Sunday, November 29, 2009

UNB 3 – STU 2 OT

FREDERICTON – Like their first meeting this season with cross-campus rival St. Thomas, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds hockey team was pushed to overtime before winning, this time 3-2, and extending their winning streak to 13 games. Also, as was the case the last time the two teams met, rookie Tommies goaltender Charles Lavigne (St. Bernardin, ON) was the difference maker, as he essentially stole a point for his team.

The ceremonial puck drop before the game was conducted by Matt Stairs, who received a standing ovation from the 2620 fans at the Aitken University Centre. Stairs, who grew up in Fredericton, is one of the best-ever Canadian-born baseball players and won the World Series in 2008 with the Philadelphia Phillies. When the puck dropped for real, the V-Reds came out flying and the Tommies weathered the storm, thanks to Lavigne in nets. For their part, the Tommies' skaters played a much stronger game than their last meeting, forcing UNB to skate through traffic most of the match.

The best early scoring chance came just over six minutes into the game when Lavinge robbed UNB defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) with a pad save. The V-Reds had three power plays in the first period, but their normally potent special teams were foiled by a strong STU penalty all game. Late in the first period, at 18:42, UNB defenceman Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) blasted a point shot through a screen that John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) tipped in for his tenth goal of the season. UNB outshot STU 10-4 in the first period.

Early in the second period St. Thomas was on the power play and they caught a bit of abreak when Kenton Dulle's (Craik, SK) shot hit UNB goaltender Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) in the shoulder, went up in the air and landed behind the goalie, and Alex Labonte (St. Majorique, QC) was able to get to the puck first and tap it in the net at 1:37 to tie the game. A few minutes later Dulle had a chance to take the lead for STU, but after deking Fullerton on the rush he wasn't able to put the puck in the wide open far side of the net. The middle period was certainly the best for the Tommies, as UNB only outshot them 14-10 and didn't have as great a territorial edge.

That all changed in the third period, as UNB dominated the majority of play and had the Tommies penned in their own end for long stretches of time. At 4:58 the V-Red regained their lead after Lavigne made several saves in a furious sequence until Dickson passed over to Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) all alone at the back door for the easy tap in. UNB kept the pressure on all period, but at 13:04 they turned over the puck in the neutral zone and Matt Eagles (Fredericton, NB) and Labonte broke in on a two-on-one. Labonte let the puck fly from the left circle and his shot appeared to fool Fullerton for the tying goal. At the other end of the ice Lavigne continued his strong play, as UNB outshot STU 17-3 in the third period.

In the ten minute four-on-four overtime the play was more balanced than the third period. However at 3:01 Lavigne came out of his net to play the puck and he ended up mishandling the play – UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) got to the puck, skated across the crease, and beat Lavigne to the open side of the net for the game winner. The Varsity Reds outshot the Tommies 44-19 in the game, yet went 0-for-5 on the power play. STU was 1-for-2 with the man advantage. The player of the game was Kyle Bailey.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

UNB 7 – UdeM 5

MONCTON – The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds stretched their unbeaten streak to 12 games, but they twice had to come from behind before finally defeating the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus 7-5. UNB outshot UdeM 40-27 in the game, but the physical Moncton team was very opportunistic with their goal scoring, making the most of their opportunities.

The first good scoring chance in the first period came around the 6:45 mark when UdeM's Mathieu Bétournay (Saint-Chrysostome, QC) stripped the puck off UNB defenceman Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) at the Moncton blue line and had a breakaway the other way, but was ultimately unsuccessful in trying to deke Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) in the UNB net. Just after Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) almost scored, UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) did score off the faceoff on Kevin Lachance (QC) with his backhand at 8:31. On that play Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) picked up his first point in his first game as a Varsity Red. Eight minutes later UNB's Daine Todd (Red Deer, AB) started to come out of the UNB corner with the puck, but his stick snapped in half and Guillaume Parenteau (Boucherville, QC) jumped on the loose puck and got it quickly over to Rémi Gautreau (Moncton, NB) in the slot who went top corner to tie the game. Just over a minute later Bétournay knocked the puck off a UNB stick and past a surprised Fullerton to take the lead for Moncton. Not two minutes later, at 19:45, the V-Reds turned the puck over in the neutral zone and les Aigles Bleus captain Pierre-André Bureau (Saint-Prosper, QC) carried the puck into the zone and let loose a quick shot that Bétournay deflected nicely into the top corner of the net for the 3-1 lead, despite being outshot 14-8 in the period.

At 2:01 of the second period Bailey was in the slot when he took a pass from Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) and beat LaChance over the glove hand to cut Moncton's lead to one. Bailey was leading the rush at 7:00 as all three UNB forwards came up the left side and drew the Moncton defenders to them. Bailey fired the puck cross ice to defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) who had an open lane to the net and he rifled a shot into the top corner to tie the game. However 54 seconds later Parenteau entered the UNB zone, drew the defenders and dished the puck to Charles Bergeron (St.Joseph-de-Coleraine, QC) who scored to give UdeM the lead once again. Midway through the period Bailey almost had a hat-trick to tie the game, but his shot rang off the far post and out. UNB had several minutes of sustained pressure and were finally rewarded when Matt Fillier (Durham, NS) scored at the end of a tic-tac-toe play at 12:15. That was the end of the scoring in the period where UNB edged UdeM 13-11 in shots.

After the third time the Moncton net came off its moorings, UdeM goalternder Lachance was handed a delay of game penalty at 5:28. Late in the resultant power play John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) beat Lachance on the short side for the go-ahead goal. At 10:08 Hunter Tremblay made a great individual effort as he blocked a shot at the UNB blueline and then outraced and battled two Moncton defenders the length of the ice before beating Lachance glove-side. Moncton was on the power play at 13:42 when the puck bounced off UNB defender Stamler to UdeM's Bergeron who then passed to Bureau and in to bring Moncton within a goal once again. The rest of the period was pretty physical until Tremblay salted away the win as he led a two-on-one into the Moncton zone, turned his back to the goalie in the slot and fed the puck to Alex Aldred (St. Albert, AB) who had a yawning net to score on at 18:01. UNB outshot UdeM 13-8 in the final period.

The final score was 7-5 for UNB, who outshot UdeM 40-27 in the game before 1072 fans at the J-Louis Levesque Arena on the UdeM campus. UNB was 1-for-5 with the man advantage while UdeM was 0-for-2. Next up for the Varsity Reds is a Saturday home date with cross-campus rivals St. Thomas.

Jeff Lee Debut's for UNB

In a bit of a surprise, rookie, Jeff Lee made his UNB debut playing on a line with Kyle Bailey and Lachlan MacIntosh.  It didn't take Lee long to contribute, as he and MacIntosh worked to set up Kyle Bailey for the game's first goal.  Lee, wearing #10, would register 4 shots, and finish +4 on the night in a very impressive debut, where the visiting V-Reds topped UdeM by a score of 7-5.

STU@UNB - Battle of the Hill #168 7:00PM

Tonight, the 4-8-1 STU Tommies visit the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-reds (12-0-0) at the Aitken Centre for the latest Battle of the Hill.

The V-Reds are coming off a heated victory over UdeM last night (7-5) and are looking for lucky win #13 in a row. Last night's heroics belong yet again to Hunter Tremblay who scored the sixth goal for the win to extend his goal scoring streak and CIS leading points streak as well. Luke Gallant added four assists, to move him into a tie for most assists in the CIS.

The come-from-behind victory by the Tommies is sure to bolster their resolve as they look to end their losing ways against UNB. Tyler Dietrich led the Tommies last night with two goals and two assists and will look to continue that streak of points tonight.

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

Friday, November 27, 2009

Hunt on Hepditch, Ken Seaman

Bill Hunt catches up with Josh Hepditch in today's Daily Gleaner.  Hepditch has played in 4 straight national championship games (3 with UNB, 1 with the Moncton Wildcats). 

Also, for those of you who may be interested, we're happy to pass along that UNB's Strength and Conditioning Coach, Ken Seaman, has launched his personal website.  We wish him luck.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

UNB@UdeM: Will history repeat itself?

The top in the CIS meets the bottom in the AUS tomorrow night as the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (11-0-0) travel to Moncton to face the UdeM Aigles Bleus (3-9-0) at 7pm at the J.-Louis-Levesque arena.

UNB looks to extend their winning ways, and sees before them the team that stopped them two years ago in overtime to end their season starting winning streak at 11. Hunter Tremblay looks to continue his incredible CIS leading points streak which currently stands at 12 goals and 15 assists in 11 games.

UdeM has had a rough start to the season, but with a win over STU last week, they look to start a streak of their own. UdeM is currently being led by Pierre-Andre Bureau, Mathieu Betournay, and Dean Ouellet in points.

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

Hennigar Has Strong Debut For Albany

We've seen this before...Rob Hennigar setup 2 goals and almost had a third point (overturned on review) in his debut game with the AHL's Albany River Rats.  Here's the game story

In honour of this feat, his former UNB teammate, Darryl Boyce, also had 2 assists in his game against Lake Erie...Kevin Henderson didn't get any assists, but his team did beat former Alberta goalie, Aaron Sorochan, last night.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hennigar recalled to Albany River Rats

As David Kilfoil just pointed out in the comments section, the AHL's Albany River Rats have recalled Rob Hennigar from the Florida Everblades (ECHL).  Such is the life of a pro hockey player. 

AUS Pool - Week 6 Standings

The AUS Pool standings for week 6 are up, and we have a new leader.  The top performers of the week were MATT JOHNSON, Drummer, and AUS HOCKEY FAN, with 14 pts.  The top 10 standing are listed below:

Rank/Participant/Points

1 - MATT JOHNSON - 165
T2 - Fan of the Vreds - 163
T2 - Barney - 163
T4 - THE BIKER GANG! - 161
T4 - cmd - 161
T6 - Ken C - 160
T6 - Megan - 160
8 - Stephanie - 157
9 - David Kilfoil - 156
10 - MARIAN TREMBLAY - 156

The complete standings can be viewed at the AUS Pool Page.

If you missed any of the results, David Kilfoil has recapped the event-filled week over at the CIS Blog.

As always, if you notice any mistakes, please let us know by sending us an e-mail, so we can verify and make any necessary corrections.

CIS Top Ten Rankings: SMU takes a fall and Acadia climbs

The latest installment of the Men's Hockey Top 10 Rankings has been released. UNB (11-0-0) remains at #1, while Alberta (12-1-1) once again received all the second place votes and are now on a 7 game winning streak. Western (11-2-0) moves up to third having now won 11 games in a row.

SMU (7-3-1) has fallen to 8th place after a pair of losses on the weekend to StFX and UPEI. Acadia (9-3-0) has risen from 9th to 7th with a pair of wins over Dalhousie on the weekend.

Here are the complete rankings:

Rank/Team/Record/Votes(1st place votes)/Last Week

1. UNB (11-0-0) / 170 / (17) / (1)
2. Alberta (12-1-1) / 153 / (2)
3. Western Ontario (11-2-0) / 132 / (4)
4. UQTR (11-2-0) / 92 / (5)
5. McGill (8-1-0) / 82 / (7)
6. Manitoba (9-3-2) / 76 / (6)
7. Acadia (9-3-0) / 72 / (9)
8. Saint Mary's (7-3-1) / 62 / (3)
9. Wilfrid Laurier (9-3-1) / 37 / (10)
10. Lakehead (9-3-2) / 30 / (8)

Other teams receiving votes: St. Francis Xavier (26), Waterloo (2), Sasketchewan (1)

Click here for the CIS press release.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Hennigar doing fine in Florida

Former V-Reds forward Rob Hennigar was featured in a story by Woody Wommack of Naplesnews.com yesterday.  Hennigar is playing for the Florida Everblades and continues to put up some big numbers for his new team. 

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Nationals Video

Here's the video assistant coach Andrew Brewer prepared for last week's Ring Ceremony.


Friday, November 20, 2009

UNB 2 – UPEI 0

With all the turmoil in Charlottetown this week, there were lots of questions going into Friday's game between UNB and UPEI. Head coach Dylan Taylor and all of his assistant coaches resigned midweek over “philosophical differences” after a UPEI player revolt For new Panthers coach Forbes MacPherson, who as a player played for both  UNB and UPEI back in the early nineties, his team responded with a spirited effort but they were outshot 34-14 as the Varsity Reds blanked them 2-0 in their eleventh win in a row. For UNB netminder Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) it was his second shutout of the season, and second against UPEI.

The first period was closely played, as UPEI did a decent job clogging up the middle of the ice, and relying on Wayne Savage (St. Thomas, ON) to make the big saves. Each team had two power plays in the first period, but their penalty kills were better. UNB outshot UPEI 12-4 in the first period.

In the second period UNB continued to press, and scored on an innocent looking play. Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) had just hopped onto the ice into the neutral zone, skated into the high slot with the puck, and then snapped a quick wrister that beat Savage high on the glove save at 3:26 for his eleventh goal of the season.  That was the only goal in the period, that saw UNB come up scoreless on two more power plays while UPEI didn't score on their one opportunity. The V-Reds outshot the Panthers 10-3 in the period.

Early in the second period UPEI's Michael MacIssac (O'Leary, PE) had a golden chance to tie the game when he got in behind the defence and big Aaron Dawson (Peoria, IL) sprung him on a breakaway with a stretch pass.  Fullerton held his ground, and made the save, and worse for MacIssac, he got called for slashing on the play. Midway through the period Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) stickhandled through three Panthers and a linesman, forcing a Panthers penalty. On the resultant power play UNB finally connected as John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) fed Tremblay for the one-timer at 12:00. Down by two goals the Panthers finally opened up their game, but they had a hard time fighting through the V-Reds forecheck.  While apparently trying to give his team some energy, at 15:28 MacIssac got tossed for checking from behind on Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS), making the comeback that much harder. Probably Fullerton's best save came with 0.1 seconds left, as he stopped Dylan Quaille's (Toronto, ON) heavy point shot with a quick glove hand.

UNB was 1-for-8 on the power play while UPEI was 0-for-5.  The player of the game was UNB's Hunter Tremblay, with both goals in the game.

V-Reds Win 11th Straight Over UPEI

The V-Reds continued their winning ways this evening earning a 2-0 victory over the UPEI Panthers.  Hunter Tremblay scored both UNB goals while Travis Fullerton made a few big saves with the score close en route to his second shutout of the season.  Final shots were 35-14 for UNB. 

More to follow...

MacLeans Praises UNB Hockey

Big thanks to everyone who e-mailed us to point out that MacLeans On Campus website recently recognized UNB Hockey as tops in Canadian university sport.  No argument here.

Also, Bill Hunt talks about a few more highlights from the ring ceremony earlier this week in today's Daily Gleaner

Finally, over at the CIS Blog, David Kilfoil points out that UPEI has hired an interim coach who has played for both UNB and UPEI.  Good luck to Mr. Forbes MacPherson.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

UNB@UPEI - Friday, Nov. 20th, 7PM

The 10-0-0 CIS #1 ranked V-Reds are back on the road tomorrow as they travel to Charlottetown, PEI to visit the UPEI Panthers at the MacLauchlan Arena at 7PM. The V-Reds will be eager to play after a six day layoff since they beat the DAL Tigers last Saturday, 7-1. Hunter Tremblay leads the country with 25 points in 10 games, and he will be looking to add to that total tomorrow night. The team rookies will be chomping at the bit after seeing their teammates recieve their CIS rings the other night and will be looking to work towards their own.

Regardless of the rumors and speculation, the Panthers' players know that the country's eyes will be on them as they face the #1 team. They will be looking to prove that they can compete with the V-Reds, especially in their own barn. The Panthers are led by Matthew Carter who has 18 points in 10 games and who sits 7th in the CIS scoring race.

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

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

1984 Alumni Return to UNB, Coach Taylor Done at UPEI

Make sure you check out Dave Ritchie's story on the 1984 UNB Red Devils in today's Daily Gleaner.  The team is getting getting together as part of an alumni/reunion weekend December 4-6th this year, including a visit with the current UNB team, and a trip back to the Aitken Centre for the game vs. UPEI. 

Speaking of UPEI, it appears Coach Taylor has resigned from his duties, along with a pair of assistants.  There'll be a lot of speculation about this one.  Needless to say, losing a CIS hockey coach mid-season doesn't happen often.  UNB visits UPEI this Friday night.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

AUS Pool - Week 5 Standings

The AUS Pool standings for week 5 have been updated. Barney continues to mock the inferior AUS pool-pickery skills of the rest of us, but a few new challengers are making a run for him. You will notice that only 8 points separates the top 10 this week…

Rank/Participant/Points

1 - Barney - 154
T2 - Fan of the Vreds - 151
T2 - MATT JOHNSON - 151
T2 - THE BIKER GANG! - 151
5 - cmd - 150
T6 - Ken C - 148
T6 - Stephanie - 148
T6 - Megan - 148
T9 - Section 5’er - 147
T9 - Marian Tremblay - 147

The complete standings can be viewed at the AUS Pool Page.

Of course, if you missed any of last week’s action check out David Kilfoil's weekly recap over at the CIS Blog.

As always, if you notice any mistakes, please let us know by sending us an e-mail, so we can verify and make any necessary corrections.

CIS Top Ten Ranking: SMU moves up and Acadia enters the mix

The latest installment of the Men's Hockey Top 10 Rankings has been released. UNB (10-0-0) remains at #1, while Alberta (10-1-1) received all 2nd place votes and are on a five game winning streak of their own.

Also representing the AUS are SMU (7-2-0) moving up to the #3 spot after dominating wins on the weekend, and #9 Acadia (7-3-0) entering the Top Ten for the first time this season, and currently on a five game winning streak.

Here are the complete rankings:

Rank/Team/Record/Votes(1st place votes)/Last week

1. UNB (10-0-0) / 170 (17) / (1)
2. Alberta (10-1-1) /153 / (2)
3. Saint Mary's (7-2-0) / 116 / (5)
4. Western Ontario (9-2-0) / 101 / (7)
5. UQTR (9-1-0) / 96 / (3)
6. Manitoba (8-3-1) 89 / (6)
7. McGill (7-1-0) / 81 / (4)
8. Lakehead (8-3-1) / 41 / (10)
9. Acadia (7-3-0) / 36 / (NR)
10. Wilfred Laurier (7-3-1) / 24 / (9)

Other teams receiving votes: St. Francis Xavier (18), Calgary (7), Waterloo (3)

Click here for the CIS press release

V-Reds Receive Championship Rings

Last night, a ceremony was held to present the 2008-09 V-Reds with their championship rings. The night included some speeches from various UNB and V-Reds brass, some letters from former players including Stacey Smallman and Captain Dustin Friesen, as well as a series of vignette tributes and videos commemorating the season that was.

The rings were created by Magee Jewellers with some input from Gardiner MacDougall and Kyle Bailey. Bill Hunt covers the occassion in his story in today's Daily Gleaner.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Video Package - Top 10 Goals of the 2008-09 Season.

Check out the video clip of the Top 10 goals of the 2008-09 season Assistant Coach Andrew Brewer put together...you can find some other UNB videos he's produced as well on YouTube. People are still talking about #1...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

UNB 7 – Dal 1

Like their meeting the week before, the Dalhousie Tigers had a good first period, but again the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds blew out the game in the second period and cruised to a 7-1 victory Saturday night – their tenth win in a row. The only remaining undefeated team in the CIS, the V-Reds outshot the Tigers 50-15 in putting on a show for their home fans.

Dal had a good start and had the first shot of the game.  Unfortunately for them UNB got the next nine shots.  Rookie Dal netminder Bobby Nadeau (Lac-Etchemin, QC) made a number of big saves before John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) led a rush down the left side of the ice and then flipped a backhanded cross-ice pass to Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) who buried the puck in the top corner for his tenth goal of the season at 15:36.  UNB outshot Dal 18-4 in the first period.

In the second period UNB continued to put pucks on Nadeau and it wasn't until their 25th shot before they  scored again. Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) timed his pass perfectly to hit Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) just as he got in behind the Dal defence. Todd outraced his pursuers to the net and made a nice deke for the goal at 8:54. However the Tigers quickly responded just 23 seconds later when they had an odd man rush and Jeff MacGregor (Winnipeg, MB) redirected the puck past UNB goalie Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB). UNB restored their two-goal lead shortly after when Todd performed a one-man cycle, drawing most of the Tigers to him. He eventually dished the puck off to Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) who quickly passed the puck across the crease to Clendenning at the back door who had the easy tap in for the goal. At 12:08 Nadeau gave up his only bad goal when Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) stopped up at the circle and let a shot go along the ice that somehow when through the Dal goalie. A few minutes later UNB was on the power play and Tremblay's pass to Dickson was a little off the mark, and the delay it took for Dickson to get the puck to his forehand seemed to act like a change-up that fooled Nadeau at 15:11. Dal coach Pete Belliveau then opted to change the momentum by putting Josh Disher (Burlington, ON) in nets. Disher was doing well until the very end of the period, when Tremblay broke in on the rush, fed a nice pass to Matt Fillier (Durham, NS) who then deked the goalie for his first goal as a V-Red right at the 20:00 mark.  UNB outshot Dal 22-7 in the period.

The third period had a more physical tone, with a couple of incidents sending players from both teams to the penalty box. Midway through the period UNB was on the power play when Todd cruised into the slot and one-timed a Clendenning pass for his second goal of the game.  Dal did kill off the full two minutes of a five-on-three power play, but that was their only success in the third period.  UNB outshot Dal 10-4 in the third period.

The UNB player of the game was John Scott Dickson.  The V-Reds were 2-for-5 on the power play while the Tigers were 0-for-2. The total shots were 50-15 in favour of UNB and there were just over two thousand fans at the Aitken University Centre for the game.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

UNB Vs. Dal - Saturday, Nov. 14th, 7PM

The V-Reds are back in action tonight taking on the Dalhousie Tigers.  Last week, UNB fired over 50 shots at the goaltending combination of Disher and Wall, but could only put 5 goals past the Tigers.  Dal fans would be quick to point out that those are the back-up goalies.

This isn't the same Dalhousie Tigers team of recent years, as Coach Belliveau has brought in a lot of new talent to turn the team around.  The results so far have Dalhousie just 1 point back of STU for the all-important last playoff spot in the AUS with a game in hand.  Dal won only 4 games all year last season, but following last night's upset over the UPEI Panthers, they are on pace to be the conference's most improved team.

Game time is 7PM.  Those of you who can't make it to the AUC can follow the game on  CHSR 97.9 FM, News-Cast.com ($5.95), and UNBHockey on Twitter.

UNB 9 – StFX 3

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds won their ninth straight game Friday night 9-3 over the visiting StFX X-Men before 2078 fans in Fredericton. The X-Men managed to draw within a goal in the second period, only to see UNB pull away in the final 30 minutes of the game. StFX goaltender Bryan Gillis (Lantz, NS) couldn't steal a point for his team this week, as the V-Reds outshot the second-place X-Men 46-25.

UNB got off to a great start as they swarmed the StFX net right off the opening faceoff, and after veteran forward John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) had about three whacks at the loose puck it was captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) finally putting it past Gillis just 46 seconds in. Rookie Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) made it 2-0 at 6:07 as he batted in the rebound of a Ben Shutron (Orleans, ON) point shot, all while his back was to Gillis. UNB stretched their lead to 3-0 midway through the period on their first power play when Dickson passed the puck to Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) in the slot who one-timed the puck for the goal. UNB killed off two penalties to close out the period, and they outshot StFX 11-5.

In the second period UNB had two early power plays but didn't generate a lot of scoring chances. After the penalty kills X was showing more jump, and Matthew Brag (Newmans Cove, NL) rang a shot off the top left of the UNB net at 6:55. Soon after the V-Reds got into penalty trouble of their own, and StFX cashed in. First it was rookie defenceman Nick Pageau (Stony Creek, ON) from the left circle picking the top corner over Travis Fullerton's (Riverview, NB) shoulder on the five-on-three at 8:29 and then it was veteran Chris Hulit (Sault Ste Marie, ON) at the back door who appeared to tap in the Spencer McAvoy (St. Albert, AB) shot with the man advantage at 9:12 to draw StFX within a goal. The Varsity Reds had entered the game giving up only two power play goals in eight games, only to see X score two in 43 seconds. However, UNB was back on the power play a few minutes later, and this time it was Dickson in the slot to one-time the puck for a goal at 11:55 after some nice tic-tac-toe passing.

The third period started like the first, with UNB swarming the net and Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) scoring out of the rugby scrum at 1:10. UNB got a little sloppy in their own end at 4:55 and Bragg let a shot go through a crowd that fooled Fullerton. UNB got that goal back at 7:22 on the power play when Bretton Stammler (Edmonton, AB) made a great play to recover the puck in the neutral zone, passed cross ice to a rushing Luke Lynes (Rochester Hills, MI) who then fired a writer from the circle into the top corner of the X net. Just 21 seconds later Shutron picked up his first goal as a Varsity Red as his shot went off Gillis' glove and in. Luke Gallant added another power play goal at 12:05, and then with just 0.1 seconds left on the clock Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) put an exclamation mark on the night as he won the face-off, skated through traffic and deked Gillis. Shots in the third period favoured UNB 18-7.

The final score was 9-3 with UNB going 5-for-9 on the power play, while StFX was 2-for-9 with the man advantage. The UNB player of the game was Hunter Tremblay.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Clendenning's Quick Return, SMU Game Rescheduled

After making his return to the lineup last weekend following off-season knee surgery, Jordan Clendenning will play his first home game of the season tonight.  Bill Hunt catches up with him, and updates us on some other injury news in today's Daily Gleaner.

One other piece of information worth repeating from the article - the home game vs SMU that was postponed earlier due to H1N1 concerns has been rescheduled for Sunday, December 6th at 5 pm.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

UNB Vs. StFX - Friday, Nov. 13th, 7PM

The V-Reds host the #8 ranked team in the country this Friday when the StFX X-Men visit the Aitken Centre.  The X-Men are off to a strong start, currently sitting 2nd in the AUS standings with 13 points, just 3 points back of the V-Reds.  Perhaps most surprising about this year's StFX team is that they rank second in goals scored in the AUS with 37.  Second year forward Bryce Swan leads the team with 10 goals and 5 assists in 9 games.

The V-Reds needed overtime last weekend to beat the X-Men by a score of 4-3 in the first meeting between these teams.  StFX goalie Bryan Gillis was on his game making 37 saves.  This could be the biggest challenge on home ice yet for UNB this season.

The game will be available on Rogers TV and UNBHockey on Twitter.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CIS Top 10 Rankings: STFX Climbing the Ranks

The latest installment of the Men's Hockey Top 10 Rankings has been released. UNB (8-0-0) remains at #1, while Alberta (8-1-1) locks down #2 after having their way with UBC in two games this past weekend.

Also representing the AUS is SMU (5-2-0) at #5 and STFX (5-1-3) at #8 who are up one spot over last week after pushing UNB to overtime and defeating SMU earlier in the week. The X-Men will play UNB this Friday at the AUC in what should be the biggest test on home ice yet this season.

Here are the complete rankings:

Rank/Team/Record/Votes(1st place votes)/Last Week

1. UNB (8-0-0) / 170 (17 first-place votes) / (1)
2. Alberta (8-1-1) / 148 / (2)
3. UQTR (8-0-0) / 128 / (3)
4. McGill (6-0-0) / 117 / (5)
5. Saint Mary’s (5-2-0) / 92 / (4)
6. Manitoba (6-3-1) / 66 / (6)
7. Western Ontario (7-2-0) / 61 / (NR)
8. St. Francis Xavier (5-1-3) / 47 / (9)
9. Wilfrid Laurier (6-2-1) / 34 / (10)
10. Lakehead (6-3-1) / 31 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Calgary (21), Nipissing (9), Acadia (6), Carleton (3), Waterloo (2).

Click here for the CIS press release.

AUS Pool - Week 4 Standings

The AUS Pool standings ending Week 4 are out. There’s a few familiar names at the very top of the list, but some significant movement throughout the rest of the standings.

Rank/Participant/Points

T1 - Barney - 123
T1 - Megan - 123
3 - cmd - 119
T4 - Tyler Christensen - 118
T4 - pickace - 118
T6 - MATT JOHNSON - 117
T6 - THE BIKER GANG! - 117
8 - MARIAN TREMBLAY - 115
T9 - David Kilfoil - 114
T9 - Ken C - 114

If you missed the week that was in the AUS, check out Dave Kilfoil's weekly recap over at the CIS Blog.

As always, if you notice any mistakes, please let us know by sending us an e-mail, so we can verify and make any necessary corrections.

Chris Culligan Named Male Athlete of the Week

Rookie Chris Culligan is the latest V-Red to be named the UNB Valley Graphics Male Athlete of the Week.  Culligan notched 5 points in the two games this past weekend and has been everything he was billed to be before arriving at UNB.  He's certainly paying off to those of you who took him in the pool.  You can read more about Culligan in today's Daily Gleaner.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

UNB 5 – Dal 1

In a game that could have even been more lopsided, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds defeated the Dalhousie Tigers 5-1 Saturday night in a tightly refereed match. UNB outshot Dal 54-17 in the game, yet the AUS's best power play managed only two goals on 15 opportunities with the man advantage. For their part, the Tigers scored their only goal on the power play with eight opportunities in the game.

With flu working its way through the team, it was doubtful whether Josh Disher (Burlington, ON) would be able to start in nets for Dal, but he did, and was in good form early. Neither team managed to score in the first period, although the V-Reds put 15 shots on Disher. The highlight of the period was around the 12:30 mark, when UNB defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) looked up from a “suicide pass” in his skates just in time to get smoked by Dal's Jeff MacGregor (Winnipeg, MB). Fortunately Stamler was quickly back on his feet from the big hit.

Just over two minutes into the second period the Tigers had an effective power play, where the third shot was the charm as Jordan Villeneuve-Gagne (Ancienne-Larette, QC) beat Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB). At 4:50 Disher's defence went missing as UNB defenceman Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) was able to skate unhindered into the slot and pick the top corner for the tying goal. Less than two minutes later Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) fooled Disher with a quick wrister that beat him on the short side. At 7:31 UNB was swarming the Dal zone when Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) was all alone to the Disher's left when he one-timed the puck for a goal. Dalhousie coach Pete Belliveau then opted to change up his goalies, putting Chris Wall (Halifax, NS) in net. Wall was solid, but was put under more pressure after MacGregor drove Alex Aldred (St. Albert, AB) headfirst into the corner boards and was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct at 13:41. Dal almost killed off the major, but they took another minor penalty and Chris Culligan (Howie Centre, NS) took advantage of the extra room to jump on a loose puck and s core a 5-on-3 power play goal at 18:10. UNB outshot Dal 16-7 in the middle period.

The third period was a long drawn out affair as both teams were called for numerous penalties. Disher was back in the Dal nets to start the third period, and he made a ton of saves until 14:09, when UNB had yet another 5-on-3 and John Scott Dickson's (Barrie, ON) shot bounced off Dal defenceman Daniel Bartek's (Oulomouc, CZ) skate and past Disher. Surprisingly that was the only goal of the period, considering UNB had nine power play chances.

With their eighth straight win, the Varsity Reds extend their lead in the AUS to three points on second place StFX, with a game in hand on the X-Men. UNB goalie Travis Fullerton leads the conference with six wins and a stingy 1.82 goals against average and teammate Hunter Tremblay leads the AUS scoring race with 19 points in eight games played. UNB will be back at the Aitken University Centre on Friday night when they host the X-Men.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

UNB 5-1 Over Dalhousie

The V-Reds cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers.  Scoring for UNB were Gallant, Tremblay, Culligan, MacIntosh, and Dickson. Travis Fullerton took the win in goal.

The Dalhousie goalie combo of Disher and Wall deserve credit for keeping this game somewhat close as UNB fired over 50 shots at them.  UNB wasn't sharp on this night, and the power-play in particular has seen better games, but a road win is a road win. UNB is now 8-0-0 on the season.

More to follow...

UNB@DAL - Saturday, Nov. 7th, 7pm

The V-Reds are back in action tonight as they visit the Dalhousie Tigers at the Dalhousie Memorial arena in Halifax. The CIS #1 ranked V-Reds sit at 7-0-0 going into Dalhousie, and look to make it 8-0-0.

The V-Reds are coming off an overtime 4-3 win over the StFX X-men whose goalie Bryan Gillis almost stole the game from UNB. Alex Aldred picked up his first goal of the year, 1:14 into overtime, to keep UNB’s winning streak alive. Hunter Tremblay is now tied for the lead in the CIS for points, while Luke Gallant sits all alone in third. The V-Reds lead the AUS in goals, assists, points, shots, shot percent, power-play percent, penalty killing, save percent, and goals allowed per game.

Dalhousie, off to a slow start this season, sits at 1-4-2. DAL lost last night 5-3 to the UPEI Panthers, and are looking to turn their luck around tonight. DAL has been averaging 3 goals per game, while allowing 4.67, DAL has been having some problems on the penalty kill, allowing 11 goals on 36 attempts, they will need to bolster that number when they face the AUS # 1 power play of the V-Reds. DAL are led by Kyle Raftis, Patrick Sweeney, Jeff Larsh, and J. Villeneuve-Gagne in the points department.

The V-Reds come into DAL with a 9 game winning streak against the Tigers whose last victory against the V-Reds was on Feb. 3rd, 2007.

The game will be available on CHSR 97.9 FM and SSN.

By Steven C.

UNB 4 – StFX 3 (OT)

It took overtime, but the first place University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds hockey team earned their seventh win in a row despite a valiant effort by StFX netminder Bryan Gillis and some opportunistic goals by his teammates in Antigonish.

UNB came out flying, and Bryan Gillis (Lantz, NS) kept StFX in early in the game until the X-Men got their legs under them. However, it was StFX scoring first, when rookie Ryan Sparling (Sydney, NS) managed to slip by rookie UNB defenceman Ben Shutron (Orleans, ON) along the boards and get a hard shot on net, and the big rebound off of UNB goalie Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) went right to Chris Hulit (Sault Ste Marie, ON) who one-timed the puck into the top corner at 14:02.  That was the only goal in the period that saw the X-Men close the early shot deficit to 11-10.

In the second period, Brennen Wray (Moose Jaw, SK) caught a bit of a break when his shot dribbled off Fullerton's right pad and into the far corner of the net at 3:04. As the period wore on, UNB's puck pressure caused the X-Men to start taking penalties. At 13:30  Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) got UNB on the scoreboard on the power play, and with their next man advantage Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) was in his wheel house in the slot when he one-timed a blast past Gillis to tie the game at 15:19.  In the second period, UNB outshot StFX 14-8.

Early in the third period, UNB was carrying the play when Gillis managed to outrace two V-Reds to a loose puck in the X-Men zone and in the scramble afterwards the X-Men ended up with an odd man rush back the other way lead by defenceman Josh Day who got a shot on net and Brett Morrison (Howie Center, NS) jumped on the rebound for the goal at 2:16 to put the X-Men back in front.  UNB kept attacking, and StFX looked to be content to protect their lead.  Finally, at 15:34, on UNB's 41st shot of the game (according to the shot clock), defenceman Luke Gallant let a quick point shot go through a crowd that beat Gillis to tie it up once again.  UNB had a couple of more chances in the period, but the game stayed tied at the end of regulation time.

In the four-on-four overtime it was all UNB pressure, and then Shutron pinched in from the blue line to beat an X-Man to a loose puck, got the puck back to fellow d-man Alex Aldred (St. Albert, AB) on the point, who then put a quick wrister on net that handcuffed Gillis for the winner 74 seconds into extra time.

The final shots on the game sheet favoured UNB 41-23 in the 4-3 overtime victory.  UNB was 2-for-6 on the power play while StFX was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.  The X-Men did edge the V-Reds 37-33 in faceoff wins.

By David Kilfoil for the UNB Varsity Reds.

Friday, November 6, 2009

V-Reds Rally For Big Road Win Over X-Men

The V-Reds extended their winning streak to seven games with a hard fought road win against StFX.  After trailing 2-0, and 3-2, the V-Reds would keep firing shots on StFX's Bryan Gillis until they tied the game late in the third, forcing the game to overtime.  Scoring for UNB in regulation play were Tremblay, Bailey, and Gallant.  Scoring for StFX were Hulit, Wray, Morrison.    

In overtime, Alex Aldred fired a shot on net that fooled Gillis (who was spectacular in this game) and sealed the comeback win for UNB.  Final score, 4-3 UNB.

More to follow...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

UNB@StFX - Friday, Nov. 6th at 7pm

The V-Reds are back in action Friday night when they visit the StFX X-men at the Keating Millennium Centre in Antigonish for the first meeting this season. Last weekend, UNB earned their sixth straight victory of the season with a 7-3 win over the Acadia Axemen. Friday, they look to make it 7-0-0.

The CIS #1 ranked V-Reds enter Friday night’s game led by the UNB Valley Graphics Male Athlete of the Month Hunter Tremblay. Tremblay, along with Luke Gallant are tied for first in the AUS, and second in the entire CIS for points. UNB leads the AUS in goals, assists, points, shots, shot percent, power-play percent, penalty killing, save percent, and goals allowed per game.

The CIS #9 ranked StFX X-men, undefeated at home, are sitting at 5-1-1 thus far this season, and are looking for their fourth win in a row. Wednesday night, the X-men beat SMU 7-5 even though they were heavily outshot 48-23. Joseph Perricone (.914), their starting goalie, is second only to Travis Fullerton(.929) in save percent thus far this year. The X-men have averaged the least number of penalty minutes per game of any team in the AUS, and are tied with UNB for shorthanded goals with 2 this season. The X-men are led by Bryce Swan, Phil Mangan, Kevin Undershute, and Brett Morrison in the points department.

Last season, the X-men and the V-Reds were tied at 2 games apiece in the regular season.

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

By Steven C.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

H1N1 Hitting the AUS

This isn't UNB-specific news, but the Daily Gleaner reports that another H1N1 scare has lead to Wednesday's game between Acadia and Dalhousie being postponed until next week.  UNB is scheduled to visit Dalhousie on Saturday.

It'll be interesting to see what the final total is for games moved because of this flu bug.  Last weekend, H1N1 concerns resulted in the game vs. SMU being postponed.  There's no official word yet on when that game will be made up, but the scuttlebutt seems to be sometime shortly after the December 4 game vs UPEI.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

AUS Pool - Week 3 Standings

Results are up for the AUS Pool ending Week 3. Don't panic if you're a few points off the leaders as a lot of you have some big point producers from the SMU Huskies, who have 2 or 3 games in hand on the conference, so some ground can easily be made up there.  It's still anyone's game.

Please note, goalie stats (Gly) and points since last week (+) have been added.  This week's Top 10 are as follows:

Rank/Participant/Points

1 - Barney - 95
2 - Tyler Christensen - 93
3 - Megan - 92
4 - cmd - 90
5 - Stephanie - 89
T6 - David Kilfoil - 88
T6 - THE BIKER GANG! - 88
T8 - Matt Johnson - 87
T8 - Marian Tremblay - 87
T8 - Section 5'er - 87

As always, if you notice any mistakes, please let us know by sending us an e-mail, so we can verify and make any necessary corrections.

CIS Top 10 Rankings: UNB Still #1

Men's Hockey Top 10 Rankings are out, and for the third week in a row UNB (6-0) is at #1.  Alberta (6-1-1) holds steady at #2 after splitting weekend games with #6 Manitoba (6-3-1).  A few losses on the weekend by Lakehead resulted in them falling out of the rankings, wich allowed idle SMU (3-1-0) to climb to #4.  

Also representing the AUS for the first time this season is St. FX (4-1-1) at #9.  The X-Men have a big weekend ahead of them playing SMU on Wednesday, UNB on Friday, then finishing off with a game vs UPEI.  

Here are the complete rankings:

Rank/Team/Record/Votes(1st place votes)/Last Week

1. UNB (6-0-0) / 180 (18) / (1)
2. Alberta (6-1-1) / 152 / (2)
3. UQTR (7-0-0) / 138 / (3)
4. Saint Mary’s (3-1-0) / 104 / (5)
5. McGill (4-0-0) / 87/ (7)
6. Manitoba (6-3-1) / 87 / (6)
7. Waterloo (6-1-1) / 64 / (10)
8. Nipissing (6-1-1) / 38 / (9)
9. St. Francis Xavier (4-1-1) / 36 / (NR)
10. Wilfrid Laurier (5-1-1) / 36 / (8)

Click here for the CIS press release.

Another Award For Tremblay, Pool Update Coming Soon

It's been a pretty good start to the season for Hunter Tremblay.  In addition to leading the AUS in points (tied with Luke Gallant and UPEI's Matthew Carter), being named UNB, AUS and CIS Male Athlete of the Week, he can add UNB Valley Graphics Male Athlete of the Month to the list as well.  Here's more from the Daily Gleaner.

Also, we're still eagerly waiting for stats from a few games involving Dalhousie last weekend to be added by the AUS so we can provide accurate standings for this week's hockey pool update.  We'll have an update by tomorrow either way, bear with us.