Friday, November 19, 2010

Ouzas To The AHL and Other Tidbits

Former V-Reds goalie Mike Ouzas has been loaned to the Houston Aeros of the AHL.  Ouzas had been playing for the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL. 

Bruce Hallihan has a nice piece in today's Daily Gleaner on one of the unsung heroes of the Varsity Reds, Josh Hepditch.  Hepditch might always be remembered best for changing the momentum in the gold medal game against Moncton a few years back with a calculated launch into the UdeM bench.

Remember, there's just a couple of days left to vote for your All-Decade team for the 1960's.  Vote often! 

Finally, we were sad to learn of the passing of former UNB Red Devils captain, Dr. Arnold McAllister.  The funeral service will take place Saturday.  The Daily Gleaner provides more information.

7 comments:

Steven C. said...

When we get to the goalie of the last decade, Ouzas gets my vote.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I was thinking about that the other day and I think that is going to be one of, if not the most, intriguing ...you can make a strong case for any of Chiarello/Ouzas/Fullerton really. Although I will admit I always felt more comfortable with Ouzas in the nets than the other two. If anything is going to hurt him it is that he was only here for two years...I tend to give a bit more credit to guys who played 4-5 years.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Sorry, I meant Bourcier, not Chiarello.

Varsity Maniac said...

Is Fullerton in the same class as Ouzas?

With complete respect to Fullerton, I tend not to think so. Maybe my memory fails me, but if you look on average who Ouzas had playing in front of him as compared to Fullerton now, did Ouzas perhaps have the greater task?

David Ritchie said...

Best goalie all-time is Kenny Carroll....national title in 1998 and a near-miss in 2000. He played five years and save for an injury-plagued final season, he was a rock-solid, consistent goaltender much in the mould of New Jersey's Martin Brodeur. Both also had similiar styles. For all the angst about the current-day goalies, Travis Fullerton has won a national title and has played well for the most part in his two seasons plus. Ouzas did help UNB win its title in 2007 sharing time with Reg Bourcier, and was the goalie of record when unb lost to Alberta in 2008. All worthy candidates but Carroll is hands down the best in school history to my way of thinking at least.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Well that's the thing...how much stock do you put into the team playing in front of them? Ouzas went 14-4/.900 save percentage/2.97 GAA in his first season and 20-1-1/.924/1.91 in his second season...and only gave up 7 (I think) goals in 6+ games at Nationals.

Fullerton, on the other hand, went 8-3/.914/1.80 and 18-1/.912/2.09 in his first two seasons and is 6-2/.928/1.76 so far this year...but has arguably had a much stronger team playing in front of him (although I don't know how much that affects save %, which I think is the best measure of how good a goalie is)...either way it should be a fun debate.

Anonymous said...

Numbers are hard to compare with - different teams in front of them. All played with strong but different groups.

With Ouzas you always felt confident. Carroll was very solid, but I still take Ouzas. Neither of todays' goalies have left fans feeling confident despite amazing numbers.