Wednesday, September 30, 2009

UNB Falls To Portland By 4-2 Score

UNB took on the AHL's Portland Pirates and if you followed the Twitter updates, it appears they held their own.  Not only did they out-shoot their opponents 36-22, but twice they battled back to tie the game.

Scoring for UNB were Hunter Tremblay and Daine Todd.  A few AHL teams are likely to lose by worse margins to the Pirates this year so let's chalk this one up as a moral victory and valuable experience for the V-Reds.

Here's a recap from Portland's official site.

In other news, former V-Red Rob Hennigar was assigned to Florida of the ECHL.  You might recall he was traded to Albany of the AHL this summer.  Last season he put up points at a quicker pace than anyone in the ECHL during his stay and was called back up to Bridgeport for his efforts.  Hopefully he can build on that and work his way back up to Albany this year.

Thursday's edition of the Daily Gleaner talks a bit more about the game. V-Reds give Pirates solid test

Elmira Jackals Announce Signing of Ben Wright

Well it appears the speculation wasn't far off the mark - the ECHL's Elmira Jackals have announced the signing of Ben Wright.  You can read the press release here.

You win some, you lose some.

Wright Released From AHL Camp, Follow Tonight's Game On Twitter

Two quick updates to pass along this morning.  First, Ben Wright was cut from the Norfolk Admirals roster yesterday.  No word on if he'll be joining the team for the game in Portland...

Also, just a reminder that you can follow tonight's game on twitter (technology pending) at the following link:
www.twitter.com/unbhockey

This might be the only way to follow the game this evening.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Play to Win

Bill Hunt previews Wednesday's game vs Portland in the Daily Gleaner. You have to like the attitude the team is bringing - if you don't think you can win, why bother playing?

The article also confirms that Jeff Lee has joined the team.

Over at the CISBlog, David Kilfoil takes a look at the upcoming AUS vs NCAA exhibition matchups.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jeff Lee Released From AHL Camp, USA Trip Up Next

If you haven't seen it yet, the V-Reds website issued a piece on UNB hockey players in pro camps.  Check it out here.   According to the article, UNB will have 20 former players in the pros this year, and 8 attending AHL camps this fall.  This does not include rookies Ben Wright (now at Norfolk Admirals camp) or Jeff Lee, who was just released by the Springfield Falcons (and hopefully will be joining the V-Reds in time for the upcoming exhibition games in the USA).

This next week will provide some pretty high caliber opposition.  First, the V-Reds will visit the Portland Pirates of the AHL on Wednesday.   The Pirates start their season next weekend, and have already received some players recently cut by the Buffalo Sabres.  On Saturday, the team travels to the NCAA's UMass-Amherst, and will continue on to Vermont on Sunday.

The following weekend, Providence College hosts UNB in what will be the team's final exhibition game before the regular season starts.  The next two weeks might be the toughest part of the schedule all year, and should accomplish the goal of getting them prepared for the regular season opener on October 16th vs UPEI.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

V-Reds 5, Redman 1

A much better performance tonight resulted in a lopsided 5-1 win for the V-Reds.

Johnathan Harty continued his great pre-season play by getting the V-Reds on the board with their first goal of the game.   Luke Lynes would add a pair of goals in the 2nd period to extend the lead.  Hunter Tremblay and John Scott Dickson rounded off the scoring on the UNB side in the 3rd period.

Derek Yeomans was solid in this game, making a few difficult saves when called upon, and was a mere 25 seconds away from the shut-out when McGill finally took advantage of a miscue on the UNB power-play. 

Final shots in this one were 38-14 for UNB.

This game got a little heated at times, especially during the second when Seymour and Fillier were looking to square off with the Redmen.  Something set Seymour off as he started tossing punches towards McGill's Picard-Hooper.  Fillier was invited to scrap by Turcotte, but while Fillier followed through by dropping his gloves, Turcotte seemed to have second thoughts and not much came of their confrontation.   Both sides kept their senses in the 3rd period and the game played out.

UNB is now 5-0 vs CIS opponents in the pre-season.  The next home game will be October 16th versus the UPEI Panthers to open the regular season.

Friday, September 25, 2009

V-Reds 7, Redmen 6

They won't all be pretty.

UNB won a war of attrition tonight, beating the McGill Redmen by a score of 7-6. McGill scored seconds into the game, and would jump to a 2-0 lead early in the 1st period.  But 2 goals by Lachlan MacIntosh would put the V-Reds back even to end the period.

Bailey would put the V-Reds up by one, followed by MacIntosh's 3rd of the game.  Dion Campbell would score one more in 2nd period, but give the Redmen credit - they didn't quit and made the most of thier chances, scoring 2 goals on 3 shots in the 2nd period.

UNB came back in the 3rd led by goals from Bailey and Tremblay.  Unfortunately, McGill wasn't going away in this one, scoring a pair of goals in the 3rd period, 6 in total on Travis Fullerton in this game, and giving the V-Reds something to think about moving forward.

This wasn't the best game defensively for UNB, and Fullerton would probably like a few of those goals back, but these games are going to happen from time to time.  Final shots were 42 - 18 in favour of UNB.  Give the team credit for finding a way to pull off the win.

The teams play again tomorrow night at the AUC, and remeber, it'll be available on Rogers TV.  Game time is 7 PM.

Daine Todd, VReds Twitter

In today's Daily Gleaner, Chris Fox writes about the return of Daine Todd to the V-Reds lineup this season after a season-ending shoulder injury last year.

For those of you who missed him vs Brock last week, you'd never know the guy missed a year of hockey. He could be fastest, shiftiest player in the V-Reds lineup...he didn't seem to mind testing his shoulder out on some Badgers either.

Also, make sure you check out the UNB Hockey Twitter page for up to the minute team news and updates. During upcoming road games check the site for live score updates as they happen and get great breaking news. 

Twitter members can also ask questions and they'll do their best to answer them.  Another great way to stay connected.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Unofficial 2009-2010 UNB Varsity Reds Broadcast Schedule

The 2009-2010 season is shaping up to be a great one for V-Reds hockey broadcasts.  Games will be available in a variety of ways this season.

First, CHSR 97.9 FM will be back with Dave Ritchie and David Kilfoil on the air to bring us a tentative schedule of around 20 games (plus playoffs) including the exhibition game vs. UMaine on January 2nd in Orono, ME.  It's nice to see the strong coverage of away games during the regular season.  Big thanks to CHSR and "the Daves" for stepping up again this year!

Also, in case you missed it, News-Cast.com will be offering live webcasts of all 14 of the UNB regular season home games for $5.95, if you can't make it to the AUC!

Finally, Rogers TV will be airing 9 UNB home games this season (also featuring "the Daves"), so be sure to program your PVR's.

Tentative CHSR Schedule
Saturday, Oct. 17: UNB vs. UdeM (7 pm at AUC)
Friday, Oct. 23: UNB at Acadia (7 pm in Wolfville)
Saturday, Oct. 24: UNB at Saint Mary's (7 pm in Halifax)
Wednesday, Oct. 28: UNB at St. Thomas (7 pm at LBR)
Friday, Nov. 6: UNB at St. FX (7 pm at Antigonish)
Saturday, Nov. 7: UNB at Dalhousie (7 pm at Halifax)
Saturday, Nov. 14: UNB vs. Dalhousie (7 at AUC)
Friday, Nov. 20: UNB at UPEI (7 pm in Charlottetown)
Friday, Nov. 27: UNB at UdeM (7 pm in Moncton)
Saturday, Nov. 28: UNB vs. STU (7 pm at AUC)

Saturday, Jan. 2: UNB at UMaine (8 pm in Orono, ME)
Friday, Jan. 8: UNB vs. STU (7 pm at AUC)
Friday, Jan. 15: UNB at Saint Mary's (7 pm in Halifax)
Saturday, Jan. 16: UNB at Acadia (7 pm at Wolfville)
Friday, Jan. 22: UNB at UdeM (7 pm at Moncton)
Saturday, Jan. 23: UNB at STU (7 pm at LBR)
Wednesday, Feb. 3: UNB vs. Moncton (7 pm at AUC)
Friday, Feb. 5: UNB at St. FX (7 pm in Antigonish)
Saturday, Feb. 6: UNB at Dalhousie (7 pm in Halifax)
Friday, Feb. 12: UNB vs. St. FX (7 pm at AUC)

(Playoffs TBA)

News-Cast.com Schedule
Friday, Oct. 16: UNB vs. UPEI (7PM at AUC)
Saturday, Oct. 17: UNB vs. UdeM (7PM at AUC)
Saturday, Oct. 24: UNB @ SMU (7PM in Halifax)- $5.95
Friday, Oct. 30: UNB vs. Acadia (7PM at AUC)
Saturday, Oct. 31: UNB vs. SMU (7PM at AUC)
Friday, Nov. 13: UNB vs. STFX (7PM at AUC)
Saturday, Nov. 14: UNB vs. Dalhousie (7PM at AUC)
Saturday, Nov. 28: UNB vs. STU (7PM at AUC)
Friday, Dec. 4: UNB vs. UPEI (7PM at AUC)

Friday, Jan. 8: UNB vs. STU (7PM at AUC)
Friday, Jan. 15: UNB @ SMU (7PM in Halifax)- $5.95
Friday, Jan. 29: UNB vs. SMU (7PM at AUC)
Saturday, Jan. 30: UNB vs. Acadia (7PM at AUC)
Wednesday, Feb. 3: UNB vs. UdeM (7PM at AUC)
Friday, Feb. 12: UNB vs. STFX (7PM at AUC)
Saturday, Feb. 13: UNB vs. Dalhousie (7PM at AUC)

Rogers TV
Saturday, Sep. 26: UNB vs. McGill (7PM at AUC)
Friday, Oct. 16: UNB vs. UPEI (7PM at AUC)
Friday, Oct. 30: UNB vs. Acadia (7PM at AUC)
Saturday, Oct. 31: UNB vs. SMU (7PM at AUC)
Friday, Nov. 13: UNB vs. STFX (7PM at AUC)
Friday, Dec. 4: UNB vs. UPEI (7PM at AUC)

Saturday, Jan. 30: UNB vs. Acadia (7PM at AUC)
Friday, Feb. 12: UNB vs. STFX (7PM at AUC)
Saturday, Feb. 13: UNB vs. Dalhousie (7PM at AUC)

Eastlink TV
Saturday, Jan. 16: UNB at Acadia (7 pm at Wolfville)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Redmen Vs V-Reds

The V-Reds take on arguably the oldest hockey club in the world this weekend when the McGill Redmen visit the AUC for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday.

According to ReDSea at www.VREDSHOCKEY.com, UNB and McGill have met only 3 times in the last 3 decades.  In the fall of 1983 the V-Reds won a pair of exhibition games by scores of 7-1 and 6-4.  More recently, the two teams faced each other in the Fall Classic tournament back in 2005 with UNB pulling off the 4-0 victory.

McGill won the OUA title in 2008, were runners-up in 2009, and have earned a birth at CIS Nationals each of the last two years.  They were a very solid 18-8-2 in the 2008-2009 regular season, and went on to upset favorites UQTR in the OUA playoffs East Conference final.  They would go on to lose the OUA championship to Western, but then turned around and beat them in the first game of the tournament at Nationals in Thunder Bay a few days later.  Returning to their lineup this season are top scorer Alexandre Picard-Hooper (10g, 26a, 36pts) and Francis Verreault-Paul (13g, 13a, 26 pts) who were outstanding rookies for the Redman last year.  The Redmen played their first game last weekend, skating past RMC by a score of 4-2.  They should prove to be the toughest opponents so far this exhibition season.

For those of you who can't make the game Saturday night, we're happy to pass on that you can catch the game live on Rogers TV, with play-by-play and colour commentary provided by "the Daves".  Game time for both contests is 7PM.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

UNB Sweeps Brock

The second game of the weekend series vs Brock went a lot like the first.  The UNB defenders continue to step up and score timely goals, and the goaltending was strong when it needed to be, keeping Brock off the board.

Luke Gallant got the scoring started with a wrister late in the first period, and was followed-up a few minutes later by Jon Harty in the last minute of the period.  Around the midway point of the second, Harty would be credited with his second goal of the game on his way into the Badgers net.  Just before the close of the second frame, Luke Lynes would bury a rebound off a Hunter Tremblay shot.  The final goal came from a hard shot by Ben Wright from the point in the third.

Derek Yeomans played the full game and earned the shutout.

The biggest story of the night was the return of Daine Todd to the line-up.  Todd certainly didn't look like he hadn't played hockey in a year, wowing the UNB fans with his speed and playmaking instincts.  He played most of the night on a line with Tremblay and Dickson.  Early in the night he was on the giving and receiving end of a few solid hits into the boards and didn't seem to mind the contact at all.  We look forward to (finally) having him back in the lineup healthy...he's going to be a good one.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

UNB 4, Brock 0

Travis Fullerton made 16 saves and captain Kyle Bailey scored the game winner moments into the second period as UNB took the first half of a weekend double-header against the OUA's Brock Badgers.

Also scoring for the V-Reds were John Scott Dickson, Jon Harty, and rookie Ben Shutron.  Final shots on goal were 36-16 in favour of UNB.

We don't see much of Brock in the AUS, but on Friday they played a tight checking, physical game that limited UNB scoring chances at times.  Mark Yetman was strong in net for the Badgers.  If Friday's game was any indication, we should expect some hard hits from both teams on Saturday.  Game time is 7 PM.

Friday, September 18, 2009

V-Reds Host Brock Badgers

This weekend the Varsity Reds will host Brock Badgers for a pair of games at the new and improved Aitken University Centre.

UNB has some history with the Badgers. In 2007-2008, the two teams played twice. First, UNB took the an exhibition game at Brock's Steel Blade Tournament by a score of 5-1. Then, as fate would have it, the two teams would meet in game 1 at CIS Nationals in Moncton. UNB went on to win that contest 6-1. Brock is coached by none other than former V-Reds captain, Murray Nystrom, who turned down the coaching job at UNB back in 2000, opening the door for one Gardiner MacDougall...

Brock has added a few familiar faces from the region to their roster this year. including Mark Yetman, former starting goalie of the Halifax Mooseheads, and goalie Jordan Bent from the Woodstock Slammers.

A few other Badgers to watch out for include last year's points leaders Derek Brochu (7g, 9a, 19 pts) and Gary Friesen (5g, 11a, 16 pts).

Last season Brock finished 3rd in the OUA's Mid West Division at 9-14-5 for 23 pts, which left they shy of a playoff birth. Two seasons ago the Badgers were the OUA runners-up.

Game time for both nights is 7 PM.

Also, Bill Hunt catches up with Murray Nystrom in today's Daily Gleaner.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Probably The Biggest Honour I've Had In Hockey"

The new captain of the UNB Varsity Reds will be 3rd year BBA student, Kyle Bailey. We're not surprised. A few months ago we did a little poll on who should be the next V-Reds captain, and over half of the respondents chose #32. To be chosen captain on a team full of leaders is no small feat. Congratulations, Kyle.

Bill Hunt writes more about our new captain in today's Daily Gleaner.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

V-Reds Skate To 8-1 Victory In President's Cup Game

We shouldn't read too much into the first exhibition game of the season, but if anything stands out, it was the defencemen stepping up to score 4 goals. Shots were 45-19 in favour of UNB.

Scoring for UNB in no particular order were defencemen Luke Gallant, Jon Harty, Josh Hepditch, rookie Ben Wright, and forwards Chris Hodgson, Kyle Bailey, Hunter Tremblay, and rookie Nick Layton.

Travis Fullerton started in goal for the V-Reds and gave up an early goal to STU's Max Chamberland in the 1st period, but was otherwise solid. He was relieved by Derek Yeomans after 2 periods.

The V-Reds will take some lessons from this one and prepare for the Brock Badgers this Friday and Saturday at the Aitken Centre.

For more on the game, be sure to read Bill Hunt's "Different Names, Familiar Result" in today's Daily Gleaner.

President's Cup Tonight

The V-Reds take to the ice for their first exhibition game tonight against the new and improve STU Tommies for the President's Cup. Remember, this game is being held at Willie O'Ree Place, and is technically a STU home game, so you'll have to buy a ticket.

In recent years, UNB has had great success against STU in the President's Cup/Fall Classic contests. Since 2003-2004 season, UNB has gone 6-0 against in these games, outscoring STU 38-12 in the process:

Year Score
03-04 6-1
04-05 4-2
05-06 4-3 (OT)
06-07 6-1
07-08 8-1
08-09 10-4 (played in Woodstock)

The first exhibition game of the year will give us a first look at this off-season's recruits, a glimpse into some possible line combinations, and most importantly, the return of hockey.

Speaking of line combinations, Coach MacDougall will have his hands full trying to find the right balance of scoring, speed, size, and checking. Let the speculation begin. Feel free to tell us how you see the lines shaping up in the comments section.

Also, be sure to catch Bruce Hallihan's "Cup Defence Begins Tonight For V-Reds" in today's Daily Gleaner.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dacosta Signs Pro Contract

Big thanks to everyone who emailed us to point out that former UNB defenceman Justin Dacosta was signed to a 2-way deal by the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins/IHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks. The Griffins are the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Here's the press release.

Best of luck to Justin, with a bit of luck maybe we'll get to see his patented shoot-out move on the AHL highlight reel this season?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

New Swag

If you've already picked up your pass to the V-Reds this year you probably already know about the extras thrown in. Included with this seasons pass once again will be the permit for preferred parking (first come, first serve), and the popular "bring a friend" option is back which you can use to bring someone up to 5 times again (limit 1 per event). Perhaps most importantly is the first crack next year at buying tickets to Nationals. Finally you might recall that last year we were treated with license plate brackets for our vehicles, well this year we're told the swag includes a team scarf that will be available later this season.

Also, check out Bruce Hallihan's thoughts on the new logo in the Daily Gleaner.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Few More Jersey Concepts

Just passing along a few more shots of a jersey incorporating the new logo. We'll add them to our photo album here.

Overall, reaction seems to be mixed on the logo as one might expect, but most people agree it's an upgrade over the previous one. For some people, it's Red and Black and that's all they need to know.

New V-Reds Site Up, Fun With Photoshop

The stunning new official Varsity Reds website is up and running...check it out in all its red and black glory: http://vreds.unb.ca/staging/default.aspx

For the specific hockey link, please click here.

And for those of you who asked for it, make sure you hurry up and reserve your favorite seat at AUC by buying tickets from the box office or online. It'd be a shame if procrastination lead to someone else poaching your seat.

Also, with all the buzz about the new logo, http://www.vredshockey.com/ has a neat look at some of the UNB hockey jerseys of the past, so be sure to take a look. This has inspired us to ask "what if"? Through the wonders of Photoshop Paint, we've tried looking at the new logo in the context of a hockey sweater.



First we have a stylish home jersey...try to imagine it with numbers and maybe a small UNB flag/crest on one shoulder, with the N.B. flag on the other...













Next up would be the away jersey in a distinctive red.







And for those special games where any kind of edge is needed, perhaps an intimidating black third-jersey that strikes fear into the hearts of opponents:


These are NOT sneak peaks of anything official, but let us know what you think? Better yet, some of you guys are far more talented...send us in your jersey ideas and we'll do our best to post them.