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The second period was a chippy affair, with five V-Reds jammed into the penalty box at one point. UPEI's Dana Fraser (Tatamagouche, NS) scored at 2:57 from Michael MacIssac (O'Leary, PE) and Matt Carter (Mississauga, ON) to draw the Panthers within a goal, but that was to be as close as they could come. The third period saw UNB use their stifling forecheck to keep UPEI from mounting a comeback until the last minute. With their goalie out the Panthers were able to use the extra skater to finally create some sustained pressure in front of Fullerton and managed a shot off the post before Tremblay scored shortly after into the empty net with three seconds to go to close out the game.
UNB outshot UPEI 35-20 in the 3-1 win. The V-Reds were 1-for-3 on the power play while the Panthers came up 0-for-6 against the best penalty killing team in the AUS. The conference points race has tightened up, with Hunter Tremblay's six points on the weekend putting him at 38 points, just one point back of UPEI's Matt Carter for the AUS lead. Tremblay's linemate Chris Culligan sits in third place with 34 points. Fullerton is now tied with SMU's Neil Conway (Painesville, OH) with 14 wins, and the stingy goaltender has lowered his conference-best goals against average to 1.61.
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UNB's record is now 19-4-0. Next weekend they are on the road again, meeting StFX on Friday night in Antigonish and then onto Halifax on Saturday to play Saint Mary's.