Thursday, February 4, 2010

V-Reds cruise to 5-1 victory over Aigles Bleus and 24th win

FREDERICTON – The University of New Brunswick men's hockey team continues to roll along, as the Varsity Reds defeated the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus 5-1 Wednesday night for their 24th straight win in front of a paid crowd of 2479 at the Aitken University Centre. The game marked the 18th annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game, and for everyone associated with the UNB hockey program it is the most important game of the season.

For the ceremonial game face off the late Mark Jeffrey's father, Jim, and one of his nieces, Meagan, came out to centre ice. But before the puck was dropped, this year's honouree was named for the prestigious annual Mark Jeffrey Award – fifth year winger John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON), perhaps the best ever two-way forward to play for the Varsity Reds. Dickson excels on the penalty kill even more than he does on the power play and leads by example when it comes to blocking shots.

The first period went reasonably well for Moncton as they did a pretty good job on the physical forecheck and battling for pucks in the neutral zone. Moncton goaltender Pierre-Alexandre Marion (Gatineau, QC) was stellar in nets in the period, as he faced 14 shots and kept the Varsity Reds off the scoreboard.

A power play early in the second period gave UNB their first goal, when after Marion made two or three point blank saves the V-Reds slung the puck over to Daine Todd (Stettler, AB), who came racing in off the point in time to one-time the pass into the wide open left side of the Moncton net at 1:30. UNB was on the power play again around the 13 minute mark when Ian Mathieu-Girard (St-Gédéon de Beauce, QC) had a great opportunity to tie the game when he got the puck away from V-Reds point man Ben Shutron (Gloucester, ON) at the Moncton blue line, raced the other way and rang his shot off the right post of the Varsity Reds net. UNB was back on the power play at 15:19 when Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) skated over the Moncton blue line with the puck on a two-on-two rush, slowed down and then suddenly accelerated as he zigzagged through two Aigles Bleus defenders before driving the net and deking Marion for the goal, his 19th of the season. UNB outshot UdeM 16-5 in the period.

Early in the third period Moncton showed some great second effort as they fired two good shots at UNB's Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) before they were third time lucky on defenceman Mathieu Bolduc's (Victoriaville, QC) shot into the top corner at 1:52. UNB responded with two straight goals from Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB). At 4:49 Lee was one-on-three as his teammates made a line change, and he just kept going as he weaved his way through the blue shirts, found himself at the net and put the puck past Marion. Then at 10:13 Lee used his speed to come out from behind the Moncton net with the puck, stickhandled across the crease through a crowd, and put the puck in the far corner. The last goal of the game came at 16:43 when John Scott Dickson was in the low slot and he jumped on the juicy rebound from a heavy Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) point shot. Shots were pretty close in the final period, 10-9 in favour of UNB.

The final shots were 40-20 for UNB in the 5-1 victory. UNB was 2-for-5 on the power play while UdeM went 0-for-6. A testament to UNB's strong penalty kill all night was that Moncton was not credited with a shot on goal for any of their power play opportunities. The player of the game was Jeff Lee. Next up for the Varsity Reds in the weekend roadtrip to play StFX on Friday night and Dalhousie Saturday night.

5 comments:

Eric said...

This is the 18th game, not the 19th. E.

David Kilfoil said...

Eric is correct. The first Mark Jeffrey game on Nov. 22, 1991 was a "one off" memorial game. There was no Mark Jeffrey game for the 1992-93 season, but starting Nov. 7, 1993 it became an annual event.

David Kilfoil said...

I might add, thanks to Eric's Mark Jeffrey page on VredsHockey.com, that starting in 1994-95 the game was moved to the second half of the regular season, and since that time the earliest it has appeared on the schedule is January 18th, but more often the game has been played in the last week of January or in February.

Eric said...

UNB felt the second game vs STU, or an opponent, after Christmas was a better time.

As a side note, the Lou Chabot game was played in the Fall a few years ago when the AUS schedule had STU's home games against UNB in the Fall followed by their visitor games (UNB home games) after Christmas. It hasn't happened again.

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