Wednesday, February 24, 2010

AUS Semi-Finals: Game 1 - StFX@UNB Thurs. 25th, 7pm

Tomorrow night, the StFX X-Men come to town with one thought on their minds: A trip to Thunder Bay next month and a chance at a second National Title.

The V-Reds have had an almost fairytale season, setting new records for wins and points in the AUS, and tying the record for points in the CIS. They will come out with a single purpose, to take their first steps in returning to Thunder Bay to defend their National title.

As one wise sports writer recently said, when it comes to playoff hockey “Statistics are for losers”. But let’s look at some anyway.

Led by the top scorer in the CIS, Hunter Tremblay, The V-Reds can boast they have one of the top lines in the CIS with Tremblay, Dickson, and rookie Culligan playing together this year. The V-Reds have offensive weapons on every line, a defense that has posted the best PK in the AUS (.915), and allowed fewer shots on goal than any other team in the CIS this year with 585.

The V-Reds are 11-3-2 in AUS playoff games against the X-men since MacDougall took the reins in the 2000-2001 season. Nobody can forget the 3-2 2OT loss for the Nationals in 2003-2004 season that saw StFX win their first National title.

Will the X-men come into this game with momentum, yes!

The X-men did what no other team could do this year, they beat the V-Reds, not only did they beat them, but they beat them at home, and with a come from behind victory after spotting a 3-0 lead to the V-Reds. They then went on to eliminate the UPEI Panthers in two straight games in the first round of the Playoffs. Led by Bryce Swan, Phil Mangan, Chris Hulit, and rookie Goalie Bryan Gillis, the X-men will be coming in as David, and will be looking to slay Goliath!

Come over to the AUC tomorrow night and cheer on your UNB V-Reds!!!


The game will be available on Rogers TV, webcast at News-Cast, can be heard on CHSR 97.9 FM, and updates can be followed on UNB Hockey on Twitter.

Stats found here:
CIS Men’s Hockey
AUS Men’s Hockey
RedSea Database

3 comments:

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Don't know how much of a difference it will make with the attendance but the Canada Men's Curling Semi-Finals are at 6pm tomorrow and the Canada/US Women's Hockey Final is scheduled for 7:30...

Anonymous said...

hopefully that storm doesnt hit hard enough to postpone the game!!

Anonymous said...

X is already in town...per todays Gleaner