Sunday, January 31, 2010

UNB wins 23rd straight game in 5-2 win over Acadia

FREDERICTON – In the battle between the top two teams in the AUS, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds overcame a first period deficit to score four unanswered goals and defeat the Acadia Axemen 5-2. For the second game in a row it was a sellout crowd at the Aitken University Centre as 3812 fans, many of them elementary school children in the stands for the annual District 18 Night, watched the V-Reds run their undefeated streak to 23 games.

The Acadia Axemen showed more jump than the V-Reds in the first period, and were rewarded at 5:42 when Scott Tregunna (Mt. Forest, ON) in close picked up the rebound puck off UNB defenceman Josh Kidd's (Sundridge, ON) skate and flipped it over Derek Yeoman's (St. Albert, AB) pad. However at 8:34 Acadia captain Paul McFarland (Richmond Hill, ON) was called for checking from behind and ejected from the game with the automatic game misconduct. The Axemen killed off that penalty, but not the next, as Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) scored a highlight goal on the rush as he flipped the puck to himself at the Acadia blue line past a surprised defenceman, zigzagged his way into the slot and beat Kris Westblom (Meadow Lake, SK) with a snapshot to tie the game at 12:47. Acadia got their lead back at 17:21 when Jonathan Laberge (Ste-Foy, QC) took advantage of a scramble in front of the UNB net to score. Shots in the first period were ten apiece.

The second period was dominated by the Varsity Reds and Acadia only managed five shots on net, with four of them coming on the same power play late in the period. At 4:59 UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) started his rush in his own zone while the team was shorthanded and by the time he beat Westblom high to the glove side Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) was just stepping out of the penalty box. Later on a power play UNB defenceman Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) whiffed on his first attempt on the back door play, but his teammates worked the puck around and back to him and the second time he made no mistake at 8:46.

Early in the third period point man Alex Aldred (St. Albert, AB) fired a hard shot-pass through the slot to fellow UNB defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) who had rushed in off the left point in time to deflect the puck past Westblom. Midway through the period V-Reds rookie Matt Fillier (Durham, NS) was chasing down the puck and made a heavy shoulder-to-shoulder hit on Beau Prokopetz (Winnipeg, MB) against the boards behind the Acadia net. Prokopetz was injured on the play and left the game, and referee Andre Dupuis opted to give Fillier a five-minute major penalty for checking from behind and the automatic game misconduct. After successfully killing off over half of the major penalty, Stammler was sent off for hooking and the Axemen had a two-man advantage for two minutes. UNB continued to kill off the penalty and Acadia frustration appeared to boil over at 13:15. The Axemen were in the blue paint trying to get to a rebound when the referee blew down the play. The UNB defencemen were trying to push the Axemen away from their goaltender when UNB's Ben Shutron (Gloucester, ON) took exception to something Chris Bruton (Calgary, AB) did and started swinging at him. Out of the scrum Jon Harty and Acadia's David Lomas (Burlington, ON) started fighting, and the smaller Harty ended up on his back on the ice with Lomas on top of him continuing to punch away until stopped by the officials. After the ice chips settled Harty and Lomas were out of the game with fighting majors and Bruton got the extra minor penalty to reduce their power play back to a 5-on-4, which UNB then killed off.

The rest of the period was incident free. With about 90 second to go the Axemen pulled their goalie, but Hunter Tremblay quickly got to a loose puck, stickhandled through two Acadia defencemen and fired the puck into the empty net to salt away the win. Acadia did have a power play in the last minute of the game, but couldn't generate many scoring chances. The final score was 5-2 with UNB outshooting Acadia 35-20, and 25-10 in the final 40 minutes. The player of the game was UNB goalie Derek Yeomans. Next up for the Varsity Reds is the annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game on Wednesday when they host the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

V-Reds Beat Axemen 5-2

Derek Yeomans bailed his team out of a sub-par first period, and then held the fort late in the third period as the V-Reds downed Acadia by a 5-2 score. Acadia held the lead twice, scoring the first and third goals of the game, but couldn't stop the UNB attack. Scoring for UNB were Hunter Tremblay with 2 goals, Kyle Bailey, Jonathan Harty, and Bretton Stamler.

Matt Fillier was ejected from the game for a checking from behind penalty that the Rogers replay calls into question. Jonathan Harty receive 5 minutes and a game misconduct for fighting and will be suspended for the next game. The UNB penalty kill deserves a medal for killing off a tough 5-on-3 late in the game. Final shots were 35-20 in favour of UNB. Derek Yeomans was player of the game.

UNB defeats SMU to extend streak to 22 wins and clinch first place

FREDERICTON -- A sell-out crowd of 3742 at the Aitken University Centre Friday night ignored the tail end of a snowstorm to watch the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds men's hockey team defeat the Saint Mary's Huskies 3-1 and run their undefeated streak to 22 wins. No doubt many fans were attracted to the game to witness Mike Danton's first road game in a Huskies uniform, but what everyone saw was for the most part a tight, defensive game – certainly in the last two periods.

The game start was pushed back 15 minutes, as the Huskies had arrived later than planned due to the poor driving conditions the entire way from Halifax. SMU was greeted by a UNB team that came flying out of the gate and dominated the early play while Brandon Verge (Fall River, NS) was strong in the Huskies' nets. Verge had been pulled in the second periods of his last two games against the Varsity Reds, so SMU coach Trevor Steinburg obviously still has confidence in his veteran goalie. There was not scoring in the period that saw UNB outshoot SMU 14-6.

Early in the second period Mike Danton (Brampton, ON) got called for hooking on UNB defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) and on the ensuing power play John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) was parked in front of the Huskies net when he tipped Hunter Tremblay's (Timmins, ON) shot through Verge's pads for his 15th goal of the season at 1:49. The period then settled into more or less a defensive battle, with just a few good scoring chances -- such as Shawn O'Donnell's (Halifax,NS) short breakaway attempt after a UNB turnover that V-Reds netminder Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) handled with cool poise around the 13 minute mark. Then at 17:49 Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) received a pass from behind the Huskies net and seemingly had all the time in the world to deke out Verge and put UNB up 2-0. Saint Mary's edged the V-Reds 8-6 in shots in the period.

Just 26 seconds into the third period Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) scored, but the goal was waived off as UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) had been assessed a tripping penalty on the play. The Varsity Reds got the goal back shorthanded when Verge got his pocket picked while playing the puck behind his net and Hunter Tremblay scored on the wraparound at 1:40. It was Tremblay's team-leading 16th goal of the season, and third shorthanded. The Huskies got on the scoreboard at 7:44 when sniper Cody Thorton (Woodstock, ON) took a nice feed from SMU captain Marc Rancourt (Gloucester, ON) and beat Fullerton as he came across the net. Unfortunately for the Huskies, that was their best scoring chance of the period, as the Varsity Reds relentlessly chased the puck and smothered the Huskies.

The final score was 3-1, while UNB had 28 shots in the game and limited the Huskies to 18. UNB was 1-for-3 on the power play while SMU went 0-for-5, the second game in a row they have held scoreless with the man advantage. The player of the game was John Scott Dickson.

After the game SMU head coach Trevor Stienburg was asked by reporters how he expected the crowd for Mike Danton's first road game, he replied, "I lived in Fredericton. If somebody asked me how Fredericton fans were going to treat him, I would have said they'll treat him with respect just like they do everybody else." After Steinburg requested that reporters stick to hockey questions, Danton faced the scrum and stated that for as how he felt after the game, that "the score on the clock should indicate that. Obviously, I don't like losing. We've lost two in a row and that's pretty much how I feel." He added that “the last two games we just haven't worked as a team and it's resulted in two losses. Between the top three teams - UNB, Acadia and us - any one of those teams can win a game against each other on any given night. It's not clear cut."

When asked about adjusting to playing hockey after his well documented six years away from the game, the 29 year old Danton stuck to his team-first theme. “One thing I've always taken pride in is my conditioning and my ability to stay in shape. But the focal point here is not individual play. As a team, we're just not winning right now."

Saturday night the Varsity Reds host second place Acadia Axemen. With Acadia losing 5-3 to UPEI Friday night, and only six games left in the regular season, UNB holds the edge in a tie in the standing with their previous three win head-to-head and thus have clinched first place and secured home ice throughout the AUS playoffs, in addition to the first round bye.

Acadia@UNB, Sat. Jan.30 7pm

Tonight, the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (22-0-0) are at home to face the CIS #4 ranked Acadia Axemen (15-5-2) at Aitken University Center in front of a capacity crowd. I hope you have your tickets, cause there are none left!

Last night, the V-Reds took down the CIS #7 ranked St. Mary's Huskies 3-1 on goals by John Scott Dickson, Lachlan MacIntosh, and Hunter Tremblay, who scored shorthanded yet again. With that win, and Acadia's loss, UNB has now guaranteed they will finish first overall for the regular season.

Last night was not so kind for the Axemen, who fell 5-3 to the UPEI Panthers (9-11-2). Acadia was down by a score of 5-0, before battling back to make it 5-3, but still not being able to get the win. Tonight they will be looking to get back on the right track, as they are still battling with SMU for the #2 spot in the AUS, and a first round bye.

The game will be available on Rogers TV, News-Cast.com, and can be following on UNB Hockey on Twitter.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Huskies Fall to V-Reds

UNB sweeps the regular season series with a 3-1 victory  over the SMU Huskies.  Scoring for UNB were John Scott Dickson, Lachlan MacIntosh, and Hunter Tremblay.  Travis Fullerton was there when called upon, including a big save on a SMU break-away with the score 1-0 in the 2nd period.

The V-Reds will focus their attention on the big game vs. Acadia tomorrow night at the Aitken Centre...

Here's a link to the Daily Gleaner game story.

SMU Game Is On For Tonight!

We've had lots of people wondering about tonight's game.  We've received word that SMU is en route and expected to be in Fredericton for tonight's game...if we hear anything otherwise we'll pass it along, but expect to be at the Aitken Centre tonight!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

AUS Pool - Week 11 Standings

For the first time in 2010, we have a lead change in the AUS Pool.  Week 11 saw Fan of the Vreds overtake MATT JOHNSON for the lead.  Plenty of people are still within striking distance and it's still anyone's game.  This week's top performers were Fan of the Vreds and Tommies Video Guy with 32 points. The top 10 standings are as follows:

Rank/Participant/Points
1 - Fan of the Vreds -276
2 - MATT JOHNSON -274
T3 - Ken C - 268
T3 - cmd - 268
T5 - THE BIKER GANG! - 266
T5 - Section 5'er - 266
7 - Stephanie - 262
8 - Barney - 260
9 - STEVE CRAWFORD - 254
10 - pickacen- 253

The complete standings can be viewed at the AUS Pool Page.

If you missed any of the action last weekend, David Kilfoil sums it up in his AUS Weekly Update over at the CIS Blog.

As always, if you notice any mistakes, please let us know by sending us an e-mail, so we can verify and make any necessary corrections.

SMU@UNB, Friday, Jan. 29th 7pm

The first of two big home games takes place tomorrow night as the CIS #1 Ranked UNB V-Reds (21-0-0) host the CIS #7 Ranked St. Mary’s Huskies (12-6-4) at the Aitken University center.

UNB is riding its perfect record and 11 media poll #1 rankings into this game, having already secured a first round bye, but looking to move towards locking up first over all for the regular season. After Captain Kyle Bailey’s 4 goal performance last Saturday, the fans will be looking to see if he can continue his goal scoring ways, and to see if Hunter Tremblay can continue his CIS leading point performance, which currently sits at 15 goals and 25 assists for 40 points in 21 games.

SMU comes into the game four points back of Acadia (15-4-2) for second place, and looking to make up some ground for that second quarter final bye position. Since the Christmas break, SMU has struggled somewhat, going 3-3-1. Wednesday night, they fell to Acadia 4-1, so they will be looking to get back in the win column again.

The game will be available on Rogers TV, News-Cast.com, and can be followed on UNB Hockey on Twitter.

Dickie Talks Budget Cuts

Bill Hunt catches up with Athletic Director Kevin Dickie in today's Daily Gleaner.  The message seems pretty clear - the budget cuts at UNB will have little impact on Varsity Reds Athletics. UNB has an operating budget of over $165 million, and the Athletics operating budget is about a quarter of a percent of that.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Saturday vs. Acadia Sold Out!

We've received word that the game this Saturday vs. Acadia is sold out, thanks in no small part to the legions of V-Reds fans coming from District 18.   A quick look at the AUS statistics tells us that attendance so far this year has been up over last year's average of 2495 per game.  UNB is currently averaging 2630 per game and another big night of 3762 should help the year-end numbers.  Friday night vs. SMU (and possibly Mike Danton's first game vs. UNB) will probably draw a fair crowd as well. 

It should be a great weekend of hockey at the Aitken Centre.

CIS Men's Top Ten: UNB remains perfect on top

11 media polls, 11 first place rankings. UNB once again sits on top of the Mountain in CIS Men's hockey with a perfect 21-0-0 record. Acadia (14-4-2) remains in the #4 spot, just three voting points behind Western Ontario (18-4-0) while Saint Mary's (12-5-4) moves up two spots to sit at #7.

Here are this weeks complete standings:

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

1. UNB (21-0-0) / 160 (16) / (1)
2. Alberta (18-1-1) / 144 / (2)
3. Western Ontario (18-4-0) / 114 / (3)
4. Acadia (14-4-2) / 111 / (4)
5. UQTR (16-3-1) / 98 / (6)
6. McGill (17-4-0) / 85 / (5)
7. Saint Mary's (12-5-4) / 59 / (9)
8. Lakehead (15-5-2) / 48 / (10)
9. Manitoba (12-6-2) / 33 / (8)
10. Waterloo (15-6-1) / 12 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes : Wilfrid Laurier (8), Saskatchewan (6), Calgary (2).

Full article can be read here: CIS TOP TEN.

Captain Kyle This Week's UNB Male Athlete Of The Week

What happens when you score a short-handed goal, a power-play goal, two even strength goals, and throw in an assist for good measure?  You get recognized as the Valley Graphics/UNB male athlete of the week.  Kyle Bailey had 4 goals and 1 assist Saturday night at the LBR, and also scored the lone UNB goal earlier in the week in the game against Maine.  Congratulations Kyle! 

Here's the Daily Gleaner story.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

UNB captain Kyle Bailey leads Varsity Reds with 4 goals in 9-4 win

January 23, 2010

FREDERICTON – The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds men's hockey team continue
their perfect season, exploding for five goals in the second period as they cruised to a
9-4 win over cross-campus rival St. Thomas Tommies. Their 21st consecutive win
guarantees that the V-Reds can finish no lower than second place in the AUS, and thus
they have clinched a first round playoff bye with seven games left in the regular
season.

There was a season-high, standing room crowd of 811 fans at the Lady Beaverbrook Rink,
as the Tommies celebrated their 16th annual Lou Chabot Memorial Game. However it was
the Varsity Reds who dominated the early play, and when Lachlan MacIntosh
(Perth-Andover, NB) stickhandled through the STU zone and couldn't find a good shooting
lane he put the shot back to Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) in the low shot who beat Tommies
netminder Charles Lavigne (Bernardin, ON) with a quick shot at 2:23. UNB continued to
pour the pressure on, but the momentum changed midway through the period when V-Reds
defencemen Ben Wright (Foremost, AB) hit Tyler Dietrich (Vancouver, BC) hard against
the big wall at the south end of the LBR and was assessed a five minute major penalty
and automatic game misconduct for checking from behind. It only took 12 seconds for the
Tommies power play to tie the game up at 9:43 as the puck bounced off the boards to
Dietrich in front of the net, and he in turn scored on a surprised Travis Fullerton
(Riverview, NB). Fourteen seconds later Bailey went end-to-end shorthanded and slipped
the puck past Lavigne to put the V-Reds back in front. The goal seemed to swing the
momentum back to UNB, who killed off the rest of the major penalty.

At 14:58 Kenton Dulle (Craik, SK) deflected a shot dramatically over Fullerton's
shoulder to tie the game again for the Tommies. Just 35 seconds later the Tommies had a
good aggressive shift and Fullerton stopped a Andrew Andricopoulos (Groveland, MA) point
shot but Devan Praught (Summerside, PE) was standing unmolested at the edge of the
crease to bang in the rebound and give the Tommies their first lead. After the goal,
UNB coach Gardiner MacDougall opted to put Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) in the V-Reds
nets. That was all the scoring in the period, although UNB's Jordan Clendenning
(Fredericton, NB) missed the yawning left side of the net when his shot rang off the
post in the dying seconds. UNB outshot STU 16-11 in the period.

Early in the second period STU's Dietrich got caught holding Chris Culligan's (Howie
Center, NS) stick and on the resulting power play the UNB defence kept passing the puck
back and forth looking for the perfect pass before handing it off to Bailey who rifled
the shot past Lavigne to complete his natural hat trick at 3:12. UNB defenceman Spencer
Corcoran (Summerside, PE) was whistled for a blow to the head at 3:33 and had the
automatic ten minute misconduct added and the V-Reds were temporarily down to four
starting d-men. Despite this setback it only took UNB another 44 seconds to retake the
lead, shorthanded, as Culligan scored a highlight reel goal as he one-timed the pass
from Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS). UNB kept pouring it on, and at 5:40 defenceman
Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) wove his way into the Tommies zone before passing the
puck to Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) who scored on the power play to make it 5-3. With that,
Tommies coach Mike Eagles put Ben MacFarlane (Woodstock, NB) in the STU net. MacFarlane
was doing well until 9:46 when Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) made a nice pass to Bailey
and the UNB captain scored his fourth goal of the game. The Tommies were doing too much
watching and not even skating the rest of the period, and at 14:05 the V-Reds had
flooded the zone and took a couple of shots before putting it back to the point and
Alex Aldred (St. Albert, AB) snapped the shot through a crowd to make it 7-3 for UNB.
Shots in the period were 11-5 in favour of UNB.

Lavigne was back in the Tommies net to start the third period. STU had an effective
power play early in the period, and with just 3 seconds left with the man advantage
Mike Reich (Craik, SK) finally was able to get the puck past Yeomans at 4:27 and draw
ST. Thomas within three goals. UNB was on the power play when at 11:49 Daine Todd
(Stettler, AB) came in from the left point to the back door and had two whacks at the
puck before he scored on Lavigne. UNB's final goal came at 17:24, on the power play,
when MacIntosh scored from the slot. UNB outshot STU 12-10 in the third period and
39-26 in the 9-4 victory. The V-Red were 4-for-6 on the power play while STU was
2-for-6.

After the game MacDougall commented that he liked how his team responded after the first
twenty minutes. “We probably deserved a better result in the first period as we missed
some chances. There is a lot of leadership in the room and the team gave a good effort
and capitalized on their opportunities.” He can't remember a better regular season game
for captain Kyle Bailey, and MacDougall was complimentary of veteran Josh Hepditch. “We
were missing defencemen Josh Kidd to suspension and Jonathan Harty to injury to start
the game. Ben Wright was ejected in the first period and Spencer Corcoran had 12
minutes of penalties in the second period, so we moved Hepditch back to defence and he
did a good job and the others did well with their extra ice time.” In the third period
Josh Hepditch was back as a forward on the energy line, the same place he started the
game.

Next weekend the Varsity Reds host the Saint Mary's Huskies on Friday and the Acadia
Axemen on Saturday at the Aitken University Centre. Both games will also be broadcast
province-wide on Rogers TV.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Captain Leads V-Reds To Win Over Tommies

Lead by Captain Kyle Bailey's 4-goal performance, the V-Reds cruised to a 9-4 victory over STU at the LBR.  Also scoring for UNB were Chris Culligan, Jeff Lee, Alex Aldred, Daine Todd, and Lachlan MacIntosh.

Travis Fullerton started in net, but couldn't survive the first period and was replaced by Derek Yeomans.  Yeomans probably wanted another crack at the Tommies after he was yanked a few weeks ago at the Aitken Centre.  He made some big saves and would only allow one the rest of the way. 

UNB was without Josh Kidd (suspended for fighting) and Jonathan Harty, and then had to go without Ben Wright for most of the game after he took a checking from behind penalty and received a game misconduct.  Luckily, both Josh Hepditch and Alex Aldred were dressed and had no problem filling in on defence.

Final shots were 39-26 in favour of UNB.  The win puts the V-Reds at 21-0 on the season, and extends the Battle of the Hill win streak to 23 games.

UNB 3 - UdeM 1

Friday, January 22, 2010

MONCTON РThe University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds men's hockey team stretched their winning streak to 20 games, but a desperate Universit̩ de Moncton squad rebounded from a slow start to make it a close 3-1 finish.

There was 1166 fans at the J-Louis Levesque Arena, but they were silenced early, when while on the power play UNB's Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) fired a wrist shot from the slot, UdeM's Pierre-Alexandre Marion (Gatineau, QC) made the pad save, but John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) was there to bang in the rebound at 1:59. It was Dickson's 14th goal of the season and ninth on the power play. Worse, near the end of the first Moncton power play, Tremblay toe-dragged the puck past a UdeM defender, and snapped a puck at the net that appeared to fool Marion and made it 2-0 at 8:01. Tremblay moved back into the team lead with that, his 15th goal of the season. UNB's Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) thought he made 3-0 at 18:00, but the goal was waved off as Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) had been deemed to interfere with the Moncton goalie when he crashed the net on the play. More controversial was the UNB power play goal called back at 18:55 – Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) went top corner to finish a nice tic-tac-toe passing play, but apparently one corner of the net had come dislodged (and reseated itself) during play but that was enough for referee Tim Skinner to nullify the goal. UNB edged Moncton 11-9 in shots in the period.

It was a pretty even second period until 8:59 when UNB's Lee did some great work behind the Moncton net and got the puck out to Clendenning in the slot who fired a bullet wrist shot under the crossbar that Marion had no chance at. It was a beautiful goal and there was not chance it could be called back. The Aigles Bleus had been picking up their physical play all period, and events peaked at 18:00 when UdeM's Alexandre Soucy (Moncton, NB) got tangled up with UNB defenceman Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) at the blue line along the boards. Pushing and shoving led to the gloves dropping and the 6'2” Soucy and 6'5” Kidd had a pretty good tilt. Both picked up fighting majors and will be suspended for their next game. Later, as time expired in the period, UNB's Culligan finished his play and fired the puck into the net just after the horn sounded. The non-goal didn't go over well with the Aigles Bleus on the ice. UdeM edged UNB 12-11 in shots in the period.

The third period saw Moncton up their play as the attemped to get back in the game. They were rewarded when Francis Rochon managed to get the puck from UNB's Tremblay on the backcheck, started a rush the other way, and when the puck came back to him he beat Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) at 11:34. With 3:04 to go Moncton was on the power play and then they went all in when they pulled Marion with 2:03 to go, but the Varsity Reds calmly held off the push and captured the 3-1 win.

The shots in the final period were 9-4 for UdeM, who outshot UNB 30-26 in the game. UNB was 1-for-6 on the power play while UdeM went 0-for-6. Next up for the Varsity Reds is a visit to the Lady Beaverbrook Rink to play the St. Thomas Tommies on Saturday night in the 16th annual Lou Chabot memorial game.

UNB@STU, Sat. Jan 23rd, 7pm

Tonight, the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (20-0-0) do battle with the STU Tommies (7-11-2) in the 16th annual Lou Chabot Memorial Game.

Last night, the V-Reds battled the UdeM Aigles Bleus in Moncton, skating away with a 3-1 victory, with goals by John Scott Dickson, Hunter Tremblay, and Jordan Clendenning to maintain their undefeated streak this season in AUS play.

The Tommies won a wild game last night that saw 13 goals scored by the two teams, and with STU coming out on top 8-5. STU's line of Tyler Dietrich, Kenton Dulle, and Mike Reich combined for 13 points on the night. STU is battling for the sixth and final playoff spot, currently sitting one point behind the DAL Tigers for that final spot.

The game will be available on CHSR 97.9 and UNB Hockey on Twitter.

Friday, January 22, 2010

V-Reds Drop Moncton 3-1

The V-Reds are 20-0 after a spirited 3-1 win in Moncton Friday night. Scoring for UNB were John Scott Dickson, Hunter Tremblay, and Chris Culligan. Jeff Lee and Jordan Clendenning also appeared to score, but those goals were called off. Derek Yeomans was solid in net for UNB.

The game included a fight between Josh Kidd and Alexandre Soucy...we'll give the decision to Kidd, though the "smaller", 6'2" Soucy did a admiral job defending himself, and no heavy damage was done by either party.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

UNB@UdeM, Friday Jan 22nd, 7pm

The top team in the AUS meets the bottom team as the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (19-0-0) travel to Moncton tomorrow night to face the UdeM Aigles Bleus (5-13-1) at the J.-Louis-Levesque arena. The V-Reds look to keep their perfect record against AUS teams intact, while the Aigles Bleus hope to keep their playoff dreams alive.

UNB is coming off a 4-1 loss to UMaine, and is looking to get back in the win column, and to get closer to a first round bye for the playoffs. UNB fans are looking forward to seeing Hunter Tremblay step back on the ice, he missed the game in Maine as a precaution, but should be lacing them up in Moncton. Travis Fullerton comes into the game having just received the AUS and CIS honors for top male athlete in the country last week.

UdeM knows what every game means at this point; last night they skated to a 6-4 victory over STU (6-11-2), which included two shorthanded goals by Dean Ouellet and Mathieu Betournay. UdeM will bring everything they have as they seek to leave the AUS basement, and get to that sixth and final playoff spot.

The game will be available on CHSR 97.9 and UNB Hockey on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Maine 4 - UNB 1

ORONO, Maine – The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds men’s hockey team finally had their winning streak against university teams ended when the Maine Black Bears beat them 4-1 in a closely played game Tuesday night before 3601 fans at Alfond Arena. Special teams were a big factor in the game, as Maine went 2-for-5 with the man advantage while UNB was 0-for-5 on the power play. Going into the game UNB was 19-0 in AUS conference play and 10-0 in exhibition games, including three wins against NCAA opponents. UNB’s only loss this season had been a 4-2 game against the AHL’s Portland Pirates on September 30.

The poor driving conditions probably affected the normally higher attendance in Orono, and this game was making up a game postponed from January 2 due to a big snowstorm in the region.

After some early back and forth play Maine’s top line got the first goal when captain Tanner House (Cochrane, AB) carried the puck into the UNB zone and took a hit from Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) to make a pass to Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden), who in turn relayed the puck to Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, MA) who beat V-Reds starting goaltender Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) at 3:41. The rest of the period saw the UNB test their more physical play against Maine’s swifter skating. Shots in the first period favoured UNB 9-7.

UNB tied it up just 39 seconds in the second period when captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) took advantage of a Maine turnover to streak into the Black Bears zone with Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) on a two-on-one. Bailey used Campbell as a decoy and beat Maine goalie Dave Wilson (Caledon East, ON) with a quick shot. Just over three minutes later UNB had a chance to take the lead on the power play, but pinching defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) had his shot bounce off the wrong side of the goal post. The momentum shifted away from UNB when Maine had back-to-back power plays and scored both times. At 7:00 Yeomans made an initial save, but the rebound went to one of three Black Bears in front of the net, David deKastrozza (Toms River, NJ), who turned and put the puck inside the open corner. Then at 10:23 Maine defenceman Will O’Neill (Salem, MA) fired a point shot through a crowd that Yeomans probably never saw until it was in the back of the net. Maine outshot UNB 8-6 in the period, with half their shots coming on the power play.

To start the third period Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) took over in the UNB nets. The V-Reds pushed hard to try to create scoring chances, but the hardworking and speedy Black Bears minimized opportunities for odd man rushes or second shots on nets. Maine ended UNB's comeback hopes at 15:44 when Spencer Abbot (Hamilton, ON) made a great play to strip the puck from a UNB d-man and get the puck into traffic in the slot. The puck eventually deflected to deKastrozza at the left circle who one-timed the puck past Fullerton for an easy goal. After the goal, UNB coach Gardiner MacDougall elected to put Yeomans back in the UNB net.

The final shots were 21-19 for UNB in the 4-1 loss. Hunter Tremblay, the Varsity Reds and AUS’s top point man, did not dress for the game. Next up for UNB are road games against provincial rivals Moncton on Friday and St. Thomas on Saturday.

Travis Fullerton named AUS and CIS male athlete of the week

After turning aside 77 of 79 shots he faced last weekend in UNB's wins over CIS #9 ranked SMU (6-1) and CIS #4 ranked Acadia (2-1), Travis Fullerton has been been honored with both the AUS and CIS player of the week awards.

The full articles can be found here: AUS article and CIS article.

Congrats Travis!

Coach Keeps Pushing Team To Win Each Game

In today's Daily Gleaner, David Ritchie writes about whether or not Coach MacDougall might take the foot off the gas pedal a bit in the last part of the season. Not very likely.

He also gets MacDougall to talk a bit about the roster size. Carrying one more player than last season had some fans worried this year, but so far its proved useful just by creating their own competition some weeks.  Some fans, like the coach, remember the 2006 AUS Finals were an injury-ravaged UNB had to try and topple AUS top-dog Acadia. This was the same series where Dustin Friesen converted from forward to defence out of necessity. While that move worked out very well for the V-Reds, Coach MacDougall doesn't want that to happen ever again.

V-Reds Fall To Maine In Exhibition Game

The V-Reds lost 4-1 to the University of Maine Black Bears.  The game was fairly even in play with UNB actually finishing ahead in the shot count 20 to 18.  Maine capitalized on their chances with some nifty goals, while UNB couldn't quite find a way to put the puck in the back of the net.

Scoring the lone goal for the V-Reds was captain Kyle Bailey.  Derek Yeomans played the first two periods and the tail end of the third period, and can't be faulted for the three goals that got by him. Hunter Tremblay was given the night off to rest up for this weekend's play.

The loss will leave UNB with a 3-1 record vs NCAA competition this year, all as the visiting team.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

CIS Men's Top 10: UNB still sits at the top

For the tenth Media poll in a row, the UNB V-Reds are on top of the rankings as they improved to 19-0-0 over the weekend with wins over SMU and Acadia. Acadia remains in fourth, but are closer in points to #3 Western then last week, and could challenge for third with a good week this week. SMU falls from #7 to #9, with losses to UNB and UPEI over the weekend.

Here are the complete standings

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

1. UNB (19-0-0) / 170 points (17) / (1)
2. Alberta (16-1-1) / 152 / (2)
3. Western Ontario (17-3-0) / 123 (3)
4. Acadia (13-4-1) / 119 / (4)
5. McGill (16-3-0) / 109 / (5)
6. UQTR (14-3-1) / 73 / (6)
7. Wilfrid Laurier (14-4-2) / 64 / (9)
8. Manitoba (11-5-2) / 45 / (8)
9. Saint Mary's (10-5-4) / 33 / (7)
10. Lakehead (13-5-2) / 17 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Carleton (12), Saskatchewan (10), Waterloo (8).

UNB Visits Maine Tonight

The V-Reds will take on the University of Maine Black Bears this evening at the Alfond Arena in Orono.  Maine is coming off a pair of losses last weekend, but prior to that had run a 9 game unbeaten streak, which included a big upset victory over NCAA #3 Colorado College to capture the Florida College Classic over the holidays.  The Black Bears are 11-9-2 so far this season overall. Offensively, Maine is led by Swedish standout Gustav Nyquist, who has accumulated 32 pts in 22 games this season.

The game will be available on CHSR 97.9 FM and starts at 8 PM. 

Also, in today's Daily Gleaner we learn that Travis Fullerton was named UNB/Valley Graphics Male Athlete of the Week after his outstanding weekend in Nova Scotia. 

Monday, January 18, 2010

AUS Pool - Week 10 Standings

Week 10 results for the AUS Pool are in. MATT JOHNSON retains his lead over the pack with 253 pts, but several people are within striking distance. This week's top performer was Jets4Ever with 30 pts. The top 10 standings are as follows:

Rank/Participant/Points
1 - MATT JOHNSON - 253
T2 - Ken C - 247
T2 - cmd - 247
T4 - Fan of the Vreds - 244
T4 - Section 5'er - 244
6 - THE BIKER GANG! - 243
7 - Barney - 239
8 - Megan - 237
9 - Stephanie - 234
10 - STEVE CRAWFORD - 233

The complete standings can be viewed at the AUS Pool Page.

If you missed any of the action last weekend, David Kilfoil sums it up in his AUS Weekly Update over at the CIS Blog.

As always, if you notice any mistakes, please let us know by sending us an e-mail, so we can verify and make any necessary corrections.

V-Reds Extend Winning Streak to 19 Games

January 17, 2010

It was a big weekend in AUS men’s hockey, with first place and CIS #1-ranked UNB on the road to face second place Acadia and third place Saint Mary's. Matching expectations, there were season high crowds in both rinks – Friday 2335 fans showed up at the Halifax Forum and Saturday there was a full house of 1978 fans at the Acadia Arena. The home fans went home disappointed, as UNB skated to a 6-1 win over SMU and a close 2-1 victory over Acadia and extended their team-record undefeated start to 19 games.

The buzz about Mike Danton probably helped the Huskies attendance Friday, but he doesn't look to be getting into the Huskies line-up for a couple of weeks yet. The first period was pretty even and tightly played with no scoring. In the second period UNB's struggling power play started clicking and captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) shot the puck from behind the SMU goal line and banked it off goalie Brandon Verge (Fall River, NS) and in at 8:08. Just over a minute later SMU defenceman David MacDonald (Baddeck, NS) hit Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) high and hard along the boards and was assessed a two minute minor for the blow to the head and an automatic ten minute misconduct. Tremblay left the game after the hit and didn’t return. On the resulting power play Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) fired a heavy shot that Verge kicked out to the high slot, and right to UNB defenceman Ben Shutron (Orleans, ON), who buried the puck in the top corner. It got worse for the Huskies at 12:29 when Campbell beat Verge on the short side, and then 40 seconds Verge was too deep in his net and Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) stickhandled through a crowd and was able to beat him on the far side. With Verge giving up four goals on eight shots SMU coach then had rookie Neil Conway (Concord, OH) took over in SMU nets. He got beat by Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) at 17:50 to give UNB five goals in the period.

There was some rough stuff in the third period after Cam Fergus (Brantford, ON) finally put the Huskies on the scoreboard at 14:03. SMU's 6'7” Justin Wallingford (Hamilton, ON) caught UNB’s Luke Lynes (Rochester Hills, MI) in an awkward position and hammered him along the boards in front of the V-Reds bench. This created a scrum and several penalties. Then 40 seconds later on the power play two UNB defenders collided in the offensive zone and SMU cleared the puck. UNB goalie Travis Fullerton (Rivierview, NB) elected to race out of his net to the high slot to try to win the race for the loose puck, and he got bowled over by SMU defenceman Andrew Hotham (Barrie, ON) who skated through him. This caused another scrum, and when it settled down Hotham had earned a five minute major for charging and four V-Reds and two Huskies were handed ten minute misconducts and were off to the showers early. Lynes ended the scoring at 16:56 on the power play when the V-Reds flooded the front of the net and he got the last whack at the puck past Conway. The final score was 6-1 for UNB, with the Huskies edging the V-Reds 31-27 in shots. UNB went 3-for-7 on the power play while SMU’s normally potent PP went 0-for-8.

Saturday night's Acadia-UNB match was quite different. On the big Olympic ice surface in Wolfville it was mostly end-to-end hockey all game, and there was little of the nasty stuff from the night before. Once again UNB opened the scoring with two goals in the second period. At 7:53 UNB was on the power play, and rookie star Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) was all alone just in front of the net for quick shot after the V-Reds had drawn most of the Axemen into the other corner. Around seven minutes later, in a practiced play, defenceman Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) faked a point shot and fired a hard shot-pass through the slot to John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) who one-timed the puck past the surprised Acadia goalie Kristofer Westblom (Meadow Lake, SK). Travis Fullerton continued to foil the Axemen shooters until 13:41 of the third period, when Jonathan Laberge (Ste-Foy, QC) made a bit of a shoulder fake on the rush and then beat Fullerton with a snap shot. It was Acadia’s 44th shot of the game. Acadia was on the power play with 2:27 to go in the game, and pulled Westblom for an extra skater with just over a minute to go, but they couldn’t generate many scoring chances against UNB’s defensive shell. The shot count may have been generous to the Axemen and stingy with the V-Reds, as the official tally was 48-21 in favour of Acadia. The shots were not indicative of the play, as this game was pretty even with perhaps UNB having a slight edge in play, particularly on the penalty kill. Acadia did do a phenomenal job blocking shots while shorthanded, and this obviously affected the UNB shot count.

With the two wins on the weekend UNB's perfect win streak is now at 19 games, and they have now clinched a playoff berth. Next up for the V-Reds is a trip to Orono on Tuesday night to play the NCAA’s Maine Black Bears. This game was originally scheduled for January 2, but was snowed out when nasty weather hit Maine and New Brunswick.

By David Kilfoil for the UNB Varsity Reds.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

V-Reds Clinch Playoff Spot

The AUS playoffs begin exactly one month from today.  UNB became the first team in CIS hockey to clinch a playoff birth with their win last night at Acadia. The V-Reds are currently 11 points ahead of Acadia, but the Axemen have a game in hand.  Technically, SMU, Acadia, and STFX could overtake UNB in the standings, but if UNB wins 5 of their remaining 9 games (or some combination of other teams losing), they will clinch 1st place in the AUS and secure home-ice advantage for the AUS playoffs.  The semi-finals and finals are best-of-five rounds this year.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Fullerton Strong For UNB Vs. Acadia

Travis Fullerton showed us this weekend that the bigger the game, the better he performs.  He was outstanding tonight, making 43 saves and helping his team beat Acadia 2-1.  He'll return home from a tough road trip against the #2 and #3 teams in the AUS having given up a stingy 2 goals in 2 games.  Fullerton even made a big save on a penalty shot tonight to preserve the 2-0 lead. 

Scoring for UNB were John Scott Dickson and rookie sensation Chris Culligan.  Jonathan Laberge scored the lone Acadia goal.  Final shots favoured Acadia 44-21. 

UNB@ACA - Saturday. Jan 16th, 7PM

Tonight the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (18-0-0) roll into the Acadia arena in Wolfville to take on the CIS #4 ranked Acadia Axemen (13-3-1).

After steam-rolling over the CIS #8 ranked SMU Huskies (10-4-4) last night with a score of 6-1, the V-Reds clinched a playoff birth with ten games still remaining in the regular season. Six individual scorers came through for the V-Reds last night, but it was once again Ben Shutron who was the major offensive presence as he got 1 goal and 3 assists and was named star of the game. UNB went 3 for 7 on the powerplay, while shutting SMU down as they went 0 for 8. V-Reds fans will be watching to see if the hit to Hunter Trembley last night will keep him out of action this evening as he played only one shift after being hit in the Head by David MacDonald of SMU.

The Axemen have been solid this season, cementing their hold on second place last night with a 2-1 victory over the UPEI Panthers (7-9-2). Spencer Jezegou scored early in the third period to give the Axemen the win as they came up against a hot goalie in the form of Jhase Sniderman. Acadia outshot UPEI 44-34 on the night. UNB has beaten Acadia in the two previous meetings of this year by scores of 3-2 (OT) and 7-3.

Tonight's game will be available on CHSR 97.9 and UNB Hockey on Twitter.

Friday, January 15, 2010

V-Reds Pummel Huskies 6-1

UNB sent a message to the SMU Huskies by scoring a convincing 6-1 victory at the Forum in Halifax.  After no goals were scored in the first, the V-Reds scored 5 goals in the second period. Kyle Bailey, Ben Shutron, Dion Campbell, Daine Todd, Jordan Clendenning, and Luke Lynes all scored for UNB.  Travis Fullerton was very strong in making 30 saves for the win. 

Hunter Tremblay was on the wrong end of an illegal hit and left the game part way through the second period.  It didn't look too serious, but let's hope it was just precautionary and that he returns to the line-up soon.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dustin Friesen Traded

Such is the life of a pro-hockey player.  Dustin and his family are on the move from Utah to Idaho after the Steelheads acquired him in a 3-player deal.

For Friesen, this means going to the current #2 team in the ECHL who obviously wanted to add to their defence for a strong playoff run. 

We wish Dustin the best of luck with his new team in Idaho.

UNB@SMU Jan 15th, 7PM

Tomorrow night the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (17-0-0) begin what could be the most challenging weekend of the regular season as they face the CIS #7 Ranked St. Mary’s Huskies (10-3-4) at the Halifax Forum.

The V-Reds started the second half with two more victories, and have many fans wondering how long the streak will last. As Coach MacDougall points out there is only one goal, and that is a return to the Nationals later this spring.

SMU is 1-0-1 in the new year, having lost in OT to ACA and thoroughly thumping DAL 8-3. SMU is in a neck-and-neck race with the CIS #4 ranked Axemen and are looking to move into second place as they currently only sit one point back of the Axemen.

I thought it would be good to look at some head to head numbers after 17 games for each team. So here they are:

.............................................. UNB..............SMU
SHOT STATISTICS.............
Goals-Shot attempts............ 93-679..........79-604
Shot pct....................................137...............131
Goals/Game.............................. 5.5................4.6
Shots/Game.............................39.9..............35.5
POWER PLAYS
Goals-Power Plays.................31-125...........30-108
Conversion Percent....................248...............278
Goals allowed on PK.................9-82............13-97
Conversion Percent....................110...............134
PENALTIES
Penalties/Game..........................7.7.................7.1
Pen minutes/Game...................21.2................18.2

GOALS BY PERIOD ..1.... 2.... 3... OT... Total
UNB...................... 23.. 36.. 30.. 4 . ... 93
Saint Mary's.......... 21... 30.. 25.. 3...... 79

For any of you who may be travelling down to the game tonight, it is a Breast Cancer fundraiser game, and they are encouraging people to wear pink to support this worthy cause.

The game will be available on CHSR 97.9, UNB Hockey on Twitter and News-Cast.com.

Stats courtesy of Atlantic University Sport.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

CIS Men's Top 10 (#9): UNB still on top of the Mountain.

For the ninth time in a row, the V-Reds sit at the top of the Hockey polls, yet again getting all first place votes.

Also representing the AUS are Acadia, still at #4 and SMU who move up to the #7 spot. Here are the complete standings:

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

1. UNB (17-0-0) / 160 points (16) / (1)
2. Alberta (16-1-1) / 142 / (2)
3. Western Ontario (16-2-0) / 126 / (3)
4. Acadia (12-3-1) / 103 / (4)
5. McGill (14-2-0) / 100 / (5)
6. UQTR (14-2-1) / 71 / (6)
7. Saint Mary's (10-3-4) / 58 / (8)
8. Manitoba (10-4-2) / 40/ (7)
9. Wilfrid Laurier (13-4-2) / 37 / (9)
10. Saskatchewan (9-6-1) / 15 / (NR) - x

x - Saskatchewan was awarded the higher ranking (over Waterloo) based on number of higher-placed votes.

Other teams receiving votes: Waterloo - x, Lakehead (8), StFX (4), Carleton (1).

The ranking article can be found here.

AUS Pool - Week 9 Standings

The second half of the 2009-10 AUS hockey season began last weekend, and with that, the race is back on. The venerable MATT JOHNSON starts 2010 where he ended 2009, as king of the mountain. But he's being pushed hard by THE BIKER GANG! for the lead. This week's top performer was Robert Penney with an impressive 23 points. The top 10 standings are listed below:

Rank/Participant/Points
1 - MATT JOHNSON - 228
2 - THE BIKER GANG! - 224
T3 - Fan of the Vreds - 223
T3 - cmd - 223
5 - Ken C - 222
6 - Section 5'er - 220
7 - Barney - 219
8 - Megan - 218
9 - Stephanie - 217
10 - Pickace - 213

There's lots of hockey left.  The complete standings can be viewed at the AUS Pool Page.

If you missed any of the action last weekend, you can check out David Kilfoil's AUS Weekly Update over at the CIS Blog.

As always, if you notice any mistakes, please let us know by sending us an e-mail, so we can verify and make any necessary corrections.

Danton a Husky?

We had to read it a few times when we read the clip on TSN yesterday too.  He's got some eligibility left and apparently SMU is interested.  It could happen.

The last ex-NHL player to suit up in the CIS was Jared Aulin, who matched Rob Hennigar's torrent point pace a back in the 2007-08 season.  Danton was always a much different hockey player than Aulin, known more for his edgy play than his point production, but he did make the NHL, so he obviously had talent.

Judging by comments from coach Steinberg in today's Daily Gleaner, this is all but a done deal, though comments by Chris Cochrane at theChronicleHerald.ca suggest the parole issues are a bit more complex than first thought.

This is about as controversial as CIS hockey gets.  More thoughts on Danton available at the CISBlog and STUTommies.com.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

V-Reds Escape PEI With 2 Points

Last night the V-Reds walked away with 2 points after a 5-3 victory over the Panthers in Charlottetown.  Scoring for UNB were Kyle Bailey, Jeff Lee, Daine Todd, John Scott Dickson, and Dion Campbell, while  Hunter Tremblay and Jordan Clendenning each had a pair of assists.  Travis Fullerton made 22 saves for the win.  The V-Reds outshot the Panthers 28-25.

UPEI seems to be a completely different team on their home ice.  In two games at the Aitken Centre, they've been outscored 17-0.  In their own barn, the two game total has them outscored a much more respectable 7-3.  UNB won't play UPEI again this year unless the two teams meet in the playoffs. 

Saturday, January 9, 2010

UNB@UPEI - Saturday, January 9th, 7PM

Tonight, the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (16-0-0) invade the MacLaughlan arena in Charlottetown to take on the UPEI Panthers (7-7-2).

The V-Reds are coming off another one goal game, 4-3, against the STU Tommies (4-9-2). The Tommies played another hard fought game as their goalie Charles Lavigne was once again excellent in net to keep the game close. Josh Kidd, Ben Shutron, Bretton Stamler, and Ryan Seymour all scored for UNB, while Devin Praught, Matt Eagles, and Mike Reich responded for STU.

The Panthers grinded out a hard fought victory last night with a 3-2 overtime win over UdeM as Cory Vitarelli scored at 1:53 of the extra frame with an unassisted goal. UPEI sits in fifth place in the AUS, one point behind StFX.

The game will be Webcast on Panther TV and updates can be followed on UNBHockey on Twitter.

A Few Things To Pass Along

The fan bus trip to Maine is still a go for January 19th. The bus leaves at 3 P.M. from the AUC and will be stopping at the Governor's restaurant prior to the game. You have until January 13th to contact the organizers if you are unable to attend, otherwise your presence will be assumed. Should be a great trip.

CHSR FM will be broadcasting the game for those of you who couldn't make it on the bus. The game this evening vs UPEI will not be available on CHSR though, so try catching it on the UPEI Panther's webcast instead.

The Globe and Mail recently had an article on CIS hockey, complete with a great shot of John Scott Dickson mauling a Golden Bear player. It's good to see CIS get mentioned by one of Canada's largest media sources, but it has created a bit of discussion among CIS fans, as some feel the article has missed the point. For a few other perspectives, check out David Kilfoil's comments on the CIS Blog, and visit Always OUA.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

STU@UNB - Battle of the Hill, part 169. Friday 7pm

Tomorrow night, the second half of the season kicks off for the V-Reds as the STU Tommies (4-8-2) arrive at the Aitken Centre to do battle with the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (15-0-0).

The previous two regular season meetings this year have been decided in overtime, what will happen this time?

The V-Reds are coming off a successful defense of the annual Pete Kelly Tournament where they defeated UofT 5-1 in their opening game, and then defeated UdeM 4-1 in the tournament final. Ben Shutron was named the tournament MVP as his ability to help set up goals was once again a major factor.

The Tommies took third in the tournament; they lost a hard fought battle 4-3 to UdeM in the opening game of the tournament, then bounced back the next day, defeating UofT 3-2 is a great consolation final game.

The game will be available on CHSR 97.9 and UNB Hockey on Twitter.

Game vs. Maine Rescheduled, Wright, Hodgson

As some of you have already pointed out, the Maine Athletics website has announced that the game between UNB and Maine will take place on January 19th.  That is a Tuesday night.  Game time will be 7 P.M. EST.

Bill Hunt writes about the newest recruit, Ben Wright in today's Daily Gleaner.  Wright pretty much says everything you might expect a kid who decided pro hockey wasn't his thing at this point in his life, and seems to have the right attitude.

Also in the article is a brief mention confirming the rumour that Chris Hodgson has left the team.  Thanks for the memories, and good luck, Chris.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Game vs. Maine Cancelled

A few hardcore fans waited at the AUC for the bus to arrive to take them to the game, but mother nature had other plans.  The game has been cancelled because of the weather conditions...no word on any plans for a make-up game.  The bus-trip organizers will keep everyone posted as more info becomes available.

Friday, January 1, 2010

V-Reds Take On Maine

The V-Reds will take on the University of Maine Black Bears tomorrow evening at the Alfond Arena in Orono.  Maine is coming off a big upset victory over NCAA #3 Colorado College to capture the Florida College Classic.  The Black Bears are 10-7-2 so far this season overall and are currently riding an 8 game unbeaten streak into this one, so UNB will face some very stiff competition in the final exhibition game before the AUS season resumes. Offensively, Maine is led by Swedish standout Gustav Nyquist, who has accumulated 30 pts in 19 games this season. 

The game is tentatively scheduled to be broadcast on CHSR 97.9 FM at 8 PM, but the nasty weather in the forecast may jeopardize that.  We'll pass on final confirmation sometime early tomorrow.