Second-year forward Jordan Mayer scored twice as the UPEI Panthers opened the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) men’s hockey season with a 5-1 victory Friday over the Dalhousie Tigers.
Tyler Brown, rookie Cody McNaughton and Matthew Brenton also scored for the Panthers in front of 145 people at the Halifax Forum.
Matt English replied for Dalhousie.
Wayne Savage made 21 saves and picked up the win while Bobby Nadeau stopped 33 shots in the loss.
The game was tied 1-1 after the first period, but the Panthers took a 3-1 lead into the third period and never looked back.
The Panthers, the sixth-ranked team in the country, conclude the weekend in Wolfville, N.S., on Sunday with a 2 p.m. contest with the Acadia Axemen.
The Axemen defeated St. Thomas 3-1 Friday night while UNB beat St. F.X. 5-2 and Saint Mary’s lost 5-1 to Moncton.
Caitlyn Schell had a goal and an assist to lead the Saint Mary’s Huskies to a 2-1 win over the UPEI Panthers women’s hockey team Friday at MacLauchlan Arena.
It was the first game of the season for both teams.
Sarah Douglas also scored for the Huskies, who tallied both its goals on the power play.
Olivia Doughart scored the Panthers only goal. The third-year bachelor of science student from Summerside opened the scoring at 6:37 with an unassisted shorthanded goal.
The Huskies tied it before the end of the period and won it 2:18 into the third.
Sienna Cooke made 22 saves for the win while Marie Soleil Deschenes made 21 saves in the loss.
The Panthers host Mount Allison today at 2 p.m.
The UPEI Panthers shut out the Saint Thomas Tommies 31-0 Friday in Fredericton.
The win improves the Panthers to 2-5 while the Tommies are 0-8.
The Panthers conclude the regular season Sunday when they host the Saint Mary’s Huskies at 2 p.m.
The UPEI Panthers men’s team defeated the UNB Varsity Reds 99-81 at the Mickey Place Memorial Basketball Tournament.
The Panthers led 22-15 after the first quarter and 48-40 at halftime. They were up 70-62 heading to the fourth.
The Panthers play Laval tonight at 8 p.m. and Crandall Sunday at 3 p.m.
The women’s Panthers defeated the Alumni Team 90-45.
Rookie Candace Smith led the Panthers with 22 points, including 9-of-12 shooting and 3-of-6 from behind the three-point line.
“She played great,” coach Greg Gould said. That game right there is exactly what I expect from Candace on a regular basis. . . Candace had a great game, but we had a great team game.”
Amy Gough had 11 points while Nakita Newman and rookie Kiera Rigby each added nine.
The Panthers pressure the ball early and built a 30-9 first-quarter lead.
Anne Kiberd with 12 and Christine Larouche with10 led Alumni.
The Panthers play Ottawa tonight at 6 p.m. and Acadia Sunday at 1 p.m.
“We have to keep up the same kind of defensive intensity” and reduce the turnovers, Gould said. “We are going to have to be very, very sharp tomorrow because Ottawa is a very, very good team.”
The UPEI soccer teams are on the road this weekend.
They play the Mount Allison Mounties today and UNB on Sunday. Game times are 1 (women) and 3:15 (men) p.m.
The Atlantic university field hockey championship takes place today and Sunday in Halifax.
The second-ranked Panthers play UNB today at 3 p.m. and Acadia at 7 p.m.