Friday, February 26, 2010

Epic Bad Luck Continues, X Up 2 Games To Zero

A wacky bounce off the glass, a breakaway out of the penalty box, and a whole lot of bad mojo resulted in STFX beating UNB 3-2 despite being out-shot by a margin of 31-6. Derek Yeomans started the game and was pulled after the second goal. Scoring for UNB were Ben Shutron and Daine Todd.

UNB is now on the ropes, needing to win 3 straight games against a team that has beaten them in 3 straight games despite being out-shot and out-played in all 3 games. The deck is stacked against the V-Reds...but never underestimate the heart of a champion.

UNB will travel to Antigonish and look to return the favour by winning both games in STFX to force game 5.

Go Reds Go!

Bruce Hallihan provides the game story in Saturday's Daily Gleaner.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

that had to be the worst game ive seen the goal tending play in a long time.3 goals on 6 shots is pathetic.had a good season UNB,to bad it ended on such a sad note.

Anonymous said...

You have to question the limitations and integrity of the coaching, not just on this one game only but throughout the year. Should be performance-based management and dynamic coaching, ability to adjust with each moment/game. Specialy team execution i.e., power play, has been unsuccessful for many games with no adjustment. "The trap" should have been predicted and practised against for this game. This was not just goal-tending weakness. There are much more significant issues. HMMM.

Anonymous said...

Wow... takes Tommies fans 8 years of mediocrity to pull out the knives for the coach. Couple of losses for the best team in the country and the lynchin' ropes are coming out.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Well the weakness of the goaltending that we all thought would be UNB's downfall last year is finally showing its ugly head....and the PP woes of last years playoffs seem to be back as well. But having said all that...they outshot St. FX a ridiculous 31-6 and you win 99.9% of those games...I would be more concerned if they were badly outplayed in each of the first two games. I really don't think there are more significant issues here....it has just been a case of extremely bad luck, St. FX taking advantage of their limited opportunities, and UNB failing on theirs.

Anonymous said...

yes integrity comes to question when a team dominates another team and loses? I always thought "that's just sports" #2 I invite you to post your coaching resume here, and sitting at a hockey game yelling Shooooott (whether right or wrong) doesn't count. Tonight was a completly unpredictable night that outs unb in a really bad position. Hope they can figure it out

Anonymous said...

Mark my words, UNB is going to win Games 3 and 4 and force a fifth game back at the Aitken Centre. The ice at X is very fast and their transition game shows well there..maybe being away from home will work to their advantage as well. I know it's looks pretty hopeless now, but if UNB wins Game 3, they also win Game 4. And in a fifth game, toss a coin.

Anonymous said...

The V-Reds will come back, win both games in Antigonish and wrap it up at home.
If the shots were even or relatively close V-Reds fans (of which I am not) would have reason for concern.
But UNB did everything but win...31-6 shots come on.
Fluke win...
UNB lucky this was best-of-five and best-of-three but I still seeing them winning AUS.

Bob Stauffer
Voice of Golden Bears
1989-92, 19988-2008

Anonymous said...

I never seen a team only get 6 shots on net in an above midget level hockey game....let alone get 6 shots and win....good luck doing that again STFX....it may be 2-0 STFX, but this series is far from over....if UNB can get even a bit of goaltending...we'll have a real series

Anonymous said...

I'm going to go against the grain and not be so quick to through the goaltending under the bus just yet.

Take last night for example. The first goal that X scored, Yeomans was playing the initial shot from the point and that's why he was out of the net. The puck just so happened to deflect off the glass to a wide open Mangan who buried it. Why was he not cleared out of there?

On the second goal, the X player was sprung out of the penalty box and went in alone on Yeomans, who yes, probably should have made this save but that breakaway was caused by a turnover by a UNB forward at X's blueline. This can not continue to happen, and it's happening repeatedly.

X's third and final goal was a screen shot from the top of the circle which Fullerton hardly flinched on. Definitely didn't see it.

I realize that outshooting your opponent 31-6 and losing 3-2 looks pathetic but my point is that the team as a whole has to play far better than what they have been if they want to win this series.

Think of it this way, if X gets 6 breakaways and UNB fires 31 shots from centre ice, which team do you think will score more goals? That's obviously an exaggeration but it proves that X has been capitalizing on their few chances and UNB has to find a way to get the puck to the net. It's time to stop firing the puck from the point and start playing playoff style hockey. But yes, I will agree, Gillis has been better.

on frozen pond said...

Is the big kidd on D for UNB injured again?
If not why would they sit out the best D-man they have?
I know he has a history of injury; does anyone know?

Anonymous said...

Kidd is far from their best d-man. His reaction to the 3rd X goal and his overall poor play on Thursday are likely the reasons he wasn't playing.
31 shots is well below their season average, and half of those were directly into Gillis' big trapper. Got to find a different target.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately we haven't seen Kidd play his best , he has been somewhat hampered by the coaching staff to play their game, not his game. Too bad, he could make a difference. As I said yesterday, the forwards have given up the puck way to many times. Lack of confidence can change the power of a team tremendously.

on frozen pond said...

as far as i have seen he is bigger stronger and faster than the others..without question.
maybe not gettng a fair shake as a rookie; hi did play in the A last season; none of the others can say that.

the 3rd goal was a turnover by the forwards on the blueline and the goalie got caught cheating; the shooter said that himself in the post game interview... so i beleive you are wrong there...

you are right about Gillis though; i am sure the puck looks like a beach ball to him right now...

Anonymous said...

its over people,winning 2 games against these guys wont happen.

on frozen pond said...

not if the coaching staff isn't playing the right players....
they certainly should have had a game plan ready to combat the trap.

time to start crashing the net...

Anonymous said...

Kidd is the worst dman they have dressed he can't hold the line and turns it over almost every play. And hartys hit in game was was all his hands, he gets them up in your face and throws a hit to the head everytime he doesn't know how to throw a proper body check. Looks good on Yeomans and fully, mix in a save fellas. I hope Ned Flanders has something up his sleeve for game 3

on frozen pond said...

well i don't agree on kidd; but hardy surely looke like a peewee out there.
if the reds learn to crash the net your X will be in trouble!

PK said...

We can analyse all we want but bottom line, X has won 2, we have won none, and a we have a huge hole to dig out of!

UNB has the goods to come back....now let's see if the mental make-up is there! This is where the absence of a Friesen is most noticeable...time for Stamler or Harty to assume the role of the "rock"!

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I was thinking that exact same thing last night...that they could really use a guy like Bowman or Friesen right about now...

Anonymous said...

There's nothing that a solid win won't rectify. Kidd should definitely be in the lineup. He's a big guy with a big shot. He needs to be in there. One thing about the Tremblay line, they're trying to pass the puck way too much. Same with Bailey. Great guy with skills, but please, take a shot every once in a while. It was particularly noticeable in the second period when UNB would keep passing off. Agree with the post of banging the boards, working their defence. Guys like Simms and Day are small and can be pounded. Perhaps the loss of Hodgson is really being felt here. Fillier needs to fill that role. Start banging some bodies fellas. Team Canada did that against Germany, and now they're playing for a gold medal. Fullerton has to be the goalie of record. He's proven he can win big games. Yeomans has yet to prove that. The V-Reds aren't dead by any longshot. they win Game 3 and suddenly, big Mo shifts. That's how quick it can happen in playoffs.

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to Game 5 next Saturday!

Bill Hunt said...

UNB may very well win this series still...they won 26 in a row, so three straight is not out of the question.

Bill Hunt said...

Continuing the thought, however, they need for MacDougall to guess right on his starting goaltender and for that guy to get hot and steal them one so they get their confidence back. Outshooting a team 31-6 and losing...that's got to lead to confidence issues in the goaltending, and you can see from the tone of comments on this thread that there's some finger pointing and second guessing among fans...perhaps in the room too.
One of the things that made this team seem invincible was that swagger. It's gone now. Even if they recover to win this series, there's got to be a real sense among the survivor of the other series that, hey...maybe these guys aren't invincible after all.
Also wonder how three straight losses to a middle of the pack StFX team will play to the voters who do the rankings...will UNB retain the number one spot?

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't think UNB could remain top ranked in the country considering they've lost two in a row and are on the verge of being eliminated. Interesting, too, if St. FX will be ranked. You'd have to think they would move up considerably. If UNB wins Game 3, they'll force a Game 5. But can they win the next series? There might be some question of that.

Anonymous said...

i like evryones enthusiasm but there done,cooked,burnt,whatever.there not gonna come back against these guys,x has to much mojo now....

Anonymous said...

i like evryones enthusiasm but there done,cooked,burnt,whatever.there not gonna come back against these guys,x has to much mojo now....

Anonymous said...

You know, here's what I think, at the end of the day am I dissapointed with the playoff position we are in sure, but unfortunately I am not going to stand-by and let the "armchair quarterbacks" finger point and give up hope etc etc

I mean lets face it both games were close and both games could have swung either way with a lucky bounce here or there.

For the record both times we were in Antingonish we won, for the record we are still the best team in AUS regardless of what happens in Antigonish and for the record it's easy sit and point fingers when you're not on the ice.

I have full confidence in every player on the team and I have no reason to worry about game 3. As a UNB Alumni I am proud of what the red and black has accomplished this year and I respect as well the work ethic of the St Fx.

Anonymous said...

I think if you are true fans of the v reds then instead of posting negitive blah blah blah start cheering for your team.They need our support. They didnt let us down by giving us game after game of victories so lets do our part an let them hear us cheer!!
I am very proud of UNB.No matter what happens in nova scotia you guys should Hold your heads up high :) 27-1 in the season..wow very awesome. Well done Gardiner and staff and all v red players!! Hoping to c you guys on sat. GO REDS GO!!!

Mia

Anonymous said...

Screw next weekend, let's all get our butts to Antigonish and support the team on Tuesday.

Anonymous said...

Amen to all the kudos. They've had a remarkable season, one for the ages, and they've brought us a level of hockey that we could only dream about years ago. You guys are awesome!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I Believe! Go Reds!!

Naysayers doubted Team Canada.

Let 'em doubt you boys but those of us who believe in you know you have it in you! We'll be there with you in person or in spirit.

We Believe!