Wednesday, January 20, 2010

V-Reds Fall To Maine In Exhibition Game

The V-Reds lost 4-1 to the University of Maine Black Bears.  The game was fairly even in play with UNB actually finishing ahead in the shot count 20 to 18.  Maine capitalized on their chances with some nifty goals, while UNB couldn't quite find a way to put the puck in the back of the net.

Scoring the lone goal for the V-Reds was captain Kyle Bailey.  Derek Yeomans played the first two periods and the tail end of the third period, and can't be faulted for the three goals that got by him. Hunter Tremblay was given the night off to rest up for this weekend's play.

The loss will leave UNB with a 3-1 record vs NCAA competition this year, all as the visiting team.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not a bad effort for the V-Reds. The game was pretty balanced for the most part although Maine showed a lot more on its powerplay, scoring the two goals. Thought it took some time for UNB to adapt to the quickness of the Maine forecheckers, and there were some giveaways early on. But they adjusted. One of those frustrating games to watch when a team can't seem to generate many legitimate scoring chances. Maine's defence did a good job.

Anonymous said...

So UNB IS human

Eric said...

I have to agree. UNB really only had one clean shot which they convereted - everything else was rushed/wiffed/wide/blocked. This was true in most part for both teams and is evident in the shot totals.

The PP was the difference for UMaine 2-5 versus 0-5.

Frustrating to watch when there is so little offence(chances) and the game remains mostely between the blue lines or the corners.

A third period goal by UNB would have changed the game as that would have drawn them to 1.

A good game to play going into the home stretch - probably the fastest team they've played this year.

Anonymous said...

I thought they outplayed Maine in the first two periods. Seemed to run out of energy in the 3rd. Too bad Hunter wasn't available.

Great experience for the players though. I just hope they have enough left to win this weekend.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I agree as well...the game was certainly much closer than the score would indicate. The difference was Maine had pretty much every big scoring chance and, more importantly, took advantage of them.

The last two years I would say UNB has actually usually outplayed and outshot the NCAA teams but the games are close because the NCAA teams take better advantage of their opportunities. I find the NCAA teams convert their scoring chances at a much higher rate than CIS teams....and are much much more deadly on the PP...they don't make many mistakes around the net. It seems UNB will get just as many, if not more, quality chances but might not score whereas the NCAA teams will get one and score on it. Frustrating to watch but I guess that probably speaks to the skill level of the NCAA teams...

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I'm also curious whether Maine was missing any key players last night...and was that their starting goalie who played?

Anonymous said...

I was told by a Maine fan during the 1st intermission that their starting goalie has been injured for a couple of weeks now. According to him, that is why they had lost their previous 2 games coming into the game against UNB.

Anonymous said...

They were missing their starting goalie, Scott Darling, but as far as I know they had all their other top players.

Eric said...

They were missing #1 Goalie Scott Darling and ...

"freshman center Matt Mangene (1 goal, 7 assists) will be sidelined for at least six weeks with a torn triceps muscle; sophomore center Kyle Solomon (1 & 3) is out indefinitely with complications from a groin injury; junior center Robby Dee (8 & 8) remains sidelined with a broken bone in his foot and junior de-fenseman and assistant captain Jeff Dimmen (3 & 9) rested an ailing hip" - Bangor Daily News.

Dee, Mangene and Dimmen are contributers. The big loss is Dee who is a Specialty Team Leader (Hunter is a bigger loss for UNB - at 36pts vs 16).

Wilson, who played in nets for UMaine, is the better of the two backups. Sirman gets the start against the U18 team this weekend. The better player goes forward as #1 and then #2 when Darling return vs Vermont.