Wednesday, March 7, 2012

AUS Finals – V-Reds vs. Aigles Bleus

Last Meeting – The last meeting of the regular season for these two teams was also the last game of the season for each team. That night, the V-Reds skated to a convincing 4-1 victory, outshooting the Aigles Bleus 36-25. Tyler Carroll led the scoring that night with two goals, while Antoine Houde-Caron and Dion Campbell each picked contributed a goal. Alex Quesnel picked up the lone marker for the Aigles Bleus.

Number 1 hosts number 3 – With only two teams remaining, it is the #1 V-Reds who host the #3 UdeM Aigles Bleus in the AUS finals. The V-Reds, who had a first round bye made quick work of the UPEI Panthers, beating them in three straight games. The Aigles Bleus defeated the StFX X-Men in the first round of the playoffs, 2 games to one, and then defeated the SMU Huskies three games to one in the semi-finals.

Head-to-Head – The V-Reds held the regular season edge of three games to one over the Aigles Bleus. This is the 24th meeting between these two teams in the AUS playoffs, the V-Reds hold a 16-4-3 record against the Aigles Bleus in the playoffs, but have not played them since the 2006-2007 season where they lost the final game and the AUS title in double overtime 3-2. They would meet the Aigles Bleus in the National gold medal game that year, defeating them by that same score of 3-2, this time in overtime with the winning goal being scored by Rob Pearce. Below is a regular season stats comparison of these two teams.

Who to Watch for on UdeM – Eric Faille (5G 2A), Marc-Andre Cote (2G 4A), and Dean Ouellet (2G 4A) lead the Aigles Bleus this post season in points. P-A Marion has been brilliant for them in net, allowing only six goals in six games and posting a record of 5-1-0 this post season. Below are the Aigles Bleus team stats against the V-Reds this season.

Who to Watch for on UNB – The V-Reds are currently undefeated in the post season. Chris Culligan (2G 5A) and Shayne Weibe (2G 3A) lead the V-Reds in points while Travis Fullerton is 3-0-0 thus far with a GAA of 1.98 and a .920 SAV%. Below are the V-Reds team stats against the Aigles Bleus this season.

UNB V-Reds –Regular Season

• (20-5-3 / 43 pts) 1st AUS, 1st CIS (3-0-0) in Playoffs
• 32-F- Kyle Bailey (16 goals, 17 assists, 33 points in 27 games)
• 57-F- Chris Culligan (8 goals, 22 assists, 31 points in 24 games)
• 40-D- Jonathan Harty (7 goals, 20 assists, 27 points in 26 games)
• 26-F- Tyler Carroll (15 goals, 11 assists, 26 points in 27 games)
• 4-D- Luke Gallant (5 goals, 21 assists, 26 points in 27 games)
• 1-G- Travis Fullerton (11-0-1, 1.67 GAA, .909 SAV% in 13 games)

UdeM Aigles Bleus – Regular Season
• (18-9-1 / 37 pts) ( 3rd AUS, 5th CIS (5-2-0) in Playoffs
• 19-F- Dean Ouellet (6 goals, 28 assists, 34 points in 28 games)
• 7-F- Eric Faille (16 goals, 16 assists, 32 points in 28 games)
• 21-F- Alex Quesnel (8 goals, 17 assists, 25 points in 24 games)
• 14-F- Francis Rochon (15 goals, 8 assists, 23 points in 26 games)
• 13-F- Marc-Andre Cote (12 goals, 9 assists, 21 points in 27 games)
• 31-G- P-A Marion (13-7-0), 3.01 GAA, .913 SAV% in 21 games)

Special Teams – Playoffs

UNB 2-for-17 on PP (10.2%)
UdeM 5-for-36 on PP (13.9%)
UNB PK is 13-for-15 (86.7%)
UdeM PK is 38-for-43 (88.4%)

For those of you that can't make it out to the game, it can be viewed as a webcast, listened to on CHSR FM 97.9, and following on UNBHockey on Twitter. Rogers TV will be covering the Thursday game as well.