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.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Hunter Tremblay on his strong finish to come from behind and snare the AUS scoring title. What a great way to possibly finish his AUS regular season career.( I still hope for an encore, somehow! )

It was also great to see his usual linemate, Chris Culligan finish 4th in AUS scoring with 38 points in 27 games.

Finally, I think our sometimes unappreciated goalies deserve a ton of credit for having such impressive seasons.

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Hunter!!

Anonymous said...

I agree as well with the above comment regarding our goalies. To put up the numbers they did in a conference as tough as the AUS really says a lot about their abilities. Way to go guys.

Steven C. said...

I find it odd that the last three record holders (regular season) all played 108 games, and thus averaged 27 games per season. I have been fortunate enough to watch them all play. I am not sure which One (Dax, Rob, or Hunter) I would pick if I had to choose just one of them. What do you guys think?

U said...

I also agree about the goaltending...they might not see may shots a night but they stop pretty much everything they have to. Just from taking a quick look at the schedule from this year it appears UNB has only given up more than 3 goals 3 times this season in 39 total games (4 against UPEI on opening night, 4 against UdeM, and 6 against Dal). I will take that every season.

I know many people say that the defence makes the goalies look better than they are but there have been a number of times where I thought the goalies made the defence look good works both ways.

Anonymous said...

a couple of thoughts...I agree with the poster about the goaltending....those guys made key saves when they had to...very difficult to stay focused when you're getting 15 to 20 shots a game but they held up well, great numbers for for choosing among maclean, hennigar or tremblay, I would the latter because he does so many things well. Henniger was a free lancer with a lot of offensive talent but didn't come to play every night. Maclean was an excellent up and down right winger with a deft scoring touch, and very much underrated defensively as well..but tremblay is still the better player....

Anonymous said...

I would Take Tremblay over any player period in UNB history. Compared to Hennigar who obviously had great vision and passing skills, while Hunter still has superd passing skills, he is a goal scorer with a good shot, something Hennigar lacked, but his overall game and hustle sets him apart from Hennigar. tremplay can take the body, he does not often get knocked down by a player, and they try to get him down often. Hunter battles along the boards he does it all.

Now if you were to ask me for my all decade forwards line for the 2000's it would be Tremblay, Hennigar and Dickson what a deadly line

Anonymous said...

Hunter's records speak for themselves. It started with back to back 50 point seasons in his first 2 years at UNB. Rob Hennigar whose records Hunter has broken had 77 points in his first 2 years.

Whether Rob Hennigar is number two or not, which players would you guess would round out the top five in terms of point production in their first 2 seasons at UNB since the 2003/04 season. Don't check any stats just guess.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

If you don't count Tremblay and best guesses would be Bailey/Culligan/Henderson (mainly on the strength of a 50 point season in his second year)/Boyce/Efthimiou??

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Since the 2003/04 season the top point producers in their first 2 seasons at UNB are:
Hunter Tremblay 100 pts
Rob Hennigar 77 pts
Chris Culligan 70 pts
Darryl Boyce 65 pts
Kevin Henderson 65 pts
Kyle Bailey 60 pts

Of note, in their first 2 seasons:
Lachlan MacIntosh 34 pts
John S. Dickson 24 pts

There may be some surprises both ways.

Since his name was mentioned above, Dax MacLean in 95/96 and 96/97 had 74 pts in his first 2 seasons. Someone could have been overlooked but if so, it certainly was unintentional.

Anonymous said...

Tremblay really took that record didn't he! Hennigar helped with some of those points, but it no doubt went both ways!

On a side note, I really enjoyed Henderson when he played, great two way guy with size and grit...But Tremblay just never seizes to amaze me with his work ethic and ability to create plays.

Anonymous said...

I think everyone on here forgets about the past. Its not like guys were putting up 50 pts in the late 90's and early 2000. Look when Dax and Rob first joined the league. Guys were winning the scoring title with 40 pts. The league has changed just like the NHL did when they changed certain rules especially calling more penalties. I just think people forget how good some guys were in the past. All three are great at what they were known for. Tough to say who is the best.