Saturday, January 31, 2009

UNB 6, StFX 2

UNB finished the weekend by beating StFX 6-2. With under a minute to go, the two teams got into a healthy skirmish on the ice that might make things interesting next Saturday when they play at the Aitken Centre.

The 2 points are pretty huge as Saint Mary's also won their game leaving them 5 points back with 4 games remaining. It's safe to say that next weekend's rematches vs SMU and StFX are going to be intense. It almost feels like playoff hockey already...

Travis Fullerton got the win, but had his shutout streak broken late in the 2nd period. It'll be interesting to see what the official word is as far as possible records are concerned. You have to go back to the 2nd period of the 8-2 win over Dalhousie to find the last goal he let in before tonight. In terms of complete periods, he had the 3rd vs. Dal, shutout vs STU, the 2nd and 3rd periods vs UPEI, a shutout vs Acadia, another shutout vs STU, and the 1st period vs StFX...13 consecutive periods + of shutout hockey. Think he's earned a shot to start vs SMU on Friday?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Huskies Score Late Power Play Goal to Top Reds

UNB showed some poise in coming back from a 2-0 deficit early, but a late power play goal in the 3rd period gave the Huskies the win. They V-Reds had enough chances to win this game and certainly played well, but failed to capitalize on the power play, going 1 for 7. SMU didn't, and scored a few pretty even strength goals too. Shots were 38-22 in favour of UNB, but scoring chances were probably a bit closer than that suggests. The loss leaves the Reds 5 points up on the Huskies with 5 games remaining.

The Reds will have to shake that one off quick, they visit the StFX tomorrow night. The game will be available on CHSR.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

UNB vs The Saints

Anyone else notice UNB will have played 5 games vs the AUS "Saints" by next Sunday? It began with St. Thomas Wednesday night, continues with Saint Mary's on Friday, St. Francis Xavier X-Men on Saturday, and wraps up with home games vs SMU and St. FX next weekend. Must have been fun when UNB was known as the "Red Devils", the headlines write themselves.

This will be a good measuring stick for UNB. They are 0-2 so far in the regular season vs. SMU, losing 4-3 in OT back on November 2nd, and 4-2 in the following week. SMU has lost only 1 game on home ice this year, to StFX. Here's an interesting stat - through 22 games this season, UNB has only been outshot 1 time...that 4-2 loss to SMU on Nov 8. Shots were 25/28 that night.

You can listen to the game on CHSR or buy the web-feed from News-Cast.com

Go Reds!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

UNB wins 17th Annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game

Despite the terrible winter storm outside, the 17th annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game went about as well as anyone could ask for. Travis Fullerton got his 3rd shutout of the season in a 9-0 win over the STU Tommies.

The win leaves UNB with 37 points in the standings, needing 6 points more to clinch top spot in the AUS. UNB heads to Nova Scotia next to play SMU Friday, and StFX Saturday.

AUS Playoff Format Adjusted

Looks like the AUS came to its senses with 2 births to CIS Nationals on the line for the conference this year. The 2nd round will now be a best of 5, instead of a best of 3, while the finals will be a best of 3. Click here for the complete announcement on the AUS site.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

CIS Top 10 Rankings: UNB Climbs to #2

The CIS released its Top 10 Rankings today. UNB climbed up to #2 after UQTR was upset by Ottawa, dropping them to #3.
There were 4 teams from the AUS to crack the top 10.

January 27, 2009

1. Alberta (17-2-1)
2. UNB (16-2-3)
3. UQTR (19-2-1)
4. Saskatchewan
5. Lakehead (16-4-2)
6. Wilfrid Laurier (17-4-1)
7. Moncton (13-5-2)
8. Saint Mary's (15-7)
9. Western Ontario (16-5-1)
10. StFX (11-8-2)

The official CIS release can be viewed here.

Monday, January 26, 2009

2009 Annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game

On Wednesday, the V-Reds host the STU Tommies at the Aitken Centre in the annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial game. In case you're wondering, UNB holds an all-time record vs STU of 10-4-1 in the Mark Jeffrey games. Hopefully the team add to that winning total.

The Reds will have their hands full. Bretton Stamler and Ryan Seymour are both out with the rare automatic suspension for fighting, while the Tommies are coming off a win vs StFX, and an OT loss to the mighty SMU Huskies, proving you can never take a team lightly in the AUS. And we all know the Tommies would love nothing more than to play spoiler.

UNB needs 10 points over its next 7 games to clinch 1st place, which secures home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs, and a 1st round bye.

In the meantime, please check out this excellent write-up on #17 Mark Jeffrey over at www.vredshockey.com.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

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