Friday, October 14, 2011

The Regular season starts, TONIGHT!

The V-Reds begin their CIS title defense in grand fashion this weekend, hosting last year’s #2 and #3 teams in the AUS to start the regular season. Tonight the V-Reds host the StFX X-Men at 7pm at the AUC, while Saturday night they host the St. Mary’s Huskies at 7pm, also at the AUC.

Overall, the V-Reds went a healthy 5-2-in the preseason, despite some injuries and players away at pro camps. The rookies are fitting into the lineup well, goaltending and defense continue to be strengths, and the team has learned to battle through adversity, playing most of its exhibition schedule with 3 or 4 top 6 forwards and 3 top 6 d-men out of the lineup.

The loss of Hunter Tremblay, the team’s all-time scoring leader was a blow, but the captain Kyle Bailey is back in the mix for his fifth year of eligibility. With nine new bodies on the roster, and a core of returning veterans, UNB will once again be looking to battle for the top spot in the AUS.

The X-Men, under the guidance of Coach Peddle, finished third in the AUS last year, and earned a spot in the Nationals where they went 1-1 and finished third in the tournament. The X-Men lost eight players at the end of last season, but have added eight new recruits to fill those spots. The X-Men went 4-2 in the preseason this year, including wins over NCAA Division 1 schools Boston University (6-4) and Northeastern University (8-5).

The Huskies, under coach Stienburg, finished second in the AUS last year, and were defeated by StFX in the AUS semifinals 3 games to 2. SMU lost Andrew Hotham, Cam Fergus and captain Justin Munden to graduation last year, along with others, but has seven new players on the roster to pick up the slack. SMU went 3-2-1 in the preseason, but will have a short bench this weekend as several players will not make the road trip due to injuries received in the preseason.

Both games can be viewed on Rogers TV, or as a webcast, and as always, you can follow UNBHockey on Twitter.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Let's Go V-REDS!