Sunday, October 31, 2010

V-Reds Take Over First Place

UNB 4 - UdeM 0

The first meeting of the season between the men's hockey teams of  provincial rivals University of New Brunswick and UniversitĂ© de Moncton saw the Varsity Reds blank les Aigles Bleus 4-0. UNB  goaltender Travis Fullerton got the shutout at the J. Louis Levesque Arena in Moncton while Bretton Stamler, Hunter Tremblay and Chris Culligan each had a goal and an assist for the V-Reds. A fairly even game to start, UNB pulled away as the game progressed, outshooting UdeM 44-22 by the time it was all over for their fifth win in a row.

The game had a physical edge from the first drop of the puck as the rivals renewed acquaintances. At 9:09 UNB opened the scoring with Hunter Tremblay in the penalty box for tripping.Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS)  scooped up a loose puck and streaked to the other end of the ice, attempting to score backhanded on Pierre-Alexandre Marion (Gatineau, QC). The Moncton goalie made two initial saves, but he wasn't able to get across the crease before defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) popped the rebound into the open side of the net for his first goal of the season. There was no other scoring in the period, but they came close, when Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) rang the puck of the iron for the second night in a row. Shots in the first period favoured UNB 11-9.

Early in the period Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) was forced to make a couple of big saves, and then the two teams started trading off penalties, with the best scoring chance for either team a Luke Lynes (Rochester Hills, MI) shot off the Moncton post. At 11:30 UNB started a big penalty kill when d-man Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) was assessed a four-minute double-minor for high sticking. Not only did the V-Reds 
frustrate les Aigles Bleus with an efficient penalty kill, but just as the PK was ending defenceman Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) went end-to-end and forced Marion to make a tough save in close. Later in the period, at 18:30, Charles Bergeron (St-Joseph-de-Coleraine, QC) appeared to forget that there were two referees working the game, as he spun Fullerton around behind the play and was tagged for goaltender interference. On the subsequent power play Gallant's point shot was blocked by a sprawling Moncton defender but Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) snapped the rebound through a crowd, and Marion, to make it 2-0 at 19:29. UNB outshot UdeM 16-9 in the middle period.

UNB kept the pressure on in the third period, but didn't score again until 14:12, when Culligan again rushed the length of the ice, this time going backhand to forehand as he deked out Marion for the goal. The prettiest goal of the game came less than two minutes later when Nick MacNeil (Creignish, NS) and UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) had a two-on-one rush, and Bailey's off balance shot found the top right corner of the net. The game finished with both teams shorthanded, and a bit of pushing, shoving and chirping after the final whistle. The V-Reds outshot Moncton 17-4 in their dominant final period and 44-22 in the game.

UNB was 1-for-7 on the power play while UdeM went 0-for-6 with the man advantage. It is the third game in a row that UNB has not given up a power play goal, and the second game in a row they scored a shorthanded goal. Aigles Bleus head coach Serge Bourgeois watched the game from the pressbox, serving out his one-game suspension as a result of the fracas at the conclusion of the UdeM-STU game on Wednesday. With the win, UNB is now 5-1 and in sole possession of first place in the AUS standings. StFX, who lost 4-3 in an overtime shootout to Dal Saturday night, are now one point back in second place.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good to see the Big Red Machine rolling along. Had lunch with Gardiner while I was home. Awesome to get caught up. Great to see Drummie, Kilfoil and Norris too.

Flight is already booked for March!

- Carl