Friday, October 24, 2014

V-Reds Fall In OT

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds suffered their first loss of the young season as they were defeated 4-3 in overtime by the Acadia Axemen tonight in Wolfville. UNB is now 4-0-1 on the season.

The web-cast for the game did not work all game so all we have to go off of is Twitter updates and the AUS boxscore.

- The V-Reds jumped out to a 1-0 lead after a pretty passing play between Randy Gazzola, Cameron Brace, and Peter Trainor, with Trainor potting the power play goal. The Axemen would draw even before the end of the period, with reigning CIS player of the year Liam Heelis scoring a power play goal with 1:29 remaining in the period.

- The Axemen extended their lead to 3-1 in the 2nd period, getting goals from Michael Clarke at 2:54 and Sam Fioretti at 15:18. The V-Reds received a late power play and it was Trainor scoring once again, bringing UNB back to within 3-2 with just 1:21 remaining in the period. Jordan Murray picked up the lone assist on the goal.

- UNB was able to tie the game with only 63 seconds remaining in the game when Matt Petgrave (Brace, Murray) scored a highlight-reel goal to help send the game into overtime and guaranteeing the V-Reds at least one point.

- It didn't take long for Acadia to emerge victorious as rookie defenceman Matt Pufahl fired a shot into the top corner for the game winner, only 1:43 into the extra session.

- UNB once again played without forward Tyler Carroll (broken hand) and defencemen Alex Wall and Adrian Robertson, who are both out "indefinitely".

- David Shantz played his 5th straight game in net to start the season.

- Shots in the game were even at 32 each.

- The V-Reds were 2 for 7 on the power play. Acadia was 1 for 6.

- The Axemen won 35 out of 65 face-offs.

- In other AUS action this evening the UPEI Panthers defeated Dalhousie 4-2 in Charlottetown, Moncton remained the lone undefeated team in the AUS with a 6-2 road win over Saint Mary's, and St. FX beat St. Thomas 5-2 in Fredericton.

- The V-Reds will look to rebound tomorrow night when they travel to Halifax to face the Saint Mary's Huskies for another big game as both teams will be looking to avoid a winless weekend. Game time is scheduled for 7PM.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

V-Reds Rally Past Tommies

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds trailed three different times against their cross-campus rival St. Thomas Tommies, but eventually prevailed 7-5 in a wild Battle of the Hill tonight at the AUC.

- The V-Reds got off to a good start and took a 1-0 lead 7 minutes into the game when Dylan Willick (Chisholm, Boudens) skated from out behind the St. Thomas net and took an innocent looking shot that somehow got through Tommies goalie Tyson Teichmann. However, it was STU who took control of the rest of the period, out-shooting UNB 15-13 in the frame and scoring two goals - at 14:12 and at 17:41 on the power play - to take the lead into the intermission.

- The Varsity Reds had a much better 2nd period and were able to tie the game up when Philippe Maillet (Halley) was able to corral a bouncing loose puck in the slot and net his first goal of the season at 6:07. The V-Reds then found themselves in a heap of penalty trouble as they took three penalties in 1:43 and the Tommies made them pay dearly, scoring two 5-on-3 goals only 35 seconds apart to take a 4-2 lead. UNB was able to tie the game before the end of the period as Jordan Murray (Gazzola, Mignardi) quickly answered back when he rushed down the right side, had his original shot stopped, but collected his own rebound and backhanded it in at 10:11 to make it a 4-3 game. The V-Reds power play then went to work late in the period to even the game at 4. Cam Critchlow interfered with a Tommies defender just enough at the blueline to spring Maillet to go in all alone and the V-Reds leading scorer from last year was able get Teichmann moving from his right to left and slid a backhander 5-hole. Critchlow and Gazzola picked up the assists on the power play goal at 19:22. Shots in the period were 15-4 for UNB.

- Some sloppy play by the Varsity Reds in their own zone gave St. Thomas their third lead of the night at 2:36 of the 3rd period. UNB then took control of the game, scoring the last 3 goals of the night to secure the victory. First, with both teams skating four aside Dylan Willick (Boudens, Petgrave) was able to use his excellent speed to beat a Tommies defender wide before cutting in front of the net and snapping a shot in to once again tie the game at 8:18. Then the V-Reds took their first lead since early in the 1st period on a bit of a controversial goal when Cam Braes (Brace, Boudens) was able to poke the puck into the net amid a pile-up of bodies in, and around, the crease. The net also came off its moorings, but the referee signaled that the puck had crossed the line prior to give UNB a 6-5 lead at 13:59. The V-Reds extended their lead at 15:45 on the power play when Maillet (Gazzola, Murray) was able to skate off the side-wall and into the slot untouched before ripping a wrist shot into the top corner. that would be the final goal of the game as UNB out-shot St. Thomas 16-4 in the period and 44-23 in the contest.

- Rob Mignardi was back in the line-up for the V-Reds. Tyler Carroll is still recovering from a broken hand, while defenceman Alex Wall and Adrian Robertson remain sidelined "indefinitely".

- Both teams had a good night on the power play as St. Thomas scored 3 times on 6 chances while UNB converted on 2 out of 7 opportunities.

- Attendance was 2110 on a rainy and messy night in Fredericton.

- David Shantz got his 4th straight start in goal to begin the season.

- Maillet (3 goals), Willick (2 goals), and the Tommies JC Campagna (1 goal, 1 assist) were the game's three stars.

- UNB dominated in the face-off circle, winning 50 out of 78 draws. Willick (16 out of 21), Critchlow (11 out of 18), Braes (12 out of 20), and MacDougall (9 out of 16) all had good nights.

- In other action around the conference tonight St. FX picked up their first win of the year with a 4-3 decision over Acadia in Antigonish, Moncton blanked UPEI 4-0 at home, and Saint Mary's got a 6-2 road victory over Dalhousie.

- The V-Reds are back in action this weekend and will face their toughest test of the young season. On Friday night they travel to Wolfville to face the Acadia Axemen and on Saturday night they take on the Saint Mary's Huskies in Halifax. Both games are scheduled for 7PM and can be seen online at

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CIS Top Ten (#3): V-Reds Close Gap

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds inched a little closer to the top ranked Alberta Golden Bears after posting a pair of wins over the weekend, according to the latest men's hockey Top 10 rankings released by the CIS this afternoon. 

The V-Reds, ranked for the 159th consecutive week, gained two more first place votes than last week after defeating Dalhousie and St. FX over the weekend. Alberta, on the other hand, seen their lead shrink from 19 points to 12 points despite sweeping a pair of games against rival Saskatchewan.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
1. Alberta (7-1-0) / 156 points (12) / (1)
2. UNB (3-0-0) / 144 (3) / (2)
3. Acadia (3-0-0) / 120 / (3)
4. UQTR (4-0-0) / 106 (1) / (4)
5. Calgary (6-2-0) / 94 / (6)
6. Mount Royal (6-2-0) / 73 / (5)
7. Windsor (5-0-0) / 71 / (9)
8. Moncton (3-0-0) / 28 / (NR)
9. Manitoba (5-3-0) / 24 / (8)
10. Saint Mary’s (2-0-1) / 16 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Saskatchewan (15), Western (11), Waterloo (10), Carleton (8), Laurentian (4).

Boudens Named UNB, AUS Athlete Of The Week

Varsity Reds rookie forward Matt Boudens has been named both the UNB Domino's Pizza male Athlete of the Week and the Subway AUS male Athlete of the Week.

The native of Pembroke, Ontario played a key role in both of UNB's victories over the weekend. On Friday night against Dalhousie he scored two goals as the V-Reds skated away with a 6-3 win in their home opener. The next night he contributed another goal to go along with 3 assists in a 5-2 decision over St. FX.

After three games Boudens sits in a tie for 3rd place in conference scoring with 6 points, despite playing mainly in a bottom-6 role and logging key minutes on the penalty kill. He will look to continue his strong start to the season tomorrow night when the V-Reds welcome the St. Thomas Tommies to the AUC.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Shorthanded V-Reds Top X-Men

Despite playing with a short bench for the 2nd consecutive night the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds improved to 3-0-0 on the season after defeating the St. FX X-Men 5-2 tonight at the AUC.

- The V-Reds got off to a slow start, surrendering the first four shots of the game, but they made their first shot count as Matt Boudens (Gazzola, Willick) continued his strong start to the season by deflecting a Randy Gazzola shot from the point past X-Men goalie Drew Owsley. UNB carried the play the rest of the period, out-shooting St. FX 17-9, but were unable to extend their lead.

- UNB continued to pour it on in the middle frame and were finally rewarded at 12:33 when former X-Men defenceman R.D. Chisholm (Critchlow, Boudens) sent what looked to be an innocent looking shot on to the net from the blue-line, but it managed to get through a number of bodies in front and found the back of the net. Peter Trainor (Gazzola, Petgrave) extended the lead to three at 15:20 when he ripped a wrist shot from the left circle that sneaked under Owsley's arm, notching his first as a V-Red. UNB looked to be in control, but they got into penalty trouble late in the period and the X-Men took full advantage, scoring power-play goals at 16:33 and 17:31 to get right back into it. That would be all of the scoring in the period as UNB held a 16-6 advantage in shots.

- Francis Beauvillier (Murray, Boudens) was able to give the V-Reds some breathing room just 3:07 into the 3rd period with his first career CIS goal. He was parked at the top of the crease when he received a pass from behind the net and fired it between Owsley's legs before the X-Men goalie could react. Taylor MacDougall (Boudens) sealed the game with an empty net marker at 18:56. Shots favoured UNB 9-1 in the period and 42-16 in the game.

- UNB was playing two men short on the night as Tyler Carroll, Alex Wall, Rob Mignardi, and Adrian Robertson were all out of the line-up.

- David Shantz once again got the start in goal for UNB.

- It was another physical game as there were a number of big hits and after the whistle scrums. X-Men Zackary MacQueen received a 5 minute major penalty for charging and game misconduct late in the 1st period for a hit on Philippe Mailliet. Chris Caissy was also slow to get up after taking a hit in the 3rd period, although he was able to stay in the game.

- There were 91 minutes of penalties handed out in the game, including three 10-minute misconducts and the aforementioned game misconduct.

- Owsley, Gazzola, and Chisholm were named the game's three stars.

- UNB won 44 out of 82 face-offs with Dylan Willick (13 out of 20) and Cam Critchlow (11 out of 18) leading the way.

- Attendance was 2049.

- After the game frustrated St. FX coach Brad Peddle once again made a fool out of himself at the AUC by refusing to shake hands with the UNB coaching staff and then attempted to follow them down the tunnel leading to UNB's dressing room. He was eventually restrained. I don't think he is a big fan of the V-Reds.

- Maybe some of his frustration is attributed to the fact that UNB has now won 8 straight home games against his X-Men, dating back to game 2 of that epic AUS Final in 2011. Or that the X-Men are now 0-3-0 on the season.

- In other AUS action tonight Moncton rallied past Dalhousie 4-2 at home, UPEI picked up their first win of the year with a 2-1 overtime win in Halifax over Saint Mary's, and Acadia survived an embarrassing home loss by defeating St. Thomas 7-6 in overtime in a wild game that they led 5-1 after the first period and 6-4 with just over two minutes remaining.

- The Varsity Reds are back on the ice on Wednesday when they welcome the St. Thomas Tommies to the AUC for the first installment of the season of the Battle of the Hill. Puck drop is scheduled for 7PM.