Saturday, December 5, 2009

UNB 7 – UPEI 0

FREDERICTON – It was the third game of the season between the UNB Varsity Reds and UPEI Panthers men's hockey teams, and the third time the V-Reds blanked the Panthers, with Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) picking up the 7-0 shutout this time, his first of the season. The victory runs UNB's winning streak to 14 straight games since the start of the season. It was a special night at the Aitken University Centre, as almost all the members of the 1983-84 AUAA (now AUS) champion UNB Red Devils (as the team was known then) were in attendance after travelling from across North America for their 25th reunion. Each of those players and coaches were introduced on ice to the 2300 fans before the opening faceoff.

The new generation of UNB players didn't take long to show what they could do, as Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) scored his 14th goal of the season as he banked a backhand past UPEI goalie Wayne Savage (St. Thomas, ON) at 2:48. Less than two minutes later Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) came flying down the left side and he beat Savage on the short side with a backhand that Savage probably would have like to re-play. Just before the six minute mark at the other end of the ice UPEI's Brandon Biggers (Sarnia, ON) beat UNB's Yeomans, but his shot rang off the crossbar, and that was as close at the Panthers were going to come all game. At 16:21 UNB was on the power play and Tremblay didn't get good wood on a rebound but rookie Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) came in from the circle and buried the puck to put the home team up 3-0. That was all the scoring in the period that saw UNB outshoot UPEI 15-5.

The second period didn't go much better for UPEI. Campbell was having another great shift near the four minute mark when he came from behind the UPEI net, and both Campbell and Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) got whacks at the puck, which appeared ultimately to bounce off a Panthers defender and inside the far post past Savage. Campbell eventually got credit for the goal. UNB was on the power play again at 7:17, and on the rush, when Campbell feathered a pass to Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) who crashed the net for an “old school” goal. After the goal Jhase Sniderman (Toronto, ON) took over in the UPEI nets. Shots favoured UNB 12-9 in the middle period.

UNB appeared to have a little less intensity in the third period, but after UPEI killled off a penalty UNB was still in the zone and controlling the puck when John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) beat Sniderman for his 11th goal of the season at 8:48. Late in the period at 17:23 UNB was on the power play yet again, and this time Clendenning was at the back door when he took the pass from Luke Lynes (Rochester Hills, MI), bent his knee, and went top shelf. With 90 seconds to go and play a little sloppy Matt Carter (Mississauga, ON) had the best chance to spoil the shootout, but he was stoned by Yeomans.

Final shots in the game favoured UNB 36-20. The V-Reds were 3-for-8 on the power play while the Panthers were 0-for-4. The player of the game was UNB's Dion Campbell.

Immediately after the game in the Coulter Room there was a special ceremony where each of the players and coaches from the 1983-84 team introduced themselves in turn, followed by UNB coach Gardiner MacDougall introducing each of his current players and coaches to the previous generation. After all of the talks and speeches the 1983-84 team made the surprise announcement that they were funding a new annual UNB hockey team award (scholarship) and trophy in honour of their coach, Don MacAdam. MacAdam admitted that he was surprised and humbled by their gesture. Next up for the V-Reds is a 5:00 pm game on Sunday against Saint Mary's, their last game of the first half.


Anonymous said...

This has completely nothing to do with the UPEI game but Hennigar got another assist last night, today being Sunday, and now has a helper in all five of his games this season with Albany, good for the team's longest assist-streak this year (courtesy of the River Rats website).

David Kilfoil said...

In case folks are wondering, UNB's 14 game win streak from the start of the season to date matches their team record in 1997-98, and of course that is the year the V-Reds went on to win their first CIS championship. In 2007-08 UNB went undefeated in the second half (14 games) and were undefeated in the postseason until losing to Alberta in the championship game. So yes, there's a bit on the line in Sunday's game against SMU.

Anonymous said...

Any word on Tremblay? Apparently he hurt his hand in Friday's game against UPEI. What about Harty... any chance he'll return today?

David Kilfoil said...

Harty - no, which is what he told me Fiday. I wasn't aware Tremblay was hurt, so I never asked him.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Dave.