Saturday, November 28, 2009

UNB 7 – UdeM 5

MONCTON – The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds stretched their unbeaten streak to 12 games, but they twice had to come from behind before finally defeating the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus 7-5. UNB outshot UdeM 40-27 in the game, but the physical Moncton team was very opportunistic with their goal scoring, making the most of their opportunities.

The first good scoring chance in the first period came around the 6:45 mark when UdeM's Mathieu Bétournay (Saint-Chrysostome, QC) stripped the puck off UNB defenceman Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) at the Moncton blue line and had a breakaway the other way, but was ultimately unsuccessful in trying to deke Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) in the UNB net. Just after Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) almost scored, UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) did score off the faceoff on Kevin Lachance (QC) with his backhand at 8:31. On that play Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) picked up his first point in his first game as a Varsity Red. Eight minutes later UNB's Daine Todd (Red Deer, AB) started to come out of the UNB corner with the puck, but his stick snapped in half and Guillaume Parenteau (Boucherville, QC) jumped on the loose puck and got it quickly over to Rémi Gautreau (Moncton, NB) in the slot who went top corner to tie the game. Just over a minute later Bétournay knocked the puck off a UNB stick and past a surprised Fullerton to take the lead for Moncton. Not two minutes later, at 19:45, the V-Reds turned the puck over in the neutral zone and les Aigles Bleus captain Pierre-André Bureau (Saint-Prosper, QC) carried the puck into the zone and let loose a quick shot that Bétournay deflected nicely into the top corner of the net for the 3-1 lead, despite being outshot 14-8 in the period.

At 2:01 of the second period Bailey was in the slot when he took a pass from Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) and beat LaChance over the glove hand to cut Moncton's lead to one. Bailey was leading the rush at 7:00 as all three UNB forwards came up the left side and drew the Moncton defenders to them. Bailey fired the puck cross ice to defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) who had an open lane to the net and he rifled a shot into the top corner to tie the game. However 54 seconds later Parenteau entered the UNB zone, drew the defenders and dished the puck to Charles Bergeron (St.Joseph-de-Coleraine, QC) who scored to give UdeM the lead once again. Midway through the period Bailey almost had a hat-trick to tie the game, but his shot rang off the far post and out. UNB had several minutes of sustained pressure and were finally rewarded when Matt Fillier (Durham, NS) scored at the end of a tic-tac-toe play at 12:15. That was the end of the scoring in the period where UNB edged UdeM 13-11 in shots.

After the third time the Moncton net came off its moorings, UdeM goalternder Lachance was handed a delay of game penalty at 5:28. Late in the resultant power play John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) beat Lachance on the short side for the go-ahead goal. At 10:08 Hunter Tremblay made a great individual effort as he blocked a shot at the UNB blueline and then outraced and battled two Moncton defenders the length of the ice before beating Lachance glove-side. Moncton was on the power play at 13:42 when the puck bounced off UNB defender Stamler to UdeM's Bergeron who then passed to Bureau and in to bring Moncton within a goal once again. The rest of the period was pretty physical until Tremblay salted away the win as he led a two-on-one into the Moncton zone, turned his back to the goalie in the slot and fed the puck to Alex Aldred (St. Albert, AB) who had a yawning net to score on at 18:01. UNB outshot UdeM 13-8 in the final period.

The final score was 7-5 for UNB, who outshot UdeM 40-27 in the game before 1072 fans at the J-Louis Levesque Arena on the UdeM campus. UNB was 1-for-5 with the man advantage while UdeM was 0-for-2. Next up for the Varsity Reds is a Saturday home date with cross-campus rivals St. Thomas.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i see where justin dacosta is playing with utah now