Thursday, March 16, 2017

Axemen Take Down Bears

The first game of the 2017 University Cup saw the top team in the tournament eliminated as the #8 ranked and AUS 3rd place Acadia Axemen took down the #1 ranked and Canada West champion Alberta Golden Bears 4-1 this afternoon at the AUC.

- After the Axemen had the better chances in the opening five minutes of play, the Bears took control of the rest of the first period and grabbed a 1-0 lead at 10:07 when Taylor Cooper's seemingly harmless shot from the left face-off circle got past Robert Steeves.

- Acadia tied things up just 1:07 into the 2nd period after Kyle Farrell banked a shot from the side of net off of Golden Bears Brendan Burke and in and then took the lead at 14:19 when Boston Leier jumped on a loose puck in the crease and poked it in.

- The Bears applied all kinds of pressure in the early parts of the 3rd period but to no avail. The Axemen then got an insurance marker at 15:32 when Stephen Harper got his second breakaway of the game. After getting stopped on his first attempt he didn't miss this time, firing the puck between Burke's legs for a 3-1 lead. Daniel Pettersson rounded out the scoring with a slap shot into an empty net with just under 7 seconds remaining.

- Shots in the game were 35-26 for Alberta.

- Alberta won 39 out of the 71 face-offs in the game.

- The Golden Bears can point to an ineffective power play as one of the main reason they lost, going 0 for 5 with the man advantage. Acadia was 0 for 2.

- Players of the game were Taylor Cooper (1 goal) from Alberta and Robert Steeves (34 saves) from Acadia.

- Attendance was 3109.

- The Axemen will now await the winner of tonight's quarter-final match-up. They will face either UNB or Queen's in Saturday's first semi-final, scheduled for 12PM AST.

- For the Bears, their season comes to a disappointing end after dropping their 5th consecutive game at the AUC. They had previously lost to McGill and St. FX at the 2012 University Cup and Dalhousie and UNB at the 2004 tournament.