STU beaten by St. Francis Xavier in pre-season play


Erik Tremblay lays out a St. Francis Xavier player during STU’s 4-2 pre-season loss Thursday evening. (Tom Bateman/AQ)

Special teams were the difference in St. Thomas University’s 4-2 pre-season loss Thursday night against St. Francis Xavier.

The Tommie’s went 0 for 5 on the power play and gave up a short-handed goal in a loss to the X-Men at the Lady Beaverbrook Arena.

The Tommie’s looked sharp early on until the X-Men’s Marco Desveaux scored a shorthanded goal to put the X-Men up 3-1 with 1:22 left in the second period.

Desveaux flipped the puck over a sprawling STU defender and took off on a breakaway, beating St. Thomas goalie Charles Lavigne.

Things went from bad to worse for the Tommie’s when Bryce Swan beat Lavigne with a weak wrist shot glove side a minute later, giving the X-Men a 4-1 lead after two periods.

Scott Brannon and Ted Stephens also scored for the X-Men.

Lavigne was solid for the Tommie’s stopping 31 of the 35 shots the X-Men fired at him.

Joseph Perricone and Morgan Clark split time in nets for the X-Men stopping 21 of 23 shots.

St. Thomas kept pace with St. FX early on when Steve Sanza scored late in the first period to tie the game 1-1 heading into the break.

Bryan Main added the other goal for the Tommie’s scoring with less than a second left in the game to bring the final score to 4-2.

Photos by Tom Bateman. Click to enlarge a photo. 


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