Friday, September 19, 2014

V-Reds Dismantle Lakers

UPDATES: The UNB Athletics website has posted their game recap

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds didn't show any hospitality to the visiting University of Nipissing Lakers tonight at the AUC, destroying the Lakers 11-1 in the first meeting ever between the two schools.

- Taylor MacDougall led the way with a hat-trick while Jordan Murray, Adrian Robertson, and Cameron Brace each had two goals. Peter Trainor and Matt Boudens had the other markers. Nipissing scored their only goal on the power play with 2:41 left in the first period, cutting the deficit to 3-1 at the time.

- Alex Wall had 4 assists.

- UNB held a 40-11 shots advantage with period totals of 17-4, 16-3, and 7-4.

- UNB's special teams were huge in the game, going a perfect 6 for 6 on the power play and adding a shorthanded goal from Boudens.

- The V-Reds scored 6 goals in the 2nd period to blow the game open and added two more in the 3rd.

- Forward Chris Caissy made his UNB debut after missing Monday's game against St. Thomas due to being away at the St. Louis Blues training camp.

- The announced attendance was 1600.

- Tyler Carroll left the game late in the first period after falling hard into the boards. He returned to the bench after the intermission and played in the 2nd period, but did not see any action in the 3rd. It appears he will be fine and was being held out for pre-cautionary reasons.

- Rob Mignardi received a 5 minute penalty and game misconduct for a hit to the head late in the first period, not long after Cam Braes got a 2 minute penalty and a 10 minute misconduct for a similar violation.

- The Lakers had 32 players listed on their roster with 25 of them dressed for the game. The V-Reds, meanwhile, only had 19 out of their 21 players dressed as both Colin Suellentrop and R.D. Chisholm were out of the line-up. Gotta love the roster cap in the AUS.

- The 10 goal margin of victory was UNB's highest since defeating UPEI 10-0 in the 2009 home opener, and tied for the highest since a 14-1 victory over Mount Allison in 1991.

- This is the most goals UNB has scored in a game since a 11-1 win over Moncton in 2003. The last time they scored more was in a 12-2 win over Mount Allison in 1997.

- UNB continued their impressive performance against teams from the OUA, improving to 40-1-1 in their last 42 games against OUA competition dating back to the beginning of the 2003-2004 season. The only setbacks in that time were a 3-2 loss at the AU. C against the Western Mustangs in the CIS semi-finals on March 24, 2012 and a 5-4 shootout loss to the hometown Lakehead Thunderwolves in the Bell Cup on December 29th, 2004.

- The V-Reds and Papa John's will be involved in a pretty cool promotion this year called Shots and Saves. The highest number of shots or saves UNB amasses during either of their games on the weekend will be the online discount the following Tuesday, using promo code VREDS. If UNB wins by a shutout, the discount will increase by 10% with a maximum possible discount of 50%. 

- UNB is back in action next Friday night when they host the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus at the AUC.

Statistics courtesy RedSea database

Monday, September 15, 2014

V-Reds Shutdown Tommies

UPDATE: The Brunswickan has posted their game recap while the UNB Athletics website has officially announced the addition of goaltender David Shantz.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds rode three first period goals to a solid 4-0 win over the St. Thomas Tommies tonight at the Grant*Harvey Centre. It was the first pre-season game for both teams.

- The V-Reds received first period goals from Philippe Halley (shorthanded from Matt Petgrave at 2:37), rookie defenceman Randy Gazzola (from Halley and Dylan Willick at 6:27), and Jordan Murray (from Petgrave and Matt Boudens at 13:06). Cam Braes netted the insurance goal at 16:19 of the 3rd period with the assists going to Halley and Willick.

- Shots in the game favoured UNB 34-15 with period total of 16-5, 9-4, and 9-6.

- Halley, Willick, and Petgrave were named the game's three stars. Halley had a particularly eventful game as he collected a goal, dished out two assists, and both threw and received a couple of big hits.

- Perhaps most encouraging on the night was UNB's penalty killing. They killed off all eight of STU's power plays, scored a shorthanded goal, and had a number of other good chances while a man down.

- The V-Reds, by contrast, only had three power play opportunities, failing to score.

- UNB won 34 out of 52 face-offs with Dylan Willick (11 out of 12) and Taylor MacDougall (9 out of 13) leading the way.

- Attendance was 683.

- Tyler Carroll took Chris Culligan's spot as the 1st line centre playing between Halley and Philippe Maillet.

- Recently recruited goaltender David Shantz played the whole game and picked up the shut-out in his first game as a V-Red. Shantz only has one year of eligibility remaining after playing four seasons of professional hockey.

- Former St. FX X-Men defenceman - and previously unannounced recruit - RD Chisholm was in the line-up for UNB.

- Despite having Chisholm in the line-up UNB was still playing one skater short as rookies Chris Caissy and Colin Suellentrop are both attending professional training camps. The V-Reds currently have 19 skaters on the team, three fewer than the 22 skater roster cap.

- The numbers for the new players: G Chris Carrozzi (#1), G David Shantz (#31), D Randy Gazzola (#2), D R.D. Chisholm (#5), D Alex Wall (#42), D Colin Suellentrop (#44), F Peter Trainor (#12), F Chris Caissy (#15), F Rob Mignardi (#18), F Cameron Brace (#19), and F Matt Boudens (#27).

- Remarkably, 11 out of the 21 players listed on UNB's roster are rookies this year.

- Even more remarkably, 15 players who played for the V-Reds last season are no longer on the team. This includes G Charles Lavigne, G Joel Vienneau, D Ben Shutron, D Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, D Tim Priamo, D Keevin Cutting, F Chris Culligan, F Nick MacNeil, F Thomas Nesbitt, F Antoine Houde-Caron, F J.P. Labardo, F Shea Kewin, F Ben Duffy, F Mike Thomas, and F Cam Maclise.

- This is the first time since 2009 that UNB has played their first game of the season in Fredericton. They opened the pre-season in Cocagne, NB last year, Abram's Village, PEI in 2012, Port Hawkesbury, NS in 2011, and Calgary, Alberta in 2010.

- UNB's next action is this Friday night when they host the OUA's Nipissing Lakers at the AUC. Puck drop is scheduled for 7PM in what will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.

Monday, September 8, 2014

V-Reds Begin Pre-Season Next Week

The longer-than-usual offseason for the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds will finally end next Monday night when they face off against the rival St. Thomas Tommies at 7PM at the Grant*Harvey Centre in Fredericton.

The V-Reds have yet to put out a press release announcing their exhibition schedule like they have done in recent years, but the following exhibition games have been posted on their website:

Monday, September 15th @ St. Thomas Tommies, 7PM
Friday, September 19th vs. Nipissing Lakers, 7PM
Friday, September 26th vs. Moncton Aigles Bleus, 7PM
Saturday, October 4th @ Boston College Eagles, 8PM
Sunday, October 5th @ Maine Black Bears, 7PM

Friday, January 2nd vs. Windsor Lancers, 7PM
Saturday, January 3rd vs. Windsor Lancers, 7PM

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Interview With Brace

Manny Paiva of Bayshore Broadcasting recently talked with new Varsity Reds recruit Cameron Brace. Among the topics discussed include his time in the Ontario Hockey League, his decision to attend UNB and play for the V-Reds, and the chance to play with former Owen Sound teammate Rob Mignardi. You can listen to the interview here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

V-Reds Confirm Trainor and Boudens, Announce Another

The five-time National Champion UNB Varsity Reds are extremely excited to add three top recruits to the forward position for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

Joining the Varsity Reds are former Drummondville Voltigeur Matt Boudens of Pembroke, Ontario, ex-Moncton Wildcat Chris Caissy of Campbellton, New Brunswick, and Peter Trainor from the Rimouski Oceanic.

The 6’0”, 195 lb Boudens comes to UNB after a break-out year with the Drummondville Voltigeurs which saw him put up 24 goals and 35 assists for 59 points in 67 games played.  Boudens was also named captain of the team in his final year and finished his career with 110 points in 170 games while adding 304 penalty minutes.

Boudens was also part of the Pembroke Lumber Kings Royal Bank Cup National Championship-winning squad in 2011.  He comes to UNB as a highly-coveted and very versatile recruit. He was invited to rookie camp with the Montreal Canadians in 2013 and this fall will attend the Florida Panthers rookie camp. He will study Kinesiology at UNB.

Chris Caissy is coming off his two best seasons of junior hockey. This past year he put up 43 points in 53 games with the Wildcats - this despite missing 15 games with a serious injury.  The 6’2” forward is looking to build from that campaign and was recently invited to the St. Louis Blues development camp this past summer. 

Caissy also had a very successful career in the MJAHL which saw him rack up 121 points in 170 games. He won the MJAHL championship with Summerside Western Capitals in 2012-13 and was also named playoff MVP.  At the RBC Cup, Caissy added 9 points and played a key role in helping Summerside reach the national final. Caissy will study Kinesiology at UNB.

These two QMJHL players join Peter Trainor from the Rimouski Oceanic whose move to UNB was announced earlier this summer.  Trainor is coming off a fantastic QMJHL career which saw him put up 218 points in 203 career games including the 2012-13 season where he put up a staggering 46 goals and 54 assists for 100 points and a QMJHL Second Team All-Star selection. A former 1993 V-Red prospect, Trainor is known for his elite scoring prowess and is also a former Fredericton AAA Canadian.

“These three players will have a big role with our UNB program over the next few years.  We are very excited about the addition of these three players and their caliber and pedigree,” said associate coach Rob Hennigar. “All three bring something different and are also extremely versatile which is something we look for at UNB.  They bring a lot of leadership and will be looked upon to play in key situations.”