Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Redmen Vs V-Reds

The V-Reds take on arguably the oldest hockey club in the world this weekend when the McGill Redmen visit the AUC for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday.

According to ReDSea at www.VREDSHOCKEY.com, UNB and McGill have met only 3 times in the last 3 decades.  In the fall of 1983 the V-Reds won a pair of exhibition games by scores of 7-1 and 6-4.  More recently, the two teams faced each other in the Fall Classic tournament back in 2005 with UNB pulling off the 4-0 victory.

McGill won the OUA title in 2008, were runners-up in 2009, and have earned a birth at CIS Nationals each of the last two years.  They were a very solid 18-8-2 in the 2008-2009 regular season, and went on to upset favorites UQTR in the OUA playoffs East Conference final.  They would go on to lose the OUA championship to Western, but then turned around and beat them in the first game of the tournament at Nationals in Thunder Bay a few days later.  Returning to their lineup this season are top scorer Alexandre Picard-Hooper (10g, 26a, 36pts) and Francis Verreault-Paul (13g, 13a, 26 pts) who were outstanding rookies for the Redman last year.  The Redmen played their first game last weekend, skating past RMC by a score of 4-2.  They should prove to be the toughest opponents so far this exhibition season.

For those of you who can't make the game Saturday night, we're happy to pass on that you can catch the game live on Rogers TV, with play-by-play and colour commentary provided by "the Daves".  Game time for both contests is 7PM.


David Kilfoil said...

There are a couple of key changes for McGill from last season. Desfosses, their all-star goalie, has graduated and turned pro. And their coach of 14 years, Martin Raymond, is now an assistant coach with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldog (Montreal's farm team).

What shouldn't change is that they are a hard-working team that plays a clean game.

Anonymous said...

Is there any way to access the Rogers season schedule?

PK said...

Desfosses was only there one year, don't think he graduated but decided that pro was more to his liking.

McGill is always a hard working team and that is how you have to play against UNB to neutralize them. Should be more competitive hockey than we have seen so far.

David Kilfoil said...

You're right, I misspoke (mistyped?). In my head I was confusing Desfosses with Mathieu Poitras, who really did graduate the year before. Desfosses had the one outstanding year before now turning pro.

David Kilfoil said...

I just got the Rogers AUS sport broadcast schedule. I'll forward it to Ken and maybe he can post the hockey games somewhere.

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