Sunday, January 31, 2010

UNB wins 23rd straight game in 5-2 win over Acadia

FREDERICTON – In the battle between the top two teams in the AUS, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds overcame a first period deficit to score four unanswered goals and defeat the Acadia Axemen 5-2. For the second game in a row it was a sellout crowd at the Aitken University Centre as 3812 fans, many of them elementary school children in the stands for the annual District 18 Night, watched the V-Reds run their undefeated streak to 23 games.

The Acadia Axemen showed more jump than the V-Reds in the first period, and were rewarded at 5:42 when Scott Tregunna (Mt. Forest, ON) in close picked up the rebound puck off UNB defenceman Josh Kidd's (Sundridge, ON) skate and flipped it over Derek Yeoman's (St. Albert, AB) pad. However at 8:34 Acadia captain Paul McFarland (Richmond Hill, ON) was called for checking from behind and ejected from the game with the automatic game misconduct. The Axemen killed off that penalty, but not the next, as Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) scored a highlight goal on the rush as he flipped the puck to himself at the Acadia blue line past a surprised defenceman, zigzagged his way into the slot and beat Kris Westblom (Meadow Lake, SK) with a snapshot to tie the game at 12:47. Acadia got their lead back at 17:21 when Jonathan Laberge (Ste-Foy, QC) took advantage of a scramble in front of the UNB net to score. Shots in the first period were ten apiece.

The second period was dominated by the Varsity Reds and Acadia only managed five shots on net, with four of them coming on the same power play late in the period. At 4:59 UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) started his rush in his own zone while the team was shorthanded and by the time he beat Westblom high to the glove side Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) was just stepping out of the penalty box. Later on a power play UNB defenceman Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) whiffed on his first attempt on the back door play, but his teammates worked the puck around and back to him and the second time he made no mistake at 8:46.

Early in the third period point man Alex Aldred (St. Albert, AB) fired a hard shot-pass through the slot to fellow UNB defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) who had rushed in off the left point in time to deflect the puck past Westblom. Midway through the period V-Reds rookie Matt Fillier (Durham, NS) was chasing down the puck and made a heavy shoulder-to-shoulder hit on Beau Prokopetz (Winnipeg, MB) against the boards behind the Acadia net. Prokopetz was injured on the play and left the game, and referee Andre Dupuis opted to give Fillier a five-minute major penalty for checking from behind and the automatic game misconduct. After successfully killing off over half of the major penalty, Stammler was sent off for hooking and the Axemen had a two-man advantage for two minutes. UNB continued to kill off the penalty and Acadia frustration appeared to boil over at 13:15. The Axemen were in the blue paint trying to get to a rebound when the referee blew down the play. The UNB defencemen were trying to push the Axemen away from their goaltender when UNB's Ben Shutron (Gloucester, ON) took exception to something Chris Bruton (Calgary, AB) did and started swinging at him. Out of the scrum Jon Harty and Acadia's David Lomas (Burlington, ON) started fighting, and the smaller Harty ended up on his back on the ice with Lomas on top of him continuing to punch away until stopped by the officials. After the ice chips settled Harty and Lomas were out of the game with fighting majors and Bruton got the extra minor penalty to reduce their power play back to a 5-on-4, which UNB then killed off.

The rest of the period was incident free. With about 90 second to go the Axemen pulled their goalie, but Hunter Tremblay quickly got to a loose puck, stickhandled through two Acadia defencemen and fired the puck into the empty net to salt away the win. Acadia did have a power play in the last minute of the game, but couldn't generate many scoring chances. The final score was 5-2 with UNB outshooting Acadia 35-20, and 25-10 in the final 40 minutes. The player of the game was UNB goalie Derek Yeomans. Next up for the Varsity Reds is the annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game on Wednesday when they host the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus.

7 comments:

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Everyone talks about the streak vs. STU but this was UNB's 16th straight win against Acadia (counting playoffs and exhibitions) and 19th out of 20...

Anonymous said...

Impressive

Eric said...

It is 13th straigh win at home over Acadia going back to 04/05 playoffs and 16th straigh win going back to Jan. 07. Yup - pretty good streak. Hopefully it contiues through the AUS Finals.

Anonymous said...

i dont see UNB losing another game. This is probably their last tough test

Eric said...

I see SFX at home as their last real test.

but, UNB lost their 2nd last game to Mt.A in '98 despite 49 shots (lost 0-3). It only takes a hot goalie to ruin your day (UNB vs ALB in '08 finals).

I agree though, that Westblom was probably the only goalie left who had a chance to stone UNB.

Eric said...

... at SFX's home.

Anonymous said...

Harty get beat up?