Friday, October 30, 2009

UNB 7 – Acadia 3

The first place University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds kept with their winning ways and won their sixth straight game of the season 7-3 over the visiting Acadia Axemen Friday night. Including the preseason, it is UNB's 14 straight victory against CIS and NCAA opponents. There were 2482 fans at the game at the Aitken University Centre in Fredericton, and they were rewarded with both a strong start and finish by the V-Reds, who outshot the Axemen 40-19 in the game.

UNB scored on their first two power play opportunities of the game midway through the first period. Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) at 9:02 banged in the rebound of a Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) shot past Kristofer Westblom (Meadow Lake, SK) and at 10:23 Luke Lynes was at the edge of the crease when snapped (Rochester Hills, MI) in the rebound of a Bretton Stammler (Edmonton, AB) point shot. After a strong forechecking shift, Acadia's Jonathan Laberge passed the puck from behind the UNB net to Chris Bruton (Calgary, AB) in front, and he beat Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) at 16:06. Bruton has started the whole sequence by blocking a Ben Shutron (Orleans, ON) shot at the Acadia blue line. Shots were 10-5 for UNB in the first period.

In the second period Chris Hodgson (Fredericton, NB) picked up his third goal of the season on a hard working shift as Ryan Seymour (Fredericton, NB) put the puck on the net, and Hodgson was the first to get to the rebound and knock it off the Acadia netminder's pads and behind him. Late in the period Acadia has a miscue on the line-change near their bench, as a Acadia player had to step off the ice leaving a loose puck that speedy UNB forward Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) was the first to get to. MacIntosh had an almost free lane as he grabbed the puck and streaked in on the net and went top shelf with his backhand for the goal with nine seconds left to go in the period. UNB edged Acadia 11-8 in shots in the period.

The third period had an odd ebb and flow, as UNB controlled most of the play, but then had a couple of lapses and Acadia took advantage. At 8:38 Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) wove his way through two Acadia defencemen and then passed cross ice to Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) who one-timed it into the open side of the net to make it 5-1. At 8:35 Acadia forward Scott Tregunna (Mt. Forest, ON) was allowed to skate across the crease and he beat Yeomans on the far side. Then at 11:29 rookie Andrew Clark (Brandon, NB) went one-on-one with a UNB defenceman and his shot beat Yeomans along the ice and past his skate to get Acadia back in the game. At 17:11 Acadia was shorthanded after a scrum in the Axemen zone sent several players to the penalty box, but a strong penalty kill saw them carry the puck deep into the UNB zone. Acadia coach Darren Burns gambled and pulled his goalie, but it backfired when UNB was able to bring the puck back up ice, and John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) passed to the rushing Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) for the empty-netter 44 seconds later. Late in the period UNB was on the power play and Taylor Procyshen (Emerald Lake, SK) won the draw back to Chris Hodgson who hammered a one-timer through a crowd and past Westblom for his second goal of the night.

The final score was 7-3 for UNB, with the Varsity Reds outshooting the Axemen 40-19. UNB was 2-for-6 on the power play while Acadia was 0-for-4. UNB has only given up one power play goal in AUS conference play this season. The UNB player of the game was Jonathan Harty. UNB's game against Saint Mary's scheduled for Saturday has been postponed to a later date, as one Huskies player may have the H1N1 virus, and several of his teammates have flu-like symptoms. The school decided not to take chances and keep the team at home.

Reminder: UNB vs Acadia Still On For Tonight, Shutron Fitting In Well

We've had a few emails asking if the Acadia game is still on in light of the postponement of Saturday's game vs. SMU.  As of the time of this posting, yes it is.  Your best bet is to check the V-Reds website for that info, but at this stage, if Friday's game was also threatened, it stands to reason they would have included that in the announcement as well.  See you at the AUC for 7 PM.

Also, Bruce Hallihan catches up with one of our newest V-Reds, Ben Shutron, in today's Daily Gleaner.  Not a big surprise to hear several schools were after him prior to his decision to join the champs.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Saturday's UNB vs. SMU Game Postponed

As David Kilfoil was quick to point out over at the the CIS Blog, UNB just issued a press release announcing that the October 31st (Saturday) game vs. the SMU Huskies has been postponed due to precautionary reasons. Here's the announcement.

On the plus side, the V-Reds won't have to sacrifice attendance for THE game of the semester at home by going up against Halloween night. On the negative side, we're going to need to come up with some excuses to get out of candy duty...

Kudos to the AUS for playing it safe.  The last thing V-Reds fans want is a nasty flu bug hitting the team this season.
 

ACA@UNB – Friday, Oct. 30th at 7pm

The V-Reds are back in action Friday night when the Acadia Axemen visit for the first time this season.  Last weekend, Acadia pushed UNB to the limit. It was a late power play goal by Luke Gallant that gave UNB the win with a final score of 3-2.

UNB (5-0-0) enters Friday night’s game after a hard fought overtime victory over STU (2-2-1) on Wednesday night thanks to the overtime efforts of John Scott Dickson, Kyle Bailey, and Ben Shutron. UNB still leads the conference in goals, assists, points, shots, penalty killing, and goals allowed per game.

Sitting at 2-2-0, Acadia has found the net 13 times in 4 games, while, they have also only allowed 14 goals, only UNB has allowed fewer goals at ­­­10. Acadia has outshot opponents this year, averaging 35.8 shots per game while only allowing an average of 28 shots per game by opponents. Acadia’s power play is the worst in the AUS at 3 for 25, while the penalty killing unit is the second worst, allowing 7 goals on 22 attempts. Philippe Bertrand, Spencer Jezegou, Jonathan Laberge, Chris Bruton, and Andrew Clark have provided the majority of Acadia’s scoring punch.

The game will be available on Rogers Cable TV or UNB Hockey on Twitter.
  
By Steven C

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

UNB 2 – STU 1 (OT)

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds got their fifth straight win, but it wasn't easy, as a game St. Thomas Tommies squad forced the match into overtime Wednesday night. The cross-campus rivals were meeting in the first instalment of the Battle of the Hill, at the bottom of College Hill on STU's home ice at the Lady Beaverbrook Rink.

Right from the opening faceoff the Tommies played a system of bend, but don't break, as the V-Reds carried most of the attack and STU netminder and player-of-the-game Charles Lavigne (Berbardin, ON) was there time after time to make the save. Lavigne was on his game all night, giving up few rebounds, and by accident or design constantly deflecting shots over the relatively short glass into the netting for whistles. The Tommies had to kill off a penalty in the first minute of the game, and then midway through the game they survived a four-minute double-minor to defenceman David Crossman (Pine Glen, NB) who got his stick up on UNB's Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON). UNB outshot STU 11-4 in the period.

It wasn't until almost the midpoint of the game before there was finally any scoring. STU had a good shift of forechecking and UNB coughed up the puck behind their own net. The Tommies quickly generated a couple of shots on net in the resulting scramble, and then Jason Cassidy (Toronto, ON) beat Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) high on the glove side at 9:19 to give the home side the lead. UNB continued to press, and STU took several penalties that they successfully killed off until late in the period when on the rush Taylor Procyshen (Emerald Park, SK) deflected a Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) pass past Lavigne at 19:36. That shot was UNB's 18th of the period, compared to six shots in the period for STU.

Not much changed in the third period. UNB kept looking for the winner, Lavigne kept making the save, and the Tommies did their best to take time and space away from the V-Red skaters. UNB outshot STU 11-3 in the third period. In the overtime period, there was a little more free ice with the teams 4-on-4, and UNB took advantage as John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) and Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) crossed the STU blueline with puck and Dickson's shot along the ice caught just inside the far post, and may have been helped by the skate of STU defenceman Andrew Andricopoulos (Groveland, MA) , and just like that the game was over 44 seconds into the extra period.

UNB outshot STU 41-14 in the game, and was 1 for 8 on the power play. STU was 0 for 2 on the power play. UNB was 46-33 on faceoffs, with captain Kyle Bailey 21-10 on the dot. This weekend UNB will be back up the hill in their home rink as they host Acadia on Friday and Saint Mary's Saturday night.

V-Reds Grind Out Road Win

It's becoming an annual tradition - the V-Reds roll into the LBR and find themselves tied late in the game knowing the next team to score wins.  In November of 2008 it was Justin Dacosta. In January of 2008 it was David Bowman.  In January 2007 it was Brad Efthimiou.  (In November of 2005 the teams even skated to a 3-3 tie back when ties existed.)  In October of 2009, John Scott Dickson scored the game winner in OT to send the good guys home happy with a sloppy, but hard fought 2-1 road victory over STU.  Taylor Procyshen scored the first UNB goal.

-Update at 10/29/2009 - Bruce Hallihan provides his recap in Thursday's edition of the Daily Gleaner.

More to follow...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

CIS Top 10 Rankings: UNB holds at #1

The second installment of the Men's Hockey Top 10 Rankings was released today.  UNB (4-0) remains on top, followed by Alberta at 5-0-1.  It should be an interesting matchup in the CW this week when # 6 Manitoba takes on Alberta n Edmonton.  A win for the Bisons will make a statement that their good start is no fluke.

Also, only one other team made the Top 10 from the AUS, the SMU Huskies, unchanged at #5.  The CW was represented by two teams and the OUA conference by the remaining six teams.   

The innaugural team from Nippissing makes their first ever appearance in the top 10 at #9.

Rank / Team / Previous
1. UNB (1)
2. Alberta (2)
3. UQTR (4)
4. Lakehead (7)
5. Saint Mary’s (5)
6. Manitoba (3)
7. McGill (8)
8. Wilfrid Laurier (NR)
9. Nipissing (NR)
10. Waterloo (10)

For a complete breakdown of the rankings, including votes, view the CIS press release.

UNB@STU - Wednesday, Oct. 28th at 7pm

This Wednesday, the V-Reds visit the new and improved STU Tommies for the first regular season Battle of the Hill. According to www.vredshockey.com, this will be the 167th meeting of the two teams, taking into account the President’s Cup game which saw UNB win 8-1 on September 15th of this year. UNB has been dominant historically in this match-up, with a record of 112-47-8. STU has not managed to beat UNB since October 20th, 2006.

Will this trend continue, or is it time for STU to make home ice advantage count?

The V-Reds are off to a great start. At 4-0, they lead the AUS in goals, assists, points, goals allowed, save percent, and penalty-killing. Hunter Tremblay, Chris Culligan, John Scott Dickson, and Daine Todd have been the top forwards, while Luke Gallant at defense continues to be a play maker, now with 1 goal and 9 assists in 4 games.

STU, coming off of a dominant 9-3 win over Dal, and with a record of 2-2, has the second most goals in the AUS. STU has the #1 shot percentage in the AUS with 18.7%, and #1 power play in the AUS going 8 for 25, or 32%. Kenton Dulle, Devan Praught, Tyler Dietrich, and Maxim Chamberland have been leading STU offensively thus far this season.

The game will be available on CHSR 97.9 FM or UNB Hockey on Twitter.

By Steven C. 

Stats Courtesy of AUS (http://www.atlanticuniversitysport.com)

Monday, October 26, 2009

AUS Pool - Week 2 Standings

Week 2 results for the AUS Hockey Pool are in, and it's a tight race early on.  The Top 10 Standings are as follows:

Rank/Participant/Pts
T1 - Tyler Christensen - 74
T1 - Megan - 74
T3 - David Kilfoil - 72
T3 - Ken C - 72
T3 - cmd - 72
T3 - Barney - 72
7 - MATT JOHNSON - 71
T8 - THE BIKER GANG!  - 69
T8 - Section 5'er - 69
T10 - pickace - 68
T10 - Drummer - 68

You'll notice we have the rosters up as well.  Just a quick note on the rosters, if you see a team has two selections from one box (i.e., two players at #6),  it means that team has executed a trade.  As always, take a minute to check your totals against ours and if you find any mistakes, let us know by sending us an e-mail.  We'll correct it ASAP.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

UNB 7 – SMU 4

The wild, wild second period with nine goals scored was the story at the Halifax Forum, as the University of New Brunswick Varsity Red defeated the Saint Mary's Huskies 7-4 as the CIS champions played the AUS champions.

There was no scoring in the first 20 minutes in a game with a playoff feel, no surprise as they two teams last met at the AUS championship in February with the Huskies coming out on top. Each team went 0 for 2 on the power play with shots favouring the home team 12-7. UNB finished the period shorthanded, with rookie Ben Shutron (Orleans, ON) earning two minutes for holding and another two minutes for unsportsmanlike behaviour – he must have said something referee Mark Hulshoff didn't like. 3:33 of double-minor carried over into the second period.

The scoring started at 1:51 of the second period with the teams 4-on-4 when big UNB defenceman Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) let a quick wrist shot go from the top of the circle that handcuffed Brandon Verge (Fall River, NS) in the Huskies net. SMU responded 50 seconds later when Marc Rancourt (Gloucester, ON) passed to trailing defenceman Tyler Cuthbert (Omemee, ON) who went top corner on UNB goalie Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB). Less than a minute later UNB had a 4-on-3 power play when John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) first appeared to score and Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) raised his hands to celebrate, but there was no goal light. Fortunately for UNB Dickson kept whacking away at the loose puck until it was considered in at 3:26. Around the eight minute mark that there was about 30 seconds of play before the UNB bench was able to convince the referee that someone should be still in the penalty box. Cody Thorton (Woodstock, ON) was let out early when the wrong SMU penalty was taken off the clock. After lots of discussion they got the penalties sorted out and the clock reset. Shortly after, at 8:28 SMU scored when Thorton had the puck bounce to him, and he took advantage of UNB's in-process line change to go in on a 2-on-1 break, and picked up his own rebound for the goal to tie the game again. 30 seconds later SMU's Scott Brophy (Torbay, NL) won the faceoff clean back to Brad Smith (Summerside, PE) who beat Fullerton top corner to take the lead for the first time.

The Huskies lead did last long, as at 10:51 UNB tied it up again when Bretton Stamler's (Edmonton, AB) rising point shot was deflected down through a crowd in the slot by Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) and past a surprised Verge. UNB regained the lead at 17:31 when Todd from the high slot one-timed a fluttering pass from Hunter Tremblay into the top corner. Just 31 second later Lachlan MacIntosh scored a highlight reel goal as he fought off a defenceman down the right side of the ice, and beat Verge on the short side with a backhanded shot from the goal line. Salt in the wound came 11 seconds later on a real ugly goal as defenceman Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) drove the net and had lots of whacks before pushing it under Verge. UNB scored 6 goals on 12 shots in the period. SMU had 3 goals on 9 shots.

Midway through the third period Fullerton made several big saves while UNB was shorthanded, yet at 11:30 SMU 's Thorton was at the edge of the UNB crease to deflect an Andrew Hotham (Barrie, ON) point shot. However the Huskies attempted comeback stalled at 17:07 when 6' 7" Justin Wallingford (Hamilton, ON) took a bad roughing penalty when he popped UNB's Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) on the chin, but at 18:33 V-Red John Scott Dickson took a slashing penalty to nullify the power play. SMU called a timeout, pulled their goalie and had the faceoff in the UNB zone. Hunter Tremblay got to a loose puck, chipped it to himself past a SMU defender, and then raced all the way down into the SMU zone before firing the puck for the empty net goal.

The final score was 7-4 for UNB, who were outshot for the second night in a row, this time 35-30. UNB was 2 for 7 with the man advantage while SMU was 1 for 7 on the power play. That powerp lay goal was the first that the Varsity Reds have given up in four conference games this season. UNB will finish the weekend in sole possession of first place, and their next game is Wednesday at cross-campus rival St. Thomas.


By David Kilfoil for the UNB Varsity Reds

Six-Goal 2nd Period Lifts V-Reds Over Huskies

The V-Reds will return to Fredericton with a perfect 4-0 record after a 7-4 win against the SMU Huskies.
 
Following a scoreless first period, 9 goals were scored by the two teams in the second.   Kidd put UNB on the board first, followed by Dickson, two goals from Daine Todd, a slick goal by MacIntosh, and a late goal by Jonathan Harty.  The period ended 6-3 in favour of UNB.

SMU would score again early in the 3rd period, but Hunter Tremblay put the game away with a late goal.  Final score 7-4.

More to follow...

Tonight: V-Reds @ SMU Huskies

Do I have your attention yet?

A write up about AUS men’s hockey with that match-up will catch the eye of most AUS hockey fans. This Saturday night, the first regular season meeting of these two AUS opponents will take place in SMU’s barn.

Both teams currently have no losses in the regular season, both teams are considered national contenders, and both teams want to prove they deserve to be in the CIS hockey finals.

Since the AUS only gets to send one entrant this year, they are standing in each other’s way…

In the first three games of this regular season, UNB has outscored their opponents 22-5; they have averaged 42 shots per game, while limiting their opponents to only an average of 24 shots per game. UNB is lead by Hunter Tremblay, in his first three games of the regular season he has shown his true abilities, scoring 5 goals (honestly, it should have been 7 if not for hasty refereeing), and adding 5 assists. He, along with his line mates Chris Culligan, and John Scott Dickson have accounted for 11 of the 22 goals that UNB has scored. UNB’s Defense has been rock solid, while Luke Gallant has been showing his offensive abilities also, with 1 goal and 6 assists in the first three games of the season. UNB is 6 for 23 on the power play while their penalty killing unit has been superb, denying all 15 attempts by opponents, and scoring two shorthanded goals.

SMU will test that penalty killing ability…

St. Mary’s has also started the season without a loss in its first two games, scoring 10 goals on 77 shots, while surrendering 5 goals on 50 shots. SMU’s power play is as powerful as ever, scoring 5 goals on 14 attempts, while only allowing 1 goal on 8 attempts by opponents. SMU’s captain, Marc Rancourt, has a laundry list of accolades himself, including being last year’s CIS men’s hockey player of the year. His season is off to a good start as well, scoring 1 goal and adding 5 assists in his first two games. Andrew Hotham, Cam Fergus, Brad Smith, David MacDonald, Justin Munden, Colby Pridham, and Cody Thorton have also tallied for SMU.

Last year’s regular season head-to-head between the two clubs saw SMU come out on top with a record of 3-0-1.

The game will be available on CHSR 97.9 FMNews-Cast.com ($5.95) and UNBHockey on Twitter.

By Steven C.

UNB 3 – Acadia 2

After two blowouts to start the season, the University of New Brunswick were in a close game on the road against the Acadia Axemen in Wolfville, and needed a late third period power play goal to secure the 3-2 win.

The game got off to a rousing start when just over two minutes into the first period Acadia netminder Michael Chiasson (Cole Harbour, NS) dodged a bullet as a Chris Hodgson (Fredericton, NB) shot clanged off the goalpost. A few minutes later the Axemen successfully killed off a penalty, but they then took another penalty a few minutes later, and this time UNB made them pay. UNB's big line moved the puck from the left point through to the right circle, and back through a seam in the slot to John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) at the back door who redirected the puck behind Chiasson for the easy goal at 8:23. Less than a minute later the V-Reds got a flukey goal when a Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) rising point shot his the glass behind the Acadia net, bounced back over the net and dropped into the crease, where it then bounced of someone, a stick or a skate, and into the net past a surprised Chiasson. UNB outshot Acadia 18-10 in the first period.

Acadia looked better in the second period, and were rewarded at 2:42 when a long James Klie (Harrow, ON) stretch pass sprung rookie Andrew Clark (Brandon, MB) at the UNB blue line for a partial breakaway, who then beat UNB goalie Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) on the rush. A minute later UNB was shorthanded when rookie Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) split the defence and went in alone on Chiasson, only to have his shot hit the crossbar. The rest of the period saw spirited play from the Axemen, who denied UNB room to freewheel, even on the big ice surface. Shots were 13-3 for Acadia in the middle period.

Just over five minutes into the third period Harty had Chris Bruton (Calgary, AB) lined up, except when Bruton dipped his head in an apparent attempt to go around Harty, the UNB defenceman connected with Bruton's head, and was assessed a blow to the head penalty plus the automatic ten minute misconduct. Just over a minute into the Acadia power play, the puck had gone into the neutral zone and both teams made wholesale line changes. Unfortunately for UNB, Acadia's Jonathan Laberge (Ste-Foy, QC) had stayed on the far side of the ice, collected the puck and entered the UNB zone, waited for teammate Spencer Jezegou (Oshawa, ON) to streak from the bench up the right side into the UNB zone, and he then fired a hard shot-pass that Jezegou redirected past Fullerton to tie the game at 6:47. The play was back and forth for most of the remainder of the period, until the final few minutes when UNB's forecheck started to create chances. Acadia took two penalties less than 30 seconds apart trying to slow down UNB, and on the 5-on-3 power play Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) and Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) kept passing the puck back and forth at the points trying to set up the perfect one-timer before Gallant leaned into one at 18:19 that he blew by Chiasson. In the final seconds Acadia pulled their goalie and forced Fullerton to make some good saves to preserve the win. Acadia did edge UNB 30-29 in shots in the loss.

Friday, October 23, 2009

V-Reds Squeak By Axemen In Nail-Biter

Acadia put a bit of a scare into the V-Reds this evening before dropping the decision by a score of 3-2 in a game that should put an end to all the talk about the AUS season already being decided. 

UNB started off fast, getting a pair of goals in the 1st period from John Scott Dickson and Jonathan Harty.  Acadia pulled within one in the 2nd period when Andrew Clark put one past Travis Fullerton. Acadia would tie the game in the 3rd with a power-play goal scored by Spencer Jezegou.  But a late power-play goal by Luke Gallant would secure the win for UNB.


More to follow...

More On The Rankings

All kinds of V-Reds bits and pieces in Bill Hunt's article in today's Daily Gleaner, including a good suggestion for exhibition competition.

On the rankings issue, we tend to agree.  Nobody was overly concerned with the stray Brock vote other than for casual hockey-talk purposes.  On the other hand, it is good to voice an opinion and let the voters know that some credibility needs to be maintained.

However, we would argue that the rankings are a bit more than just a catalyst for friendly debate.  They hold signficant importance at the end of the year as they determine the ever-important seedings at CIS Nationals.  If you don't think the schools know that, all you have to do is recall last March were one school lobbied heavily to have the seedings gerrymandered in a way that would avoid having them play in the "pool of death". 

But for now, riot gear on standby.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Next Game: UNB @ Acadia Axemen Friday

On Friday night, the V-Reds travel to Acadia to play the Acadia Axemen at the Acadia Arena at 7pm. The V-Reds are coming off dominating wins over UPEI and UdeM, 10-0 and 9-3 respectively to start the season. Acadia on the other hand has had a mixed start, with a 4-3 overtime win over the StFX X-men and a 7-3 loss to the St. Mary’s Huskies.

The CIS #1 ranked V-Reds have been showing their offensive prowess thus far, the 19 goals scored in the first two games came from ten different players, but the first line of Hunter Tremblay, Chris Culligan, and John Scott Dickson has accounted for ten of the nineteen goals. Tremblay will be riding a week of accolades into the game as he has been awarded the UNB, AUS, and CIS player of the week nods for his nine points (five goals and four assists) in the first two games of the regular season.

Culligan, along with Ben Shutron, Daine Todd, Nick Layton, and Taylor Procyshen have all contributed with goals,  showing that the new recruits are definitely pulling their weight. Collectively, the V-Reds have scored on four of their 16 power play attempts, while allowing none on nine shorthanded spans, in fact, they have scored two goals while shorthanded.  The defense,  along with both UNB goalies, have shown that UNB has much more than just offensive skill, allowing only 43 shots (as compared to the 97 that UNB has taken) in the first two games of the season.

The Axemen had a young team last year, and now, with experience under their belts, and the addition of new talent, they will be looking to avenge their loss last season to the V-Reds in the AUS semi-final where UNB swept them in three straight games [5-2, 1-0, and 3-2 (OT)]. The Axemen are currently being paced by their new addition Spencer Jezegou (2 goals and 2 assists in 2 games).  Philippe BertrandAndrew ClarkJonathan Laberge, and  Ryan Graham have also managed to find the back of opponents nets in the first two games. The Axemen have only managed to score 1 power play goal in ten attempts, while allowing opponents to count 4 power play goals on ten attempts.

Last year’s regular season results between the two clubs saw UNB win all four matchups.

The game will be available on CHSR 97.9 FM, and UNB Hockey on Twitter.

New CIS Site, Tremblay's "Triple Crown"

The CIS has updated their web page...it's still a work in progress but looks to be a step in the right direction. Make sure you update your favourites folder since the old site has a different address.

Flashing on the new sight is a picture of UNB's Hunter Tremblay, who pulled off the "triple crown" this week by being awarded the Blackberry CIS Male Athlete of the Week to go with his AUS and V-Reds Athletics awards earlier this week.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

CHSR Interviews, Tremblay, & V-REDS "Victims Of Thier Own Success"?

The good folks at VREDSHOCKEY.COM have launched a new feature - "Varsity Shout - CHSR Interviews".  They'll be hosting the pre-recorded interviews that David Kilfoil produces for the CHSR broadcasts. The first interview is up with Coach MacDougall, go to VREDSHOCKEY.COM to check it out.

Hunter Tremblay was named AUS Male Athlete of the week.  Visit the AUS site for the press release.

In today's Daily Gleaner, Dave Ritchie has an interesting take on the V-Reds quick start - he asks if maybe the V-Reds are to good for the conference?  He makes a good point about how some casual hockey consumers might be put off by a pair of blowout wins over 2 teams down on their luck.  But he also rightfully points out that the real competition is yet to come...Acadia and SMU.

2008 anyone?  It's safe to say V-Reds fans aren't planning the next banner ceremony yet...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

AUS Pool - Week 1 Standings

The CIS aren't the only people to release their Top 10 Rankings on Tuesday.  We are pleased to provide our first update of the AUS Pool.   Here are the top 10 after Week 1:

Rank/Participant/Pts
T1 - Tyler Christensen - 48
T1 - Barney - 48
3 - Megan - 46
T4 - cmd - 44
T4 - THE BIKER GANG! - 44
6 - David Kilfoil - 41
T7 - Marian Tremblay - 41
T7 - Stephanie - 41
9 - Miss Tabby - 38
10 - Fan of the VReds - 37

The complete standings of all 43 participants can be viewed at the AUS Pool page.

We'll provide more information, including each person's picks in the coming days.  If you're wondering, there were a few people who chose someone other than Hunter Tremblay or Marc Rancourt from the first box. 

Please take a minute to check our totals against yours, and if you think you see an error, you probably have... kindly let us know by sending us an email:
unbhockeyfans.com@gmail.com

Note: In the event of a tie, we will use goals as the first tie-breaker.  Judging by the accumulation total for the week, 700 pts or more isn't unreasonable for the year so the odds of ties are probably not that great.  And no - out of 43 participants, there are no identical teams!

Finally, we want to thank a few people for stepping up and helping make this AUS pool possible.  'Fan of the VReds' is providing custodial and auditing services while 'Drummer' has provided technical/web support.

Good luck to everyone!

CIS Top 10 Rankings: UNB #1

The CIS released the first Men's Hockey Top 10 Rankings today.  UNB (2-0) rests firmly on top of the competition having received 166 points in the voting system.  Not surprisingly, the perrennial powerhouse from the CW is at #2.  Alberta is off to a 3-0-1 start so far.

Two things might stand out on this list to CIS hockey fans.  First, the absence of Saskatchewan.  We're pretty sure this is a temporary thing, but don't discount Manitoba's chances this year if they keep playing well.  Second, there seems to be only one other AUS team to crack the list,  SMU at #5.  Saskatchewan is off to a rough start and the AUS teams haven't played enough games to give any clear indication of who the #3 or #4 best team in the conference might be, so it's hard for a voter to chose a 1-1 team over a 4-0 team from another conference for example.

It's a bit surprising to see the Brock (4-0) team that visited UNB finish ahead of the seemingly more competitive McGill (2-0) squad, but we'll leave that to them to sort out over the year. 

1. UNB (2-0) / 166 points / (-)
2. Alberta (3-0-1) / 135 / (-)
3. Manitoba (4-1-1) / 95 / (-)
4. UQTR (3-0) / 80 / (-)
5. Saint Mary's (1-0) / 78 / (-)
6. Brock (4-0) / 77 / (-)
7. Lakehead (3-0-1) / 76 / (-)
8. McGill (2-0) / 61 / (-)
9. UBC (3-0-1) / 40 / (-)
10. Waterloo (3-0-1) / 33 / (-)

Hunter Tremblay Named UNB/Valley Graphics Male Athlete of the Week


This shouldn't come as a big surprise.  After his dazzling display of goal-scorcery* on Friday vs UPEI, and continued prolific production Saturday against Moncton, Hunter Tremblay was named UNB/Valley Graphics Male Athlete of the Week.

Congrats Hunter.

Here's the press release in today's Daily Gleaner.

The season is young, but some are already second guessing their pick of SMU's Rancourt in the pool...

(* Goals that pretty demand you make up new words for them)

Photo credit:  T. Amos

Monday, October 19, 2009

Weekend Recap, AUS Pool Standings Coming Mid-week

David Kilfoil recaps the first weekend of AUS hockey over at the CIS Blog, while Chris Fox covers Saturday's game against Moncton in the Daily Gleaner.

Also, today is the last day we will be accepting entries into the AUS pool, so if you're on the fence, get your picks in.  Once we have accepted all entries we will provide our first updatee pool standings, likely in the next day or two so stay tuned.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

UNB 9 – UdeM 3

For the second night in a row the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds' high-powered offence put on a show as they outshot the visiting Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus 48-23 on the way to a decisive 9-3 victory. Along with lots of goals the 1500 fans at the Aitken University Centre witnessed some rough stuff too when emotions boiled over between these two bitter rivals.

The early play in the first period was pretty even, as both teams got scoring chances off the forecheck. At 7:19 UNB's Chris Hodgson (Fredericton, NB), who has missed several games with an arm injury, blasted a one-timer from the right circle that blew right by Moncton netminder Kevin Lachance (Vanier, QC). Then just 22 seconds later, with a delayed penalty being indicated, defenceman Ben Shutron (Orleans, ON) let a shot go from just inside the blueline that fooled Lachance, who didn't appear ready on the play, and was credited as a deflection to Hodgson. Just under two minutes later the V-Reds scored again, shorthanded, when Ryan Seymour (Fredericton, NB) intercepted a puck in the UNB zone, bolted up the left side of the ice, and then hit a rushing Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) with a crisp pass. Tremblay entered the Moncton zone and then put a quick wrist shot under the crossbar that Lachance had little chance at. At 13:35 UNB made it 4-0 when Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NB) shot a puck toward the net that went off UdeM defenceman Mathieu Richard's (Grand-Digue, NB) skate and in. This precipitated new Moncton coach Serge Bourgeois to use his time-out. That was all the scoring in the period, where UNB outshot Moncton 21-8.

Les Aigles Bleus started the second period with Pierre-Alexandre Marion (Gatineau, QC) taking over between the pipes. UNB had an early power play and took advantage of it as they moved the puck around with authority before Tremblay scored his second goal of the game at 3:17. At 4:54 Moncton's bad luck continued when UNB's Taylor Procyshen (Emerald Park, SK) fired a puck towards the net that rookie UdeM d-man Christopher Rodrigue (St-Georges de Beauce, QC) tried to clear but unfortunately redirected into his own net. Midway through the period Moncton had a couple of good shifts, but this momentum was reversed when UNB got fresh legs into the offensive zone and Culligan scored at 12:24 to make it 7-0. A few minutes later tension was evident when after Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) had his stick slashed in two in the neutral zone, UdeM's Alexandre Soucy (Moncton, NB) and UNB's Shutron got into it along the boards, with Soucy earning the double-minor for roughing. Moncton finally got on the scoresheet at 18:55 when UNB goalie Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) attempted to clear the puck and instead hit Mathieu Bétournay's (St-Chrysostome, QC) stick, who then passed the puck to Guillaume Parenteau (Boucherville, QC) for the bang-bang shorthanded goal. UNB outshot UdeM 15- 7 in the middle period.

The third period was a better one for Moncton, but UNB wasn't resting on their laurels either. The V-Reds were on the power play at 7:04 when the Moncton defence was unable to get to the loose puck in a goalmouth scramble and Harty came in from the point to bang it by Marion. A few minutes later the Varsity Reds got sloppy in their own zone and Remi Gautreau (Moncton, NB) made them pay the price. Midway through the period Hodgson and Parenteau got involved in an extended wrestling match along the boards in the Moncton zone, with the linesmen having great difficulty separating Parenteau from the larger Hodgson's bear hug. When it was all over the Moncton player received two minutes for roughing and a ten-minute misconduct while the UNB player got a double minor for roughing, an unsportsmanlike minor, a ten minute misconduct and a game misconduct. It didn't seem to matter to the fans who gave Hodgson a hero's cheer as he went to the dressing room. When the teams got back to hockey Moncton had a four-minute power play but it was UNB scoring shorthanded when Culligan completed his hat-trick at 11:33. At 13:07 events got physical again when UNB's Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) was trapped offside by two Monton players next to their bench. He took exception, which drew a crowd, which led to pushing, shoving, gloved fists in action, and harsh words between the two benches. When the ice chips settled and the penalties were tallied somehow UNB was put in the shorthanded situation, despite Moncton having six skaters involved against five UNB players in the brouhaha along their bench. At 16:58 Moncton was handed a gift when rookie UNB d-man Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) put the puck right on Gautreau's stick who quickly put it past a surprised Yeomans. There was another physical confrontation in the game at 17:48, with UdeM's Richard seeming to take exception to UNB's Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) standing in the blue paint, with both players getting minors and ten-minute misconducts after they got their sticks up. When the period finally finished UNB had edged Moncton 11-8 in shots and the teams had scored two goals apiece.

UNB's player of the game was rookie Chris Culligan with three goals in the 9-3 victory, with linemate Hunter Tremblay netting a pair to bring his season total to five goals in two games. Next weekend the Varsity Reds are on the road to play the Acadia Axemen on Friday, and then Saturday they meet the AUS champion Saint Mary's Huskies in Halifax.


By David Kilfoil for the UNB Varsity Reds.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

V-Reds Over Les Aigles, 9 - 3

Rookie Chris Culligan recorded his first hat trick in a V-Reds uniform, and Hunter Tremblay continued his ridiculous scoring pace as the V-Reds skated past UdeM by a score of 9-3.

The official score sheet from the AUS shows the UNB goal scorers as Chris Hodgson (2), Hunter Tremblay (2), Chris Culligan (3), Taylor Procyshen, and John Harty.  Luke Lynes was credited with 4 assists.  Derek Yeomans took the win and made 20 saves on 23 shots.  The final shot count was 47-23 for the V-Reds.

More to follow...

UNB Back In Action Tonight Vs UdeM

Game two of the regular season happens this evening when les Aigles Bleus visit the Aitken Centre.  Moncton brings a new coach, Serge Bourgeois, and reportedly a new, more aggressive forechecking style of game than last season.  Last evening they were defeated by the new and improved STU Tommies, but it should be noted they fired 48 shots in a losing cause and shouldn't be taken lightly.

In 2008-09, UNB went 3-1 vs Moncton, with 2 games going into OT and 3 of them being fairly close contests.  The teams have developed quite the rivalry in recent years dating back to the 2006-07 CIS gold medal game, and Moncton never takes the night off when they play the V-Reds.

This is the last home game until October 30th so make sure you make it to the AUC.  The game will be available on CHSR 97.9 FM, or on News-Cast.com ($5.95).

UNB 10 – UPEI 0

It was a special night for the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds and one to forget for the visiting University of Prince Edward Island Panthers as UNB cruised to a 10-0 win. During a 15 minute opening ceremony the team introduced all of their players to the almost two thousand fans in attendance and then the Varsity Reds raised their third CIS national championship banner at one end of the ice followed at the other end of the rink by the lowering of the University Cup from the rafters into the arms of UNB president Eddy Campbell. Dr. Campbell then passed the Cup onto new V-Reds captain Kyle Bailey.

The hockey game itself got off to a slow start as both teams played tentatively with close checking; the first shot on net by either team didn't come until the five minute mark. Finally at 12:14 fifth-year UNB forward John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) made a great play to keep the puck in at the blue line and fired the puck to Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) who was behind the UPEI defence on the edge of the crease. Tremblay, with lots of time and space, calmly deked Panther netminder Jhase Sniderman (Toronto, ON) for the goal. With the play opening up, 96 seconds later speedster Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) flew down the right side of the ice and blew by two Panther defenders before driving hard to his left across the front of the net and beating Sniderman for a highlight reel goal. UNB kept the pressure on, and less than two minutes later they took advantage of the confusion from a delayed penalty call as defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) carried the puck deep into the Panthers zone, dished off the puck, went to the net and then redirected Taylor Procyshen's (Emerald Park, SK) shot over Sniderman's shoulder. That was all the scoring as UNB outshot UPEI 19-7 over the final 15 minutes of the period.

UNB took advantage of their first power play of the game early in the second period, when forward Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) walked in off the left point with the puck, fired on net from close in, and Dickson banged in the rebound at 1:41. Todd was playing his first regular season game with the V-Reds after missing all of what should have been first season last year after getting injured in a preseason match against the Maine Black Bears. As the game wore on the depleted Panthers lineup struggled to keep up with the high-flying V-Reds. UNB rookie defenceman Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) took advantage of a bad UPEI pinch to break into the Panthers' zone and was hauled down by Thomas Stryncl (Karlovy Vary, CZ). On the resulting power play Tremblay put on a show as he carried the puck the length of the ice, went around a UPEI defender with a beautiful toe drag, and then put the puck through Sniderman's pads at 8:56. Less than a minute later Tremblay almost completed the hat-trick into the open side of the net but Sniderman got a piece of the puck. Unfortunately he couldn't corral the bouncing rubber before Dickson banged it into the net for his second goal. The latter half of the period went better for Sniderman and his teammates, but they still couldn't find a way to score on UNB goalie Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) – who while not busy was forced to make some good saves. UNB doubled UPEI 16-8 in shots in the period.

UNB scored again early in the third period, and not a pretty goal, when Luke Lynes (Richmond Hills, MI) fired a puck through traffic that Sniderman didn't see as he was being distracted by a screening Matt Fillier (Durham, NS) who was tangled up with a Panthers d-man in front of the net. Traffic was also a factor in UNB's next goal at the nine minute mark when Stammler's quick point shot found a path to the back of the net for his second goal of the night. Just under a minute later Ryan Seymour (Fredericton, NB) did all the hard work on a great shift and Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) was able to pounce on the rebound for an easy goal. Sniderman's defence wasn't much help a few minutes later, as the V-Reds were swarming the crease and Tremblay put the puck through the five-hole to complete his hat-trick at 11:41. Mercifully, that was the last goal of the game.

UNB wins its 21st consecutive home-opener on a night when everything was clicking for the V-Reds. UNB outshot UPEI 50-20 in the 10-0 victory. UNB was 2 for 7 with the man advantage while UPEI was 0 for 2. UNB had a 50-23 margin on faceoffs. Player of the game Hunter Tremblay had 3 goals and 2 assists while linemate John Dickson had 2 goals and 2 assists. Travis Fullerton got the shut-out. Next up Saturday night UNB will be hosting the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus.


By David Kilfoil for the UNB Varsity Reds

Tremblay Leads V-Reds To Blowout Victory In Season Opener

The V-Reds scored early and often en route to a dominating 10-0 victory.  Hunter Tremblay lead the team by scoring 3 times and adding 2 assists, while John Scott Dickson added 2 goals and 2 assists.


Also scoring for the V-Reds were Dion Campbell (in a fantastic individual effort, trumped only by Hunter Tremblay moments later), Bretton Stamler with 2 goals, Luke Lynes, and Lachlan MacIntosh.

The final shots favoured UNB by a margin of 50-20.

Travis Fullerton was solid when called upon, including a timely save on a breakaway chance when the game was still close.

Bill Hunt provides more on the game in today's Daily Gleaner.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Banner Night At The AUC, Chance To Win A Prize, Bruce Hallihan's Preview

The V-Reds raise the 2008-09 championship banner tonight to open the new season with the UPEI Panthers providing the opposition.   Last season, UNB went 3-1 vs the Panthers, with the only loss coming, ahem, in the season opener, 4-3 in OT. The game will be available on Rogers TV (set your PVR to watch it again!) as well as News-Cast.com ($5.95) for those of you lacking a television. Game time is 7PM. 


Our favorite Twitterer has a message:
"Before the game UNB Hockey will do something special while celebrating the 2009 National Championship. This "event" has been done once at Madison Square Garden and once at Rexall Place in Edmonton.  For the first time it will be done in the CIS.  The first fan who emails me at vredsvideo@gmail.com with the correct answer will win a special VREDS Hockey Prize Pack.  If you know the answer please keep it to yourself so we can continue to build excitement in the community.  Thanks for being great fans and looking forward to seeing everyone out to celebrate one great season and get ready to start another."
Don't forget to check out Bruce Hallihan's 2009 AUS Hockey Preview in today's Daily Gleaner (follow the link and scroll down for team write-ups).  This has become the "bible" of AUS prognosticators, and it's always a great read. 

The 2009-10 season is here.  Go Reds Go!
(Photo Credit: T. Davis)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Strategy

We won't divulge anyone's picks in the AUS Hockey Pool until all entries are in, but a shrewd strategist may or may not be able to figure out one of Bill Hunt's picks by reading his piece in today's Daily Gleaner.

And Bruce Hallihan touches on several subjects in his bit, including a reminder that his AUS Preview will be out tomorrow.  Sign us up for the "We expect to win every year and just what are you going to do about it, anyway?" t-shirts.  If only UNB fans were as confident as our opponents.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

AUS Men's Hockey Previewed On The CIS Blog

For those of you still researching teams for the AUS Pool, David Kilfoil makes it a bit easier for you by breaking down the AUS Conference, including each team's key losses and new additions, and some bold predictions.  Check it out over at the CIS Blog.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Join Our AUS Men's Hockey Pool

Think you know AUS hockey?  Put your skills to the test by joining our open-invitation, free AUS Hockey Pool.  There's no money at stake, just bragging rights.  We'll track the results of all competitors by posting weekly standings.  The winner will have the right to lay claim to the title of "World's Greatest AUS Hockey Mind" and mock the inferior hockey knowledge of the losers. 

Rules:
This will be a "Box Pool".  Simply download our pool selection sheet, and create your 12-player team by selecting a player from each of the 12 boxes.  When you're done filling out the sheet, attach it to an email and return it to us at unbhockeyfans.com@gmail.com

Scoring:
Forwards & Defencemen
Goal = 1 point
Assist = 1 point

Goalies
Goal = 1 point
Assist = 1 point
Win = 2 points
Overtime/Shootout Loss = 1 point
Shutout = 2 points

Trades:
We will allow you to make 2 trades prior to January 1, 2010.  When trading a player, it must be with a player from the same box.  If you decide you wish to trade a player, you must send an email to unbhockeyfans.com@gmail.com and specify the box, old player, and new player you want to add.

You will keep the points obtained by the player you're trading up to the day of the trade. The incoming player will start to earn points for your team once he is on your roster, but points previously obtained before the trade will not count towards your team total.

Deadline for Submission:
We will accept participants until 5 PM AST on Monday, October 19th. Since the AUS season begins on Friday, October 16, submissions made after 7 PM AST on October 16 will be penalized 1 point per player, for every game that player's team has played.

Stats:
We will use the AUS website stats as the official authority.  If you feel an error has been made, it probably has.  Just drop us a line and we'll look into it and make any necessary corrections as soon as possible.

This pool is open on a first come, first serve basis.  We reserve the right to cap participation at any time.  We welcome fans from anywhere, from any team. Support AUS hockey!
 
Good luck!

Friday, October 9, 2009

UNB Doubles Up On Providence College

UNB continued their strong play of the pre-season against some tough NCAA opposition and skated away with an impressive 6-3 win over the Providence College Friars. 

The game started off on the right track with a pair of grinders getting UNB on the board when Fillier and Hepditch connected for a goal.  Shortly after, UNB would surrender the lead when Chris Eppich put one past Travis Fullerton midway through the first.  Minutes later, Dickson would regain the lead for UNB before the period ended.  Shots after first period were 11-10 in favour of Providence.

The Friars tied it up 4 minutes into the 2nd when Matt Bergland scored on a break-away after Gallant lost his footing.  The V-Reds restored the lead a little over 2 minutes later when the new line of Todd, Bailey, and MacIntosh converted.  But Providence would spoil that lead again, this time when Jordan Kremyr tied it just before the halfway mark of the period.

The V-Reds switched goalies at this point, with Derek Yeomans taking over, which was probably the plan from the start, so don't read much into this.  The newest Varsity Red, Josh Kidd, would get his first goal for UNB, firing a wrister past the Providence netminder. For those of you didn't listen to the CHSR broadcast, it sounded as though Kidd performed quite admirably in his debut.  The period would end with shots favouring UNB by a margin of 24-17.

The third period was all UNB as they outshot Providence 15-2.  Daine Todd and Hunter Tremblay would each score goals to put the final score at 6-3 for the V-Reds.  The shots in the game would end up 39-19 for UNB.

UNB finishes the pre-season with a great 8-1 record, including wins over 3 NCAA teams.  The lone loss came at the hands of the AHL's Portland Pirates, in a game UNB felt they let slip away.

The regular season begins next Friday night when the V-Reds raise the CIS Championship banner at the AUC, then play host to the UPEI Panthers.

Here's the game story from Saturday's Daily Gleaner.

UNB Announces Commitment of Goalie Martin Houle

UNB has announced that goaltender Martin Houle has committed to the program, with eligibilty starting next season. Martin is currently studying Business Administration at UNB.

Houle is a product of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, having played there from 2001 to 2005.  He was drafted by the Flyers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and played a few seasons for the organization's AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.

He even has a bit of NHL experience!

For more information, check the V-Reds website.


Welcome to UNB, Martin, we look forward to seeing you in the crease next season.

UNB Faces Providence College Tonight

The V-Reds play their final game of the pre-season this evening when they take on the NCAA's Providence College Friars.  According to the official Providence College Friars website, UNB and Providence played only one time on neutral ice back in 1983 in Halifax with the game going to Providence. 

Providence was the school of former NHL playoff sensation, Fernando Pisani of the Edmonton Oilers, as well as ex-Leafs defenceman turned Stanley Cup Champion, Hall Gill.

Remember, you can follow the game in a number of ways.  CHSR 97.9 FM will be broadcasting the game live from Providence, R.I., while UNBHockey on Twitter will provide live updates during the game.  The Friars appear to have added a few options as well, including a game tracker and audio feed. Game time is 8 pm.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A bit more on Kidd

In today's Daily Gleaner, Bill Hunt provides a bit more background on how Kidd ended up at UNB, inlcuding some interesting comments from Coach MacDougall. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Punchy Walker Award Winners

UNB announced this year's recipients of the "Punchy Walker Awards" earlier this evening.  Punchy Walker was a goaltender for UNB back from 1947-1950, and every year three players are selected as merit award winners in his memory. 

This year's recipients were Luke Gallant, Hunter Tremblay, and Kyle Bailey for their commitments both on the ice and in the classroom. Congratulations, guys.

The ceremony included past winners of the award, UNB's new President, Dr. Campbell, as well as members of Varsity Reds Athletics.  The reception gave UNB the opportunity to thank friends, fans, and sponsors in the community for their dedication, as well provide a forum to formally introduce the 2009-2010 edition of the team in person.

And yes, newcomers Jeff Lee and Josh Kidd were both in attendance.  They are real, big, and here.

Punchy Walker Award Reception Tonight

Just a reminder that the Punchy Walker Pep Rally/Award Reception is this evening at 7 PM, in the Coulter Room at the AUC.   For more information check out the V-Reds website.

Also, it's been confirmed that Friday night's game vs Providence will be available on CHSR 97.9 FM. Game time is 8 PM.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

UNB Adds Former AHL Defenceman Josh Kidd

Well that didn't take long.  Coach MacDougall has added another defenceman to fill the void left by Ben Wright.  Please welcome to the Varsity Reds, Josh Kidd. 

Kidd played 4 years for the Erie Otters of the OHL, and was drafted in the 7th round, 184th overall by the Los Angeles Kings back in 2007.  Last season he played for the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.  He was recently released by the Manitoba Moose from their camp and has decided to pursue his education at UNB.

At 6'4, 230 lbs, you'd have to go all the way back to Dave Geris and Mike Dombkiewicz to find a defenceman this big.  Welcome to UNB Josh!



Also, as David pointed out in the comments, Jeff Lee is indeed at UNB...

Finally, make sure you attend the Punchy Walker Pep Rally Award Reception tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at 7 PM, in the Coulter Room at the AUC.  For more information check out the V-Reds website.

Monday, October 5, 2009

CHSR To Air Friday's Game Vs Providence College

Some good news - pending a few details being worked out, it's looking as though CHSR 97.9 FM will be broadcasting this Friday's game against Providence College in Rhode Island.  Let's cross our fingers that things work out because it doesn't look as though Providence will covering the game in any capacity.  Alternatively, you can follow the game live via UNBHockey on Twitter.  Game time is 8 PM. 

It's great to see our locals stepping up to provide coverage of these events.  Much appreciated, thanks guys!

Coach MacDougall To Receive 'Prestigious Award'

Congratulations are in order to one Coach Gardiner MacDougall.  On the UNB eDaily this morning we learned that Coach MacDougall has been selected to receive Rotary International's 2009 Paul Harris Fellowship, an award intended to recognize "outstanding service to community".  No arguments here.

For more information, including details on how you can attend the award reception, click here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

UNB Grinds Out Hard Fought Victory Over Vermont!

The second game of the weekend saw Vermont host UNB. The game started off well when Luke Lynes found Kyle Bailey just a few minutes into the game.  Moments later rookie Chris Culligan would get off a nice one-timer to put the V-Reds up 2-0. Shots favoured UVM by a count of 7-4 after one period.

The Catamounts would pull within one about half way through the first period when UVM forward Jack Downing made a terrific move and an even better shot that beat Derek Yeomans. Vermont carried the play in the first half of this period, but UNB skated better for the final 10 minutes.

The lead was erased when UVM scored on the power play moments into the third period.  UNB once again got into a bit of penalty trouble in this game but Derek Yeomans was strong when called upon.  The teams would trade chances but no more goals would come in regulation.  Vermount outplayed UNB slightly in this one, and shots favoured them 23-18.

The teams went into overtime and traded scoring chances, but both goalies held their ground.  You could tell UNB was running on fumes, but they kept skating with UVM, determined not to go to the shoot-out.  With just under 30 seconds to go, captain Kyle Bailey fired a shot on goal that looked to be tipped by Hunter Tremblay.  UNB would win this one by a final score of 3-2.

Derek Yeomans was very sharp this evening, stopping 23 shots and bailing out his team at times.  Final shots were 25-22 for Vermont.

This is the first time UNB has swept NCAA Hockey East teams on a weekend trip in the team's history. During the first intermission, UVM player Brian Roloff was interviewed and had some nice words for UNB.  To summarize, he said usually Canadian teams are slower and play a game where they wait for the attack to come to them, but UNB is a lot faster and plays more of an American style game (really?)...We'll take it as a nice complement.

This was a pretty good weekend for teams from Fredericton, last night STU held their own against a tough Northeastern team, and this afternoon they defeated Sacred Heart by a score of 5-3.  For more info on those games check out STUTOMMIES.COM.

UNB travels back to the US next Friday to take on the Providence College Friars.

Catamounts Should Be Tough

UNB won't find it any easier this afternoon when they take on the UVM Catamounts on less than a day's rest since the start of their last game.  The Catamounts were ranked #3 in the final USA Today/USA Hockey poll last season, and just take a look at the size of the players on their roster

A quick visit to UVM's Hockey webpage reveals that they are returning all 6 of their top defencemen, and starting goalies from last year, as well as the better part of their forwards.

According to ReDSea, the teams met before back in December of 1998, where the Catamounts won by a score of 5-2.  Here's a chance to even that score.

If Coach MacDougall's trend of alternating goalies continues, we expect Derek Yeomans to get the nod today.

Game time is 5 PM.  The game will be available from UNBHockey on Twitter, or on Radio, Video ($7 USD) or Game Tracker from UVM Athletics.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

V-Reds Pull Off Big Win Over UMass

The V-Reds jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 3-2 victory over the UMass Minutemen.

John Scott Dickson put UNB on the scoresheet early in the first period and then would add another before the period was over.  Rookie Taylor Procyshen scored his first goal in a V-Reds uniform late in the first.  The V-Reds would lead 3-0 after one.

No scoring by either side in the 2nd period.  Those of you who followed the Twitter feed know that UNB ran into some penalty trouble and were outshot heavily, but goaltender Travis Fullerton preserved the lead.

UMass would finally get on the board early in the third period to put the score at 3-1.  With just over a minute remaining and the teams skating 4-on-4, the Minuteman would add another, but that's as close as they'd get.  Procyshen's first would prove to be the winner.  Final score was 3-2 for the V-Reds.

UNB is back at it tomorrow at 5 PM vs Vermont.  The game will be available from UNBHockey on Twitter, or on Radio, Video ($7 USD) or Game Tracker (hopefully) from UVM Athletics.

UNB Takes On UMass Minutemen Tonight

The V-Reds continue their pre-season this evening against UMass-Amherst.  This is the first of 3 games vs some tough NCAA opponents before the regular season starts.

The ReDSea database shows us that UNB and UMass have met a few times in recent years.  Last year's 6-0 obliteration at the hands of the Minutemen is probably fresh in the minds of players and fans, and back in 2006 the V-Reds dropped a more respectable 4-2 decision.


As Eric and David pointed out the other day, the game can be followed on UMass's game tracker, which can be found here.  (Update - As Eric just pointed out in the comments, the Tracker isn't up, so click on the Twitter link).  We're also told we'll be able to follow the games on Twitter again.  Drummer has actually summarized the ways to follow UNB's next few games quite nicely over at the HF Boards.

The game starts at 7PM.