Saturday, January 24, 2015

Winning Streak Ends

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds had their 10 game winning streak snapped tonight as they fell 4-1 to the Acadia Axemen tonight in Wolfville. The V-Reds are now 18-3-2 on the season and tied with Acadia for 1st place in the conference, although they have a game in hand. The Axemen have beaten UNB all three times the two teams have met this year, meaning they hold the tie-breaker should there be a tie.

The V-Reds had a good first period as they out-shot the Axemen 8-5 and scored the lone goal (Cam Braes from Maillet and Brace on the power play at 5:30), but they were completely shutdown and outplayed for the final two periods. Acadia scored twice in the 2nd period and twice more late in the 3rd (including an empty netter) while holding a 20-11 shot advantage over the final 40 minutes. UNB had a difficult time generating much in terms of offense, and if not for some big saves by David Shantz the score could have been much worse.

UNB has now lost 5 out of their last 7 games in Wolfville and 7 out of their last 11 games overall against Acadia.

The V-Reds will make up their game in hand on the Axemen when they face St. Thomas on Wednesday night at the AUC, the beginning of 4 straight home games in 8 days for UNB. Game time is 7PM.

Friday, January 23, 2015

V-Reds Take Care Of Business

The Dalhousie Tigers scored the first and final goals of the game, but it was all UNB in between as the Varsity Reds cruised to a 7-2 road victory tonight in Halifax. The V-Reds 10th straight win improves their record to 18-2-2 on the season and ensures a two point lead over the 2nd place Acadia Axemen heading into their showdown tomorrow evening in Wolfville.

The game did not start well for the V-Reds as they found themselves shorthanded only 36 seconds into the game and behind 1-0 just 9 seconds after that. After that they managed to get some nice chances, but Tigers goalie Corbin Boes, who entered the game with one of the best save percentages in the AUS, turned them away and it quickly began to look like it was going to be one of those patented UNB games where the opposition goalie stands on his head to steal the game. However, at 6:28 Dana Fraser (Suellentrop) tied the game and the V-Reds didn't take their foot off the gas until the 3rd period. They stretched the lead to 3-1 by the end of the period thanks to markers by Cam Braes (from Boudens at 9:15) and Philippe Maillet (from Halley at 14:56). Shots in the period were 16-7 for UNB.

The Varsity Reds quickly put the game away in the middle period, scoring four unanswered goals in the first 12:46 of the frame and outshooting the Tigers 18-4. The goal came from Alex Wall (at 1:14 assisted Critchlow and Suellentrop), Maillet (from Murray and Boudens at 4:41), Fraser (Maillet and Halley at 6:55), and Peter Trainor (Robertson and Wall at 12:46).

The Tigers rounded out the scoring in the 3rd period with a 5-on-3 power play goal at 12:06. Shots favoured UNB 12-9 in the period and 46-20 in the game.

- Matt Boudens returned to the line-up while Tyler Carroll (upper body injury), Taylor MacDougall (upper body injury), and Matt Petgrave were out.

- Chris Carrozzi stopped 18 out of 20 shots in picking up his 3rd win of the season. He had recorded shutouts in each of his previous two games.

- UNB won 41 out of 64 face-offs. Dylan Willick, Fraser, and Braes were all over 68% in the game.

- If there was one negative from the game it was the V-Reds special teams. They went 0 for 3 on the power play and are now scoreless in their last 18 opportunities and just 1 for their last 24. They also surrendered 2 power play goals on 5 chances. Perhaps more concerning, though, is that they were forced to kill off a 5-on-3 disadvantage for the 5th time in their last 6 games.

- Attendance was 110.

- Every skater had a + rating, except for Francis Beauvillier who was even.

- UNB has outscored the opposition 27-5 in 6 games since the Christmas break.

- This is the 2nd straight year, and 5th year in the last 8, that the V-Reds have had a winning streak of at least 10 games. They won 13 in a row last year, 10 in a row in 2010/11, 26 in a row in 2009/10, and had streaks of 11 and 14 in a row in 2007/08.

- UNB has had at least one winning streak of 7 games in each season since 2007/08.

- Maillet has scored 9 points in his last 3 games and now has 9 goals and 19 assists and is a +22 during his 15 game point streak. He is tied with Acadia's Brett Thompson for the conference scoring lead.

- Fraser has 7 goals in his first 6 games as a V-Red.

- In other AUS action St. FX topped UPEI 5-1 in Charlottetown, Acadia kept pace with a 6-4 home victory over Moncton, and in Fredericton St. Thomas pushed Saint Mary's to a shootout before eventually falling 6-5.

- The V-Reds travel to Wolfville tonight to face the 2nd place Acadia Axemen in their biggest game of the season thus far. Game time is 7PM and you can watch online at

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Accolades Continue For Shantz

The recognition keeps coming in for Varsity Reds goaltender David Shantz. After being named the UNB male Athlete of the Week earlier this week Shantz has been named both the Subway AUS male Athlete of the Week as well as the CIS male Athlete of the Week.

Shantz had a stellar week for the V-Reds, going 3-0-0 with a 0.67 GAA and 0.973 save percentage as UNB strengthened their hold on 1st place.

As far as we can tell this is the first time a Varsity Red hockey player has been honoured as the CIS male Athlete of the Week since Hunter Tremblay took home the honours in the fall of 2009.

CIS Top Ten (#13): Top Three Unchanged

For the 4th consecutive week the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds are ranked 2nd in the country, according to the latest CIS men's hockey rankings released yesterday.

Despite going 3-0-0 this past week, including quality wins over Saint Mary's and St. FX, the V-Reds did not gain any ground on the defending champion Alberta Golden Bears, who are ranked number one for the 13th time in as many polls this year. Alberta once again received all 16 first place votes with UNB garnering all 16 2nd place nods. 

Acadia (#3) and Saint Mary's (#7) were the other AUS teams to make the rankings, with St. FX also receiving votes.

UNB and Acadia, who fell 4-3 in OT to Saint Mary's this evening, will clash in a big match-up on Saturday night in Wolfville. The V-Reds currently own a two point lead over the Axemen in the race for the top spot in the conference.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Shantz Named UNB Player Of The Week

Goaltender David Shantz is the latest recipient of the UNB Varsity Reds and Dominoes Pizza male Athlete of the Week.

The native of Hamilton, Ontario had an exceptional week in leading the V-Reds to crucial wins over the St. Thomas Tommies, St. FX X-Men, and Saint Mary's Huskies, stopping 72 out of 74 shots in the process.

For the season Shantz has an AUS-leading 13 victories to go along with a 2.56 GAA and .891 save percentage.

Congratulations David!