Sunday, October 23, 2011

Campbell Leads Hockey V-Reds Past Huskies

Saturday night at the venerable Halifax Forum the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds had an early lead and sustained third period pressure from the Saint Mary's Huskies to hang on for a 4-2 win and remain the only undefeated team in AUS men's hockey. Player of the game Dion Campbell scored UNB's first goal and assisted on all three of the other V-Reds goals.

The early play of the first period was all in the Huskies zone, and at 2:43 Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) came flying down the right side of the ice and his shot beat Neil Conway (Painesville, OH) on the far side. Later at 9:47 rookie Stefan Salituro (Toronto, ON) picked up his second assist of the game when he and fellow rookie Antoine Houde-Caron (Trois-Rivièrs, QC) broke into the Huskies zone on a two-on-one and Houde-Caron scored. The shot margin at the time of the goal was 10-3 in favour of UNB.

The second period was better for the Huskies, as they appeared to gain momentum coming out off the power play at 7:22 with Kyle Bailey (Ponoka, AB) called for cross-checking. After several strong Huskies shifts Joshua Domingues (Markham, ON) had a glorious scoring chance on Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB). UNB coach called a timeout to talk to his team. Despite the strong Saint Mary's pressure it was UNB getting a goal late in the period at 19:20 when the puck was turned over in the Huskies zone and V-Reds captain Bailey sniped a shot from the circle that beat Conway on the short side.

UNB started the third period on a power play with SMU's Justin Wallingford (Hamilton, ON) in the box. At 1:43 Marc-Antoine Desnoyer (St.-Hippolyte, QC) ripped a point shot that went through a crowd and top shelf. That goal broke a goose egg for the V-Reds – up to then they had not scored a power play goal in the season with 16 man-advantage opportunities in the previous three games. Coincidentally the Huskies penalty kill had been perfect up until the Desnoyers goal, killing off 23 straight penalties.

After the goal Saint Mary's head coach Trevor Steiburg elected to put rookie Anthony Peters (Blyth, ON) in nets. Seconds later Wallingford was back in the box for kneeing, but it was Huskies rookie penalty killer Stephen Johnston (Guelph, ON) who created a breakaway from centre ice and beat Fullerton glove side at 2:20. Shortly after the penalty was over Chris MacKinnon (Richmond Hill, ON) led a Huskies rush into the UNB zone and beat Fullerton 4:14 to make it 4-2.

The rest of the period was uneventual, other than a power play apiece. UNB outshot Saint Mary's in every period and 28-16 in the game. UNB is now 4-0-0 in the young season and all alone in first place in the AUS standings. Moncton and Acadia are tied for second place with identical 3-1-0 records. Next weekend the Varsity Reds are back home to host Acadia and Dalhousie.

Game Notes: Injured UNB forwards Chris Culligan and Nick MacNeil and defenceman Josh Kidd did not dress for the game. SMU was missing injured d-men Kyle Wharton and Tyler Cuthbert.

11 comments:

Big Bad Jon said...

Gotta like the odds of a unanimous number 1 in the top 10 this week with McGill losing and Manitoba getting spanked; we'll see though.

Gotta feel a bit bad for STFX. Played two very tough and tight games against UNB and now might be out of the top 10 with a 2-2 record.

Anonymous said...

how can we check the hockey pool?

Eric said...

The hockey pool stats are tabulated on Tuesday after all stats are updated by the AUS on Monday. Once totaled - I build a page on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning (once I get the sheet from Ken).

Anonymous said...

ok,thank you....

Varsity Maniac said...

What is up with the Acadia power play? I jusy looked at the AUS rankings.

Eric said...

Your going to win a lot of games with an average in the 30s. Interesting to see that they have given up 3 shorty's though.

Maybe they practice the PP, I know UNB doesn't and it shows.

On a happier note - glad to see production is spread out over the whole team and the rookies are certainly making an impact. Hard to believe that Cully, MacN and Todd aren't playing - who do you sit? Nice problem to have I guess. Those three accounted for 25 goals last year (almost a goal a game).

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Hard to believe they are 4-0 despite having only one guy active (Bailey) who was a top-6 forward at Nationals last year...Culligan
/MacNeil/Todd are all injured and Tremblay/MacIntosh have graduated. I suppose Fillier played a bit on the second line in the playoffs.


If (and it is a big if, obviously) UNB could ever get fully healthy I would think the first forwards to sit would be Salituro/Corcoran/Lynes. There are going to be some tough decisions to make on D as well when Kidd comes back and Denny is ready...who do you sit back there?? Injuries always have a way of way of working these things out though.

Btw...how does UNB not practice the PP? That boggles my mind.

Anonymous said...

It's early yet to be overly concerned about the UNB Power Play. In addition to losing one of the CIS's most prolific scorers in Hunter Tremblay it's been missing one of its most important parts from the last two seasons.

I'm confident that a healthy roster and some time and tinkering will produce some much better results.

Anonymous said...

Once again, why is Acadia so good at it. Seriously, they obviously have something that the other teams don't and it isn't just talent.

Anonymous said...

acadia has played stu and u de m's D so far. enuf said. lets see where they are at in another few weeks - and if kudos are due I will give them!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Acadia would gladly trade a hot PP for 4-0. I'm also guessing they don't light up SMU and STFX like they did STU and Moncton.