Sunday, October 4, 2009

UNB Grinds Out Hard Fought Victory Over Vermont!

The second game of the weekend saw Vermont host UNB. The game started off well when Luke Lynes found Kyle Bailey just a few minutes into the game.  Moments later rookie Chris Culligan would get off a nice one-timer to put the V-Reds up 2-0. Shots favoured UVM by a count of 7-4 after one period.

The Catamounts would pull within one about half way through the first period when UVM forward Jack Downing made a terrific move and an even better shot that beat Derek Yeomans. Vermont carried the play in the first half of this period, but UNB skated better for the final 10 minutes.

The lead was erased when UVM scored on the power play moments into the third period.  UNB once again got into a bit of penalty trouble in this game but Derek Yeomans was strong when called upon.  The teams would trade chances but no more goals would come in regulation.  Vermount outplayed UNB slightly in this one, and shots favoured them 23-18.

The teams went into overtime and traded scoring chances, but both goalies held their ground.  You could tell UNB was running on fumes, but they kept skating with UVM, determined not to go to the shoot-out.  With just under 30 seconds to go, captain Kyle Bailey fired a shot on goal that looked to be tipped by Hunter Tremblay.  UNB would win this one by a final score of 3-2.

Derek Yeomans was very sharp this evening, stopping 23 shots and bailing out his team at times.  Final shots were 25-22 for Vermont.

This is the first time UNB has swept NCAA Hockey East teams on a weekend trip in the team's history. During the first intermission, UVM player Brian Roloff was interviewed and had some nice words for UNB.  To summarize, he said usually Canadian teams are slower and play a game where they wait for the attack to come to them, but UNB is a lot faster and plays more of an American style game (really?)...We'll take it as a nice complement.

This was a pretty good weekend for teams from Fredericton, last night STU held their own against a tough Northeastern team, and this afternoon they defeated Sacred Heart by a score of 5-3.  For more info on those games check out STUTOMMIES.COM.

UNB travels back to the US next Friday to take on the Providence College Friars.


Anonymous said...

Big win against the #3 team (last season) in the NCAA.
If the game had been on the long weekend I would have gone down.


Eric said...

I watched this game on video and it was pretty good. UNB made their chances count. You could see they were getting tired as the game went on but stuck with the plan and kept the forecheck on. Derrick was great in nets.
The OT winner came off a broken play at the blue line in which Baily go the puck back and put a shot on nets that Hunter got his stick on.
We have a chance at 3 in a row with Prov. next weekend.
Go Reds

Anonymous said...

As like last night, I see that Jeff Lee wasn't on the roster for today's game... is he still with the team?

Ken C said...

I watched this one too. The play was pretty close but it was clear that UNB had trouble in the neutral zone against Vermont. Once they got the puck in deep they gave them trouble. Yeomans was really good. You could tell UNB wasn't as fresh as Vermont, but they kept battling.

I thought Aldred played a good game for UNB, he's become a very reliable d-man.

David Kilfoil said...

As far I know Jeff Lee is still with the team. My guess is that they left him in Fredericton so he could make a dent in getting caught up in his school work.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

FWIW...Lee isn't listed on the UNB roster on their website...

David Kilfoil said...

I talked to Gardiner today. Lee is in school sorting out some credits and stuff, so they aren't putting him on the roster yet. May have to wait until after Christmas.