Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Stifling Defence Secures 2-0 Win At STFX

Lead by a clutch performance from goaltender Travis Fullerton, the Varsity Reds took a 2-1 lead in the AUS Finals by out-battling the X-Men for a hard fought 2-0 win in game 3 at Antigonish.  Scoring for UNB were Chris Culligan and Nick MacNeil, both pretty nice goals.

The story of this game was UNB's willingness to stick to the plan off the opening draw and patiently battle through the X-Men defence.  Once they scored the first goal they were able to smother the X-Men the rest of the way, perhaps giving STFX a taste of their own medicine.

If you're following along, this was Travis Fullerton's 7th shutout this season, and he continues to be in that proverbial "zone" when it matters most.

The V-Reds will have a chance to win the AUS Championship tomorrow night in game 4 of the series back in Antigonish.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

way to go guys...awsome performance....

Anonymous said...

'To stick to the plan and .. battle patiently' is a tremendous victory for a team that often wins by puck control and speed. Playoff effort! Who said; 'The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary?

Anonymous said...

Another big game for MacNeil. And Tremblay and Culligan weren't too bad either. Thankfully, X couldn't capitalize on a couple of golden opportunities. Should be a dandy tomorrow night.

Anonymous said...

Please sit #3 and get Heppy in there.

Anonymous said...

Desnoyers makes way too many mistakes. Agreed, Hep would be a far better choice from here on out.

Anonymous said...

The line of MacNeil, Bailey and Fillier was tremendous tonight. Fillier has definitely elevated his game play. Great game by Fully and a great goal by Culligan as well. Hope the V-Reds wrap it up tomorrow night in Antigonish. GO UNB!

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Hopefully Gallant will be back for Nationals...then you could go with Wright/Kidd/Gallant/Shutron/Harty/Stamler...that would be my preferred 'D' anyways.

Anonymous said...

The 'D' sounds good. Can we get Kidd shooting from the point? He's got a bullet but doesn't seem to get a lot of chances.

Anonymous said...

I think that Shutron should sit out not Desnoyers

Anonymous said...

lol, really don't know what to say about that Last Comment about sitting Shutron, other than how about.......No

I agree with the others on Desnoyier. I saw him play his first game with the VReds in Moncton, and he was oustanding, and I was like wow this Kid can really play, he was solid on both ends that game. Ever since than, he has been anything but good, lots of giveaways, bad penalties, smashing sticks in the penalty box. Not the typical type of UNB Recruit, that plays with Heart and a Team First Approach.

Josh Hepditch while definately not spectacular, has been ever so dependable everytime he has played Defense, nothing fancy but he does what he has to do, and get gets the puck to the net anyway he can too, wrist shot or slapshot. Until Gallant Can come back or if, Hepper should be the 6th D over Desnoyier.

Im not sure why but Josh Kidd always seems to be on the 3rd defensive unit that sees the Ice the Least. I love how he plays, and he has a Al MacInnis type shot from the point. For Kidd it must be a Stamina issue compared to the others. I would love to see Kidd get some Chances on the Powerplay. No Offense to Hunter, but I really don't like him suddenly being used on the Point for the Power Play, bad time of year to explore things in my mind, and he doesn't look comfortable out there. Hunter works best from the right faceoff circle on the Power Play

David Kilfoil said...

Desnoyer probably had his best game last night ... probably the first time I didn't critique some part of his play on the radio.

He's high-risk, high-reward so it looks like Coach favours taking the risks ...

I believe over time that "Varsity Redness" will wash over M.-A. and he'll play a little less selfish, and probably gamble a little less often. Harty used to be a real bad gambler, and now it is rare that Johnny gets caught pinching in. Last night on the PK he had a chance to join the rush, but he held up right at the X blue line. He probably wouldn't have done that his first year ...

Finally, count me as one who would like to see Kidd shoot the puck more often.

Anonymous said...

Shutron is not that great...he makes as many mistakes as Desnoyer. I would also like to see Luke Lynes get a chance to play but I doubt that will happen.

Anonymous said...

I havent witnessed Shutron make any major mistakes but if he has, i would be quick to excuse a guy 6 games in from a Broken Femur Bone that would end some others careers or at minimum his season, a little rust jumping straight into Playoff Hockey is understandable.

Luke Lynes I hate to say, is simply the weakest forward on the Team, sorry Luke. He can play the power play well from that circle and get off good shots, but thats because he doesn't have to skate. And witch Forward would you remove from the top two lines of PP Units to put Lynes in, Tremblay, Culligan, Bailey, MacNeil, Todd, if Healthy proceshyn? MacIntosh. Lynes doesn't skate well, hes slow, he doesn't forecheck cause he cant keep up, he doesn't battle along the boards for the puck, can't hit or take a hit. Mind you on another team he would likely be a welcome addition, just doesn't fit the VReds Mold Well, I would rather see any forward in the lineup but Lynes. Harsh Comments, but true opinion of alot of people, including the coaching staff, Luke played the last game of the Regular season againts Dalhousie in a meaningless game, thats the last time he played and it was the first time he played in a long...long time at that point

Eric said...

Luke had a weekend on the top line, and got 1A. That was his tryout. Then Pro came back and Luke had to sit due to numbers. He has 8 points in 17 games. I believe the coaching staff would over look the speed and back checking if he was putting points on the board.

As some have pointed out, who do you sit? Layton, Seymour, Fillier, Corcoran? You have to keep Seymour for face-offs and Corcoran for size, that leaves Layton and Fillier. Along with Luke you have Maties, Pro and Hepditch sitting out.

Who do you sit when/if Pro returns?

Shows you how deep UNB is.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I agree about Lynes...I have always liked him and think he could put up some decent numbers, especially if he got a lot of PP time, but like the poster above me mentioned he is probably the weakest/most expendable forward right now. Also, since he isn't the greatest defensively he is really only good if he is on one of the scoring lines/in a top 9 role...and you aren't going to put him in over some of their other guys. Unfortunately he is a victim of having too much depth right now.

As for Shutron...someone obviously forgets that he was arguably their best D-man last year (2nd best at the very least)...as a rookie. He was also off to a great start in the few games he played earlier this season out west before getting injured. Because of all the time he missed he is bound to be a little off his game right now but I am not too concerned about him.

I'm with you guys with regards to Kidd as well...if Gallant ever gets back I would love to see them put those two on the PP and bomb shots from the point.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

If they could ever get healthy I think their best forward pairings right now would be Todd Daine/Culligan/Tremblay and Procyshen/Bailey/MacNeil on their top two lines. Lee/Clendenning/MacIntosh on the 3rd line and Fillier/Seymour/Corcoran. You also have Campbell who could play on the 3rd or 4th line as well...maybe switch him with Fillier or Corcoran.

Anonymous said...

Well if Tremblay would ever learn how to pass the puck maybe UNB players like Luke would get more points.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Tremblay had the 2nd most assists on the team...but who needs stats, right?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Squirrel H8TR is back...

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I don't like people who post under the name 'anonymous'. I also don't like people who fail to understand the concept of punctuation and capitalization.

Anonymous said...

I don't like people who call them selves fans but yet they make fun of people on the team.

aokhockey said...

Agree with first poster "awesome guys". Agree that for some reason they really like Desnoyer even though he makes mistake after mistake with too many give-a-ways. Let's give Shutron some time to catch up to speed, he is slower with lateral movement and transition than before, understandably, but is getting better every game, just hope he doesn't over do it and injure himself further. Kidd doesn't have a stamina issue, I beleive he is ranked in the top in almost all of the fitness and endurance tests given to the guys. they clearly don't like his style of play. As for the forwards and not passing...they are always about individual points. Go V-Reds Go

Anonymous said...

I also agree with the first comment sure hope they can do another awesome job tonight.