Friday, December 30, 2011

UNB takes game one of the Pete Kelly cup, 7-4

2311 fans came out tonight for game one the 7th annual Pete Kelly cup as the V-Reds hosted the Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Geordie Wudrick made his debut, wearing the #18 jersey last worn by Rob Pearce, let's hope he can bring home a cup just like Pearce did.

The first period saw three V-Reds goals as Gallant, Harty and Houde-Carron each scored. Shots were 11 each after the first.

The second period saw more of the same, as Nesbitt and Culligan each scored to make it 5-0. Shots after 2 were 20-20 for UNB.

The third period started the same, as MacNeil scored on the power play to make it 6-0, but then there was a shift in momentum as the Gee-Gees pushed more and more, forcing UNB to take several penalties, Ottawa scored two quick goals, only for Culligan to score again to make it 7-2. Ottawa would score two more before the end of the period to make the final score 7-4 for UNB. Final shots were 33-31 for UNB.

Game two goes tomorrow at 1pm at the AUC.

UNB Hosts Ottawa In Battle For Pete Kelly Cup

The University of New Brunswick men’s hockey team will be hosting the Ottawa Gee-Gees for the 7th annual Peterbilt “Pete Kelly” Tournament on December 30th (7:00 pm) and 31st (1:00 pm). The Pete Kelly Tournament was started in 2006 in honour of the former NHLer, UNB player, coach and athletic director who had a longtime impact on hockey at UNB.  Pete Kelly seldom missed a V-Reds home game right up until his death in 2004. Kelly was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and to the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame in 1992. The St. Vital native was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989.

The “Pete Kelly” gives UNB the opportunity to host a high profile tournament during the holiday season in preparation for the second half of the AUS schedule and varies between a four-team tourney and two-team challenge cup format. Since losing the inaugural Pete Kelly Cup in overtime to Saint Mary’s in 2006, the Varsity Reds have won the trophy the last five years, three times against teams from the NCAA.

The Ottawa Gee-Gees are a much improved hockey team this season with an 11-4-2 record and they were in third place in the OUA East when they completed their first half schedule on December 3. Last season they finished in 8th place in the OUA East standings with an 11-14-3 record.

This week the OUA ruled that the Gee-Gees men’s hockey team used an ineligible player in two games against the Carleton Ravens on October 21 and October 29. As a result, the two games are now officially recorded as forfeits by Ottawa, and Carleton has been awarded a 2-0 victory in each game. Prior to the forfeits, Ottawa was credited with
one win and one overtime loss from those matches. Ottawa’s record now stands at 10-6-1.

Réal Paiement became the20th head coach of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees men’s hockey program in June 2011. The longtime QMJHL bench boss has formerly coached the major junior teams in Granby, Chicoutimi, Moncton,  Acadie-Bathurst and St. John’s.

This season the Gee-Gees are led offensively by Luc Olivier Blain (Longeuil, QC) with 22 points in 17 games, Matthieu Methot (Ottawa, ON) with 17 points and Stephen Blunden (Ottawa, ON) with 14 points, including a team leading 9 goals. Dominic Jalbert (Gatineau, QC) is Ottawa’s top offensive defenceman with 6 goals and 6 assists.  Between the pipes Aaron Barton (Carlisle, ON) is 4-1 with a 1.40 GAA while rookie Russell Abbott (Mill Bay, BC) is 7-5 with a 2.44 GAA.

The Gardiner MacDougall coached V-Reds defeated the Gee-Gees in their last visit to the Aitken University Centre; 5-2 on March 26, 2004 in pool play at the University Cup.  The next season UNB defeated uOttawa 4-3 in pool play at the Lakehead holiday tourney on Dec. 30, 2004. In their only other visit to the Aitken University Centre, uOttawa lost 8-2 in an exhibition game on January 3, 1998.

Fans of the first place (11-2-1) and top ranked Varsity Reds will get their first chance to see the newest V-Red, former Kelowna Rockets sniper Geordie Wudrick. The 6'4”, 214 pound power forward brings obvious size to the team and is expected to make a presence both along  the boards and on the power play. Wudrick was recruited by UNB over the summer but opted to play pro hockey in Germany this fall with the Rosenheim Star Bulls where he put up 3 goals and 6 assists in 14 games. He practiced with the V-Reds early in December and is keen to start his university hockey career at the “Pete Kelly”.

David Kilfoil

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mid-season report card

From us here at UNBHockeyFans to all of you, may you have a Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas.

Every year we put together a mid-season report card to compare the team's current stats to previous years, and against the average for the last few years. So here it is:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Apen6PlA7yLmdDBkVTZxaENBUThPQllBcm92Y3Iyb1E&hl=en_US#gid=0


Enjoy!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Top Ten (#8): V-Reds end first term on top

The CIS released the latest National ranking today, and the V-Reds (11-2-1) maintained their #1 ranking for the 8th media poll in a row this season and the 18th in a row overall. The V-Reds received 14 of 17 possible first place votes with the McGill Redmen (13-1-2) receiving the other three first place votes.

The AUS is also represented by UdeM (10-4-0) at #6 and SMU (10-5-1) at #8.

Here are the complete Top Ten Standings:

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. UNB (11-2-1) / 166 pts (14) / (1)
2. McGill (13-1-2) / 147 (3) / (2)
3. Western Ontario (13-1-2) / 122 / (4)
4. Saskatchewan (11-2-2) / 107 / (6)
5. Alberta (11-3-2) / 106 / (3)
6. Moncton (10-4-0) / 81 / (5)
7. Lakehead (13-3-0) / 73 / (8)
8. Saint Mary’s (10-5-1) / 41 / (NR)
9. Manitoba (10-4-2) / 38 / (9)
10. UQTR (13-5-1) / 21 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Acadia (18), Ottawa (8), Waterloo (7).

Friday, December 2, 2011

V-Reds take 175th Battle of the Hill in OT

The V-Reds took the final game of the first half with a 3-2 OT victory tonight over the STU Tommies.

The V-Reds got out to an early start, controlling the play and were rewarded at 5:29 with a goal by Daine Todd from Ben Shutron and Bretton Stamler. The first period ended 1-0 with the shots favoring UNB 14-3.

The second period saw much of the same, but it was STU who scored at the 7:22 mark to tie the game. Bretton Stamler would regain the lead for the V-Reds at 16:14 with a nice pass from Ben Wright. The shots were 35-7 for the V-Reds at the end of the second period.

The third period saw a stronger effort from STU, and they were rewarded at 4:37 to once again tie the game. Regulation play ended with a 2-2 tie. Shots after regulation were 40-16 for the V-Reds.

The OT period was completely dominated by the V-Reds and it was once again Bretton Stamler picking up the winning goal as he put it in off a defenceman's leg. Final shots were 43-16 for the V-Reds.

With the win, the V-Reds enter the holiday break with a two point lead over SMU, but with two games in hand.

AUS Pool Week 6

The pool results have been updated.  No change in the lead but, a familiar foe is challenging.  Last year's winner, AUS Fan has pulled into the #2 slot behind Drummer, with one weekend left before the December break.

This week's top performer was X FACTOR with a whopping 26 points.

The top 10 are listed below, and the full standings can be seen over at the AUS Pool page.


Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 Drummer               70   79   20  169   20    1
  2 AUS Fan               59   84   22  165   25   T3
  3 CMD                   60   80   20  160   17    2
  4 FreddyFoyle           63   82   14  159   19   T3
  5 TopCat                69   72   24  158   20    5
  6 Fan of the Vreds      60   68   28  156   22    6
  7 UNBForever            57   81   17  155   24   T7
  8 POND RAPIDS           57   75   20  152   21   T7
  9 PK                    51   78   20  149   19    9
 10 Big Bad Jon           59   72   17  148   23   12

175th Battle of the Hill

Tonight, your CIS #1 ranked V-Reds (10-2-1) are at home to host the St. Thomas Tommies (3-9-1) in the 175th “Battle of the Hill”.

Here are a few facts about the “Battle of the Hill” series:

- The first Battle of the Hill was played on Nov. 21st, 1964. UNB won that game 6-1.
- Both teams used the LBR as their home rink until 1976 when the AUC opened.
- The first Battle of the Hill to be played at the AUC was on Nov. 21st, 1979, STU won that game 7-5.
- UNB is currently on a 28 game winning streak over STU.
- UNB is currently on a 25 game winning streak over STU at the AUC.
- UNB holds a commanding edge in games with a record of (win/loss/tie) 119-47-8
- The last time STU beat UNB at the AUC was February 28th, 2003 (137th Battle of the Hill), when many of these players were in middle school.

Last Friday, the Tommies built a 3-0 lead after two periods, but were brought back to earth as the V-Reds scored 5 unanswered goals, four of which were short-handed. The V-Reds will look to continue this dominating performance on Friday night, and to end the first term with another win. The V-Reds are led in scoring by Kyle Bailey (9G 10A) and Luke Gallant (3G 12A).

The Tommies feel that they “outplayed” the V-Reds in the 174th Battle of the Hill last Friday, and that they “beat themselves” according to their Goalie Charles Lavigne. This Friday the Tommies will look to prove that they can dominate the play, and bring home a victory to end the first term. The Tommies are led in scoring by Felix Poulin (2G 13A) and Randy Cameron (8G 4A).

If you can't make it out to the game, you can view the webcast, listen to it on CHSR 97.9, and as always, follow the updates on UNBHockey on Twitter.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#7): V-Reds #1 again

The CIS released the latest National ranking today, and the V-Reds maintained their #1 ranking for the 7th media poll in a row this season and the 17th in a row overall. The V-Reds received 14 of 17 possible first place votes with the McGill Redmen (12-1-2) receiving two first place votes and Lakehead (13-3-0) receiving the final first place vote.

The full results are below:

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. UNB (10-2-1) / 165 pts (14) / (1)
2. McGill (12-1-2) / 146 (2) / (2)
3. Alberta (10-2-2) / 122 / (5)
4. Western Ontario (11-1-2) / 113 / (4)
5. Moncton (9-4-0) / 81 / (3)
6. Saskatchewan (9-2-2) / 79 / (7)
7. Acadia (9-4-1) / 76 / (6)
8. Lakehead (13-3-0) / 70 (1) / (8)
9. Manitoba (9-3-2) / 40 / (10)
10. UQTR (12-5-0) / 23 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Calgary (8), UPEI (5), Waterloo (3), Ottawa (3), Saint Mary’s (1).

The full article can be viewed here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

V-Reds Add Geordie Wudrick To Forward Ranks

This morning the V-Reds announced that former Kelowna Rockets sniper Geordie Wudrick will be joining the V-Reds after Christmas.  At 6'4, 214 lbs Wudrick brings more size to the UNB lineup.  Let's also hope he brings the same scoring touch that saw him register 43 goals in 71 games last season in the WHL.

Wudrick had been playing pro in Germany this fall with the Rosenheim Star Bulls in Germany where he put up 3 goals and 6 assists in 14 games.  He has already played a game against CIS opponents, back in September he scored a goal and added an assist in an exhibition game against the CW's 2nd place Manitoba Bisons.

Welcome to UNB, Geordie!




Friday, November 25, 2011

UNB turns 3rd period into short-handed explosion

In a game that will be rehashed for some time, UNB found themselves down 3-0 after two periods against the STU Tommies, only to score FOUR short-handed goals and an even strength one to win 5-3.

The LBR was packed with fans from both teams, and both sets of fans saw STU score three goals on seven shots over two periods. The third period is one that STU would love to forget. Jonathon Harty had a pair of short handed goals, Tyler Carroll had a short handed goal, Dion Campbell had the game winner (Even strength), and then Luke Gallant scored on the empty net short handed as the STU fans saw their team implode in the third period. Final shots were 44-17 for UNB.

Has anyone ever heard of FOUR short-handed goals in one period in CIS hockey? Or any hockey for that matter.

These two teams are at it again next weekend for the last regular season game of the year.
Photo Courtesy Brian Smith

AUS Pool Week 5 Results

Week 5 is in the history books. Drummer continues to mock the rest of pack with a massive 149 pts, but this is still anyone's game.   This week's top performer was Adam Antium with a scorching hot 25 point week.

The top 10 standings are listed below, and the full results can be viewed at the AUS Hockey Pool page:


Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 Drummer               61   70   18  149   23    1
  2 CMD                   53   72   18  143   18    2
 T3 FreddyFoyle           55   73   12  140   21    3
 T3 AUS Fan               49   71   20  140   22   T4
  5 TopCat                59   64   22  138   20   T4
  6 Fan of the Vreds      51   57   26  134   23   T8
 T7 UNBForever            48   72   11  131   19    7
 T7 POND RAPIDS           47   66   18  131   20   T8
  9 PK                    42   70   18  130   20  T12
 10 Rooit                 49   62   18  129   19  T12


174th Battle of the Hill goes tonight!

Tonight, the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (9-2-1) travel down the hill to face the AUS #7 STU Tommies (3-8-1) at 7pm at the Lady Beaverbrook Rink in the 174th Battle of the Hill.

There are many numbers that can be used to give the V-Reds better odds at winning this game:

- UNB is currently on a 27 game winning streak over STU.
- UNB is currently on a 10 game winning streak over STU at the LBR.
- The last time STU beat UNB in a regular season game was Oct. 20, 2006 at the York Arena.
- In last season's four regular season meetings, UNB outscored STU 21-3 and outshot them by an average margin of 44-20.
- No member of the current roster for UNB has ever lost to STU

None of these numbers mean anything on game day.

The V-Reds are sitting on top of the AUS and CIS right now, but are only (2-2-1)in their last five games. The V-reds are coming off a hard fought 2-1 victory over the CIS #3 ranked UdeM Aigles Bleues (9-3-0) and will be looking to maintain that momentum at they face the Tommies. The V-Reds are led in points by Kyle Bailey (9G 9A) and Luke Gallant (2G 12A).

The Tommies are a team rebuilding after last year’s last place finish. The Tommies have already tallied as many wins this season as last year, and have lost by only one goal 4 times this regular season. The Tommies are coming off of a 6-3 loss to the UPEI Panthers (7-5-0), and will look to defeat the V-Reds to get back on the winning track. The Tommies are led in points by Randy Cameron (8G 4A) and Felix Poulin (2G 10A).

Come down to the LBR and cheer on your UNB V-Reds as they look to win the Battle of the Hill!

If for some reason you cannot make it to the game, you can watch the webcast or get alerts on all the action by following UNBHockey on Twitter.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#6): V-Reds hold on to #1

The CIS released the latest National ranking today, and the V-Reds maintained their #1 ranking for the 6th media poll in a row this season, with 12 of 17 possible first place votes. The McGill Redmen (10-2-1) received the other five first place votes.

Also representing the AUS were UdeM (9-3-0) who moved up to third from fifth, and Acadia (8-3-1) who moved up to sixth from seventh.

The full results are below:

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. UNB (9-2-1) / 165 pts (12) / (1)
2. McGill (10-1-2) / 148 (5) / (2)
3. Moncton (9-3-0) / 107 / (5)
4. Western Ontario (9-1-2) / 104 / (4)
5. Alberta (8-2-2) / 102 / (6)
6. Acadia (8-3-1) / 80 / (7)
7. Saskatchewan (7-2-2) / 71 / (3)
8. Lakehead (11-3-0) / 63 / (9)
9. Calgary (9-5-0) / 43 / (NR)
10. Manitoba (7-3-2) / 22 / (8)

Other teams receiving votes: UQTR (10), Nipissing (9), UPEI (7), Carleton (3), Saint Mary’s (2).

The full article can be found here.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

V-Reds get two BIG points

The CIS#1 ranked V-Reds looked more like themselves today, earning a 2-1 victory over the CIS #5 UdeM Aigles Bleues.

The first period saw no scoring, with the shots on goal being 11-6 for UNB. The V-Reds controlled the majority of the play in the second, but it was the Aigles Bleues who scored first, at the 3:42 mark. The second period ended with the shots 29-13 in favor of UNB.

The V-Reds finally anwered back at the 9:31 mark of the third period as Kyle Bailey took a great feed from Nesbitt to tie the game. At 12:32, Nesbitt would tally himself to give the V-Reds the lead and the victory. The final shots on goal were 46-16 for the V-Reds.

With this win, the V-Reds once again move into first place in the AUS, with a one point lead over UdeM and a two point lead over Acadia.

The V-Reds are in action next Friday as they travel down the hill to play the STU Tommies on Friday night at 7pm.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Panthers defeat the V-Reds, again

For the second time in less than two weeks, the UPEI Panthers defeated the V-Reds, this time with a 3-2 come from behind win.

The V-Reds opened the scoring at the 9:02 mark of the first period when Matt Fillier took a feed from Chris Culligan for a short handed goal. The V-Reds scored again at the 10 second mark of the second period, this time it was Kyle Bailey with a power play goal.

Then the Panthers woke up. At the 16:42 mark, Chris Dasousa took a feed from Matt Carter and beat Lacosta to make it 2-1. 30 seconds later the Panthers struck again, this time it was Jared Gomes, and the score was suddenly tied.

The Panthers would strike again at the 5:17 mark with a goal from Devin Praught. The remainder of the third period saw the V-Reds try to tie it back up, but the Panthers were able to turn them back, with Mavric Parks making several key saves.

The Panthers tested LaCosta several times in the third and outshot the V-Reds 14-7 in the final frame, and 35-30 in the game.

With that loss, UdeM moves one point ahead of UNB in the AUS, these two teams will meet tomorrow afternoon at 2pm. Come on out and cheer on the V-Reds as they try to get back on track.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Big weekend for the V-Reds as they visit UPEI and host UdeM

This weekend, the CIS #1 ranked V-Reds (8-1-1) have a split schedule, travelling to PEI tonight to take on the UPEI Panthers (5-5-0) and then at home for a Sunday afternoon game hosting the UdeM Aigles Bleues (8-2-0).

The V-Reds are coming off of their second loss of the season, a 6-5 shootout loss to the CIS #7 ranked Acadia Axemen (6-3-1) and will look to return to their winning ways. The V-Reds are led in scoring by Kyle Bailey (7G 9A) and Luke Gallant (2G 12A).

Tonight, the V-Reds visit the AUS #5 ranked Panthers at the MacLauchlan Arena at 7pm. The Panthers are coming off of a 6-3 win over the DAL Tigers (2-9-0) and will look to make it two in a row against the V-Reds. The last time UNB played UPEI was Nov. 5th at the AUC, UPEI won that game 5-4. UNB is 8-2-0 against UPEI in their last ten meetings. The Panthers are led in scoring by Jordan Knox (7G 9A) and Matt Carter (7G 8A).

Sunday afternoon, the V-Reds host the CIS #5 ranked Aigles Bleues for a 2pm game at the AUC. The Aigles Bleues are only one point back of the V-Reds, making this “the game of the week” in the CIS according to the latest National rankings. UdeM is on a three game winning streak, their last loss was to the V-Reds on Nov. 4th, when they fell 6-3 at the J.-Louis-Levesque Arena. The V-Reds have an 11 game regular season winning streak going against the Aigles Bleues. UdeM is led in scoring by Marc-Andre Cote (8G 7A) and Dean Ouellet (3G 12A).

Tonight's game can be seen as a webcast, and if you cannot make it to the AUC on Sunday, that game will also be available as a webcast. Of course, you can always follow UNBHockey on Twitter.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

AUS Pool Week 4 Results

Week 4 is behind us and the race for 1st place is as tight as ever with a just a good weekend separating a dozen or so contenders.  Drummer held on to the lead with the slimmest of margins with 126 pts.  This week's top performer was Freddyfoyle with 30 pts.

The top 10 standings are listed below, and the complete standings can be viewed over at the AUS Pool page

Pos Team Name G A Gly Pts Chg LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 Drummer               50   60   16  126   27    1
  2 CMD                   44   65   16  125   28    3
  3 FreddyFoyle           46   63   10  119   30   T6
 T4 TopCat                51   54   20  118   20    2
 T4 AUS Fan               40   60   18  118   23    4
  6 Stay Healthy          37   61   16  114   23    5
  7 UNBForever            41   64    7  112   24   T8
 T8 Jack Gillis           46   56   16  111   22   T6
 T8 Fan of the Vreds      43   46   22  111   23   T8
 T8 Dungarvon             38   57   16  111   25  T12
 T8 POND RAPIDS           38   57   16  111   23   T8

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#5): UNB still on top

The V-Reds remain ranked #1 in the fifth media poll of the season. Acadia moved up from #10 to #7 with their Shoot Out victory over UNB, while UdeM remains #5. The article can be read here.

The full results are below:

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. UNB (8-1-1) / 168 pts (16) / (1)
2. McGill (9-1-2) / 131 (1) / (2)
3. Saskatchewan (7-1-1) / 121 / (3) *
4. Western Ontario (8-0-2) / 121 / (4)
5. Moncton (8-2-0) / 108 / (5)
6. Alberta (8-2-2) / 98 / (6)
7. Acadia (6-3-1) / 50 / (10)
8. Manitoba (6-2-2) / 46 / (7)
9. Lakehead (9-3-0) / 43 / (8)
10. Nipissing (8-2-3) / 18 / (NR)

* Saskatchewan edged Western for third place based on number of higher-placed votes.

Other teams receiving votes: Carleton (14), Calgary (8), Saint Mary’s (6), Windsor (2).

Sunday, November 13, 2011

V-Reds Downed In Shoot-out 6-5 By Acadia

The V-Reds and Axemen battled back and forth all evening, playing 70 full minutes before turning things over to a shoot-out.  In the end the Acadia Axemen pulled off the win.  Scoring for UNB were Luke Gallant, Jon Harty, Thomas Nesbitt, Nick MacNeil, and Bretton Stamler.  Shots on goal were pretty even, 31 for UNB, 30 for Acadia.

Dan Lacosta started in goal, but left after the 1st period with the score 2-1 Acadia.  Matt Davis took over and played the remainder of the game.

The loss leaves the V-Reds with 3 of a possible 4 points on this road trip to Nova Scotia.  Perhaps some small consolation to V-Reds fans is the reminder that the team went 0-2 last season, being outscored 9-5, including a tough 6-3 lost to Dal last November 27.

UNB remains in 1st place in the AUS with 17 points, 1 point ahead of U de M.

Friday, November 11, 2011

V-Reds take on the Tigers and Axemen this weekend

This weekend, the CIS #1 ranked V-Reds (7-1-0) are on the road, travelling to Halifax tonight to take on the Dalhousie Tigers (2-7-0), and then on to Wolfville on Saturday night to do battle with the CIS #10 ranked Acadia Axemen (4-3-1).

The V-Reds were once again voted the top team in the country in this week’s media poll, receiving 15 of 17 possible first place votes. The V-Reds have now been ranked #1 for the last 15 national polls, dating back to January 11, 2011 and have topped 47 of the last 69 polls (.681) since 2006-07.

Tonight, the V-Reds arrive in Halifax to play the Tigers at 7pm. The V-Reds will be looking to get back on the winning track after suffering their first defeat of the regular season, a 5-4 loss to UPEI (4-4-0) last Saturday night. The last meeting between these two teams saw the V-Reds dismantle the Tigers, the final score being 10-1. UNB is led in scoring by Kyle Bailey (6G 5A) and Luke Gallant (1G 10A).

The Tigers are not off to a great start this season, and will both be looking to avenge the lopsided defeat that the V-Reds handed them last game, and to start winning games after losing the last six in a row. The Tigers are led in scoring by Benjamin Breault (5G 5A) and David MacDonald (1G 5A).

Saturday night Axemen will host for the V-Reds at the Acadia arena at 7pm. The Axemen still boast the best power play in the AUS (27.1%), along with a defense (23.38 shots allowed / game) that is second only to UNB (19 shots allowed / game). The Axemen are led in scoring by Andrew Clark (6G 7A) and Christopher Owens (3G 8A).

Both games are available as webcasts; the Tigers webcast, and the Axemen webcast. You can also follow UNBHockey on Twitter.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

AUS Pool Week 3 Results (Games Through Nov. 5)

Week 3 results are up, and Drummer continues to cling to top spot in the AUS Pool.  This year might be the closest ever as just a few points separate the leader from the pack.  This week's top performers were PK and Gamer with an impressive 25 pts.

The top 10 standings are listed below, full results are available on the AUS Pool Page.



Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 Drummer               40   45   14   99   19    1
  2 TopCat                34   46   18   98   24   T3
  3 CMD                   35   48   14   97   20    2
  4 AUS Fan               34   45   16   95   21   T3
  5 Stay Healthy          29   48   14   91   17   T3
 T6 FreddyFoyle           36   49    4   89   24   12
 T6 Jack Gillis           32   43   14   89   19    7
 T8 Fan of the Vreds      35   37   16   88   14   T3
 T8 UNBForever            33   51    4   88   20   T8
 T8 POND RAPIDS           30   44   14   88   20   T8
 T8 PK                    26   48   14   88   25   16


2011 National Champs get their rings!

Head on over to the Varsity Reds website to read about the championship rings that the V-Reds received for their amazing season last year.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#4): UNB remains No. 1

The CIS released the fourth Men's Hockey Top 10 rankings of the season today. The CIS defending National champion UNB V-Reds (7-1-0) are once again ranked #1 in the Nation, receiving 15 of the 17 possible first place votes. McGill (8-0-2) received the other two first place votes.

Also representing the AUS are #5 UdeM (6-2-0), who have the second best record in in the AUS, and #10 Acadia (4-3-1).

Here are the complete rankings:

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. UNB (7-1-0) / 168 pts (15) / (1)
2. McGill (8-0-2) / 150 (2) / (2)
3. Saskatchewan (7-1-1) / 138 / (3)
4. Western Ontario (6-0-2) / 109 / (5)
5. Moncton (6-2-0) / 101 / (6)
6. Alberta (6-2-2) / 68 / (NR)
7. Manitoba (4-2-2) / 48 / (4)
8. Lakehead (7-3-0) / 38 / (8)
9. Calgary (6-4-0) / 34 / (7)
10. Acadia (4-3-1) / 30 / (9)

Other teams receiving votes: Nipissing (26), UPEI (17), Carleton (8).

Saturday, November 5, 2011

V-Reds Suffer First Loss of Season, 5-4 to Panthers

The V-Reds had an off-night and ended up on the wrong side of a 5-4 game against the UPEI Panthers.  Scoring for UNB were Jordan Clendenning, Josh Kidd, Jon Harty, and Luke Gallant.  UNB thought they had another goal, but the ref blew the whistle before the puck crossed the line.

Matt Davis played the game in goal and made a few good saves with the game close to give his team a chance, but it just wasn't meant to be on this night .  Final shots were 43-27 UNB.

The loss leaves UNB in 1st place with a 7-1 record.  UNB plays Dalhousie in Halifax next Friday before visiting Acadia on Saturday.

V-Reds Move to 7-0 With 6-3 Win Vs. UdeM

Lead by a balanced offensive attack, the V-Reds continued their winning ways with a strong effort against the 2nd place Aigles Bleus.  Scoring for UNB were Dion Campbell, Bretton Stamler, Kyle Bailey with two, Chris Culligan, and Jeff Lee.

UNB continues to thrive on adversity.  With goalies Travis Fullerton and Dan Lacosta both on the injured list, Matt Davis took the win in goal in his first game for the V-Reds, making 25 saves.

In addition to the debut of Matt Davis in red n' black, Chad Denny played his first game and threw his weight around.  Nick MacNeil made his return to the V-Reds lineup.

The V-Reds return home and regroup Saturday night vs. the UPEI Panthers.
Chad Denny - Photo Courtesy Brian Smith



Friday, November 4, 2011

UdeM prepares for the V-Reds

To get a perspective on how the "other guys" look at UNB as a challenge, check out the article in the Times and Transcript today about how UdeM sees the challenge that the V-Reds bring to their rink.

What do you guys think will be the outcome of tonight's game? Moncton is a short drive, if you can make it down for the game, come join us and cheer on your CIS #1 ranked V-Reds!

UNB in action against UdeM and UPEI this weekend!

This weekend, the CIS #1 ranked V-Reds (6-0-0) are on the road on Friday night, visiting the CIS #6 ranked UdeM Aigles Bleus (5-1-0), and Saturday night they are hosting the AUS #3 ranked UPEI Panthers (3-3-0).

Tonight, the V-Reds travel to the J.-Louis-Levesque Arena for a 7pm game against the Aigles Bleus. The V-Reds were once again voted the top team in the CIS this week, with all 17 voters giving them the #1 spot. This makes 14 National polls in a row that the V-Reds find themselves sitting on top of the National rankings. The V-Reds are currently led in scoring by Kyle Bailey, Tyler Carroll, and Jordan Clendenning all with seven points (4G 3A).

The CIS #6 ranked Aigles Bleus are riding a five game winning streak, and are currently only two points back of the V-Reds. Last weekend, the Aigles Bleus were on the road in NS, defeating StFX (2-5-0) 4-2 on Friday night, and then SMU (3-4-0) 3-1 on Saturday night. UdeM is led in scoring by Christian Gaudet (4G 8A) Marc-Andre Cote (5G 5A) and Dean Ouellet (4G 3A).

Tomorrow night, the V-Reds host the Panthers at 7pm at the AUC. The Panthers are on a two game winning streak, having defeated the Dalhousie Tigers (2-4-0) 6-2 last Friday night, and the Acadia Axemen (3-3-0) 5-3 last Saturday night at home. UPEI is led in scoring by Matt Carter (4G 4A) and Jordan Knox (4G 3A).

UNB currently has a 10 game regular season winning streak going against UdeM, and a three game winning streak against UPEI.

The games are available as a webcast and as always, you can follow UNBHockey on Twitter.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Players look to improve Power Play, talk about work ethic

There is a great article in the Brunswickan this week where Kyle Bailey and Jordan Clendenning discuss UNB's winning ways, the PP situation, and the need to continuely improve their performance through strong practices. Check it out here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#3): UNB once again on top

The CIS released the third Men's Hockey Top 10 Rankings of the season today. The CIS defending National champion UNB V-Reds (6-0-0) once again earned all the first place votes from the panel of media from across the country.

Also representing the AUS are #6 UdeM, who have the second best record in in the AUS, and #9 Acadia, who dropped from #3 last week.

Here are the complete rankings:

regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. UNB (6-0-0) / 170 pts (17) / (1)
2. McGill (6-0-2) / 137 / (4)
3. Saskatchewan (5-1-1) / 114 / (5)
4. Manitoba (4-1-1) / 105 / (2)
5. Western Ontario (5-0-1) / 95 / (7)
6. Moncton (5-1-0) / 89 / (NR)
7. Calgary (5-3-0) / 63 / (10)
8. Lakehead (6-2-0) / 51 / (NR)
9. Acadia (3-3-0) / 35 / (3)
10. Nipissing (6-1-2) / 24 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: UQTR (20), Alberta (13), UPEI (9), Queen's (5), Waterloo (2), Brock (1), Ryerson (1), StFX (1).

Monday, October 31, 2011

AUS Pool Week 2 Results (Games Ending October 29)

Week 2 results are up and Drummer continues to set the pace with an impressive 80 pts, but several contestants are just a good weekend away from overtaking him.  This week's top performer was Dungarvon with a wicked 37 points.

You might notice a few extra teams this week.  We had a few entries lost in our junk folder but we think we've managed to add all the submissions.  If you don't see your team here, just let us know.

The top 10 standings are listed below, but check out the entire standings at the AUS Pool Page.

Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 Drummer               32   34   14   80   28    1
  2 CMD                   27   36   14   77   26   T2
 T3 Topcat                33   31   16   74   74   --
 T3 Fan of the Vreds      29   31   14   74   26    5
 T3 AUS Fan               27   33   14   74   23   T2
 T3 Stay Healthy          23   37   14   74   74   --
  7 Jack Gillis           31   31   14   70   32  T11
 T8 UNBForever            25   39    4   68   17   T2
 T8 Dungarvon             23   31   14   68   37   23
 T8 POND RAPIDS           23   31   14   68   35   20




As always, if you see an error, just drop us a line and we'll look into it for you.  There's been some big surprises early in this AUS season, and some unfamiliar names at the top of the scoring charts.  It should be an exciting year.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

V-Reds destroy the Tigers

The V-Reds thoroughly handled the DAL Tigers tonight, scoring 10 times before the game had ended.

UNB came out hard, and for the first 7:22 of the game, UNB looked to be pretty much dominating the Tigers, then J. Villeneuve-Gagne capitalized on a UNB turnover to score on the first DAL shot of the game. That quieted the crowd almost completely. However that was the end of the good news for the Tigers, as Jordan Clendenning set up Chris Culligan twice before the period was out, sending the teams to the dressing room with a score of 2-1 after one period of play.

UNB came out hard in the second, forcing the Tigers to take three penalties, two of which Kyle Bailey scored on. Also scoring for UNB in the second were Jeff Lee, Jordan Clendenning, and Taylor MacDougall.

The third period was not any better for the Tigers, as Joran Clendenning scored again, Antoine Houde-Caron picked up a short handed goal, and Luke Lynes finished off the scoring to make it 10-1.

The final shots were 36-16 for UNB, the three stars of the game were Jordan Clendenning (2G 3A), Chris Culligan (2G 2A), and Luke Gallant (2).

UNB is back in action next weekend when they take on UdeM in Moncton Friday night and UPEI Saturday night at the AUC

AUS Pool Week 1 Results (Games Ending October 22)

First, our apologies for being late getting these up.  There were some technical difficulties on our end that should be resolved with the purchase of our new Tandy 2000, so faster results this week!

Looks like a pretty tight race out of the gates, with Drummer (someone check those numbers) taking the lead with an impressive 52 pts, followed by a mob of others.  Lots of hockey left, so everyone is still very much in running.

As always, feel free to double check our results.   If you think we've made a mistake, we probably have, so kindly send us an email and we'll look into it.

The top 10 are listed below, and the complete standings can be viewed at the AUS Pool page.


Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 Drummer               21   23    8   52   52  
 T2 CMD                   20   23    8   51   51  
 T2 UNBForever            19   28    4   51   51  
 T2 AUS Fan               17   26    8   51   51  
  5 Fan of the Vreds      20   20    8   48   48  
  6 PK                    14   23    8   45   45  
  7 Super Squirrel        13   22    8   43   43  
  8 Section 5'er          12   22    8   42   42  
  9 GAMER                 14   23    4   41   41  
 10 Ken C                 14   17    8   39   39  






Finally, big thanks to Drummer and www.vredshockey.com for hosting the pool page again this year.

Friday, October 28, 2011

V-Reds shut Axemen down

Tonight, the CIS #1 ranked V-Reds shut the CIS #3 ranked Acadia Axemen out 3-0 to improve to 5-0-0 on the season.

UNB set the tone 44 seconds in to the first as Fillier put the puck behind the Axemen goalie. Bailey and Harty assisted on the goal. That would be the end of the scoring for the first period, with UNB outshooting the Axemen 13-4.

Clendenning made it 2-0 in the second, scoring on a nice feed from Culligan who was back in the lineup. Fullerton made several big saves in the second, as the Axemen outshot UNB 11-6 in the period.

The third period saw the Axemen continue to push, and with 2 minutes remaining they pulled their goalie, but Carroll would make them regret it as he scored on the empty net to make it 3-0.

That was the first shutout of the AUS regular season, the final shots were 26-18 for UNB. The V-Reds are back tomorrow night to take on the DAL Tigers who fell 6-2 to UPEI tonight.

V-Reds host the Axemen and Tigers this weekend

This weekend the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (4-0-0) are at home to take on the CIS #3 ranked Acadia Axemen (3-1-0) and the AUS #4 ranked Dalhousie Tigers (2-2-0).

The V-Reds were once again voted the top team in the country, this time receiving all 17 of the top place votes in the weekly media poll. The V-Reds have battled through the injury of many key players, and are still undefeated this season, the only team in the country to have not had a loss thus far. The V-Reds are on a 17 game regular season winning streak at home dating back to Feb. 12th of 2010. UNB is led in scoring by Dion Campbell (3G 3A) and Tyler Carroll (3G 2A).

Tonight will be a battle of the stingiest defense and the most potent offence in the AUS as the V-Reds, who have allowed the fewest goals thus far this season, host the Axemen who have been making waves in the AUS this season. The Axemen currently have the highest shots per game, goals per game, Power Play goals, and Power Play percent in the AUS. The Axemen are led in scoring by Andrew Clark (4G 6A) and Joe Gaynor (4G 2A).

Saturday night, the V-Reds host the Tigers at 7pm at the AUC. The Tigers have struggled a bit this season, losing two rather lopsided games to UdeM (3-1-0), while defeating The STU Tommies (0-4-0) twice in fairly close games. The Tigers are led in scoring by Benjamin Breault (4G 1A) and P.-Alexandre Vandall 1G 3A).

Both games can be viewed on Rogers TV, viewed as a webcast, listened to on CHSR 97.9, and as always, you can follow UNBHockey on Twitter.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#2): UNB claims all top place votes

The CIS released the second Men's Hockey Top 10 Rankings for the new season today. The CIS defending National champion UNB V-Reds (4-0-0) rest firmly on top of the competition, having received 170 points in the voting system. UNB received all 17 of the possible first place votes.

The Manitoba Bisons (4-1-1) and Acadia Axemen (3-1-0) each move up one spot in the new poll to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Also representing the AUS was StFX (2-2-0), dropping one spot to #8.

Here are the complete rankings:

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. UNB (4-0-0) / 170 pts (17) / (1)
2. Manitoba (4-1-1) / 138 / (3)
3. Acadia (3-1-0) / 118 / (4)
4. McGill (4-0-2) / 112 / (2)
5. Saskatchewan (4-1-0) / 75 / (5)
6. UQTR (5-2-0) / 68 / (NR)
7. Western Ontario (3-0-1) / 62 / (6)
8. StFX (2-2-0) / 56 / (7)
9. Waterloo (4-1-0) / 55 / (10)
10. Calgary (3-3-0) / 24 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Moncton (21), Nipissing (12), Lakehead (12), Alberta (9), Queen’s (3).

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Campbell Leads Hockey V-Reds Past Huskies

Saturday night at the venerable Halifax Forum the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds had an early lead and sustained third period pressure from the Saint Mary's Huskies to hang on for a 4-2 win and remain the only undefeated team in AUS men's hockey. Player of the game Dion Campbell scored UNB's first goal and assisted on all three of the other V-Reds goals.

The early play of the first period was all in the Huskies zone, and at 2:43 Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) came flying down the right side of the ice and his shot beat Neil Conway (Painesville, OH) on the far side. Later at 9:47 rookie Stefan Salituro (Toronto, ON) picked up his second assist of the game when he and fellow rookie Antoine Houde-Caron (Trois-Rivièrs, QC) broke into the Huskies zone on a two-on-one and Houde-Caron scored. The shot margin at the time of the goal was 10-3 in favour of UNB.

The second period was better for the Huskies, as they appeared to gain momentum coming out off the power play at 7:22 with Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) called for cross-checking. After several strong Huskies shifts Joshua Domingues (Markham, ON) had a glorious scoring chance on Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB). UNB coach called a timeout to talk to his team. Despite the strong Saint Mary's pressure it was UNB getting a goal late in the period at 19:20 when the puck was turned over in the Huskies zone and V-Reds captain Bailey sniped a shot from the circle that beat Conway on the short side.

UNB started the third period on a power play with SMU's Justin Wallingford (Hamilton, ON) in the box. At 1:43 Marc-Antoine Desnoyer (St.-Hippolyte, QC) ripped a point shot that went through a crowd and top shelf. That goal broke a goose egg for the V-Reds – up to then they had not scored a power play goal in the season with 16 man-advantage opportunities in the previous three games. Coincidentally the Huskies penalty kill had been perfect up until the Desnoyers goal, killing off 23 straight penalties.

After the goal Saint Mary's head coach Trevor Steiburg elected to put rookie Anthony Peters (Blyth, ON) in nets. Seconds later Wallingford was back in the box for kneeing, but it was Huskies rookie penalty killer Stephen Johnston (Guelph, ON) who created a breakaway from centre ice and beat Fullerton glove side at 2:20. Shortly after the penalty was over Chris MacKinnon (Richmond Hill, ON) led a Huskies rush into the UNB zone and beat Fullerton 4:14 to make it 4-2.

The rest of the period was uneventual, other than a power play apiece. UNB outshot Saint Mary's in every period and 28-16 in the game. UNB is now 4-0-0 in the young season and all alone in first place in the AUS standings. Moncton and Acadia are tied for second place with identical 3-1-0 records. Next weekend the Varsity Reds are back home to host Acadia and Dalhousie.

Game Notes: Injured UNB forwards Chris Culligan and Nick MacNeil and defenceman Josh Kidd did not dress for the game. SMU was missing injured d-men Kyle Wharton and Tyler Cuthbert.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

UNB Wins Wild Game At STFX

The V-Reds found themselves down 3-1 at the end of the first period, but rallied to score 6 goals the rest of the way to secure a 7-6 victory at STFX.

Scoring for UNB were Luke Lynes, Tyler Carroll, Dion Campbell, Kyle Bailey, Thomas Nesbitt, Antoine Houde-Caron and Jonathan Harty. Final shots were 30-22 in favour of UNB.  Bailey lead the team 3 points, while Bretton Stamler (2 assists), Carroll, Harty and Nesbitt each had two points.

 Travis Fullerton went the distance in goal for the V-Reds.

The win puts UNB at 3-0 to start the season.

Friday, October 21, 2011

V-Reds take on StFX and SMU this weekend

This weekend, The CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds travel to Nova Scotia to take on the CIS #7 ranked StFX X-Men and the SMU Huskies on Friday and Saturday night.

Tonight, the V-Reds (2-0-0) travel to Antigonish to face the CIS #7 X-Men (1-1-0) at the Keating Millennium Centre at 7pm. It was only last Saturday night that these two teams did battle at the AUC in Fredericton, with the V-Reds coming out on top with a score of 3-1 and outshooting the X-Men 32-20.

For the 12th National poll in a row (11 last season and one this season) The V-Reds were voted as the #1 team in the Nation by a committee of media members from across Canada. The V-Reds received 15 of 17 possible first place votes, and have topped 43 of the last 65 polls (.662) since 2006-07. The V-Reds are currently being led in scoring by a pair of rookies, Tyler Carrroll (2G 1A) and Taylor MacDougall (1G 2A).

The X-Men may have lost their first game of the regular season to the V-Reds, but came back the next night and soundly defeated the CIS #11 ranked UPEI Panthers (1-1-0) by a score of 5-2. The X-Men are led in scoring by last year’s CIS Rookie of the Year Jason Bast (2G) and Josh Day (1G 1A).

Saturday night, the V-Reds travel to Halifax to take on the SMU Huskies (0-2-0) at 7pm at the Halifax Forum. The SMU Huskies have not had a great start to the 2011-12 regular season, losing both of their opening contests last weekend. Friday night they were defeated 5-2 by the UPEI Panthers, and then fell 3-1 the V-Reds on Saturday night. The Huskies are led in scoring by Parker Deighan, Michael Stickland, and Matt Tipoff, each with one goal.

The X-Men game can be seen as a webcast here, while the SMU webcast can be found here, and as always, you can follow UNBHockey on Twitter.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Reminder: Get Your Picks In For The 2011-12 AUS Hockey Pool

You've all had the benefit of one weekend of AUS action, so now's the time to sharpen your pencil and pick the best team possible in the 2011-12 AUS  Hockey Pool.  If you haven't already, click here to find the AUS Pool page and download the box sheet.  Follow the instructions and return it to us.

Remember, you have until 5PM this Thursday to submit.  After that, you can still submit your pics, but you'll be penalized 2 pts per day.

If that wasn't enough, we're happy to offer the following prizes:

3rd place:  1 roll of official UNB hockey tape
2nd place: 1 official UNB game puck
1st place:  2 tickets to the UNB home game of your choice during the AUS playoffs.

Good luck!

CIS Top 10 Rankings: UNB #1

The CIS released the first Men's Hockey Top 10 Rankings for the new season today. The CIS defending National champion UNB V-Reds (2-0) rest firmly on top of the competition, having received 165 points in the voting system. UNB received 15 of the possible 17 first place votes.

Rounding out the top three were McGill (4-0-0) and Manitoba (4-0-0). Also representing the AUS were Acadia (#4) and StFX (#7).

Some Notes of interest:

- UNB was ranked No. 1 in the last 11 national polls of 2010-11 and has topped 43 of the last 65 polls (.662) since 2006-07.

- This is the lowest ranking for Alberta since the Golden Bears were eighth on Oct. 28, 1996 (second poll of 1996-97). The Bears (2-1-1), had not been ranked lower than fourth in the country in the last 14 seasons (1997-98 to 2010-11).

Here are the complete rankings:

Rank/Team/Record/Votes(1st place votes)/Last Week

1. UNB (2-0-0) / 165 pts (15) / (-)
2. McGill (4-0-0) / 141 (1) / (-)
3. Manitoba (4-0-0) / 131 (1) / (-)
4. Acadia (2-0-0) / 99 / (-)
5. Saskatchewan (3-0-0) / 89 / (-)
6. Western Ontario (3-0-1) / 83 / (-)
7. StFX (1-1-0) / 70 / (-)
8. Alberta (2-1-1) / 53 / (-)
9. Nipissing (4-1-0) / 43 / (-)
10. Waterloo (3-1-0) / 22 / (-)

Other teams receiving votes: UPEI (12), Queen’s (9), UBC (9), UQTR (7), Brock (1), Lakehead (1).

Saturday, October 15, 2011

V-Reds defeat SMU 3-1

The V-Reds made it a four point weekend as they defeated the SMU Huskies 3-1 tonight. The first period saw no scoring, with the V-Reds controlling the majority of the play and the final shots for the period 12-4 in favor of UNB.

The second period saw the V-Reds come out flying, and they were rewarded at the 4:00 minute mark when Tyler Carroll scored. Matt Fillier made it 2-0 at the 5:03 mark with a beautiful deke that completely fooled SMUs goalie. At the 7:04 mark it was Taylor MacDougall, scoring his first as a V-Red, to make it 3-0. Shots were 28-11 after two periods.

The V-Reds looked a little flat footed in the third, and were caught on a bad pass give away which Tipoff capitalized on at 10:21 to make it 3-1. That was the end of the scoring, SMU pulled their goalie with 1:17 left, but could not muster a good scoring opportunity. The final shots were 34-21 in favor of UNB.

UNB is on the ice again next weekend when they travel down to Nova Scotia to play StFX and SMU.

V-Reds Win Home Opener

 FREDERICTON – Friday night at the Aikten University Centre the Atlantic University Sport men's hockey season opened first with a championship banner raising and then a tightly played match between last year's two AUS championship finalists, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds and the StFX X-Men, all in front of a large appreciative crowd of 3345. The V-Reds came out on top 3-1, for their 23rd consecutive home opening win.

After the emotional opening ceremonies surrounding the University Cup and UNB's fourth CIS men's hockey banner, the V-Reds came out flying and dominated the early play, outshooting the X-Men 8-1 by the middle of the first period. This was helped by two early power plays. The Varsity Reds nullified their third power play opportunity at 17:06 when Nick MacNeil (Creignish, NS) was too physical on the forecheck and was called for roughing. However the resulting 4-on-4 play worked out nicely for UNB when StFX netminder Joey Perricone (San Juan Capistrano, CA) first made a lunging glove save on a Tyler Carroll (Strathroy, ON) shot but didn't have complete control of the puck when d-man Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) crashed into the scrum in front of the net and Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) was then able to push the loose puck under Perricone at 17:46. That was pretty much all of the excitement in the close-checking first period that did see the X-Men generate more scoring chances later in the period. Shots were 10-7 for UNB.

In the second period it was the Varsity Reds that generated a parade to the penalty box. StFX took advantage at 8:57, when defenceman Josh Day (St. John's, NL) threaded a pass through the slot to Jason Bast (Regina, SK) at the bottom of the left circle near the goal line and Bast wired a shot over the shoulder of Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) and just under the crossbar. A few minutes later rookie Thomas Nesbitt (Ottawa, ON) had a chance to restore UNB's lead on a near breakaway, but instead he was called for goaltender interference when he lost control of the puck and took Perricone's skates out from under him as he slid into the net. A better UNB breakaway scoring opportunity came at 17:00, when penalty killing Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) was all alone from the blue line in, but he couldn't get Perriocone to bite on his deke attempt. UNB edged StFX 9-8 on shots in the middle period.

The first half of the third period was a typical UNB-StFX period with the X-Men allowing the V-Reds to carry the puck into the neutral zone where they would meet them and try to create turnover opportunities. That changed at 11:16. UNB rookie Taylor MacDougall (New Maryland, NB) came down the left wing on a line change and fired a puck from the blue line that was just off the net but bounced off the rear boards back to the crease area. Campbell swooped into the zone through traffic and won the race for the loose puck and then put it past Perricone. StFX responded with a couple of good push-back shifts and forced UNB d-man Ben Wright (Foremost, AB) to take a crosschecking penalty at 13:42. However the X-Men weren't able to generate any real scoring chances with the man advantage, and then for the rest of the period UNB threw up a suffocating wall in the neural zone and took away time and space for a comeback. StFX coach Brad Peddle called a timeout at 19:02 to plot strategy, but the X-Men were burned ten seconds later when Carroll got the puck at the blue line and snapped a shot into the net that Perricone was still skating away from.

UNB outshot StFX 12-7 in the final period and 31-22 in the 3-1 victory. The V-Reds were 0-for-6 on the power play while the X-Men were 1-for-8.

UNB coach Gardiner MacDougall was pleased with the play of player of the game Dion Campell. “He's a guy who defied the odds when he came here. He was one of the only Junior “A” guys on our roster and he found a regular spot. He's been here four years and he got better every year. He's got better every year because he's earned it. He was our fittest guy in camp. He'll play any role. He'll kill penalties, plays on the power play. He'll go on a checking line, he'll go on a top-six line. He's a great kid and it's nice to see him rewarded.”

Game Notes: UNB's Josh Kidd and Chris Culligan did not play in the home opener and are “day-to-day” with undisclosed injuries. Rookie Stefan Salituro was also a scratch. Daine Todd continues his rehab from off-season shoulder surgery and skated in the warm-up, but has yet to play a game this season. Tyler Carroll was playing his first game for the V-Reds since being blindsided by Calgary's Walker Wintoneak on September 23rd. It was returning captain Kyle Bailey's first UNB game of the season, since he missed the entire exhibition preseason preparing for and attending Winnipeg's AHL team camp in St. John's, NL. Bailey graduated from UNB in the spring, but elected to return for his last year of eligibility and enrol for graduate studies after not getting a guaranteed contract offer from the IceCaps.

Friday, October 14, 2011

V-Reds beat X-Men 3-1

The V-Reds raised the CIS banner tonight, then went out and beat the X-Men 3-1 in front of 3,345 fans at the AUC.

Scoring for UNB were Clendenning, Campbell, and Carroll with the empty netter. Final Shots were 31-22 for UNB. Scoring for the X-Men was Jason Bast.

The V-Reds are back in action tomorrow night when they take on the SMU Huskies at 7pm at the AUC.

The Regular season starts, TONIGHT!

The V-Reds begin their CIS title defense in grand fashion this weekend, hosting last year’s #2 and #3 teams in the AUS to start the regular season. Tonight the V-Reds host the StFX X-Men at 7pm at the AUC, while Saturday night they host the St. Mary’s Huskies at 7pm, also at the AUC.

Overall, the V-Reds went a healthy 5-2-in the preseason, despite some injuries and players away at pro camps. The rookies are fitting into the lineup well, goaltending and defense continue to be strengths, and the team has learned to battle through adversity, playing most of its exhibition schedule with 3 or 4 top 6 forwards and 3 top 6 d-men out of the lineup.

The loss of Hunter Tremblay, the team’s all-time scoring leader was a blow, but the captain Kyle Bailey is back in the mix for his fifth year of eligibility. With nine new bodies on the roster, and a core of returning veterans, UNB will once again be looking to battle for the top spot in the AUS.

The X-Men, under the guidance of Coach Peddle, finished third in the AUS last year, and earned a spot in the Nationals where they went 1-1 and finished third in the tournament. The X-Men lost eight players at the end of last season, but have added eight new recruits to fill those spots. The X-Men went 4-2 in the preseason this year, including wins over NCAA Division 1 schools Boston University (6-4) and Northeastern University (8-5).

The Huskies, under coach Stienburg, finished second in the AUS last year, and were defeated by StFX in the AUS semifinals 3 games to 2. SMU lost Andrew Hotham, Cam Fergus and captain Justin Munden to graduation last year, along with others, but has seven new players on the roster to pick up the slack. SMU went 3-2-1 in the preseason, but will have a short bench this weekend as several players will not make the road trip due to injuries received in the preseason.

Both games can be viewed on Rogers TV, or as a webcast, and as always, you can follow UNBHockey on Twitter.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Third Annual AUS Pool


We're happy to announce that the third annual UNBHockeyFans.com AUS Hockey Pool is back 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 hockey pride.  Last year, AUS Fan and BruinsFan0877 waged war in the heavens in a fiery spectacle of hockey pool wizardry.  Ultimately, AUS Fan was crowned undisputed overlord of AUS hockey.  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 and 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 Thursday, October 20th.  After that, you can still submit but will be penalized 2 pts 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!

V-Reds Add D-Man Chad Denny

The UNB Varsity Reds have added some big help on the blue line.  Chad Denny, a former 49th overall pick in the 2005 NHL entry draft has been attending classes and is waiting to regain eligibility.  Deny played 4 years with the Lewiston MAINEiacs before splitting parts of 4 seasons between the ECHL and AHL.

Denny is a big body presence at 6'3 and over 220 lbs and will challenge Josh Kidd for hardest shot on the V-Reds team with a cannon clocked at over 100 mph.

Because Denny played a few games professionally last fall he must wait until November to gain eligibility for CIS hockey.

Click here for more from the Daily Gleaner.
Welcome Chad!


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

With Pre-Season Over, V-Reds Look Forward to Regular Season

The 3-3 tie in UMass Lowell wrapped up the V-Reds pre-season.  Overall, the team went a healthy 5-2-1 with a lot of positives coming out of the games.  Rookies are fitting into the lineup well, goaltending and defence continue to be strengths, and the team has learned to battle through adversity, playing most of its exhibition schedule with 3 or 4 top 6 forwards and 3 top 6 d-men out of the lineup.

The team kicks off its regular season this weekend with games against STFX and SMU before playing the same teams the following weekend in Nova Scotia.

We hope you've had time to scout the AUS competition during the pre-season.  You'll need it to win the 3rd Annual 2011-12 AUS Hockey Pool...more on that this week.



Friday, October 7, 2011

V-Reds Defeat Crusaders In OT

A late third period goal from Dion Campbell helped send the game into overtime where  Antoine Houde-Caron netted the game winner in the extra frame.  The final result was a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.  Shots were 33-11 for UNB.

Travis Fullerton played the entire game in goal for the V-Reds, who will travel to UMass Lowell tomorrow for their final exhibition game before the regular season starts.

UNB visits Holy Cross and UMass-Lowell tonight and tomorrow

The CIS defending champion UNB V-Reds are on the road again this weekend, visiting Holy Cross on Friday night, and UMass Lowell on Saturday night.

Friday night, the V-Reds arrive in Worcester to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders at 7pm EST. The Crusaders were recently picked third in a coaches’ poll of the twelve team Atlantic Hockey Association and will look to start their preseason on a high note. This is the first ever meeting of these two teams, and the V-Reds will look to come out strong after two losses the previous weekend. The live game stats can be found here.

On Saturday night, the V-Reds visit UMass-Lowell at 7pm EST at the Chelmsford Forum. Recently UMass Lowell was selected to finish ninth in the annual Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll. The only other meeting between these two teams was on Oct. 13th, 2008 when the V-Reds fell 5-3 in this same building.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Captain Kyle Returns

Bruce Hallihan brings the scoop in today's Daily Gleaner, and what a scoop it is.  UNB captain Kyle Bailey is returning to the V-Reds for his final year after all.

Bailey led the V-Reds to their 4th CIS National Championship last spring after putting up 10 goals and 29 points in 28 games in the regular season.  Bailey is known for scoring some big goals, including 2 AUS championship winners, and has been a consistent playoff performer.  In addition to the offensive boost, Bailey's addition injects veteran leadership, grit, heart, and experience to the UNB forward ranks.

Bailey will not be traveling with the team this weekend on the trip to US. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Maine Defeats V-Reds 7-3

The V-Reds found themselves on the wrong side of too many powerplay opportunities, including several 5-on-3 disadvantages, against a speedy Maine team. The result was a 7-3 loss to the Black Bears on Sunday evening.

Scoring for UNB were Chris Culligan, Thomas Nesbitt, and Luke Gallant. Shots were slightly in favour of  Maine, ending at 26-25.  Dan Lacosta completed the game in goal for UNB.

The V-Reds are now 4-2 in exhibition play.  They'll look to regroup for next weekend's visit to Holy Cross and UMass.

UNH Downs UNB 3-0

An early short-handed goal by UNH set the tone on Saturday night.  The UNH Wildcats cruised to a 3-0 win in front of 4800 fans.

UNB found themselves with only 4 defenceman for most of the game after Marc-Antoine Desnoyers was ejected for a face mask infraction in a scrum in the 1st period.   Final shots were 34-20 for UNH.  Travis Fullerton played the entire game and made several big saves to give his team a fighting chance.

The team will prepare for its next game vs. UMaine, Sunday at 4pm.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

V-Reds Take on UNH Wildcats Today

The V-Reds continue their pre-season schedule this afternoon vs the University of New Hampshire Wildcats.  The last time the two clubs met saw Mike Ouzas backstop UNB to a 4-3 win back on October 12, 2008.  UNB is 1-2 all-time vs UNH.

There are various ways to follow the game, pick the one that works best for you:

UNH Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/unhwildcats/
UNH Live Video:  http://unhwildcats.tv/ ($9.95 USD)
UNH Live Audio: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/unh.portal#

And as always, UNBHockey on Twitter will provide updates throughout the game.  Game time is 4 PM EST.

Friday, September 30, 2011

V-Reds Make It Four In A Row

WOODSTOCK – Thursday night the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds moved to 4-0 in preseason hockey play with a 3-2 victory over les Patriotes from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in a game played at the Carleton Civic Centre in Woodstock.

UNB's Jordan Clendenning, who grew up in Woodstock before moving downriver to Fredericton as a youngster to pursue his hockey dream, took both the ceremonial faceoff and the real faceoff in front of an appreciative crowd. The V-Reds' two Quebec-born players, Marc-Antoine Desnoyer (St. Hippolyte, QC) and Antoine Houde-Caron (Trois-Rivières, QC), were both part of the opening line-up against a UQTR squad that was once accustomed to recruiting the best Francophone players from the QMJHL.

The first period did not have any goals for the fans. Neither team looked especially fluid in the first period, other than Tommy Tremblay (La Tuque, QC) with an early chance on the power play against UNB's starting netminder Dan LaCosta (Labrador City, NF). UNB had three power plays of their own in the period and peppered rookie UQTR goalie Guillaume Nadeau (St-Jean-Chrysostome, QC) with shots when they had the man advantage. Shots were 16-6 for UNB in the first 20 minutes.

The second period continued along with no score and not a lot of great scoring chances for either team. UNB's Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) spelled off LaCosta in nets midway through the period. Rookie Thomas Nesbitt (Ottawa, ON) was playing his first game with the V-Reds since rejoining the team this week after spending time at the New Jersey Devils' camp, and as the match went on you could see him getting more comfortable with his new linemates Nick MacNeil (Creignish, NS) and Chris Culligan (Howie Centre, NS). At 12:42 Nesbitt won the battle for the puck in the UQTR corner, and fired the puck from below the goal line to MacNeil at the net for the redirect goal. UQTR's best scoring chance of the period was about three-quarters through when Olivier Ouellet (Drummondville, QC) had a partial break but couldn't beat Fullerton's glove.. Shots were ten apiece in the middle period.

The third period started off great for les Patriotes. Right off the opening faceoff UQTR swarmed the ice in front of Fullerton, and after several players had a whack at the puck it was Maxime Gravel (Château-Richer, QC) who was credited with the last touch before it went in at the 40 second mark. With the game now tied the tempo picked up measurably. At 7:30 it was the V-Reds flooding the offensive zone, and Luke Lynes (Rochester Hills, MI) wristed the puck through a screen of players into the top corner. UNB increased their lead to two goals at 9:55 when Nesbitt scored a pretty one from MacNeil and Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB). However less than a minute later, UQTR was handed a golden opportunity to get back in the game when V-Reds d-man Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for head contact when he nailed a UQTR player in the slot. Harty had been a physical force all night, and as unhappy as he was to leave the ice and the game it was probably the right call by the referee.

UQTR only managed one goal on the five-minute power play, when Toimmy Tremblay finished a tic-tac-toe passing play at 12:22. However Tremblay wore the goat horns in the last minute of the game, when he was called for charging on Nesbitt -- putting UQTR a man down for their last chance to tie the game late. Fittingly it was Nesbitt who had UNB's best scoring chance on the power play in the dying seconds of the period.

Final shots were 36-25 for UNB in the 3-1 victory. The three game stars were: #1 Thomas Nesbitt, #2 Guillaume Nadeau, #3 Jordan Clendenning. The V-Reds head across the border to play the NCAA's New Hampshire on Saturday and Maine on Sunday (both games at 4:00 pm EDT) while UQTR is in Truro Friday night for a game against Saint Mary's, before retracing their steps back to Fredericton on Saturday to play St. Thomas.

UNB Wins 3-2 vs. UQTR

Third period goals from Luke Lynes and Thomas Nesbitt helped secure a 3-2 victory vs. UQTR in Woodstock on Thursday night.  Nick MacNeil scored the other UNB goal, assisted by Nesbitt, who was the game's 1st star in his first game in a UNB jersey.

Dan Lacosta started the game and was relieved by Travis Fullerton midway through the second period.  Final shots on goal were 36-25 for UNB.

The team continues its road trip to New Hampshire on Saturday, and Maine on Sunday for a pair of tough NCAA opponents.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

UNB hosts UQTR tonight in Woodstock

The CIS defending champion UNB V-Reds will be the host to the UQTR Patriotes at the 7:00 pm at the Carleton Civic Centre in Woodstock.

This will be the 10th meeting of these two teams since the 84-85 season. The V-Reds have a 7-1-0-1 record against UQTR in those previous nine games. Their last meeting was in a pair of games the 26th and 27th of September in 2008, when the V-Reds won 4-3 in OT and 3-2 in regulation.

The V-Reds are 3-0-0 in the preseason this year, having scored 13 goals while only allowing one. With a mix of veteran and new players, the V-Reds have shown that the defensive system they have in place works quite well, while still scoring key goals with their patient offensive style.

UQTR is 2-1-0 this preseason, with victories over Concordia and Lakehead, and a loss to Lakehead. UQTR has 13 new players this year and are once again looking to challenge for the OUA title. The Civic Center will open its doors at 6pm for spectators.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

UNB Adds Forwards To Roster

The UNB Varsity Reds would like to announce the addition of forwards Robbie Drummond and Stefan Salituro and the return of Thomas Nesbitt from his NHL camp to their roster for the upcoming 2010-11 AUS regular season. The defending CIS Champions are off to a 3-0 pre-season start and will have 3 games on the road this week-end including a 7:00 pm start on Thursday in Woodstock, NB versus UQTR.

Drummond is a 5 year OHL veteran of the London Knights where he helped win a Memorial Cup. The London, Ontario native was team captain in his final year with the Knights where he had 21G-45A for 66 points in 56 games played. The 5’11” 180 pound speedster then played 2 years of professional hockey including 50 games in the ECHL with the Johnstown Chiefs where he scored 41 points before being called up to the American Hockey League. He played parts of 2 years with the Lake Erie Monsters where he played 33 games before cutting short his career because of injuries. He had off season ankle surgery this past summer and is expected to play for the V-Reds at some point in the 1st half of the season. UNB Head Coach Gardiner Mac Dougall had these comments “Robbie has a great deal of championship experience and is excited about resuming his career here at UNB. His skill set, his speed and tenacity along with his leadership qualities will make him a fine addition to our program.”

Stefan Salituro is a 20 year old forward from Willowdale, Ontario who was a key member of the 2011 Royal Bank Champion Pembroke Lumber Kings where he scored 41 points in just 25 games in the regular season before adding 19 in 14 playoff games. He was a former member of Robert Morris of the NCAA where he tied a school rookie scoring record with 15 points in 25 games. He had earlier played 2 years in the North American Junior League where he was the leading scorer for the Mahoning Valley Phantoms with 48 points in 57 games. He was invited on a try-out to UNB and had 2 goals in his first 3 CIS games with the Varsity Reds.” Stefan has been a pleasant surprise for our team and has shown a very good skill set and the ability to create offensive opportunities.”

Nesbitt had been attending the NHL main camp of the New Jersey Devils and will be in the line-up this week-end for UNB. The Varsity Reds will head south after their game vs UQTR to play 2 top Hockey East opponents in University of New Hampshire on Saturday at 4:00pm and University of Maine on Sunday at 4:00pm.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

UNB beats Calgary 2-0

For the second night in a row, the V-Reds did battle with the Calgary Dinos, this time it was at the Tri-County Complex in Fredericton Junction.

The V-Reds came out hard, but were unable to find the back of the net in the first period. The second period saw the V-Reds continue to push and they were rewarded at the 3:01 mark when Clendenning scored on a pass from Lee and Campbell. The rest of the second was a back and forth battle, with no more scoring.

The V-Reds continued to push in the third, but were unable to score until Antoine Houde-Caron picked up an empty netter on a pass from Taylor MacDougall at the 19:17 mark.

The V-Reds are in action again on Thursday, September 29th when they travel to Woodstock to take on UQTR.

Friday, September 23, 2011

UNB drops Calgary 3-1

In their preseason home opener, the V-Reds dropped the Calgary Dinos 3-1 in front of approximately 1300 fans.

The two teams got off to a slow start, with only 11 shots combined in the first period. Josh Kidd scored at the 19:12 mark, to give the V-Reds a 1-0 lead after one. The V-Reds came out stronger in the second, and Salituro picked up an unassisted goal at the 8:58 mark of the second. Calgary bounced back, scoring at the 13:36 mark, the rest of the second saw a back and forth, with no more scoring.

The third period saw UNB control more of the tempo, and at the 7:03 mark, Campbell scored on a nice pass from Clendenning to make the score 3-1. The final shots on net were 30-14 in favor or the V-Reds.

These two teams pick up again tomorrow in Fredericton Junction for the Brooks Memorial game at 7:00 pm.

V-Reds preseason home opener: TONIGHT!!!

The CIS defending National champions UNB V-Reds host the Calgary Dinos tonight and Saturday night in a pair of preseason games. The first game will be played tonight night at 7pm at the Aitken University Center, while the second will be played Saturday night at 7pm at the Tri-County Complex in Fredericton Junction. This will be the annual Brooks Memorial game in support of minor hockey in the Tri-County area.

UNB is 1-0-0 in the preseason, with a dominant 8-0 victory over the DAL Tigers on Monday night in a game where six different V-Reds scored and that saw the V-Reds outshoot DAL 37-11.

The Dinos, who are 1-2-2 in the preseason this year, defeated StFX 2-1 Wednesday night after falling 3-2 in a shootout to the Axemen Tuesday night. The Dinos earned a berth at the 2011 CIS championship as the Canada West second place team. They had a 17-8-3 regular season record last year, eventually losing to Alberta in the CW finals. The Dinos were 0-2 at the CIS championship, but were tied 1-1 with the V-Reds in their first game of the tournament until defenseman Josh Kidd scored with 4.1 seconds left to lift the V-Reds to victory.

The game will be available as a webcast here.

Monday, September 19, 2011

V-Reds Score Often In Exhibition Tilt Vs. Tigers

A balanced offensive attack lead the UNB Varsity Reds to an 8-0 win vs. the Dalhousie Tigers in Port Hawkesbury, NS in the first exhibition game of the 2011-2012 season.  The defending CIS champs got out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first period with some nifty back-to-back goals by hometown hero Nick MacNeil, both assisted by Chris Culligan.  Dion Campbell and rookie Stefan Salituro added goals to end the first period.

The second period saw a goaltending switch, as newcomer Dan Lacosta relieved starter Travis Fullerton about half way through the period, but no goals were scored by either side.

In the third period Jordan Clendenning added two goals, while Luke Lynes and Ben Wright each had one to finish this one off.  

UNB returns to the ice this Friday at the Aitken Centre to host the Calgary Dinos.

V-Reds preseason starts TONIGHT!

It has been a long summer of waiting, but the V-Reds finally get back into the swing of things tonight as they travel down to Port Hawkesbury to take on the DAL Tigers in the first game of their preseason.

In the last twenty meetings between these two teams, the V-Reds hold a record of 18-2-0, but many remember the 6-3 pounding that DAL delivered to UNB last November, as it was their most lopsided loss of the year. Can DAL step up and do it again, or will UNB continue their winning ways from their dominant performance at Nationals last year?

Many questions remain unanswered at this point: Who will be the team captain? How will the new rookies look? Who will start between the pipes? The answers to these and other questions will start to unfold tonight.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Varsity Reds Add Players

The UNB Varsity Reds would like to announce the addition of the following forward recruits to their line-up for the upcoming 2011-12 season. The Varsity Reds will be replacing eight forwards from their 2011 National Championship squad and these first four recruits include QMJHL graduates Antoine Houde-Caron of the Lewiston Maineiacs , Taylor Mac Dougall of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles along with OHL graduates Tyler Carroll of the Guelph Storm and Thomas Nesbitt of the Ottawa 67’s.

Antoine Houde-Caron is a five year QMJHL veteran who comes to the Varsity Reds via the Lewiston Maniacs of the QMJHL. Born in Brossard, Quebec, Antoine played 4 seasons for the Shawinigan Cataracts before joining Lewiston in 2010 - 11. A high energy, explosive forward, Antoine put up 16 goals, 25 assists for 41 points and 75 penalty minutes in 2010-11. As an alternate captain with Lewiston in his first season, he was awarded the Maniacs Unsung Hero award for his skill, leadership, and character. He possesses excellent speed and is in great physical condition.

Former Cape Breton Screaming Eagle Assistant Captain, Taylor MacDougall of New Maryland will be another one of a number of new faces amongst the UNB forward group. Originally selected in the 2nd Round of the QMJHL draft by the Saint John's Fog Devils, MacDougall, who is 6'04" and 225 lbs, is a five year QMJHL veteran who played over 300 games with the Eagles, Fog Devils and the now defunct Montreal Juniors . He had 9-11-20 pts in just 28 games in an injury plagued over-age year which saw him undergo season ending shoulder surgery in January. The hard working 2 way forward is an original member of UNB’s  V Reds Prospects developmental program and will be the sixth recent  member of the Screaming Eagles to join the UNB program.  Fully recovered from surgery, Mac Dougall attended the New York Rangers NHL Summer Development camp this past summer and had previously attended the Boston Bruins rookie camp in 2009.

Tyler Carroll had the best season of his four year OHL career with a 23 goal campaign as the Storm’s captain and for his performances was named co-team MVP, Humanitarian of the Year and Fan Favourite. The hard working 6’1 210 lb Carroll is a native of Strathroy, Ontario and has a big upside in his overall development. He was named among the top “2” in an OHL coaches poll as Hardest Worker, Best Defensive Forward and Most Under-rated. He excelled in Guelph on their special team’s unit especially as a top notch penalty killer and shot-blocker. He is attending his first NHL camp at the Traverse City Prospects tournament for the Carolina Hurricanes rookie squad.



Thomas Nesbitt is the former captain of the Ottawa 67’s who also enjoyed his best offensive season with 32 G - 33 A for 65 points in 65 games played. The durable five year OHL veteran set an all- time 67’s record for most games played (331) which included two 30 goal seasons. The 5’11 190 lb. Stittsville, Ontario native has a strong 2 way game, excellent speed and a potent offensive upside. This past year, he was awarded Ottawa’s Best 2 way Forward award along with the prestigious Brian Kilrea leadership award. He has previously attended the New Jersey Devils rookie and development camps and has been invited to their 2011 main training camp. Nesbitt will study Business Administration at UNB.


The Varsity Reds also announced that OHL playoff MVP Rob Mignardi will also attend UNB if he doesn’t sign a professional contract. Mignardi is currently at the LA Kings rookie camp and will also attend their main training camp later this month.  The Varsity Reds kick off their 2011 exhibition campaign in Port Hawkesbury, NS next Monday, Sept 19th vs. the Dalhousie Tigers.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

UNB Adds Goaltender

The UNB Varsity Reds –defending 2011 CIS National Champions, are pleased to announce the first of their new recruits with the addition of goaltender Dan Lacosta to their line-up for the upcoming 2011-12 hockey season.

Goaltender Dan Lacosta was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 3rd round #93 overall of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Over the course of his career he suited for four games in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets; one in 2007 - 2008 and three in 2008-2009, posting two wins including an NHL shut-out and had a .950 save percentage.

Dan was a former OHL All-Star and played three seasons for the Owen Sound Attack before being traded to the Barrie Colts – where he was a team-mate of UNB’s all-time leading scorer Hunter Tremblay. His best OHL season was 2005-2006 with Barrie where he had six shut-outs, a save percentage of .915 and a 2.55 goals against average.

He then embarked on a professional career, which saw him play over a 100 games in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch, top affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets along with stints in the East Coast Hockey league with Elmira and Dayton. He played 45 AHL games in 2008-2009 where he posted a 2.79 goals against and 9.13 save percentage before getting his second NHL call up to Columbus.

Born in Labrador City, NFLD, the 6’1 190 lb Lacosta is enrolled in Business Administration program. He sat out last season and had a 3.7 GPA during the 2011 winter semester at UNB. Lacosta will team up with 4th year veteran Travis Fullerton to give UNB a solid goaltending tandem.

The Varsity Reds would also like to announce that their first exhibition game of the season will be held on Monday, September 19th in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia where they will play the Dalhousie Tigers. UNB’s first home exhibition games – the annual UNB Fall Challenge will be held on Friday, September 23 when they host the University of Calgary Dinos before travelling to Fredericton Junction the next night to play the second game versus the Dinos.

For more information, please contact:
Gardiner MacDougall
447-3066


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

V-Reds Looking Forward to Gary Brooks Memorial Game

In today's Daily Gleaner, Jamie Ross writes about the upcoming Gary Brooks Memorial Game vs. the Calgary Dinos in Fredericton Junction on September 24th.  It's a great way for both CIS teams to help support a community's minor hockey efforts.  For V-Reds fans, it looks as though a tailgate party will be waiting for us with barbecued goodies prior to the game.  

With limited seating capacity, make sure you pick up your tickets early.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

John Scott Dickson and Lachlan MacIntosh Sign With Missouri Mavericks

The Missouri Mavericks have announced the signing of former V-Reds forwards and fan favourites John-Scott Dickson and Lachlan MacIntosh.  MacIntosh just wrapped up his third CIS championship with the V-Reds in March, while Dickson spent last season in the ECHL with Idaho and Gwinnett.  With five gold and two silver medals between them, that's a lot of precious metal exporting to Missouri this fall.

Best of luck to Lachlan and John-Scott!

Click here for the press release.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Former V-Reds Player Taylor New Assistant Coach of Chicago Wolves

Today's Daily Gleaner is reporting that former V-Reds defenceman and assistant coach Karl Taylor will be serving as assistant coach for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.  Taylor played for UNB from 1990 to 1995 and was behind during the 1997-98 championship year for former coach Mike Kelly.

The article also confirms that the September 24 game vs. Calgary will be held in Fredericton Junction at the Tri-County Complex as the Garry Brooks Memorial Game with some of the proceeds going to benefit Tri-County Minor Hockey.  Kudos to both teams for agreeing to play the game in Fredericton Junction to help raise some money for minor hockey.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2011-12 Exhibition Schedule

The UNB Varsity Reds have unveiled their non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2011-12 hockey season, and it features top notch competition from both the CIS and NCAA.

The defending 2011 CIS National Champions will play their 1st game on the road in Nova Scotia versus Dalhousie on Monday, September 19th to kick off the season. Final location of this neutral site game will be announced later this week. They will then take on CIS Western “Nationals” participant – the University of Calgary Dinosaurs on Sept 23rd and 24th in their annual Fall Classic Challenge. This is the second part of an exchange trip as the Varsity Reds had travelled to Calgary last September to play U of C and Alberta. 

The next week-end, UNB will play 3 key games in 4 nights as they will host UQTR from Quebec in Woodstock, NB on Thursday, September 29th before heading on the road to play two top rated NCAA Hockey East programs. This includes a 4:00 pm match-up versus University of New Hampshire on Saturday, October 1st followed by a 7:00 pm Sunday evening contest against the University of Maine. UNB and Maine have had a great cross border rivalry for the past several seasons.

UNB will then make a second trip to the USA on Friday, Oct 7th when they will play their first ever game versus Holy Cross in Worchester, Mass before ending their fall non conference schedule with a game against University of Mass-Lowell on Saturday, October 8th. UNB is scheduled to have their AUS home opener on Friday October 14th against St Francis Xavier.

UNB will host their 7th annual Pete Kelly Classic Challenge as they will host University of Ottawa on December 30th and a special Family New Year’s Eve special at 1:00 pm on Dec 31th at the Aitken Centre. It is also announced that 2 NCAA schools will visit UNB in 2012. This will include the fall of 2012 and as part of the 2012 Pete Kelly Classic. For further info contact the UNB Hockey office at 447-3066. 
 
Non-Conference Schedule:
Sept. 19 @ Dalhousie (location TBD)
Sept. 23 vs. Calgary
Sept. 24 vs. Calgary
Sept. 29 vs. UQTR (in Woodstock)
Oct. 1 @ New Hampshire
Oct. 2 @ Maine 
Oct. 7 @ Holy Cross
Oct. 8 @ UMass - Lowell
Dec. 30 vs. Ottawa
Dec. 31 vs. Ottawa

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Season Ticket Info

In today's edition of the Daily Gleaner, V-Reds Marketing Director Dave Morell discusses season tickets and University Cup passes.  The short and sweet of it is for $250 you get your reserved seat for regular season and Nationals.  You also get the opportunity to buy a second seat at Nationals for $125.

It also looks like students will get into all regular season sports for free, excluding Mark Jeffrey and playoff games.

August 22nd is the big day when season ticket holders get first crack at renewing their passes.  You'll have until September 2nd to do so, after that, your seat is fair game to the general public.

Won't be long now folks...

Friday, August 5, 2011

Season Ticket and University Cup Info

According to the official Varsity Reds website, fans will be able to renew their season passes and University Cup tickets beginning August 22nd. The window to renew will stay open until September 2nd, at which time all remaining seats will be made available to the general public. More information will be available August 12th.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

UNB Brings Back 2 Veterans

The defending 2011 CIS National Champion UNB Varsity Reds would like to announce that two graduating defenceman – 4th year BBA graduate Luke Gallant – Bedford, NS and 3rd year BBA graduate Jon Harty – Oromocto, NB will be returning to UNB for the upcoming 2011-12 season. They both have been accepted and will pursue their MBA degrees at UNB.

 Gallant is coming off a sensational National tournament where he was the tournaments leading scorer and garnered MVP recognition. He had struggled throughout the 2010-11 regular season with 2 major injuries and missed the majority of the AUS play-offs with another injury before playing a major role in winning his 2nd CIS National Championship for UNB. Gallant had an outstanding 2009-10 season ( 27GP 6-30-36)where he was named a CIS All Canadian Defenseman and a 1st team AUS All Star. He is also a two time Academic All Canadian. Gallant had played four years in the QMJHL before joining the UNB program.

Photo courtesy Brian Smith
Harty also had a strong 2011 National tournament where he was recognized as a CIS tournament all star for his superb play. It was also his second National Championship in just three years. Harty has been one of UNB’s most improved players and had a real impact on the UNB defence since forgoing his final year of junior eligibility to come to UNB as a twenty year old freshman. He was a stalwart on the UNB defence last year as he was 5-14-19-100pms in 28 games played. Harty finished his degree in just three years and was also a CIS Academic All Canadian. He had played four seasons in WHL and was former captain of the Everett Silvertips.

 “The upcoming 2011-12 season promises to be the biggest year in the history of our program as we again are proud to host the National Championships – the opportunity to bring both Luke and Jonathon back is a huge boost for our team as they are proven veterans who know what it takes to excel at the crucial moments of a season. They also have a lifetime opportunity to earn a Master’s degree which will have a significant impact on their future once their UNB and pro careers are complete. “were the comments of UNB coach Gardiner Mac Dougall.

The Varsity Reds also announced that third year forward Taylor Prochyshen and potential fifth year forward Ryan Seymour have both announced their retirements. Prochyshen was a blue chip prospect from the WHL who suffered a series of concussions in the WHL and at UNB that forced his decision. The speedy winger was injured in Game 4 of the AUS semi-finals and didn’t return to the UNB line up. He had previously missed the 1st half of the 2010-11 season and the back half of his rookie 2009-10 season. The veteran Seymour – a UNB assistant captain was going into his second year of his law degree and decided to focus fully on his studies after winning two National Championships in his UNB career. A three year QMJHL captain, the personable Seymour established a key role at UNB as one of their fittest and hardest working players and one of their top penalty killers. The Varsity Reds will release their upcoming non conference schedule for the season later this week.