Thursday, October 22, 2009

Next Game: UNB @ Acadia Axemen Friday

On Friday night, the V-Reds travel to Acadia to play the Acadia Axemen at the Acadia Arena at 7pm. The V-Reds are coming off dominating wins over UPEI and UdeM, 10-0 and 9-3 respectively to start the season. Acadia on the other hand has had a mixed start, with a 4-3 overtime win over the StFX X-men and a 7-3 loss to the St. Mary’s Huskies.

The CIS #1 ranked V-Reds have been showing their offensive prowess thus far, the 19 goals scored in the first two games came from ten different players, but the first line of Hunter Tremblay, Chris Culligan, and John Scott Dickson has accounted for ten of the nineteen goals. Tremblay will be riding a week of accolades into the game as he has been awarded the UNB, AUS, and CIS player of the week nods for his nine points (five goals and four assists) in the first two games of the regular season.

Culligan, along with Ben Shutron, Daine Todd, Nick Layton, and Taylor Procyshen have all contributed with goals,  showing that the new recruits are definitely pulling their weight. Collectively, the V-Reds have scored on four of their 16 power play attempts, while allowing none on nine shorthanded spans, in fact, they have scored two goals while shorthanded.  The defense,  along with both UNB goalies, have shown that UNB has much more than just offensive skill, allowing only 43 shots (as compared to the 97 that UNB has taken) in the first two games of the season.

The Axemen had a young team last year, and now, with experience under their belts, and the addition of new talent, they will be looking to avenge their loss last season to the V-Reds in the AUS semi-final where UNB swept them in three straight games [5-2, 1-0, and 3-2 (OT)]. The Axemen are currently being paced by their new addition Spencer Jezegou (2 goals and 2 assists in 2 games).  Philippe BertrandAndrew ClarkJonathan Laberge, and  Ryan Graham have also managed to find the back of opponents nets in the first two games. The Axemen have only managed to score 1 power play goal in ten attempts, while allowing opponents to count 4 power play goals on ten attempts.

Last year’s regular season results between the two clubs saw UNB win all four matchups.

The game will be available on CHSR 97.9 FM, and UNB Hockey on Twitter.


Anonymous said...

Todd and Procyshen will love the big Acadia ice surface. -Rob

Eric said...

I don't see this a close game with UNBs faster forwards (1 to 12) and more mobile D.

ACD got 24 shots last week, I can't see them getting more.

SMU won 7-3, but they did have 3 PP goals. Of the 14 penalties, 5 were interference and 1 trip (3 of the 5 and the tripping call went to ACD - which for me is a sign you're having problems handling the other team's speed)

Prediction: 1-2 goal lead by one, extend it in the 2nd - cost through the 3rd and rest for SMU (but UNB's idea of costing means 100% with 4 lines rolling rather then shortening the bench).