Friday, December 30, 2011

UNB takes game one of the Pete Kelly cup, 7-4

2311 fans came out tonight for game one the 7th annual Pete Kelly cup as the V-Reds hosted the Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Geordie Wudrick made his debut, wearing the #18 jersey last worn by Rob Pearce, let's hope he can bring home a cup just like Pearce did.

The first period saw three V-Reds goals as Gallant, Harty and Houde-Carron each scored. Shots were 11 each after the first.

The second period saw more of the same, as Nesbitt and Culligan each scored to make it 5-0. Shots after 2 were 20-20 for UNB.

The third period started the same, as MacNeil scored on the power play to make it 6-0, but then there was a shift in momentum as the Gee-Gees pushed more and more, forcing UNB to take several penalties, Ottawa scored two quick goals, only for Culligan to score again to make it 7-2. Ottawa would score two more before the end of the period to make the final score 7-4 for UNB. Final shots were 33-31 for UNB.

Game two goes tomorrow at 1pm at the AUC.

UNB Hosts Ottawa In Battle For Pete Kelly Cup

The University of New Brunswick men’s hockey team will be hosting the Ottawa Gee-Gees for the 7th annual Peterbilt “Pete Kelly” Tournament on December 30th (7:00 pm) and 31st (1:00 pm). The Pete Kelly Tournament was started in 2006 in honour of the former NHLer, UNB player, coach and athletic director who had a longtime impact on hockey at UNB.  Pete Kelly seldom missed a V-Reds home game right up until his death in 2004. Kelly was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and to the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame in 1992. The St. Vital native was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989.

The “Pete Kelly” gives UNB the opportunity to host a high profile tournament during the holiday season in preparation for the second half of the AUS schedule and varies between a four-team tourney and two-team challenge cup format. Since losing the inaugural Pete Kelly Cup in overtime to Saint Mary’s in 2006, the Varsity Reds have won the trophy the last five years, three times against teams from the NCAA.

The Ottawa Gee-Gees are a much improved hockey team this season with an 11-4-2 record and they were in third place in the OUA East when they completed their first half schedule on December 3. Last season they finished in 8th place in the OUA East standings with an 11-14-3 record.

This week the OUA ruled that the Gee-Gees men’s hockey team used an ineligible player in two games against the Carleton Ravens on October 21 and October 29. As a result, the two games are now officially recorded as forfeits by Ottawa, and Carleton has been awarded a 2-0 victory in each game. Prior to the forfeits, Ottawa was credited with
one win and one overtime loss from those matches. Ottawa’s record now stands at 10-6-1.

RĂ©al Paiement became the20th head coach of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees men’s hockey program in June 2011. The longtime QMJHL bench boss has formerly coached the major junior teams in Granby, Chicoutimi, Moncton,  Acadie-Bathurst and St. John’s.

This season the Gee-Gees are led offensively by Luc Olivier Blain (Longeuil, QC) with 22 points in 17 games, Matthieu Methot (Ottawa, ON) with 17 points and Stephen Blunden (Ottawa, ON) with 14 points, including a team leading 9 goals. Dominic Jalbert (Gatineau, QC) is Ottawa’s top offensive defenceman with 6 goals and 6 assists.  Between the pipes Aaron Barton (Carlisle, ON) is 4-1 with a 1.40 GAA while rookie Russell Abbott (Mill Bay, BC) is 7-5 with a 2.44 GAA.

The Gardiner MacDougall coached V-Reds defeated the Gee-Gees in their last visit to the Aitken University Centre; 5-2 on March 26, 2004 in pool play at the University Cup.  The next season UNB defeated uOttawa 4-3 in pool play at the Lakehead holiday tourney on Dec. 30, 2004. In their only other visit to the Aitken University Centre, uOttawa lost 8-2 in an exhibition game on January 3, 1998.

Fans of the first place (11-2-1) and top ranked Varsity Reds will get their first chance to see the newest V-Red, former Kelowna Rockets sniper Geordie Wudrick. The 6'4”, 214 pound power forward brings obvious size to the team and is expected to make a presence both along  the boards and on the power play. Wudrick was recruited by UNB over the summer but opted to play pro hockey in Germany this fall with the Rosenheim Star Bulls where he put up 3 goals and 6 assists in 14 games. He practiced with the V-Reds early in December and is keen to start his university hockey career at the “Pete Kelly”.

David Kilfoil

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mid-season report card

From us here at UNBHockeyFans to all of you, may you have a Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas.

Every year we put together a mid-season report card to compare the team's current stats to previous years, and against the average for the last few years. So here it is:


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Top Ten (#8): V-Reds end first term on top

The CIS released the latest National ranking today, and the V-Reds (11-2-1) maintained their #1 ranking for the 8th media poll in a row this season and the 18th in a row overall. The V-Reds received 14 of 17 possible first place votes with the McGill Redmen (13-1-2) receiving the other three first place votes.

The AUS is also represented by UdeM (10-4-0) at #6 and SMU (10-5-1) at #8.

Here are the complete Top Ten Standings:

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. UNB (11-2-1) / 166 pts (14) / (1)
2. McGill (13-1-2) / 147 (3) / (2)
3. Western Ontario (13-1-2) / 122 / (4)
4. Saskatchewan (11-2-2) / 107 / (6)
5. Alberta (11-3-2) / 106 / (3)
6. Moncton (10-4-0) / 81 / (5)
7. Lakehead (13-3-0) / 73 / (8)
8. Saint Mary’s (10-5-1) / 41 / (NR)
9. Manitoba (10-4-2) / 38 / (9)
10. UQTR (13-5-1) / 21 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Acadia (18), Ottawa (8), Waterloo (7).

Friday, December 2, 2011

V-Reds take 175th Battle of the Hill in OT

The V-Reds took the final game of the first half with a 3-2 OT victory tonight over the STU Tommies.

The V-Reds got out to an early start, controlling the play and were rewarded at 5:29 with a goal by Daine Todd from Ben Shutron and Bretton Stamler. The first period ended 1-0 with the shots favoring UNB 14-3.

The second period saw much of the same, but it was STU who scored at the 7:22 mark to tie the game. Bretton Stamler would regain the lead for the V-Reds at 16:14 with a nice pass from Ben Wright. The shots were 35-7 for the V-Reds at the end of the second period.

The third period saw a stronger effort from STU, and they were rewarded at 4:37 to once again tie the game. Regulation play ended with a 2-2 tie. Shots after regulation were 40-16 for the V-Reds.

The OT period was completely dominated by the V-Reds and it was once again Bretton Stamler picking up the winning goal as he put it in off a defenceman's leg. Final shots were 43-16 for the V-Reds.

With the win, the V-Reds enter the holiday break with a two point lead over SMU, but with two games in hand.

AUS Pool Week 6

The pool results have been updated.  No change in the lead but, a familiar foe is challenging.  Last year's winner, AUS Fan has pulled into the #2 slot behind Drummer, with one weekend left before the December break.

This week's top performer was X FACTOR with a whopping 26 points.

The top 10 are listed below, and the full standings can be seen over at the AUS Pool page.

Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 Drummer               70   79   20  169   20    1
  2 AUS Fan               59   84   22  165   25   T3
  3 CMD                   60   80   20  160   17    2
  4 FreddyFoyle           63   82   14  159   19   T3
  5 TopCat                69   72   24  158   20    5
  6 Fan of the Vreds      60   68   28  156   22    6
  7 UNBForever            57   81   17  155   24   T7
  8 POND RAPIDS           57   75   20  152   21   T7
  9 PK                    51   78   20  149   19    9
 10 Big Bad Jon           59   72   17  148   23   12

175th Battle of the Hill

Tonight, your CIS #1 ranked V-Reds (10-2-1) are at home to host the St. Thomas Tommies (3-9-1) in the 175th “Battle of the Hill”.

Here are a few facts about the “Battle of the Hill” series:

- The first Battle of the Hill was played on Nov. 21st, 1964. UNB won that game 6-1.
- Both teams used the LBR as their home rink until 1976 when the AUC opened.
- The first Battle of the Hill to be played at the AUC was on Nov. 21st, 1979, STU won that game 7-5.
- UNB is currently on a 28 game winning streak over STU.
- UNB is currently on a 25 game winning streak over STU at the AUC.
- UNB holds a commanding edge in games with a record of (win/loss/tie) 119-47-8
- The last time STU beat UNB at the AUC was February 28th, 2003 (137th Battle of the Hill), when many of these players were in middle school.

Last Friday, the Tommies built a 3-0 lead after two periods, but were brought back to earth as the V-Reds scored 5 unanswered goals, four of which were short-handed. The V-Reds will look to continue this dominating performance on Friday night, and to end the first term with another win. The V-Reds are led in scoring by Kyle Bailey (9G 10A) and Luke Gallant (3G 12A).

The Tommies feel that they “outplayed” the V-Reds in the 174th Battle of the Hill last Friday, and that they “beat themselves” according to their Goalie Charles Lavigne. This Friday the Tommies will look to prove that they can dominate the play, and bring home a victory to end the first term. The Tommies are led in scoring by Felix Poulin (2G 13A) and Randy Cameron (8G 4A).

If you can't make it out to the game, you can view the webcast, listen to it on CHSR 97.9, and as always, follow the updates on UNBHockey on Twitter.