Friday, 5 October 2012

X-Men squeak past Tommies

The St. Thomas Tommies began their 2012-2013 season with a close 3 - 2 loss to the St-FX X-Men tonight in Fredericton Junction. The Green and Gold battled hard against a strong X team but couldn't find the tying goal in the third period.

The Tommies were first on the board this evening when team captain Felix Poulin (Hobbs, Cameron) fired one home on the PP at 8:16.  The X-Men tied the game on a bad giveaway at 11:27 when Mike Kirkpatrick blasted one past Jon Groenheyde.  Shots were 14 - 11 for STU.

Jason Bast would get his first of two goals in the second period at 6:13 after the X-men had hemmed the Tommies into their own zone.  Justin Collier came into the game at 9:16 of the period and just over two minutes later Bast would blast one from the point that eluded Collier's pads and found the back of the net for a 3 - 1 X lead. Shots were 11 a piece in the frame.

The X-Men had the territorial advantage in the third but would slip two men down a few minutes past the midway point.  Felix Poulin (Reich) would make them pay as he fired a bullet past Morgan Clark in the St-FX net.  The goal was scored at 13:11 and with one second left in the 5 on 3 advantage.  Try as the might, STU could not find the equalizer.  Final shots were 33 - 29 for St. Francis.

Game notes:

Jonathan Bonneau left the game in the second period with an upper body injury and is questionable for Saturday's exhibition game.

New recruit Colin Martin looked good in his Tommies debut.  Wearing #19 he looked very similar to former Tommie and current women's assistant coach Kyle McAllister.

Matt Hobbs and Marc-Andre Levesque were solid on defense all night, although it was Hobbs that coughed up the puck to Kirkpatrick in the first period.  These things happen sometimes.

STU will head to the USA tomorrow and will play Holy Cross and Sacred Heart on Saturday and Sunday.

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