Saturday, February 27, 2010

StFX defeats UNB 3-2 again to take 2-0 lead in series

FREDERICTON – Friday night it was once again a 3-2 upset victory for the StFX X-Men over the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five AUS men's hockey semi-final series. It is the fourth 3-2 playoff win in a row for StFX, who continue to rely on a tight defensive game, strong goaltending, and opportunistic scoring. The X-Men got their three goals on their first five shots on the UNB net, and they did not register a shot in the third period of the game as they were content to sit back and protect their lead.

UNB came out strong to start the game, but discovered quickly that rookie StFX goalie Bryan Gillis (Lantz, NS) was not going to be beat glove side, no matter how many times their shooters tried. Just like the night before, StFX was content to play a defensive shell and force UNB to carry the play while they waited for opportunities to present themselves. At 8:38 X-Man Phil Mangan (Gananogue, ON) got that opportunity, when he was parked at the side of the net and he was able to get the puck past UNB netminder Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB). It was StFX's first shot of the game. The X-Men added two more shots in the period while UNB fired 16 at Gillis, but StFX ended the first period up 1-0.

UNB had a golden opportunity to tie the game at the start of the second period, as StFX was assessed a bench minor for delay of game. That became a 5-3 power play for 33 seconds, but still UNB could not get a shot through the StFX defence. Worse, the puck squirted into the neutral zone just as veteran Ryan Desrosiers (New Waterford, NS) came out of the box after serving the StFX bench minor. He won the race for the loose puck and went in on Yeomans on a breakaway. He deked the goaltender and beat him glove side for the shorthanded marker at 2:08. Less than a minute later, on the next stoppage in play, UNB coach Gardiner MacDougall opted to make a change and put Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) in nets. The V-Reds continued to press, but were having a difficult time developing good scoring chances against the StFX trap. Then at 7:30 StFX made a timely line change as Bryce Swan (Alder Point, NS) hopped off the bench to create a near breakaway in the UNB offensive zone and V-Reds defenceman Ben Wright (Foremost, AB) was forced to tie him up and take a penalty. On the power play Phil Mangan let a wrist shot go that appeared to fool Fullerton for X`s third goal at 8:26. It was the first shot that Fullertson saw, or rather appeared not to see, in the period. UNB finally solved Gillis at 16:40 when defenceman Ben Shutron (Orleans, ON) joined the rush and scored on a low backhander. When the tight defensive period ended, UNB had five shots to StFX`s three.

The third period was all about StFX collapsing back and protecting their lead. Whenever they were in trouble they either chipped the puck into the neutral zone or iced it. For their part UNB was throwing caution to the wind and trying to find a way through the StFX wall at the blueline. At 13:50 UNB drew within a goal when Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) tipped a Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) point shot past Gillis. StFX didn`t panic, and stuck to their game plan. As time ticked down UNB pulled Fullerton in the last minute, and Gillis broke the UNB fans` hearts with five seconds to go when he robbed UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) with a huge save to preserve the win. The 1346 fans who braved the awful weather to attend the game left shaking their heads at the stultifying defensive play of the X-Men and Bryan Gillis who shut down UNB`s vaunted offence.

UNB was 0-for-6 on the power play while StFX was 1-for-3. The V-Reds outshot the X-Men 31-6 while losing 3-2. The series moves to Antigonish for Game 3 on Tuesday and Game 4 on Wednesday if necessary.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Epic Bad Luck Continues, X Up 2 Games To Zero

A wacky bounce off the glass, a breakaway out of the penalty box, and a whole lot of bad mojo resulted in STFX beating UNB 3-2 despite being out-shot by a margin of 31-6. Derek Yeomans started the game and was pulled after the second goal. Scoring for UNB were Ben Shutron and Daine Todd.

UNB is now on the ropes, needing to win 3 straight games against a team that has beaten them in 3 straight games despite being out-shot and out-played in all 3 games. The deck is stacked against the V-Reds...but never underestimate the heart of a champion.

UNB will travel to Antigonish and look to return the favour by winning both games in STFX to force game 5.

Go Reds Go!

Bruce Hallihan provides the game story in Saturday's Daily Gleaner.

StFX upsets UNB 3-2

FREDERICTON – The reigning CIS champion University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds were upset by the StFX X-Men 3-2 in men’s hockey action at the Aitken University Centre Thursday evening. StFX, the only team to beat UNB in AUS regular season play, stuck to their same game plan of playing tight defensive hockey and being opportunistic when they got their chances. For most of the match the X-Men clogged up the neutral zone, lined up at their blue line, and sent only one forechecker into the UNB zone. The V-Reds are a puck possession team, so StFX were content to let UNB bring the puck to them, and did a good job all night interrupting or containing breakouts in the neutral zone, plus waiting to pounce on turnovers.

Over 1800 fans tore themselves away from watching the Canada-USA women’s gold medal game at home on television to attend the first game of the UNB-StFX semi-final playoff series at the AUC. It was six days since StFX had swept UPEI in two games in the first round of the AUS playoffs, and twelve days since UNB finished their regular season and had the first-round bye. As a result there may have been some rust on the UNB squad, who didn’t start the game with their normal speed and drive. UNB did get the first goal of the game, shorthanded, when captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) jumped on a loose puck and roared down the right side of the ice and beat StFX netminder Bryan Gillis (Lantz, NS) with a quick shot that went off Gillis’ glove and into the net at 4:21. UNB successfully killed off another penalty later in the period and were controlling the territorial play for most of the period until 17:17 when StFX managed to get several bodies to the net and UNB goalie Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) had to come out of his net to his right to make the initial save, only to see the puck passed across the ice to Bryce Swan (Alder Point, NS) who had a wide open net to bang the puck into to tie the game.

In the second period, when UNB could thread their way through the StFX neutral zone pressure, they kept shooting on Gillis’s glove side and he kept making the save. UNB was getting few second shots, and the X-Men were continuously collapsing back into the slot to take away passing lanes. Finally at 16:52, UNB won the faceoff in the StFX zone back to Kyle Bailey in the high slot and his snap shot beat the StFX goalie to once again put UNB ahead. Seconds later key UNB defenceman Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) put a heavy open ice hit on an X-Man in the neutral zone and was assessed a two minute minor penalty and ten minute misconduct for contact to the head. UNB killed off the minor penalty, but they wouldn’t get Harty back until midway through the final period.

StFX stuck with their defensive play in the third period and were rewarded at 9:23 when UNB didn’t get a clean line change and Phil Mangan (Gananogue, ON) found himself with only one V-Reds defenceman between him and the UNB net. His shot from the top of the circle beat Travis Fullerton along the ice through his pads and stunned the crowd. Five minutes later Bailey almost put the V-Reds ahead again, but his shot that beat Gillis rang off the post. At 16:52 UNB turned over the puck in the neutral zone and rookie X-Man Brennan Wray (Moose Jaw, SK) came in on the rush and beat Fullerton high and under the crossbar. The rest of the way the X-Men were content to stand up at the blue line and to ice the puck when threatened. UNB was only able to get Fullerton out of the net in the last few seconds of the period, but they weren’t able to generate many scoring chances to tie the game, and StFX held on for the 3-2 win.

Shots favoured UNB 31-25 in the game, and UNB was 0-for-2 on the power play while StFX was 0-for-4 with the man advantage. Game two of the semi-final series goes Friday night at the AUC in Fredericton.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

X-Men Squeak By V-Reds to Win Game 1

STFX took game one of the best-of-five series by a score of 3-2.  The V-Reds held the lead for much of the game, and for some stretches were the better team.  For some stretches they clearly weren't. Give STFX credit because this was as close to an even game as we've seen at the Aitken Centre all year.

A bit of good luck might have helped the V-Reds cause, instead they got the other kind - first when a STFX shot deflected off Josh Kidd past Travis Fullerton for the  second STFX goal, and second, late in the third when UNB hit a post and failed to score. A few minutes later STFX did score the game winner on a turnover that turned into an odd-man rush.  UNB couldn't make any of their own luck late in this one.  Scoring for UNB was Kyle Bailey with both goals.  Travis Fullerton took the loss in net.

Game 2 is at 7 PM tomorrow night back at the Aitken Centre as the V-Reds will look to rebound from this adversity.  Go Reds Go!

Bruce Hallihan provides the game story in Friday's Daily Gleaner.

Game on, CHSR to "Pass the Can"

If there was any doubt about the weather delaying the series start, you can forget it.  In today's Daily Gleaner, Bruce Hallihan explains that the X-Men arrived last night and are ready to run with the "underdog" label.   Game on.

Also, just a heads-up that CHSR FM Radio (UNB/STU's not-for-profit campus radio station) will be doing their annual "Pass the Can" fund raising tonight.  CHSR of course covers many of V-Reds hockey games which we can all enjoy free of charge.  They've been broadcasting STU's women's hockey as well recently.  Let's not forget that this comes at a cost, both in dollars and time from volunteers like "the Daves" and others.  Please consider donating any amount when you see the can tonight.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

AUS Semi-Finals: Game 1 - StFX@UNB Thurs. 25th, 7pm

Tomorrow night, the StFX X-Men come to town with one thought on their minds: A trip to Thunder Bay next month and a chance at a second National Title.

The V-Reds have had an almost fairytale season, setting new records for wins and points in the AUS, and tying the record for points in the CIS. They will come out with a single purpose, to take their first steps in returning to Thunder Bay to defend their National title.

As one wise sports writer recently said, when it comes to playoff hockey “Statistics are for losers”. But let’s look at some anyway.

Led by the top scorer in the CIS, Hunter Tremblay, The V-Reds can boast they have one of the top lines in the CIS with Tremblay, Dickson, and rookie Culligan playing together this year. The V-Reds have offensive weapons on every line, a defense that has posted the best PK in the AUS (.915), and allowed fewer shots on goal than any other team in the CIS this year with 585.

The V-Reds are 11-3-2 in AUS playoff games against the X-men since MacDougall took the reins in the 2000-2001 season. Nobody can forget the 3-2 2OT loss for the Nationals in 2003-2004 season that saw StFX win their first National title.

Will the X-men come into this game with momentum, yes!

The X-men did what no other team could do this year, they beat the V-Reds, not only did they beat them, but they beat them at home, and with a come from behind victory after spotting a 3-0 lead to the V-Reds. They then went on to eliminate the UPEI Panthers in two straight games in the first round of the Playoffs. Led by Bryce Swan, Phil Mangan, Chris Hulit, and rookie Goalie Bryan Gillis, the X-men will be coming in as David, and will be looking to slay Goliath!

Come over to the AUC tomorrow night and cheer on your UNB V-Reds!!!


The game will be available on Rogers TV, webcast at News-Cast, can be heard on CHSR 97.9 FM, and updates can be followed on UNB Hockey on Twitter.

Stats found here:
CIS Men’s Hockey
AUS Men’s Hockey
RedSea Database

Respect the Opponent

In today's Daily Gleaner, David Ritchie reaches into the NHL archives to provide a history lesson about heavily favoured teams in the playoffs.  UNB is going into a series vs STFX as the overwhelming favourite  in some people's eyes.  But any chance of UNB being overconfident against this very capable opponent evapourated with the ambitions of a perfect season on Feb. 12.  That was the loss a lot of fans were secretely hoping for to put a bit of fear back into the team.  We'll soon find out if there's any merit to those thoughts. 

Does anyone believe that the X-Men players have surrendered themselves to the idea of losing?  No chance! 

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fan Bus To STFX

Round 2 is a best-of-five series, meaning there will be at least 1 road game at STFX.  You know what that means. 

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There has been some interest in putting together a fan bus for the Tuesday night game in Antigonish. Cost will likely be $40 - $45, including the game ticket.  The bus will leave from the AUC at noon and return immediately following the game.  It's about a 5 hour trip to Antigonish.  The Fan Bus guys are trying to gauge interest, so if you want to go, please let us know by sending us an email as soon as possible.  Depending on the response, there'll be a table set up during Game 2 on Friday night to collect payment.

Let's make this happen V-Reds fans!

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10: The Playoffs are here!

The 15th installment of the CIS men's top 10 finds UNB on top yet again. The V-Reds, who enjoyed a bye in the first round of the playoffs, will begin their playoff run against the AUS #5 ranked StFX X-men on Thursday night at the AUC. The other AUS teams in the top 10 are the #4 ranked Acadia Axemen, who also had a first round bye, and the SMU Huskies, moving up to the #8 spot, after eliminating UdeM in two straight games in the first round of the playoffs.

Here are the complete standings:

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

1. UNB (27-1-0) / 180 (18) / (1)
2. Alberta (23-4-1) / 161 / (2)
3. UQTR (23-3-2 / 2-1 playoffs) / 133 / (3)
4. Acadia (19-6-3) / 124 / (4)
5. McGill (22-6) / 2-0 playoffs) / 106 / (6)
6. Western Ontario (21-7-0 / 2-1 playoffs) / 98 / (5)
7. Lakehead (19-7-2 / 2-1 playoffs) / 63 / (8)
8. Saint Mary's (16-8-4 / 2-0 playoffs) / 51 / (10)
9. Saskatchewan (15-7-4) / 37 / (NR)
10. Manitoba (14-10-2) / 20 / (9)

Other teams receiving votes: Waterloo (6), Guelph (4), Ryerson (2), Wilfrid Laurier (2), Windsor (2), Calgary (1)

The full article can be read here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

UNB vs STFX - Round 2 Complete Schedule

The STFX website has posted the following schedule for the Round 2:

AUS Semifinals (best 3-of-5)

Thurs, Feb. 25 Game 1: StFX @ UNB 7:00 PM
Fri, Feb. 26 Game 2: StFX @ UNB 7:00 PM
Tues, Mar. 2 Game 3: UNB @ StFX 7:00 PM
Wed, Mar. 3 Game 4: UNB @ StFX (if necessary) 7:00 PM
Sat, Mar. 6 Game 5: StFX @ UNB (if necessary) 7:00 PM

It would seem Round 2 will take us through March break.  Here's Tuesday's story from the Daily Gleaner.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The X-Men Cometh...

Round 1 of the AUS playoffs is over.  SMU swept Moncton two games to none with their win Saturday night, while STFX swept UPEI Friday night to advance to the second round.

With that, UNB will host the X-Men on Thursday and Friday night at the Aitken Centre.  STFX, of course, was the only team in Canada to beat UNB all season.

Round 2 will be a best-of-five series, so UNB will need to win 3 games to advance.  The season series was won by UNB, three games to one.  UNB outscored STFX 21-13, but take out a 9-3 game and the series was much closer.  The X-Men put a scare into UNB earlier in the season by forcing the V-Reds to overtime in one of their losses.   STFX has momentum working in their favour, coming fresh off a hard fought series with UPEI, and will no doubt be using their recent win over UNB as motivation. Expect a battle.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

AUS Pool - Final Results

The AUS hockey pool results for the final week of the AUS season are in, and we have our winner.  Congratulations to Fan of the Vreds, our winner with 352 points.  He is the supreme AUS poolie, owner of bragging rights, and envy of all. Incidentally, if you were to pick the "best team" possible given the selections, you would have ended up with 390 points.

Runner up was cmd with 341 points.  

We have a few prizes to distribute, including some tickets to a few games next season and a pair of playoff tickets courtesy of the Varsity Reds.  The winners will be contacted accordingly.

The top 10 standings are as follows:

Rank/Participant/Points
1 - Fan of the Vreds -352
2 - cmd - 341
3 - MATT JOHNSON - 337
4 - THE BIKER GANG! - 334
5 - Ken C - 331
6 - Barney - 330
7 - Stephanie - 329
8 - Section 5'er - 326
9 - MARIAN TREMBLAY - 323
10 - pickace - 322

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


We're confident about the winner, but 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.

Congrats to the winners and all the top 10 and thanks to all who participated this year.  We hope you had fun.  Finally, a big thanks to "Drummer" for his help maintaining the AUS pool page. 

UNB's shots by Period in 2009-2010

Here is a quirky stat, which I had to check several times, and had others look at as well.


Period 1
347

Period 2
347

Period 3
347

OT
7

Playoffs Start While UNB Waits

The AUS playoffs start this evening in Halifax and PEI.  Round 1 is a best of 3 series.  UNB and Acadia will meet the winners, with UNB playing the lowest remaining seed in the conference.

In the meantime, check out the AUS's story on Chris Culligan, notice of which was sent to us by Squirrel H8TR.  Thanks.

Also, over at the CIS Blog, David Kilfoil takes a stab at guessing who will be on the AUS All-Star teams.   There's already some healthy debate on a few of them.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#14): No. 1 UNB finishes 27-1

The final media poll of the regular season finds UNB where they started the year, #1! Despite falling short of a perfect season, UNB broke their own points record in the AUS, and now own the modern era record for most wins in a season with 27 wins in 28 games. UNB will now have a quarter final bye, along with Acadia who maintains their fourth place national standing. St. Mary’s is once again in 10th place, and will begin their quarter final matchup against UdeM on Wednesday night in Halifax.

Here are the complete standings:

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

1. UNB (27-1-0) / 160 (16) / (1)
2. Alberta (21-4-1) / 137 / (2)
3. UQTR (23-3-2) / 129 / (3)
4. Acadia (19-6-3) / 108 / (4)
5. Western Ontario (21-7-0) / 89 / (6)
6. McGill (22-6-0) / 88 / (5)
7. Waterloo (20-7-1) / 43 / (7)
8. Lakehead (18-6-2) / 42 / (8)
9. Manitoba (14-8-2) / 36 / (9)
10. Saint Mary's (16-8-4) / 34 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Saskatchewan (8), Wilfrid Laurier (4), and UPEI (2).

The full article can be found here.

Tremblay Named UNB Athlete of the Week

Hunter Tremblay ended the year the same way he started it, putting up numbers and being named the UNB/Valley Graphics Male Athlete of the Week.  Tremblay had 5 points this past weekend, and ended with a personal best 57 on the season.

You can view the press release in today's Daily Gleaner.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Tremblay Leads CIS Scoring Race

The final weekend of the AUS regular season is over, the playoff match-ups are all set, and the numbers have all been crunched. Hunter Tremblay wins the AUS scoring title and is leading the CIS scoring race with 57 points, including a CIS best 25 goals (plus the two missed by the refs and goal judges the other night confirmed by video replay). Unless something incredible happens out west and Alberta's Chad Klassen scores 14 points in 2 games, he should capture the CIS scoring title.  Travis Fullerton leads the CIS in Goals Against Average with 2.09.

UNB finshed with the top record, 27-1, and were number two to McGill in scoring with 143 goals to McGill's 156.

UNB also increased its home attendance this season to 2820,topping last season's record of 2495, good enough for tops in the AUS.

For more on Tremblay, check out Bruce Hallihan's article today's Daily Gleaner.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

UNB wins record 27th win 5-2 over Dalhousie

FREDERICTON -- While they didn't complete a perfect regular season, the University of New Brunswick men's hockey team did win an AUS record 27 games when they cruised to a 5-2 win over the Dalhousie Tigers on Saturday night in front of 3033 fans at the Aitken University Centre. The Dal loss combined with a Moncton overtime shootout win over Acadia means the Tigers were eliminated from the AUS playoffs on the last day of the season.

The Varsity Reds got off a flying start, and only 22 seconds into the game Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) spun and backhanded the puck for what he and fans thought was a goal, but not according to the goal judge and referee. Three minutes later Tremblay put the puck off Dal goalie Bobby Nadeau's (Lac-Etchemin, QC) shoulder and apparently into the goal and through the mesh at the rear of the net, but neither the goal judge or referee saw it that way, and there is no video review in the AUS. UNB finally got a goal that counted on a five-on-three power play at 15:12 when Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) came in off the left point for the back door play goal from a Tremblay pass. Three minutes later UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) made an unselfish play in the slot when he faked the shot and slid a soft pass over to Tremblay for a relatively easy goal. Shots in the first period favoured UNB 18-7.

The second period was a bit more even, but UNB extended their lead at 8:47 when off the cycle Ryan Seymour (Fredericton, NB) came out from behind the Dal net with the puck, and forced Nadeau to make a big save. Unfortunately for him the rebound went right to Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) who banged in the puck. Tremblay got his second goal at 15:49 on the power play when his heavy shot from the top of the circle may have deflected slightly off a Dal skate before it went by Nadeau and into the net. With 43 seconds to go in the period Nadeau appeared to tweak something, and he left the game and Josh Disher (Burlington, ON) took over in the Dal net. Shots in the second period favoured UNB 11-8.

UNB was cruising along with their 4-0 lead when there was an incident at 4:36 when Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) collided with Dal's Kenzie Sheppard (Howie Center, NS) along the UNB bench, and Sheppard went into the bench with his stick high. Sheppard was assessed a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct for making contact with UNB players on the bench. UNB's resultant power play was not very effective, and worse, gave up two shorthanded goals. First at 7:37 Dal rookie Ben Breault (St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC) intercepted the puck at the blue line, and had a breakaway as he scored on Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB). Then at 8:13 fellow rookie Daniel Bartek (Olomouc, CZ) stripped the puck from a UNB player and had a step on the UNB defence as he beat Yeomans with a shot into the top corner of the net. The two goals appeared to finally wake up the Tigers, who hadn't shown much desperation in the game up until that point. However, UNB held the fort, and Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) added an empty net goal at 19:41 to salt away the 5-2 win. Final shots in the game were 42-23 for UNB.

The player of the game was Hunter Tremblay, who finishes the regular season atop the AUS leader board with 57 points , and as the top sniper in the conference with 25 goals. He finished with 32 assists, just one assist back of the co-leaders Mark Rancourt and Andrew Hotham from Saint Mary's. Tremblay had the most game winning goals (8) in the AUS and most shorthanded goals (5). He also led the AUS in shots on goal (126) and finished with the second best plus/minus (+25).

For his part goaltender Derek Yeomans finished the season with nine wins and no losses, a goals against average of 1.79 and a save percentage of .914.

UNB will now have the first round bye in the playoffs, and will wait to meet the lowest ranked survivor of the Saint Mary's – Moncton and UPEI – StFX first round best-of-three series.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

V-Reds Set Record In Win Over Dalhousie

UNB set a new AUS record for most points in a season with 54 points (27 wins and 1 loss) by defeating Dalhousie 5-2 this evening at the Aitken Centre.

Scoring for the V-Reds were Daine Todd, Hunter Tremblay with 2, Nick Layton, and Luke Gallant.  Hunter Tremblay appeared to score 2 other goals but the officials waved them off.  Derek Yeomans took the win in goal.

The AUS playoff match-ups are set.  SMU will play UdeM in round 1 after Moncton upset Acadia in a shootout to slide into the last playoff spot.  UPEI will host STFX in the other first round match-up.

V-Reds Wrap Up Regular Season Tonight Vs. Dalhousie

Fresh off their 3rd loss of the year, and first to a CIS opponent, the V-Reds will look to establish a new AUS points record tonight by going for win 27 against the Dalhousie Tigers. Expect a lot young students at the game as the spill-over from the great crowd at District 18 night is expected to attend.

The Tigers were mauled by the Panthers last night by a score of 7-2, and are currently battling for their playoff lives. Dalhousie clings to the last playoff spot with a slim 1 point lead over Udem in the AUS standings. UNB can once again expect a team to throw everything it has at them.

This will mark Tigers rookie sensation Benjamin Breault's first visit to the Aitken Centre. Breault joined the team after Christmas and has been an offensive catalyst for the Tigers, scoring 13 points in 13 games, including 8 goals. By contrast the team is led in scoring by Patrick Sweeney with 19 pts in 25 games.

UNB has won all 3 previous meetings this season by a combined score of 16-3.

The game can be seen on Rogers TV, News-Cast.com ($5.95), or you can follow updates on Twitter.

UNB 3 StFX 4

FREDERICTON – The University of New Brunswick's men's hockey team's record perfect run came to an end Friday night, as the StFX X-Men got opportunistic goalscoring, steady penalty killing and solid goaltending in defeating the Varsity Reds 4-3. The V-Reds outshot the X-Men 39-21 in front of 2739 fans at the Aitken University Centre, but it was the X-Men coming back from a three goal deficit to halt the UNB winning streak at 26 games from the beginning of the season.

Before the puck dropped, UNB defenceman Jonathan Harty and Bretton Stamler were acknowledged as the co-winners of the twelfth annual Mike Cavanagh Memorial Award in a brief pre-game ceremony. When the real action started StFX had two penalties in the first five minutes of the game, but not only could UNB not beat StFX goalie Bryan Gillis (Lantz, NS), when defenceman Nick Pageau (Stoney Creek, ON) came out of the penalty box he managed to get the puck from UNB's Ben Shutron (Orleans, ON), go in on the UNB net with Shutron hard on his heels, and then had his shot on net ring off the post. Just over ten minutes into the period UNB star Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) got into position in the low slot, and he one-timed a John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) shot past Gillis. UNB was back on the power play a few minutes later when Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) didn't get good wood on the shot, but his wobbly puck still hit Gillis' shoulder and popped up and over and into the net at 12:51. Tremblay was involved in the play and recorded his 100th career regular season assist. UNB outshot StFX12-2 in the first period.

It was a much improved X-Men squad that came out to start the second period, yet they were stunned at 1:07 when Chis Culligan was pushed into Gillis and the net, and UNB defenceman Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) arrived on the scene to collect the garbage goal as he banged the puck into the net. However the X-Men kept working, and they caused the V-Reds to take some penalties, and were rewarded on the five-on-three man advantage when Murdock MacLellan (Mabou, NS) jumped on a rebound off the post to put the puck past Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) at 7:16. Four minutes later the X-Men took advantage of a fortuitous puck bounce and a bad UNB line change to rush into the UNB zone three-on-two and Kevin Undershute scored on Fullerton. The X-Men stuck to their hard-working, counterattack game, letting UNB carry the play, and tied the game at 15:10 when after UNB's Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) couldn't successfully bring the puck to his backhand in close on the StFX net, the X-Men went the other way and sniper Bryce Swan (Alder Point, NS) was in tight when he brought the puck to his backhand and went top corner on Fullerton. In what is usually UNB's best period this season, the shots were even at 12.

UNB had a golden opportunity to get the lead back early in the third period when they had a five-on-three power play for just over a minute, but they couldn't beat Gillis with the pucks that managed to get by the X-Men shot blockers. The X-Men continued their text book road team play in the period, and frustrated the V-Reds looking for open ice to wheel the puck. Everywhere there was a stick or a body in the way. At 12:03 Brett Morrison (Howie Center, NS) got half a step on the UNB defence at the blue line and he beat Fullerton with a wrister on the rush to give the X-Men their first lead of the game. They held on for the win despite a furious UNB charge – the first time the V-Reds have been behind late in the third period and the first time this season they were forced to pull the goalie in the last minute, all to no avail. When the final horn sounded the X-Men mobbed Gillis in the nets as if they'd just won the AUS championship. Well they did end UNB's winning streak, as well as their own three-game losing streak. To no one's surprise X goaltender Bryan Gillis was the player of the game. UNB closes out the regular season Saturday night when they host the Dalhousie Tigers.

Friday, February 12, 2010

X-Men Top V-Reds By 4-3 Score

For just the third time this year, the V-Reds lose a hockey game...this time to STFX X-Men on home ice.

The game stared off well enough with Hunter Tremblay, Chris Culligan, and Jonathan Harty all scoring goals, sending UNB to a 3-0 lead.  But a series of odd man rushes and bad bounces would eventually lead to 4 consecutive goals scored agains the V-Reds.  Unofficial shot count was 39-21 for UNB.  Travis Fullerton took the loss for UNB.

UNB will look to rebound from their first loss of the regular season tomorrow night vs. Dalhousie.

StFX@UNB, Fri. Feb. 12th 7PM

Tonight, the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (26-0-0) begin their final weekend of the regular season, and look to continue their record setting ways as they host the StFX X-Men (10-12-4) at the Aitken University Center.

UNB enters the evening one point behind their AUS record of 53 points from two seasons ago (26-1-1). The buzz everywhere is around the prospect of the perfect season; the CIS website has posted an article running down the perfect season thus far, while the Daily Gleaner has an interview with John Scott Dickson in which he talks about the excitement within the team themselves to work towards that perfect season. UPDATE: David Kilfoil chimes in with his commentary over at the CIS BLOG.

The X-Men are is a different position; they enter the night on a three game losing streak, finding themselves in fifth place at the moment. StFX will look to come out strong tonight, not only to be the team to beat the undefeated V-Reds, but also to get prepared for their first round matchup which will most likely be against the fourth place UPEI Panthers (13-11-2).

The game will be available on Rogers TV, broadcast on CHSR 97.9 FM, and updates will be available on UNB Hockey on Twitter.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

AUS Pool - Week 13 Standings

Week 13 saw Fan of the Vreds continue a late season charge for AUS Pool supremacy, but several people are still in the hunt as we approach the final weekend of AUS regular season play.  This week's top performer was Gary Morton with 37 pts. The top 10 standings are as follows:

Rank/Participant/Points
1 - Fan of the Vreds -330
2 - cmd - 320
3 - THE BIKER GANG! - 317
4 - MATT JOHNSON - 316
5 - Stephanie - 313
6 - Barney - 312
7 - Ken - 310
8 - Section 5'er - 309
T9 - pickace - 305
T9 - MARIAN TREMBLAY- 305

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

David Kilfoil provides coverage of last week's AUS hockey action 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.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

UNB Men’s Hockey Individual Milestones and Records

Hunter Tremblay

With two games to go in the 2009‐10 regular season, Hunter Tremblay leads the AUS in points (51), is tied for first in goals (22), is tied for second in assists (29), leads in game winning goals (8), leads in shorthanded goals (5), is in fifth place for power play goals (7), leads in shots on goal (111) and is tied for first place in the AUS with Ben Shutron for plus/minus (+26).

In his three year career so far with UNB, Tremblay now has 151 regular season points, putting him in fourth place all time, just 6 points back of Toby Burkitt in third place. When you add in playoffs (including the University Cup) Tremblay has 166 career UNB points which is good enough for fifth among all time UNB leaders. Next ahead of him is Jeff Andrews with 169 points. His 51 points this season is the sixth best single season ever at UNB; Todd Sparks is one better with 52 points in 1994‐95 and Sid Veysey is two better with 53 points in 1979‐80. The best UNB season ever is Robbie Forbes with 66 points in 1984‐85.

Tremblay reached the 150 point mark faster than any other UNBer (79 games). Tremblay is the first UNB player to have 50 point seasons in three consecutive years.

Tremblay's 22 goals this season has him tied for tenth place with Derek Cormier (1994‐95) and Peter MacKellar (1997‐98) for most in a season. While more of a playmaker, Hunter’s 52 career regular season goals to date put him in 11th place all time at UNB, just one goal back of Vaughn Porter. Add in playoffs (including Nationals) and his career goal total climbs to 58 goals, good enough for 12th place already, just one goal back of Ryan Walsh.

Tremblay’s 29 assists this season have him tied with several UNB players for 14th best performance in a season. In his three season regular season career to date as a V‐Red Hunter has 99 assists, which puts him in second place all time. Rob Hennigar holds the record with 121 career assists. When you add in playoffs, including the University Cup, Tremblay’s assist count grows to 108, which is the third best total at UNB, and 4 assists behind Jeff Andrews.

John Scott Dickson

With two games to go John Scott Dickson is third in the AUS points race (38), tied for fourth place for goals (17), tied for 8th place for assists (21), tied for second in game winning goals (4), tied for second in power play goals (10), and is tied for fourth in the AUS with Jonathan Harty for plus/minus (+17).

In five seasons with UNB John Scott has 126 career regular season points, putting him in 11th place all time and just two points behind Mark Jeffrey. When you add in playoffs (including the University Cup) Dickson has 156 career UNB points, good enough so far for 8th place all time, just a point back of Trevor Boland and Todd Sparks.

Dickson has 76 career regular season assists at UNB, which puts him at 12th place all time, just one assist behind Todd Sparks. Add in playoffs including Nationals and Dickson climbs to 95 career assists, putting him in fifth place all‐time at UNB.

While starting after Christmas his first year affected Dickson’s total games played in five seasons, when you add in playoffs and Nationals he has played 144 games so far in the Red ‘n Black, just one game less than Brian Stewart in tenth place.

Ben Shutron

Ben Shutron's 24 assists so far this season ties him for 8th place among rookies with Dave Bluteau (1979‐80) and also ties him with Bluteau for the second most assists by a rookie defenceman. Kelly Reed is tops among rookie UNB d‐men with 28 assists in 1992‐93.

Stats courtesy of VRedsHockey.com and AtlanticUniversitySport.com.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#13): No. 1 UNB sets CIS record

At the top again, will it be a perfect regular season?

The undefeated UNB V-Reds (26-0-0) are once again on top of the standings in this week’s CIS media poll. UNB, riding a CIS record (modern era) 26 straight wins this season, had a challenging week, with two come-from-behind wins, but as always, found a way to get the job done. Acadia remains in fourth in national polling, while the other AUS entrant, St. Mary's, also remains in 10th spot.

Here are the complete standings:

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

1. UNB (26-0-0) / 170 (17) / (1)
2. Alberta (20-3-1) / 149 / (2)
3. UQTR (21-3-2) / 129 / (3)
4. Acadia (18-6-2) / 121 / (4)
5. McGill (20-6-0) / 96 / (6)
6. Western Ontario (19-7-0) / 70 / (5)
7. Waterloo (19-6-1) / 62 / (9)
8. Lakehead (18-6-2) / 60 / (7)
9. Manitoba (14-8-2) / 38 / (8)
10. Saint Mary's (14-8-4) / 21 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Saskatchewan (12), Wilfrid Laurier (7).

The article also looks at teams that have managed to go the whole season without a regulation loss.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Interesting Look at Experience of AUS Teams

In a conference that usually puts high value on veteran experience, you might be surprised to see how narrow the difference in experience is between AUS teams, and who the youngest teams are. Over at the CIS Blog, David Kilfoil breaks down the AUS according to years of AUS experience. Depending on your perspective, you could argue UNB is the 2nd youngest team in the conference, which should bode well for the next few years.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Varsity Reds defeat Tigers 4-1 for 26th win

HALIFAX – The University of New Brunswick men's hockey team had to once again come back from a first period deficit for the win, this time against a determined Dalhousie Tigers team, as they scored four unanswered goals for the 4-1 victory. The Varsity Reds' 26th win of the season matches their AUS record 26 wins in 2007-08, as well as extends their record start in the University Cup era for the CIS.

While the V-Reds have already locked up first place, the Tigers are fighting to maintain their tenuous hold on the final AUS playoff spot, and came out that way Saturday night at the Dal Memorial Arena. While UNB wasn't finding a lot of room to skate they were gradually taking control of the game when Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) hammered Dal rookie Jordan Gagné (Ancienne-Larette, QC) along the boards. There was a delay while Gagné was attended to, and subsequently on the next faceoff in the UNB zone the Tigers won the draw back to defenceman Devrin Stonehouse (Elkhorn, MB), who fired a heavy shot that Francois Gauthier (Rimouski, QC) deflected up and over V-Reds netminder Derek Yeomans' (St. Albert, AB) shoulder and just under the crossbar at 10:22. That was the only goal in the period that saw UNB outshoot Dal 12-5.

Early in the second period Dal was on the power play when Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) got to the puck and started a three-on-one UNB break the other way. He fed the puck over to Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) at the right circle and his quick shot beat Tigers goalie Bobby Nadeau (Lac-Etchemin, QC) to tie the game at 2:41. The goal was Tremblay's 22nd of the season, and his AUS leading fifth shorthanded marker. That was the only time the V-Reds solved Nadeau in the period, that saw them outshoot Dal 10-5 in a physical period.

The Tigers almost got a gift goal to take the lead at 1:49 when Yeomans raced out of the UNB net for the extra attacker on a delayed penalty, and Kyle Bailey put the puck back to the point only to see it carom off the boards and go the length of the ice and bounce off the left post of the empty V-Reds net, much to the dismay of the excited Dal crowd. UNB took the lead at 10:32 when Alex Aldred (St. Albert, AB) fired a point shot after a clean UNB faceoff win that Chris Culligan (Howie Centre, NS) may have tipped past Nadeau. Not long after there was a scary moment when Jeff MacGregor (Winnipeg, MB) drove Derek Yeomans into the right post of the UNB net, but Yeomans was only shook up and not injured on the play. UNB extended their lead at 15:54 when there was a scramble in front of the Dal net and Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) was the first V-Red to get to a loose puck and bang it past Nadeau.

UNB added their last goal at 17:20. Hunter Tremblay stole the puck from Kyle Raftis (Bramalea, ON), raced up the ice and patiently waited for John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON) to catch up and receive the pass. Dickson beat Nadeau for his 17th goal of the season, and 50th career regular season goal at UNB. At 18:37 UNB's Josh Kidd was sent off for tripping while the V-Reds were already killing of a penalty. Dalhousie coach Pete Belliveau called a timeout, and then put Nadeau on the bench, creating a 6-on-3 man advantage for 1:08. However the V-Reds withstood the Dal attack and held on for the 4-1 win.

Shots in the game favoured UNB 35-15. Both teams were 0-for-4 on the power play. Hunter Tremblay's 22 goals now put him in a tie with SMU's Cody Thorton for the AUS lead. Tremblay's 51 points to date mark the third consecutive season he has scored 50 or more points, a first at UNB. Tremblay also leads the AUS with eight game winning goals this season. Not playing for V-Reds in the game was defenceman Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS), who was kept out in what UNB coach Gardiner MacDougall described as a “precautionary move”. The Varsity Reds close out the regular season next weekend when they host StFX on Friday and Dal again on Saturday.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Three Goal 3rd Period Lifts V-Reds To 4-1 Win At Dal

For the second time in two nights the V-Reds come from behind to win the hockey game, this time by a 4-1 margin vs. the Dalhousie Tigers in Halifax.  Scoring for UNB were Hunter Tremblay (short-handed), Chris Culligan, Jordan Clendenning, and John Scott Dickson.  Derek Yeomans was in net for the V-Reds and continues to show great form this season, including a timely save on a Dal breakaway early in the game.  Shots were 36-22 for UNB. 

Hunter Tremblay had a goal and an assist and sits at 51 pts on the season, marking his third consecutive 50 point season for the V-Reds. 

The win puts UNB at 26-0 on the season, and ties their 2007-08 record of 26 wins.  UNB will attempt to beat their record in the final two games of the regular season next week, back at the AUC.

Capping off the night, a UNB hockey fan won the 50/50 jackpot.

Varsity Reds get record 25th win in 5-3 victory over X-Men

ANTIGONISH – The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds men’s hockey team had to come from behind to defeat the StFX X-Men 5-3 and set a CIS record (in the University Cup era) for their 25th straight victory before some 1200 fans at the Keating Millennium Centre in Antigonish.

The first period was very tightly played, and UNB didn’t find a lot of skating room against the X-Men checking. The only goal of the period came at 11:03 when StFX’s leading scorer, Bryce Swan (Alder Point, NS), recovered from a heavy Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth-Andover, NB) hit in time to have the puck come back to him and he beat UNB goaltender Travis Fullerton (Riverivew, NB) with a quick release from the top of the circle. The shots were an uncommonly low 7 to 4 in favour of UNB in the period.

Just over five minutes into the second period UNB was on the power play, yet they gave up an odd man rush to Brett Morrison (Howie Centre, NS) and Ryan Sparling (Sydney, NS) and the Sparling shot rebounded back to Morrison who buried it to put the X-Men up 2-0 at 5:37. It is the first time the Varsity Reds have given up a shorthanded goal this season. UNB was back on the power play a few minutes later when Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) stickhandled across the low slot and passed to Chris Culligan (Howie Centre, NS) who fired a wobbly shot that bounced over Bryan Gillis’s (Lantz, NS) shoulder and in at 8:10. With just 15 seconds to go in the period Tremblay took a nice pass from UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) and tied it up. The goal was Tremblay’s 20th of the season and 50th regular season goal in his three seasons so far at UNB. The Varsity Reds had a better skating game in the second period and it showed in the shots,
16-6 over the X-Men.

Momentum was definitely going in UNB’s direction in the third period when Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) split the X defence and fired a shot the Gillis saved with his left pad, only to see Campbell knock in his own rebound at 2:42. Midway through the period UNB was shorthanded when Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) won the battle along the left boards against two StFX defenders and then fired the puck cross ice to a streaking Tremblay who made no mistake in beating Gillis. The X-Men visibly sagged after that goal, yet two minutes later they scored a second shorthanded goal when Brett Robertson and Rob Warner scored on a two-on-one rush. Four minutes later the X-Men almost tied the game when Bryce Swan’s shot on the power play clanged off the crossbar. With 1:44 to go in the period StFX coach Brad Peddle called a timeout, and then pulled Gillis from the X-Men net for the extra skater. However they had difficulty keeping possession of the puck and Kyle Bailey fired a shot over a sliding X-Men defenceman and into the top corner to salt away the win.

The final score was 5-3 for UNB, who outshot the X-Men 37-20. UNB was 1-for-6 on the power play while StFX went 0-for-5. With UNB associate coach Todd Sparks not able to make the trip due to illness, swingman Josh Hepditch (Fredericton, NB) went behind the bench as an assistant coach. Next up for UNB they travel to Halifax Saturday night to play the Dalhousie Tigers.

UNB@DAL - Saturday, Feb. 6th 7pm

Tonight, the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (25-0-0) are in Halifax to do battle with the Dalhousie Tigers (8-13-4) at the Dalhousie arena in a game Dalhousie has to see as a must win.

After a sloppy first period, UNB battled back last night to defeat StFX (10-11-4) with a score of 5-3, in a game where three short handed goals were scored, two of which were against UNB. Once again Hunter Tremblay was the game first star as he had 3 points (2G,1A) including the game winner, a short-handed goal! Kyle Bailey also had three points (1G,2A) on the evening.

Dalhousie was not so fortunate last night, falling 5-3 to the UPEI Panthers (12-11-2). Dalhousie finds themselves only two points ahead of a surging UdeM ((8-15-2) who have picked up points in four of their last five games. With the final playoff spot on the line, you can be sure that Dalhousie will come out with everything they have.

The game will be broadcast on CHSR 97.9, webcast on SSNCanada, and can be followed on UNB Hockey on Twitter.

Friday, February 5, 2010

UNB Battles Back From 2-0 Deficit To Beat X-Men

The V-Reds found themselves down 2-0 early in the game but battled back for a hard fought 5-3 win over the StFX X-Men in Antigonish.  Scoring for UNB were Chris Culligan, Hunter Tremblay with two, Dion Campbell, and Kyle Bailey.  Travis Fullerton took the win in goal, and made 18 saves. Shots were 41-20 in favour of UNB.  With the win, UNB moves to 25-0 on the season.

UNB is back in action tomorrow night in Halifax against the Dalhousie Tigers.

UNB@StFX Fri. Feb. 5th, 7pm

Tonight, the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (24-0-0) travel to Antigonish to do battle with the StFX X-Men (10-10-4) at the Keating Millenium Centre.

Coming off a 5-1 win on Wednesday night against the UdeM Aigles Bleus (8-15-1), the V-Reds look to continue their preparations for the playoffs and to continue working to improve their already dominant performance thus far this season. UNB looks to be the first team in CIS history to start the regular season with 25 consecutive wins. On a player note, both John-Scott Dickson and Hunter Tremblay sit at 49 career regular season goals, let's cheer them on to get that big #50 each!

StFX is coming off of a shootout loss to UdeM on Sunday, and will be looking to get back into the win column as they try to end UNB record setting winning streak in the AUS. A look at the stats finds that UNB and StFX are at opposite ends of the spectrum in one very important category: Penalty-killing. UNB sits first, with a PK of 91.1%, while StFX sits last, with a PK of 75.9%. UNB's PP is also #1 in the AUS at 28%, while StFX sits sixth at 14.6%. One category where StFX is tied for first with UNB is short handed goals, each team having six thus far this season.

The game will be broadcast on CHSR 97.9 FM, webcast on SSNCanada, and can be followed on UNB Hockey on Twitter.


Stats can be found at Atlantic University Sport.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

V-Reds cruise to 5-1 victory over Aigles Bleus and 24th win

FREDERICTON – The University of New Brunswick men's hockey team continues to roll along, as the Varsity Reds defeated the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus 5-1 Wednesday night for their 24th straight win in front of a paid crowd of 2479 at the Aitken University Centre. The game marked the 18th annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game, and for everyone associated with the UNB hockey program it is the most important game of the season.

For the ceremonial game face off the late Mark Jeffrey's father, Jim, and one of his nieces, Meagan, came out to centre ice. But before the puck was dropped, this year's honouree was named for the prestigious annual Mark Jeffrey Award – fifth year winger John Scott Dickson (Barrie, ON), perhaps the best ever two-way forward to play for the Varsity Reds. Dickson excels on the penalty kill even more than he does on the power play and leads by example when it comes to blocking shots.

The first period went reasonably well for Moncton as they did a pretty good job on the physical forecheck and battling for pucks in the neutral zone. Moncton goaltender Pierre-Alexandre Marion (Gatineau, QC) was stellar in nets in the period, as he faced 14 shots and kept the Varsity Reds off the scoreboard.

A power play early in the second period gave UNB their first goal, when after Marion made two or three point blank saves the V-Reds slung the puck over to Daine Todd (Stettler, AB), who came racing in off the point in time to one-time the pass into the wide open left side of the Moncton net at 1:30. UNB was on the power play again around the 13 minute mark when Ian Mathieu-Girard (St-Gédéon de Beauce, QC) had a great opportunity to tie the game when he got the puck away from V-Reds point man Ben Shutron (Gloucester, ON) at the Moncton blue line, raced the other way and rang his shot off the right post of the Varsity Reds net. UNB was back on the power play at 15:19 when Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) skated over the Moncton blue line with the puck on a two-on-two rush, slowed down and then suddenly accelerated as he zigzagged through two Aigles Bleus defenders before driving the net and deking Marion for the goal, his 19th of the season. UNB outshot UdeM 16-5 in the period.

Early in the third period Moncton showed some great second effort as they fired two good shots at UNB's Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) before they were third time lucky on defenceman Mathieu Bolduc's (Victoriaville, QC) shot into the top corner at 1:52. UNB responded with two straight goals from Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB). At 4:49 Lee was one-on-three as his teammates made a line change, and he just kept going as he weaved his way through the blue shirts, found himself at the net and put the puck past Marion. Then at 10:13 Lee used his speed to come out from behind the Moncton net with the puck, stickhandled across the crease through a crowd, and put the puck in the far corner. The last goal of the game came at 16:43 when John Scott Dickson was in the low slot and he jumped on the juicy rebound from a heavy Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) point shot. Shots were pretty close in the final period, 10-9 in favour of UNB.

The final shots were 40-20 for UNB in the 5-1 victory. UNB was 2-for-5 on the power play while UdeM went 0-for-6. A testament to UNB's strong penalty kill all night was that Moncton was not credited with a shot on goal for any of their power play opportunities. The player of the game was Jeff Lee. Next up for the Varsity Reds in the weekend roadtrip to play StFX on Friday night and Dalhousie Saturday night.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

V-Reds 5-1 Winners Over UdeM

It took 2 periods for UNB to warm up on this cold night, but the 5-1 final in the annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game sent the crowd home happy.  Scoring for UNB were Daine Todd, Hunter Tremblay, Jeff Lee with two, and John Scott Dickson. Travis Fullerton started for UNB and made 19 saves for the win.  Final shots were 40-20 in favour of the V-Reds.

Prior to the game, 5th year forward John Scott Dickson was recognized as this year's winner of the Mark Jeffrey memorial scholarship.  Congratulations to John Scott!

Here's Thursday's Daily Gleaner game story.

V-Reds Ready For Mark Jeffrey Memorial

In today's Daily Gleaner, Bruce Hallihan captures the thoughts of what Mark Jeffrey means to the current V-Reds.  Tonight's game will be the 18th installment of the Mark Jeffrey Memorial game.

Even though the V-Reds have clinched first place and home ice for AUS playoffs, you can be sure the team will have a lot to play for tonight.  Make sure you make it out to the AUC at 7 PM!

For more on #17, Mark Jeffrey, visit the tribute page at www.VREDSHOCKEY.com.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Men’s hockey top 10, Feb. 2nd: UNB still perfect on top

12 media polls, 12 #1 rankings...

The undefeated UNB V-Reds (23-0-0) are once again on top of the standings in this weeks CIS media poll. UNB, riding a team record 23 straight AUS wins this season, has already secured first overall for the regular season, and now looks to prepare for the playoffs. Acadia remains in fourth in national polling, while the other AUS entrant, St. Mary's, falls to the tenth spot.

Here are the complete standings:

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

1. UNB (23-0-0) / 160 (16) / (1)
2. Alberta (19-2-1) / 144 / (2)
3. UQTR (18-3-2) / 112 / (5)
4. Acadia (15-6-2) / 104 / (4)
5. Western Ontario (18-6-0) / 85 / (3)
6. McGill (18-5-0) / 81 / (6) - x
7. Lakehead (17-5-2) / 81 / (8) - x
8. Manitoba (13-7-2) / 50 / (9)
9. Waterloo (17-6-1) / 27 / (10)
10. Saint Mary's (12-8-4) / 21 / (7)

x - McGill was awarded the higher ranking based on number of higher placed votes

Other teams receiving votes: Saskatchewan (9), Wilfrid Laurier (6).

The article also looks at teams that have managed to go the whole season without a regulation loss.

John Scott Dickson Named Athletes of the Week

The Daily Gleaner is reporting that this week's UNB/Valley Graphics Athletes of the Week is none other than John Scott Dickson. Dickson had a big game Friday night, scoring a goal and adding an assist, but V-Reds fans probably appreciate him best for his unmatched work blocking shot after shot on the penalty kills. Way to go JS.

UdeM@UNB Wed. Feb. 3rd, 7pm

Tomorrow night, the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (23-0-0) are home to the UdeM Aigles Bleus (8-14-1) at the Aitken University Center for the annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial game.

The V-Reds, coming off another successful weekend, will be looking to keep the home crowd happy, and to continue working on improving their game. Hunter Tremblay continues to hold a one point lead over F. Verreault-Paul of the McGill Redmen (18-5) in the CIS points race with 44 points. UNB will be without Matt Fillier and Jonathan Harty as they are both serving one-game suspensions.

UdeM also had two big wins on the weekend, defeating both Dalhousie (8-12-3) and StFX (10-10-4); the last being by shootout win with a goal by Mathieu Betourney. UdeM is fighting for their playoff lives, with five games left in their schedule, they find themselves in an almost must win situation as they trail DAL by two points for the final playoff spot this year.

The game will be broadcast on CHSR 97.9 FM, webcast on News-Cast.com, and can be followed on UNB Hockey on Twitter.