Thursday, February 25, 2010

X-Men Squeak By V-Reds to Win Game 1

STFX took game one of the best-of-five series by a score of 3-2.  The V-Reds held the lead for much of the game, and for some stretches were the better team.  For some stretches they clearly weren't. Give STFX credit because this was as close to an even game as we've seen at the Aitken Centre all year.

A bit of good luck might have helped the V-Reds cause, instead they got the other kind - first when a STFX shot deflected off Josh Kidd past Travis Fullerton for the  second STFX goal, and second, late in the third when UNB hit a post and failed to score. A few minutes later STFX did score the game winner on a turnover that turned into an odd-man rush.  UNB couldn't make any of their own luck late in this one.  Scoring for UNB was Kyle Bailey with both goals.  Travis Fullerton took the loss in net.

Game 2 is at 7 PM tomorrow night back at the Aitken Centre as the V-Reds will look to rebound from this adversity.  Go Reds Go!

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

11 comments:

Eric said...

I wasn't at the game - but it sounded just like the last game. All UNB until a timely turnover. You have to wonder if the coaching staff are going to change the game plan - I would hate to lose this series to a team that plays the 'trap'. I'm not giving up - there is too much talent and drive - but you have to scratch your head and wonder. Probably a better topic to discuss after tomorrow's game.

Anonymous said...

IMO, UNB clearly looked like a team that hadn't played a game in about 2 weeks. You can't really fault Fullerton on the goals but one has to wonder whether or not Yeoman's will get the start tomorrow night. It's a must win game for UNB, no doubt about it. Let's see how they handle the adversity.

Anonymous said...

are you guys sure you were at the same game? UNB played well enough to win .they had the lead twice.fullertin in my eyes let in 3 soft goals.if they dont start yeomans tommorrow night theres something wrong....remember the one off the post,turned the whole game around...

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I am starting to worry if this is a team that peaked too early this season...I think it has kind of gone unnoticed though since they kept on winning but they clearly aren't playing like they were earlier in the year and haven't been for some time IMO. On the other hand give X credit...they were the last team I wanted UNB to play and tonight was the perfect example why...their style of play just gives UNB fits...I don't know if UNB had more than 5 good scoring chances tonight...X just sits back and waits for a turnover or mistake and they usually take advantage...just a bad match up for UNB's wide open style of play.

Also...is it just me or does it seem like every game Tayer Doyle refs he goes out of his way to find something to penalize Harty for...maybe someone who watched the game on TV and seen a replay or two can clarify but that hit looked pretty clean to me.

PK said...

It was a clean hard hit, the played had his head down but there was also contact to the head....as a fan I hate to see it called, it used to be called a hard open-ice hit but not anymore, but I believe a ref has an obligation to call it.

The misconduct was a bit hasty, Harty was already by Doyle and half way to penalty box.

Anonymous said...

Yeah... questionable call on the original penalty but the misconduct was totally uncalled for. Harty wasn't even yapping at the time. Doyle missed a lot of calls but made up for it with a lot of poor ones!
UNB seemed to dominate at times, making 5-on-5 shifts look like powerplays. Problem is they were followed by defensive meltdowns. Gallant and Kidd have got to play better tonight.

Anonymous said...

The only thing I'd say about the Harty hit is that if he did call blow to the head, I believe the rules in the conference call for an automatic 10-minute misconduct. I know the ref was mnaking all sorts of gestures when he got to the timer's bench, but it's a rule if there's a blow to the head. Having said that, it looked to be a clean hit. Harty has to tone it down a bit. And like the previous post, Gallant needs to play better. Of all the games I've watched, he had his worst of the year last night IMO.

Anonymous said...

i wish there was people to post here that knew what the hell they were talking about....

David Kilfoil said...

At the time I thought the Harty hit was a good, hard clean hit, perhaps a tad high but not bad. The referee obviously disagreed. The ten minute misconduct is automatically added to checking to the head penalties, just as checking from behind gets you automatic game misconducts.

StFX played a great trap game with their 1-2-2 checking, waiting for turnovers. They got them and made the most of their few chances. It is boring hockey to watch, but obviously effective against a skill team like UNB.

UNB obviously has to figure a way around this, or maybe it a matter of simply swallowing their pride and realizing that being forced to change your style of play because of your opponent is not the end of the world ...

Anonymous said...

what they need to do is play yeomans.very simple

Anonymous said...

Interesting comments. Why do we always blame the defencemen. Sometimes, just sometimes the forwards do not do their job. Even the sports reporters picked up on this last evening and we all know they know nothing about hockey. The giveaways and turnovers by the "fabulous forwards" were never ending last night.