Friday 14 February 2014

X-Men post 5 - 3 victory over Tommies

Tommies rookie forward Brendan Childerley, with a goal
and an assist against St. FX.
In AUS men's hockey action from the Grant-Harvey Centre tonight, the St-FX X-Men scored some opportunistic goals and never trailed, as they defeated STU 5 to 3.  The Tommies played a strong game and deserved better than what they got but couldn't find the goals when they needed them.

St-FX jumped out to a 2 - 0 lead by the 10 minute mark of the first period, even though the Tommies were outshooting them 8 to 3 up to that point.  The puck just seemed to favour the X-Men in the first period, as the Tommies would end up with a 14 to 8 shot advantage after one.

Yuri Cheremetiev (Childerley) would cut X's lead in half at 11:26 of the second when he sniped one top shelf on the power play.  St-FX would get a gift goal at 15:20 when Blake Gal of the X-Men was left all alone in front of Jon Groenheyde.  STU didn't take long to respond though, as Brendan Childerley (Cameron, Hannay) banked one in off X-Men goalie Morgan Clark 23 seconds later.

The third period saw St. Thomas' Jon Bonneau assessed a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for slashing at 26 seconds.  The Tommies killed the penalty but only four seconds after it expired the X-Men would pull ahead by two goals.  They would extend the lead with an empty net tally with 1:47 to play to make it 5 to 2 but Matt Bissonnette (Sanza, Levesque) scored at 19:21 to give the final score of 5 to 3.

Final shots on goal were 36 - 32 for the X-Men.  The Tommies finish off their season tomorrow evening at 7 PM versus the Saint Mary's Huskies.  Come out and see if the Tommies can play spoiler as the Huskies look to move up in the AUS playoff picture.

Tommies goaltender, Jonathan Groenheyde, stopped 32 of 36 shots from the St. FX X-Men

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