Cape Breton celebrates two straight-set wins over the weekend. Photo courtesy: Atlantic University Sport

Weekly sports round-up: Jan. 16

SMU meets UNB in men’s hockey, Capers beat Tigers in women’s volleyball

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Men's hockey

In Fredericton, St. Thomas is 0-6-1 after another two losses on the weekend, to Dalhousie and Acadia.

The Tommies' John MacDonald brought them within one goal in the third period against Dalhousie before Ben Breault scored 57 seconds later, ending that little comeback. A 3-1 loss to Acadia on Jan. 14 saw St. Thomas' Brett Gallant suspended one game for getting a game misconduct for high-sticking.

Saint Mary's has finally beaten the UNB Varsity Reds. The Huskies had already lost three times to UNB this season, and the teams traded goals in the second period before Colby Pridham scored on the power play in the third to win it at the Halifax Forum.

Both teams are legitimate University Cup contenders and Saint Mary's closed the gap on UNB by two points this weekend. Saint Mary's also won 5-3 against UPEI, while St. FX surprised UNB, winning 5-4 after a shootout. The X-Men desperately needed the win to stop their slide they've been on since November. Although it's a long shot, Dal could still catch them for the last playoff spot.

Men's basketball

Dalhousie beat Saint Mary's 72-70 in the first cross-town men's basketball clash of the season. Robert Nortmann had 15 rebounds in 31 minutes for Dal and Will Yengue sank two of three three-pointers.

Women's hockey

Chris Larad has it tough: he leads a young Saint Mary's Huskies team that lost its long-time coach last year in Lisa Jordan. They have one win this year. They were never going to get a second one against either Moncton or St. FX this weekend, and ended up losing by a combined 12-0.

Marie Michelle Poirier scored twice in a 4-0 win for the Aigles Bleues and Kathy Desjardins made 25 saves for the shutout.

This was still better for SMU than Jan. 14, when they lost 8-0 to leaders St. FX and allowed Janelle Parent to score five goals, including four in the first period. Erin Doerssam lasted just over 11 minutes in net for SMU before Larad pulled her for Mallory Sanford.

St. FX's Alex Normore not only set up two of Parent's goals against SMU, she also scored two and had two more assists in a crucial 4-3 win against Dal. The points allow St. FX to hold onto top spot after Moncton's overtime slipup against St. Thomas on Jan. 14.

Women's volleyball

The storyline when Dal met Cape Breton was which team would give Saint Mary's a proper challenge. It should have been a close game. It wasn't. The Capers beat the Tigers in straight sets, winning the first 27-25 and then taking the final two sets by five points for the win. Vanessa St. Georges had 15 kills and 19.5 points.

The Capers also swept St. FX on Jan. 15, putting the Capers into a tie with Dal on 16 points. Cape Breton had lost their first two games after the winter break to Memorial.

Soccer

Dalhousie graduating goalkeeper Ben Ur, long one of the top 'keepers in AUS men's soccer, was invited to the United Soccer League combine this week.

USL Pro is a regional professional league in the U.S. It plays at a level below Major League Soccer. Three other CIS players have been invited to the combine as part of a new initiative, according to Dal.

 

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