Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pete Kelly Cup Game 1 - UdeM 4 - STU 3

On Friday, December 29, 2009, in the first game of the 2009 Peterbilt Pete Kelly Cup the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus defeated their provincial rivals St. Thomas Tommies 4-3.

Both squads started the game with lineups depleted due to injuries before a small afternoon crowd of about 150 at the Lady Beaverbrook Rink. Moncton opened the scoring at 11:47 of the first period when defenceman Jules Melanson (Memramcook, NB) stepped into a puck in the high slot and blew it by STU netminder Guillaume Miszczak (Montréal, QC). Moncton extended their lead at 16:59, seconds after their power play expired, when Francis Rochon (Gatineau, QC) tipped a Jean-Phillippe Paquet (St-Georges de Beauce, QC) shot past the STU goalie. With ten seconds to go, Remi Gautreau (Moncton, NB) checked STU captain Erick Tremblay (Gatineau, QC) from behind into the boards, and in the resulting melee he added high stick and roughing minors to go with the game misconduct for the check from behind. He did manage to take two Tommies with him to the penalty box, just giving STU a two minute power play.

At 6:44 of the second period STU was on a 5-on-3 power play when Tremblay blasted the puck past Kevin Lachance (Vanier, QC). Midway through the period Patrick Lockyer (Moncton, NB) almost restored Moncton's two goal lead, but his puck clanged off the crossbar. Tremblay tied the game for the Tommies late in the second period at 18:47 after a faceoff win when his point shot went through a screen in front of the UdeM goaltender.

In the third period STU took the lead for the first time at 3:22 when Jason Cassidy (Toronto, ON) banged a rebound past Lachance. Moncton was back on the power play, thanks to a Tyler Dietrich (Vancouver, BC) double-minor retaliation penalty, when Mathieu Labrie's (St-Quentin, NB) point shot deflected of Dean Ouellet (Edmundston, NB) and in at 6:47 to tie the game once again. Then at 12:54 Ouellet made an outstanding play in the neutral zone, took the puck into the STU zone and passed the puck onto fellow Madawaskan Alexandre Soucy (Baker Brook, NB) who snapped the puck into the net. Soucey, normally a defenceman, played forward all game.

The final score was 4-3 for Moncton and UdeM outshot STU 31-21 in the game. The Summit Dodge players of the game were Erick Trembley for STU and Alexandre Soucey for Moncton. UdeM will meet UNB in the tournament championship game.

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