Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pete Kelly Cup Final - UNB 4 - UdeM 1

In the fourth and championship game of the 2009 NB Peterbilt Pete Kelly Cup it was the host University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds winning 4-1 over the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus. When any team from Fredericton plays their provincial rival from Moncton there is usually lots of passion and intensity, and Wednesday's game was no exception, with a paid attendance of 2449 braving a blustery cold night to make their way to the Aitken University Centre for an entertaining match-up.

It was just 69 seconds into the game, when after a big save by Moncton's
Pierre-Alexandre Marion (Gatineau, QC) at one end of the ice, UdeM's Francis Rochon (Gatineau, QC) had half a step on the UNB defence on the rush going the other way and he beat Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) with a shot along the ice. UNB had their chances in the first period, but the UdeM players did a good job of sticking with the Varsity Reds, and clogging up the skating lanes. Just over 13 minutes in, UdeM was outshooting UNB 7-3, but the V-Reds started to break through and the shots were 10-7 in favour of UNB by the end of the period.

Twenty seconds into the second period, UNB's Taylor Procyshen (Emerald Park, SK) fired a shot from the slot that clanged off the Moncton crossbar. A minute later Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) carried the puck in deep through traffic into the Moncton zone, put the puck into the slot and after a number of V-Reds had a whack at the puck it was defenceman Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) scoring on Marion. Harty is coming off knee surgery and played one period on Tuesday and two periods on Wednesday as he works himself back into the UNB lineup. UNB's Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) made it 2-1 at the eight minute mark after he made a nifty play at the blue line to get by the Moncton “D” and dished off the puck and went to the net. He eventually got the puck back all alone in front and he had too much time to make the play past P-A Marion and bring the crowd to their feet. At 9:49 of the period UNB was shorthanded two men for 1:43, but
managed to kill off the penalty, and then were promptly handed a delay of game penalty after getting back to full strength for a line change deemed foul by the referee. Near the end of that power play UdeM captain Pierre-André Bureau (St-Prosper, QC) was called for checking behind on UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) and given the automatic game misconduct. At 16:08 Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) made it 3-1 for the V-Reds as he went five-hole on Marion after UNB defenceman Ben Shutron (Orleans, ON) wreaked havoc down low on the play. The shots favoured UNB 11-9 in the second period.

Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) spelled off Fullerton in nets to start the third period. UNB was in another 5-on-3 shorthanded position midway through the period, but they managed to kill this one off successfully as well. However, they had their own 43 second 5-on-3 power play two minutes later and didn't cash in. Events got dramatic, and emotions boiled over, at 15:45 when UNB's Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) crashed the Moncton net for a goal with many Aigles Bleus taking exception to the play, particularly Jean-Phillippe Paquet (St-Georges de Beauce, QC) who earned a five minute major for cross-checking. In the resulting scrum UdeM's Rémi Gautreau (Moncton, NB) rabbit-punched UNB star forward Hunter Tremblay several times before Tremblay lost his patience, and his gloves, and proceeded to hammer Gautreau to the ice. Both players were handed fighting majors and ejected from the game. After it all settled, UNB finished the game on the power play, but they didn't show a lot with the man advantage and were unable to increase their lead. UNB outshot UdeM 11-4 in the third period and 32-20 in the game.

The Summit Dodge players of the game awards went to Moncton goaltender P-A Marion and UNB defenceman Ben Shutron. Before UNB captain Kyle Bailey was handed the Pete Kelly Cup, the Peterbilt NB Pete Kelly Cup McDonald's tournament All Star team was named:  forwards Hunter Tremblay and Daine Todd from UNB along with Dean Ouellet from UdeM; defenceman Ben Shutron from UNB and Jules Melanson from UdeM and UNB goaltender Travis Fullerton. The Alexander Keith's tournament MVP was UNB rookie Ben Shutron.

Reds Win Pete Kelly Cup

UNB won the Pete Kelly Cup by defeating the UdeM Aigles Bleus by a score of 4-1 in the championship game of the tournament. Scoring for the V-Reds were Harty, Tremblay, Lee, and Culligan. Francis Rochon scored the UdeM goal. Travis Fullerton got the start, and Derek Yeomans took over for the 3rd period.

As is usually the case, the game between UdeM and the V-Reds got a little chippy. After the last goal, tempers flared and the teams locked up. Off to one side, Remi Gautreau threw several jabs at Hunter Tremblay, seemingly as an invitation to go.  He finally accepted and landed a few shots that knocked Gautreau to the ice. No word yet on the possible suspension but, well worthwhile if it happens.

Bruce Hallihan provides the Daily Gleaner game story.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pete Kelly Cup Game 2 - STU 3 - Toronto 2

Wednesday afternoon in the consolation final of the 2009 Peterbilt NB Pete Kelly Cup,
the hometown St. Thomas Tommies defeated the University of Toronto Varsity Blues 3-2.
It was a rare "home game" for the Tommies at UNB's Aitken University Centre and a
spirited match by both teams coming off losses the day before.

In the first period the Tommies went 0-for-3 on the power play, but couldn't get the
puck past UofT goalie Andrew Martin (Mississauga, ON). Both teams had scoring chances,
but nothing to show for it. The Varsity Blues outshot the Tommies 11-7 in the first
period.

Midway through the second period Toronto was on the power play when STU netminder Ben
MacFarlane (Woodstock, NB) made the first sprawling save, but he was down and out when
Kyle Paige (Richmond Hill, ON) put in the rebound. STU evened the score just under two
minutes later when Tyler Dietrich (Vancouver, BC) passed the puck from behind the net
to Mike Reich (Craik, SK) at the side of the post who banged it in for the goal.
Forty-five seconds later Kenton Dulle (Craik, SK) scored from in close to give the
Tommies the lead. At 15:09 the Tommies were shorthanded when Mike Eagles (Fredericton,
NB) carried the puck into the Toronto zone, passed across the front of the UofT net,
and Alex Labonte (St-Majorique, QC) knocked the puck out of the air and past a
surprised Martin. Toronto had 8 shots in the period while the Tommies scored three
times on 6 shots.

The third period had a bit more of an edge to it as both teams looked for the win and at
5:23 Varsity Blues defenceman Andrew Kizito (Toronto, ON) broke down the left side of
the ice on the rush and beat MacFarlane low on the short side with a quick release.
That was as close as the visitors could come, as Claudio Cowdry (Mississauga, ON) made
it difficult for his teammates as he was assessed a double-minor for spearing STU's
Jason Cassidy (Toronto, ON) at 17:31. STU held on for the 3-2 win, outshooting Toronto
10-7 in the final frame while being outshot 26-23 in the game. STU was 0-for-7 on the
power play in the game while Toronto was 1-for-3. The Summit Dodge players of the game
were Matt Eagles for the Tommies and Andrew Kizito for the Varsity Blues.

Pete Kelly Cup Game 2 - UNB 5 - Toronto 1

In the second game of the 2009 Peterbilt Pete Kelly Cup the host University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds defeated the OAU's University of Toronto Varsity Blues 5-1. It was UofT's first visit to the Aitken University Centre in Fredericton since October 5-6, 1984, when they won both games, but both the Varsity Reds and Blues and changed a lot in the last 25 years.

Almost 2500 fans braved the cold and wind to attend the game, and they all stood silently at the beginning of the game to pay homage to Terry Shannon, a long-time supporter and friend of the V-Reds program who lost his long battle with cancer on Christmas Day. Once the puck dropped, both teams came out flying as they skated off the rust from the long exam break. There was no scoring in the first half of the period, but Luke Lynes (Rochester Hills, MI) did hit the post around 6:30. The V-Reds finally got a puck past UofT's Russ Brownell (Oakville, ON) at 15:41 when Taylor Procyshen (Emerald Park, SK) was in the slot to snap a Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) pass past the goalie. UNB controlled the balance of play in the first period, outshooting the visitors 12-3.

After an uneventful first half of the game, UNB goalie Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) switched out with his partner Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB). Seconds later at the other end of the ice, at 9:46, Brownell made the first save, but he could not stop Todd burying the rebound to put UNB up 2-0. Less than two minutes later at 11:16, hulking UNB defenceman Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) let loose a low point shot through a crowd and past Brownell. With that, Toronto coach Darren Lowe called a timeout to settle down his players. Toronto got on the scoreboard at 16:37 when the puck came to Dean Fontyn (Mississauga, ON) at the far side of the net and he beat Yeomans high on the short side in a bang-bang play. UNB outshot Toronto 16-7 in the middle period.

UNB extended their lead at 3:25 of the third period when Daine Todd made a highlight reel move to dangle past the UofT defence on the rush before using a deke to beat Brownell. The only other goal of the period came at 9:28 on the power play as UNB controlled the puck with ease before feeding John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) at the edge of the blue paint for the tap in goal. The V-Reds kept skating all the last period against a Toronto team that looked to run out of gas. Shots in the third period were 17-2 for UNB, and 45-12 in the game.

The Summit Dodge players of the game were Daine Todd for UNB and Russ Brownell for Toronto. UNB will meet UdeM in the tournament final while Toronto will play St. Thomas in the consolation final on Wednesday.

Pete Kelly Cup Game 1 - UdeM 4 - STU 3

On Friday, December 29, 2009, in the first game of the 2009 Peterbilt Pete Kelly Cup the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus defeated their provincial rivals St. Thomas Tommies 4-3.

Both squads started the game with lineups depleted due to injuries before a small afternoon crowd of about 150 at the Lady Beaverbrook Rink. Moncton opened the scoring at 11:47 of the first period when defenceman Jules Melanson (Memramcook, NB) stepped into a puck in the high slot and blew it by STU netminder Guillaume Miszczak (Montréal, QC). Moncton extended their lead at 16:59, seconds after their power play expired, when Francis Rochon (Gatineau, QC) tipped a Jean-Phillippe Paquet (St-Georges de Beauce, QC) shot past the STU goalie. With ten seconds to go, Remi Gautreau (Moncton, NB) checked STU captain Erick Tremblay (Gatineau, QC) from behind into the boards, and in the resulting melee he added high stick and roughing minors to go with the game misconduct for the check from behind. He did manage to take two Tommies with him to the penalty box, just giving STU a two minute power play.

At 6:44 of the second period STU was on a 5-on-3 power play when Tremblay blasted the puck past Kevin Lachance (Vanier, QC). Midway through the period Patrick Lockyer (Moncton, NB) almost restored Moncton's two goal lead, but his puck clanged off the crossbar. Tremblay tied the game for the Tommies late in the second period at 18:47 after a faceoff win when his point shot went through a screen in front of the UdeM goaltender.

In the third period STU took the lead for the first time at 3:22 when Jason Cassidy (Toronto, ON) banged a rebound past Lachance. Moncton was back on the power play, thanks to a Tyler Dietrich (Vancouver, BC) double-minor retaliation penalty, when Mathieu Labrie's (St-Quentin, NB) point shot deflected of Dean Ouellet (Edmundston, NB) and in at 6:47 to tie the game once again. Then at 12:54 Ouellet made an outstanding play in the neutral zone, took the puck into the STU zone and passed the puck onto fellow Madawaskan Alexandre Soucy (Baker Brook, NB) who snapped the puck into the net. Soucey, normally a defenceman, played forward all game.

The final score was 4-3 for Moncton and UdeM outshot STU 31-21 in the game. The Summit Dodge players of the game were Erick Trembley for STU and Alexandre Soucey for Moncton. UdeM will meet UNB in the tournament championship game.

Details on Bus Trip To Maine

For those of you who weren't on the email distribution list for the bus trip to Maine this week, we're happy to pass along the trip info from Danny:

Good Morning Everyone,

Please note that this Saturday (January 2nd) is our bus trip to Maine. The
bus will be leaving the Aitken University Centre at 12pm, I would ask that
everyone please come approximately 30 minutes early to get checked in. I
will be at the AUC along with Andrew Breau who will lead the group on the
bus, and take care of ticket arrangements in Maine.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to email me.

PS, don't forget to wear your UNB colours, red towels, etc. so we're as
visible as possible in the crowd.

Enjoy the trip everyone!!!!

Regards,
Danny

And don't forget to bring your passports!!!

Pete Kelly Tournament Final: UdeM@UNB 7pm tonight!

The Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus got passed the STU Tommies yesterday with a score of 4-3 to earn the right to play in today's final. Dean Ouellet was the hero for the Aigles Bleus as he tipped in a shot at 6:47 of the third period to give them the win.

The story at the AUC was a different one, as the V-Reds dominated the play for the majority of the game and skated to a 5-1 win which could have been much more lopsided if not for some spectacular saves by Russ Brownell, UofT's goalie. Daine Todd led the V-Reds attack as he registered two goals and two assists. The V-Reds outshot the Blues 45-12 in the game.

The consolation final between the STU Tommies and the UofT Varsity Blues will take place today at 3pm at the AUC.

V-Reds Skate Past UofT in Game 2 of Pete Kelly Cup

Daine Todd had 2 goals and 2 assists to help UNB to a 5-1 win over the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.  Also scoring for UNB were Taylor Procyshen, John Scott Dickson, and Josh Kidd.  Travis Fullerton started the game, and Derek Yeomans took over around the half way mark.

Sean Fontyn beat Yeomans with a quick shot to score the only UofT goal.

UNB will play UdeM in the championship game of the Pete Kelly Cup tournament this evening at 7 P.M.  UdeM squeaked by STU in the other Pete Kelly Cup game earlier in the day, so STU will play UofT at 3 P.M., also at the Aitken Centre. 

Bruce Hallihan has the game story in today's Daily Gleaner, and informs us that Ben Wright is expected to arrive in town Friday, while Jon Harty (who played a period last night) is close to returning from surgery.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Pete Kelly Tournament - Game 2: UofT@UNB Tuesday 29th, 7:30pm

Game two of the Pete Kelly tournament sees the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (6-7-3) visiting the V-Reds (15-0-0) at the AUC at 7:30pm on Tuesday night. The V-Reds are 0-4-0 in the previous meetings of these clubs, but have not played against the Varsity Blues since October of 1985.

The Varsity Blues, although not off to a great season thus far, have pushed the #6 UQTR Partiotes to overtime twice this year, and beat the #5 McGill Redmen 4-3 in their last OUA regular season game of the first half.

The Varsity Blues are led by second-year forward Byron McDonald with 8 goals and 14 assists in 16 games. Andrew Martin, Toronto's goalie, is second in the OUA goaltenders with a .924 saver percentage.

Sad News For the UNB Hockey Family

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Terry Shannon, a long-time V-Reds hockey fan.  Many of you would know him from the Aitken Centre where he and his wife ran the concessions up until a few years ago.
 
We express our deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Shannon.

Daily Gleaner Obituary

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wright Chooses to Rejoin V-Reds

Bruce Hallihan has ended the speculation for us in today's Daily Gleaner - Ben Wright is returning to the Varsity Reds.

Wright came to UNB and played a few exhibition games for the V-Reds back in September before giving the pros a shot.  Prior to UNB, he was team captain for Lethbridge of the WHL, and was a 4th round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2006. He is capable of playing in all situations, demonstrated some offence capability during his WHL career, and brings more leadership to the V-Reds.














(photo credit: T. Amos) 
 
Welcome back, Ben.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ben Wright Leaves ECHL to Return To School In Canada...

The Elmira Jackets have announced that Ben Wright is leaving the ECHL to return to school in
Canada.  Wright of course had committed to UNB in the off-season and began the pre-season here before giving the pros a shot, but we've been unable to confirm exactly where he's heading since the announcement yesterday.  If there are any Ben Wright sightings at the malls, let us know.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mid-Season Comparison

This season, the UNB V-Reds are off to a record setting pace of 15-0-0 in the regular season, and have not lost to a University/College team since the AUS finals last year.  The fast start has people suggesting this team might be the best V-Reds team assembled yet.  We thought it might be interesting to see how this year's squad measures up statistically against the 2007, 2008, and 2009 versions at the mid-season mark. Some of the numbers might surprise you.  The power-play always gets a fair amount of scrutiny, but the numbers suggest it's more effective than ever.  Here's some of the more common stats:


Year
2006-2007
2007-2008
2008-2009
2009-2010
Record
9-3-2
12-1-1
10-2-2
14-0-0
Current AUS standings
T3
1
1
1
Goals
56
67
63
82
Assists
101
118
118
150
Goals per Game
4
4.79
4.5
5.86
Shots on Goal
418
490
534
582
Shots per Game
29.86
35
38.14
41.57
Shot percent
13.4
13.67
11.8
14.08
Power Play Opportunities
107
95
87
107
Power Play Goals
20
24
23
29
Power Play Percent
18.69
25.26
26.44
27.10
Penalties
138
114
97
112
Penalty Minutes
349
260
218
299
Penalties per Game
9.86
8.14
6.93
8
Penalty Minutes per Game
24.93
18.57
15.57
21.4
Penalty Kill Opportunities
112
93
73
66
Penalty Kill Goals Allowed
19
10
15
6
Penalty Kill Percent
83.04
89.24
79.45
90.91
Goals Allowed
45
31
40
28
Goals Allowed per Game
3.21
2.21
2.86
2
Saves
353
312
274
273
Save percent
88.9
90.96
87.26
93.02
End of Season Result
CHAMP
Silver
CHAMP
?????


Here's a look at how the scoring distribution breaks down by period over the last 4 seasons.


Mid-season Goals by Period


2006-2007 – Goals by Period
Team
1
2
3
OT
TOTAL
UNB
19
20
15
2
56
Opponent
8
18
16
3
45


2007-2008 – Goals by Period
Team
1
2
3
OT
TOTAL
UNB
17
25
23
2
67
Opponent
9
10
11
1
31


2008-2009 – Goals by Period
Team
1
2
3
OT
TOTAL
UNB
21
20
21
1
63
Opponent
10
15
13
2
40


2009-2010 – Goals by Period
Team
1
2
3
OT
TOTAL
UNB
20
33
26
3
82
Opponent
5
13
10
0
28




The shots on goal distribution by period looks like this:



Mid-season Shots by Period


2006-2007 – Shots by Period
Team
1
2
3
OT
TOTAL
UNB
127
137
144
10
418
Opponent
140
129
118
11
398


2007-2008 – Shots by Period
Team
1
2
3
OT
TOTAL
UNB
175
146
148
21
490
Opponent
94
126
117
6
343


2008-2009 – Shots by Period
Team
1
2
3
OT
TOTAL
UNB
168
155
172
39
534
Opponent
97
122
79
16
314


2009-2010 –Shots by Period
Team
1
2
3
OT
TOTAL
UNB
192
193
191
6
582
Opponent
90
119
89
3
301

There's lots of hockey left to play, but so far things are looking good.  Let us know what areas you think the team needs to improve at?
By Steven Crawford

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

AUS Mid-Season Report Card Up At The CIS Blog

Be sure to check out David Kilfoil's mid-season AUS report card over at the CIS Blog.  A few scores might generate some controversy, but it's hard to argue with the relative rankings. As is typical in the AUS, a few more weeks of action would probably change things a bit.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

AUS Pool - Week 8 Standings

The AUS Pool standings for week 8 are up. MATT JOHNSON heads into the break clinging to the #1 spot, but several other are within striking range. This week's top performer was Janeg16 with 25 points. Please note, this is the last update until the season starts up again after the break.  Also, please be reminded that any trades you wish to execute must be made prior to January 1, 2010.  The top 10 standings are listed below:


Rank/Participant/Points

1 - MATT JOHNSON - 210
2 - THE BIKER GANG! - 209
3 - cmd - 208
4 - Barney - 206
T5 - Fan of the Vreds - 205
T5 - Megan - 205
7 - Ken C - 204
T8 - Stephanie - 201
T8 - Section 5'er - 201
10 - MARIAN TREMBLAY - 199

The complete standings can be viewed at the AUS Pool Page.

For a recap of last week's AUS games, check out David Kilfoil's AUS Weekly Update over at the CIS Blog.

As always, if you notice any mistakes, please let us know by sending us an e-mail, so we can verify and make any necessary corrections.

Second Award for Campbell

The news gets better for Dion Campbell. Yesterday he was announced this week's winner for AUS Subway Male Athlete of the Week to go along with the school award he won earlier.

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

CIS Top 10 Rankings - Not Much Movement

The last CIS Top 10 of 2009 was released today. Not much change at the top as UNB, Alberta, Western and Acadia hold top 4 spots respectively.  McGill managed to leapfrog UQTR after UQTR was upset by Carleton.

SMU (win vs. StFX, loss vs. UNB) and Laurier move up after Lakehead dropped a pair of exhibtion games to unranked Saskatchewan. SMU appears to have won the tie-breaker and holds #8 going into the break.

Here are the complete rankings:

(regular season record) / (votes – first place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. UNB (15-0-0) / 180 (18) / (1)
2. Alberta (14-1-1) / 162 / (2)
3. Western Ontario (14-2-0) / 142 / (3)
4. Acadia (11-3-0) / 118 / (4)
5. McGill (12-2-0) / 101 / (6)
6. UQTR (14-2-1) / 76 / (5)
7. Manitoba (9-3-2) / 72 / (7)
8. Saint Mary’s (9-3-3) / 44 / (9) - x
9. Wilfrid Laurier (12-4-1) / 44 / (10) - x
10. Lakehead (11-3-2) / 30 / (8)

x- SMU was awarded 8th (over Laurier) based on number of higher-placed votes.

Other teams receiving votes: Saskatchewan (19), Waterloo (2).

Here's the official CIS press release.

Dion Campbell Earns Athlete of the Week Honours

Coming off a 2 goal performance vs. UPEI, and a huge assists against SMU, Dion Campbell has been named the UNB/Valley Graphics Male Athlete of the Week.  (Daily Gleaner).

Campbell's having a strong second season with the V-Reds.  In 12 games so far, he has 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 pts.  He's already passed his rookie year totals of 3 goals and 3 assists (6 points) in 19 games.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

UNB 2 – SMU 1 (OT)

FREDERICTON – The last game of the first half of the AUS men's hockey season went into bonus time before the UNB Varsity Reds won their fifteenth straight victory 2-1 over the visiting Saint Mary's Huskies. It is not only a record start for the V-Reds, but their longest winning streak during an AUS (or AUAA) regular season.

This was the first visit by the Huskies to the Aitken University Centre since they won the AUS championship back in March. They had to wait a bit for the game to start, as UNB debuted their newly painted and branded bus at centre ice. The vehicle, which just squeaked through the Zamboni entrance, is owned and operated by Can-Am Charters, the Varsity Reds' travel partner. When the puck did drop, SMU came out flying and set a tone for the night, as they did a good job clogging up then netural zone, blocking the lanes, and counterattacking the V-Reds. The game was originally supposed to be held Hallowe'en night and was postponed due to H1N1 concerns with SMU, and it became a bit of a horror story on the first Huskies power play at 5:37 when Colby Pridham's (Alberton, PE) wrist shot from the top of the circle appeared to fool Travis Fullerton (Riverivew, NB) as it beat him under the arm for the goal. UNB had a difficult time getting uncorked for most of the period, and worse, at 18:23 Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) was called for checking for behind and tossed from the game. With five seconds to go in the period Hunter Tremblay nearly won a race for a loose puck but rookie Huskies netminder Neil Conway (Concord, ON) beat him with a desperate but effective poke check. SMU outshot UNB 8-5 in the first 20 minutes.

The second period wasn't an easy one for the UNB fans, as Saint Mary's kept the game close like it was a playoff game. Tight checking led to only nine shots for each team in the period, but no scoring.

With MacIntosh gone, Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) took his place on the Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) line, and he appeared to click well with his new linemates. Just 60 seconds into the third period, Campbell outskated his SMU opponent to a loose puck at the UNB blue line, raced down the right side of the ice and then passed over to a rushing Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) who snapped the puck into the open left side of the net. This was Lee's first goal as a Varsity Red, in only his fourth game on the ice with the team. What could have been a turning point in the game came at 13:33 of the third, when SMU's Cam Fergus (Brantford, ON) received a double-minor for spearing Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) at the UNB crease. The Huskies did a good job on the penalty kill, limiting the V-Reds to only a couple of scoring chances. The final minutes of regulation time saw the Huskies just hanging on as the V-Reds pressed for the game winner. UNB outshot SMU 12-8 in the third period.

The four-on-four overtime period didn't last long as 54 second into extra time Hunter Tremblay feathered a pass to rookie Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) who one-timed the puck across the slot and just inside the far post for the winning goal. The final shots in the game were even at 27 apiece. SMU was 1-for-3 on the power play while UNB was 0-for-3. It is UNB's fourth win in overtime this season. The Varsity Reds will now break for the exam period and their next game will on December 29 when they host the University of Toronto Blues in the annual UNB Pete Kelly Cup tournament.

Hitting the Road - Can-Am Charters and UNB Roll Out New Showcase

FREDERICTON - The UNB Varsity Reds will be travelling in style in 2010, thanks to travel partner Can-Am Charters and corporate partners Sodexho, Pepsi and UNB U First: Recruitment and Retention. 

"We are excited about the opportunity to showcase one of the top programs in the country on our bus. We have provided transportation for the Varsity Reds for a number of years and look forward to continuing our partnership with them into the future," commented Mark Hurley, owner, Can-Am Charters.

The new bus will be a rolling showcase for the University of New Brunswick, building awareness across the country as the travelling billboard moves throughout the Maritimes and beyond.

"Such a sensational promotional tool will have a very positive effect on our student recruitment efforts," says Susan Mesheau, Executive Director of U First: Recruitment & Retention. "Our partnership with athletics has always been beneficial in attracting new students to our campus; this element adds a level of excitement that will generate a lot of notice to heighten UNB's top-of-mind awareness and reputation."


The new 56 passenger bus is the latest in sustainable bus transportation technology, featuring innovations in fuel efficiency and weight reduction, and is the best possible environmental choice that is available at this time. It is equipped with reclining seats, TV screens, washrooms and air-conditioning and has ample storage.


"Travel is a necessary expense for anyone fielding a team in the AUS, or anywhere else for that matter," says Kevin Dickie, Director of Athletics, "this joint venture allows us to maximize the effectiveness of our recruiting and advertising dollars while at the same time gets the most out of our transportation budget."

An added bonus is the fact that it's available for charters. The Fredericton community is encouraged to rent the bus for group travel and showcase the University of New Brunswick at the same time. Learn more about the UNB bus by contacting Can-Am Charters at 1-866-217-0842 to check availability or receive an individualized quote.

For further information please contact:

Kevin Dickie
Director of Athletics
University of New Brunswick
kdickie@unb.ca
506 458-7509

Maureen Sparks, Coordinator
2011 & 2012 CIS Men's Hockey Championships
UNB Varsity Reds Athletics Coordinator
PO Box 4400
Fredericton, NB.
E3B 5A3
506 451-6894 phone
506 453-5078 fax
sparks@unb.ca
vreds.unb.ca

"Champions of Academic and Athletic Excellence"


Saturday, December 5, 2009

UNB 7 – UPEI 0

FREDERICTON – It was the third game of the season between the UNB Varsity Reds and UPEI Panthers men's hockey teams, and the third time the V-Reds blanked the Panthers, with Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) picking up the 7-0 shutout this time, his first of the season. The victory runs UNB's winning streak to 14 straight games since the start of the season. It was a special night at the Aitken University Centre, as almost all the members of the 1983-84 AUAA (now AUS) champion UNB Red Devils (as the team was known then) were in attendance after travelling from across North America for their 25th reunion. Each of those players and coaches were introduced on ice to the 2300 fans before the opening faceoff.

The new generation of UNB players didn't take long to show what they could do, as Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) scored his 14th goal of the season as he banked a backhand past UPEI goalie Wayne Savage (St. Thomas, ON) at 2:48. Less than two minutes later Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) came flying down the left side and he beat Savage on the short side with a backhand that Savage probably would have like to re-play. Just before the six minute mark at the other end of the ice UPEI's Brandon Biggers (Sarnia, ON) beat UNB's Yeomans, but his shot rang off the crossbar, and that was as close at the Panthers were going to come all game. At 16:21 UNB was on the power play and Tremblay didn't get good wood on a rebound but rookie Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) came in from the circle and buried the puck to put the home team up 3-0. That was all the scoring in the period that saw UNB outshoot UPEI 15-5.

The second period didn't go much better for UPEI. Campbell was having another great shift near the four minute mark when he came from behind the UPEI net, and both Campbell and Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) got whacks at the puck, which appeared ultimately to bounce off a Panthers defender and inside the far post past Savage. Campbell eventually got credit for the goal. UNB was on the power play again at 7:17, and on the rush, when Campbell feathered a pass to Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) who crashed the net for an “old school” goal. After the goal Jhase Sniderman (Toronto, ON) took over in the UPEI nets. Shots favoured UNB 12-9 in the middle period.

UNB appeared to have a little less intensity in the third period, but after UPEI killled off a penalty UNB was still in the zone and controlling the puck when John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) beat Sniderman for his 11th goal of the season at 8:48. Late in the period at 17:23 UNB was on the power play yet again, and this time Clendenning was at the back door when he took the pass from Luke Lynes (Rochester Hills, MI), bent his knee, and went top shelf. With 90 seconds to go and play a little sloppy Matt Carter (Mississauga, ON) had the best chance to spoil the shootout, but he was stoned by Yeomans.

Final shots in the game favoured UNB 36-20. The V-Reds were 3-for-8 on the power play while the Panthers were 0-for-4. The player of the game was UNB's Dion Campbell.

Immediately after the game in the Coulter Room there was a special ceremony where each of the players and coaches from the 1983-84 team introduced themselves in turn, followed by UNB coach Gardiner MacDougall introducing each of his current players and coaches to the previous generation. After all of the talks and speeches the 1983-84 team made the surprise announcement that they were funding a new annual UNB hockey team award (scholarship) and trophy in honour of their coach, Don MacAdam. MacAdam admitted that he was surprised and humbled by their gesture. Next up for the V-Reds is a 5:00 pm game on Sunday against Saint Mary's, their last game of the first half.

Friday, December 4, 2009

V-Reds Host Panthers, 83-84 Red Devils

The V-Reds will host the UPEI Panthers in their third match of the season this evening at the AUC.  UPEI played a strong game a few weekends ago, holding UNB to only 2 goals.  Fortunately for UNB, the Panthers couldn't find the back of the net, but they have been playing better recently under new Coach MacPherson.

Prior to the game, the V-Reds will pay tribute to the 83-84 UNB Red Devils hockey team who are in town for the 25th anniversary of a very special season.  Bill Hunt talks a bit more about them in today's Daily Gleaner.

Game time is 7PM.  If you can't make it to the AUC, you can follow the game on Rogers TV or UNBHockey on Twitter.

Also, anyone care to guess how much weight conditioning coach Ken Seaman has caused Luke Gallant to shed since last season?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

AUS Pool - Week 7 Standings

The AUS Pool standings for week 7 are online. No change in the #1 spot, but it's still too close to call at this stage. This week's top performer was Tyler Gallant with 32 points.  The top 10 standings are listed below:

Rank/Participant/Points

1 - MATT JOHNSON - 193
2 - cmd - 189
T3 - Ken C - 188
T3 - Barney - 188
5 - Fan of the Vreds - 187
T6 - THE BIKER GANG! - 186
T6 - Megan - 186
8 - pickace - 183
9 - Tyler Christensen - 182
10 - Stephanie - 181

The complete standings can be viewed at the AUS Pool Page.

For a recap of last week's AUS games, check out David Kilfoil's AUS Weekly Update over at the CIS Blog.

As always, if you notice any mistakes, please let us know by sending us an e-mail, so we can verify and make any necessary corrections.

Winning Tradition Extends Back 25 Years

David Ritchie continues this week's feature on the 83/84 UNB Red Devils team in today's Daily Gleaner. From former player and coach Mike Kelly:
"I consider that team the blueprint."

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

CIS Top Ten Rankings: Acadia Rising

The latest installment of the Men's Hockey Top 10 Rankings has been released. No change ine the top 3 with UNB (13-0-0), Alberta (14-1-1), and Western (13-2-0) holding on to #1, #2, and #3 respectively. The biggest mover this week was Acadia (11-3-0) who has climbed from #7 to #4 after a big overtime win over #9 SMU (8-3-2). 

Here are the complete rankings:

Rank/Team/Record/Votes(1st place votes)/Last Week

1. UNB (13-0-0) / 180 points (18) / (1)
2. Alberta (14-1-1) / 162 / (2)
3. Western Ontario (13-2-0) / 140 / (3)
4. Acadia (11-3-0) / 106 / (7)
5. UQTR (13-2-0) / 100 / (4)
6. McGill (10-2-0) / 91 / (5)
7. Manitoba (9-3-2) / 78 / (6)
8. Lakehead (11-3-2) / 51 / (10)
9. Saint Mary’s (8-3-2) / 38 / (8)
10. Wilfrid Laurier (10-4-1) / 27 / (9)

Also receiving votes: Saskatchewan (12), St. Francis Xavier (3), Calgary (1), and Waterloo (1).

Click here for the CIS press release.

UNB Hockey Alumni Return for 25th Anniversary

In today's Daily Gleaner, David Ritchie tells the story of how one former UNB hockey player made this weekend's 25th anniversary celebration possible.  Those of us who where around 25 years ago still get excited talking about the run the team had.  It's great to see today's program taking time to respect the past.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

UNB 3 – STU 2 OT

FREDERICTON – Like their first meeting this season with cross-campus rival St. Thomas, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds hockey team was pushed to overtime before winning, this time 3-2, and extending their winning streak to 13 games. Also, as was the case the last time the two teams met, rookie Tommies goaltender Charles Lavigne (St. Bernardin, ON) was the difference maker, as he essentially stole a point for his team.

The ceremonial puck drop before the game was conducted by Matt Stairs, who received a standing ovation from the 2620 fans at the Aitken University Centre. Stairs, who grew up in Fredericton, is one of the best-ever Canadian-born baseball players and won the World Series in 2008 with the Philadelphia Phillies. When the puck dropped for real, the V-Reds came out flying and the Tommies weathered the storm, thanks to Lavigne in nets. For their part, the Tommies' skaters played a much stronger game than their last meeting, forcing UNB to skate through traffic most of the match.

The best early scoring chance came just over six minutes into the game when Lavinge robbed UNB defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) with a pad save. The V-Reds had three power plays in the first period, but their normally potent special teams were foiled by a strong STU penalty all game. Late in the first period, at 18:42, UNB defenceman Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) blasted a point shot through a screen that John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) tipped in for his tenth goal of the season. UNB outshot STU 10-4 in the first period.

Early in the second period St. Thomas was on the power play and they caught a bit of abreak when Kenton Dulle's (Craik, SK) shot hit UNB goaltender Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) in the shoulder, went up in the air and landed behind the goalie, and Alex Labonte (St. Majorique, QC) was able to get to the puck first and tap it in the net at 1:37 to tie the game. A few minutes later Dulle had a chance to take the lead for STU, but after deking Fullerton on the rush he wasn't able to put the puck in the wide open far side of the net. The middle period was certainly the best for the Tommies, as UNB only outshot them 14-10 and didn't have as great a territorial edge.

That all changed in the third period, as UNB dominated the majority of play and had the Tommies penned in their own end for long stretches of time. At 4:58 the V-Red regained their lead after Lavigne made several saves in a furious sequence until Dickson passed over to Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) all alone at the back door for the easy tap in. UNB kept the pressure on all period, but at 13:04 they turned over the puck in the neutral zone and Matt Eagles (Fredericton, NB) and Labonte broke in on a two-on-one. Labonte let the puck fly from the left circle and his shot appeared to fool Fullerton for the tying goal. At the other end of the ice Lavigne continued his strong play, as UNB outshot STU 17-3 in the third period.

In the ten minute four-on-four overtime the play was more balanced than the third period. However at 3:01 Lavigne came out of his net to play the puck and he ended up mishandling the play – UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) got to the puck, skated across the crease, and beat Lavigne to the open side of the net for the game winner. The Varsity Reds outshot the Tommies 44-19 in the game, yet went 0-for-5 on the power play. STU was 1-for-2 with the man advantage. The player of the game was Kyle Bailey.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

UNB 7 – UdeM 5

MONCTON – The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds stretched their unbeaten streak to 12 games, but they twice had to come from behind before finally defeating the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus 7-5. UNB outshot UdeM 40-27 in the game, but the physical Moncton team was very opportunistic with their goal scoring, making the most of their opportunities.

The first good scoring chance in the first period came around the 6:45 mark when UdeM's Mathieu Bétournay (Saint-Chrysostome, QC) stripped the puck off UNB defenceman Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) at the Moncton blue line and had a breakaway the other way, but was ultimately unsuccessful in trying to deke Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) in the UNB net. Just after Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) almost scored, UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) did score off the faceoff on Kevin Lachance (QC) with his backhand at 8:31. On that play Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) picked up his first point in his first game as a Varsity Red. Eight minutes later UNB's Daine Todd (Red Deer, AB) started to come out of the UNB corner with the puck, but his stick snapped in half and Guillaume Parenteau (Boucherville, QC) jumped on the loose puck and got it quickly over to Rémi Gautreau (Moncton, NB) in the slot who went top corner to tie the game. Just over a minute later Bétournay knocked the puck off a UNB stick and past a surprised Fullerton to take the lead for Moncton. Not two minutes later, at 19:45, the V-Reds turned the puck over in the neutral zone and les Aigles Bleus captain Pierre-André Bureau (Saint-Prosper, QC) carried the puck into the zone and let loose a quick shot that Bétournay deflected nicely into the top corner of the net for the 3-1 lead, despite being outshot 14-8 in the period.

At 2:01 of the second period Bailey was in the slot when he took a pass from Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) and beat LaChance over the glove hand to cut Moncton's lead to one. Bailey was leading the rush at 7:00 as all three UNB forwards came up the left side and drew the Moncton defenders to them. Bailey fired the puck cross ice to defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) who had an open lane to the net and he rifled a shot into the top corner to tie the game. However 54 seconds later Parenteau entered the UNB zone, drew the defenders and dished the puck to Charles Bergeron (St.Joseph-de-Coleraine, QC) who scored to give UdeM the lead once again. Midway through the period Bailey almost had a hat-trick to tie the game, but his shot rang off the far post and out. UNB had several minutes of sustained pressure and were finally rewarded when Matt Fillier (Durham, NS) scored at the end of a tic-tac-toe play at 12:15. That was the end of the scoring in the period where UNB edged UdeM 13-11 in shots.

After the third time the Moncton net came off its moorings, UdeM goalternder Lachance was handed a delay of game penalty at 5:28. Late in the resultant power play John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) beat Lachance on the short side for the go-ahead goal. At 10:08 Hunter Tremblay made a great individual effort as he blocked a shot at the UNB blueline and then outraced and battled two Moncton defenders the length of the ice before beating Lachance glove-side. Moncton was on the power play at 13:42 when the puck bounced off UNB defender Stamler to UdeM's Bergeron who then passed to Bureau and in to bring Moncton within a goal once again. The rest of the period was pretty physical until Tremblay salted away the win as he led a two-on-one into the Moncton zone, turned his back to the goalie in the slot and fed the puck to Alex Aldred (St. Albert, AB) who had a yawning net to score on at 18:01. UNB outshot UdeM 13-8 in the final period.

The final score was 7-5 for UNB, who outshot UdeM 40-27 in the game before 1072 fans at the J-Louis Levesque Arena on the UdeM campus. UNB was 1-for-5 with the man advantage while UdeM was 0-for-2. Next up for the Varsity Reds is a Saturday home date with cross-campus rivals St. Thomas.