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Axemen take out the competition

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In a quiet week for the Swan Valley Axemen, the team had only one game to play, a road trip to Shoal Lake this past Friday (Dec. 1) night.
As a result of a 13-1 drubbing over the Eagles, the Axemen ran their record to 4-1 on the season. That temporarily vaulted them into a tie for top spot in the North Central Hockey League standings with the Grandview Comets.
Brock Jersak with a hat-trick and Blair Barker with a pair of goals gave the visiting Axemen a commanding 5-0 lead after one period of play. The five goals were scored in a span of just over seven minutes and erased any hope for the hometown Eagles to find their first win on the season.
Keeping with the theme of a player scoring more than once in the second period, Axemen forward Jory Mullin was the only player from either team to find the back of the net in the middle period, scoring twice to send the teams to the dressing rooms with the Axemen lead now 7-0.
The second period did see some frustrations begin to boil over though as Neil Kichuk and Bray Mullin, both defencemen, were ejected for fighting.
The Axemen would score early and often to open the third period. Riley Morden would score a pair of goals from the point to open the period.
Before the period ended, Cramer Coulthart, Mullin with his third of the game, Jared Penner and Kelly Gray would also add goals as they flexed their offensive once again. The only Eagles player to beat Axemen netminder Drew Denischuk was Chase Anderson.
The final period saw frustrations take over again when Axemen forward Will Woodson dropped the mitts with the Eagles’ Nathan Hawkins.
In all, the Axemen would be hit with five of 14 minor penalties, three of five fighting majors and four of the six game misconducts in the contest.
The Axemen peppered Eagles netminder Rudy Peterson with 57 shots while Denischuk was called upon to make 29 saves for the Axemen.
Axemen Extras
Along with their three goal performances, both Jersak and Mullin added three assists each to give them six-point nights. Gray, with three assists and Jeff Riddell with four assists also contributed four points in the victory... On the season, Mullin leads the team with 17 points, including a team leading 10 goals, in five games. Jersak (7+7=14) and Riddell (5+9=14) are next, followed by Kelly Gray (1+9=10)... Ryan Braun (44), Will Woodson (33), Neil Kichuk (31) and Bray Mullin (29) lead the team in penalty minutes... The Axemen will host the first place Grandview Comets this Friday night (Dec. 8) in Swan River. Game time at the Centennial Arena is 8:30 p.m.. They’ll also make the trek to Miniota on Sunday to battle the C-Hawks. Game time there is 3 p.m..

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Brian Gilroy
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