Thursday, September 30, 2010

New V-Reds Text Messaging Service Up and Running, Another Tweeter

Some of the great new services offered with the new V-Reds website can be found under the "Fan Zone" section on the right side of the screen.  Of particular interest might be the new "Text Updates" service.  Enter your cell phone number, select your sports, and the magic of social media does the rest.  This service will be handy for quick score updates after every period, half, quarter (as the sport dictates) and presents an option to getting more frequent twitter messages.  This service is provided by the Varsity Reds free of charge, but be sure to check your cell phone plan to see if any carrier charges apply when receiving messages first.   

For those of you with those fancy iPhones, a V-Reds "app" is in the works...stay tuned.


And finally, for those of you on Twitter, you may be interested to know that CIS Blogger and UNB/CHSR-FM broadcast colour-guy, David Kilfoil, can now be followed. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Behold! The New V-Reds Website Is Up

Red, Black, and White and loaded with potential. 

http://varsityreds.ca/

Have a look!

V-Reds Still Have Lots To Prove

If a few strong showings vs. the 2010 CIS finalists in recent exhibition games have the UNB faithful cheering loud and proud, Dave Ritchie's story in today's Daily Gleaner will serve as a stiff spear-to-the-ribs reminder of how horrible things went last March in the series vs. STFX.  As if you forgot.  Or needed to be reminded.  Or don't still wake up in cold sweats in middle of the night crying "six shots, six shots".  But he's right, and it's worth a read, so pick up a copy of The Daily Gleaner or visit them at the link above.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

UNB Downs Defending National Champs To Win Fall Classic

Jordan Clendenning and Kyle Bailey each had hat tricks as the V-Reds beat up on the SMU Huskies en route to a 10-3 win in the final of the UNB Fall Classic.  Also scoring for UNB were Daine Todd, Josh Hepditch, Nick MacNeil and Nick Layton.  UNB outshot the Huskies 44-21.  Travis Fullerton played the entire game for UNB while Neil Conway lasted for 9 goals before the mercy rule resulted in Cory Chipman taking over.

Hunter Tremblay and Taylor Procyshen did not dress for the V-Reds, while Mike Danton was absent from the SMU Huskies lineup.

While it's only meaningless pre-season, the V-Reds will take a few positives out of the weekend.  In the last 8 days UNB has defeated both 2010 CIS finalists by a margin of 16-5.  

Tournament all-stars from UNB were Kyle Bailey, Jordan Clendenning, and Josh Kidd.

The V-Reds will prepare for their next few games before heading to the USA where they face NCAA opponents UMass, Vermont, and RPI to wrap up the pre-season.  The next home game will be the season opener on October 22nd vs. the Dalhousie Tigers.

Friday, September 24, 2010

V-Reds Prevail 4-2 Over Gryphons

Game 2 of the Fall Classic saw the Varsity Reds top the visiting Guelph Gryphons by a score of 4-2.  Scoring for UNB were  Matt Fillier, Luke Gallant, Kyle Bailey, and Jon Harty. Travis Fullerton started and was relieved by Derek Yeomans.  Final shots were 40-15.

Guelph held the scoring lead by a margin of 2-1 after the first period, but a much more aggressive V-Red team took control of the game part way through the second period until the final whistle blew.   This game also marked the first time the Aitken Centre faithful got to see rookie Nick MacNeil in the lineup.  MacNeil missed the earlier exhibition games while he was at training camp with the St. Louis Blues.

UNB will play the defending National Champions SMU Huskies tomorrow at 7 PM in the final of the tournament.

Bill Hunt provides the game story for The Daily Gleaner.

V-Reds to Launch New Website...Again

It appears as though the Varsity Reds are upping their game in the digital realm.  The official website has a short press release identifying SIDEARM Sports as the designer and host of the new Varsity Reds website.  SIDEARM Sports has designed athletics websites for many CIS and NCAA ahletics programs including Central Arkansas University and the visiting Guelph Gryphons.

We look forward to a more fan-friendly web experience.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Update On Shutron and Wright, Game Vs. Pirates Cancelled

In Thursday's edition of The Daily Gleaner, Bill Hunt updates the V-Reds hockey world on the status of Ben Shutron and Ben Wright.  It's encouraging to hear Shutron talk about returning to the lineup this season, and we wish him all the best.  Ben Wright's knee injury is estimated to keep him out for 8-weeks, which could end up costing him the first half of the year.  Fortunately he'll be back in the line-up as the run to the playoffs begins.

Hunt also talks with Portland Pirates director of communication Mark Jenneret and confirms the rumour that the game against the AHL's Portland Pirates has been cancelled.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Former V-Red Darryl Boyce In Leafs Lineup Tonight On TSN

As David pointed out in the comments, according to the Globe and Mail, former V-Red Darryl Boyce is projected to be in the Maple Leafs lineup for tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators.  It's only pre-season, but be sure to tune in to TSN tonight at 8 PM to cheer him on.

Grypons Arrive At UNB On A Positive Note

The Daily Gleaner's Bill Hunt previews the Guelph Gryphons and notes that they arrive in town on their own 3-game win streak, outscoring Brock and Laurier by a combined margin of a 13-2 along the way.  Guelph is expected be competitor in the OUA this season after a 14-10-4 and dropping the semi-final decision to Lakehead in the playoffs. 

A quick check over at the ReDSea reveals that the last time UNB played Guelph, they lost 4-3 at Maple Leaf Gardens in the Gold Medal Game back in 1997, a game some of us remember too well, when yet another star goalie stood on his head and stole the win.  There's not nearly as much at stake, and the players are all different but let's hope UNB can extract some overdue revenge and keep the momentum going in the pre-season.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hunter Tremblay Named Male Athlete Of The Week

As reported by the Daily Gleaner, for his efforts this past weekend, Hunter Tremblay has been named UNB Valley Graphics Male Athlete of the Week.  Tremblay recorded 5 goals and 2 assists in 3 games.  He tends to receive this honour a few times a year.

Monday, September 20, 2010

V-Reds Face Early Adversity On Defence

While the western road trip will remembered as a success, it didn't come without some costs.  Looks like Ben Shutron has suffered a broken bone in his leg and could be out an extended period of time following surgery, while Ben Wright will likely be nursing a knee injury for 4-5 weeks after a knee-on-knee collision in the first game.  No official word from the team yet on the extent of the injuries or how long these two will be out, but we'll keep an eye open for updates.

The injuries leave UNB a bit lean on defence.  Spencer Corcoran and Josh Hepditch are more than capable of stepping in, but another injury might force Coach MacDougall to be creative.  It's a shame the injuries occurred in rather meaningless exhibition games, and no doubt a few voices will be heard questioning the exhibition schedule.  Remember, the team plays those games to get better.  Road trips like this are big reason UNB is able to recruit as they do, and part of the success of the program.  Injuries represent the risky side of hockey, but if you have to take a few, you only hope they occur early in the season.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

V-Reds 6, Dinos 1. Alberta trip complete

The V-Reds are coming home with three wins in three games, combined score of 22-5, combined shots 108-47.

Hunter Tremblay once again was a catalyst on the offence, with three goals, including a short-handed marker, his second in two nights. Also scoring for the V-Reds were Gallant, Layton, and Culligan.

The big question mark is Ben Shutron, who was carried off on a stretcher after taking a boarding hit from Eric Frere at 1:52 of the first period. He was moving when he was taken off, so hopefully he is ok.

The game summary can be found here.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

V-Reds topple Golden Bears 6-2

The V-Reds, behind goals by six different players, toppled the Golden bears 6-2 last night in Alberta. After a 1-1 first period that saw Hunter Tremblay score another short handed goal, the V-Reds came out in the second period, scoring four goals in the first 5:35 of the period, including a short handed goal by Gallant, just 12 seconds into the frame. The third period was a more even affair, with both teams again scoring one goal.

The V-Reds return to Calgary tonight for their second game against the Dinos.

Friday, September 17, 2010

V-Reds Continue Western Road Trip Vs. Alberta

One of the most anticipated games of the year is an exhbition game happening tonight across the country.  The University of Alberta Golden Bears will host the Varsity Reds tonight at Clare Drake Arena at 10pm AST.  These teams have combined for 5 of the last 6 CIS National Championships, and at least 1 of these teams has made it to the University Cup Final in each of the last 7 seasons. 

The Golden Bears website previews the game.

Audio feed will be available on SSN, or you can follow UNBHockey on Twitter.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

V-Reds Topple Dinos In First Exhibition Game

It was a chippy way to start, but the V-Reds pulled off a convincing 10-2 victory over the host University of Calgary Dinos in the first pre-season game of the year.  Nobody's getting too excited about this exhibition game, but nine players scored for UNB including Taylor Procyshen (2), Bretton Stamler, Luke Gallant, Spencer Corcoran, Hunter Tremblay, Lachlan MacIntosh, Matt Fillier, Daine Todd, and Dion Campbell.  Honourable mention goes to Ben Shutron with 4 assists.  Travis Fullerton and Derek Yeomans split duties in goal for the V-Reds. 

The story in this one is probably the 98 penalty minutes, including a fight (Jordan Clendenning).  With 30 different penalties called, that's an average of one penalty ever 2 minutes.  Anticipate a heated rematch when the teams meet again this Saturday.  UNB is off to Edmonton next to play the UofA Golden Bears on Friday.

Here's the game summary courtesy of the Canada West website.

Hockey's back, folks.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

UNB@UofC, live stats tonight!

Thanks to some loyal fans who pointed out that the leaguestat web site will have live stats for tonights game online. You can check them out here.

First Exhibition Game Tonight, V-Reds Honouring Hockey History

Those of you following UNBHockey on Twitter learned yesterday that the V-Reds arrived in Calgary late last night ahead of tonight's game against the University of Calgary Dinos.  Calgary already has 2 exhibition games under their belts against CW conference rivals Lethbridge (losing both games by a 3-2 score) so expect them to have already shaken off some of the rust accumulated over a long off-season and to provide stiff competition to UNB.

Also, in today's Daily Gleaner, Dave Ritchie reveals that there are plans in the works to honour UNB's hockey history over the next two seasons coinciding with the school hosting the University Cup.  Details are limited at this time, but we'll look forward to a Varsity Reds announcement as to exactly how the past will be remembered.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Woolger Not Playing For UNB

This summer's other worst kept secret has taken an interesting turn.  The Daily Gleaner's Bill Hunt reports that Brian Woolger has decided against joining the team this year.  Woolger spent most of his CIS career with the University of Alberta where he found a steady job on the Golden Bears' second line. There was some speculation he might have fit in on UNB's third line.

It's difficult to assess what impact this might have since UNB has no shortage of skilled wingers that can contribute offensively, however it wouldn't have hurt to add a bit of experience and a player that is familiar with at least two of the teams attending the University Cup tournament this March.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

More Exhibition Games Announced

The Varsity Reds announced their complete exhibition schedule today, with new games against RPI (NCAA) on October 5th, and the AHL's Portland Pirates on September 30th being the latest additions.

The complete schedule can be found at the official V-Reds website.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Unofficial 2010-2011 V-Reds Broadcast Schedule

 CHSR-FM broadcast schedule

Friday, Oct 15, UNB at UPEI, 7 pm
Saturday, Oct. 16, UNB at STU, 7 pm at LBR
Saturday, Oct. 30, UNB at UdeM, 7 pm
Friday, Nov. 12, UNB at St. FX, 7 pm
Saturday, Nov. 13, UNB at Saint Mary's, 7 pm
Friday, Nov. 19, UdeM at UNB, 7 pm
Friday, Dec. 3, UdeM at UNB, 7 pm
Friday, Jan. 7, Dalhousie at UNB, 7 pm
Saturday, Jan. 8, Acadia at UNB, 7 pm
Friday, Jan. 14, UNB at UdeM, 7 pm
Friday, Jan. 21, Saint Mary's at UNB, 7 pm
Saturday, Jan 22, St. FX at UNB, 7 pm
Tentative:
Friday, Feb 4, UNB at St. FX, 7 pm
Saturday, Feb 5, UNB at Saint Mary's, 7 pm
Friday, Feb. 11, UNB at Acadia, 7 pm
Saturday, Feb. 12, UNB at Dalhousie, 7 pm

playoffs to follow


Tentative Rogers TV broadcast schedule

Friday, Oct 22, UNB  vs Dalhousie 7 pm
Saturday, Oct 23, UNB vs Acadia 7 pm
Friday, Nov 5, UNB vs SMU 7 pm
Friday, Nov 19, UNB vs UdeM 7 pm
Friday, Dec 3, UNB vs UdeM 7 pm
Friday, Jan 7, UNB vs Dalhousie 7 pm
Saturday, Jan 8, UNB vs Acadia 7 pm
Friday, Jan 21, UNB vs SMU 7 pm
Saturday, Jan 22, UNB vs STFX 7 pm
Wednesday, Feb 9, UNB vs STU 7 pm

SSN

Friday, Oct 22, UNB  vs Dalhousie 7 pm
Saturday, Oct 23, UNB vs Acadia 7 pm
Friday, Oct 29, UNB vs UPEI 7pm
Friday, Nov 5, UNB vs SMU 7 pm
Saturday, Nov 6, UNB vs STFX 7 pm
Friday, Nov 12, UNB at STFX 7pm
Friday, Nov 19, UNB vs UdeM 7 pm
Sunday, Nov 21, UNB vs STU 2 pm
Saturday, Nov 27, UNB at Dalhousie, 7pm
Friday, Dec 3, UNB vs UdeM 7 pm
Saturday, Jan 1, UNB vs Providence 7 pm
Sunday, Jan 2, UNB vs Providence TBA
Friday, Jan 7, UNB vs Dalhousie 7 pm
Saturday, Jan 8, UNB vs Acadia 7 pm
Saturday, Jan 15, UNB vs UPEI 7 pm
Friday, Jan 21, UNB vs SMU 7 pm
Saturday, Jan 22, UNB vs STFX 7 pm
Friday, Feb 4, UNB at STFX 7 pm
Wednesday, Feb 9, UNB vs STU 7 pm
Saturday, Feb 12, UNB at Dalhousie 7pm

SSN will also be offering all CIS University Cup games in March.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fullerton and Yeomans Return With Purpose

It would appear that rumours of Travis Fullerton playing pro-hockey and Derek Yeomans joining the army are premature.  Bill Hunt talks with Coach MacDougall about UNB's goaltending situation in today's Daily Gleaner and confirms the summer's worst kept secret - that Martin Houle is not coming to UNB.

Instead UNB will go with Travis Fullerton's conference leading goals-against-average (2.09) and Derek Yeomans' conference leading save percentage (.914), as the two netminders return with more experience and extra motivation.

Update: Bruce Hallihan adds his thoughts in Thursday's edition of the Daily Gleaner.