Sunday, October 4, 2015

V-Reds Drop Final Pre-Season Contest

UPDATE: UMass has posted a game recap (with video hightlights) while the blog BC Interruption has more on the Eagles/UNB game from Saturday night.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds wrapped up their pre-season schedule this afternoon with a 3-2 loss at the hands of the UMass-Lowell River Hawks. UNB finishes the pre-season with an impressive 5-1-0 record.

- Scoring for UNB, who never led in the game, were Peter Trainor (Halley, Maillet) with 18 minutes remaining in the 2nd period to make it 2-1 and then Matt Petgrave with a power play marker 9 minutes into the 3rd to make it 3-2. However, the Varsity Reds were unable to complete the comeback bid.

- UNB outshot the River Hawks 28-25.

- Face-offs were 35-23 in favour of the V-Reds.

- Alex Dubeau went the distance in goal, making 22 stops.

- The V-Reds will now return home from a successful road trip and prepare for the UPEI Panthers in their home, and season, opener on Saturday night at the AUC. Game time is 7PM.

- In other AUS action today the Acadia Axemen beat Vermont 2-1, Dalhousie got by Sacred Heart 5-3, the University of New Hampshire rallied from a 4-1 deficit late in the 2nd period to defeat St. FX 6-4, and Quinnipiac topped St. Thomas 3-1. Overall, it was a very good weekend for AUS teams against their counterparts south of the border.

UNB Takes Down Eagles

UPDATE 2: The UMass-Lowell website has a preview posted, which includes a number of ways you can follow the game (Video, Audio, Live Stats, Twitter).

UPDATE: SB Nation College Hockey has their game recap posted.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds once again showed their resiliency tonight, overcoming a 2-0 2nd period deficit to register a 5-2 victory over the NCAA #1 ranked Boston College Eagles in Boston. The V-Reds are now 5-0-0 in pre-season play.

- After UNB had an early goal waved off after a review the Eagles got on the board first 9:01 into the 1st period thanks to a rebound goal by Miles Wood. That would be the only goal in the period despite UNB firing 16 shots on Canucks 2014 2nd round draft pick Thatcher Demko.

- The 2nd period might have been the V-Reds best of the young season. With Demko giving away to freshman Chris Birdsall in the Eagles crease UNB took full advantage. Defenceman Scott Savage doubled the Eagles lead with a 5-on-3 power play goal just 58 seconds into the period, but after that it was all V-Reds. Francis Beauvillier (Petgrave) got the visitors on the board a 9:31 with a power pay marker and then Chris Caissy (Beauvillier, Mignardi) tied the game off the ensuing face-off just 18 seconds later. Peter Trainor (Halley, Wall) then gave the V-Reds their first lead of the night with a power play goal at 12:24. Perhaps the biggest play of the game occurred at 15:41 when Rob Mignardi (Beauvillier, Caissy) scored to make it 4-2 while also drawing a BC penalty. UNB quickly made the Eagles pay when Trainor (Gazzola, Wall) ripped his 2nd power play goal of the night just 66 seconds later to make it a 5-2 game. Despite a couple power play opportunities from each side, the teams would play a scoreless 23 minutes.

- Shots in the game favoured UNB 33-26 with period totals of 16-6, 10-10, and 7-10.

- Etienne Marcoux played the entire game in goal, turning aside 24 shots for the win.

- Tyler Carroll, Jordan Murray, and Stephen Anderson were all out of the line-up.

- UNB won 33 out of the 62 face-offs in the game.

- UNB had a strong night on special teams, going 3 for 8 on the power play while killing off 7 out of 8 shorthanded situations. 

- Attendance was 932.

- The V-Reds improve to 2-5-1 all-time against the Eagles. Their only other victory was a 5-3 triumph at the AUC in 2008. UNB had lost the last three meetings, including a 6-4 setback last season.

- UNB finish up their road trip tomorrow afternoon with a game against the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, who are ranked #14 in the pre-season poll. Puck drop is scheduled for 5PM AST.

- The two teams have met twice previously - a 5-3 UMass win in 2007 and a 3-3 tie in 2011.

- 4 other AUS teams were in action against NCAA teams tonight. St. Thomas defeated RPI 3-2 in OT, Boston University beat Acadia 4-2, UMass-Amherst blanked Dalhousie 4-0, and Merrimack College skated past St. FX 4-1.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

UNB Rallies Past Pirates

UPDATE: The Pirates have posted a game recap while Jeff Mannix talks with Portland Assistant Coach Scott Allen about the game.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds erased three one goal deficits on their way to a 5-3 victory over the AHL's Portland Pirates tonight in Saco, Maine. It marks the first time the V-Reds have beaten the Pirates in four tries.

Since there was no video or audio available for the game we had to once again turn to the Twitter-verse for updates. Fortunately Pirates commentator Jeff Mannix was all over it, tweeting updates all night.

- The two teams each scored twice in the 1st period. The Pirates struck first 7:12 into the game only to see Cameron Brace (Willick, Boudens) answer shortly afterwards. At 11:35 the Pirates re-gained the lead, but 4 and a half minutes later Brace (Critchlow, Wall) once again tied it. Shots in the period favoured UNB 10-6.

- The Pirates came out much stronger in the middle frame and were rewarded with a power play goal at 11:08 to take their 3rd lead of the night. It would prove to be the only goal of the period as Portland held a 15-9 advantage in shots on goal.

- Despite being out-shot 12-7 in the 3rd period the V-Reds scored the only three goals. Dylan Willick (unassisted) squared the game at 3 just 1:47 into the period and then, just over two minutes later, Philippe Halley (Maillet, Trainor) finished off a 2-on-1 to give UNB their first lead of the night. Philippe Maillet (Murray, Willick) rounded out the scoring with a 5-on-3 power play goal at 7:17.

- Shots in the game were 33-26 for Portland.

- After being the top affiliate of the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes since 2011, the Pirates are now affiliated with the the Florida Panthers.

- Tyler Carroll seen his first game action of the year, replacing Stephen Anderson in the line-up.

- The teams played a full 5 minute 3-on-3 overtime after regulation. Former 1st round NHL draft pick Michael Matheson scored the lone goal for Portland shortly after Maillet missed on a clean breakaway.

- Etienne Marcoux played the first two periods in goal and stopped 18 out of the 21 shots he faced. Alex Dubeau played the 3rd period and overtime.

- Portland beat UNB 4-2 in 2009, 2-1 in a shootout in 2012, and 4-0 in 2013.

- The V-Reds continue their road trip with a date against the NCAA's Boston College Eagles on Saturday night in Boston. The Eagles were just ranked #1 in the pre-season poll. Game time is scheduled for 8PM.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Maillet Named Athlete Of The Week

3rd year Varsity Reds forward Philippe Maillet is the most recent recipient of the UNB Varsity Reds/Domino's Pizza male Athlete of the Week.

Maillet, the reigning AUS scoring champion, picked up 2 goals and 4 assists in an 8-3 victory over St. Thomas last Monday before adding another 2 assists in the V-Reds 6-2 win over Dalhousie on Saturday afternoon.

The Varsity Reds will be back in action tomorrow night when they travel down to Maine to face the AHL's Portland Pirates. The game will be held at the OA Sports Center in Saco, Maine with puck drop scheduled for 8PM.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

UNB Picks Up Another Victory

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds shook off some early rust and then went on to a 6-2 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers this afternoon in Truro, Nova Scotia.

The lack of video and Live Stats for the game means all we have to go by is Twitter updates. The V-Reds received goals from 6 different players - Philippe Halley, Peter Trainor, Stephen Anderson (shorthanded), Matt Boudens, Dylan Willick, and Cameron Brace while Etienne Marcoux played the entire game in goal.

- UNB out-shot the Tigers 19-6 in the opening period, 9-4 in the 2nd, and 20-3 in the 3rd for a game total of 48-13.

- Tyler Carroll and Taylor MacDougall were both out of the line-up.

- This marks UNB's 13th straight victory over Dalhousie. They are 19-0-1 in their last 20 meetings.

- The Varsity Reds see their next game action on Thursday when they travel to Portland, Maine for a game against the AHL's Portland Pirates. They will then continue on to play the NCAA's Boston College Eagles and UMass-Lowell River Hawks on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.