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Acadia hockey Axemen prepping for playoffs

Acadia forward Brett Thompson is hoping to hoist a championship banner in his last game with the Axemen.
Acadia forward Brett Thompson is hoping to hoist a championship banner in his last game with the Axemen.

WOLFVILLE - Brett Thompson doesn't have much time to reflect on his last regular season game with the Acadia Axemen these days.

He's too focused on the days to come.

The 26-year-old fifth year forward ended the regular season on a high note, scoring the eventual game winner in a resounding 8-5 victory against StFX.

“We knew there was a good chance we were going to play StFX in the playoffs so we wanted to prove that we could beat them,” he said.

“For me personally, I just wanted to play a simple game and avoid getting any injuries going into playoffs.”

Thompson ended his regular season play with the Axemen as Acadia's ninth overall all-time regular season points scorer with 151 – 60 goals and 91 assists not including playoff points.

“That's the kind of thing that once I'm done here I can look back and really appreciate it, but right now we're in the middle of the season,” he said.

The Axemen earned a week off before playoffs, advancing straight to semi-finals. Acadia will host its first playoff game against the winner of the StFX-Moncton series at 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

Thompson is glad the Axemen had time to regroup before their first round of playoffs.

“In playoffs it's kind of like a war out there. It's a lot of hard hits and blocked shots and stuff,” he said.

As co-captain of the team, Thompson has his sights set on an AUS championship. He can't imagine a better way to end his career with an organization he's proudly represented throughout his university career.

“For CIS it's got to be one of the best programs in the country,” the Ontario native said. “We've been competitive every year that I've been out here. We won the AUS in my second year.”

Thompson said he discovered Acadia while visiting Wolfville during a recruiting trip, and “loved the town and loved the school... it's just a nice atmosphere all around.”

He's too focused on the days to come.

The 26-year-old fifth year forward ended the regular season on a high note, scoring the eventual game winner in a resounding 8-5 victory against StFX.

“We knew there was a good chance we were going to play StFX in the playoffs so we wanted to prove that we could beat them,” he said.

“For me personally, I just wanted to play a simple game and avoid getting any injuries going into playoffs.”

Thompson ended his regular season play with the Axemen as Acadia's ninth overall all-time regular season points scorer with 151 – 60 goals and 91 assists not including playoff points.

“That's the kind of thing that once I'm done here I can look back and really appreciate it, but right now we're in the middle of the season,” he said.

The Axemen earned a week off before playoffs, advancing straight to semi-finals. Acadia will host its first playoff game against the winner of the StFX-Moncton series at 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

Thompson is glad the Axemen had time to regroup before their first round of playoffs.

“In playoffs it's kind of like a war out there. It's a lot of hard hits and blocked shots and stuff,” he said.

As co-captain of the team, Thompson has his sights set on an AUS championship. He can't imagine a better way to end his career with an organization he's proudly represented throughout his university career.

“For CIS it's got to be one of the best programs in the country,” the Ontario native said. “We've been competitive every year that I've been out here. We won the AUS in my second year.”

Thompson said he discovered Acadia while visiting Wolfville during a recruiting trip, and “loved the town and loved the school... it's just a nice atmosphere all around.”

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