Sunday, January 30, 2011

UNB clinches 1st place in AUS

CHARLOTTETOWN – The No. 1 ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds men's hockey team came out flying in the first period on the road Saturday night against the No. 6 ranked University of Prince Edward Island Panthers, scoring twice and then holding on for a 3-1 win. With five games to go in the regular season UNB has clinched first place in the AUS standings, and the reward of a first round playoff bye and home ice throughout the playoffs.

Photo courtesy Brian smith
UNB's power play may be struggling, but they converted on their only man-advantage opportunity in the first period, as Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) scored his 18th goal of the season at 5:06 from Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) and Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) to take over the lead in the AUS goal scoring race. UNB captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) scored at 18:31 from Spencer Corcoran (Summerside, PEI) and Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth Andover, NB) to extend their lead. UPEI goaltender Mark Guggenberger (Richfield, MN) was busy in the first 20 minutes, facing 15 shots while UNB's Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) only had to deal with 6 shots.

The second period was a chippy affair, with five V-Reds jammed into the penalty box at one point. UPEI's Dana Fraser (Tatamagouche, NS) scored at 2:57 from Michael MacIssac (O'Leary, PE) and Matt Carter (Mississauga, ON) to draw the Panthers within a goal, but that was to be as close as they could come. The third period saw UNB use their stifling forecheck to keep UPEI from mounting a comeback until the last minute. With their goalie out the Panthers were able to use the extra skater to finally create some sustained pressure in front of Fullerton and managed a shot off the post before Tremblay scored shortly after into the empty net with three seconds to go to close out the game.

UNB outshot UPEI 35-20 in the 3-1 win. The V-Reds were 1-for-3 on the power play while the Panthers came up 0-for-6 against the best penalty killing team in the AUS. The conference points race has tightened up, with Hunter Tremblay's six points on the weekend putting him at 38 points, just one point back of UPEI's Matt Carter for the AUS lead. Tremblay's linemate Chris Culligan sits in third place with 34 points. Fullerton is now tied with SMU's Neil Conway (Painesville, OH) with 14 wins, and the stingy goaltender has lowered his conference-best goals against average to 1.61.
Photo courtesy Brian Smith

UNB's record is now 19-4-0. Next weekend they are on the road again, meeting StFX on Friday night in Antigonish and then onto Halifax on Saturday to play Saint Mary's.


Anonymous said...

hunter tremblay will not return,
he states so in this video

Eric said...

With one more win, Gardiner will have 200 career competitive wins (Regular Season, Playoffs and Nationals) only 6-7 current coaches can say that out of 42.