Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dream Season Ends In Nightmare

Sadly, another V-Reds hockey season has come to an end.  Nobody expected it to be in such bitter fashion.  Congratulations to a very deserving STFX team.

For UNB, there will be no ceremony, and no banner raising.  Debate will no doubt carry on as to whether or not it was goalie gaffes, anemic powerplays, struggling stars, running into a hot goaltender, or failure to adapt to the opposition's effective strategy that ultimately did the V-Reds in.  There will be plenty of time this off-season to look back and attribute blame.  For now, just consider that as disappointing as it may be for us as fans, it has to be far worse for the players. 

There will be changes at UNB.  John Scott Dickson has played his last game for the Varsity Reds.  Some others may decide to move on to new challenges, while new players will be added for next season (one has already been announced).

A year from now, one thing is certain.  UNB will be preparing to win a National Championship with their fans behind them.  It stings pretty bad now, but if you endure, there's brighter days ahead folks.

(David Ritchie's game story in the Daily Gleaner)

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

ya they better lok for a goalie before next season,what they have now suck....

Dylan.M said...

Already done, they will have Martin Houle in goal

Anonymous said...

Is Marty Houle still with the team?

Anonymous said...

The Cockiest team in the CIS finally got what they deserved. Hope its a long summer boys

Anonymous said...

Cockiest team, he says. When you win 2 of the last 4 National Championships you can be as cocky as you want. Who do you cheer for? And how do you know they are cocky? Do you watch them play and make your assesment that way? Elaborate please.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Well I wouldn't exactly say the goalies they have now 'suck'...I think the combined 1.99 GAA and .913 save percentage the two posted over the course of the 28 game regular season is more telling of their talent than three games in the playoffs.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Perhaps this had something to do with why they lost:

Hunter Tremblay: 0 goals, 0 assists
JS Dickson: 0 goals, 0 assists
Chris Culligan: 1 goal, 1 assist

Power play: 1-18

While I do think the goaltending was well below average in this series one can't blame it all on the goalies...except for shots on goal I don't think UNB did any on thing better than St. FX in this series...lots of blame to go around.

Anonymous said...

I know they're cocky ask anyone in the league. Ask them how guys like Shutron and Harty chirp on the ice even when they're loosing and still can't back up what they're saying.

Anonymous said...

How about the coaching move of the year? Pulling Fullerton so you can basically have a time out while the goalies change to recharge your PP. Should have been delay of game. I dont think Ned Flanders thought it was going to backfire on him when Bragg sniped a shorty.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Remember when many people said losing that game to X in the regular season may have been the best thing to happen to UNB? I think it may have actually been the worst thing that could have happened considering the confidence it gave St. FX. That is mentioned in today's Gleaner article.

Anonymous said...

Actually losing to X in the regular season could have been the best thing to happen to them had the coaching staff learned from that game. But alas, they didn't. UNB never adjusted to FX's game plan at all. UNB was out-coached. The coaching staff never changed the style of their play, continued to play the same special teams, game in game out, without getting favourable results. How many games do you have to play (back to back even) to realise you have to make significant changes to the line up and the game play in order to break the opponents system? Clearly the coaches didn't feel the need to use all the talent they had aquired, they kept using the same players, doing the same thing over and over again getting the same results, but expecting different results....isn't that the definition of insanity according to Einstein?

Anonymous said...

I thought Ben Wright was supposed to be good? He's a terrible skater and is always out of position.

Anonymous said...

All you can do is laugh at the comments about their cockiness, there isn't one team in the league that doesn't have a player or two that "chirp" on the ice, if you know these kids off the ice as well then make your comments but unless you do, nobody really cares what your opinion of them is. There is a big difference between cockiness and confidence, and their confidence has been part of the reason they've been the best team for so long..even the best teams get upset from time to time, they'll win it all at home next year. Give X credit, great game plan and executed well, goalie was incredible. UNB were champs in 07, 09, we're just going to bring it home in 11 now..and all the jealousy can continue to spill over as it has been.

Anonymous said...

well,i dont think they were out coached,lol,gardiner is a great coach and hes got the brass to proove it.goals against avg doesnt mean $%#@ considering the few little shots the opposing teams got on them all season.the problem was there goal keeping didnt show up for the play offs and if other teams got as many shots on net as UNB did on them then it may of been a diff result at the end of the season.as far as cocky,lol,they can be as cocky as they want with there record.im assuming it was a tommies fan who started the whole cocky thing,keep your head up buddy,thell make the playoffs again some time,maybe not in your lifetime but sometime....anyways,nationals are here next year baby,ya cant wait....iceman

kelly /gary morton said...

STILL VERY PROUD OF THE SEASON THEY HAD. tHEY ARE A GRAT BUNCH OF GUYS ON AND OF THE ICE.tHANKS FOR OR THE GREAT SEASON. KELLY AND GARY MORTON.

Fan of the Vreds said...

I am very proud of the way the boys played all year! Upsets happens in sports all the time. Sure it stings a lot but there's always next year. John Scott will be missed next year he had an outstanding 5 years hats off to him! Now it's time to start thinking about next year recruting has already started and I'm sure Gardiner already has a few studs waiting in the weeds.. Again great job by the players, coaching staff, fans the people who run this website, the Killer Dave's.. We have nothing to hang our heads about.. See you all in 10-11!!

Fan of the vreds

Anonymous said...

While I am disappointed by the playoff results I am not going to resort to the "STU Blog" version of pointing fingers at this person or that person. I am sure the players have already analyzed the situation and are far better suited to discuss it then anyone else on this blog.

As a season ticket holder for 6 years and counting and a UNB alumni I am nothing but proud of the effort put forth by everybody involved in the program. It was stated above very appropriately that this year we saw a level of performance in this team that other clubs could only dream of and along the way the UNB Varsity Reds set records again and again.

This team gave and gave and gave to their fans with remarkable results.

Besides lets face it whoever wins the CIS Championship this year, do us a favour keep the trophy polished up we'll be taking it back next year on home Ice

Scott

$$$UNB$$$ said...

You didn't buy your championship this year boys. To bad, the best paid players didn't have the heart you thought they should when it came down to crunch time. To the UNB alumni Scott, no finger pointing? Can you read? The coach, the goalies, and the team has been sent under the bus at one point or another. Point the finger at St. Thomas or maybe Acadia did this to you? Money can't buy you love, eh boys?

Anonymous said...

why not fold the team like they did in women's hockey?

Anonymous said...

will female hockey ever return to UNB? Was it that expensive, or was it only a way to solve the coaching issues?

Anonymous said...

will Female hockey ever return to UNB? Was it that expensive or was it just a simple way to solve the coaching problems?

Anonymous said...

Poor STU fans. They can't beat UNB so they have to live vicariously through other team in the AUS.
How sad.

Anonymous said...

It's a shame UNB couldn't backdoor their way into the finals ...

Squirrel H8TR said...

Poor UNB fans. Win the same amount of playoff games as STU and they get all hissy. Then again many UNB fans are greasy all year.
How sad.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

No worries...they can 'back door' their way into the next two Championships...they didn't make the rules...

Anonymous said...

Even though UNB hockey did not win the playoff, I am very proud of what you guys have done in the series.

GO UNB Go!!!

UNB Bruins Fan said...

You know what is sad? People who have nothing better to do than post on a message board with the sole purpose of trying to get a rise out of someone.

Anonymous said...

$$$UNB$$$

This is directed towards you

You question my ability to read and yet if you had read my post you would have seen that I am a UNB graduate and very proud to be. Therefore I would take it on good authority that my reading level is very good thank you very much.

I am not going to waste a site dedicated to a very talented coaching staff and team to throw any disparaging remarks your way.

I stand by my comments and I stand by all true fans of the varsity reds.

Please feel free to look up any 2 syllable word or more I may have used in the dictionary if you need clarification on what I said

Scott

Anonymous said...

Very proud of UNB hockey....certainly dissapointed about the ending...but the team played great all year....full confidence in the team and coaching staff next year...can't wait to buy my season pass for next year...when do they go on sale?

Anonymous said...

Very weak comeback Squirrel H8TR.
Fact is that your team hasn't beaten UNB in almost 4 years so you have to cheer for other teams besides your own. Something we don't have to do.

Anonymous said...

I feel bad for the STU fans who come on here trying to get everyone going especially "squirrel hater". Honestly, if my team had not won a game against another team in 4 years and were outscored by probably double, I wouldnt even come on this website let alone, make ridiculous comments under the name "squirrel hater". Im glad your STU education let you realize that throwing the number 8 in your name is a cool way to spell Hater. Its unfortunate that you cheer for them it really is because they will never compete for a national championship. How frustrating must that be?? STU's goal when the season starts is to beat UNB and thats it. UNB's is to compete for a national championship every year. Untl that changes, stu fans are wasting their time.

Squirrel H8TR said...

Spoken like a true blue greasy squirrel. Nice way to deflect attention away from your team’s playoff demise by shifting focus to something else.

Don’t cry little squirrel, you will be OK in time.

Did you pick the name “anonymous” by yourself or was that your UNB profs creativity at work? Poor little fellow, probably forgot where you hid your acorns too. Boo hoo :-(