Saturday 30 November 2013

Christmas Came Early?? Tommies Win!!

Player of the Game, Stephen Sanza.

Tommie's gave their fans an early Christmas present closing out the 1st half of the schedule with a hard fought 5-4 win over the visiting St. FX X-Men.
After losing a squeaker to SMU last night the Tommies jumped on the X-Men early and hit the score sheet first as Robert Zanbeek tallied an unassisted goal at 7:14. The X-Men tie it at 17:20 to end the 1st period.
In the 2nd, the Tommies scored 3 times; once on the PP, once 5 on 5 and once SH. Steve Sanza (Childerley-Levesque); Jason Trott (Levesque-Cheremetiev) and Randy Cameron (Sanza-Poulin) scored for the Tommies. The X-Men answered with 2 goals in the period giving the STU boys a 4-3 lead heading into the 3rd.
Tommies struck first in the 3rd at 42 seconds as Yuri Cheremetiev (Leduc-Bonneau) gave the home team a 2 goal edge.
The X-Men scored at 6:38 to close the gap to one but could not find the equalizer as the Tommies would win the squeaker on this night.
Playing short staffed, this was an all out solid effort by the boys and a well deserved win......the 4th of the year, one more than our total last season.....and 9 points going into the break.
St. FX out shot the Tommies 34-18.....Jon Groenheyde recorded the "W" and Steve Sanza was "Player of the Game"
Many thanks for your support during the past year. We wish you and your family a Joyous Holiday Season and look forward to seeing you at the GHC in the new year for more exciting STU Tommies Hockey.
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Lady Tommies Tame Panthers

The Lady Tommies played their second to last home game of the first half of the season today at the GHC against the UPEI Panthers. The Lady Tommies played through the first period to a 0-0 tie with the shots on goal going to UPEI, 7-5.

UPEI opened the scoring in the second period at 2:09, the goal was scored by Kianna Strand (Grimmer), the Tommies matched the goal at 15:55 on a goal from Myfanwy Thomson with the assist going to alternate captain Cassidy McTaggart. The Tommies lead the shots on goal at the end of the second, 8-7.

The Tommies came out and scored at 3:15 in the third period, the goal was scored by Amy Duffield, assisted by Amanda Burns and Myfanwy Thomson. This was all the Tommies needed in order to get the "W" today. The shots on goal in the third period were 7-6 for the Panthers. The total shots on goal were 21-19 for UPEI but the final score went to the Tommies, 2-1.

The first star of the game was Myfanwy Thomson the rookie had a goal and an assist. Kristin Wolfe was in net for today's game, she turned away 20 of 21 shots.

The Lady Tommies play their final game of the first half of the season tomorrow at the GHC against the Mount Allison Mounties at 2pm.

Friday 29 November 2013

Huskies trump Tommies

Paced by two goals in the first period the Saint Mary's Huskies defeated the Tommies 2 to 1 this evening at the Grant-Harvey Centre.  Jon Groenheyde was brilliant in the STU nets making several key saves to keep the game close.

Saint Mary's would score at 6:40 to take an early lead and would have a great come back shift to take a 2 goal lead 16 seconds later.  A strange play occurred late in the period as it appeared that Jon Bonneau was going to go in on a breakaway but the referee - out of now wheres - got between him and the puck negating the break.  The Huskies dominated the period out shooting STU 17 - 4 but Groenheyde held the fort during the barrage. 

The second period saw Steve Sanza (Bernier, Levesque) score on a partial breakaway at 48 seconds when he just tucked the puck past a sprawling SMU goalie to cut the lead in half.  The Tommies caught a break a few minutes later when a SMU goal was called back because a Huskie was in the crease.  The middle period was more even as the shots favoured SMU 6 to 5.  

STU attacked hard in the third and came close several times but could not solve Anthony Peters in the SMU net for the tying goal. 

St. Thomas will be back in action tomorrow evening at 7PM when the St.FX X-Men roll into the GHC.  This will be the final game of the first half for STU.

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Sunday 24 November 2013

Men's Tommies Alumni Game

In STU Alumni Hockey yesterday at the GHC, Kevin Agar scored on a penalty shot with 31.4 seconds remaining to give the Scott MacKenzie captained "Green" team a hard earned 10-9 win over team "Gold ". Despite a protest by team Gold that there was some shenanigans going on with the score keeping, the referee over ruled awarding the game to team "Green"

The game write-up from The Friends of STU Hockey

The day started with the Alumni having a team breakfast with the current Tommies (before they took the bus ride to Moncton) as well as the Tommies that have since graduated. The former Tommies remained behind to face-off against one another in a Green and Gold hockey game. It was a great atmosphere and lots of laughs were had by all.

A special shout out to The Friends of STU Hockey for organizing this wonderful event and bringing the tradition of the Tommies from the past to the current players.
Head Coach Pat Powers addressing all of the Tommies during the Alumni breakfast.

Players enjoying their breakfast.
Ceremonial face-off between the Green and Gold teams. The puck was dropped by Harold DeCourcey

Bob Brown

Dave Reynolds
Peter Clark

Thatcher Bell

Scott MacKenzie
Jim Dalton
Quade Lightbody
Break away that lead to a penalty shot on goaltender Andrew Sim
Front Row-Peter Clark, Rod Clark, Bob Brown, Phil Daigle, Justin Bowers, Kevin Agar, Matt Seymour, Roger MacInnis
Stu Dunn, Gene Mitton.
Back Row-Garth Carruthers, Peter Pacey, Mel MacKenzie, Kyle McAllister, Andrew Sim, Thatcher Bell, Ron Vaive,
Craig Vaughan, Quade Lightbody, Jim Dalton, Scott MacKenzie, Dave Crossman, Pat Powers, Dave Reynolds
Chris Burns, Stefan DeCourcey, Harold DeCourcey

Saturday 23 November 2013

Tommies Fall at the Hands of UdeM

The Tommies first goal scored by Stephen Sanza assisted by
Marc-Andre Levesque and Sebastien Bernier
The Tommies travelled to LJL in Moncton to face off against the UdeM Les Aigles Bleus. The Tommies played hard through the first two periods with the score at the end of 40 minutes at 3-2 for UdeM. In the third period though scoring opening up for UdeM when they put six goals in during the frame.

The Tommies first goal was scored by Stephen Sanza assisted by Marc-Andre Levesque and Sebastien Bernier, the second goal was scored by Randy Cameron assisted by Jonathan Bonneau, this goal was a short-handed marker. Jonathan Groenheyde was in net for all nine goals. Total shots on goal were 41-21 for UdeM. The final score was 9-2 for UdeM. 

The Tommies are at home next weekend when they play St. Mary's on Friday night and St FX on Saturday. Both games are at the GHC at 7pm. These are the last games before the Christmas break.


Friday 22 November 2013

Panthers squeak past Tommies

Jonathan Bonneau (Sanza and Thomas) scoring on Wayne Savage.
The Tommies played another good game tonight versus UPEI but lost 2 to 1 on the strength of a third period goal by the Panthers.

STU started the scoring in this tight game when Jon Bonneau (Sanza, Thomas) collected his fourth goal of the season at 6:48 of the first period.  It was the only one of the period that saw the Tommies out shoot the Panthers 12 to 11. 

UPEI scored the only goal of the second period when the Tommies had a poor line change just as a Panther penalty expired.  It created a 3 on 1 that Tyler Brown finished with a shot just inside the post past Jon Groenheyde in the STU net. No more damage was done as the shots favoured UPEI 12 to 5.

In the final frame UPEI scored just over half way through the period as they hit a goal post and the rebound was promptly potted into an open net for the game winner.  STU tried valiantly to tie the game up in the last minute but could not get the puck past Wayne Savage in the PEI net.  Final shots on goal were 34 to 19 for the Panthers.

The Tommies head to Moncton tomorrow night to take on Les Aigles Bleus.  Game time is 7 PM and the game will be live on  Follow @STUTommies on twitter for live in game reports. 

In AUS Women's play tonight from Prince Edward Island, the Lady Tommies defeated UPEI 1 - 0.  Emily Francis scored the only goal of the game on a first period breakaway and Kristin Wolfe made the lead hold up to earn her first shut out of the season.  

The Tommies will be home tomorrow afternoon vs. Les Aigles Bleues starting at 3PM from the GHC. 

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Wednesday 20 November 2013

IT'S OVER!!! TOMMIES WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jonathan Bonneau scoring the game winning goal against former
teammate and Tommie Charlie Lavigne.
For the 1st time since Feb 2003 the Tommies were finally able to post a "W" vs. the V-Reds at the AUC. The "W" also halts the V-Reds winning streak vs the Tommies at 36. CONGRATS TOMMIES on a well deserved WIN.

Jon Groenheyde, Tommies netminder was lights out in the 1st and 3rd periods as the Tommies skated to a 3-2 "W" over the V-Reds at the Aitken Centre tonight before a crowd of 2200.

Tommies hit the score sheet first with 1st period with PP goals by Steve Sanza (Cameron,Levesque) at 13:40 and Colin Martin (Bonneau, Leduc) at 15:04.  In the 2nd, UNB opened the scoring on a 5 on 3 PP at 4:12 but the T-Men came right back at 8:42 to gain the 2 goal edge on a pretty breakaway goal by Jon Bonneau (Cameron, Thomas).

The V-Reds completed the 2nd period scoring with a goal at 11:43 while out shooting the Tommies in the period 20-6.

No scoring in the 3rd as Groenheyde turned aside all 15 shot directed his way. Total shots 46-18 favour V-Reds. Groenheyde was 1st STAR and Subway "Player of The Game" while Randy Cameron received 3rd STAR honours.

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Into the Squirrels Nest We Go

The Tommies Men's hockey team are headed into the Aitken Centre Wednesday night to face off against the 3rd ranked team in the CIS at 7pm. In the 2013-'14 version of the "Battle of the Hill" the Squirrels took the first game 3-2. The Tommies head into the Nest after a hard fought 6-5 battle against the St FX X-Men in Antigonish last Friday night that went to overtime and then a hard 9-1 loss to SMU Huskies on Saturday night. The Squirrels are heading into the game coming off a shoot out loss to the Acadia Axemen Friday night and a surging Dalhousie Tiger team gave them a run for their money on Saturday night in which they were able to hold off Dal and capture a 4-3 win.

Come on out and cheer on your Tommies, let's give them all the support we can!

Sunday 17 November 2013

Huskies squeak by Tommies in OT

If you didn't get to watch this afternoon's game between Saint Mary's and St. Thomas, well sorry for you because it was a goody.  The end result wasn't what Tommie fans were hoping for but the game itself was great with the Huskies pulling out a 4 to 3 OT win.

SMU scored the only goal of the first period but were outshot by the Tommies 10 to 8.

The Tommies took the lead in the second period on the strength of two powerplay markers by rookie Teah Anderson.

The third period saw SMU tie it up with under nine minutes to play.  Overtime loomed but Kelty Apperson scored unassisted with 1:58 to go to restore STU's lead.  However, the lead lasted exactly 10 seconds as the Huskies had a great bounce back shift to tie the game and force OT.

Saint Mary's would score at 2:31 to win the game but it wasn't without controversy. It isn't clear what the problem was but Coach Murphy argued with the refs for a while pleading his case.  The zebra's wouldn't change the call and the Lady Tommies saluted them with a tapping of the sticks congratulating them on SMU's win.

The game had a playoff atmosphere to it and the winner secured 2nd place in the standings.  Great to see Anderson getting a pair of ginos and it was GOOD to see Kenya Marcelline back on the ice after a long absence.

Saturday 16 November 2013

Lady Tommies defeat Mounties

I don't have very much information to go on but the Lady Tommies defeated the Mount Alison Mounties 6 to 2 this evening in Sackville.

The Tommies scored two goals in each period for a balanced attack against MTA.  Katie Brewster and Myf Thomson scored in the first, Teah Anderson and Jordan Miller scored in the second, while Stephanie Gates and Kelty Apperson rounded out the scoring in the third.

STU will be on the road tomorrow afternoon against Saint Mary's.  Game time is 2PM at Alumni Arena in Halifax.

Huskies maul Tommies

The Tommies continued where they left off last night and got pounded - then some - 9 to 1 against the Saint Mary's Huskies tonight in Halifax.

The first period was brutal with no redeeming features at all for STU. The Tommies were worse than flat and allowed Saint Mary's to completely control them. SMU scored at 2:56, 5:38, 8:56 and 12:46 which chased starter Jon Groenheyde from the net and brought on Alex St-Arnaud. The Huskies were 2 for 3 on the PP and outshot STU 15 to 7.

In the second period STU got on the board with a PP marker at 10:01 when Sebastien Bernier (Levesque, Cameron) scored on a point shot but SMU came right back with two of their own. The Huskies scored at 15:47 and 17:55 to take a 6 to 1 lead. Shots in the period were 8 to 7 for SMU.

Things only got worse in the third as SMU scored three more goals to make the final 9 to 1.

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Friday 15 November 2013

Tommies drop OT decision to X

A tough overtime loss tonight for the Tommies earned them an important point in the standings but they were so close to earning two.  St-FX scored two goals in the final 2:04 of the third period to tie it and pulled out the win in overtime 6 to 5.

After the first period the game was tied at one's thanks to a marker by Steve Sanza (Cameron - Childerley).  Colin Martin (Bonneau, Leduc) and Jonathan Bonneau on a breakaway late in the second period gave STU a 3 to 2 lead going into the final period.

The Tommies took a two goal lead in the third period on a Randy Cameron (Poulin, Bonneau) goal at 4:15.  The X-Men responded but Yuri Cheremetiev scored with 4:50 remaining to regain the two goal advantage.  X scored on the powerplay with 2:04 remaining to cut the lead to one and then with only 9 seconds left - and their net empty - scored to tie it.  The STU defenders did all they could and actually blocked several shots but the puck landed on X-Men sticks each time before they eventually lifted the puck over Jon Groenheyde.  

With under 4 minutes to play in the OT period, Jason Bast of the X-Men collected his own rebound and roofed one for the winner. 

The Tommies Jon Bonneau did have a three point night and Jon Groenheyde made some big saves.  STU will be back at it tomorrow night at 7PM when they play the SMU Huskies at the Halifax Forum. 

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Wednesday 13 November 2013

Tommies get a gun. Add Matthew Bissonnette

Matthew Bissonnette
Courtesy QMJHL
The St.Thomas Tommies have added 6'4" forward Matthew Bissonnette to the their line-up for the second half of the AUS season.  Bissonnette is a proven point producer in junior hockey and will be the first Tommies recruit since Miguel Delisle in 2005-06 to have more than 80 points during a major junior season.

There is no lack of talent with this center and he is prepared to play.  He had signed in the ECHL earlier in the summer and said at that time “My best tools are my vision and hockey sense" but he isn't only an offensive player, “As I matured in the (QMJHL) I wanted to be a plus-guy and that was a big thing I tried to concentrate on. Finishing +22 (over last two seasons) was a big step in my game and showed I can play some defense.”

Last season Bissonnette (no relation to current Tommie Simone Bissonnette) was hampered by a groin injury but it really didn't limit his production, as he scored 1.21 points per game or 57 points in 47 games.  In 2011-12 he had 1.28 points per game scoring 83 points in 65 games. He was an assistant Captain last season for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and assumed a leadership role on that team.  Matt will be a huge help up front for STU and will be leaned on heavily to score.

Coach Powers is really doing positive things with this team and the additions of Bissonnette and Saab after Christmas should have Tommie fans excited for a strong playoff push.

Check out this unreal move by Matt when he was playing for Lewiston. OH yeah!!

Sunday 10 November 2013

Lady Tommies Tame the Tigers

Captain Katie Brewster with a hat-trick against the Dal Tigers
The Lady Tommies tamed the Tigers from Dalhousie this afternoon at the Grant-Harvey Centre. The Tigers came out and scored the first goal silencing the home crowd early in the first period at 3:44 but the Tommies rallied back four minutes later with a goal from team captain Katie Brewster she scored an unassisted, short-handed goal. The score remained 1-1 after one. The shots on goal 11-7 in favour of the Tommies.

Myfanwy Thomson (Katie Brewster, Kelty Apperson) opened up the second period scoring at 0:34 into the frame. This opened the flood gates as the Tommies kept pouring on the pressure, scoring again at 2:12 off the stick of Teah Anderson (Emily Francis). Not to be out done though, Katie Brewster (Myfanwy Thomson) put another one in to make the score 4-1. The Tigers managed to score their last goal of the game very late in the second period. The score at the end of the second period was 4-2, Tommies, they also held onto the shots on goal 10-7.

The Tigers came out strong in the third period throwing lots of shots on goal, rookie keeper Makayla Campbell stood her ground though holding Dal off the score sheet in the frame. The Tommies put a puck in the empty net at 19:50, this gave captain Katie Brewster (unassisted) her three goal hat-trick. The final score of the game was 5-2, shots on goal in the third 13-9 in favour of Dal, and for the game 30-27 for the Tommies.

The Lady Tommies are on the road in the upcoming weekend as they head to Mt. Allison for a Saturday night game against the Mounties and an afternoon game on Sunday in Halifax versus the St. Mary's Huskies.

Saturday 9 November 2013

Lady Tommies Fall to X-Women in OT

Tommies Hardest Working player, goaltender Kristin Wolfe
In a hard fought battle at the Grant-Harvey Centre the Lady Tommies put on a great show for their fans tonight against the nationally fourth ranked St. FX X-Women. Kristin Wolfe stood on her head to stop 32 of 34 shots and was a shoe in for the "Hardest Working Tommie" of the game.

The Tommies opened the scoring early in the first period at the 6:39 mark, when Stephanie Gates (Jenna Scott) put one past X-Women goal-keeper Pascale Daigle. Both Teams were even in shots on goal at nine a piece through one.

X scored a little over halfway through the second period and kept pouring on offensive pressure after that, they lead the shots on goal 15-8.

The third period was shutout at both ends as Wolfe and Daigle were able to keep the puck out of their respective nets. The X-Women still came out on top on the shots on goal department though leading the Tommies 9-5.

Overtime was short and not sweet though as Alexa Normore of St. FX came across the blue line on a mission, scoring on Wolfe and ending the game

Both teams were scoreless on the powerplay, and the final shots on goal were 34-22 in favour of X.

The Lady Tommies faceoff against the Dalhousie Tigers at 2pm at the Grant-Harvey Centre, come on out and cheer on your Tommies.

Wednesday 6 November 2013

Moncton upends STU

Jonathan Groenheyde, making his return after a three game suspension.
The Tommies gave a good effort tonight versus U de M but came out on the wrong end of a 4 to 1 score.  Les Aigles scored 2 goals eighteen seconds apart in the middle frame and STU was never able to close the gap.  Goaltender Jon Groenheyde started in net and was rock solid after a 3 game absence.

The first period was scoreless and both teams looked sloppy in the early going.  Moncton buried two chances at 2:48 and 3:06 of the second to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish.  Felix Poulin (Sanza, Cameron) cut the lead in half 56 seconds into the third period but the Tommies would not get any closer.

U de M scored on the PP at 10:42 to restore the two goal lead and would score into the empty net to give you the final score of 4 to 1.  Groenheyde was sharp facing 42 shots while STU sent 34 shots the other way.

The Tommies are off this weekend as the AUS all-star game will take centre stage on Friday night at 7PM from the Grant-Harvey Centre.

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Saturday 2 November 2013

Tommies Fall Hard on the Island

 Kody Orr, scored his first career CIS goal. File Photo.
The Men's Tommies had a hard night in Charlottetown. The Tommies squared off against the UPEI Panthers for the 7pm start. The Panthers came into the game getting an extra nights rest, after having their game cancelled the night before in Moncton due to high winds on Confederation Bridge.

The hard charging Panthers opened the scoring early putting four up on the board to the Tommies one. The Tommies lead the period in shots though, 11-10. Also in the first period rookie Kody Orr from Lower Sackville, NS, scored his first CIS goal on a shorthanded marker assisted by Jonathan Bonneau.

The second period started much the same way the first period did with UPEI sliding five more goals past Tommies goaltender, Alex St-Arnaud, who was masterful against the Squirrels the previous night. Jordan Thomas scored in the period for the Tommies, also getting his first CIS goal in his AUS career, the helpers went to Stephen Sanza and Brendan Childerly. The Panthers lead the way in shots as well as the goal column, in the second. Shots on goal were 16-11, Panthers.

Jordan Thomas, scored his first career CIS goal. File Photo.

Tyler Piercy started the third period, holding his own only allowing the Panthers to get one passed him in eight shots. The final score was 10-2 for UPEI. The final shots on goal were 34-28 for UPEI.

The Tommies are coming home to a game on Wednesday night at the GHC at 7pm against UdeM.

Friday 1 November 2013

Tommies fall short versus UNB

Sanza's goal on former Tommie and teammate Charlie Lavigne
The Battle of the Hill was truly a battle tonight for both teams but it was UNB holding on to defeat the Tommies 3 to 2. Although short staffed, the Tommmies were more than ready to fight the big red machine. Alex St-Arnaud was steady tonight in the Tommies' net as the defending national champions out shot STU 48-27.

UNB scored two goals in the first period but STU responded in the second when Colin Martin deflected one past Charles Lavigne off a point shot from Jon Bonneau. The score would hold up until late in the third period when UNB scored a wrap around goal that St-Arnaud would love to have back.

Steve Sanza scored STU's second goal with under a minute left with the extra attacker but the Tommies could not find the equalizer. There was some pushing and shoving after the final buzzer went but it didn't change the final score.

STU heads to PEI tomorrow and will take on the well rested Panthers, whose game tonight versus Moncton was cancelled due to high winds on the Confederation Bridge.

Alex St-Arnaud with the sliding save on UNB's captain Chris Culligan late in the third period.

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