WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The Acadia Axemen (4-1-1) ended their weekend on a high note, defeating the UPEI Panthers (2-4-0) 8-2, while extending their winning streak to three games. Acadia's rookies had a strong showing, with Ryan Foss, Owen MacDonald and defenseman Michael Zipp all scoring their first goal of their USports career.
Acadia opened the scoring early, with a power-play marker 48 seconds into the first period and continued their torrent scoring pace, gaining a 4-1 lead by periods end.
Acadia added to their lead before the half way mark of the first, when Subway First Star of the night Ryan Foss scored on a 2-on-1, executed to perfection.
Foss added an assist less than a minute later, giving the puck to Remy Giftopoulos, who fired the puck into the open net to make it 3-0.
"It was a big game for us. We didn't want to come into it with too much of a high and not play our game today, but we got off to a good start in the first (period) and it set the momentum for the rest of the game," said Foss after the game.
UPEI had an early goal called off due to a high-stick, but they got on the board near the end of the first.
Panthers forward Filip Rydstrom got the puck in tight and lifted it over Axemen goaltender, Dawson Carty's blocker to make it 4-1.
Acadia continued to dominate in the second, despite trailing in shots for most of the period.
Axemen defenseman Liam Maaskant scored his second goal of the weekend with a hard wrist shot perfectly placed into the top right corner of the net.
The Panthers responded on the power-play, with a wrap-around goal from Gabe Guertler to make it 5-2.
The Axemen added their eighth goal of the game late in the final frame, on a wrist shot from third star of the night, Owen MacDonald.
Second star of the night went to UPEI defenseman Ryan MacKinnon.
Axemen goaltender Dawson Carty stopped 32 of 34 shots, while his UPEI counterpart Matthew Mancina was replaced after allowing 4 goals on 8 shots. The Panthers backup, Matt Mahalak turned aside 22 of 26 shots.
The Axemen are on the road next weekend, against UNB and UPEI on Fri Oct. 27 and Sat. Oct. 28, respectively. The next home game will be Wed. Nov. 1 against the Dalhousie Tigers. Puck drop for all games is 7:00pm.
Submitted by Joshua Foote, Acadia Athletics Communications