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Upset opens national university men's hockey tourney


The Acadia Axemen, with a lineup including Newfoundlanders Scott Trask and Kris Hodge, pulled off a huge upset Thursday, the opening day of the U Sports Canadian men’s hockey championship in Fredericton, N.B.

The Axemen, the eighth- and lowest-seeded team in the tourney, downed the top-ranked Alberta Golden Bears 4-1 in the quarter-final round.
Acadia will take on the host University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds in semifinal play Saturday. UNB downed the Queens Golden Gaels 5-1 in Thursday’s other semifinal.
Trask, who is from Bonavista, and Hodge who is from C.B.S., are two of four Newfoundland players competing in Fredericton. Defenceman Aaron Hoyles of Gander and forward Marcus Cuomo of St. John’s are on the roster of the Atlantic conference champion and second seed St. Francis Xavier X-Men, whose head coach is Goulds native Brad Peddle.
The X-Men, with Brian Casey of Grand Falls-Windsor an assistant on Peddle’s staff, face McGill University in quarter-final play tonight.
At the U Sports women’s hockey championship in Napanee, Ont., on Thursday, the St. FX X-Women fell 3-1 to McGill. Brooke Noseworthy of St. Anthony plays with St. FX, while Nichole Blanche of Dunville is a top forward with the third-seeded Saint Mary’s Huskies, who take on Alberta in a quarter-final today.

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