pushed the puck ahead from the Tommies blue line to a streaking Emily Francis, who made no mistake on a breakaway to give STU a commanding three goal lead at 10:08.  Heading to the final period shots were 15 to 13 for UPEI.

In the third, Sharun made the lead hold, as she was called upon to make several key saves to earn the all important win and her second shutout of the season.  With the victory the Tommies leap back into a first place tie with the St-FX X-Women with 10 points.  X lost last night to Saint Mary's 2 to 1.

Game notes:

For the third game in a row the Tommies were without the services of injured rookie forward Emily Ryan.

This was Sharun's second shut out of the season, her first at home.

STU was 1 for 6 on the PP and were a perfect 2 - 0 on the PK.

Rookie Eliza Snider looked like a seasoned veteran and played an excellent game.

STU will head to Sackville tomorrow afternoon and play the Mt. Allison Mounties.  Game time is 2 PM.

Tigers shut out Tommies

The Tommies can't find a way to win.  Tonight in Halifax the Dalhousie Tigers scored the game winning goal at 11:33 of the third period and salted it away with an empty netter at 19:22 to ensure the Tommies fell to 0 and 8 on the season.

I know it sounds like a broken record but Jon Groenheyde was sharp in the STU net stopping 39 of 40 Tiger shots.

Hang in there Tommie fans it is always darkest just before the dawn.  Just hold on.

Friday 2 November 2012

Tommies win some confidence, lose to Acadia

The Tommies lost tonight to Acadia 3 to 2 but something changed. Unless you watched tonight’s game you won’t know quite what I mean but the Tommies found something they hadn’t been able to find all season, some confidence. After making the game close, STU looked like a different team but they did look like a TEAM.

The first period saw Acadia heavily out shoot the Tommies 19 – 2 but the margin was deceiving as STU played a structured system keeping the Axemen to the perimeter.

The Axemen came out flying early in the second and their hard work paid off as Joe Gaynor banged home a loose puck 52 seconds into the period. A few minutes later an Acadia forward was left all alone in front of the STU net but Justin Collier made an incredible pad save to rob the Axemen. Unfortunately for STU the one goal deficit became two goals at 11:58 as Brett Thompson skated down the left side and snapped one blocker side past Collier. Acadia dominated the shot clock 20 – 6 in the period.

The Tommies had no answer early in the third period and Acadia scored at 2:19 when Mike Cazzola was left all alone at the side of the net to pot an easy one.

STU looked beat but Felix-Antoine Poulin (Reich, Henegan) would bank one in off of Peter DiSalvo to reduce the lead to two at 8:38. Then Jonathan Bonneau (Sanza, Levesque) would snipe one top corner at 11:42 to breath new life into the entire team. They had been out shot 46 to 11 up until that point but a whole different group appeared on the ice and while the come back did fall short, perhaps a change is in the making. Final shots on goal were 49 to 17 for Acadia.

Justin Collier was outstanding in the STU net.

The Tommies will head to Halifax tomorrow for a 7 PM start time against the Dalhousie Tigers. The game will be held at the Halifax Metro Centre. Which STU team shows up? The confident play with any team Tommies or the hang your head low we can’t score Tommies? Tune in tomorrow night to find out, webcast for the game can be found here.

Wednesday 31 October 2012

Leduc suspended indefinitely by Tommies

Alexandre Leduc has been suspended indefinitely by the St. Thomas Tommies after an incident at 6:08 of the third period of Saturday night's game versus the Saint Mary's Huskies.  The following is a quote from today's Daily Gleaner.
The Tommies sophomore head coach has suspended forward Alex Leduc indefinitely for conduct unbecoming a student athlete. During the third period of the Tommies' 5-0 loss to the Saint Mary's Huskies on home ice Saturday night, Leduc, who transferred to STU from the Université de Moncton in the off season, was penalized for four minutes for spearing Saint Mary's forward Brad Smith, who suffered a broken ankle on the play. Ryan said in a statement that Leduc showed clear intent to injure an opposing player. 'That type of behaviour is not acceptable and it will not be tolerated by our men's hockey program,' said Ryan in a statement. 'On behalf of our program, I would like to apologize to Brad Smith and the Saint Mary's hockey program. I know that this does not make the situation any better, but hopefully it will prevent similar situations from happening again. In my opinion, it was completely out of frustration and was done so thinking there would be no consequences. Smith was the target because he happened to be in a vulnerable situation and Alex took his frustrations out on him.' Leduc, a 23-year-old native of Verdun, Que., played last season for UdeM, scoring eight goals and seven assists for 15 points while accumulating 40 penalty minutes in 23 games.
After being checked from behind by Huskies forward Josh Domingues close to the players benches, Leduc lashed out at Smith, who happened to be the closest SMU player to him at the time.  Smith layed on the ice in obvious discomfort, as a scrum ensued between several players, including Leduc, immediately in the area where both incidents occurred.  STU's Athletic Therapist Patrick Carmichael would assist in helping Smith from the ice and to the Tommies medical area for treatment.

From the Chronicle Herald "Tommies forward suspended for intent to injure SMU player"
SMU head coach Trevor Stien­burg praised his St. Thomas counterpart, Troy Ryan, for tak­ing action on Leduc. It’s a breath of fresh air to have a coach in this league to take a stand like he did," Stien­burg said Tuesday. “Troy stood behind his principles and it speaks clearly of what kind of coach, and person, he is."

Saturday 27 October 2012

Blackmore propels Tommies in Overtime

Kayla Blackmore celebrates OT winner vs SMU.
Tommies win the game 2 to 1.

Photo courtesy Richard Lafortune
The Lady Tommies pulled one out tonight in Halifax scoring a late third period goal and a somewhat flukey goal in overtime for a 2 to 1 victory over the Saint Mary's Huskies.  The Tommies were full marks for the win but it sure was cutting it close.

It was the Huskies who scored first at 16:53 of the opening period when Haley Tretiak potted one on the powerplay.   Shots were even at seven apiece at the end of the period.

There was no scoring in the second period and nothing doing until late in the third.  Emily Francis banged home the tying goal at 18:18 with assists to Blackmore and Marcelline.  After regulation was over the shots favoured STU 28 - 22 and we headed to overtime.

In the extra period the Huskies had more shots but it was the hustle of Kayla Blackmore that paid off big for the Tommies.  She stole the puck in the Huskies end and tucked the puck behind a stunned Bria Sharkey for a come from behind STU win.

Julia Sharun picked up the win facing 28 Huskies shots and was solid all evening.

This was a big come back win for the Ladies, not only in the game itself but also rebounding after last nights humbling loss in Antigonish.  Sometimes some adversity is a good thing for a team to have.  They will learn what it takes to be a winner.


Tommies suffer major power outage

It will be a short and sweet post tonight on the men's Tommies.  STU didn't score and got hammered 5 to 0 by the Saint Mary's Huskies.  The only bright spot for STU was the play of goalie Jon Groenheyde who faced 49 shots in the losing effort.  STU managed to shoot 17 pucks toward the Huskie goaltender.  SMU had period leads of 1 - 0, 2 - 0, and your final 5 - 0.

Why do the third and fourth year guys for the Tommies even bother showing up?  I wonder sometimes.

Friday 26 October 2012

X-Women teach Tommies a lesson

The Lady Tommies found out the hard way that you have to play a complete 60 minutes or else!  STU also learned that the St-FX X-Women are for real and got thumped 6 to 1 tonight in Antigonish.  It is probably for the best that this happened now and the new found team success is brought into focus by a seasoned winning program like X.

The first period saw St. Thomas jump out in front early as Kayla Blackmore scored at 6:47 from Erin MacIsaac.  STU controlled much of the play in the opening frame and out shot X 9 to 7.  All looked good but this was as good as it would get on the night.  St-FX woke up.

The X-Women would score three in the second and three in the third to cement the victory and would out shoot the Tommies 28 - 18.  Julia Shurun was tagged with the loss but could hardly be faulted as most -  less one - of the goals were rockets or top shelf bullets.

Game notes:

STU was without veteran defensewoman Courtney Fox due to academic commitments.  Amy Duffield played her first regular season game in relief.

Rookie forward Emily Ryan was out due to illness.  The lines were not as fluid this evening as they had been in the past several games.  This of course may have been caused more by X than by STU.

This is the Tommies first regulation loss of the season.  Benchmark it and learn.  Here is the team you want to beat, learn from it.  The X-Women will be in Fredericton on November 16th, lets see what the Lady Tommies do between now and then.

Tommies' come up short versus X-Men

The St. Thomas Tommies can't catch a break, outshooting the St. F-X X-Men 31 - 22 but being on the wrong side of a 3 - 2 decision tonight at the Grant-Harvey Centre. X scored in the final three minutes of the game when Josh Day snapped one past Jon Groenheyde in the STU net.

Both teams scored in each of the first two periods and for most of the game the Tommies held the edge in shots and by game's end had outshot their opponents by a 3 to 2 margin. St. F-X jumped out to a lead in the first on a goal by Jason Bast,  Brennan Wray and Ted Stephens assisting. However the Tommies kept the pressure on and six minutes later tied it up on a goal by Alexandre Leduc assisted by Sebastien Bernier and Marc-Andre Levesque.

The X-Men took the lead again in the second period scoring on a power play just over ten minutes into the frame as Spencer McAvoy converted a pass from Michael Kirkpatrick and Bast. It wasn't until late in the period that the Tommies drew even once again as Christian Morin fired home a shot from the blue line that eluded the X keeper. Jordan Thomas picked up the only asssist.

That left it tied going into the third and it was a closely played game with both teams trying for the winning goal and just when the fans were beginning to think of overtime, Day put the X-Men back in the lead to stay, assisted by Bast and Wray.

Drew Owsley took the win making 29 saves. Jonathan Groenheyde was tagged with the loss making 19 saves.

Jason Bast was named the game's first star with Wray number two and John MacDonald from the Tommies third star.

With files from

Sunday 21 October 2012

Tommies tame Tigers to remain undefeated

Another game, another impressive victory for the Lady Tommies.  Today in Halifax the Lady Tommies raced out to an early lead and never looked back, defeating the Dalhousie Tigers 4 to 0.  Julia Sharun picked up the easiest shut out of her St. Thomas career stopping 14 shots.

The game wasn't a minute old when Katie Brewster did what she does best - score the game's first goal - for the third time in a row. The goal was on the powerplay at 0:53 with Kelty Apperson drawing the only assist.

Stephanie Gates (J. Miller, Burns) would score her first goal of the season firing one past Mati Barrett in the DAL net at 12:51 after some aggressive forechecking by the fourth line.  STU would increase the lead on the powerplay at 15:08 when Emily Ryan (Brewster, Gates) dented the twine.  The official box score says Brewster got the goal but Ryan was the actual gunner.

Late in the period Cassidy McTaggart would fire a long range wrister that found the top shelf at 17:01 with Amanda Burns collecting her second assist of the afternoon.  STU dominated the period and out shot the Tigers 12 - 3.

Little changed in the second and third periods as the Tommies continually pressed Dalhousie and caused them to take penalty after penalty.  Shots were 8 to 5 in the second and 10 to 6 the third for a game total of 30 - 14 for STU.  Sharun was excellent when called upon to earn the Tommies second shut out in a row.  CIS Box Score

With the win the Tommies now share first place with the St-FX X-Women, who are also 3 and 0 after winning both of their games this weekend.  STU will travel to Antigonish this Friday night for a first place showdown with X.

Tigers bite down on Tommies

The Dalhousie Tigers enjoyed the new confines of the Grant-Harvey Centre a little too much this evening, defeating the Tommies 5 - 2 before 660 unimpressed fans.  

The Tigers led 1-0 after the first 20 minutes and were up 3 - 0 heading into the third period.

Dalhousie scored 25 seconds into the final frame before the Tommies started to fight back. Alex Labonte scored at 3:19 from Matt Hobbs and M-A Levesque to make it 4 - 1. Then Mike Reich from Sanza and Poulin made it 4 - 2 at 9:04 on the powerplay.   The Tommies could not get any closer and DAL scored an empty netter to give the final score of 5 - 2. 

Jon Groenheyde faced 35 shots while STU fired 34 at Bobby Nadeau, who was awarded the first star on the night.

The CIS #10 ranked Lady Tommies head to Halifax tomorrow and will take on the Lady Tigers at 3:30 PM.  The game will be webcast HERE  

Saturday 20 October 2012

Axemen embarras Tommies at Grant-Harvey opener

Stephen Sanza scores the first Grant-Harvey Centere goal for 
the men at 7:38 of the second period.  The Tommies were
blasted 7 - 1 by Acadia tonight.
Photo courtesy: Dylan Buell
What can I say folks, it wasn't good.  It wasn't what we expected.  It was downright hard to watch.  The Acadia Axemen foiled STU's home opener in a cake walk 7 to 1.  Jon Groenheyde and Justin Collier shared time in the Tommies net.

The only goal for St. Thomas was scored by Stephen Sanza on the powerplay with the assist going to Jonathan Bonneau at 7:38 of the second period.  That made it a 2 - 1 game and from there it went into the toilet.  Box Score

Tomorrow night the Dalhousie Tigers come to town.  Please come out and watch.  They may not win but surely they will have a better effort than tonight.  It couldn't be much worse, right?

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Hockey Canada Female Skills Development Camp Coming to Fredericton

Tuesday October 16, 2012

Hockey New Brunswick and the St. Thomas University Lady Tommies have partnered to offer local minor hockey players an opportunity to take part in a Hockey Canada Skills Development Camp on Monday November 12th at Willie O’Ree Place in Fredericton, NB.

The primary focus of the camp is centred around on-ice fundamental skills, with off-ice time scheduled for life skill enhancement in areas such as respect, fitness, and teamwork.  Off-ice fitness sessions are included involving games with team work and proper stretching.

Members of the St. Thomas University Female team will be on-site to assist with on-ice, as well as off-ice sessions.

The Hockey Canada Skills Development Camps are designed for Novice, Atom Peewee and Bantam players and have the following objectives:

§  To develop/enhance the fundamental skills of skating, passing, stick handling, and shooting.
§  To create opportunity for players to meet other players and develop friendships.
§  To promote the fun of the game.
§  To teach the concepts of fair play, fitness, safety, team work, and the importance of a positive attitude.
§  To provide a memorable experience for all who attend.

The camp will be $65/player.  The first 68 players registered will be accepted.

Players who attend the camp will receive: 

§  2 – 75 minute on-ice sessions
§  Team building session
§  Fitness session
§  Hockey Canada Practice Jersey
§  Gatorade Water Bottle

To register for this camp please CLICK HERE – please note that players who register online will be required to pay on-site at the camp.

For more information on this camp please contact Nic Jansen @

Le 16 octobre 2012

Hockey Canada Développement des compétences camp féminin venant à Fredericton

Hockey Nouveau-Brunswick et L’Université St. Thomas « Lady Tommies » se sont associés pour joueurs de hockey mineur local offre une occasion de prendre part à un camp de hockey de développement des compétences du Canada le lundi 12 novembre du place Willie O’Ree, Fredericton, Nouveau-Brunswick.

Le camp est axé sur les habiletés fondamentales sur la glace. Des séances auront également lieu à l’extérieur de la patinoire dans le but de développer des habiletés essentielles à la vie de tous les jours comme le respect, la forme physique et le travail en équipe. Des séances sur la forme physique visant le travail en équipe et les étirements appropriés ainsi qu’une séance pour les parents auront aussi lieu hors glace.

Les membres de l’équipe feminin de l’Université St. Thomas aidera sur la glace, ainsi que des séances hors glace.

Les objectifs des camps de développement des habiletés Hockey Canada, qui sont conçus pour les joueurs du hockey récréatif des catégories novice, atome pee-wee, et bantam sont les suivants : 

§  Développer et perfectionner les habiletés fondamentales que sont le patinage, les passes, le maniement du bâton et les tirs.
§  Donner l’occasion aux joueurs de rencontrer d’autres joueurs et de se faire des amis.
§  Faire la promotion du plaisir de jouer.
§  Enseigner les notions du franc-jeu, de la forme physique, de la sécurité, du travail en équipe et l’importance d’une attitude positive.
§  Offrir une expérience mémorable à tous ceux qui y assistent.

Le coût du camp sera de 65$ par joueur. Les 68 premières inscriptions seront acceptées.

Ceux qui participeront au camp recevront :

§  Chandail d’entraînement de Hockey Canada
§  Gourde Gatorade

Pour vous inscrire à ce camp veuillez : CLIQUEZ ICI

Nic Jansen
Téléphone : 453-0866
Adresse électronique :

Tuesday 16 October 2012

We're #10! We're #10! Lady Tommies nationally ranked for first time in program history

The St. Thomas University Lady Tommies continue to make history.  After opening the Grant-Harvey Centre with a pair of victories over the weekend (1st goal: Katie Brewster, 1st shutout: Kristin Wolfe), the 2-0 Tommies make their first ever appearance in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Top 10 rankings, sliding in at number 10.  Here are the complete rankings:

Women's Hockey (regular season record) / (previous rankings)
1. Calgary (4-0-0) / (1)
2. McGill (2-0-0) / (2)
3. Montreal (1-0-0) / (3)
4. Alberta (4-0-0) / (4)
5. StFX (1-0-0) / (5)
6. Guelph (3-1-0) / (6)
7. Queen's (3-0-1) / (9)
8. Wilfrid Laurier (3-1-0) / (7)
9. Western (3-1-0) / (8)
10. St. Thomas (2-0-0) / (NR)

The X-Women from St. F-X are the only other AUS team in the rankings, and they are surely squarely in the Tommies' sights for an October 26th showdown in Antigonish (though we don't expect STU to be looking past Dalhousie next weekend by any stretch).

Congratulations to Peter Murphy and his staff for building a history-making team, and to each and every Tommie, past and present, who have contributed to the program over the years.  In the words of Coach Murphy - "no one cares what you did yesterday". It's a long season, and many battles en route to a championship, but congratulations Tommies, you've made it onto the ladder, let's keep climbing!  We're all proud of you!

Sunday 14 October 2012

Tommies roll past Mounties

Dear St. Thomas Tommies women's hockey team; Its not the way you rock, its the way that you roll that matters, and you are ROLLING!!  On the strength of a two point performance by Kenya Marcelline and Katie Brewster, plus an excellent outing by Kristin Wolfe, STU downed the Mount Alison Mounties 5 to 0 this afternoon at the Grant-Harvey Centre.

The first period was scoreless but rookie Emily Francis had the best chance of the period on a breakaway but shot the puck over all-star goalie Meghan Corley-Byrne and the net.  The shots were 8 to 3 for STU in the opening frame.

Katie Brewster scored the first goal - again - unassisted at 1:48 of the second when she drove hard to the net and was able to direct the puck past the Mt. A keeper.  The lead would be increased at 18:23 when Kenya Marcelline scored with assists to Blackmore and Jenna Scott.  Eight seconds after that at 18:32 Emily Francis would get her first of the night from Blackmore and Marcelline to stake the Tommies to a 3 - 0 lead after two periods.  Shots were 11 - 10 in St. Thomas' favour.

St. Thomas would put the game out of reach on a goal by Kelty Apperson at 13:25 of the third period with assists to Brewster and Emily Ryan.  The final dagger in the Mounties heart came with 32 seconds remaining in the game as Dani Miller scored off a pass from Erin MacIsaac to give the final score of 5 - 0.  Overall the shots were 30 - 20 for the Tommies.

Just like yesterday's game the Tommies had a balanced effort with the top three lines producing goals.  The goaltenders were excellent with Kristin Wolfe earning the shut out today and Kenya Marcelline picking up player of the game honours.

The Lady Tommies will not be back in action until next Sunday when they take on the Dalhousie Tigers at the venerable Halifax Forum.  Let's hope there is a webcast.  Dal to hit the road for home games

MTA vs STU Box Score

Saturday 13 October 2012

Tommies win at Grant-Harvey Centre debut

The Lady Tommies proved they could make a great exit last winter when they finished off their time at the LBR with a win and they proved they could make a great entrance as well, defeating the U de M Aigles Bleues 4 to 2 this afternoon in front of 450 fans at the new Grant-Harvey Centre.

Emily Francis gets her first goal as a Tommie
Courtesy Dylan Buell
After Danny Grant and the widow of Buster Harvey dropped the ceremonial first puck, you knew the Tommies were going to come out looking to be the first on the board.  Dani Miller had a great opportunity in the first 7 minutes of the game on a breakaway but the Moncton keeper stymied the chance, making a good save.

The first goal in STU Tommies GHC hockey history would be scored at 11:36 of the first period when Katie Brewster found herself all alone in front of the Moncton net and buried a beauty wrister for a 1 - 0 lead.  After the unassisted goal Brewster raced to the STU bench and launched herself into the waiting embrace of her teammates.  The new home for St. Thomas Hockey was christened by a Tommie and we couldn't be happier for Katie and all of our hockey players.

Brewster's goal would stand for the rest of the period and the Tommies would take the 1 - 0 lead into the intermission.  Shots were even at 10 - 10.

Kayla Blackmoe celebrates her first goal at GHC.
Courtesy Dylan Buell
Moncton would get a powerplay opportunity early on and would capitalize on it when Genevieve David wired a slap shot past a helpless Julia Sharun in the STU net with one second left on the PP at 8:36.  A bewildered Tommies team almost appeared to fall asleep and Danielle Eustache would put Moncton up a goal 27 seconds later at 9:03.

The second U de M goal woke the Tommies up, quickly.  Dani Miller - denied on a breakaway in the first - would score for STU at 9:29 to tie the game again.  Three goals in fifty-three seconds.  Newcomer Emily Francis would muck home a goal at 16:30 from Kayla Blackmore and then return the  favour by setting up Blackmore with 1.2 seconds left in the period.  Kenya Marcelline also drew a helper.  The Tommies would take the  4 - 2 lead into the third period with the shots even at 18 for both teams.

A real good game.
Courtesy Dylan Buell
In the final frame the Tommies would get out shot 7 to 4 but Julia Sharun stood tall in the STU net for a big win over Les Aigles.

So the answer to future trivia questions about STU's first game at the GHC are Katie Brewster and 4 - 2 win over U de M.

The Ladies are back at it tomorrow afternoon at 2 PM when they host the Mount Alison Mounties.

CIS Box Score