Sunday, October 31, 2010

V-Reds Take Over First Place

UNB 4 - UdeM 0

The first meeting of the season between the men's hockey teams of  provincial rivals University of New Brunswick and Université de Moncton saw the Varsity Reds blank les Aigles Bleus 4-0. UNB  goaltender Travis Fullerton got the shutout at the J. Louis Levesque Arena in Moncton while Bretton Stamler, Hunter Tremblay and Chris Culligan each had a goal and an assist for the V-Reds. A fairly even game to start, UNB pulled away as the game progressed, outshooting UdeM 44-22 by the time it was all over for their fifth win in a row.

The game had a physical edge from the first drop of the puck as the rivals renewed acquaintances. At 9:09 UNB opened the scoring with Hunter Tremblay in the penalty box for tripping.Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS)  scooped up a loose puck and streaked to the other end of the ice, attempting to score backhanded on Pierre-Alexandre Marion (Gatineau, QC). The Moncton goalie made two initial saves, but he wasn't able to get across the crease before defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) popped the rebound into the open side of the net for his first goal of the season. There was no other scoring in the period, but they came close, when Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) rang the puck of the iron for the second night in a row. Shots in the first period favoured UNB 11-9.

Early in the period Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) was forced to make a couple of big saves, and then the two teams started trading off penalties, with the best scoring chance for either team a Luke Lynes (Rochester Hills, MI) shot off the Moncton post. At 11:30 UNB started a big penalty kill when d-man Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) was assessed a four-minute double-minor for high sticking. Not only did the V-Reds 
frustrate les Aigles Bleus with an efficient penalty kill, but just as the PK was ending defenceman Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) went end-to-end and forced Marion to make a tough save in close. Later in the period, at 18:30, Charles Bergeron (St-Joseph-de-Coleraine, QC) appeared to forget that there were two referees working the game, as he spun Fullerton around behind the play and was tagged for goaltender interference. On the subsequent power play Gallant's point shot was blocked by a sprawling Moncton defender but Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) snapped the rebound through a crowd, and Marion, to make it 2-0 at 19:29. UNB outshot UdeM 16-9 in the middle period.

UNB kept the pressure on in the third period, but didn't score again until 14:12, when Culligan again rushed the length of the ice, this time going backhand to forehand as he deked out Marion for the goal. The prettiest goal of the game came less than two minutes later when Nick MacNeil (Creignish, NS) and UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) had a two-on-one rush, and Bailey's off balance shot found the top right corner of the net. The game finished with both teams shorthanded, and a bit of pushing, shoving and chirping after the final whistle. The V-Reds outshot Moncton 17-4 in their dominant final period and 44-22 in the game.

UNB was 1-for-7 on the power play while UdeM went 0-for-6 with the man advantage. It is the third game in a row that UNB has not given up a power play goal, and the second game in a row they scored a shorthanded goal. Aigles Bleus head coach Serge Bourgeois watched the game from the pressbox, serving out his one-game suspension as a result of the fracas at the conclusion of the UdeM-STU game on Wednesday. With the win, UNB is now 5-1 and in sole possession of first place in the AUS standings. StFX, who lost 4-3 in an overtime shootout to Dal Saturday night, are now one point back in second place.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fullerton Backs V-Reds To 4-0 Win

Travis Fullerton's first shutout of the season helped UNB to a 4-0 road victory against UdeM.  Bretton Stamler opened the scoring halfway through the first period with a shorthanded goal that was largely the result of the great effort by Chris Culligan.  Also scoring for the V-Reds were Hunter Tremblay, Chris Culligan, and Kyle Bailey.  Rookie Nick MacNeil pitched in with two assists.  Final shots favoured UNB by a 44-22 margin. 

The win, combined with a STFX loss in overtime to the Dalhousie Tigers, leaves UNB in sole possession of first place in the AUS standings with 10 pts.

UNB will turn their attention to the two big games against SMU and STFX at the Aitken Centre next weekend in what's sure to be a playoff like atmosphere.

V-Reds get Revenge on Panthers

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds ensured that there would not be a repeat of their season opening loss to the UPEI Panthers men's hockey team, as they controlled the game from start to finish in the 4-1 win, outshooting the visitors 41-19 in the game. The V-Reds offense was led by the first line, with Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) scoring a goal plus assisting on the goals from linemates Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) and Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) in front of 2303 fans. With their fourth win in a row, UNB moves into a first place tie with StFX in the AUS standings.

There was a good pace to the game from the opening faceoff at the Aitken University Centre in Fredericton. The V-Reds speed drew the Panthers into penalties fairly early in the game, and on the second UNB power play Hunter Tremblay was deep in the UPEI zone with two open teammates to pass to. He elected to go through the slot to Clendenning who one-timed the puck past Mark Guggenberger (Richfield, MN) at 12:18. A minute later Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) was held up in front of the Panthers bench on a line change, and UNB was called for too many men on the ice. However on the penalty it was the V-Reds getting the best scoring chance, when Guggenberger was forced to make a big save with his right pads on Culligan. Late in the period UNB goaltender Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) was tested, when he was forced to make a save off the streaking Jordan Knox (Skinner's Pond, PE) on a breakaway. The shots in the first period were 13-5 for UNB, and indicative of the territorial play.

The Panthers had a power play early in the second period, but it was UNB getting the two-on-one the other way. Tremblay snapped a pass cross-ice to Culligan who tipped the puck past Guggenberger who did the splits in trying to make the save2:41. UNB kept up the pressure and scored again at 7:46 when Jeff Lee worked the puck down low on the cycle, then bulldozed his way from behind the net on a wraparound attempt, and Luke Lynes (Rochester Hills, MI) knocked in the rebound for his first goal of the season. Although UNB was dictating most of the play, UPEI did get their opportunities. After Yeomans made a big save on Mike MacIsaac (O'Leary, PE) the Panthers kept up the pressure on the cycle until Matt Carter (Mississauga, ON) finally solved the UNB netminder at 14:36. A few minutes later UNB was on the power play, and their best scoring chance was when Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) rang his shot off the crossbar after a sequence of crisp passing. At the end of the period one of the Panthers put the puck into the UNB net after the whistle had gone, which drew a crowd including V-Reds captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB). When the scrum was over both Bailey and UPEI's Cory Vitarelli (Peterborough, ON) were given roughing penalties to commence at the start of the third period. Shots in the second period favoured UNB 13-7.

The third period was much like the second, with UNB dominating the play. Nick MacNeil (Creignish, NS) hit the left post with a loud clang just over two minutes in, and that was the V-Reds' best scoring chance until five minutes later, when Tremblay was alone at the edge of the crease to tip in a pass from Clendenning at 7:16. That was the end of the scoring in the game, which saw UNB outshoot UPEI 15-7 in the final period and 41-19 on the night. The V-Reds were 1-for-5 on the power play while the Panthers went 0-for-5.

After the game UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall noted that the biggest difference when comparing the win over UPEI with the loss on opening night in Charlottetown was hard work. ?Our whole game revolves around work ethic and having all four lines going. Tonight we got contributions from everyone, and our penalty kill was good, plus got a shortie. MacDougall singled out the energy line for their work, and in particular Nick Layton, who probably had his best game as a V-Red.

Hunter Tremblay echoed his coach in basing the difference in the game outcomes on hard work. He offered that his line hasn't been quite executing the last two weeks, but they played better as a unit in this game. Tremblay was also quick to point out that despite the lopsided shooting advantage UNB goalie Derek Yeomans played well, and he had to face some tough shots.

Three Stars: 1. Hunter Tremblay 2. Chris Culligan 3. Ryan Seymour

Saturday night the Varsity Reds travel east on the Trans-Canada to Moncton to play les Aigles Bleus, while the Panthers stay in Fredericton and play the St. Thomas Tommies.

Friday, October 29, 2010

UNB Avenges Loss With 4-1 Victory Over Visiting Panthers

The Varsity Reds avenged an earlier loss to the UPEI Panthers with a 4-1 win on Friday night at the Aitken Centre.  Hunter Tremblay led the way with a goal and two assists, while Jordan Clendenning chipped in with a goal and assist.  Luke Lynes and Chris Culligan (short handed) scored the other UNB goals.  Derek Yeomans made 18 saves for the win as UNB outshot UPEI by a 41-19 margin.

The UNB victory combined with the STFX loss leaves UNB in first place in the AUS standings.   UNB plays UdeM tomorrow night in Moncton at 7 PM.

Bill Hunt provides the game story in Saturday's edition of The Daily Gleaner.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

V-Reds host the Panthers at 7pm at the AUC

Tonight, the AUS #2 ranked V-Reds host the AUS #5 ranked UPEI Panthers at the AUC at 7pm. The V-Reds will look to avenge their season opening loss of 4-2 on the island back on the October 15th.

The V-Reds look to build on their three game winning streak and to continue their quest to enter the Nationals in March through the front door as the AUS Champions. Dion Campbell and Hunter Tremblay currently lead the V-Reds with six points each.

The Panthers are coming off of a 6-2 win over Dalhousie last weekend and will look to make it two in a row and to once again foil the V-Reds high powered offence. Matt Carter and Matthew Brenton lead UPEI scoring with seven and six points respectively.

The game can be seen as a webcast from the SSN website and can be followed on UNBHockey on Twitter .

Also, in case you missed it, Bill Hunt catches up with Luke Gallant in today's edition of the Daily Gleaner, make sure you grab a copy.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

AUS Pool - Week 2 Standings

The race is still tight in Week 2 of the AUS Pool.  Robert Penney and BruinsFan0877 lead the way for a second straight week with 44 pts, but are being chased by some would-be usurpers.  This week's top performer was blackmarketmob with an impressive 23 pts.  The Top 10 Standings are listed below, but click the right sidebar link to see the AUS Pool Page for a complete breakdown. 

Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
 T1 BruinsFan0877         17   21    6   44   20   T1
 T1 Robert Penney         13   25    6   44   20   T1
 T3 AUS Fan               18   21    4   43   21   T7
 T3 jack gillis           16   19    8   43   21   T7
 T5 Matt J                17   19    6   42   18   T1
 T5 Todd's Shoulder       16   16   10   42   19   T5
 T7 Randy Corey           17   19    4   40   17   T5
 T7 true north fan        17   17    6   40   19    9
 T9 Davidlep              12   21    6   39   15   T1
 T9 AUSFAN72              10   21    8   39   19  T10
 

Please have a look to see that everything is in order, if you think we've made an error, send us an email and we'll look into it.  Big thanks to "Drummer" once again for helping us out this year with the stats.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Second CIS Top 10 Rankings of 2010-2011

With two weeks complete in the AUS, the CIS has released the second Top 10 Rankings. The first week's rankings generated some debate about how the voting is done, and this one will be no different as the top five teams have remained the same. UdeM has dropped out of the top ten, but the AUS still has three teams holding strong.

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

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

1. Alberta (5-1-0) / 166 (6) / (1)
2. McGill (6-0-0) / 154 (6) / (2)
3. UNB (3-1-0) / 150 (6) / (3)
4. StFX (4-0-0) / 131 / (4)
5. Saint Mary's (2-1-0) / 98 / 5 (5)
6. Western Ontario (4-0-1) / 78 / (10)
7. Saskatchewan (3-3-0) / 52 / (6)
8. Manitoba (2-1-1) / 44 / (9)
9. Concordia (5-1-0) / 39 / (NR)
10. Calgary (4-2-0) / 28 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Carleton (16), Wilfrid Laurier (13), Lakehead (7), Acadia (6), Moncton (6), Regina (2).

The full top ten story can be found here.

Dion Campbell Named Athlete Of The Week

Scoring two goals and adding 3 assists over two games was more than enough to give Dion Campbell the UNB/Valley Graphics Male Athlete of the Week award.  Campbell has been playing very well as of late and is one of the players stepping up into a larger role as a result of team injuries. Let's hope the speedy 3rd year winger from Melville, Saskatchewan can build on his fast start.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

V-Reds Make It Three In A Row

Fredericton (October 24, 2010)

Saturday night in a game closer than the final score, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds defeated the opportunistic Acadia Axemen men's hockey team 5-2 before 2225 fans at the Aitken University Centre. The score was 3-2 for UNB after two periods, with the V-Reds scoring two goals late in the the game to 
finally secure the win.

Like the night before, UNB came out strong and dominated the early play.  At 8:07 defenceman Josh Hepditch (Fredericton, NB) pinched in along the boards to keep the strong cycle going and fired the loose puck to Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) who passed it to linemate Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) who then beat Acadia goaltender Kristofer Westblom (Meadow Lake, SK). The physical play increased at the period continued until Acadia captain Chris Bruton (Calgary, AB) went too far and picked up a two minute minor for contact to the head and automatic ten minute misconduct for a late hit along the boards at 18:30. UNB only took 31 seconds to take advantage of the situation, with UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) hitting Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) with a perfect pass on the rush, and Westblom had little chance to make the save.  Shots in the first period favoured UNB 10-3.

UNB increased their lead to 3-0 at 4:29 of the second period when they won the draw in the offensive zone and rookie Nick MacNeil (Creignish, NS) picked the top corner for his first goal as a Varsity Red. Acadia 
got back into the game on a great individual effort by Joe Gaynor (Goderich, ON), as he fought off UNB defeneman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) on a near breakaway, and somehow put the puck up and 
over Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) and under the crossbar for a highlight reel goal.  Acadia almost drew within a goal at 10:24, when the shorthanded Axemen took advantage of a UNB turnover and Scott 
Tregunna (Mt. Forest, ON) rifled a shot that went along the ice and through Fullerton's pads, hit the iron at the back of the net, and came back out so quickly that it fooled the goal judge, referee Scott Lockhart and the Acadia bench. With no video replay in the AUS, there was no chance for the apparent goal to count.  At 18:12 the Axemen did get a goal that counted, and another highlight reel goal, when Jacob Dietrich (Deloraine, MB) tipped a Spencer Jezegou (Oshawa, ON) pass just under the UNB crossbar. UNB outshot Acadia 12-8 in the middle period.

The third period saw chances at both ends but no scoring until late in the period.  At 12:01 Ryan Graham  (Mount Pearl, NF) hammered Josh Hepditch into the boards in front of the Acadia bench, and was assessed a five-minute major for checking from behind and an automatic game misconduct. UNB wasn't generating many scoring chances on the power play until they had a five-on-three man advantage when Leo Jenner (Mossley, ON) was called for elbowing Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS). Gallant and Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) passed the puck back and forth on the points looking for the perfect one-timer opportunity before Gallant finally unloaded on Westblom at 16:04, much to the joy of the antsy fans. UNB added a late goal with 28 seconds to go, when after some strong and sustained forechecking Ryan Seymour (Fredericton, NB) was able to muscle the puck into the net. Shots in the final period were 13-9 in favour of UNB.

UNB outshot Acadia 35-20 in the 5-2 victory. UNB was 2-for-6 on the power play while Acadia was 0-for-4. The three stars of the game were: 1. Jonathan Harty 2. Joe Gaynor 3. Kyle Bailey. The V-Red finish the weekend in second place in the AUS; the undefeated StFX X-Men are two points ahead for first place in the standings. 

By David Kilfoil for the UNB Varsity Reds.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Reds Cut Down Axemen With 5-2 Win

Over 2200 fans at the Aitken Centre were treated to a pretty good hockey game this evening that ended with the good guys skating to a 5-2 victory over the Acadia Axemen.  Scoring for UNB were Dion Campbell, Hunter Tremblay, Nick MacNeil, Luke Gallant, and Ryan Seymour.  Travis Fullerton made 18 saves for the win.   The final shot count was 35-20 in favour of the Varsity Reds. Luke Gallant was strong on the blue line setting the physical tone of the game early in the first with a few big hits.

The game was 3-2 until a power-play goal late in the third period.  The Axemen deserve credit for playing a tight defensive game while capitalizing on a few scoring opportunities to keep this one close.

UNB will be back at it next Friday night at home when they try to extract some revenge against the UPEI Panthers.

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UNB 5 - Dal 1 Game Story

Fredericton (October 23, 2010)
The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds men's hockey team came out like gang busters against the visiting Dalhousie Tigers, had a bit of lull in the second period, and then reasserted their play in the third period as they cruised to a 5-1 win, outshooting the Tigers 36-20.

The home opener at the Aitken University Centre started on a high note with the introduction of this year's team to the fans, and then became more reflective on the news that Ted Bedard had passed away. Bedard, originally from North Bay, ON, served with the Canadian Navy during World War II and was a star player with UNB from 1946-51. The Forestry graduate taught at the Maritime Forest Ranger School until his retirement in 1984 and he was a loyal and active supporter of UNB hockey right up to his death. After highlighting Bedard's successful life, then a moment's silence, followed by O Canada, the teams were ready to play hockey.

The V-Red dominated the early play and were rolling through their lines when Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) fed Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) a nice pass and Lee deked out Dal goalie Josh Disher (Burlington, ON) for the goal at 5:36. Three minutes later UNB was on the power play and moving the puck around crisply before Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) threaded the puck across the slot to defenceman Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) for the tap in goal. Harty had rushed in from the left point to the open side of the net on the set play. UNB had two more glorious scoring chances in the period: Disher stoned Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) in close at 14:20 and late in the period Harty and rookie Nick MacNeil (Creignish, NS) had a two-on-one rush shorthanded where Disher stopped MacNeil's shot while Harty's swat at the reboud went off the far post and stayed just out. UNB outshot Dal 15-2 in the first period.

The start of the second period saw UNB continue their strong play. Dal had some back luck at 5:36, when UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) fired the puck from the corner on the rush and it appeared to deflect off a Tiger defencemen's skate and up and over Disher and into the net. However not long after that the Tigers strategy of keeping a forward high started paying off, as they got in behind the UNB defence and used long passes to create scoring chances. On the power play at 17:25 Benjamin Breault (St.-Jean, QC) fired a long pass to Dal rookie Patrick Daley (Whitby, ON) who went in alone against Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) and scored on a deke move. Shots in the second period favoured Dal 13-10.

The third period saw UNB take back the momentum, and Campbell scored on the power play at 6:06 to restore the three goal margin. The Tigers had done a pretty good job keeping Tremblay in check in the game until midway through the period when he roared down the left wing, went around a Dal defenceman who tried to catch him along the boards, and rifled a pass cross-ice pass to a streaking Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) who redirected the puck past Disher. After the goal, Dal head coach Pete Belliveau opted the switch goaltenders, putting Bobby Nadeau in nets for the final 9:34. He only faced 3 shots for the remainder of the game which saw neither team generate many scoring chances, other than a goal waived off in the last 30 seconds when MacNeil's stick was ruled to be too high when he tipped in Josh Hepditch's (Fredericton, NB) high point shot. UNB outshot Dal 11-5 in the final period.

After the game UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall wasn't completely happy with his team's performance. "We had a good first 27 minutes and then got away from our game in the second period. We played outside of our game, but give credit to Dal." He added, "the third period is part of our identity and I thought we were fundamentally better in the third period."

Players of the game were: 1. Dion Campbell, 2. Jonathan Harty, 3. Jeff Lee. UNB was 2 for 5 on the power play while Dal was 1 for 6. Attendance was 1408. Next up for the V-Reds the Acadia Axemen come to town Saturday night.

Friday, October 22, 2010

V-Reds Win Home Opener vs. Dal By 5-1 Margin

Lead by strong play from Jeff Lee, Dion Campbell, and Jonathan Harty, the V-Reds sailed to a 5-1 victory in the first home game of the 2010-2011 regular season.  Scoring for UNB were Jeff Lee, Jonathan Harty, Kyle Bailey, Dion Campbell, and Jordan Clendenning.  Derek Yeomans turned away 19 shots for the victory.

UNB will be back at it tomorrow night vs. Acadia in a highly anticipated contest.  The game will be available on Rogers TV and can be followed on UNBHockey on Twitter.

Update: Bruce Hallihan provides the game story in Saturday's edition of the Daily Gleaner

Sad News To Pass Along

We're very sad to pass along that former UNB hockey great and active alumni, Ted Bedard, has passed away.  Ted played for UNB from 1946-1951. Our condolences go out to the Bedard family.



Home Opener Vs. Dalhousie Tigers

The V-Reds will open the season tonight at the AUC against the improving Dalhousie Tigers.  Led by Ben Breault and junior star Pierre-Alexandre Vandall, the Tigers have something they've been missing for several years now - a dangerous combination of skilled, speedy forwards that can burn you in a second.

Dalhousie did better than you might expect against the Varsity Reds last season.  After a few early 5-1 and 7-1 blowouts, they showed some improvement and held UNB to closer 4-1 and 5-2 victories in the second half of the season.  

For UNB, tonight's game will be the first without Daine Todd, so expect some new line combinations.  Bragging rights goes out to the fan that guesses them correctly in the comments.

Speaking of the V-Red injury situation, some players are stepping up into bigger roles.  Bruce Hallihan catches up with defenceman Bretton Stamler in today's Daily Gleaner.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

AUS Pool - Week 1 Results

Thank you to everyone participating in this year's AUS Hockey Pool.  The results for week 1 are finally in after some minor delays on our part.  As you can see below, the race is tight out of the gate with 4 people tied at the top with 24 pts and everyone still in striking distance.

We had to buy a brand new, state of the art Tandy 2000 computer so big and so powerful to perform the calculations, so please take a look at your team's points totals to see if our math is as good as yours.  Chances are it's not, so if you see a mistake kindly let us know by sending us an email.  We'll double check and make any corrections if necessary. 

Here are the standings below:

Rank/Participant/goals/assists/goalie pts/total pts

1 BruinsFan0877 10 goals, 10 assists, 4 gly pts, 24 pts
2 Matt J 9 goals, 11 assists, 4 gly pts 24 pts
3 Davidlep 8 goals, 12 assists, 4 gly pts 24 pts
4 Robert Penney 10 goals, 10 assists, 4 gly pts 24 pts
5 Randy Corey 8 goals, 13 assists, 2 gly pts 23 pts
6 Todd's Shoulder 10 goals, 7 assists, 6 gly pts 23 pts
7 AUS Fan 10 goals, 10 assists, 2 gly pts 22 pts
8 jack gillis 8 goals, 10 assists, 4 gly pts 22 pts
9 true north fan 11 goals, 8 assists, 2 gly pts 21 pts
10 Steve Noddin 4 goals, 12 assists, 4 gly pts 20 pts
11 AUSFAN72 3 goals, 13 assists, 4 gly pts 20 pts
12 Jeremy Muise 6 goals, 10 assists, 2 gly pts 18 pts
13 Adam Antium 5 goals, 9 assists, 4 gly pts 18 pts
14 UNBforever 5 goals, 9 assists, 4 gly pts 18 pts
15 Phatrat 4 goals, 11 assists, 2 gly pts 17 pts
16 Eagles A Plenty 7 goals, 6 assists, 4 gly pts 17 pts
17 Hardy Fan 4 goals, 9 assists, 4 gly pts 17 pts
18 Red Devil 4 goals, 11 assists, 2 gly pts 17 pts
19 slapshot 7 goals, 8 assists, 2 gly pts 17 pts
20 Adam Lanto 7 goals, 8 assists, 2 gly pts 17 pts
21 iceman 6 goals, 9 assists, 2 gly pts 17 pts
22 Hockey_Princess24 3 goals, 11 assists, 2 gly pts 16 pts
23 KevinCormier 5 goals, 9 assists, 2 gly pts 16 pts
24 Alta 3rd liner 8 goals, 4 assists, 4 gly pts 16 pts
25 Section 10 7 goals, 5 assists, 4 gly pts 16 pts
26 David Kilfoil 4 goals, 9 assists, 2 gly pts 15 pts
27 Big Bad Jon 4 goals, 9 assists, 2 gly pts 15 pts
28 UNB BRUINS FAN 6 goals, 7 assists, 2 gly pts 15 pts
29 UNBNurse 5 goals, 8 assists, 2 gly pts 15 pts
30 Lee-Anne 5 goals, 8 assists, 2 gly pts 15 pts
31 Stephanie 5 goals, 7 assists, 2 gly pts 14 pts
32 vredsfan 5 goals, 7 assists, 2 gly pts 14 pts
33 Ken C 6 goals, 6 assists, 2 gly pts 14 pts
34 Tim Martell 4 goals, 7 assists, 2 gly pts 13 pts
35 FORREST 4 goals, 7 assists, 2 gly pts 13 pts
36 Dylan.M 5 goals, 6 assists, 2 gly pts 13 pts
37 UNBFAN34 3 goals, 8 assists, 2 gly pts 13 pts
38 CMD 3 goals, 8 assists, 2 gly pts 13 pts
39 UNBelievable Fan 3 goals, 7 assists, 2 gly pts 12 pts
40 Barney 5 goals, 5 assists, 2 gly pts 12 pts
41 Brandon 4 goals, 7 assists, 0 gly pts 11 pts
42 Fan Of the Vreds 4 goals, 5 assists, 2 gly pts 11 pts
43 Drummer 5 goals, 4 assists, 2 gly pts 11 pts
44 blackmarketmob 4 goals, 5 assists, 2 gly pts 11 pts
45 TommiesVideo 5 goals, 5 assists, 0 gly pts 10 pts
46 Wolfville Warrior 4 goals, 3 assists, 0 gly pts 7 pts

The race is on!  Good luck to all and thanks for playing.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Todd Update

In today's Daily Gleaner, Bill Hunt confirms our worst fears - Daine Todd is out for the season, possibly longer.  This is a huge blow to the V-Reds who already have an all-star line on the DL.  There are few players in the AUS with Todd's combination of playmaking, speed, and scoring.  More important, this must be a terribly difficult time for the student-athlete himself, who may now be forced to decide if he can continue to play the game he loves.

Our best wishes go out to Daine Todd for a speedy recovery.  As for the V-Reds, let's hope the team rallies for their fallen comrade.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

First CIS Top 10 Rankings of 2010-2011 Released

With the first week of the AUS out of the way, the CIS has released it's Top 10 Rankings.  UNB came in at #3, no doubt judged by its exhibition play against Alberta, SMU, and the NCAA teams more so than it's lackluster performance at UPEI last weekend.  We're guessing few V-Reds fans find this ranking unfair, and perhaps a few would argue it's a bit generous.  Surprisingly, UNB did earn more first place votes than either McGill or Alberta. 

STFX, SMU, and undefeated UdeM also represent the AUS in the Top 10 at 4, 5, and 7 respectively. 

Here's how the rankings look in the first media poll (1st place votes in brackets):

1. Alberta (3-1-0) / 159 pts (2)
2. McGill (4-0-0) / 139 (6)
3. UNB (1-1-0) / 116 (7)
4. StFX (2-0-0) / 107
5. Saint Mary’s (1-1-0) / 91 (2)
6. Saskatchewan (2-2-0) / 59
7. Moncton (2-0-0) / 49
8. Ryerson (4-1-0) / 43
9. Manitoba (1-1-0) / 41
10. Western Ontario (2-0-1) / 38

The Top 10 press release is availale at the official CIS website, with additonal commentary provided over at the CIS Blog

Sunday, October 17, 2010

UNB 7 - STU 1

Fredericton - Saturday night the men's hockey teams from cross-campus rivals the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas met on STU's turf, the Lady Beaverbrook Rink, and for 40 minutes the play was hard fought and fairly even. However in the third period the Varsity Reds found another gear and took over the game as they cruised to a 7-1 victory past a Tommies team that looked like it had run out of gas. The Varsity Reds were led by defenceman Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) with two goals, Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) with three points and linemate Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS)with a goal and an assist.

Both teams were coming off opening season road losses the night before; UNB lost 4-2 to UPEI while STU was blown out 10-1 by UdeM. Much is expected of the V-Reds who went 27-1 in conference play last season, while St. Thomas is striving to get back into the AUS playoffs. UNB was first on the scoreboard at 4:46 when the V-Reds won the faceoff in the offensive zone and Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) quickly beat STU netminder Ben MacFarlane (Woodstock, NB). Bad news for the V-Reds came at 14:35 when skilled forward Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) was nailed hard in the corner by two Tommies, and left the ice in obvious pain. Todd, who missed his entire first season at UNB with shoulder injuries, went to the hospital for x-rays while the game continued. At 16:15 Josh Kidd appeared to put UNB up 2-0 with a slapshot from the point, but the goal was waived off by referee Guy Pellerin who tagged Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) with a high sticking penalty on the play. Shots in the first period favoured UNB 15-14.

Fairly early in the second period Alex Labonte (Drummondville, QC), who had been one of the more aggressive Tommies in the first period, was called for goaltender interference. UNB passed the puck around crisply for most of the power play, looking for the perfect shooting lane, before putting the puck back to Kidd who hammered the puck inside the right goal post at 5:04. The goal was not called back this time. It was ten minutes before there was another goal, and it wasn't pretty, as defenceman Spencer Corcoran (Summerside, PE) went end to end and swatted the puck past a flat-footed MacFarlane. It was the second year player's first goal as a V-Red. St. Thomas got on the scoresheet at 18:08, when after Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) made two big saves Cory Banfield (Dartmouth, NS) finally got the puck past the UNB goalie. Shots were 10-9 for STU in the period, and 24 shots apiece after 40 minutes.

Although the Tommies had been able to keep pace with the Varsity Reds for the first two periods, that wasn't the case in the third period. UNB came out of the final intermission flying, and STU was on their heels for the rest of the game. The V-Reds top line was having a great shift when Chis Culligan scored from his knees at the edge of the crease at 4:41. Hunter Tremblay, tops in the CIS last season, scored at 7:19 and Tommies head coach Mike Eagles called for a timeout to attempt to rally his team. For their part UNB didn't ease up, and defenceman Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) scored shorthanded at 12:39. The final goal came at 14:22 when the 6'5" Kidd blasted another point shot past MacFarlane and into the top corner of the net. The V-Reds almost added to their total at 17:12, while shorthanded, when a streaking Dion Campbell was impeded by Randy Cameron (Cornwall, PE), who picked up a slashing penalty on the play. The UNB fans in attendance of course were calling for a penalty shot to no avail. UNB outshot STU 21-6 in the final period, and 45-30 in the game.

After the game UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall was pleased about the win, but he was concerned about Daine Todd's condition. On the 7-1 victory he commented, "how you practice, how you find ways to get better and how you react to adversity are all important keys. They are all part of the process for success in the AUS."

Notes: The Three Stars of the game were 1. Josh Kidd, 2. Bretton Stamler, 3. Chris Culligan. UNB was 1-for-4 on the power play while STU was 0-for-4. UNB's Chris Culligan was back on the first line Saturday, after being out of the lineup Friday. V-Reds rookie Nick MacNeil (Creignish, NS) played Friday, but was a game-time scratch due to an undisclosed injury. Finnish graduate student Matias Keränen, coming off a knee injury, made his debut for the Varsity Reds, playing a few shifts on the energy line. Keränen first made contact with coach MacDougall at the World University Games in Torino. STU netminder Charles Lavigne was not dressed for the game as he continues to sit out a four-game suspension carrying over from last season. STU defencemen Andrew Andricopolous and Bryan Main have yet to play this season with injuries while UNB will miss d-men Ben Shutron for the season with a broken femur and Ben Wright perhaps until the second half with a knee injury. UNB forward Taylor Procyshen is still out of the lineup.

By David Kilfoil for the UNB Varsity Reds.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

V-Reds Bounce Back With 7-1 Win At STU

A much stronger effort was delivered by the Varsity Reds on this night as the good guys went home 7-1 winners over STU.  UNB scored the first goal of the game  midway through the first period when Dion Campbell burried a pretty back-hander.  UNB would add 2 more goals in the second thanks to defencemen Spencer Corcoran and Josh Kidd.  The Tommies managed to bury one past Travis Fullerton, leaving the score at 3-1 after two periods.

The third period was all UNB.  Chris Culligan scored a pair, Hunter Tremblay notched one, and Josh Kidd continued his strong performance with his second of the game.  Travis Fullerton was solid all night for UNB, especially early in the game when the score was close.  This extends UNB's win streak to 24 games in the Battle of the Hill.

The game didn't come without a price.  Daine Todd left the game after what appeared to be an injury to his arm part way through the first period.  Everyone recalls the trouble he's had with shoulder injuries in the past, so we'll cross our fingers that this is nothing serious and that Todd will be back in the lineup before too long.

UPEI 4 - UNB 2

Charlottetown -- Well it wasn't exactly the start the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds were looking for, or expected, as they dropped a 4-2 decision to the UPEI Panthers Friday, opening night for the AUS men's 2010-11 hockey season. Despite going 8-0 in the preseason the V-Reds didn't look particularly sharp nor consistently focused in the game while for their part the Panthers played strong in front of first year goaltender Mark Guggenburger (Richmond, MN), especially on the penalty kill. Although UNB outshot UPEI 34-20 in the game, they didn't get a lot of really good second shot opportunities as the Panther defence did a good job all night clearing rebounds.
 
It was not the normal road trip to Prince Edward Island as high winds forced the Confederation Bridge to be closed to high-sided vehicles, so UNB had to leave their bus on the New Brunswick side of the Northumberland Strait and pile into a number of vans and a pickup truck to continue the the journey to Charlottetown and back.

Whether it was the travel changes, the 10 days since their last game, or something else, UNB did not open the game with quite their normal speed and precision, and UPEI matched their play in the early part of the first period. However as UNB upped their forecheck they started to draw UPEI into obstruction penalties. On their second power play V-Reds captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) was in the slot and was able to one-time a pass to complete a tic-tac-toe play at 11:57with Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) and Luke Lynes (Rochester Hills, MI). Lynes was promoted to the top line to replace Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS), who was out of the lineup with an illness. However, less than ten minutes later Bailey was assessed an uncharacteristic ten minute misconduct, and the UNB momentum appeared to sag a bit in the game. The V-Reds still carried most of the play for the remainder of the period, until with less than eight seconds to go, UPEI captain Thomas Waugh (Summerside, PE) got half a step on the UNB defence, forced Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) to make a big toe save, and then drew Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) into a holding penalty. Shots were 9-6 for UNB in the first period.

UNB started the second period shorthanded as the penalty carried over, and were doing a pretty good job on the penalty kill until late in the penalty when UPEI won the draw in the offensive zone and Brandon Biggers (Sarnia, ON) tipped the puck past a surprised Fullerton to tie the game. At 3:19 the Panthers got an ugly goal to take the lead when Fullerton overplayed the original shot on the rush from Waugh, and was out of position when the rebound ended back in the crease area and bounced off Graham McNabb (Minesing, ON), by accident or by design, and into the net. Around the eight minute mark of the period there was almost two minutes of four-on-four play. Last season that measure of extra room on the ice would have favoured the V-Reds, but not in this game. UNB was handed a golden opportunity to tie the game at 18:05 when Michael MacIsaac (O`Leary, PE) earned a triple-minor penalty (roughing, tripping and unsportsmanlike conduct) while killing a Panther penalty. This was probably the turning point in the game, as Guggenberger stood tall and his teammates were solid on the penalty kill, while UNB kept looking for a clear shooting lane.

UNB started the third period on the power play to no avail. At 3:05 they were given 63 seconds of five-on-three play when Jordan Knox (Skinner`s Pond, PE) was called for handling the puck with his hand, yet the closest the V-Reds came to a goal was when one of Bailey`s shots clanged off both posts and out behind Guggenberger. UPEI had an obvious emotional lift after their successful long penalty kill, and extended their lead at 6:43 on a bang-bang play when Waugh was able to deflect a pass from Matt Carter (Mississauga, ON), who was deep in the corner at the goal line, over the shoulder of Fullerton and just under the crossbar. After that goal, the V-Reds put on a furious press and controlled most of the play. They were finally rewarded at 11:40 when Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) redirected a Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) pass into an open side of the net. The UNB comeback was foiled at 16:58 when Waugh out muscled a V-Reds defender for the puck in the right corner, drove the net, and pushed the puck past Fullerton. UNB called a timeout with 1:40 to go and pulled their goalie, but just could not get anything more past Guggenberger. UNB outshot UPEI 13-5 in the period and 34-20 in the 4-2 loss. UNB was 1-for-8 on the power play in the game while UPEI was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

The Varsity Reds returned to Fredericton after the game and will be down the hill at the LBR to play St. Thomas Saturday night.

By David Kilfoil for the UNB Varsity Reds

Friday, October 15, 2010

V-Reds Drop Season Opener To UPEI

The V-Reds fell to the UPEI Panthers by a 4-2 score in tonight's regular season opener at UPEI.  UNB opened the scoring when Kyle Bailey found the back of the net at 11:57 of the first period.  UPEI would score the next three goals before Jeff Lee put the V-Reds back within 1 goal.  UPEI would score a 4th goal late in the 3rd to seal the win.  Travis Fullerton was in net.

The story of this game was the UNB power play failing to capitalize on a 5-on-3 and triple minor assessed near the end of the second period.  Shots were 34-20 in favour of UNB, but UPEI's rookie goaltender, Mark Guggenberger, was strong in goal for the Panthers.

A few fans are already recalling the season-opening loss in PEI two seasons back, which ultimately ended with a CIS championship.  No this isn't the end of the world, but notice has been served that the V-Reds won't have their way with the AUS this season.  UNB will try to get back on track tomorrow night at the LBR vs the STU Tommies.

Update:  Here's the Saturday morning article provided by The Daily Gleaner.

Opening Night, The Daily Gleaner's AUS Preview

This evening marks the beginning of the 2010-2011 regular season.  UNB is at UPEI to take on the Panthers 7 PM.  Last year, UNB outscored the Panthers by a margin of 24-3 en route to four straight wins, but UPEI did something UNB couldn't do - beat STFX in a playoff game.  The game will be available on CHSR FM with "The Daves" back for another season.  

Edit:  Though not listed on their website, the PantherTV Facebook page suggests tonight's game will be covered.

With the start of the AUS season, The Daily Gleaner's Bruce Hallihan once again delivers the goods with what has become an annual tradition - his AUS Preview.  Make sure you buy a copy of the paper this morning.  One thing is clear, the AUS coaches aren't going to let their teams give the V-Reds a night off this year.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

AUS Preview On CISBlog, Broadcast Schedule

Over at the CIS Blog, David Kilfoil provides his preview of the upcoming AUS season.  This season in particular is generating lots of early debate on how each team will perform, but David provides his line of reasoning, along with departing players and new recruits.  This might help some of you poolies make your selections for the AUS pool.  

On the left sidebar you'll see a link to the unofficial 2010-2011 Varsity Reds broadcast schedule including games that will be covered by CHSR FM, SSN, and Rogers TV (other providers not listed).  We'll do our best to keep it updated, so if you see any we're missing, drop us a line and let us know.

Dickson Joins Idaho

Just a quick update - as the anonymous poster mentioned, Dickson is indeed listed in the starting lineup for the Idaho Steelheads.  That's the same team he made the big impression with last season in their extended playoff run.   Here's a link to the Steelheads announcement:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

FreddyPuck.comRadio Show To Offer Local Hockey, AUS Coverage

Before the V-Reds hit the ice this Friday, why not tune in to FreddyPuck.com Radio Show (simulcast on 95.7 The Wolf) where the voice of the STU Tommies, Randy Corey, will host you through an hour of local hockey with significant focus on our capital region's AUS teams.  Best of luck to the FreddyPuck.com Radio Show.

The Daily Gleaner picks up on what one anonymous poster here first reported a few days ago - that after scoring 3 goals on 3 shots and receiving a standing ovation post-game on Friday, John Scott Dickson was released from the Kalamazoo K-wings.  Tough team to crack. Such is the life of a minor-pro hockey player.  We'll go out on a limb and say Dickson will find a new home before too long.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The AUS Hockey Pool Returns!

It's back.  The second annual UNBHockeyFans.com AUS Hockey Pool returns by popular demand.  Think you know AUS hockey?  Put your skills to the test against other AUS hockey fans by joining our open-invitation, free AUS Hockey Pool.  There's no money at stake, just your eternal hockey pride.  Last year, Fan of the Vreds and CMD battled it out on Mount Olympus in a dazzling display of hockey pool-pickery, with Fan of the Vreds coming out on top.  Can he do it again?

We'll track the results of all competitors by posting weekly standings.  The winner will lay claim to the unofficial title of "World's Greatest AUS Hockey Mind" and mock the inferior hockey knowledge of the losers. 

Rules:
This will be a "Box Pool".  Simply download our pool selection sheet, and create your 12-player team by selecting a player from each of the 12 boxes.  When you're done filling out the sheet, attach it to an email and return it to us at unbhockeyfans.com@gmail.com.

Scoring:
Forwards & Defencemen
Goal = 1 point
Assist = 1 point

Goalies
Goal = 1 point
Assist = 1 point
Win = 2 points
Overtime/Shootout Loss = 1 point
Shutout = 2 points

Trades:
We will allow you to make 2 trades prior to January 1, 2011.  When trading a player, it must be with a player from the same box.  If you decide you wish to trade a player, you must send an email to unbhockeyfans.com@gmail.com and specify the box, old player, and new player you want to add.

You will keep the points obtained by the player you're trading up to the day of the trade. The incoming player will start to earn points for your team once he is on your roster, but points previously obtained before the trade will not count towards your team total.

Deadline for Submission:
We will accept participants until 5 PM AST on Monday, October 18th. Since the AUS season begins on Friday, October 15th, submissions made after 7 PM AST on October 15th will be penalized 2 points per day.

Stats:
We will use the AUS website stats as the official authority.  If you feel an error has been made, it probably has.  Just drop us a line and we'll look into it and make any necessary corrections as soon as possible.

This pool is open on a first come, first serve basis.  We reserve the right to cap participation at any time.  We welcome fans from anywhere, from any team. Support AUS hockey!
 
Good luck!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

V-Reds Finish Pre-Season With Win Over RPI

A 4-1 win over RPI leaves the Varsity Reds with a perfect 8-0 record in the pre-season.  Scoring for UNB were Hunter Tremblay with two  (including his first a mere 7 seconds into the game), Jordan Clendenning, and Chris Culligan with a short-handed goal.  Travis Fullerton made 25 saves in net for UNB.  Shots on goal favoured UNB 31-26.  According to the live stats, Josh Kidd returned to the lineup. 

Pre-season wins are nice, but nobody is getting too excited just yet.  The V-Reds will put this pre-season behind them and prepare for games that matter starting on Friday, October 15 at UPEI.

Have some thoughts on what you've seen from UNB so far?  Let us know in the comments.

UNB Finishes US Road Trip at RPI

When the puck drops at 8pm AST tonight, the V-Reds will be looking to make it 3 for 3 vs the always tough NCAA teams on this year's trip through the northeastern USA.  Tonight's opponents, RPI, should continue to provide a challenge, as insidecollegehockey.com has them ranked 13th in the nation to start the year (out of 58 teams).

This will be the first time RPI and UNB have met.  David corrected us:
"Not the first time RPI met, but it has been 50 years! Eric dug around to find the games.

They played the Engineers three times in the late 50's/early 60's and UNB has two losses and a tie. Their last game was Dec. 30, 1960 (at Troy) where they lost 4-1."

RPI is throwing a strong veteran team with 17 players in year 3 or 4 of eligibility. The official RPI Athletics website provides a good look their team's chances for the NCAA season.

Looks like live stats and audio feed will be available.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

UNB beats Vermont 3-2

UNB held on to win 3-2 today. UNB was winning 3-0 with 30 seconds left, when Vermont scored two goals 25 seconds apart, and had a shot for the tie at the final buzzer. Scoring for UNB were MacNeil, Hepditch, and Culligan. Yeomans was in net for the win.

The boxscore sheet can be found here.

Update:  The Daily Gleaner summarizes this weekend's games.

V-Reds vs. Catamounts A Hot Ticket In Burlington

When UNB hits the ice at Gutterson Fieldhouse they should expect a full house cheering against them.  By this past Wednesday,fewer than 250 tickets remained available for the public.  It could be because UNB upset Vermont last year in 3-2 in OT.

The Catamounts website provides a quick preview of this year's Catamounts team.  The size on their blueline might stand out - averaging 6'3 tall and weighing 210 lbs, it's safe to say that's a fair bit more size than most CIS teams send over the boards. Today's game starts at 5 PM AST, and it appears we'll be able to follow it on Pay-Per-View.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

V-Reds Edge UMass 4-3 in OT

Two goals twenty-five seconds apart in the third period by Jordan Clendenning and Hunter Tremblay helped the Varsity Reds force overtime, where Jeff Lee provided the finishing touches on a 4-3 come-from-behind victory against the UMass Minutemen.  Ryan Seymour was the other goal scorer for the Varsity Reds.  Final shots on goal were 29-28 for UNB.

Travis Fullerton went the distance in goal, while Steve Pearce, the former McGill defenceman and brother to former V-Red forward Rob Pearce, made his debut on defence.  Josh Kidd was not listed on the Game Tracker roster.

The team has little time to rest as they head to Burlington, VT to play the University of Vermont Catamounts tomorrow at 5 PM AST.  That game will be available on PPV courtesy of nsnsports.net.

Big Exhibition Challenge Today Vs. UMass Minutemen

This afternoon the Varsity Reds will try to withstand the Mass Attack when they visit the UMass Minutement at 4 pm AST.  This marks the 3rd straight year UNB and UMass have clashed in exhibition play.  Last year the V-Reds pulled off a 3-2 win, avenging a 6-0 obliteration the year before.

The UMass Athletics website has a great write-up on this year's Minutemen team.  Looks like a lot of turnover since last year, so expect their new recruits to be eager to make an impression against the Varsity Reds in their first showing.  The game takes place at the Minutemen practice rink, and looks like we'll be completely dependent on Twitter updates for this one.  

Friday, October 1, 2010

In Pursuit...

Hunter Tremblay will have a chance to take sole possession of #1 on the list of all-time UNB scoring leaders. As the 2010-2011 season begins, Hunter Tremblay is tied for 3rd with Toby Burkitt with 157 regular season, points, only one point behind Dax MacLean for second place on the all-time UNB regular-season scoring list. A few years back we all watched as Rob Hennigar passed Dax MacLean, now Tremblay will have an opportunity to do the same to his former linemate.  Tremblay needs to score 20 regular season points to take over the regular season scoring record, and 40 points to take over the total UNB scoring record (combined regular season, playoffs, and Nationals).


We'll track his progress here each week.  Feel free to guess if or when Hunter will accomplish this feat in the comments below.  This link will take to a page that provides a breakdown of some key scoring stats, including the points remaining as #7 chases #1.


Stats courtesy of www.vredshockey.com