Friday, December 31, 2010

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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It plows my mind how McGill has been ranked near the top most of the year. That was a horrendous show last night. Did someone forget to set the alarm clock?