Sunday, November 15, 2009

UNB 7 – Dal 1

Like their meeting the week before, the Dalhousie Tigers had a good first period, but again the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds blew out the game in the second period and cruised to a 7-1 victory Saturday night – their tenth win in a row. The only remaining undefeated team in the CIS, the V-Reds outshot the Tigers 50-15 in putting on a show for their home fans.

Dal had a good start and had the first shot of the game.  Unfortunately for them UNB got the next nine shots.  Rookie Dal netminder Bobby Nadeau (Lac-Etchemin, QC) made a number of big saves before John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) led a rush down the left side of the ice and then flipped a backhanded cross-ice pass to Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) who buried the puck in the top corner for his tenth goal of the season at 15:36.  UNB outshot Dal 18-4 in the first period.

In the second period UNB continued to put pucks on Nadeau and it wasn't until their 25th shot before they  scored again. Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) timed his pass perfectly to hit Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) just as he got in behind the Dal defence. Todd outraced his pursuers to the net and made a nice deke for the goal at 8:54. However the Tigers quickly responded just 23 seconds later when they had an odd man rush and Jeff MacGregor (Winnipeg, MB) redirected the puck past UNB goalie Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB). UNB restored their two-goal lead shortly after when Todd performed a one-man cycle, drawing most of the Tigers to him. He eventually dished the puck off to Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) who quickly passed the puck across the crease to Clendenning at the back door who had the easy tap in for the goal. At 12:08 Nadeau gave up his only bad goal when Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) stopped up at the circle and let a shot go along the ice that somehow when through the Dal goalie. A few minutes later UNB was on the power play and Tremblay's pass to Dickson was a little off the mark, and the delay it took for Dickson to get the puck to his forehand seemed to act like a change-up that fooled Nadeau at 15:11. Dal coach Pete Belliveau then opted to change the momentum by putting Josh Disher (Burlington, ON) in nets. Disher was doing well until the very end of the period, when Tremblay broke in on the rush, fed a nice pass to Matt Fillier (Durham, NS) who then deked the goalie for his first goal as a V-Red right at the 20:00 mark.  UNB outshot Dal 22-7 in the period.

The third period had a more physical tone, with a couple of incidents sending players from both teams to the penalty box. Midway through the period UNB was on the power play when Todd cruised into the slot and one-timed a Clendenning pass for his second goal of the game.  Dal did kill off the full two minutes of a five-on-three power play, but that was their only success in the third period.  UNB outshot Dal 10-4 in the third period.

The UNB player of the game was John Scott Dickson.  The V-Reds were 2-for-5 on the power play while the Tigers were 0-for-2. The total shots were 50-15 in favour of UNB and there were just over two thousand fans at the Aitken University Centre for the game.


Anonymous said...

From where I was sitting, Campbell's goal appeared to sneak into the top corner, over Nadeau's shoulder. I thought it was a great shot.
Did anyone else see that, or was that just my Bud Lite glasses??
Also thought Todd had a great game, and Clendenning is playing well.

Anonymous said...

You must be thinking of another play. Campbell's shot was a wrist shot from the left circle which I don't believe even left the ice. I think it got through Nadeau's legs if I remember correctly. It wasn't Nadeau's best moment, although I thought he played well for the most part.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

From where I was (at that end of the ice, on the penalty box side) it looked like the puck stayed on the ice the whole time..but the goalie screened me a bit from the puck...

Anonymous said...

I was sitting right behind the net so had a perfect view. The puck was either right along the ice or maybe 1 inch beat the goalie shortside just inside the post...perfect shot.