Penalty killing, short-handed goal the difference
CHARLOTTETOWN – Special teams proved to be the deciding factor in Saturday night’s Atlantic University Sport men’s hockey game here at MacLauchlan Arena.
Liam Heels scored an unassisted short-handed goal at 7:58 of the third period to snap a 1-1 tie, and lift the Acadia Axemen to a 2-1 victory over the UPEI Panthers.
The Axemen’s penalty-killing units killed off all seven UPEI power plays, including four in the third period.
The Axemen failed to score on their five opportunities with the man advantage, which all came in the first half of the game.
It was the first loss of the Atlantic University Sport men’s hockey regular season for the Panthers, who went into the game on a three-game winning streak. Acadia also sits at 3-1 (won-lost).
Heels, who was set up by Alex Beaton, opened the scoring at 10:40 of the first period.
The score remained 1-0 until Dana Fraser, assisted by Jordan Mayer, evened the score for the Panthers at 6:35 of Period 2.
Overall, the Panthers held a slim 28-27 shots-on-goal advantage. Axemen goaltender Evan Mosher earned the victory, and Mavric Parks took the loss.
Referees Thane Arsenault and Wayne Doyle called 10 minors and one 10-minute misconduct against the Axemen while UPEI received seven minors.