Friday, October 15, 2010

V-Reds Drop Season Opener To UPEI

The V-Reds fell to the UPEI Panthers by a 4-2 score in tonight's regular season opener at UPEI.  UNB opened the scoring when Kyle Bailey found the back of the net at 11:57 of the first period.  UPEI would score the next three goals before Jeff Lee put the V-Reds back within 1 goal.  UPEI would score a 4th goal late in the 3rd to seal the win.  Travis Fullerton was in net.

The story of this game was the UNB power play failing to capitalize on a 5-on-3 and triple minor assessed near the end of the second period.  Shots were 34-20 in favour of UNB, but UPEI's rookie goaltender, Mark Guggenberger, was strong in goal for the Panthers.

A few fans are already recalling the season-opening loss in PEI two seasons back, which ultimately ended with a CIS championship.  No this isn't the end of the world, but notice has been served that the V-Reds won't have their way with the AUS this season.  UNB will try to get back on track tomorrow night at the LBR vs the STU Tommies.

Update:  Here's the Saturday morning article provided by The Daily Gleaner.


UNB Bruins Fan said...

Frustrating PP...below average goaltending...too many shots coming from the perimeter...lack of rebounds/second chances on offense ...sounds all too familiar.

UNB has now lost 5 of their last 6 games that matter...sounds like a good time to play STU...

Anonymous said...

who would have thought that the 2nd game of the season for UNB and STU looking for thier first win

Anonymous said...

Was at the game. They looked a bit tired in the second period and the Panthers took advantage of costly turnovers due to some fancy passing near the bluelines. A few letdowns in their own end left too many second chances in front of the UNB net. I thought Fullerton played pretty well actually. Gardiner will rectify and STU will pay the price!

Anonymous said...

Certainly not to take anything away from the team, but I for one think that overall it is a good thing for dominant teams to lose a few. It keeps the players hungry and honest. Getting some experience playing when they are down will only help them in the long run.

- Carl