Friday, October 9, 2009

UNB Doubles Up On Providence College

UNB continued their strong play of the pre-season against some tough NCAA opposition and skated away with an impressive 6-3 win over the Providence College Friars. 

The game started off on the right track with a pair of grinders getting UNB on the board when Fillier and Hepditch connected for a goal.  Shortly after, UNB would surrender the lead when Chris Eppich put one past Travis Fullerton midway through the first.  Minutes later, Dickson would regain the lead for UNB before the period ended.  Shots after first period were 11-10 in favour of Providence.

The Friars tied it up 4 minutes into the 2nd when Matt Bergland scored on a break-away after Gallant lost his footing.  The V-Reds restored the lead a little over 2 minutes later when the new line of Todd, Bailey, and MacIntosh converted.  But Providence would spoil that lead again, this time when Jordan Kremyr tied it just before the halfway mark of the period.

The V-Reds switched goalies at this point, with Derek Yeomans taking over, which was probably the plan from the start, so don't read much into this.  The newest Varsity Red, Josh Kidd, would get his first goal for UNB, firing a wrister past the Providence netminder. For those of you didn't listen to the CHSR broadcast, it sounded as though Kidd performed quite admirably in his debut.  The period would end with shots favouring UNB by a margin of 24-17.

The third period was all UNB as they outshot Providence 15-2.  Daine Todd and Hunter Tremblay would each score goals to put the final score at 6-3 for the V-Reds.  The shots in the game would end up 39-19 for UNB.

UNB finishes the pre-season with a great 8-1 record, including wins over 3 NCAA teams.  The lone loss came at the hands of the AHL's Portland Pirates, in a game UNB felt they let slip away.

The regular season begins next Friday night when the V-Reds raise the CIS Championship banner at the AUC, then play host to the UPEI Panthers.

Here's the game story from Saturday's Daily Gleaner.


Anonymous said...

Wow, what a pre-season...this team might be better than the 2007-2008 team that went 26-1-1 in the regular season....if the goaltending can hold up.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Maybe the one thing that was nicest to see from last night's game was how they played the final two periods. Last week against it seemed that UNB jumped on UMass and UVM early and had to hold on as those two teams got stronger as the game progressed...last night, though, it sounded like UNB was the team who really took it up a notch the last half of the game once they got the lead. Granted, Providence is a very weak team by Hockey East standards but it was a good sign nontheless

Squirrel H8TR said...

There is an interesting Fredericton connection with the Friars. Tim Army, head Coach of Providence, was Mike Eagles' assistant Coach when he was a player in Washington.

Oh, I don't think there will be many teams in the AUS that get points from UNB. The 07-08 team records is attainable.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I dunno...I know going into 2007/08 many people thought it was crazy to think that UNB may better their 24-3-1 season from the first championship season and that is exactly what happened but I can't see this team, or any team for that matter, getting close to 26-1-1 anytime too soon. Even though this year's team may be more talented from top to bottom and have more depth than that team (I would argue that while they have lost Hennigar/Friesen/Ouzas from the 07/08 team the last 5-10 roster spots have been much improved over that year's team)...there are just too many things that can happen over the course of the season that makes it unlikely IMO. I could see them ending up with a similar record as that 97/98 team.