Deakin-Poot scores a pair, McCollum stops 30 shots

Story courtesy of UdeM Athletics

The second period was again problematic for the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus (11-15-1-1=24pts, 5th position) as they allowed three goals and then loss 4-1 against the Acadia University Axemen (10-15-2-1=23pts, 6th position) in an Atlantic University Sport men’s hockey game Saturday at the J.-Louis-Lévesque Arena on the Moncton campus in front of 520 spectators.  


With this victory, the Axemen moved one point closer to the Aigles Bleus in the standings with two games to play in the regular season. The Blue and Gold opened the scoring in the first period at 10:13 by a Vincent Deslauriers (Remy Anglehart, Denis Toner) goal, which allowed the team to keep the lead during the rest of the period. The second period was marked by the Axemen with three goals and led 13-5 in the shots on goal. The advantage started with a first goal at 4:48 by Nick Deakin-Poot. The visitors repeated that feat with two goals in less than a minute by Liam Kidney and Peyton Hoyt at 15:30 and 16:02. The end of the second period ended 3-1 in favor of Acadia.  


At the end of the game and with the goalkeeper replaced by an attacker, the Axemen scored their fourth in an empty net by Nick Deakin-Poot with his second of the game. The Aigles Bleus tried everything in the final minutes of the third with a 5-3 advantage without being able to break through the defense and goalie Conor McCollum who saw 31 shots for the victory. Félix-Anthony Ethier received 26 shots in the loss.  


The Aigles Bleus play on the road against the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Axemen host at home the Dalhousie Tigers on Friday. 

Deakin-Poot, Sellan, & Hopwo score for Acadia

FREDERICTON, N.B. – The U SPORTS No. 2 ranked UNB REDS scored three times in the third period to beat the Acadia Axemen 6-3, in Atlantic University Sport men’s hockey action, Friday, at UNB’s Aitken Centre. 

Austen Keating (Guelph, ON) scored twice for the REDS while former Axemen Ross MacDougall (St. Stephen, NB) had three assists and was named Subway Player of the Game. 

The visitors opened the scoring midway through the first period. 

With the Axemen working the penalty kill, Nick Deakin-Poot (Georgetown, ON) forced a UNB turnover at the REDS blueline then took the puck the other direction and beat Griffen Outhouse (Williams Lake, BC) with a wrist shot. 

Despite being outshot 15-7, Acadia led 1-0 after 20 minutes. 

A wild second period saw five goals scored. 

Just 12 seconds in, UNB’s Adam McCormick (Waterville, NB) sprung Keating on a breakaway and he beat Zachary Paputsakis (Rockland, ON) in the Acadia net. 

Issac Nurse (Hamilton, ON) and Jason Willms (Kitchener, ON) would also score for the REDS in the second, while Brendan Sellan (Hanover, ON) and Corson Hopwo (Duncan, BC) replied for Acadia. 

Benjamin Corbeil (Granby, QC), Camaryn Baber (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) and Keating, with his second of the game, scored UNB’s goals in the third. 

“I thought it was an outstanding game,” said Axemen head coach Darren Burns. “I think, structurally, we were outstanding. Obviously, they’ve got a high-powered offence, but if you’re a knowledgeable hockey person, you’re going there’s a team that played well.” 

The REDS peppered Paputsakis with 35 shots, while Outhouse faced 18. 

“When you’re playing them, the margin of error is so small,” said Burns. “If you make mistakes, even small ones, you’re going to pay and we paid, but I loved our game tonight. I thought it was a good, physical, clean game and once they start revving their engine, they go. It kind of got away from us at the end.” 

With the win, the REDS are now 21-3-1-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL) and first in the AUS standings. 

Acadia is 9-14-2-1 and sits in sixth place. 

The REDS are back in action on Saturday, when they host the Saint Mary’s Huskies, while the Axemen visit les Aigles Bleus, in Moncton. 

Both games are scheduled for 7:00pm starts. 


RECAP BY: Andy Campbell/UNB Athletics
PHOTOS BY: Fran Harris/for UNB Athletics 

Paputsakis with 32 saves for 1st AUS victory

By Thomas Becker of UPEI Athletics


It was a weekend of missed opportunities for the UPEI Panthers. 


They could’ve cushioned their second-place spot in the standings—that was relatively secure for most of the season—but instead let it slip after back-to-back home losses, including Saturday night’s 3-2 defeat to the Acadia Axemen. 


Now, for the Panthers (15-9-2) to earn the coveted bye, they’ll have to finish with more wins in the final four games of the regular season than the red-hot Saint Mary’s Huskies. A tough task to say the least. 


TJ Shea did his part, scoring both goals for the Panthers with Kyle Maksimovich delivering two helpers. For the Axemen, Nick Deakin-Poot and Cole Nagy led the charge, as the pair finished with a goal and an assist. Adam McMaster also scored in the win. 


For the second straight night, the Panthers once again opened the scoring, this time just 3:48 into the first period on a power play marker from Shea. Maksimovich had the puck in the slot and passed it behind his back to Troy Lajeunesse, who fed it in front to Shea for the redirect. 


However, that lead was short-lived as the Axemen (9-14-3) scored less than four minutes later. On the scoring play, Nick Deakin-Poot battled through a couple Panthers before slipping a soft shot by Lucas Fitzpatrick for the tying goal. 


Acadia came right back and scored again 53 seconds later when Bailey Peach’s harmless shot from the blue line skipped to Fitzpatrick, who gave up a long rebound that McMaster took a couple hacks at before scoring. 


The Panthers would even the score at 15:17 when Shea took a pass from Lajeunesse through the neutral zone and beat a defender with a nifty move before tucking a wrist shot in the top right corner. 


UPEI appeared to have settled down after scoring the tying goal, but was undone by the Axemen early in the second period, where they took the lead and never relinquished it. At 4:18, Luke Zazula fired a shot in traffic where Cole Nagy slipped the puck by the goalie to make it 3-2. 


The Panthers desperately searched for the equalizer for the remainder of the game, as they outshot their opponent 22-10 in the final two periods, but once again a rookie goaltender denied them that opportunity. Zachary Paputsakis recorded 32 saves and earned his first AUS win in his ninth start of the season. 


“They (Panthers) are a good team and they battled hard, but we’re a hardworking team too, and we know that if we play our best, we can compete with any team in this league,” Paputsakis said. 


The Panthers travel to Halifax on Wednesday to take on the Dalhousie Tigers. The Axemen don’t play until Friday as they make their way to Fredericton for a tilt against the UNB Reds. 

Hopwo with the lone Acadia goal

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The Acadia Axemen (8-15-1-1) ended their five-game home run on a sour note, as they lost 4-1 to the Saint Mary’s Huskies (17-9-0-0).

The Huskies seemed a step ahead of the Axemen all night.

Subway First Star of the Night Nathan Dunkley (Campbellford, Ont.) had a pair of assists for the Huskies.

Both teams had their chances in the opening period. It was not until the last second of the first frame that the first goal was scored.

Saint Mary’s forward Sam King (Hampton, N.B.) put his team on the board thanks to a power-play marker with 0.5 seconds left on the clock.

King took a pass in front of the net and put the puck into the bottom left corner to make it 1-0.

At the end of the first period, Saint Mary’s held an 11-5 lead in shots.

Acadia quickly responded in the second period with a goal in the opening minute.

The second star of the night Corson Hopwo (Duncan, B.C.) came out in the front of the Saint Mary’s net and attempted to throw a pass across in front of the crease, but it deflected off a Huskies leg and into the net.

The teams traded chances throughout the period but remained gridlocked at one.

Saint Mary’s replied late in the third period with an even-strength marker shortly after a failed power-play attempt.

Liam Van Loon (London, Ont.) took a pass while parked in the left face-off circle and fired a quick shot past Acadia ‘s Conor McCollum (Pickering, Ont.) to restore the lead for the Huskies.

Another late-period goal for the Huskies, as they added their third goal with 18 seconds remaining to play in the second.

Charlie Dafonseca (Thornhill, Ont.) redirected a shot from the third star of the night Jaxon Bellamy (Hampton, Ont.) to make it 3-1 for Saint Mary’s.

Heading into the third period, the Huskies held a 23-14 lead in shots.

Acadia ran into penalty trouble in the third, costing them a goal.

Jaxon Bellamy scored a power-play marker for Saint Mary’s near the midway point of the third. Bellamy lifted a high shot from the point that fooled McCollum to make it 4-1.

The Huskies played tight defence to keep Acadia from starting a comeback.

Conor McCollum turned aside 32 of 36 shots on the night, while his Saint Mary’s counterpart Jeremy Helvig (Kingston, Ont.) stopped 19 of 20 shots.

The Axemen return to play on Sat. January 28 at UPEI, which marks the start of a three-game road trip, the Huskies will head to UPEI on Friday night. Acadia’s next and last regular season home game is Friday, February 10 against the Dalhousie Tigers.

Provided by Joshua Foote, Acadia Athletics Communications Office

Hoyt with the lone goal for Acadia


WOLFVILLE, N.S. – All good things come to an end. In this case, it was the three-game winning streak for the Acadia Axemen (8-13-2-1) that was snapped by the UNB REDS (19-3-1-1) in a 5-1 loss on Saturday night.

Acadia’s lone goal in their effort came from the second star of the night Peyton Hoyt (Fredericton, N.B.). The offensive opportunities for the Axemen were limited as they were outshot 36-22 on the night.

The REDS jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period.

Subway First Star of the Night Emmett Sproule (Collingwood, Ont.) scored with 8:35 left in the opening frame thanks to a communication error by the Acadia defence.

Sproule picked up the puck just outside the Acadia blueline after the Axemen D-men ran into each other. He came in on the Acadia goalie Conor McCollum (Pickering, Ont.) and snuck a shot low left side to put the REDS up 1-0.

Connor Hall (Kitchener, Ont.) scored a few minutes later, on a wrist shot from the point. The puck managed to get by the crowd in front of the net to double the lead for UNB.

Acadia responded 33 seconds later thanks to an incredible solo performance from Peyton Hoyt.

Hoyt split the defence at the REDS’ blueline with a burst of speed for a breakaway and shot low right side and beat REDS’ goaltender Samuel Richard to make it 2-1.

At the end of the period, the shots were 10-9 in favour of the REDS.

UNB doubled their goal total in the second period, going up 4-1 in the frame.

Sproule added his second marker on the night at 4:01 into the second period on a shot from the slot. He took a pass from Simon Pinard (Drummondville, Que.) and beat the McCollum low to make it 3-1.

Acadia had a few solid chances in the period, including a partial break from Hoyt, but they could not find the back of the net.

Jason Wilms (Kitchener, Ont.) scored the final goal of the period. Wilms was parked by the right post and buried the puck on a pass from Camaryn Baber (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) who was coming out from behind the Acadia net.

By the end of the second period, the REDS held a 29-17 lead in shots.

The first half of the third period was light on scoring but heavy on the rough stuff.

It was a scrum in front of the Acadia net that gave the REDS the man-advantage necessary to score their fifth goal on the night.

Benjamin Corbeil (Granby, Que.) sniped a one-timer from inside the left face-off circle to make it 5-1.

There were a couple of scrums that broke out in the final minutes of the game, but otherwise, it was an uneventful end to the game.

Acadia goalie Conor McCollum stopped 31 of 36 shots, while his UNB counterpart Samuel Richard turned aside 21 of the 22 shots he faced on the night.

The third star of the night was REDS defenceman Kade Landry (Gowanstown, Ont.).

Acadia returns to play on Wed. January 25 against the Saint Mary’s Huskies, while the REDS travel to STFX and Dalhousie next weekend.

Contributed by Joshua Foote, Acadia Athletics Communications Office