Friday, March 6, 2009

UNB 3 - Acadia 2 OT game capsule

UNB 3 – Acadia 2 OT
Thursday, March 5, 2009

It wasn't easy, and it took overtime, but the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds
defeated the Acadia Axemen 3-2 to sweep their AUS semi-final series in three straight
games and advance to the University Cup. UNB will play the Saint Mary's Huskies for
the AUS championship for the second year in a row, only this time both teams will
advance to Nationals.

UNB killed back to back penalties early in the first period, but they weren't third time
lucky as David Lomas (Burlington, ON) astutely fired the puck through UNB captain Dustin
Friesen, who was minus a stick, and onto to the net and Jonathan Laberge (Ste-Foy, QC)
banged in the rebound at 17:00. Two minutes later Acadia's Zack Firlotte (Minto, NB)
picked up two minutes and a game misconduct for checking from behind on Bretton Stamler
(Edmonton, AB). UNB outshot Acadia 12-10 in the first 20 minutes.

The second period didn't have any scoring, but did have its share of incidents. At 4:47
Acadia captain Paul MacFarland (Richmond Hill, ON) and UNB's Hunter Tremblay (Timmins,
ON) collided in the Axemen zone and MacFarland went down hard with a cut to his nose
and upper facial area that created a pool of blood on the ice. MacFarland went to the
locker room and needed 15 stitches before returning in the third period. Around the 11
minute mark Justin McCutcheon (Ithica, NY) was robbed at the edge of the net by
Acadia's Kristofer Westblom (Meadow Lake, SK). Late in the period, at 17:51, Stammler
hit Ryan Graham (Mount Pearl, NF) hard by the Acadia bench and was called for checking
from behind, plus the resultant automatic game misconduct. Shots favoured UNB 11-9 in
the period.

Early in the third period, just 37 seconds in, UNB got on the scoreboard as Luke Gallant
(Bedford, NS) wired a point shot through a crowd past Westblom while the referee was
indicating a delayed penalty. The Axemen regained their lead just over two minutes
later after Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) gave the puck away to McFarland who
raced through the neutral zone and let a wrist shot go from just inside the blue line
that fooled UNB netminder Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) over the shoulder. A minute
later at the other end of the ice UNB's Jimmy Cuddihy (Aylmer, QC) walked out of the
corner and undressed an Axemen defencemen as he stick-handled across the crease, but he
couldn't beat Westblom. As the third period wore on UNB started to dominate the Axemen
in the offensive zone with an aggressive forecheck and were rewarded when all of the
Varsity Reds forwards had a whack at the puck in the crease before a pinching Jonathan
Harty (Oromocto, NB) put the puck past Westblom at 11:57 to tie the game up once again.
UNB kept pressing but couldn't get the go ahead goal, including a faceoff win by Kyle
Bailey (Ponoka, AB), with less than two seconds to go in regulation, back to Tremblay
for the one-timer that was saved by Westblom. UNB had 16 shots in the third period
while Acadia had 6.

In overtime UNB was continuing to carry the bulk of the play, and at 5:33 Harty skated
across the blue line and let a blast go from the top of the circle that grazed
Westblom's right shoulder on the way to the back of the net, and just like that,
Acadia's season was over. UNB had the only 3 shots on net in the overtime period, for
a game total of 42 shots. Acadia had 25 shots in the game. UNB was 0 for 4 on the
power play and Acadia was 1 for 7 on the night.

By David Kilfoil for the UNB Varsity Reds.

6 comments:

Jim Lahey said...

unb bunch of bks

bad kids

Anonymous said...

WTF????

Could you please explain?

Anonymous said...

Jim -

Did you have a bit too much to drink at the cheesburger picnic?

See you in Halifax. Bring Randy.

Anonymous said...

HaHahAhAHahAHaHAhaHAhaHAh
Chris Hodgsons Probably talking about how good he is atm!

Anonymous said...

Hodgy is a fan favourite for sure. Don't get in his way and keep your head up!
It's not him saying how good he is, it's everyone else.
Jealousy will get you nowhere.

Anonymous said...

#21 played well last night, seeing limited ice time. A shot on goal, some good physical play and as I recall, his line hemmed Acadia in their own zone for the entire shift a couple of times.

Go Hodgy!!!