Sunday, October 18, 2009

UNB 9 – UdeM 3

For the second night in a row the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds' high-powered offence put on a show as they outshot the visiting Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus 48-23 on the way to a decisive 9-3 victory. Along with lots of goals the 1500 fans at the Aitken University Centre witnessed some rough stuff too when emotions boiled over between these two bitter rivals.

The early play in the first period was pretty even, as both teams got scoring chances off the forecheck. At 7:19 UNB's Chris Hodgson (Fredericton, NB), who has missed several games with an arm injury, blasted a one-timer from the right circle that blew right by Moncton netminder Kevin Lachance (Vanier, QC). Then just 22 seconds later, with a delayed penalty being indicated, defenceman Ben Shutron (Orleans, ON) let a shot go from just inside the blueline that fooled Lachance, who didn't appear ready on the play, and was credited as a deflection to Hodgson. Just under two minutes later the V-Reds scored again, shorthanded, when Ryan Seymour (Fredericton, NB) intercepted a puck in the UNB zone, bolted up the left side of the ice, and then hit a rushing Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) with a crisp pass. Tremblay entered the Moncton zone and then put a quick wrist shot under the crossbar that Lachance had little chance at. At 13:35 UNB made it 4-0 when Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NB) shot a puck toward the net that went off UdeM defenceman Mathieu Richard's (Grand-Digue, NB) skate and in. This precipitated new Moncton coach Serge Bourgeois to use his time-out. That was all the scoring in the period, where UNB outshot Moncton 21-8.

Les Aigles Bleus started the second period with Pierre-Alexandre Marion (Gatineau, QC) taking over between the pipes. UNB had an early power play and took advantage of it as they moved the puck around with authority before Tremblay scored his second goal of the game at 3:17. At 4:54 Moncton's bad luck continued when UNB's Taylor Procyshen (Emerald Park, SK) fired a puck towards the net that rookie UdeM d-man Christopher Rodrigue (St-Georges de Beauce, QC) tried to clear but unfortunately redirected into his own net. Midway through the period Moncton had a couple of good shifts, but this momentum was reversed when UNB got fresh legs into the offensive zone and Culligan scored at 12:24 to make it 7-0. A few minutes later tension was evident when after Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) had his stick slashed in two in the neutral zone, UdeM's Alexandre Soucy (Moncton, NB) and UNB's Shutron got into it along the boards, with Soucy earning the double-minor for roughing. Moncton finally got on the scoresheet at 18:55 when UNB goalie Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) attempted to clear the puck and instead hit Mathieu Bétournay's (St-Chrysostome, QC) stick, who then passed the puck to Guillaume Parenteau (Boucherville, QC) for the bang-bang shorthanded goal. UNB outshot UdeM 15- 7 in the middle period.

The third period was a better one for Moncton, but UNB wasn't resting on their laurels either. The V-Reds were on the power play at 7:04 when the Moncton defence was unable to get to the loose puck in a goalmouth scramble and Harty came in from the point to bang it by Marion. A few minutes later the Varsity Reds got sloppy in their own zone and Remi Gautreau (Moncton, NB) made them pay the price. Midway through the period Hodgson and Parenteau got involved in an extended wrestling match along the boards in the Moncton zone, with the linesmen having great difficulty separating Parenteau from the larger Hodgson's bear hug. When it was all over the Moncton player received two minutes for roughing and a ten-minute misconduct while the UNB player got a double minor for roughing, an unsportsmanlike minor, a ten minute misconduct and a game misconduct. It didn't seem to matter to the fans who gave Hodgson a hero's cheer as he went to the dressing room. When the teams got back to hockey Moncton had a four-minute power play but it was UNB scoring shorthanded when Culligan completed his hat-trick at 11:33. At 13:07 events got physical again when UNB's Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) was trapped offside by two Monton players next to their bench. He took exception, which drew a crowd, which led to pushing, shoving, gloved fists in action, and harsh words between the two benches. When the ice chips settled and the penalties were tallied somehow UNB was put in the shorthanded situation, despite Moncton having six skaters involved against five UNB players in the brouhaha along their bench. At 16:58 Moncton was handed a gift when rookie UNB d-man Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) put the puck right on Gautreau's stick who quickly put it past a surprised Yeomans. There was another physical confrontation in the game at 17:48, with UdeM's Richard seeming to take exception to UNB's Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) standing in the blue paint, with both players getting minors and ten-minute misconducts after they got their sticks up. When the period finally finished UNB had edged Moncton 11-8 in shots and the teams had scored two goals apiece.

UNB's player of the game was rookie Chris Culligan with three goals in the 9-3 victory, with linemate Hunter Tremblay netting a pair to bring his season total to five goals in two games. Next weekend the Varsity Reds are on the road to play the Acadia Axemen on Friday, and then Saturday they meet the AUS champion Saint Mary's Huskies in Halifax.

By David Kilfoil for the UNB Varsity Reds.


Anonymous said...

Jeesh, hopefully SMU will be able to keep up with UNB at least or it is going to be a boring season of watching blow-out after blow-out. Atleast there are a lot of nice goals.

Anonymous said...

Was there any scraps in this game? I know some fights just get "double minors".

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Yes UNB has looked impressive but they were also playing two of the bottom four teams in the league (IMO anyways)at home...lets see how they fare on the road against two projected top-3 teams (especially playing a rested SMU team the night after playing in Wolfville) before we assume the season is going to be blowout after blowout.

Also..I noticed at the game last night they were saying UNB's next home games are against SMU on the 30th and Acadia the next night...did the AUS/CIS wise up and switch the dates of these games so the UNB/SMU game isn't on Halloween night? According the the AUS site it is Acadia on the 30th and SMU on the 31st...

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure the announcer made a mistake. The official schedule says Acadia on the 30th.

Eric said...

UNB has scored 134 and 136 goals respectively over the past two years (close to a 5 goal/game average).

The team record is 167 set in 1997/98. That's close to a 6 goal/game average. They had two big blow-outs that year; 12-2 (Game #11 vs MtA) and 10-1 (Game #24 vs STU).

UNB already has two blow-outs in games #1 & #2 and we haven't played DAL or STU yet.

I have to say I was really impressed with Hunter last night.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I was very impressed with him in both games (aside from the 9 points)...he seems even quicker this year and was constantly creating havoc...and he has been throwing his body around more than I can ever remember.

Btw...I don't know if it has ever been mentioned...but he is well on pace to shatter UNB's all time regular season scoring record...Hennigar finished with 177 points in four years (77 in 56 games in his first two) and Tremblay already has 109 points in his first 56 games (100 in 54 games in his first two years and 9 in two games this year).

In terms of all time scoring (regular season/playoffs/Nationals) Hennigar finished with 212 points in 137 games and so far Tremblay has 124 points in 71 games (according to my count anyways). Providing he stays atleast 4 years we may very well be seeing a new UNB scoring champion...again....

PK said...

Tremblay is a better all-around player than Hennigar in my mind, and perhaps more adept offensively as can play role of both trigger-man and set-up man.

I have never seen him this hungry - his skating, physical play and he is firing the puck big-time, which we was reluctant to do last year.

Ken C said...

I think the difference this year is that Tremblay once again has a true setup man (Culligan or Todd) instead of a guy who's a bit more of a shooter like Henderson was...Culligan has been nifty with the puck and knows how to find his team mates even in high traffic.
Also, Dickson makes a lot of room for them while covering defensively too - a pretty effective line.

I think the big forwards have everyone over looking the solid play of Luke Gallant on the point. He looks faster and much more confident, and seems to be continuing his solid play from the pre-season.