Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tonight: V-Reds @ SMU Huskies

Do I have your attention yet?

A write up about AUS men’s hockey with that match-up will catch the eye of most AUS hockey fans. This Saturday night, the first regular season meeting of these two AUS opponents will take place in SMU’s barn.

Both teams currently have no losses in the regular season, both teams are considered national contenders, and both teams want to prove they deserve to be in the CIS hockey finals.

Since the AUS only gets to send one entrant this year, they are standing in each other’s way…

In the first three games of this regular season, UNB has outscored their opponents 22-5; they have averaged 42 shots per game, while limiting their opponents to only an average of 24 shots per game. UNB is lead by Hunter Tremblay, in his first three games of the regular season he has shown his true abilities, scoring 5 goals (honestly, it should have been 7 if not for hasty refereeing), and adding 5 assists. He, along with his line mates Chris Culligan, and John Scott Dickson have accounted for 11 of the 22 goals that UNB has scored. UNB’s Defense has been rock solid, while Luke Gallant has been showing his offensive abilities also, with 1 goal and 6 assists in the first three games of the season. UNB is 6 for 23 on the power play while their penalty killing unit has been superb, denying all 15 attempts by opponents, and scoring two shorthanded goals.

SMU will test that penalty killing ability…

St. Mary’s has also started the season without a loss in its first two games, scoring 10 goals on 77 shots, while surrendering 5 goals on 50 shots. SMU’s power play is as powerful as ever, scoring 5 goals on 14 attempts, while only allowing 1 goal on 8 attempts by opponents. SMU’s captain, Marc Rancourt, has a laundry list of accolades himself, including being last year’s CIS men’s hockey player of the year. His season is off to a good start as well, scoring 1 goal and adding 5 assists in his first two games. Andrew Hotham, Cam Fergus, Brad Smith, David MacDonald, Justin Munden, Colby Pridham, and Cody Thorton have also tallied for SMU.

Last year’s regular season head-to-head between the two clubs saw SMU come out on top with a record of 3-0-1.

The game will be available on CHSR 97.9 ($5.95) and UNBHockey on Twitter.

By Steven C.


Anonymous said...

UNB outplayed SMU 5 on 5 last year and I believe that this UNB team is stronger than last season. Plus, even though it's early, UNB has been much better on both the PP as well as the PK. IMO, it UNB's game to lose tonight.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

SMU might be better this year to though...they lost less talent in the offseason than UNB did, IMO anyways

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Actually...even though UNB probably controlled the play 5 on 5 against SMU last year in the regular season, both teams scored 9 even strength goals in their 4 match will probably all come down to the special teams pretty much every game last year did...and, like you said, so far UNB's special teams have instilled more confidence than they did last year (especially on the PK)...should be a close one that can go either way