Saturday 7 January 2012

Acadia slips past Tommies 3 - 2

Same old story for the 2011-2012 Tommies, close but not enough to win.  The Axemen scored two powerplay goals and defeated STU 3 to 2.

Acadia scored the only goal of the first period at 3:54 on the PP and dominated the first 5 minutes of play.  St. Thomas would respond with better territorial play but would have to settle for the one goal deficit after one period.  Shots were 13 - 9 Acadia.  

The Tommies would tie the game at 8:19 of the second when Yuri Chermetiev made a nice rush down the left wing and fired a great pass to Brad Gallant right in front of the net, who made no mistake.  The Axemen would retake the lead at 17:01 on a bang bang play in front of the net, as the puck made it past Charles Lavigne in the STU goal.  Acadia led after two periods 2 to 1 and in the shot department 12 to 7, 25 - 16 overall. 

STU struck early in the third period.  After Acadia just missed going ahead by two goals, the Tommies turned around with Randy Cameron and Jonathan Bonneau going in on a 2 on 1.  Bonneau gained the blue line and then sent a crisp pass to Cameron, who slapped a one timer past the Acadia goalie for the tying goal.  

Acadia started to attack more later in the third but St. Thomas was blocking shots all over the place and sacrificing the body in an attempt to win the game.  Unfortunately a bad penalty would cost STU as Acadia scored with exactly 5 minutes to play on the resulting powerplay.  Try as they might -and STU did have a few legitimate chances- the tying goal just wasn't to be found.  Final shots 40 - 23 Acadia.

The Tommies stay 5 points back of St-FX, as they lost 2 - 1 against PEI.  Dalhousie stays a point behind in last place getting blistered by Moncton 5 - 1.  Chronicle Herald - Axemen edge Tommies; grab second

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