Friday, October 30, 2009

UNB 7 – Acadia 3

The first place University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds kept with their winning ways and won their sixth straight game of the season 7-3 over the visiting Acadia Axemen Friday night. Including the preseason, it is UNB's 14 straight victory against CIS and NCAA opponents. There were 2482 fans at the game at the Aitken University Centre in Fredericton, and they were rewarded with both a strong start and finish by the V-Reds, who outshot the Axemen 40-19 in the game.

UNB scored on their first two power play opportunities of the game midway through the first period. Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) at 9:02 banged in the rebound of a Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) shot past Kristofer Westblom (Meadow Lake, SK) and at 10:23 Luke Lynes was at the edge of the crease when snapped (Rochester Hills, MI) in the rebound of a Bretton Stammler (Edmonton, AB) point shot. After a strong forechecking shift, Acadia's Jonathan Laberge passed the puck from behind the UNB net to Chris Bruton (Calgary, AB) in front, and he beat Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) at 16:06. Bruton has started the whole sequence by blocking a Ben Shutron (Orleans, ON) shot at the Acadia blue line. Shots were 10-5 for UNB in the first period.

In the second period Chris Hodgson (Fredericton, NB) picked up his third goal of the season on a hard working shift as Ryan Seymour (Fredericton, NB) put the puck on the net, and Hodgson was the first to get to the rebound and knock it off the Acadia netminder's pads and behind him. Late in the period Acadia has a miscue on the line-change near their bench, as a Acadia player had to step off the ice leaving a loose puck that speedy UNB forward Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) was the first to get to. MacIntosh had an almost free lane as he grabbed the puck and streaked in on the net and went top shelf with his backhand for the goal with nine seconds left to go in the period. UNB edged Acadia 11-8 in shots in the period.

The third period had an odd ebb and flow, as UNB controlled most of the play, but then had a couple of lapses and Acadia took advantage. At 8:38 Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) wove his way through two Acadia defencemen and then passed cross ice to Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) who one-timed it into the open side of the net to make it 5-1. At 8:35 Acadia forward Scott Tregunna (Mt. Forest, ON) was allowed to skate across the crease and he beat Yeomans on the far side. Then at 11:29 rookie Andrew Clark (Brandon, NB) went one-on-one with a UNB defenceman and his shot beat Yeomans along the ice and past his skate to get Acadia back in the game. At 17:11 Acadia was shorthanded after a scrum in the Axemen zone sent several players to the penalty box, but a strong penalty kill saw them carry the puck deep into the UNB zone. Acadia coach Darren Burns gambled and pulled his goalie, but it backfired when UNB was able to bring the puck back up ice, and John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) passed to the rushing Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) for the empty-netter 44 seconds later. Late in the period UNB was on the power play and Taylor Procyshen (Emerald Lake, SK) won the draw back to Chris Hodgson who hammered a one-timer through a crowd and past Westblom for his second goal of the night.

The final score was 7-3 for UNB, with the Varsity Reds outshooting the Axemen 40-19. UNB was 2-for-6 on the power play while Acadia was 0-for-4. UNB has only given up one power play goal in AUS conference play this season. The UNB player of the game was Jonathan Harty. UNB's game against Saint Mary's scheduled for Saturday has been postponed to a later date, as one Huskies player may have the H1N1 virus, and several of his teammates have flu-like symptoms. The school decided not to take chances and keep the team at home.


Anonymous said...

Great effort all around last night for the Reds. Nice to see Hodgy get in on the action with 2 big goals. And what about the PP and PK, still rollin'. Plus, 7 goals and Tremblay kept off of the score sheet. That's what is so great about this team... a different line can do the scoring on any given night. The goalies are sharp and come up with the big saves when needed. They're fun to watch, I can say that for sure.

Anonymous said...

I thought both Todd and Tremblay had great games - controlling the play whenever they were on the ice. They're both amazing to watch. And how about Hodgy - 4 goals in 5 games with limited playing time. He's earned some more ice time.