Sunday, November 8, 2009

UNB 5 – Dal 1

In a game that could have even been more lopsided, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds defeated the Dalhousie Tigers 5-1 Saturday night in a tightly refereed match. UNB outshot Dal 54-17 in the game, yet the AUS's best power play managed only two goals on 15 opportunities with the man advantage. For their part, the Tigers scored their only goal on the power play with eight opportunities in the game.

With flu working its way through the team, it was doubtful whether Josh Disher (Burlington, ON) would be able to start in nets for Dal, but he did, and was in good form early. Neither team managed to score in the first period, although the V-Reds put 15 shots on Disher. The highlight of the period was around the 12:30 mark, when UNB defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) looked up from a “suicide pass” in his skates just in time to get smoked by Dal's Jeff MacGregor (Winnipeg, MB). Fortunately Stamler was quickly back on his feet from the big hit.

Just over two minutes into the second period the Tigers had an effective power play, where the third shot was the charm as Jordan Villeneuve-Gagne (Ancienne-Larette, QC) beat Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB). At 4:50 Disher's defence went missing as UNB defenceman Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) was able to skate unhindered into the slot and pick the top corner for the tying goal. Less than two minutes later Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) fooled Disher with a quick wrister that beat him on the short side. At 7:31 UNB was swarming the Dal zone when Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) was all alone to the Disher's left when he one-timed the puck for a goal. Dalhousie coach Pete Belliveau then opted to change up his goalies, putting Chris Wall (Halifax, NS) in net. Wall was solid, but was put under more pressure after MacGregor drove Alex Aldred (St. Albert, AB) headfirst into the corner boards and was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct at 13:41. Dal almost killed off the major, but they took another minor penalty and Chris Culligan (Howie Centre, NS) took advantage of the extra room to jump on a loose puck and s core a 5-on-3 power play goal at 18:10. UNB outshot Dal 16-7 in the middle period.

The third period was a long drawn out affair as both teams were called for numerous penalties. Disher was back in the Dal nets to start the third period, and he made a ton of saves until 14:09, when UNB had yet another 5-on-3 and John Scott Dickson's (Barrie, ON) shot bounced off Dal defenceman Daniel Bartek's (Oulomouc, CZ) skate and past Disher. Surprisingly that was the only goal of the period, considering UNB had nine power play chances.

With their eighth straight win, the Varsity Reds extend their lead in the AUS to three points on second place StFX, with a game in hand on the X-Men. UNB goalie Travis Fullerton leads the conference with six wins and a stingy 1.82 goals against average and teammate Hunter Tremblay leads the AUS scoring race with 19 points in eight games played. UNB will be back at the Aitken University Centre on Friday night when they host the X-Men.

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