Sunday 29 September 2013

Lady Tommies drop close decision to host Pronghorns

Lady Tommies in warm up this afternoon from Lethbridge.
Photo Courtesy: Jennifer Tait
The Lady Tommies dropped the last game of the Lethbridge Tournament to the host Pronghorns this afternoon 1 - 0.  It was their third game in 48 hours and they played toe to toe with their Canada West competitors.

Rookie goaltender Makayla Campbell played her second game in a row for St. Thomas facing 30 shots in the losing effort.  Lethbridge's only goal came early in the first period and after that Campbell stopped everything that came her way including several clear cut breakaways.  The Tommies guns fell silent today - faltering on four powerplay opportunities - while directing 28 shots on the  Pronghorns net.

Overall the tournament was a success for the Tommies going 2 and 1 while outscoring their opponents 7 to 5. 

Saturday 28 September 2013

Ravens shut out Tommies

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The Tommies surrendered one goal in each period as the visiting Carleton Ravens defeated STU 3 - 0.  Jon Groenheyde was the first star facing 44 shots in the loss.  Two of the three Ravens' goals were scored on the powerplay.  St. Thomas was unable to solve CU's goalie Francis Dupuis firing 26 pucks at him.

STU will be back in action next Saturday evening at 7 PM when they entertain the Royal Military College Paladins at the Grant-Harvey Centre.

Lady Tommies remain perfect in exhibition action

The Lady Tommies ran their pre-season record to 3 - 1 this afternoon defeating RSEQ opponent the Concordia Stingers in Lethbridge Alberta. Makayla Campbell made her debut with the Tommies in net less than 24 hours after their game vs. Ryerson last night and Captain Katie Brewster lead the way with a three point performance.

Myfanwy Thomson (Brewster) opened the scoring for STU in the first period.  Kelty Apperson (Brewster) got her second goal of the tournament to increase the lead to two before Concordia scored with under 8 to play in the second period.  Katie Brewster (McTaggart) would regain the two goal for the Tommies before the end of the middle frame.

Campbell and the STU defense would shut the door in the third period, as the Tommies remain undefeated in Alberta.

STU's big test will come tomorrow afternoon against the host Lethbridge Pronghorns.  Best of luck Ladies.  Don't forget, @STUTommies will be live tweeting from Lethbridge, get all your Tommies hockey news right here.

Friday 27 September 2013

Lady Tommies Win, Men drop one to X

The Lady Tommies improve to 2 and 0 tonight in exhibition hockey play defeating the Ryerson Rams 4 to 3 in Lethbridge Alberta. 

Kelty Apperson scored early in the first period but Ryerson would tie the game before the end of the period.

Emily Francis on the PP from Jordan Miller would give the Tommies the lead back in the second frame before Ryerson rattled off two quick ones to take the lead into the third.

The final frame saw Teah Anderson score her first in green and gold when she tipped in a Jenna Scott point shot just over a minute into the period.  STU took a few penalties but the PK was strong and it gave our new Captain Katie Brewster the opportunity to score the winner unassisted late in the period for a 4 to 3 victory.  Kristin Wolfe got the start in the STU net tonight. 

The Ladies are back at it tomorrow versus the Concordia Stingers at 1 PM AST from Lethbridge. 

Men's Hockey

The Tommies dropped a 4 to 1 decision tonight versus St-FX in New Glasgow.  The X-Men scored two goals in the first and two in the second to take a commanding four goal lead into the final frame.

Yuri Chermetiev from Alex Leduc and Colin Martin scored on the power play a couple minutes into the third for STU's only marker.  Final shots were close at 28 to 26 for St-FX.

The Tommies return home tomorrow and will have to regroup quickly as they will entertain the Carleton Ravens tomorrow night at 7PM from the Grant-Harvey Centre.  The Ravens lost a close 3 to 2 decision to UNB tonight. 

New Glasgow News Article

AUS Boxscore

Saturday 21 September 2013

Tommies edge U de M in pre-season game

The Lady Tommies started the 2013-14 season on the right foot defeating provincial rival U de M 2 to 1 this afternoon at the Grant-Harvey Center.  Kristin Wolfe was sharp in the STU net and picked up the exhibition W.

STU was first on the board with a powerplay marker at 12:58 of the first when Jordan Miller sniped the top corner on a feed from Katie Brewster and Jenna Scott.  The Tommies controlled most of the first period and out shot Moncton 14 to 6.

Les Aigles tied the game at 10:10 of the second frame off the stick of Marie-Pier Arsenault (Jodie Dupere) and overall played a much better period than the first. Just as the second period was coming to an end the Tommies rushed down ice and Kelty Apperson (P. MacDonald) potted what would end up being the winning goal.  Moncton dominated the shot clock out shooting STU 8 to 3.

There was no scoring in the third as Kristin Wolfe locked down the win going the distance for the Tommies facing 22 shots in total, while Gabrielle Forget and Emilie Bouchard split duties facing 23 shots.

Four rookie skaters were in the line-up today for St. Thomas including; #18 Marie Michelle Savoie of Limoges ON, #20 Cassandra Young of Conception Bay NL, Teah Anderson of Regina SK, and Myfanwy Thomson of Stitsville ON.  Goaltender Makayla Campbell of Shawville QC, dressed but did not see action today in a backup role.

The Tommies head to Lethbridge Alberta next weekend to play three exhibition games against RSEQ, OUA, and Canada West opponents.

Friday the 27th vs. Ryerson Rams - 5 PM MST.
Saturday the 28th vs. Concordia Stingers - 10 AM MST.
Sunday the 29th vs. Lethbridge Pronhorns - 2 PM MST.

All games will take place at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge.  Expect live tweets from Lethbridge by following us on Twitter @STUTommies

Thursday 19 September 2013

Panthers squeak out win over Tommies

Rookie Alex St- Arnaud gets set in the third period.
Photo credit: Shawn Murphy
It may not have been a win tonight for Pat Powers & company but there certainly is renewed optimism around the Tommies.  Despite the strong showing tonight the Panthers gutted out a 2 to 1 victory over STU.

Strong defensive play by St. Thomas was obvious right from puck drop but it was UPEI who scored first on a lucky deflection goal  by Cody McNaughton at 15:38 of the first.  Shots after one period were 8 to 6 for UPEI.

The Tommies answered back at 5:55 of the second frame when Simone Bisonnette scored with assists to Jordan Thomas and Jason Trott.  UPEI would get the eventual game winner at 9:43 on an unassisted marker by Jordan Mayer.  Shots in the second period were 10 to 8 for the Panthers.

The third period saw Jon Groenheyde replaced by Alex St. Arnaud in the STU net, who was perfect facing  9 shots, some of them from point blank range.  STU fired 12 shots the other way but could not solve the PEI goalie in the third period.

Not playing for the Tommies tonight were Felix Poulin and Marc-Andre Levesque.  BOX SCORE

All told it was a good performance by STU and we get to see early that they will be hard to play against every night.  The Tommies will be back in action next Friday the 27th against St-FX on the road and then back home on the 28th versus the Carleton Ravens.

Friday 13 September 2013

STU Women's hockey fundraiser Sept 19th.

Just caught this notice of Bill Hunt's in the Daily Gleaner.

"Tickets remain available for the fundraising dinner for the St. Thomas Tommies women's hockey team. Comic Bob Marley provides the entertainment. Tickets cost $40. Originally from Maine, he's appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon . Tickets are on sale at the J.B. O'Keefe Fitness Centre on campus by calling 460-0315, Peter Murphy at 999-0346 or Trina Scott at 470-9062."

Circle September 19th on your calendars. Show starts at 8PM at the Fredericton Inn!

Monday 2 September 2013

Defenceman Spencer MacDonald added to Tommies line-up

Spencer MacDonald
Courtesy Summerside Journal Pioneer
In only two short months Pat Powers has done it again, adding tough as nails defenseman Spencer MacDonald from the Summerside Western Capitals. And when I say tough, I am not kidding. Check out this quote from his former coach,
"This kid is something out of a story in history that will go down forever,” said Caps head coach Billy McGuigan. “This guy was walking around with a boot on in a cast. . . He was on crutches, and then last night (in Saturday’s semifinal game against Surrey) he got hit (in the face) and had gauze in his nose.
“The guys on our team should have learned a lesson from him, and they probably did, that this guy was a warrior. I don’t have enough words to tell you about Spencer MacDonald.”
Read the entire Journal Pioneer story "Playing through the Pain" HERE.

MacDonald is a winner.  Three Kent Cup championships with Summerside, two President Trophies and one Memorial Cup with the Saint John Sea Dogs.  Coach Powers commented, "Spencer is a hard working defencemen that likes to compete in the defensive zone. He has major junior experience and has won titles in every league he has played in. He is a versatile defencemen with a good all around game."

If you think back to the time when Coach Powers played for the Tommies you are probably going to remember a few things.  STU won a lot, STU was tough, and STU had team first guys.  Name on the front of the jersey type guys, not name on the back.  Our hockey program has taken a lot of serious hits over the past decade and it will take guys like Spencer MacDonald to help bring it back.

Welcome to St. Thomas Spencer.


The Guardian: Stratford defenceman in hunt for another title with Sea Dogs

Summerside Western Capitals: MacDonald commits to St. Thomas University