Thursday, September 19, 2019

Reds Get Offensive In Opener

The visiting University of New Brunswick Reds started their 2019-2020 season with a bang, scoring the first nine goals of the game in a 9-2 pummeling over the York Lions tonight in Toronto.

As is the case with any game that isn't broadcast, details are a bit scarce. Matthew Boucher paced the offense with a hat-trick while Patrick Watling (2), Kris Bennett, Stephen Anderson, Samuel Dove-McFalls, and Joe Gatenby also found the back of the net. Noah Carroll chipped in with two assists while Rylan Parenteau went the distance in goal to pick up the win.

UNB held period leads of 2-0 and 5-0. They were 0 for 2 on the power play, but killed off all five of York's man-advantages and scored a pair of shorthanded goals in the process.

The two are back at it tomorrow at 6PM AST.

Hockey Is Back

The 2019-2020 pre-season gets underway tonight with the defending national champion University of New Brunswick Reds in Toronto to face the York Lions. Game time is 7PM AST.

This will be the 4th meeting all-time between the two schools. UNB has won all three previous encounters - 9-1 at the Lakehead Bell Cup in 2003 and then 6-3 and 6-1 victories at the 2016 Pete Kelly Cup in Fredericton.

So far there has been no mention of the game being web-cast, although you may be able to follow along at the OUA website. Updates will most likely be available via the UNB Men's Hockey and York Lions Hockey Twitter accounts as well.

The two teams will play again tomorrow with puck drop scheduled for 6PM AST.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Lauzon Retires

Recently recruited defenseman Zachary Lauzon - a 2017 2nd round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins - has been forced to retire from competitive hockey due to post-concussion syndrome.

After missing all of last season while with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Lauzon participated in the Penguins development camp earlier in the summer. However, his symptoms returned in August while preparing for training camp with UNB. Although he was invited to play in Pittsburgh's prospect camp earlier this month, he did not suit up. He made the difficult decision to hang up his skates for good earlier this week.

While the loss of Lauzon hurts, leaving UNB with only 12 forwards and 7 defenceman to begin the season, you can never fault any player for prioritizing their health first, especially with what we now know about concussions. We wish Zach all the best in his future endeavours.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Pre-Season Game Cancelled?

As a couple of astute observers over at the U Sports Hockey forum have pointed out, it appears that UNB's first pre-season game, scheduled for Monday, September 16th against Acadia in Truro, has been cancelled as it no longer appears on either team's schedule. The Axemen are now showing a game against Dalhousie the next day.

Ever since the AUS implemented the rule which caps the number of exhibition games teams are allowed to play per year, UNB have never played fewer than the maximum allowed of six. For this reason, it seems unlikely they will not schedule another exhibition game - either during pre-season or over Christmas - to bring them back up to a full slate again.

Webcast To Get "New" Voices This Season

The Reds will have a new team calling their home games in 2019-2020, but both names should be familiar to fans.

It was announced late last week that Michael Bourgeois and David Kilfoil will be taking over from Brad Janes and Perley Brewer, who both stepped down at the conclusion of last season, to serve as the team's play by play announer and colour commentator, respectively, on home webcasts this season. They will also be heard on UNB's campus radio station CHSR 97.9 FM.

Bourgeois had previously served as a regular fill-in on webcasts, as well as calling play-by-play for CHSR, over the last handful of years. Meanwhile, Kilfoil has been part of Reds radio broadcasts and webcasts for several years.

The duo will begin their era on October 11th when UNB will raise their 8th national championship banner to the Aitken Centre rafters before facing Moncton in the home opener.