Sunday, January 24, 2010

UNB captain Kyle Bailey leads Varsity Reds with 4 goals in 9-4 win

January 23, 2010

FREDERICTON – The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds men's hockey team continue
their perfect season, exploding for five goals in the second period as they cruised to a
9-4 win over cross-campus rival St. Thomas Tommies. Their 21st consecutive win
guarantees that the V-Reds can finish no lower than second place in the AUS, and thus
they have clinched a first round playoff bye with seven games left in the regular
season.

There was a season-high, standing room crowd of 811 fans at the Lady Beaverbrook Rink,
as the Tommies celebrated their 16th annual Lou Chabot Memorial Game. However it was
the Varsity Reds who dominated the early play, and when Lachlan MacIntosh
(Perth-Andover, NB) stickhandled through the STU zone and couldn't find a good shooting
lane he put the shot back to Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) in the low shot who beat Tommies
netminder Charles Lavigne (Bernardin, ON) with a quick shot at 2:23. UNB continued to
pour the pressure on, but the momentum changed midway through the period when V-Reds
defencemen Ben Wright (Foremost, AB) hit Tyler Dietrich (Vancouver, BC) hard against
the big wall at the south end of the LBR and was assessed a five minute major penalty
and automatic game misconduct for checking from behind. It only took 12 seconds for the
Tommies power play to tie the game up at 9:43 as the puck bounced off the boards to
Dietrich in front of the net, and he in turn scored on a surprised Travis Fullerton
(Riverview, NB). Fourteen seconds later Bailey went end-to-end shorthanded and slipped
the puck past Lavigne to put the V-Reds back in front. The goal seemed to swing the
momentum back to UNB, who killed off the rest of the major penalty.

At 14:58 Kenton Dulle (Craik, SK) deflected a shot dramatically over Fullerton's
shoulder to tie the game again for the Tommies. Just 35 seconds later the Tommies had a
good aggressive shift and Fullerton stopped a Andrew Andricopoulos (Groveland, MA) point
shot but Devan Praught (Summerside, PE) was standing unmolested at the edge of the
crease to bang in the rebound and give the Tommies their first lead. After the goal,
UNB coach Gardiner MacDougall opted to put Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) in the V-Reds
nets. That was all the scoring in the period, although UNB's Jordan Clendenning
(Fredericton, NB) missed the yawning left side of the net when his shot rang off the
post in the dying seconds. UNB outshot STU 16-11 in the period.

Early in the second period STU's Dietrich got caught holding Chris Culligan's (Howie
Center, NS) stick and on the resulting power play the UNB defence kept passing the puck
back and forth looking for the perfect pass before handing it off to Bailey who rifled
the shot past Lavigne to complete his natural hat trick at 3:12. UNB defenceman Spencer
Corcoran (Summerside, PE) was whistled for a blow to the head at 3:33 and had the
automatic ten minute misconduct added and the V-Reds were temporarily down to four
starting d-men. Despite this setback it only took UNB another 44 seconds to retake the
lead, shorthanded, as Culligan scored a highlight reel goal as he one-timed the pass
from Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS). UNB kept pouring it on, and at 5:40 defenceman
Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) wove his way into the Tommies zone before passing the
puck to Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) who scored on the power play to make it 5-3. With that,
Tommies coach Mike Eagles put Ben MacFarlane (Woodstock, NB) in the STU net. MacFarlane
was doing well until 9:46 when Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) made a nice pass to Bailey
and the UNB captain scored his fourth goal of the game. The Tommies were doing too much
watching and not even skating the rest of the period, and at 14:05 the V-Reds had
flooded the zone and took a couple of shots before putting it back to the point and
Alex Aldred (St. Albert, AB) snapped the shot through a crowd to make it 7-3 for UNB.
Shots in the period were 11-5 in favour of UNB.

Lavigne was back in the Tommies net to start the third period. STU had an effective
power play early in the period, and with just 3 seconds left with the man advantage
Mike Reich (Craik, SK) finally was able to get the puck past Yeomans at 4:27 and draw
ST. Thomas within three goals. UNB was on the power play when at 11:49 Daine Todd
(Stettler, AB) came in from the left point to the back door and had two whacks at the
puck before he scored on Lavigne. UNB's final goal came at 17:24, on the power play,
when MacIntosh scored from the slot. UNB outshot STU 12-10 in the third period and
39-26 in the 9-4 victory. The V-Red were 4-for-6 on the power play while STU was
2-for-6.

After the game MacDougall commented that he liked how his team responded after the first
twenty minutes. “We probably deserved a better result in the first period as we missed
some chances. There is a lot of leadership in the room and the team gave a good effort
and capitalized on their opportunities.” He can't remember a better regular season game
for captain Kyle Bailey, and MacDougall was complimentary of veteran Josh Hepditch. “We
were missing defencemen Josh Kidd to suspension and Jonathan Harty to injury to start
the game. Ben Wright was ejected in the first period and Spencer Corcoran had 12
minutes of penalties in the second period, so we moved Hepditch back to defence and he
did a good job and the others did well with their extra ice time.” In the third period
Josh Hepditch was back as a forward on the energy line, the same place he started the
game.

Next weekend the Varsity Reds host the Saint Mary's Huskies on Friday and the Acadia
Axemen on Saturday at the Aitken University Centre. Both games will also be broadcast
province-wide on Rogers TV.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

The 5 goal explosion was 2nd period not third :P...what a period

Eric said...

I think you ment to say '5 goal second period' instead of 3rd.

Good write-up.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Yeah I thought Hepditch had a really good game as well..had a couple good offensive chances.

David Kilfoil said...

Yes, I typed third instead of second period in that lead last night. How'd I miss that?

UNB Bruins Fan said...

How many assistant captains are CIS teams allowed to have...or is there a limit? I counted 6 guys wearing an 'A' last night for UNB which seems a bit excessive (Dickson, Tremblay, Seymour, Hepditch, Gallant, and MacIntosh-whom I have never noticed wearing a letter before).

Anonymous said...

I don't know about a limit, but I'm pretty sure they had 5 last year... Tremblay, Bailey, Dickson, Pearce & Bowman.

David Kilfoil said...

Well as I understand it Gardiner chooses the captain, and the players choose the alternates, so it must be the way they want it ...

Anonymous said...

I thought it was 50/50 on the A's. Either way, I'm thinking that when you have that much money in the bank, you need to pay a little interest.