Friday, February 13, 2009

UNB Secures Home Ice Advantage For Playoffs With Win Over UPEI

UNB scored 3 times in the 1st period and Derek Yeomans played a solid game in goal as the V-Reds secured 1st place in the AUS Conference, and home ice advantage in the playoffs with a 5-2 win over the UPEI Panthers.

Kyle Bailey recorded his second hat trick of the season, while Kevin Henderson, and Justin Dacosta also scored for the V-Reds. Derek Yeomans made 19 saves for the win. Shots were 36-21 in favor of UNB.

With this game, Dustin Friesen ties Calvin Watson's record for most games played by a UNB skater at 136. The captain can set the team record tomorrow night in Moncton.

13 comments:

David said...

Pretty convincing win. UNB had some good scoring chances on the PP, but dang, that's three games in a row now without scoring on the man advantage! They've got to get that clicking for the playoffs ...

It is good to see Bailey finding his scoring touch again heading into the playoffs ... just like last year.

austrooper said...

good to see yeomans rebound with a solid effort...with all the fuss being made of fullerton, derek needs to be in the right place if it comes to be he's the guy who ends up in a playoff situation.....quite frankly, the goaltending is the only aspect of this UNB team that seems to be iffy at this point....You'd like to think that Gardiner would have a definite go to guy in his mind heading into the post-season...will be interesting to see who plays tonight against moncton....

Ken C said...

I'll be shocked if Fullerton doesn't get the nod vs Moncton.
Before tonight's game, I subtracted out the Dal/STU games, and interestingly, Fullerton has better stats in every single category vs playoff teams. I know Yeomans played some games early when the team was playing below its standard, but the numbers are leaning a bit in favor of Fullerton, even after the weaker opponents are removed...

Yeomans GAA 2.70, save% .884
Fullerton GAA 2.55 Save% 890

I think MacDougall is going to see how Fullerton responds on the road vs Moncton.

Either way, while the goaltending isn't 1st-team all-star this year, there aren't any lights-out goalies except perhaps Battochio in the AUS, and this team should be good enough to compensate for whatever shortcomings exist in net.

Squirrel H8TR said...

Your goaltenders are fine, I keep saying that. Either goalie would be a #1 on every other team in the AUS, sans ST-FX, most likely.

Count your blessings. It must be tough on these guys. Yeomans played 6 games last year and Fullerton was at the other end of the spectrum playing 35+ (?) in junior. Tough task to come to the CIS, behind a good D, minimal shots on many nights and be expected to be "ready" every minute.

Careful with your goalies as they are probably the most fragile creatures on your team.

L8TR (I have been told that the T is redundant, but don't care)

Anonymous said...

By the way things have been going this season Gardiner only gives ice time to a certain few depending on their postal code! There are some proven solid players that are getting shafted!

Anonymous said...

Care to mention any names?

Anonymous said...

Both of the game stories I've read say that, on Dacosta's goal, Bailey won the faceoff back to Gallant, then to Dacosta for the goal. Bailey isn't credited with an assist in the game summary though. What's up with that? Was it Dickson who took the faceoff?

Anonymous said...

I agree with the previous post, no need to mention names since it is quite obvious that the same 8 to 10 players get all of the ice time, when it is totally uneccessary. They are obviously exhausted by 3rd period. Same thing happened in the finals last year and looks like it is heading that way again.

Anonymous said...

I would agree that the top ten or twelve players get the bulk of the ice time, but I think they deserve it. It's tough to play on a team with the depth of the Reds...take your turn, I guess, and make the best of it. But I agree with the previous post - there's a lot of potential sitting on the bench (or in the stands) - guys that are top line on most other teams.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I agree...the top/best players get the most ice team...which is not unlike how any other coach at this level of hockey would approach things...

As for the poster above who said how these players are obviously exhausted by the third period...although the third period has been oal differential so gfar this year I wouldn't call 39-22 that much of a drop off...and they outshot Alberta 16-6 in the third period last year...so I don't know if that comment is very accurate...

UNB Hockey Fan said...

Woah I don't know what happened to my comment above...it is supposed to say 'although the third period has been their worst in terms of goal differential this year I owuldn't call 39-22 that much of a drop off'

Anonymous said...

As far as ice-time goes, if players give an overwhelming reason not to be scratched, the won't be. If you leave it up to the coach, well, his job is hard and he'll probably pick his roster depending on the opponent and perceived needs that night.

It's not likely he's picking on players or trying to lose by benching good ones. I have yet to see a hockey team that didn't have people disappointed in ice-time, or a team that had everyone always liking the coach's decisions.

A lot of coaches shorten their benches and double shift the top 2 lines at times...Scotty Bowman won more than a few Stanley Cups that way. I bet the depth players were ticked off at the time, but they probably swallowed their pride for the team.

David said...

UNB is the best conditioned team in the AUS, perhaps in the CIS, so they don't have players normally running out of gas in the third period -- and certainly didn't against Alberta last year. Bruce Hallihan of the Gleaner was clearly wrong about that last year -- about the first time I've ever disagreed with him.

If you haven't seen this team on the road, you haven't seen how they dominate the skating in the overtime periods.

If MacDougall thinks other coaches are trying to line-match with him, he'll double-shift his line(s), counting on UNB's superior conditioning to give them the edge as he wears out the other team.

Gardiner's coaching philosophy is more towards three lines -- he feels it keeps key players in the flow of the game. So if you're on the "energy line" you'll get less ice time. However, his third period ice time is more situational: players that are working real hard in the first 40 minutes will get more ice time in the third period. As well, if the game is out of hand, the third and fourth lines will get more ice time, including PP time (as was the case against Moncton).