Saturday, October 24, 2009

UNB 3 – Acadia 2

After two blowouts to start the season, the University of New Brunswick were in a close game on the road against the Acadia Axemen in Wolfville, and needed a late third period power play goal to secure the 3-2 win.

The game got off to a rousing start when just over two minutes into the first period Acadia netminder Michael Chiasson (Cole Harbour, NS) dodged a bullet as a Chris Hodgson (Fredericton, NB) shot clanged off the goalpost. A few minutes later the Axemen successfully killed off a penalty, but they then took another penalty a few minutes later, and this time UNB made them pay. UNB's big line moved the puck from the left point through to the right circle, and back through a seam in the slot to John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) at the back door who redirected the puck behind Chiasson for the easy goal at 8:23. Less than a minute later the V-Reds got a flukey goal when a Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) rising point shot his the glass behind the Acadia net, bounced back over the net and dropped into the crease, where it then bounced of someone, a stick or a skate, and into the net past a surprised Chiasson. UNB outshot Acadia 18-10 in the first period.

Acadia looked better in the second period, and were rewarded at 2:42 when a long James Klie (Harrow, ON) stretch pass sprung rookie Andrew Clark (Brandon, MB) at the UNB blue line for a partial breakaway, who then beat UNB goalie Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) on the rush. A minute later UNB was shorthanded when rookie Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) split the defence and went in alone on Chiasson, only to have his shot hit the crossbar. The rest of the period saw spirited play from the Axemen, who denied UNB room to freewheel, even on the big ice surface. Shots were 13-3 for Acadia in the middle period.

Just over five minutes into the third period Harty had Chris Bruton (Calgary, AB) lined up, except when Bruton dipped his head in an apparent attempt to go around Harty, the UNB defenceman connected with Bruton's head, and was assessed a blow to the head penalty plus the automatic ten minute misconduct. Just over a minute into the Acadia power play, the puck had gone into the neutral zone and both teams made wholesale line changes. Unfortunately for UNB, Acadia's Jonathan Laberge (Ste-Foy, QC) had stayed on the far side of the ice, collected the puck and entered the UNB zone, waited for teammate Spencer Jezegou (Oshawa, ON) to streak from the bench up the right side into the UNB zone, and he then fired a hard shot-pass that Jezegou redirected past Fullerton to tie the game at 6:47. The play was back and forth for most of the remainder of the period, until the final few minutes when UNB's forecheck started to create chances. Acadia took two penalties less than 30 seconds apart trying to slow down UNB, and on the 5-on-3 power play Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) and Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) kept passing the puck back and forth at the points trying to set up the perfect one-timer before Gallant leaned into one at 18:19 that he blew by Chiasson. In the final seconds Acadia pulled their goalie and forced Fullerton to make some good saves to preserve the win. Acadia did edge UNB 30-29 in shots in the loss.


Anonymous said...

Only 3 shots on goal in the 2nd period is a total shocker. I can't believe that Acadia limited UNB's chances that much. Must have been a combination of Acadia playing their best and UNB being a bit off. But still?

That's one thing about UNB, they'll never be able to take a night off because you know that every team in the league will be gunning for them. Not only are they the reigning National Champs but everyone has aleady labeled them as the team to beat. Let's hope they're up to the test.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Solid road win..but need to be better/more consistent to beat SMU tonight...