Friday, December 31, 2010

6th Annual Pete Kelly Cup

The V-Reds will host the Providence College Friars on Jan 1st and Jan 2nd for the annual Pete Kelly Cup. The V-Reds have won the previous four Cups, losing the inaugral cup to SMU in 2005-06.

The last time the V-Reds played the Friars was last season when they bested the Friars 6-3 down in Providence, outshooting the Friars 39-19. Scoring for UNB on that occassion were Josh Hepditch, Lachlan MacIntosh, John Scott Dickson, Josh Kidd, Daine Todd, and Hunter Tremblay.

The Friars are 7-6-5 this season in the NCAA. They have a powerful PK, allowing only one goal in 26 PP by their opponents. The top scorers for the Providence College are Kyle MacKinnon and Ian O'Connor, with 15 points each in 18 games.

The games can be viewed on the SSN website, and will be live blogged on the CISBlog website.

UNB vs. Providence College Tomorrow at 7 PM

Image Courtesy Brian Smith

Former V-Red Boyce Records First NHL Point

Former V-Red Darryl Boyce was called up to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday and managed to record his first NHL point by getting the assist on the first Leafs goal of the game against Columbus.

Congratulations to Darryl Boyce on his fantastic night!

V-Reds get to Redmen early and cruise to win

V-Reds 7 - McGill 1

V-Reds get to Redmen early and cruise to win UNB 7 - McGill 1 FREDERICTON ? The much anticipated exhibition game Thursday night between the OUA East leading McGill Redmen and AUS leading University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds was somewhat anticlimactic, as the #2 ranked V-Reds jumped out to an early lead on the #3 ranked Redmen and cruised to a decisive 7-1 win.

 UNB got off to a great start, scoring on their first shot of the game when after some good offensive pressure Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) scored on UdeM goaltender Hubert Morin (St. George de Beauce, QC) just 1:15 into the game. Less than a minute later, after offsetting coincidental minor penalties were called, UNB scored just one second into the four-on-four play when Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) won the faceoff in the McGill zone back to Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth Andover, NB) who one-timed the puck past a surprised Morin. Shortly after, at 3:42, Layton scored a highlight reel goal when he came down the right side, undressed a McGill defenceman, and wheeled into the slot where he beat Morin with a wrister for his second goal of the game. UNB stretched their lead to 4-0 at 7:27 when Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) found some open space on the right side on a rush, and then fed a perfect pass to Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) in the slot for the one-timer that Morin had little chance on. With the offensive flurry, the game was effectively over as some fans were still finding their ways to their seats at the Aitken University Centre. McGill's best scoring chance in the period came late in the period when Alexandre Picard-Hooper (Boucherville, QC) made a good shot but UNB's Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) made a better save. This was followed shortly after by a Tremblay shorthanded breakaway. Shots on goal favoured UNB 17-4 in the first period.

 The game settled down in the second period, although UNB had the edge in territorial play. There was no scoring until 11:56, when UNB scored on their fifth power play of the game, when Hunter Tremblay fed the puck to Kyle Bailey for the one-timer. The shots in the second period were even, with eight apiece, but McGill wasn't able to generate any sustained pressure, nor support on the rush.

Photo Courtesy Brian Smith

 The third period was a bit chippier than the first two periods, and McGill continued to struggle to find time and space to get their offence going. The first half of the third period didn't have a ton of scoring chances, but UNB took advantage of a five-on-three man advantage when Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) wired a point shot to score at 12:04. Francis Verrault-Paul (Mashteuiatsh, QC), the leading scorer in the CIS, came out of the penalty box and scored on a breakaway as he crashed the net at 13:49. However he left the game after the goal and went to the McGill dressing room in obvious distress. UNB closed out the scoring at 18:07 when MacIntosh tapped in the rebound after Morin made a pad save on Dion Campbell (Melville, SK).

 Shots were 32-15 for UNB in game. The V-Reds were 2 for 8 on the power play while McGill was 0 for 3. The three stars of the game were: #1 Nick Layton, #2 Jonathan Harty, #3 Nicolas Biniek. Attendance was 2278.

 For McGill head coach Kelly Nobes, it was pretty obvious his team didn't get off to a good start. ?We were on our heels to start and didn't respond well to UNB. There haven't been too many games when we had to play without the puck. It is a good lesson and we'll learn from it.? The Redmen were coming off a great third period against StFX the night before in Antigonish, NS, where they erased a three-goal deficit only to lose 6-5 in overtime to the X-Men.

 UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall knew his team would be fresh, having not played since December 3. "We were excited to play tonight against a good opponent. It was a long break, and the stress of exams for the players, so the players were ready to go." As for the fine play of Nick Layton, "we expected a lot from Layton based on his success in Junior, and he played a strong two-way game tonight. We need contributions from guys like him if we're going to be successful."

Next up for the Varsity Reds is the 6th annual Pete Kelly Cup on January 1st and 2nd when the NCAA's Providence Friars make their first ever visit to the AUC.

 Notes: Defenceman Josh Kidd was back in the UNB line-up, but Luke Gallant, Jeff Lee, Daine Todd, Taylor Procyshen and Ben Shutron are still on the injury list. Former V-Red Darryl Boyce was called up to the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight and earned his first NHL point, assisting on the first goal of the game against Columbus. He wore the same #47 that he wore at UNB.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Follow Tonight's Game Live on

Just a quick note to pass along - since there will be no radio or web video coverage of tonight's game vs McGill, those of you who can't make it to the Aitken Centre can follow David Kilfoil's liveblog over at the CISBlog.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

V-Reds Getting Ready For McGill

The holiday break is about to end for the V-Reds.  They'll be hitting the ice soon to prepare for their next game against the OUA leading McGill Redmen Thursday night at the Aitken Centre.  McGill will be coming in with just one game under their belts after bad weather cancelled a second scheduled game vs. STFX in Nova Scotia, but they will still be playing STFX tonight in Antigonish to work off the Christmas rust.

Bill Hunt writes about the interesting case of Steve Pearce playing his former teammates in today's Daily Gleaner.  

Keeping with the holiday season, former V-Reds captain Dustin Friesen was helping spread some cheer around last week with his Bridgeport Sound Tigers teammates at Bridgeport Hospital.  (thanks to Dan for the link).

Friday, December 24, 2010

Hunt Interviews Friars Head Coach, Happy Holidays From Us

In today's Daily Gleaner, Bill Hunt catches up with Tim Army, head coach of the Providence College Friars team that will visit UNB on January 1st and 2nd for the Pete Kelly Tournament.  Hunt gets Army to talk a bit about his rebuilding Friars team and how UNB would do in the ultra-competitve NCAA Hockey East.

With Santa Claus no doubt making last minute preparations, we at would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and/or a happy holiday season.   Drive safe, watch lots of hockey and hopefully Santa finds you.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

V-Reds On The Mend, Tickets for McGill, Providence

With 6 pretty good players out of the lineup due to injuries, the mid-season break couldn't come soon enough for the Varsity Reds.  Fortunately, it's looking like the team's luck has improved.  In today's Daily Gleaner, Bill Hunt writes about the expected return of Luke Gallant, Jeff Lee, and Josh Kidd to the lineup sometime during the three exhibition games scheduled over the break.

Fans remain optimistic that Ben Shutron will make it back in time for the playoffs, which would see UNB potentially adding two of the team's conference's nation's top scoring defencemen to the lineup.

Switching gears, don't forget that your season tickets won't get you into the Pete Kelly tournament games vs. Providence, so you'll have to buy a ticket for this special series.  Good news is that buying a ticket to both games earns you a free ticket to the McGill game as well!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Voting For the 90's All-Decade Team Is Open

Sparks vs. MacLean.  Cavanagh vs. Zanutto.  Carroll vs. Leblanc.  Fans can now vote for the 1990's All-Decade team and there's sure to be some heated debate since a lot of you fans were regulars during this era.   You must pick 3 forwards, 2 defencemen and 1 goalie.  You may vote 3 times per week.  Voting will run until February 6th.

Here's your chance to pay your respects to your favorite UNB hockey players from the 1990's so make sure you get your picks in!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Join the V-Red Nation

We're happy to pass along that the Varsity Reds hockey team is launching "V-Red Nation", a free e-newsletter that will be sent to your inbox twice weekly. The first edition is scheduled to be delivered sometime tomorrow. V-Red Nation will bring news about the UNB hockey program, the V-Reds Prospects, and news about the upcoming University Cup straight to your inbox.

 Sign up here, fill out a few bits of information and join the V-Red Nation.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Look At The 60's All-Decade Team

Today's Daily Gleaner reveals the results of fan voting for the 1960's All-Decade Team. Forwards selected include Marty Winslow, Darrell LeBlanc, Richard Clark, David Peterson, Herb Madill, and Ron Andrea. On defence, Jack Drover, Don MacIntyre, Don Wells, and Ken Marchant. In goal, Keith Lelievre and Dave Inch were selected. The article cites honourable mentions going to Karl Parks, Austin Duquette, Ed Grant, Bob Naylor, Ian Lutes and David Wisener. For complete details you can read the article here.

The 70's, 80's, 90's and 2000's are yet to be determined in what is turning out to be a fun and engaging process for the fans, and a great way to pay tribute to the UNB teams of the past.

Friday, December 10, 2010

AUS Pool Week 8 Results

The final tabs of first semester are in, and AUS Fan will sit on top of the AUS hockey pool mountain for the remainder of 2010.  Boasting 177 points, he has taken the lead from Jack Gillis and hopes to carry that momentum into 2011.  This week's top performer was once again "Todd's Shoulder", who is rapidly climbing up the ladder.

As we wind down for the holiday season, keep in mind the pool's trade deadline is December 31st, 2010.

The top 10 standings are listed below, and the complete standings and details are available at the AUS Hockey Pool page:

Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 AUS Fan               56   90    9  177   22   T1
  2 jack gillis           59   85   29  173   18   T1
  3 Section 10            55   81   35  171   17    3
  4 BruinsFan0877         52   83   31  166   20    5
  5 blackmarketmob        57   80   15  165   17    4
 T6 Todd's Shoulder       52   74   36  162   23  T10
 T6 UNB BRUINS FAN        51   83   28  162   18    6
  8 Matt J                52   79   12  157   19  T12
  9 Tim Martell           51   75   16  156   15   T8
 10 Hardy Fan             44   75   35  154   11    7

 Take a look at your totals.  If you think we've made an error, we probably have.  Kindly send us an e-mail and we'll look into it.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

More Recognition for Hunter Tremblay

For the third time this term, Hunter Tremblay was given the nod as male athlete of the week. Tremblay's assist on the Clendenning goal in the 4-0 victory over UdeM put his name on top of the regular season points record book in UNB Men's hockey history. The record sitting out in front of him now is the career mark that sits 19 points away. To follow his progress in the career points race, you can keep watching this link.

For a look at Hunter's numbers, and the other records of past players, head over to the amazing pages put together by Eric & company here. For a quick summary of Hunter's place in some of the record races, take a look here.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Final Top Ten of 2010

With the end of the first term, student athletes are currently busy writing exams and the CIS has released the last Top Ten of 2010. UNB has returned to the #2 spot, SMU remains 5th and UPEI has moved up to 6th. Dec. 30th will see a lot of National attention on the Aitken Center as #3 McGill comes to visit the #2 V-Reds.

Here's how the rankings look in the seventh media poll.

(Regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (last week)

1. Alberta (11-2-1) / 175 pts (13) / (1)

2. UNB (11-4-0) / 150 (1) / (3)

3. McGill (16-0-2) / 146 (4) / (2)

4. Western Ontario (13-0-3) / 125 / (4)

5. Saint Mary’s (10-4-1) / 110 / (5)

6. UPEI (9-4-2) / 72 / (7)

7. Lakehead (11-4-1) / 63 / (9)

8. Saskatchewan (8-6-0) / 62 / (6)

9. Manitoba (7-3-4) / 45 / (8)

10. UQTR (12-5-0) / 20 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Calgary (11), St.Fx (5), Waterloo (5), Wilfrid Laurier (1).

First Half Review

In today's Daily Gleaner, Bruce Hallihan takes a look back at the first half of the AUS season and manages to get a few words from Coach MacDougall.  No real surprise, the impact of long-term injuries to some key players are mentioned.

With that, we'd like to hear your thoughts on the first half.  Injuries have dominated the news at UNB but there's been a few positives.  This year's goaltending duo seems to have taken a step forward from last season, Chris Culligan has taken his game to another level, and guys like Dion Campbell and Josh Hepditch have stepped into bigger roles on the team.  How would you rate the first half and what do you think the team needs to focus on moving forward?

Edit:  And for those who missed it, there's a short video of the play that lead to Hunter Tremblay's points record.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Hunter Tremblay sets new UNB points record in 4-0 win

FREDERICTON -- The game Friday night between the UNB Varsity Reds and the UdeM Aigles Bleus went two periods without a goal, but everything came together for the large, restless, partizan crowd in the dramatic third period when Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) finally solved P.-A. Marion (Gatineau, QC) to open the scoring at 7:17 and Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) capped the offensive explosion five minutes later by setting up Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) for the final goal of the game in the 4-0 victory.

Tremblay, the CIS MVP last season, had been held pointless the last two games, and his pass that Clendenning one-timed past Marion earned him his 178th career regular season point, establishing a new UNB record. The old record was held by Tremblay's linemate his first year at UNB, Rob Hennigar, who went on to also win the CIS MVP honour, plus the BLG Award in 2008. Tremblay was much happier about the two points for his team rather than the one point for him. "I was thinking that we had a two-game slide last weekend and I didn't want to go a whole entire month on a losing streak and once the floodgates opened I thought we could get it done tonight." "It" being the UNB points record that has been perhaps weighing on him a bit.

For 47 minutes the game was deadlocked, with UdeM goalie Marion making 30 saves to that point to keep the game scoreless. Then defencemen Spencer Corcoran (Summerside, PEI) carried the puck into the Moncton zone and threaded a pass to a streaking Campbell who split the Moncton defence and deked out Marion. Just over a minute later Corcoran found himself on the other side of the ice along the goal line and "it was a delayed penalty and I saw he [Marion] was cheating over and didn't think I was going to come to the net so I just pushed it toward the net" and the puck bounced off Marion's right pad and past him. The goal was Corcoran's first as a V-Red in AUS conference play.

 The next goal came just over two minutes later on the power play when fellow defenceman Ben Wright (Foremost, AB) was all alone on the left circle, and had enough time to settle down a wobbly puck before snapping it into the top corner as Marion was still coming across his crease. With a now comfortable lead, the stage was now set for a relieved Tremblay to set his UNB record two minutes later on the Clendenning power play goal. V-Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall then used his timeout so that Tremblay could get a well deserved ovation from the more than 3600 fans at the Aitken University Centre, the majority of them school children, plus receive a record recognition plaque at centre ice from UNB Athletic Director Kevin Dickie.

 For MacDougall it was a special night and a great advertisement of CIS hockey. "It was a great environment, and the kids add such excitement, they were our seventh man tonight." Twice a season the V-Reds have a promotional night for schools in the Fredericton area that fill the stands. For Tremblay, "I love it, it's like being back in Junior or in a pro game." Speaking of Tremblay, coach MacDougall was happy to see him get his accolades from the crowd (and on live television). "He deserves it. He had a couple of shots earlier in the game that didn't go in and he set up his teammates several times. Like last weekend, sometimes they just don't go in." For Moncton coach Serge Bourgeois, "Hunter Tremblay is the best player in the AUS and we had played him tough two previous games this season, but couldn't stop him this time."

Almost lost in the excitement was the fine play of UNB goaltender Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB). While not near as busy as Marion (Moncton was only credited with 11 shots on net, while UNB had 42) he did have to make several key saves, and the shutout is Fullerton's third of the season to lead the AUS.

The Varsity Reds go into the exam and Christmas break still in first place in the AUS with a record of 11-4-0 while les Aigles Bleus drop their fifth in a row and sit in seventh place with a 5-8-2 record. Next up for UNB will be the visiting McGill Redmen on December 30th, and then they host the NCAA's Providence College Friars on January 1st and 2nd for the annual Pete Kelly Cup Challenge. The V-Reds return to conference play when they host the Dalhousie Tigers on January 7th.

Friday, December 3, 2010

One For the Record Books, UNB Wins 4-0

Goals by Dion Campbell, Spencer Corcoran, Ben Wright and Jordan Clendenning would provide all the offence needed to beat Moncton by a 4-0 margin.  Travis Fullerton picked up his league leading third shutout of the season, stopping 11 shots, including a few acrobatic saves.

The story on this night will be the assist on the Clendenning goal by one Hunter Tremblay.  With that point, Tremblay takes over sole possession of first place on the all-time UNB regular season points list, passing former teammate, Rob Hennigar.  Congrats, Hunter!

The V-Reds will head into the break in first place in the AUS with 22 points at 11-4.  The next game will be vs. McGill on December 30th.

Final regular season game of 2010, TONIGHT!

Tonight, the AUS #1 ranked V-Reds (10-4-0) host the AUS #7 Aigles Bleus (5-7-2) at 7pm at the AUC. The V-Reds, on a two game losing streak, will look to end the 2010 regular season with a win, while the Aigles Bleus will look to hault a four game losing streak.

The V-Reds suffered their first back-to-back weekend loss since Nov. 1-2 of 2008 over the past weekend. But that was last weekend. Tonight the V-Reds will look to returning to their winning ways and to continue their quest fo the University Cup. Once again Hunter Tremblay will look to get that one point that will move into sole possession of first place for regular season points in the history of UNB. For his points comparison to Rob Hennigar, you can look here.

The Aigles Bleus have not been having a great season, and with a road record of 1-6-0, they will look to end 2010 with a win as they begin a long almost six week break without a game. The Aigles Bleus are led in scoring by Dean Ouellet and Kevin Charland with 15 and 12 points respectively.

Bruce Hallihan gives perspective to tonight's game in the Daily Gleaner here; while the Times Transcript offers UdeM's perspective on tonights game here.

The game can be seen as a webcast from the SSN network, watched on Rogers TV, listened to on CHSR radio, and followed on UNBHockey on Twitter.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

AUS Pool Week 7 Standings

The half-way point of the 2010-2011 season has been reached, and Jack Gillis leads the AUS pool on the strength of 53 goals and 155 points.  Both Brandon and Todd's Shoulder had big weeks capturing 20 points.  Needless to say, it was a rough week for all the poolies who were UNB heavy with their picks.

The top 10 list is below.  Lots of people are still in this race.

Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
 T1 jack gillis           53   77   25  155   15   T1
 T1 AUS Fan               49   81    9  155   15   T1
  3 Section 10            50   75   29  154   16    3
  4 blackmarketmob        49   75   15  148   11    4
  5 BruinsFan0877         47   72   27  146   18   T7
  6 UNB BRUINS FAN        46   74   24  144   10    5
  7 Hardy Fan             43   71   29  143   17  T10
 T8 Tim Martell           45   70   16  141   15  T10
 T8 Randy Corey           39   77   25  141   13   T7
T10 Jeremy Muise          48   65   26  139   13  T10
T10 Todd's Shoulder       46   63   30  139   20  T17

The complete pool results are available at the AUS pool page.  Take a look at your results, if you think we've made a mistake, send us an e-mail and we'll look into it.