Friday, March 13, 2009

UNB 5 - SMU 1

It was a decisive victory for the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds over the visiting Saint Mary’s Huskies, as they scored three times in the third period to put away the 5-1 win in front of an appreciative sell-out crowd of 3768. With the win UNB can now take the AUS men’s hockey championship Sunday night in Halifax.

The game got off to a pretty physical start, with UNB’s Justin McCutcheon (Ithaca, NY) and SMU’s Chris Morehouse (Amherst, NS) each earning 10 minute misconduct penalties at 2:16 thanks to a fencing match on the faceoff. There was a few minor penalties later in the period, but no scoring. Shots in the first 20 minutes favoured UNB 14-9 as both teams skated off the rust from not playing since last Thursday.

The first goal came in the second period when Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB)was at the side of the net and one-timed a Rob Pierce (Fredericton, NB) pass from below the goal line to beat Brandon Verge (Fall River, NS) on the short side at 2:14. Just 36 seconds later Tyler Cuthbert (Omenee, ON) scored his first goal of the season to tie it up as he one-timed a cross ice pass from Marc Rancourt (Gloucester, ON) into the top left corner of the net to beat Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB). UNB regained their goal late in the period, at 17:50 when Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) was awarded a penalty shot after a SMU player put his hand on the puck in the crease during a goal mouth scramble. Bailey pulled Verge to his left before putting the puck in the right side of the net to complete the deke.

In the third period Jimmy Cuddihy (Aylmer, QC) fooled Verge with a soft shot from the side of the net at 2:24. At 6:42 Clendenning scored his second of the game from the slot as he leaned into a wrist shot. At 17:58 SMU’s 6’7”Justin Wallingford (Hamilton, ON) was given a match penalty and a roughing penalty for chopping down Bailey at the edge of the SMU net, and then getting tied up with the much smaller Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) who came to the aid of the prone Bailey. On the resultant power play Alex Aldred (St. Albert, AB) tipped in a Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) point shot at 19:13 for the final shot of the game..

Shots in the game favoured UNB 42-22 in the game and 18-3 in the final period that they clearly dominated. Game 2 goes Sunday night at the Halifax Forum. SMU was 0 for 4 on the power play and UNB was 1 for 7 with the man advantage.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

0 for 4 on the power play says it all. If the Huskies can't score there, you're doing something right.

No need of that vicious slash by Wallingford. You'd think a man that size wouldn't have to resort to that nonsense. Hope he gets a few games - he deserves it. Cheers to Hardy for stepping in - way to go Jonathan.

Looking forward to Sunday.

Let's go V-Reds.

Anonymous said...

Great work by the 3rd & 4th lines.
The score suggests Verge was weak, but it could have been much worse if it hadn't been for several spectacular saves.
Keep your head up, Wallingford. You're going to be a wanted man - if you ever get back on the ice.
They're rollin' now, baby.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I have to think Wallingford is doen for the season...I guess that is his second match penalty of the seasonl. One match = a game suspension and two = a review by the AUS. But yeah...great performance tonight...probably the best third period I have seen them play in quite some time, very encouraging sign going forward...this game really showed that UNB is the better team 5 on 5..and if you can stop their PP they are pretty ordinary. Also...for all the talk about UNB's goaltending "problem"....SMU's goaltending isn't that great either...Verge's numbers this year were worse than either Yeoman's or Fullerton's IIRC...

Anonymous said...

The previous post hits the nail on the head on every count. Fullerton's body language tonight was a guy who was very much in control, smothered rebounds, made the first stop. On the other end, Verge gave up a soft goal to Cuddihy which basically turned the game around. To his credit, Verge played well after that, but heck, it's a 3-1 game at that point. Game over!!!! As for Wallingford's hit on Bailey, cheap shot. Not only that, he gave him a punch before he whacked with his stick. For a man that size (6'7'') to resort to that type of crap, well, the guy's playing university hockey for a reason. Guys that size always get a second look from the pros but this guy does nothing except take up space. Obviously, his brain capacity leaves something to be desired as well. His heave-ho (and subsequent suspension) actually helps Saint Mary's. He's their sixth defenceman and not a very good at that. I don't know about others who might add to this debate, but seems to me the second team all-star (Friesen) and non-all-star (Hardy, Stamler, Bowman) were a whole lot better than the two first team all-stars (Hotham brothers). Rancoourt played well tonight. Doucet, Fergus, Thornton: didn't do much at all. From almost every perspective, UNB really put the run to the 'Dogs on this night. Game 2 might be different, but wouldn't be surprised if UNB wraps it up on visiting ice.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Yeah...tehir 'big 5' was wasn't all that great tonight se that beauty pass from Rancourt on their only goal...and yeah, the loss of Wallingford isn't really that much of a loss but it atleast it hurts them depth-wise. Also, I was surprised to see Aldred in there over DaCosta...DaCosta has really seemd to fallen out of favour the second half of the year...I don't get it...I still would put him in there over Aldred...

Anonymous said...

And Hepditch, too. The guy doesn't everything he's asked to do: stir up the pot; play defence when called upon; and he always give it a great effort. Why isn't he playing? For all his talent, Chris Hodgson really hasn't done much of late. Perhaps he should be sitting for a spell. As for DaCosta, yeah, it's surprising he's not playing on more of a regular basis. Looks like Harty's ice-time is really increasing and has in recent games. MacDougall's got that reputation: when a guy catches his eye, he's uses him until he does something to warrant less attention. Thought Ryan Seymour really played a gutsy game tonight. Good kid, works hard on every shift, and now is being rewarded with some ice-time. UNB just keeps throwing bodies out there and not missing a beat.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Yeah...I guess we can't really complain about the results...it's kind of nice to finally have some depth...probably the first time in about the last two years they have had some healthy scratches

UNB Bruins Fan said...

As for Harty...I don't get the love-fest for him..sure he is solid and all but too often I have seen him take a dumb penalty or tried too hard to throw the big hit and left himself out of position defensively (ie/ in the first game against Acadia that cost them a goal...the first one I think)..I mean he is a good solid player and I love the big hits as much as anyone...but I don't think he is THAT great and he seems to go out of his way to get that big hit sometimes

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I have said it all year...he is going to cost UNB a game because he takes a dumb charging/boarding penalty or tries for the big hit and leaves himself out of position...he hasn't yet but I can see it happening...

Ken C said...

On Harty: Players like him are something every good CIS program drools over. They gladly take all the negatives that come with him because the positives he brings don't often come in one complete package.

He's a good skating, offensively capable, defensively capable, physically punishing defenceman. Most teams have to find 4 different players to get all of that.

UNB severely lacked that last bit last year vs Alberta and SMU. As much as DeSousa could hit when he connected, he threw himself out of the play more often when he missed and was much more of a liability defensively than Harty. Don't recall him scoring a few game winning goals either. Made it hard to put him in the lineup.

Like Craig Perry before him, Harty is one of those guys that can lay the hurt on speeding wingers in the neutral zone while skating backwards - or read the play well enough to move up and crush a guy without it resulting in an odd-man rush. Now every time a team plays UNB, they're keeping their heads up looking for him, that leads to hesitation or 2nd guessing on their part, they respect him. You can't measure the time that buys you in stats, but it's nice to have.

The penalties are nothing - UNB took the fewest all year sometimes its worth 2 minutes in the box to let teams know you're going to play on the edge a little.

Be glad he's on our side.

David said...

I'm going to agree with Ken. Every team needs a big hitter to get their opponents to be more cautious coming through the neutral zone ... as opposed to just flying through gambling with no-look passes.

With all due respect to Craig Perry and Andrew deSouza, I find Harty more effective in this role as he has more speed to recover from a missed neutral zone hit that puts him out of position.

I also agree that his growing offensive side adds to his value. For high return you often have to take risks, but I think the investment in ice time for Jonathan is worth the cost of the odd bad penalty, and being out of position on the rush or after missing a hit.

Ken C said...

One last bit on Harty - Some of the penalties drive us nuts. And he's taken a few silly ones, most of our players have from time to time. I wouldn't let him off the hook for those hooks and trips, the so-called lazy penalties. But the penalties that come from him playing his physical game I take as a necessary evil. I'm pretty sure the guys who coach Zdeno Chara and Dion Phaneuf don't comlain about their high PIM's either.

I think you have to set players like him loose otherwise they 2nd guess themselves and stop hitting and playing with all the traits that made you bring them here in the first place.

One thing I've noticed with him (and Stamler) is how much smarter he's playing already. Hard to believe they're both rookie players. And Harty came a year earlier than most CIS players do - he could still be playing in the WHL this year! I can remember Harty making a few bad turnovers earlier this year. He's cutting down on those substantially and showing real progress which bodes well for the future.

We're losing Friesen next year and that's going to be tough to replace. But the Coach sure landed a big piece of the future in getting these 2 together. Think how much better they'll be by their 3rd and 4th seasons when we host Nationals.

It doesn't hurt that he's a NB-boy, one of the very best big-hit hitters in the league and a fan favorite too. I remember the manager in Everett called him the "all-time Everett Silvertip". High praise. He's got a lot of potential here if he works hard.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I agree with him definitely improving throughout the season...kind of reminded me of Bowman in his first year. He looked out of place at first and has eventually turned into one of the better D-Men in the league. And yea...I would take him over either Perry and DeSousa...he brings alot more to the table than either of those two did (especially on the offensive side)...

Anonymous said...

Guys, the thing about Harty is the bigger the game, the bigger he shows up. Did you notice the guy who stepped in when the big lumbering idiot wearing No. 6 wearing the 'moron' colours (just a play on words, excuse the spelling) did his lumberjack routine on Bailey. It was Harty even though he spotted the guy a foot in height and probably 15 pounds. That's why guys like Harty and Seymour are so well respected, because it's all about team. Harty does sometimes take offensive liberties, particularly now that he's had some success. And he needs a solid defensive partner to cover up his mistakes (Gallant, Friesen?). But what a weapon for guys coming through the middle. Keep your head up guys. Take note that Harty doesn't tend to hit guys from the back into the end boards. His are open ice hits. He's Craig Perry with skating ability. When Friesen and Bowman are gone, we're gonna be talking about Harty and Stamler as being the kingpins back of the blueline. Like the previous post, be happy they're wearing red and black.