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.

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