Friday, November 11, 2011

V-Reds take on the Tigers and Axemen this weekend

This weekend, the CIS #1 ranked V-Reds (7-1-0) are on the road, travelling to Halifax tonight to take on the Dalhousie Tigers (2-7-0), and then on to Wolfville on Saturday night to do battle with the CIS #10 ranked Acadia Axemen (4-3-1).

The V-Reds were once again voted the top team in the country in this week’s media poll, receiving 15 of 17 possible first place votes. The V-Reds have now been ranked #1 for the last 15 national polls, dating back to January 11, 2011 and have topped 47 of the last 69 polls (.681) since 2006-07.

Tonight, the V-Reds arrive in Halifax to play the Tigers at 7pm. The V-Reds will be looking to get back on the winning track after suffering their first defeat of the regular season, a 5-4 loss to UPEI (4-4-0) last Saturday night. The last meeting between these two teams saw the V-Reds dismantle the Tigers, the final score being 10-1. UNB is led in scoring by Kyle Bailey (6G 5A) and Luke Gallant (1G 10A).

The Tigers are not off to a great start this season, and will both be looking to avenge the lopsided defeat that the V-Reds handed them last game, and to start winning games after losing the last six in a row. The Tigers are led in scoring by Benjamin Breault (5G 5A) and David MacDonald (1G 5A).

Saturday night Axemen will host for the V-Reds at the Acadia arena at 7pm. The Axemen still boast the best power play in the AUS (27.1%), along with a defense (23.38 shots allowed / game) that is second only to UNB (19 shots allowed / game). The Axemen are led in scoring by Andrew Clark (6G 7A) and Christopher Owens (3G 8A).

Both games are available as webcasts; the Tigers webcast, and the Axemen webcast. You can also follow UNBHockey on Twitter.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anyone with any info about line-up changes or does anyone want to make a prediction about line-up changes?

Dylan.M said...

Hoping Desnoyers goes out I would rather have Denny or even Corcoran play.

Any word on Fullertons return?

Anonymous said...

Definatley hope Desnoyers is out. I'd hope he would be if Shutron is back in the game tonight. Any word on when La Costa is going to be back?

Anonymous said...

video is down any updates?

Eric said...

Travis was home this week, might return to campus next week - maybe on the ice the week after that. No rush.

Eric said...

Video Back Up :)

A bit lagish

I like the score overlay though

Anonymous said...

Not having much luck with video feeds early this season!

Dal played with them through one - they usually do then go to pot as game wears on!

Anonymous said...

Nice to see LaCosta back in nets.

Anonymous said...

could someone tell me why mcdougals son is on the team other then its his son?looks like a deer on ice,cant skate...

Anonymous said...

He has 7 points in 9 games....so he must be doing something right.

David Kilfoil said...

He's got 7 points, just one less than Nesbitt, and he's an important big body. He's also good on faceoffs. Who cares how pretty a skater he is?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure there are 7 other teams in the AUS that would love to have MacDougall...glad we have him!

Anonymous said...

MacDougall is a great addition this year. You can't have high flying snipers on all 4 lines. He's a great depth player, and like Dave said he's good in the face off circle, and he's 6'4 225lbs...and he's probably a better skater than whoever made that comment.

Anonymous said...

Anyone still think Fullerton is only good because of the team he plays behind??

Anonymous said...

Once that game went to a SO there was no doubt in my mind UNB was losing. I just have no faith in their goaltending right now.

Also, I have been waiting almost 3 years to say it...but where is Justin DaCosta when you need him?

Anonymous said...

I hope no one comes to Davis' defence tonight. He looked terrible. Like someone above said, once the game was headed to a shoot-out, UNB was done.

Anonymous said...

And I still have no idea why they keep running Desnoyer out there over Shutron and Denny...he gave me a heart attack pretty much every time he was on the ice tonight. IIRC his turnover eventually led to the 2nd goal. .I find he gets knocked off the puck way too easily.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'd sit his ass too.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

On the bright side, the offense has looked very good the last couple weeks, although I am starting to wonder if it is coming at the expense of their D.

Anonymous said...

I find something funny on this site you guys always pick one player to pin the loss on every time never is it the fault of the whole team in general or that a team cannot win every single game that would just be boring and they choke when it matters because they feel they don't need to try. Every team needs to suffer a few losses in the season so that they can work on the bad stuff and improve for when it counts for example Nationals....You just bounce from player to player one game it is all Desnoyers fault for the loss the next time you blame it on the goalie but you all have certain players that you feel can do no wrong no matter how bad they do in the game.Another thing I found funny is when someone bad mouthed McDougall above you all rush to his defence and say stuff like I bet you can't skate as good as him. Why don't you take that advice when you pick on the goalies or any other player I would like to see you people that seem to think they suck go out and play a game and do better than them then you can come on here and bad mouth them. You guys are only happy when you see a win after every game as soon as they lose you all rush here to pick apart a player and pin the loss all on them it takes a team to lose a game.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Well played....well played.

Anonymous said...

Pretty scary night with LaCosta, Clendenning, Culligan and Bailey all going down at different times! We know that Culligan and Bailey both came back and we can only hope that Jordan's injury is not too serious and that LaCosta has not reagravated his previous problem.

Eric said...

I thought Desnoyer played a much better game. Skated great and was in the right spot most of the night (+/- of zero). Did a few rushes and once done - back to the blue line. The other D had some problems keeping the puck in as mentioned above (Harty, Stamler and Gallant all had gaffs that resulted in immediate chances for Acadia). Even Kidd got caught pinching-in resulting in the 4th goal when there was no need to.

It was disappointing that they didn't 'hold' the lead, but instead kept trying to run-and-gun. Sometimes playing smart and safe works instead of playing for every goal you can find.

Have to agree on the injury observation - Culligan rolling around and Baily flat and bleeding on the ice was scary.

With STU playing a tighter game, the next four games will be interesting.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I think the thing with Desnoyers is that he came in known as more of an offensive d-man....and so far he has 1 goal and 0 assists in 9 games. If he isn't contributing offensively I don't know if he is strong enough defensively to warrant putting him in over one of Shutron/Denny/Wright.

David Kilfoil said...

Desnoyer is a offensive focused gambler, which is probably one reason he didn't stick in the AHL. Some games he's better than others defensively. High risk - high reward. I agree his offence hasn't been spectacular enough to guarantee him a lineup spot.

However, Shutron has not been playing well this season. Not sure what is up there. Wish I knew. He's certainly not the d-man he was before he broke his femur and had that long layoff.

I suspected that they wouldn't risk Chad Denny on that wide Olympic ice in Wolfville. His mobility isn't ready for that yet. Against Dal he has several good shots AT the net, but I don't know if any were ON the net.

Let's be honest. I love Corcoran's enthusiastic play, but so far he's proven to be a better forward than d-man at this level. Maybe if he got more ice time he'd look more comfortable on the back end ...

So what are Gardiner's choices outside the now-lock of Gallant, Harty, Stamler, Wright and Kidd?

Anonymous said...

There is nothing wrong with Shutron's leg . It is healed and good to go .He injured his leg , not his brain . he didn't get stupid over night. Playing time is what's needed . He came here to play not sit in the stands. Coming back from an injury like that takes time and support from his coaches. After all, he did break it playing for this team and this is how you treat him.He is playing not to make a mistake, because his seem to be bigger than all the rest. They have 8 D and all can play.Someone has to sit, so pick Shutron and use the injury and say he is not the same player. That's easy.Better to have him in the stands then playing for another team . Does he have to pass to the forwards and score for them to. The two games he was out they lost.The two games for fighting , he had enough of the cheap shots.No one saw the guy going to crosscheck him across the face. Some times you have to man up .That is what this league is, with no fight rule.Which is a good thing. UNB does not have the forwards from last year .This years forwards turn the puck over to much. So def's first will win the games this year . That is all 6 players on the ice. Not just one .