Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pete Kelly Cup Final - UNB 4 - UdeM 1

In the fourth and championship game of the 2009 NB Peterbilt Pete Kelly Cup it was the host University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds winning 4-1 over the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus. When any team from Fredericton plays their provincial rival from Moncton there is usually lots of passion and intensity, and Wednesday's game was no exception, with a paid attendance of 2449 braving a blustery cold night to make their way to the Aitken University Centre for an entertaining match-up.

It was just 69 seconds into the game, when after a big save by Moncton's
Pierre-Alexandre Marion (Gatineau, QC) at one end of the ice, UdeM's Francis Rochon (Gatineau, QC) had half a step on the UNB defence on the rush going the other way and he beat Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) with a shot along the ice. UNB had their chances in the first period, but the UdeM players did a good job of sticking with the Varsity Reds, and clogging up the skating lanes. Just over 13 minutes in, UdeM was outshooting UNB 7-3, but the V-Reds started to break through and the shots were 10-7 in favour of UNB by the end of the period.

Twenty seconds into the second period, UNB's Taylor Procyshen (Emerald Park, SK) fired a shot from the slot that clanged off the Moncton crossbar. A minute later Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) carried the puck in deep through traffic into the Moncton zone, put the puck into the slot and after a number of V-Reds had a whack at the puck it was defenceman Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) scoring on Marion. Harty is coming off knee surgery and played one period on Tuesday and two periods on Wednesday as he works himself back into the UNB lineup. UNB's Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) made it 2-1 at the eight minute mark after he made a nifty play at the blue line to get by the Moncton “D” and dished off the puck and went to the net. He eventually got the puck back all alone in front and he had too much time to make the play past P-A Marion and bring the crowd to their feet. At 9:49 of the period UNB was shorthanded two men for 1:43, but
managed to kill off the penalty, and then were promptly handed a delay of game penalty after getting back to full strength for a line change deemed foul by the referee. Near the end of that power play UdeM captain Pierre-André Bureau (St-Prosper, QC) was called for checking behind on UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) and given the automatic game misconduct. At 16:08 Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) made it 3-1 for the V-Reds as he went five-hole on Marion after UNB defenceman Ben Shutron (Orleans, ON) wreaked havoc down low on the play. The shots favoured UNB 11-9 in the second period.

Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) spelled off Fullerton in nets to start the third period. UNB was in another 5-on-3 shorthanded position midway through the period, but they managed to kill this one off successfully as well. However, they had their own 43 second 5-on-3 power play two minutes later and didn't cash in. Events got dramatic, and emotions boiled over, at 15:45 when UNB's Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) crashed the Moncton net for a goal with many Aigles Bleus taking exception to the play, particularly Jean-Phillippe Paquet (St-Georges de Beauce, QC) who earned a five minute major for cross-checking. In the resulting scrum UdeM's Rémi Gautreau (Moncton, NB) rabbit-punched UNB star forward Hunter Tremblay several times before Tremblay lost his patience, and his gloves, and proceeded to hammer Gautreau to the ice. Both players were handed fighting majors and ejected from the game. After it all settled, UNB finished the game on the power play, but they didn't show a lot with the man advantage and were unable to increase their lead. UNB outshot UdeM 11-4 in the third period and 32-20 in the game.

The Summit Dodge players of the game awards went to Moncton goaltender P-A Marion and UNB defenceman Ben Shutron. Before UNB captain Kyle Bailey was handed the Pete Kelly Cup, the Peterbilt NB Pete Kelly Cup McDonald's tournament All Star team was named:  forwards Hunter Tremblay and Daine Todd from UNB along with Dean Ouellet from UdeM; defenceman Ben Shutron from UNB and Jules Melanson from UdeM and UNB goaltender Travis Fullerton. The Alexander Keith's tournament MVP was UNB rookie Ben Shutron.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Rémi Gautreau (Moncton, NB) rabbit-punched UNB star forward Hunter Tremblay several times before Tremblay lost his patience, and his gloves, and proceeded to hammer Gautreau to the ice. Both players were handed fighting majors and ejected from the gam"

How did this go?

Anonymous said...

Exactly as it was explained....Gautreau punched Tremblay multiple times in the face before Tremblay had enough/realized the ref wasn't watching and proceeded to pummel Gautreau to the ice with a couple well placed punches...the one game suspension was definitely worth it