Tuesday, February 3, 2009

UNB Hockey Record Pursuits

Kevin Henderson’s team leading 46 points so far this season already has him tied for 14th place with Derek Cormier and Bill Wright in the rankings of best seasons all-time at UNB. With four games to go Henderson needs three more points get into the Top Ten at UNB. Robbie Forbes holds the hockey program’s all-time record for best season with his 66 points in 1984-85.

Hunter Tremblay’s 44 points thus far has him in 16th place all-time for best seasons, just one point back of Gary Agnew in 1980-81. With four games to go Tremblay needs five more points to get into the Top Ten for best seasons.

Kevin Henderson has scored 18 goals this season, just out of UNB’s Top 20 in the record book. He needs one more goal to land in a 19th place tie with Gary Agnew, Ryan Lindsay and Peter MacKellar. The UNB record for most goals in one season is held by John LeBlanc, who scored 38 goals in 24 games in 1985-86.

Hunter Tremblay’s 31 assists this season has him already in tenth place all-time for most assists in one season by a UNB player. With four games remaining, Tremblay needs four more assists to surpass his total of 34 assists last season and move into fourth place all-time. The current Varsity Reds record is 43 assists in one season set by Rob Hennigar in 2007-08.

Kevin Henderson has totalled 28 assists this season, putting him in a 16th place tie for the all-time UNB record with Kelly Reed and Sid Veysey. Henderson needs three more assists to get into the UNB all-time Top Ten for most assists in one season.

UNB’s rookie goaltender Travis Fullerton has set the UNB (and it may be an AUS and CIS record) for the longest streak of shutout goaltending at 292 minutes and 39 seconds. In the process Fullerton had three complete shutout games, matching the UNB season record set by Reg Bourcier in 2003-04. Before this past weekend, the last goal Fullerton gave up was at 5:22 of the second period (to Shawn Frank) during UNB’s 8-2 win over Dalhousie on January 10. Fullerton next earned an 8-0 win over St. Thomas on January 14th and then played the final two scoreless periods of UNB’s 4-2 win over UPEI on January 17. Fullerton blanked Acadia 5-0 on January 23rd, followed by his 9-0 shutout of St. Thomas on January 28. Travis kept his streak going against StFX on January 31 when he made a stick save at 4:33 on a Kevin Undershute penalty shot at 4:33 of the second period. However, late in the same period, at 18:01, StFX defenceman Will Colbert finally beat Fullerton on the power play with a point shot through a screen. UNB won the game 6-2.

The only UNB career record at risk this season for skaters is for most games played. Going into this weekend, Dustin Friesen has played 133 regular season games with the V-Reds. This puts him currently in fourth play all-time, one game played back of Denny Johnston. If Friesen plays all four remaining regular season games he would finish with 137 games played, one more than all-time leader Calvin Watson. In his career at UNB Dustin Friesen has been a true Ironman; the only three regular season UNB games he missed were while he was in Torino, Italy with three UNB teammates in February, 2007 playing for Team Canada in their winning of the gold medal at the FISU World University Games.

Prepared February 3, 2009 by David Kilfoil for the UNB Varsity Reds. Statistics courtesy of VRedsHockey.com and AtlanticUniversitySport.com. Reposted with permission.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Dave... great read!

We all knew that Henderson was so much better than the 15 points he recorded last season... 46 and counting... way to go Kevin!

Another stat which I find particularly interesting is that Rob Hennigar, who holds UNB's all-time record for most points scored in both the regular season and playoffs, never had a 50 point season until his 4th (and last) year. Hunter Tremblay is on pace to score 50 points again this season which would give him 50 points in each of his first 2 seasons with UNB. Is it possible for Tremblay to break Hennigar's record in only 3 years of play... we'll see?

What more can you say about UNB's captain, Dustin Friesen. He's definitely been the most consistent of UNB's "D-men" this season and his presence will certainly be missed on the blue line next year.

Anonymous said...

How good could this team be if it had Hennigar and Boyce still, both would still be eligible, I think?

I wonder what the biggest difference has been for Henderson? Conditioning maybe? He's skating a lot better than he did last year, still looks a bit awkward at full speed, but he seems more confident. He shoots more and yeah, playing with Cuddihy and Tremblay is probably a step up over Johnston and Hodgson or whoever. He's getting more PP time too, but he's earning his keep there.

The summer of 2007 might go down as the top recruiting year ever at UNB? Tremblay, Henderson, Bailey, Seymour, Gallant, Aldred, Hodgson, and Yeomans. Certainly not a bad core of year 2 guys.