Wednesday, October 28, 2009

UNB 2 – STU 1 (OT)

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds got their fifth straight win, but it wasn't easy, as a game St. Thomas Tommies squad forced the match into overtime Wednesday night. The cross-campus rivals were meeting in the first instalment of the Battle of the Hill, at the bottom of College Hill on STU's home ice at the Lady Beaverbrook Rink.

Right from the opening faceoff the Tommies played a system of bend, but don't break, as the V-Reds carried most of the attack and STU netminder and player-of-the-game Charles Lavigne (Berbardin, ON) was there time after time to make the save. Lavigne was on his game all night, giving up few rebounds, and by accident or design constantly deflecting shots over the relatively short glass into the netting for whistles. The Tommies had to kill off a penalty in the first minute of the game, and then midway through the game they survived a four-minute double-minor to defenceman David Crossman (Pine Glen, NB) who got his stick up on UNB's Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON). UNB outshot STU 11-4 in the period.

It wasn't until almost the midpoint of the game before there was finally any scoring. STU had a good shift of forechecking and UNB coughed up the puck behind their own net. The Tommies quickly generated a couple of shots on net in the resulting scramble, and then Jason Cassidy (Toronto, ON) beat Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) high on the glove side at 9:19 to give the home side the lead. UNB continued to press, and STU took several penalties that they successfully killed off until late in the period when on the rush Taylor Procyshen (Emerald Park, SK) deflected a Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) pass past Lavigne at 19:36. That shot was UNB's 18th of the period, compared to six shots in the period for STU.

Not much changed in the third period. UNB kept looking for the winner, Lavigne kept making the save, and the Tommies did their best to take time and space away from the V-Red skaters. UNB outshot STU 11-3 in the third period. In the overtime period, there was a little more free ice with the teams 4-on-4, and UNB took advantage as John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) and Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) crossed the STU blueline with puck and Dickson's shot along the ice caught just inside the far post, and may have been helped by the skate of STU defenceman Andrew Andricopoulos (Groveland, MA) , and just like that the game was over 44 seconds into the extra period.

UNB outshot STU 41-14 in the game, and was 1 for 8 on the power play. STU was 0 for 2 on the power play. UNB was 46-33 on faceoffs, with captain Kyle Bailey 21-10 on the dot. This weekend UNB will be back up the hill in their home rink as they host Acadia on Friday and Saint Mary's Saturday night.

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