Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CIS Top Ten (#9): V-Reds Ranked 3rd

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds remained the 3rd ranked team in the country according to the latest CIS men's hockey rankings released earlier today.

The V-Reds picked up a pair of quality wins on the weekend - 5-2 over the #2 ranked Saint Mary's Huskies and 3-2 against St. FX - but it wasn't enough to overtake Alberta or Saint Mary's, who remained #1 and #2, respectively.

Acadia was the only other AUS team ranked, coming in at #5 this week. The Axemen and Huskies close out the first half of the season with a crucial game against one another on Friday night.


Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points. The CIS Men’s Ice Hockey Top Ten Committee is made up of media members from across Canada.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
1. Alberta (13-3-0) / 145 points (9) / (1)
2. Saint Mary’s (11-2-1) / 133 (3) / (2)
3. UNB (10-2-2) / 122 / (3)
4. Calgary (12-4-0) / 109 (3) / (7) *
5. Acadia (11-3-0) / 109 / (4)
6. Windsor (13-1-0) / 96 (1) / (5)
7. UQTR (11-2-1) / 59 / (6)
8. Carleton (11-3-0) / 36 / (8)
9. McGill (11-3-0) / 33 / (9)
10. Western (10-3-0) / 22 / (NR)

* Calgary is ranked ahead of Acadia based on number of higher-placed votes

Other teams receiving votes: Mount Royal (10), Manitoba (6).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Robertson Wins It In OT

Adrian Robertson's power play goal early in overtime helped lead a depleted University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds squad to a gutsy 3-2 victory over the St. FX X-Men tonight in Antigonish. The V-Reds are now 10-2-2 on the season and remain tied with the Acadia Axemen, one point behind the conference leading Saint Mary's Huskies. The X-Men, on the other hand, see their 6 game winning streak snapped and fall to 8-6-0.

- The Varsity Reds received a first period power play goal from Philippe Maillet (Brace, Robertson) at 13:13 only to have Eric Locke reply on an X-Men man advantage just under 5 minutes later to tie the game at 1. That would be the only scoring in a period that seen UNB out-shoot St. FX 7-5.

- Much like the 1st period, the teams traded goals in the 2nd as well. First, it was Rob Mignardi (Gazzola, Petgrave) getting the credit for a deflected power play goal at 9:51, and then it was the X-Men's Blake Gal tying the game once again with just 30 seconds remaining in the period. Shots were 7 apiece in the frame.

- There was no scoring in the 3rd period as UNB held a 9-3 advantage in shots, however for the 2nd straight Saturday night they were forced to kill off a late Tyler Carroll penalty to force overtime.

- After Carroll's penalty expired 27 seconds into the extra frame he came out of the box only to hooked seconds later, sending the V-Reds to the power play. UNB generated a number of chances and were finally rewarded when Adrian Robertson's blast from the point beat X-Men goalie Drew Owsley at 1:46 for the game winner. Cam Braes picked up the assist on the goal. Shots in the overtime were 5-0 for UNB, who also held a 28-15 advantage in the game.

- The V-Reds continue to play with a short bench as defencemen Alex Wall, R.D. Chisholm, and Jordan Murray, and forwards Chris Caissy and Francis Beauvillier all missed the game due to injury. This meant they were playing with only 11 forwards and 4 defencemen - 3 players short of a full line-up.

- David Shantz picked up his 9th win of the year in net as he continues to get the over-whelming majority of action.

- Robertson, Matt Petgrave, and X-Man Ted Stephens were the game's three stars.

- UNB was 3 for 9 on the power play while St. FX was 1 for 6.

- UNB won 34 out of 61 face-offs with Maillet (13 for 19) and Willick (12 for 19) leading the way.

- Attendance was 793.

- The Papa Johns 'Shots and Saves' online discount for Tuesday morning will be 28% thanks to a weekend-high of 28 shots in last night's game against Saint Mary's.

- It was a high scoring night in the AUS as Saint Mary's rebounded from their loss to UNB with a big
9-2 home win over Moncton, Acadia defeated St. Thomas 9-5 in Fredericton, and UPEI prevailed 3-2 in overtime over Dalhousie in a game that was held in Montague, PEI.

- UNB wraps up the 1st half of the season this upcoming week with a pair of games. On Wednesday night they visit the Grant*Harvey Centre for another Battle of the Hill against St. Thomas. On Friday they host the Moncton Aigles Bleus at the AUC. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM start.

Friday, November 21, 2014

V-Reds End Skid

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and cruised to a convincing 5-2 victory over the Saint Mary's Huskies tonight in Halifax. The V-Reds ended their 4 game losing streak to SMU in improving to 9-2-2 on the season, 1 point behind the 10-2-1 Huskies.

- Dylan Willick (Critchlow) just 1:10 into the game, Philippe Maillet (Carroll, Murray) at 10:30, and Philippe Halley (Gazzola, Robertson) at 12:06, were able to beat usual nemesis Anthony Peters to stake the V-Reds to a 3-0 lead. A Huskies timeout following Halley's goal paid immediate dividends as Mitchell Maynard cut the lead back to 2 goals just 12 seconds later, but Cam Braes (Mignardi, Trainor) was able to push the lead to 4-1 at 13:44 after some nifty moves in front of the net. Although Saint Mary's out-shot UNB in the period 9-8 it was a dominant period for the V-Reds, who controlled the puck and the play for long stretches at a time.

- The only goal of the 2nd period belonged to Tyler Carroll (Maillet), who made it 5-1 at 9:02. Shots in the period were 12-5 for UNB.

- The Huskies closed out the scoring 1:41 into the 3rd period when Jamie Doornbosch made it 5-2 just as their 5-on-3 power play was ending. This was part of 4 straight penalties UNB took within a 7:11 span, which resulted in a pair of two man advantages for Saint Mary's. Shots favoured the Huskies 15-8 in the period and 29-28 in the game.

- Despite playing well and picking up a big two points, it was not all good news for the V-Reds. They played two men short as Alex Wall (undisclosed), Chris Caissy (concussion), Francis Beauvillier (lower body), and R.D. Chisholm (hand) are all out injured. Already playing with only 5 defencemen things were made even worse when Jordan Murray left the game in the 3rd period with an apparent injury and fellow d-man Adrian Robertson received a 10-minute misconduct with 7:01 remaining, leaving the V-Red with only 3 defencemen. Of course, Matt Petgrave took a penalty with 1:26 remaining which meant UNB was down to 2 defencemen (Randy Gazzola and Colin Suellentrop) to end the game. It will be interesting to see what the line-up will look like tomorrow.

- David Shantz was solid in net, making 27 saves for his 8th win of the season.

- UNB went 0 for 4 on the power play while SMU was 1 for 4.

- The V-Reds had a rough night in the dot as the won only 38 out of 81 face-offs.

- Attendance was a better than usual 975.

- In other AUS action tonight the St. Thomas Tommies finally picked up their first win of the year with a 4-0 shutout of the visiting Dalhousie Tigers, St. FX used a late goal to edge Moncton 3-2 on home ice, and Acadia erased 3rd period deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to top UPEI 4-3 in Charlottetown.

- After putting a stop to Saint Mary's 7 game winning streak the Varsity Reds will now travel to Antigonish to face the St. FX X-Men - who have now won 6 straight - tomorrow night at 7PM.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

OT Loss Ends Disappointing Weekend

Just as they did earlier this season, the Acadia Axemen scored an overtime victory over the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, this time by a 4-3 score in front of 2122 in attendance at the AUC. The V-Reds are now 8-2-2 on the season and tied with Acadia for 2nd place, 3 points behind the 10-1-1 Saint Mary's Huskies.

Philippe Halley and Philippe Maillet, with a pair, scored for UNB, who were playing a man short as Alex Wall, Chris Caissy, and Francis Beauvillier all missed the game. To make matters worse defenceman R.D. Chisholm left the game in the early going and never returned after taking a shot off his hand.

The score was 1-1 after the 1st period and 2-2 after the 2nd. The V-Reds took their first, and only, lead of the weekend just 15 seconds into the 3rd before Acadia tied it up on a power play goal just over 6 minutes later. Shots in the game were 29 apiece.

The Varsity Reds are back in the action next Friday night when they travel to Halifax to face the Saint Mary's Huskies in what is shaping up to be a must-win game.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Huskies Hold Off V-Reds

The visiting Saint Mary's Huskies scored on their first 3 shots of the game and held on for a 4-3 win over the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds tonight at the AUC. The Huskies 4th straight win over the V-Reds moves them into first place with a 9-1-1 record. UNB falls to 2nd place with a 8-2-1 on the year.

The Varsity Reds, who out-shot the visitors 31-13 in the game, received goals from Peter Trainor, Philippe Halley, and Matt Boudens. As usual, Huskies goalie Anthony Peters was the player of the game.

UNB trailed 3-0 after the 1st period and 4-2 after the 2nd period. Bouden's goal got them within a goal with just over 4 minutes remaining but the Huskies clamped down defensively for the rest of the game, not allowing the V-Reds to generate any good scoring chances in the dying minutes.

UNB will look to get back into the win column tomorrow night when the 8-3-0 Acadia Axemen visit the AUC.