Monday, February 28, 2011

UNB Wins 3-2 in Quadruple Overtime

FREDERICTON – It was an historic match Sunday night, as the longest hockey game in UNB history went to the fourth overtime period before rookie Varsity Reds forward Nick MacNeil (Creignish, NS) scored the winner, his second goal of the game, on a snapshot from a Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) pass on the rush at 11:53 of the seventh period of the game. Acadia goaltender Kristofer Westblom (Meadow Lake, SK) had a career game, making 77 saves in 121:53 minutes of play as he did his best to stymy the constant UNB attack. At the other end of the ice, Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) made 37 saves, several of them game savers in overtime. The game started at 6:00 pm and finally finished at 10:45 pm with most of the 1069 fans Aitken University Centre sticking it out to the triumphant end. With the win the Varsity Reds take a commanding two game lead in their best-of-five semi-final series with Acadia.

The Acadia Axemen started the game with a lot of jump and had the better scoring chances early in the game. However at 3:53 Acadia defenceman Nick Emanuele (Sydney, NS) was called for boarding on a heavy hit against Spencer Corcoran (Summerside, PEI), and the UNB power play went to work. At 5:07 Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON), playing the left point, put a shot on net that dropped right in front of Kristofer Westblom's skates, and Nick MacNeil who was acting as an effective screen in the blue paint just had to look down and quickly poke the puck between Westblom's feet. That was the only goal of the period that saw UNB outshoot Acadia 12-5.

First year forward Dustin Ekelman (Whitby, ON) tied it up 6:30 of the second period when he blocked a Ben Shutron (Orleans, ON) point shot, chased down the big rebound and then went the length of the ice on a breakaway before beating Travis Fullerton through the legs. UNB regained the lead just over ten minutes later on their second power play. Westblom made a pad save on a Taylor Procyshen (Emerald Park, SK) shot, but the rebound went back to the point and big defenceman Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) one-timed the puck into the top corner of the net. UNB outshot Acadia 11-4 in the second period.

After MacNeil had a glorious chance to put UNB up two goals while shorthanded early in the third period, he wore the goat horns after slashing the stick of Chris Owens (St. John's, NF) in the offensive zone. On the power play UNB defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) got his stick stuck in the rear boards, and with a five-to-three stick advantage Andrew Clark (Brandon, MB) knocked his own rebound past Fullerton at 7:12 to tie the game once again. After killing off another penalty midway through the period UNB had two power play opportunities in the latter part of the third period, but couldn't solve the Acadia penalty killing again, with Westblom always there to make the save. Late in the period Acadia put a flurry of shots at Fullerton but he stood tall in the UNB net. Shots at the end of regulation time favoured UNB 31-18.

After a brief three minute rest the teams set out to play a ten minute overtime of five-on-five hockey, and not the four-on-four overtime play of the regular season. The choppy ice led to a lot of bouncing pucks and sometimes turned even simple passes into adventures. There wasn't a lot of great scoring chances until the last minute, when Chris Ivanko deked UNB's Kidd at the blue line and got the puck over to Spencer Jezegou (Oshawa, ON) who almost scored on the partial breakaway. With no winning goal after ten minutes, the teams went to their respective dressing rooms and the ice was flooded the ice for a normal 15 minute intermission.

The second overtime period was scheduled for 20 minutes, and that is how long it lasted. UNB's Tremblay had a partial breakaway about 90 seconds into the period, but Westblom made the save. At 16:38 the V-Reds had a glorious opportunity to win when Leo Jenner (Mossley, ON) was called for high-sticking Corcoran. However, UNB didn't generate too many scoring chances, and worse, almost gave up the game when Fullerton misplayed the puck behind his net and penalty killer Clark stole the puck and just missed the vacant net with his wraparound attempt.

The third overtime period saw both teams take short shifts with exhausted Axemen just hanging on at times. Each of the overtime periods started the same – UNB would come out like gangbusters driving the net, Acadia would survive the storm for five to ten minutes, and then play would settle into a close checking affair the rest of the way. The most notable scoring chance in that period was a breakaway from Prosychen and pad save by Westblom.

The fourth overtime period saw the V-Reds clearly in the driver's seat. Westblom robbed Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) close in early in the period and Stammler rang a shot off the iron midway through. At 11:26 Westblom somehow made a save off defenceman Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS) who had wired a shot through a crowd. Then came the play at 11:53, when Culligan and MacNeil, former Junior teammates with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, broke into the Acadia zone on a two-on-one and MacNeil snapped the cross-ice pass from Culligan past Westblom to finally end the game. It was the 80th UNB shot on goal.

After the game Acadia head coach Darren Burns spoke about his banged up roster in the marathon game. “I don't think I've been prouder of a group of guys' effort on one night. Our goaltender was outstanding ... but some of our guys couldn't even stand up they were so gassed.”

Conversely, UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall believed that the longer the game went on the more it favoured the deeper Varsity Reds. “As the game wore on, we got better and better. [In the intermissions] we said the longer it goes hopefully our fitness will kick in. We had a lot of opportunities and good saves from both goalies. Both teams had chances to end it earlier. Persistence is probably the key word that paid off for us.”

When asked how he felt other than tired, game hero MacNeil laughed and replied, “Overtired?” “You just gotta keep grinding in those situations. Four overtimes. You really gotta start to keep your shifts a little bit shorter and more intense, but you can't be finishing your hits every time out there because you have to save some energy. Our team's in really good shape and Kenny [Seaman] does a really good job with our fitness and it showed out there.”

Game Notes: The game stars were: 1. Nick MacNeil 2. Travis Fullerton 3. Kristofer Westblom ... The marathon game may also be an AUS and CIS record long game ... UNB will travel to Wolfville for Game 3 on Thursday night and Game 4 if necessary on Friday night.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

One For The History Books...

Fans will be talking about this one for years.  It took 80 shots, 7 periods, untold gallons of water and tonnes of heart, but the V-Reds outlasted the Acadia Axemen in a 3-2, quadruple overtime victory after Nick MacNeil scored the winner, his second of the game, with 8:07 remaining in the 7th period.  Josh Kidd got the other UNB goal.

Final shots on goal were were 80 to 39 in favour of the good guys.  Travis Fullerton bailed his team out with some highlight reel saves on more than few occasions as the game wore on, and continued to provide excellent goaltending with the win tonight.

You have to tip your hat to Acadia goalie Kris Westblom's 77 save performance.  You don't see that very often.

The V-Reds now lead the series 2 games to none with the game 3 moving to Acadia on Thursday.

2nd round, game two, TONIGHT!

Tonight the V-Reds once again host the Acadia Axemen at the AUC, this time at 6pm. Game one saw the V-Reds get off to a slow start, but come out flying in the second period, and battle to another shutout, 4-0. This is the unbelievable 6th shutout for Travis Fullerton this season, can he produce even more before Nationals finish?

Tonight's game can be viewed as a webcast on the SSN network, listened to on CHSR radio, and followed on UNBHockey on Twitter.

V-Reds take first game of playoff series 4-0

FREDERICTON -- Just like their meeting two weeks ago in Wolfville in the last weekend of the regular season, it was the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds skating away with a 4-0 win Saturday night over the Acadia Axemen to take the first game of their best-of-five AUS semi-final series. UNB goaltender Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) gets his second consecutive shutout against the Axemen, but his strong game was overshadowed by the return of defenceman Ben Shutron (Orleans, ON) to the V-Reds lineup. Shutron, an AUS Rookie All-Star and CIS All-Canadian Rookie last season, broke his right femur in an exhibition game September 18 against the Calgary Dinos and was expected to miss the entire season. But six months later he has rehabbed ahead of schedule, and with Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) sick and out of the UNB lineup, the opportunity arose for Shutron to test himself in a game and he came away with flying colours, including a point shot off the Acadia net in the second period.

Photo courtesy Brian Smith
The game itself got off to big of a tentative start, with UNB a bit rusty after a two-week first round playoff bye break, and the Axemen fresh from sweeping the Panthers last weekend. Acadia goaltender Kris Westblom (Meadow Lake, SK) was coming off back-to-back shutouts against UPEI, and he stopped all nine UNB shots in the first period. Fullerton only had to deal with three shots on goal. The banged up Axemen lost another key player in the period, when Chris Bruton (Calgary, AB) hit the boards awkwardly trying to avoid a check and had to leave the game. Bruton didn't return as he went to the nearby D. E. Chalmers Hospital with an apparent shoulder injury.

The second period saw the V-Reds up the tempo and pretty much control the early play. Well until Jacob Dietrich came roaring down the left side and rookie UNB defenceman Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (Hippolyte, PQ) tripped him up as he broke towards the V-Reds net. UNB had an aggressive penalty kill going when Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) stole the puck and went the length of the ice with Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) on a two-on-one break. Tremblay passed cross-ice to Culligan who went in on the net only to see Westblom poke-check the puck away from him in the blue paint. However Acadia defenceman Michael Ward (Shippagan, NB) was unable to clear the loose puck and Culligan picked up his rebound and fired it over a sprawling Westblom at 5:28.

Photo courtesy Brian Smith
UNB extended their lead a few minutes later when Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) was foiled by Westblom on the rush, but a pinching Desnoyer was able to pick up the garbage goal when he tapped in the rebound. UNB kept up the pressure and the energy line added to the tally when defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB) carried the puck deep into the Acadia zone and Spencer Corcoran (Summerside, PEI) saw his shot through a crowd catch the inside of the far post at 12:52. Three minutes later it was the UNB power play going to work, and seconds after their five-on-three became a one-man advantage Culligan missed a high rebound but Bailey connected with the shaft of his stick to make it 4-0. UNB outshot Acadia 14-4 in the middle period.

The Axemen had a five-on-three power play continue into the third period, but came up short. UNB helped out by taking another penalty, but Acadia's second two-man advantage was brief as they took a penalty of their own. The visitors had yet another five-on-three later in the period, but Fullerton made some key saves to stop any comeback chance. Acadia outshot UNB 8-7 in the final period, but outside of the power play opportunities it was the home team controlling the play. The final shots in the game were 30-15 in favour of UNB.

For Acadia coach Darren Burns the result was simple. “We did have a good first period ... battled hard ... and had a couple of good chances and obviously didn't bury and then they had a couple good chances and did bury in the second. That's the hockey game right there.”

Photo courtesy Brian Smith
On the other side of the rink UNB coach Gardiner MacDougall thought his team's “game action” was a little off due to the two week layoff, but he was pleased with how the V-Reds responded. “We have to get up to the intensity level of our opponent as quickly as possible.” MacDougall wasn't as pleased with UNB's team discipline, particularly in the offensive zone, but he said, “The penalty kill was the best part of our game.” Regarding Ben Shutron's amazing comeback MacDougall pointed out “what is says about the human mind and the determination of the human spirit and a positive attitude.” The coach was particularly effusive in his praise of the UNB training staff who worked tirelessly with Shutron during his rebab.

Shutron was extremely excited to get into his first game since September. “I felt great actually ... I was expecting to feel a little worse and I kind of surprised myself and I got better as the game went on and found my legs. The coaches put me in good situations and I was able to get my confidence up and look to just move forward from here.”

The two teams return to the ice at the Aitken University Centre Sunday at 6:00 pm.

Game Notes: The paid attendance was 1511 ... The game stars were: 1. Kyle Bailey 2. Hunter Tremblay 3. Bretton Stammler ... UNB was 1-for-4 on the power play while Acadia was 0-for-6 ... Along with Harty's illness, Lachlan MacIntosh was scratched from the UNB lineup with an upper body injury ... Acadia's injured scratches were defencemen Zack Firlotte, James Klie, Beau Prokopetz, and Graham Bona and forwards Ryan Graham and Jonathan Laberge.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Fullerton Backstops V-Reds to 4-0 Win In Game 1

Travis Fullerton made 15 saves, including some pretty big ones early with the game still tied, and recorded yet another shutout in UNB's 4-0 win over Acadia.  Chris Culligan opened the scoring with a nice short-handed goal,  Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, Kyle Bailey and Spencer Corcoran followed suit in a 4-goal outburst in the second period.  Final shots favoured UNB by a margin of 30-15.

Of note, Ben Shutron played his first game since the injury in Alberta and put in a terrific effort, even ringing one off the post.  Daine Todd had a pretty strong game as well.  Jon Harty was out due to injury.

The difference in this game was UNB's special teams, particularly its penalty-kill as it frustrated several Acadia power-plays including a few 5-on-3's.  The V-Reds take a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-five, and will be back at it tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at the Aitken Centre.

The V-Reds' playoff run begins, TONIGHT!!

It has been a long wait for V-Reds fans, but finally the wait is over as the V-Reds host the Acadia Axemen tonight at 7pm at the AUC for game one of the second round of the playoffs.

The V-Reds (23-5-0) had a first round by while the Axemen (14-11-3) made quick work of the UPEI Panthers (14-11-3) in the first round, shutting them out in two straight games by the score of 1-0 each time.

The last playoff meeting between these two teams was on March 5th, 2009 in a game that saw the V-Reds come from behind for a 3-2 OT win, thanks to third period and overtime goals by Jonathon Harty. This is the 11th playoff meeting between these two teams since the 1983-84 season. The V-Reds have won six of those playoff series, while the Axemen claimed the other four. Three of the V-Reds AUAA/AUS titles have come by beating the Axemen in the AUS finals, and UNB won their first CIAU/CIS title by beating the Axemen in the gold medal game in Saskatoon in the 1997-98 season.

Kristofer Westblom was a wall in the first round, shutting the Panthers out two games in a row, stopping all 56 shots he faced. The Axemen’s defense only allowed 10 shots on the 13 PP opportunities that the Panthers had. Scott Tregunna scored both Axemen goals in the first round.

Both Travis Fullerton and Derek Yeomans have had fantastic years between the pipes. Both goaltenders have had shutouts against the Axemen this season, and combined to tie the record of six shutouts in one season by an AUS team. Hunter Tremblay is now the undisputed points leader is V-Reds history in both the regular season (201) and career (216) record books.

Tonight's game can be viewed as a webcast on the SSN network, listened to on CHSR radio, and followed on UNBHockey on Twitter.

Remember That Shutron Guy?

It's been so long since we've seen Ben Shutron on the ice at the Aitken Centre that you'd be forgiven for completely writing him off for this season.  Bill Hunt advises against doing that in his interview with Ben Shutron in Saturday's Daily Gleaner.  It's quite the motivational story, and a huge accomplishment for this young man if he does in fact return to the ice this season.   Wouldn't the return of one of the most offensively-gifted defencemen in the conference be a nice late addition to the team?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Teams Ready For Round 2

Bill Hunt manages to get a few words from each coach on the eve of tomorrow's game between UNB and Acadia, check it out in today's Daily Gleaner.

As we the fans get ready for round 2, take a minute to appreciate the CIS game and remember how short the season is.  It begins and ends in the span of 7 months, and home games are a treat. The rest of the playoffs will last a month or less, and UNB will play no more than 9 home games during that time (and perhaps as few as 6).  Win or lose, we're privileged to have a heavyweight contender in our backyard to serve as the source of some interesting sports drama and excitement each season.  Get out your red gear V-Red Nation, and show your support!

Let's go V-Reds!!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Games 1 and 2 Pushed Back 1 Day

Because of the expected poor weather conditions, Games 1 and 2 have been moved back 1 day.  Game 1 begins Saturday night at 7PM, while Game 2 will take place Sunday at 6PM.

V-Reds Receive Grant for CIS Nationals

There's a business side to hosting the CIS University Cup and yesterday's announcement by Minister Keith Ashfield's office that UNB will receive $100,000 in grant moneys from ACOA towards promotional and translation efforts is probably good news for the bottom line.

The V-Reds expect the tournament to contribute over $2 million to the local economy.  Not bad.

Here's a link to the ACOA press release for more information.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CIS Top 10 #15

For the seventh week in a row, the UNB V-Reds (23-5-0) find themselves on top of the CIS rankings, earning the nod from just about every voter. Just like last week, McGill (24-2-2), got the other first place vote and remains in second.  Third place was once again given to the Alberta Golden Bears (18-5-3). Also reprenting the AUS are Saint Mary's (18-9-1) in 4th and StFX (17-10-1) in 6th.

Here are the full results from the latest Top Ten.

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

1. UNB (23-5-0) / 179 pts (17) / (1)
2. McGill (24-2-2 / 2-0 playoffs) / 152 (1) / (2)
3. Alberta (18-5-3) / 141 / (3)
4. Saint Mary’s (18-9-1) / 127 / (4)
5. Western Ontario (20-3-5 / 2-0 playoffs) / 96 / (6)
6. St. Francis Xavier (17-10-1 / 2-0 playoffs) / 87 / (7)
7. Calgary (16-8-2) / 78 / (8)
8. Saskatchewan (16-10-0) / 56 / (5)
9. UQTR (19-8-1 / 2-1 playoffs) / 31/ (9)
10. Carleton (18-8-2 / 2-1 playoffs) / 17 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Acadia (14), Manitoba (4), UPEI (2), Waterloo (2), Wilfrid Laurier (2), Guelph (1), Nipissing (1).

The full article from the CIS can be found here.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

90's All-Decade Team Revealed

It probably won't come as a surprise that the 90's all-decade team is heavily represented by players from the 1998 championship team.  Goaltender Ken Carroll, defencemen Daryl Rivers, Chris Zanutto and Criag Minard as well as forwards Dax MacLean and Jeff Andrews were all players on that team and were selected by fans in the voting process.  

Rounding out the selections were goalie Frank LeBlanc, defenceman Mike Cavanagh, and forwards Toby Burkitt, Todd Sparks, Trevor Boland, Derek Cormier.

Honourable mentions went to forwards Peter MacKellar, Ryan Bourgoyne and Jason Campeau.

David Ritchie covers this nicely in today's Daily Gleaner.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Congrats to UNB Women's and Men's Volleyball Teams - AUS Champs!

Today was a pretty special day for the Varsity Reds as both Women's and Men's Volleyball teams captured AUS Championships this afternoon.  The Women did it first winning 3-0 vs SMU and the Men followed suit a few hours later winning 3-2 vs Dal!  

Congratulations to both Varsity Reds teams!

V-Reds Will Play Acadia In Round 2

Powered by back-to-back shutouts from Kristofer Westblom, the Acadia Axemen have punched a ticket to Fredericton to play the V-Reds this Friday night.  The Axemen eliminated the UPEI Panthers with consecutive 1-0 victories in round 1 of the AUS playoffs.

STFX disposed of Dalhousie in the other round 1 series and will play the SMU Huskies in round 2.  AUS hockey fans probably aren't too surprised with the final 4 teams, but the UPEI Panthers made it interesting in the regular season this year.

Game 1 is scheduled for Friday, February 25th at the Aitken Centre.

Predictions?  Let us know by leaving a comment.
Photo Courtesy Brian Smith

Friday, February 18, 2011

Slammers To Retire MacIntosh's Number 19

The Woodstock Slammers are retiring Lachlan MacIntosh's former number 19 in a ceremony tonight in Woodstock. MacIntosh wears #71 for the V-Reds but wore #19 for his stay in Woodstock where he put up some great numbers and was even named MHL playoff MVP in 2005-06 (a feat he would later repeat in Thunder Bay at CIS Nationals in 2009). Here's the link to the Woodstock Slammers story on tonight's ceremony.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

AUS Hockey Pool - Week 14 Final Results

The winner...and new undisputed AUS Hockey Pool Champion is AUS Fan.  AUS Fan's performance was simply dominant this season.  Once he took the lead at week 8, he would not surrender it, amassing a brilliant 364 points.  By the time other poolies found out about Cory Vitarelli and Brett Morrison, it was too late.  AUS Fan, we salute you!

Honourable mention goes out to BruinsFan0877.  He hung in there at the end to make it interesting and is the only loser among us who shan't hang his head in shame.

Here are the top 10 standings but as always the complete stats can be viewed over at the AUS Pool page. Best Team refers to the best possible team anyone could have picked given the selections.

Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
    Best Team            110  182   72  364    -    -
  1 AUS Fan               93  178   63  334   29    1
  2 BruinsFan0877         87  177   59  323   30    2
  3 Matt J                91  175   51  317   31    5
  4 jack gillis          100  153   63  316   28    3
  5 Section 10            89  153   67  309   22    4
  6 blackmarketmob       100  149   58  307   27    6
  7 Red Devil             86  161   58  305   31    8
  8 UNB BRUINS FAN        94  151   58  303   28    7
  9 Randy Corey           80  159   54  293   27   10
 10 AUSFAN72              78  146   67  291   23    9
And finally, a big thanks to Drummer for the use of his HAL 9000 to perform the quantitative analytics again this year.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CIS Top Ten (#14) UNB still on top

For the sixth week in a row, the UNB V-Reds (23-5-0) sit first in the CIS rankings, receiving all but one of the first place votes. McGill (24-2-2), in second, got the other first place vote. Third place was once again given to the Alberta Golden Bears (16-5-3). Also reprenting the AUS are Saint Mary's (18-9-1) in 4th and StFX (17-10-1) in 9th.

Here are the full results from the latest Top Ten.

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

1. UNB (23-5-0) / 179 (17) / (1)
2. McGill (24-2-2) / 150 (1) / (2)
3. Alberta (16-5-3) / 135 / (3)
4. Saint Mary’s (18-9-1) / 131 / (5)
5. Saskatchewan (16-8-0) / 105 / (6)
6. Western Ontario (20-3-5) / 85 / (4)
7. StFX (17-10-1) / 83 / (7)
8. Calgary (13-8-2) / 46 / (9)
9. UQTR (19-8-1) / 33 / (NR)
10. Carleton (18-8-2) / 19 / (8)

Other teams receiving votes: Acadia (9), Manitoba (8), UPEI (5), Guelph (1), Nipissing (1).

The full article, which also provides the first round playoff schedule for the AUS and OUA, can be found here.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tremblay sets another UNB record in victory

HALIFAX – Saturday night the No. 1 ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds cruised to a 5-2 win over the Dalhousie Tigers, led by Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) with two goals and two assists. Tremblay entered the game needing only one point to surpass Rob Hennigar's UNB record of 212 total career points in regular season and playoff games, including Nationals. Tremblay already set a new UNB standard for total career regular season points back on December 3; that record now stands at 201 points. Winner of the AUS scoring title last year, Tremblay finishes the regular season tied for first place in the points race with UPEI's Matt Carter (Mississauga, ON).

The final hockey game of the regular season for both teams had no impact on the AUS standings which could be why the match at the Dalhousie Memorial Arena got off to a fairly slow start, but picked up as play went along. The best scoring opportunity of the first period for either team came with about six minutes to go, when Hunter Tremblay was stopped on a breakaway by Josh Disher (Burlington, ON) . There was no scoring in the first frame, with shots favouring UNB 12-5.

Just over five minutes into the second period, the V-Reds had an odd man rush after a Tigers turnover and Nick MacNeil (Creignish, NS) had several chances to knock in his own rebound past Disher, assisted on the goal by Taylor Procyshen (Emerald Park, SK) and Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS). A minute later Brett Theberge (Sunridge, ON) got in behind the UNB defence and received a long outlet pass for a breakaway, but Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB) stoned him, and then worse, Theberge took a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play.

UNB was unsuccessful on the resultant power play, and with just two seconds left on the man advantage Jeff Lee was called for hooking. The V-Reds penalty kill, tops in the AUS, then took over and didn't take long to score. Culligan and Tremblay broke into the Dal zone on a two-on-one while shorthanded and Culligan dished the puck cross ice to Tremblay who hammered the pass into the right side of net. This goal, coming at the midpoint of the game, was the point that gave Tremblay his new UNB record, for that moment at 213 total career points.

Dalhousie did respond on the power play. They were on a 5-on-3 man advantage at 10:34 when Shea Kewin (Guelph, ON) tipped in a pass from Ben Breault (St. Jean, QC). Dal had two more opportunities to score five minutes later when a sloppy UNB power play gave up two shorthanded breakaways, but Yeomans made the saves.

After a strong second period, the V-Reds kept up the pressure in the third. Just 27 seconds in MacNeil went to the net and deflected the puck past Disher, on a play from Tremblay and Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB). A tired Tigers team started taking “speed” penalties trying to slow up the V-Reds and UNB added two power play goals in the period. On the first, Tremblay was playing the point when he wired a pass from Stamler past Disher on the blocker side. On the second, and with graduating senior Chris Wall (Halifax, NS) now in the Dal nets, Tremblay went quickly to the net from the offensive zone faceoff and fed linemate Culligan for the redirect goal.

To Dal's credit, they took advantage of a UNB turnover in the last minute to create an odd man rush, with defenceman Benoit Gervais (Val-d'Or, QC) jumping up and scoring on the play, but UNB completely dominated the final 40 minutes of play. The V-Reds outshot the Tigers 38-15 in the decisive 5-2 victory.

With the win, UNB improves their road record to 9-5-0 to go along with their perfect 14-0-0 record at home this season. The first place V-Reds will have the bye in the first week of playoffs and will await the lowest seeded survivor of the StFX-Dalhousie and Acadia-UPEI best-of-three quarter-finals. Saint Mary's gets home ice against the other quarter-final winner. The quarter-finals start Wednesday, and the best-of-five semi-finals the following week.

Game Notes: Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth Andover, NB) was not dressed for the V-Reds with Luke Lynes (Rochester Hills, MI) taking his place in the lineup ... Hunter Tremblay completes the regular season tied for first place in the AUS points race with UPEI's Matt Carter. Tremblay has 22 goals and 22 assists for 44 points in 27 games played, while Carter had 20 goals and 24 assists in 28 games played ... Tremblay's two goals bring his career regular season tally at UNB to 77, good enough for an all-time second place tie with Dax MacLean, and just two goals behind the school record held by Trevor Boland.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

V-Reds End Regular Season With Win At Dal

UNB wrapped up the regular season with a 5-2 win over the Dalhousie Tigers in Halifax.  Scoring for UNB were Nick MacNeil with 2, Hunter Tremblay with 2, and Chris Culligan.  With the points he collected tonight, Hunter Tremblay took sole possession of the all-time points record (regular season + playoffs). Derek Yeomans was in net and made a few big saves with the game still close. 

And with that, the regular season is over and the playoff matches are set.  Round 1 will see STFX take on Dalhousie, while Acadia and UPEI renew hostilities.  UNB and SMU each get a bye for the first round and will wait and see who their opponents for round 2 will be.

V-Reds blank Axemen 4-0

WOLFVILLE – The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds started a little slow out of the gate, but they turned in on in the latter part of the first period and cruised to a 4-0 win over the Acadia Axemen in men's hockey action Friday night. All-Canadians Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) and Luke Gallant (Bedford, NS), who both missed UNB's last game, led the V-Reds offence with a goal and an assist each while Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) backstopped the Varsity Reds to his conference leading fifth shutout of the season.

Acadia was leading the shot count 10-3 at one point in the first period, and then UNB woke up, and by the time they scored their first goal at 17:32 the shots on goal were 10-9. On the goal Tremblay started the play, dropped the puck back to Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) and then Gallant blasted the rebound from the point that beat Mike Chiasson (Cole Harbour, NS) in the Acadia net. After Chaisson stoned Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) on a two-on-one and Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) on a partial break earlier in the second period, the V-Reds extended their lead at 16:21 when captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) scored on the wraparound after some fine work by Matt Fillier (Durham, NS) and Spencer Corcoran (Summerside, PEI). To show how much the territorial play changed in the second period, UNB outshot Acadia 19-3.

After coming up blank on two straight power plays, UNB scored shorthanded at 6:34 when Taylor Procyshen (Emerald Park, SK) won the race for a loose puck after goaltender Chiasson came way out of his net in pursuit of the puck, and then hesitated. Once he got the puck the speedy Procyshen then had an empty net to score into. Then at 14:57, just after UNB's five-on-three power play ended but still one man up, Gallant's stick exploded as he fired a point shot, but there was just enough momentum in the puck that Tremblay could redirect it into the Acadia net for his 20th goal of the season.

UNB outshot Acadia 36-21 in the 4-0 victory. Hunter Tremblay's two points bring his career tally to 212 points, and he is now tied for the UNB career record with Rob Hennigar. Adding Derek Yeoman's shutout to Fullerton's five means that UNB has now tied the AUS record for most shutouts in a season. Saint Mary's set the original record of six shutouts in 1972-73, with Chuck Goddard in the Huskies net each time.

The 22-5-0 Varsity Reds close out the regular season Saturday night in Halifax against the Dalhousie Tigers.

Friday, February 11, 2011

V-Reds Win At Acadia

Led by Travis Fullerton's fifth shutout of the year, the V-Reds earned a strong 4-0 victory over the Axemen of Acadia. Shots favoured UNB 35-21.

Scoring for UNB were Luke Gallant, Kyle Bailey, Taylor Procyshen, and Hunter Tremblay.  Tremblay's 2 points tie him with Rob Hennigar for the total points record.

AUS Pool Week 13 Results (Ending Tuesday Feb. 8)

The final stretch of the AUS Regular Season is upon us and AUS Fan continues to dominate.  BruinsFan0877 has a striker's chance in the #2 position and the rest of us are playing for pride as we wind up the last few games this weekend.  This week's top performer was Brandon with 36 points.

Here are the top 10 standings:

Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 AUS Fan               84  162   59  305   21    1
  2 BruinsFan0877         80  160   53  293   29    4
  3 jack gillis           93  140   55  288   22    3
  4 Section 10            81  143   63  287   18    2
  5 Matt J                84  157   45  286   24    5
  6 blackmarketmob        93  137   50  280   22    6
  7 UNB BRUINS FAN        85  140   50  275   18    7
  8 Red Devil             79  145   50  274   19    8
  9 AUSFAN72              72  133   63  268   17    9
 10 Randy Corey           71  141   54  266   20  T10

As always, let us know if there's any errors by sending us an e-mail.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

UNB wins Mark Jeffrey Game and Raises $7240 for Cancer Research

FREDERICTON – The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds men's hockey team skated to a 3-1 win over rival St. Thomas Tommies in a game where what happened off the ice was in many respects more important than the match itself, especially since UNB clinched first place in the standings weeks ago and STU had already locked down last place. It was the 19th annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial game, and in a pregame centre ice ceremony Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) and Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) were recognized as co-winners by Mark's parents, Barb and Jim. The Mark Jeffrey Award is acknowledged as the most prestigious individual player honour within the UNB hockey program. The night was also the first ever Pink in the Rink event, with over $7000 raised towards breast cancer research. Several cancer survivors were honoured in the pre-game ceremonies, and their stories were featured at different points of the game via the new Aitken University Centre video screens that were debuted for the game.
photo courtesy Brian Smith
It was certainly a different look UNB team that took the ice in front of 1606 fans, wearing special pink jerseys and socks that had some in the rink dubbing them the V-Pinks. The Tommies got into the spirit of the occasion as well, with many players sporting pink tape on their sticks and socks. The play was relatively even in the early going, and a minute after Varsity Reds successfully killed off a penalty Jeff Lee (Calgary, AB) came down the right side and used a Tommies defenceman as a partial screen as his snap shot along the ice beat Charles Lavigne (St. Bernardin, ON) on the far side just inside the post at 6:25. That was the only goal of the period that saw UNB outshoot STU 11-4.

Moments after Lavigne was shook up stretching across the crease to make a big save off Nick MacNeil (Creignish, NS), the V-Reds attacked in an odd-man rush, and trailer Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) patiently waited until the STU netminder was down and out before flipping the puck over his prostrate body and into the net at 9:31 of the second period. The prettiest goal of the game came at 17:02 when a streaking Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) undressed multiple Tommies before deking out Lavigne at 17:02. The ensuing faceoff saw the only real physical animosity of the game, as Nick Layton (Salisbury, NB) accidently clipped STU's Randy Cameron (Cornwall, PE) with a high stick off the draw, and teammate Scott Judson (Riverview, NB) took exception when Cameron went down and got into it with UNB's Matt Fillier (Durham, NS).

photo courtesy Brian Smith
The third period did not have a lot of intensity, as the Tommies looked drained trying to keep up with the V-Reds. Bad news for UNB came midway through the period, when Todd injured his shoulder and had to leave the game after he got tied up with at STU player in the slot. Todd already missed the whole first half of this season with a shoulder injury. Derek Yeomans' (St. Albert, AB) shutout bid was foiled at 13:39 when Cameron hammered a puck past him, while Lavigne stopped 17 shots in the third period alone to try to keep his team in the game. UNB outshot STU 41-12 in the 3-1 win.

Immediately after the game finished, 19 fans holding lucky tickets came down to one end of the ice and in turn received pink jerseys literally off the UNB players' backs. Player of the game Kyle Bailey's jersey was subject to an impromptu auction which saw two keen bidders on opposite sides of the building drive the final price to $240, and bump the total funds raised to $7240.

Despite the lopsided play, UNB captain Bailey was respectful of the Tommies. "Full marks to them because I thought they played really well early. We had a hard time getting out of our zone by times. Some of that was poor execution on our part. We had a really strong second, and the third wasn't that good, but obviously we got the two points and we're going to start building toward the playoffs.”

photo courtesy Brian Smith
The 21-5-0 Varsity Reds complete the AUS regular season on the road, travelling to Wolfville on Friday night to play Acadia, and then onto Halifax on Saturday to play Dalhousie.

Game Notes: All-Canadians Hunter Tremblay and Luke Gallant did not dress for the V-Reds … Tommies d-men Andrew Andricopoulos and Bryam Main were out with injuries … This is the first time the Varsity Reds have gone undefeated at home since 1997-98. That Mike Kelly coached team went on to win UNB's first University Cup … This was UNB's 27th consecutive win over the Tommies.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mark Jeffrey Game A Memorable Night

The 19th Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game was a pretty memorable night.  A video tribute to #17 was played, the Pink in the Rink campaign was a success, and thousands of dollars were raised for a good cause.  There was a hockey game played too which saw the V-Reds cruise to a 3-1 victory over the STU Tommies.

Scoring for UNB were Jeff Lee, Kyle Bailey and Daine Todd.  Derek Yeomans made 11 saves for the win.  Final shots were 41-12 for the guys in pink.  Hunter Tremblay and Luke Gallant didn't play.  Daine Todd left the game early with what looked to be another shoulder injury after scoring what might be the prettiest goal of the season.

Hats off to the STU Tommies.  It was announced prior to the puck drop that the Tommies had made a generous cash donation to this evening's cause.  After the game, the raffled jerseys were given to the lucky fans.  By the end of the give-aways, Kyle Bailey's was left.  A heated auction took place and the lucky winner gave $240 to help fight cancer in exchange for #32's pink jersey.

173rd Battle of the Hill, tonight!

The V-Reds (20-5-0) host the Tommies (3-18-4) for the 173rd Battle of the Hill and the annual Mark Jeffrey game at 7pm. The V-Reds will wear pink jerseys as part of the ‘Pink in the Rink’ promotion. Fans are encouraged to also wear pink in the rink to show their support for this worthy cause.

The V-Reds are coming off their first loss in 11 outings and currently sit both first in the AUS and also first in the CIS national media poll. Hunter Tremblay has 9 pts (7G 2A) against the Tommies this year, including two hat tricks and Chris Culligan has 7 pts (2 G 5A) against the Tommies this year. Travis Fullerton has allowed only two goals on 68 shots over three games against the Tommies this year.

The Tommies are currently on a seven games losing streak and sit last in the AUS. Randy Cameron and Corey Banfield have been the only Tommies to find the back of the V-Reds net this season, and Alex Labonte has assisted on both goals. Jason Cassidy leads the Tommies in pts this year with 19 (7G 12A).

The game can be watched on Rogers TV, and followed on
UNBHockey on Twitter.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CIS Men's Top Ten (#13): UNB maintains #1 position

For the fifth week in a row, the UNB V-Reds (20-5-0) were voted #1, receiving 17 of 18 possible first place votes. The McGill Redmen (22-2-2) received the other first place vote and remain in second place. The Alberta Golden Bears (15-5-2) have gone back into third place, while Western Ontario (20-2-4) has dropped down to fifth. Also representing the AUS are the SMU Huskies (16-9-1) at #5, StFX X-Men (15-10-1) at #7, and the Acadia Axemen (14-8-3) at #10.

Here are the full results from the latest Top Ten.

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

1. UNB (20-5-0) / 179 pts (17) / (1)
2. McGill (22-2-2) / 142 (1) / (2)
3. Alberta (15-5-2) / 130 / (4)
4. Western Ontario (20-2-4) / 117 / (3)
5. Saint Mary's (16-9-1) / 111 / (6)
6. Saskatchewan (15-7-0) / 107 / (5)
7. St. Francis Xavier (15-10-1) / 74 / (7)
8. Carleton (17-7-2) / 45 / (NR)
9. Calgary (13-8-2) / 30 / (NR)
10. Acadia (14-8-3) / 21 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: UPEI (10), Manitoba (10), Guelph (6), Nipissing (5), Wilfrid Laurier (3). The full article can be read

Sunday, February 6, 2011

V-Reds lose close one to Huskies

HALIFAX – The No. 1 ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds lost a close game 3-1 Friday night to the No. 6 Saint Mary's Huskies, the second time this season the V-Reds have lost by that score at the Halifax Forum. The loss halts first place UNB's winning streak at 10 games, and evens their season series against the second place Huskies, with each team winning their two home games.

From the opening whistle this was very much a playoff style game played at high speed, with close checking and few true scoring chances, what you would expect from rivals who have won the last two University Cups. One pattern that developed early was that almost every time UNB's leading scorers Hunter Tremblay (Timmins, ON) and Chris Culligan (Howie Center, NS) were on the ice they found the line of Cam Fergus (Brantford, ON), Lucas Bloodoff (Castlegar, BC) and Cory Tanaka (Stouffville, ON) were matched against them. The shutdown trio did their job all night, keeping Tremblay and Culligan off the score sheet.

The first penalties of the game came at 16:59 when UNB defencemen Ben Wright (Foremost, AB) got into an incident with Chris MacKinnon (Richmond Hill, ON) along the boards near the V-Reds bench. A scrum ensued, including 6'7” SMU defencemen Justin Wallingford (Hamilton, ON) roaring in late  knocking over players like bowling pins. Wright was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for high sticking, MacKinnon a double-minor penalty for the spearing retaliation, and Wallingford a minor for roughing. UNB ended up with a 4-on-3 power play, and although they didn't score during the two minutes, seconds after Wallingford came out of the box to make it 4-on-4 play V-Reds forward Daine Todd (Stettler, AB) was still at the back door order to tap in the puck behind Neil Conway (Painesville, OH) at 19:03.

The second period was fairly even until 10:22 when MacKinnon came flying into the UNB zone on the right side of the ice with a step on the versatile Spencer Corcoran (Summerside, PEI), who had just that shift had been moved from the energy line to defence. MacKinnon snapped a shot on the rush that beat Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) over his left shoulder to tie the game. Five minutes later Fergus came down the left side on the rush, and fired a shot along the ice from the left circle that beat Fullerton inside the far post to put the Huskies ahead 2-1.

UNB had a couple of glorious chances to tie the game in the first half of the third period, including Conway robbing Tremblay from close in and a Bretton Stamler blast on a power play that rang off the post, then the crossbar, and then up an onto the top of the net. At 10:13 the Huskies benefited from a lucky bounce, when the puck suddenly caromed out of the corner at an odd angle instead of continuing on behind the net. The puck went right to Brad Smith all alone in the slot who had an easy goal against Fullerton who was caught flat-footed on the play. The V-Reds put on a furious push in the last half of the period, but they were unable to get another puck past Conway. UNB outshot SMU 26-23 in front of 1335 fans at the Forum. Neither team scored on the power play.

While the loss had no affect on the standings for UNB, who clinched first place last week, captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) was frank in his assessment of their play. “It wasn't good enough tonight, not even close. I don't really know how else to break down the game. Myself, I was atrocious. Hunter, Cully, our top guys we weren't good enough. I don't think our foot soldiers were good enough. Our goaltending wasn't good enough. Our defense wasn't good enough. They're a good team but we're a good team too. Full marks to them, they played well. I thought we had an abysmal effort in my opinion.”

The 20-5-0 V-Reds are back home Wednesday night when the host the St. Thomas Tommies in the 20th annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game, which will also be the first ever “Pink in the Rink” event in support of breast cancer research.

Prospect Styling In Pink

No, the equipment guys didn't mix the red jerseys with the whites, that's Prospect sporting the pink jerseys the V-Reds will be wearing this Wednesday night as the V-Reds go Pink In The Rink to help raise money for breast cancer research.   This is a great cause and kudos to Kingswood and Valley Graphics for helping to make this happen.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Huskies End V-Reds Win Streak

Daine Todd scored late in the first period to give UNB a 1-0 lead, but the Huskies responded with 3 unanswered goals and ended up on the right side of a 3-1 game.  Travis Fullerton took the loss in net for UNB.  Ben Wright was ejected from the game for a slash in the first period, which didn't help matters.  The V-Reds offence did not have its best game, and the Huskies defence deserves some credit for limiting scoring chances, in particular shutting down Hunter Tremblay's line.  End result - Huskies were the better team tonight.

No change in the top 2 standings as UNB has already clinched first place.  The home team has now won every game in this season's head-to-head match-up, including the exhibition game back in the fall.  V-Reds fans will hope this trend continues should the two teams meet again in the playoffs.

V-Reds visit Huskies tonight!

The UNB V-Reds (20-4-0) visit the SMU Huskies (15-9-1) tonight at 7pm at the Halifax Forum. This is the fourth meeting of the regular season between these two teams. UNB won the first game 5-2, while the Huskies took the second game 3-1, the third game saw UNB prevail 4-1. In the last decade, the V-Reds hold a slim one game margin over the Huskies with a record of 20-17-2 in the regular season.

The Huskies (15-9-1) are coming off of a convincing 6-3 victory over the UPEI Panthers (12-9-3) and have claimed sole possession of second place in the AUS with the victory. The Huskies are led in scoring by Andrew Hotham with 32 points and Cam Fergus with 30 points.

The V-Reds (20-4-0) are coming off of a hard fought 2-1 victory over the StFX X-Men (14-10-1) and are currently on a 10 game winning streak. Lachlan MacIntosh has found the back of the SMU net four times this season, more than any other V-Red, while Kyle Bailey has helped set up four of UNB’s ten goals against SMU this season. Hunter Tremblay is only two points back of Rob Hennigar for the All-time points mark (212) as a UNB player.

The game can be viewed as a webcast on the news-cast network, listened to on CHSR radio, and followed on UNBHockey on Twitter.

UNB makes it 10 in a row with hard fought 2-1 win over StFX

ANTIGONISH – The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds jumped out to an early lead in the hockey game on the road against the StFX X-Men, survived a penalty filled second period, and the V-Reds were in control until late, when heavy handed refereeing allowed the X-Men back into the game. UNB held on for the 2-1 win in a match that meant more to StFX, since UNB has already clinched first place in the AUS standings. With the loss the X-Men slide from a tie for the all important second place and the other first round playoff bye, to a tie for third place.

UNB scored on the second shift of the game, just 56 seconds in, when captain Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) carried the puck into the right corner and no X-Men picked up Lachlan MacIntosh (Perth Andover, NB) as he drove right down centre ice to the net and then redirected a quick Bailey pass through the feet of Joey Perricone (San Juan Capistrano, CA). StFX shortly after had back to back power plays, and in a story line to be repeated almost all night, UNB aggressively killed them off. UNB made it 2-0 at 10:12 when first year forward Nick MacNeil (Creignish, NS) beat Perricone on the short side with a puck that squeezed inside the post. It was the third consecutive shot that UNB attempted on that short side, and the StFX goaltender barely stopped the previous two shots. The first period ended up being far more wide open than normally occurs when these two teams meet, and was highly entertaining as a result.

The second period was more physical, with far less flow as the teams got bogged down with penalties. Midway through the period UNB defencemen Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (Hippolyte, PQ) had his stick held by Bryce Swan (Alder Point, NS) as he attempted to drive the StFX net, which then led to a scrum in the blue paint. Desnoyers took exception to something Swan said or did and could be barely contained by a linesman. On his way towards the penalty box Swan next engaged with Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) and drew him into a penalty. When it was all said and done Swan, Harty and Desnoyers all picked up minor penalties for roughing and 10-minute misconducts, with Desnoyers picking up an extra minor for slashing and StFX's Mark Louis (Ponoka, AB) also receiving a minor for roughing. Just over a minute later, with StFX on the power play, there was another after-the-whistle scrum and Bailey was assessed a double minor for high sticking and roughing and X-Men Spencer McAvoy (St. Albert, AB) and Jason Bast (Moose Jaw, SK) called for roughing. There were more penalties as the period ground along, but no scoring

 The third period was more of the same – strong physical play and lots of scrums after whistles. UNB killed off consecutive penalties to Taylor Procyshen (Emerald Park, SK) in the first half of the third period, and late in the game looked to be cruising to a win and potential shutout for netminder Derek Yeomans (St. Albert, AB). Then referee Steve Starzomski called three straight penalties to UNB, giving the X-Men an extended 5-on-3. At approximately 17:54 (the time isn't certain because the clock was not started for perhaps 21 seconds after the drop of the puck) Chris Hulit (Sault Ste Marie, ON) scored from the left circle on a one-timer into the open left side of the net while the X-Men had a two-man advantage. With 1:41 remaining StFX pulled Perricone to create a 6-on-4 situation, and Bailey nearly scored off the face-off seconds later. Harty also had a shot that just missed the empty net, while at the other end of the ice Yeomans stood tall to thwart the X-Men comeback.

The UNB penalty killing, and Yeomans in nets, was the difference in the game as StFX went 1-for-10 on the power play while the V-Reds were unable to score on their 4 power play opportunities. The final shot count, which appeared stingy, was 33-20 in favour of the X-Men.

For UNB defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB), who played a strong game, the win was important even though it had no effect on their place atop the standings. “These guys kicked us out of the playoffs last year and we want to continue winning because last year we didn't play our best hockey going into the playoffs and it is important that we are playing our best hockey of the season going into the playoffs. It was a tough game and we expect the same tomorrow night.” Saturday night the V-Reds will be at the Halifax Forum to play the second place Saint Mary's Huskies.

Friday, February 4, 2011

V-Reds Hold On For 2-1 Win At STFX

Some big saves by Derek Yeomans late in the game helped UNB hold on to a 2-1 victory in Antigonish against the STFX X-Men.

Kyle Bailey fed Lachlan MacIntosh to open the scoring in the first minute of play, and Nick MacNeil added the other UNB goal later in the first period.  Derek Yeomans had to be sharp, particularly in the last couple of minutes when a few iffy calls irked the UNB coaching staff and resulted in a couple of 5-on-3 power plays (and even a 6-on-3 for the last 20 seconds) for the bad guys.  STFX converted on one opportunity but Yeomans closed the door the rest of the way.

The win leaves UNB with a 20-4 record, good for 40 points. The V-Reds continue their road trip in Nova Scotia tomorrow night in Halifax against the SMU Huskies.

V-Reds visit X-Men tonight!

The AUS and CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (19-4-0) visit the AUS #2 StFX X-Men (14-9-1) tonight at 7pm at the Keating Millenium Center in Antigonish. This is the final regular season meeting between these two teams; the V-Reds took the previous three meetings 6-2, 6-1, and 4-1.

Tonight's battle will see the best Power Play in the AUS (StFX 23.6%) take on the best Penalty Kill in the AUS (UNB 90.2%).

The V-Reds are on a nine game winning streak, having clinched first place in the AUS last weekend. Chris Culligan, with 8 pts (5G 3A) against StFX this year, has more goals than all the members of StFX have combined to score against UNB. Hunter Tremblay, coming off of a 6 pt (5G 1A) weekend, is now only two points back of Rob Hennigar for the All-time points mark (212) as a UNB player. To check out this race, and his chase of other records, take a look here.

The X-Men are on a three game winning streak and in a battle with SMU (14-9-1) for the second spot in the AUS rankings, and a first round bye in the playoffs. Joseph Perricone, the StFX goalie, is coming off of three wins in a four night span where he only allowed three goals on 81 shots. Bryce Swan, who leads the team in points, is coming off of a hat trick in their last game.

The game can be viewed as a webcast on the SSN Network, and can be heard on CHSR radio.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

AUS Pool Week 12 Results

No change in the lead, but things are getting tight in top 10 as we head into the last few weeks of the 2010-2011 AUS regular season.  AUS Fan sits at #1 with 284 points, 15 points up on Section 10.  This week's top performer was AUSFAN72 with a whopping 34 points. showing big gains are possible.

The top 10 standings are listed below.  For complete results, visit the AUS Pool page

Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 AUS Fan               80  147   13  284   28    1
  2 Section 10            78  130   38  269   26    3
  3 jack gillis           86  131   49  266   22    2
  4 BruinsFan0877         77  142   45  264   25    5
  5 Matt J                81  136   26  262   29    7
  6 blackmarketmob        85  125   25  258   18    4
  7 UNB BRUINS FAN        78  131   48  257   22    6
  8 Red Devil             75  132   35  255   28    8
  9 AUSFAN72              70  120   61  251   34   14
T10 Randy Corey           67  131   48  246   30   15
T10 Hardy Fan             65  120   61  246   24   10

As always, if you see any errors, please send us an e-mail and we'll look into it for you.

V-Reds to Launch video system during the Mark Jeffrey Game February 9th

During the 20th anniversary of the Mark Jeffrey Memorial game, the Varsity Reds will be one of the first CIS schools to launch an in-rink video system. A legacy item for the upcoming CIS Nationals will feature Two 13'x10' screens mounted on the West end of the Aitken Centre.  Similar to the scoreboard installed in 2003, this system is meant to leave a lasting legacy on the UNB Hockey program and the Aitken Centre.

Head of the CIS Nationals Steering Committee Roger Shannon had this to say about the new addition to the rink "This will take the game experience of a UNB Hockey game to a whole new level, we've had a on-ice product for years, and now in addition to all of the game-day activities Dave Morell and his crew have  added it will be a real treat for our fans to come to the rink.  With the addition of our mascot Prospect and this video system coming to a UNB Hockey game will be more the just a game, it will be a great event and will truly leave a legacy on the UNB Hockey program." "Doug Bearisto, Andrew Brewer and all the staff at UNB have done an amazing job in designing this system and will be working hard right up until puck drop to put the final touches on this system, I think fans will be amazed when they walk into the Aitken Centre and see the transformation that has taken place in the last few weeks."

The V-Red Nation is excited to see these screens in action and will be encouraging fans to Make Some Noise when they are unveiled next week!!

V-Reds Add Former UPEI Coach to Staff

Looks like the rumours were true.  The V-Reds have added former UPEI Panthers coach Dylan Taylor as "director of player personnel".  We'll take a guess and say that this on a part-time basis, as the press release says he's employed in the PEI school system while completing his Master's degree in Education.  Either way, the V-Reds have added someone who's familiar with AUS hockey and who managed to be a solid recruiter over the years.  Can't hurt.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Jeffrey Memorial Game To Be In The Pink

FREDERICTON - The UNB Varsity Reds hockey team will partner with the basketball and volleyball teams to make the annual Mark Jeffrey game on February 9th a fundraiser for Breast Cancer research. The hockey program has developed several different initiatives for the annual  game between the V-Reds and the STU Tommies at 7:00pm in the Aitken Centre.

The Mark Jeffrey game typically raises money for the V-Reds scholarship fund and is the only regular season game not included in season ticket packages. This year tickets for the game cost $5 – however, should fans wish to pay the regular game rate of $10 the additional $5 fee will all go to raise funds for the “Cause”.

Ten dollar tickets are also being sold in the three Fredericton High Schools (Fredericton High, Leo Hayes and Ecoles Sainte-Anne) through the Canadian Cancer Society Youth Organization.

Along with members of the Jeffrey family, several cancer survivors will be honoured in the pre-game ceremony. The Varsity Reds will also unveil their new video screens located on the west wall of the Aitken Centre. The cancer survivors’ testimonials will be shown on the screens throughout the evening. The new video screens are ‘legacy items’ installed for the upcoming CIS men’s hockey championship hosted by UNB at the Aitken Centre.

“We did the same thing for the 2003 hockey nationals when we installed the score clock over centre ice,” said Maureen Sparks, championship coordinator. “A legacy item is a new piece of equipment or feature that leaves a lasting benefit to the Varsity Reds athletics program, beyond the actual event itself.”

The Varsity Reds will also be changing their colours – but only for this one special night. The team will wear pink jerseys as part of the ‘Pink in the Rink’ promotion. Members of the Canadian Cancer Society Youth Organization will be selling tickets to win the jerseys. Fans are encouraged to also wear pink in the rink to show their support for this worthy cause.

In addition to the initiatives inside the rink there will be a $2 voluntary parking fee at the Aitken Centre and Chapman Field parking lots - all proceeds will go to Breast Cancer research. The Varsity Reds soccer program will help manage parking arrangements to assist with the weekend commitment of raising funds for the “Cure”.

“Our UNB men’s hockey team, in support of our other varsity teams, are proud to partake in UNB’s first ever ‘Pink in the Rink event in conjunction with our 20th anniversary of the Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game- our most important regular season game. Our organizing committee, under the guidance of Roger Shannon, has put together a very special night that is sure to honour our proud tradition of Mark Jeffery along with “making a significant difference” in raising awareness and funds for cancer research,” commented head coach Gardiner MacDougall.

Tremblay Named UNB/Valley Graphics Athlete of the Week

Turns out if you score 5 goals and add an assist over 2 games, you get named UNB/Valley Graphics Male Athlete of the Week.  Hunter Tremblay's hat trick against STU and 2-goal effort the next night at UPEI were a big reason for UNB clinching 1st place in the AUS this past weekend. This is the 3rd time Tremblay has received this recognition this season.   Click here for the UNB press release.

Photo Courtesy Brian Smith

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

CIS Men's Top Ten (#12): UNB continues to lead the pack

For the fourth week in a row, the UNB V-Reds (19-4-0) were voted #1, receiving 17 of 18 possible first place votes. The McGill Redmen (22-1-2) received the other first place vote and remain in second place. Western Ontario (19-1-4) once again sit third while the Alberta Golden Bears (13-5-2) sit fourth. SMU (14-9-1) has dropped to sixth while StFX (14-9-1) has moved back into the Top Ten in seventh, and UPEI (12-8-3) has dropped down to eighth.

Here are the full results from the latest Top Ten.

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

1. UNB (19-4-0) / 179 pts (17) / (1)
2. McGill (22-1-2) / 143 (1) / (2)
3. Western Ontario (19-1-4) / 135 / (3)
4. Alberta (13-5-2) / 124 / (4)
5. Saskatchewan (13-7-0) / 98 / (7)
6. Saint Mary's (14-9-1) / 97 / (5)
7. StFX (14-9-1) / 77 / (NR)
8. UPEI (12-8-3) / 45 / (6)
9. Manitoba (11-5-4) / 43 / (8)
10. Nipissing (16-7-3) / 12 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Carleton (11), Calgary (10), Wilfrid Laurier (7), Acadia (3), Lakehead (3), UQTR (3). The full article can be viewed here.