Friday, December 31, 2010
The last time the V-Reds played the Friars was last season when they bested the Friars 6-3 down in Providence, outshooting the Friars 39-19. Scoring for UNB on that occassion were Josh Hepditch, Lachlan MacIntosh, John Scott Dickson, Josh Kidd, Daine Todd, and Hunter Tremblay.
The Friars are 7-6-5 this season in the NCAA. They have a powerful PK, allowing only one goal in 26 PP by their opponents. The top scorers for the Providence College are Kyle MacKinnon and Ian O'Connor, with 15 points each in 18 games.
The games can be viewed on the SSN website, and will be live blogged on the CISBlog website.
Congratulations to Darryl Boyce on his fantastic night!
V-Reds get to Redmen early and cruise to win UNB 7 - McGill 1 FREDERICTON ? The much anticipated exhibition game Thursday night between the OUA East leading McGill Redmen and AUS leading University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds was somewhat anticlimactic, as the #2 ranked V-Reds jumped out to an early lead on the #3 ranked Redmen and cruised to a decisive 7-1 win.
UNB got off to a great start, scoring on their first shot of the game when after some good offensive pressure Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) scored on UdeM goaltender Hubert Morin (St. George de Beauce, QC) just 1:15 into the game. Less than a minute later, after offsetting coincidental minor penalties were called, UNB scored just one second into the four-on-four play when Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) won the faceoff in the McGill zone back to Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth Andover, NB) who one-timed the puck past a surprised Morin. Shortly after, at 3:42, Layton scored a highlight reel goal when he came down the right side, undressed a McGill defenceman, and wheeled into the slot where he beat Morin with a wrister for his second goal of the game. UNB stretched their lead to 4-0 at 7:27 when Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) found some open space on the right side on a rush, and then fed a perfect pass to Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) in the slot for the one-timer that Morin had little chance on. With the offensive flurry, the game was effectively over as some fans were still finding their ways to their seats at the Aitken University Centre. McGill's best scoring chance in the period came late in the period when Alexandre Picard-Hooper (Boucherville, QC) made a good shot but UNB's Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) made a better save. This was followed shortly after by a Tremblay shorthanded breakaway. Shots on goal favoured UNB 17-4 in the first period.
The game settled down in the second period, although UNB had the edge in territorial play. There was no scoring until 11:56, when UNB scored on their fifth power play of the game, when Hunter Tremblay fed the puck to Kyle Bailey for the one-timer. The shots in the second period were even, with eight apiece, but McGill wasn't able to generate any sustained pressure, nor support on the rush.
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The third period was a bit chippier than the first two periods, and McGill continued to struggle to find time and space to get their offence going. The first half of the third period didn't have a ton of scoring chances, but UNB took advantage of a five-on-three man advantage when Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) wired a point shot to score at 12:04. Francis Verrault-Paul (Mashteuiatsh, QC), the leading scorer in the CIS, came out of the penalty box and scored on a breakaway as he crashed the net at 13:49. However he left the game after the goal and went to the McGill dressing room in obvious distress. UNB closed out the scoring at 18:07 when MacIntosh tapped in the rebound after Morin made a pad save on Dion Campbell (Melville, SK).
Shots were 32-15 for UNB in game. The V-Reds were 2 for 8 on the power play while McGill was 0 for 3. The three stars of the game were: #1 Nick Layton, #2 Jonathan Harty, #3 Nicolas Biniek. Attendance was 2278.
For McGill head coach Kelly Nobes, it was pretty obvious his team didn't get off to a good start. ?We were on our heels to start and didn't respond well to UNB. There haven't been too many games when we had to play without the puck. It is a good lesson and we'll learn from it.? The Redmen were coming off a great third period against StFX the night before in Antigonish, NS, where they erased a three-goal deficit only to lose 6-5 in overtime to the X-Men.
UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall knew his team would be fresh, having not played since December 3. "We were excited to play tonight against a good opponent. It was a long break, and the stress of exams for the players, so the players were ready to go." As for the fine play of Nick Layton, "we expected a lot from Layton based on his success in Junior, and he played a strong two-way game tonight. We need contributions from guys like him if we're going to be successful."
Next up for the Varsity Reds is the 6th annual Pete Kelly Cup on January 1st and 2nd when the NCAA's Providence Friars make their first ever visit to the AUC.
Notes: Defenceman Josh Kidd was back in the UNB line-up, but Luke Gallant, Jeff Lee, Daine Todd, Taylor Procyshen and Ben Shutron are still on the injury list. Former V-Red Darryl Boyce was called up to the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight and earned his first NHL point, assisting on the first goal of the game against Columbus. He wore the same #47 that he wore at UNB.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
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With Santa Claus no doubt making last minute preparations, we at UNBHockeyFans.com would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and/or a happy holiday season. Drive safe, watch lots of hockey and hopefully Santa finds you.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Fans remain optimistic that Ben Shutron will make it back in time for the playoffs, which would see UNB potentially adding two of the
Switching gears, don't forget that your season tickets won't get you into the Pete Kelly tournament games vs. Providence, so you'll have to buy a ticket for this special series. Good news is that buying a ticket to both games earns you a free ticket to the McGill game as well!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Here's your chance to pay your respects to your favorite UNB hockey players from the 1990's so make sure you get your picks in!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The 70's, 80's, 90's and 2000's are yet to be determined in what is turning out to be a fun and engaging process for the fans, and a great way to pay tribute to the UNB teams of the past.
Friday, December 10, 2010
As we wind down for the holiday season, keep in mind the pool's trade deadline is December 31st, 2010.
Take a look at your totals. If you think we've made an error, we probably have. Kindly send us an e-mail and we'll look into it.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
For a look at Hunter's numbers, and the other records of past players, head over to the amazing pages put together by Eric & company here. For a quick summary of Hunter's place in some of the record races, take a look here.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Here's how the rankings look in the seventh media poll.
(Regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (last week)
1. Alberta (11-2-1) / 175 pts (13) / (1)
2. UNB (11-4-0) / 150 (1) / (3)
3. McGill (16-0-2) / 146 (4) / (2)
4. Western Ontario (13-0-3) / 125 / (4)
5. Saint Mary’s (10-4-1) / 110 / (5)
6. UPEI (9-4-2) / 72 / (7)
7. Lakehead (11-4-1) / 63 / (9)
8. Saskatchewan (8-6-0) / 62 / (6)
9. Manitoba (7-3-4) / 45 / (8)
10. UQTR (12-5-0) / 20 / (NR)
Other teams receiving votes: Calgary (11), St.Fx (5), Waterloo (5), Wilfrid Laurier (1).
With that, we'd like to hear your thoughts on the first half. Injuries have dominated the news at UNB but there's been a few positives. This year's goaltending duo seems to have taken a step forward from last season, Chris Culligan has taken his game to another level, and guys like Dion Campbell and Josh Hepditch have stepped into bigger roles on the team. How would you rate the first half and what do you think the team needs to focus on moving forward?
Edit: And for those who missed it, there's a short video of the play that lead to Hunter Tremblay's points record.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Tremblay, the CIS MVP last season, had been held pointless the last two games, and his pass that Clendenning one-timed past Marion earned him his 178th career regular season point, establishing a new UNB record. The old record was held by Tremblay's linemate his first year at UNB, Rob Hennigar, who went on to also win the CIS MVP honour, plus the BLG Award in 2008. Tremblay was much happier about the two points for his team rather than the one point for him. "I was thinking that we had a two-game slide last weekend and I didn't want to go a whole entire month on a losing streak and once the floodgates opened I thought we could get it done tonight." "It" being the UNB points record that has been perhaps weighing on him a bit.
For 47 minutes the game was deadlocked, with UdeM goalie Marion making 30 saves to that point to keep the game scoreless. Then defencemen Spencer Corcoran (Summerside, PEI) carried the puck into the Moncton zone and threaded a pass to a streaking Campbell who split the Moncton defence and deked out Marion. Just over a minute later Corcoran found himself on the other side of the ice along the goal line and "it was a delayed penalty and I saw he [Marion] was cheating over and didn't think I was going to come to the net so I just pushed it toward the net" and the puck bounced off Marion's right pad and past him. The goal was Corcoran's first as a V-Red in AUS conference play.
The next goal came just over two minutes later on the power play when fellow defenceman Ben Wright (Foremost, AB) was all alone on the left circle, and had enough time to settle down a wobbly puck before snapping it into the top corner as Marion was still coming across his crease. With a now comfortable lead, the stage was now set for a relieved Tremblay to set his UNB record two minutes later on the Clendenning power play goal. V-Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall then used his timeout so that Tremblay could get a well deserved ovation from the more than 3600 fans at the Aitken University Centre, the majority of them school children, plus receive a record recognition plaque at centre ice from UNB Athletic Director Kevin Dickie.
For MacDougall it was a special night and a great advertisement of CIS hockey. "It was a great environment, and the kids add such excitement, they were our seventh man tonight." Twice a season the V-Reds have a promotional night for schools in the Fredericton area that fill the stands. For Tremblay, "I love it, it's like being back in Junior or in a pro game." Speaking of Tremblay, coach MacDougall was happy to see him get his accolades from the crowd (and on live television). "He deserves it. He had a couple of shots earlier in the game that didn't go in and he set up his teammates several times. Like last weekend, sometimes they just don't go in." For Moncton coach Serge Bourgeois, "Hunter Tremblay is the best player in the AUS and we had played him tough two previous games this season, but couldn't stop him this time."
Almost lost in the excitement was the fine play of UNB goaltender Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB). While not near as busy as Marion (Moncton was only credited with 11 shots on net, while UNB had 42) he did have to make several key saves, and the shutout is Fullerton's third of the season to lead the AUS.
The Varsity Reds go into the exam and Christmas break still in first place in the AUS with a record of 11-4-0 while les Aigles Bleus drop their fifth in a row and sit in seventh place with a 5-8-2 record. Next up for UNB will be the visiting McGill Redmen on December 30th, and then they host the NCAA's Providence College Friars on January 1st and 2nd for the annual Pete Kelly Cup Challenge. The V-Reds return to conference play when they host the Dalhousie Tigers on January 7th.
Friday, December 3, 2010
The story on this night will be the assist on the Clendenning goal by one Hunter Tremblay. With that point, Tremblay takes over sole possession of first place on the all-time UNB regular season points list, passing former teammate, Rob Hennigar. Congrats, Hunter!
The V-Reds will head into the break in first place in the AUS with 22 points at 11-4. The next game will be vs. McGill on December 30th.
The V-Reds suffered their first back-to-back weekend loss since Nov. 1-2 of 2008 over the past weekend. But that was last weekend. Tonight the V-Reds will look to returning to their winning ways and to continue their quest fo the University Cup. Once again Hunter Tremblay will look to get that one point that will move into sole possession of first place for regular season points in the history of UNB. For his points comparison to Rob Hennigar, you can look here.
The Aigles Bleus have not been having a great season, and with a road record of 1-6-0, they will look to end 2010 with a win as they begin a long almost six week break without a game. The Aigles Bleus are led in scoring by Dean Ouellet and Kevin Charland with 15 and 12 points respectively.
Bruce Hallihan gives perspective to tonight's game in the Daily Gleaner here; while the Times Transcript offers UdeM's perspective on tonights game here.
The game can be seen as a webcast from the SSN network, watched on Rogers TV, listened to on CHSR radio, and followed on UNBHockey on Twitter.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The top 10 list is below. Lots of people are still in this race.
Pos Team Name G A Gly Pts Chg LWk === ================= === === === === === === T1 jack gillis 53 77 25 155 15 T1 T1 AUS Fan 49 81 9 155 15 T1 3 Section 10 50 75 29 154 16 3 4 blackmarketmob 49 75 15 148 11 4 5 BruinsFan0877 47 72 27 146 18 T7 6 UNB BRUINS FAN 46 74 24 144 10 5 7 Hardy Fan 43 71 29 143 17 T10 T8 Tim Martell 45 70 16 141 15 T10 T8 Randy Corey 39 77 25 141 13 T7 T10 Jeremy Muise 48 65 26 139 13 T10 T10 Todd's Shoulder 46 63 30 139 20 T17The complete pool results are available at the AUS pool page. Take a look at your results, if you think we've made a mistake, send us an e-mail and we'll look into it.