Monday, October 31, 2011

AUS Pool Week 2 Results (Games Ending October 29)

Week 2 results are up and Drummer continues to set the pace with an impressive 80 pts, but several contestants are just a good weekend away from overtaking him.  This week's top performer was Dungarvon with a wicked 37 points.

You might notice a few extra teams this week.  We had a few entries lost in our junk folder but we think we've managed to add all the submissions.  If you don't see your team here, just let us know.

The top 10 standings are listed below, but check out the entire standings at the AUS Pool Page.

Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 Drummer               32   34   14   80   28    1
  2 CMD                   27   36   14   77   26   T2
 T3 Topcat                33   31   16   74   74   --
 T3 Fan of the Vreds      29   31   14   74   26    5
 T3 AUS Fan               27   33   14   74   23   T2
 T3 Stay Healthy          23   37   14   74   74   --
  7 Jack Gillis           31   31   14   70   32  T11
 T8 UNBForever            25   39    4   68   17   T2
 T8 Dungarvon             23   31   14   68   37   23
 T8 POND RAPIDS           23   31   14   68   35   20




As always, if you see an error, just drop us a line and we'll look into it for you.  There's been some big surprises early in this AUS season, and some unfamiliar names at the top of the scoring charts.  It should be an exciting year.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

V-Reds destroy the Tigers

The V-Reds thoroughly handled the DAL Tigers tonight, scoring 10 times before the game had ended.

UNB came out hard, and for the first 7:22 of the game, UNB looked to be pretty much dominating the Tigers, then J. Villeneuve-Gagne capitalized on a UNB turnover to score on the first DAL shot of the game. That quieted the crowd almost completely. However that was the end of the good news for the Tigers, as Jordan Clendenning set up Chris Culligan twice before the period was out, sending the teams to the dressing room with a score of 2-1 after one period of play.

UNB came out hard in the second, forcing the Tigers to take three penalties, two of which Kyle Bailey scored on. Also scoring for UNB in the second were Jeff Lee, Jordan Clendenning, and Taylor MacDougall.

The third period was not any better for the Tigers, as Joran Clendenning scored again, Antoine Houde-Caron picked up a short handed goal, and Luke Lynes finished off the scoring to make it 10-1.

The final shots were 36-16 for UNB, the three stars of the game were Jordan Clendenning (2G 3A), Chris Culligan (2G 2A), and Luke Gallant (2).

UNB is back in action next weekend when they take on UdeM in Moncton Friday night and UPEI Saturday night at the AUC

AUS Pool Week 1 Results (Games Ending October 22)

First, our apologies for being late getting these up.  There were some technical difficulties on our end that should be resolved with the purchase of our new Tandy 2000, so faster results this week!

Looks like a pretty tight race out of the gates, with Drummer (someone check those numbers) taking the lead with an impressive 52 pts, followed by a mob of others.  Lots of hockey left, so everyone is still very much in running.

As always, feel free to double check our results.   If you think we've made a mistake, we probably have, so kindly send us an email and we'll look into it.

The top 10 are listed below, and the complete standings can be viewed at the AUS Pool page.


Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 Drummer               21   23    8   52   52  
 T2 CMD                   20   23    8   51   51  
 T2 UNBForever            19   28    4   51   51  
 T2 AUS Fan               17   26    8   51   51  
  5 Fan of the Vreds      20   20    8   48   48  
  6 PK                    14   23    8   45   45  
  7 Super Squirrel        13   22    8   43   43  
  8 Section 5'er          12   22    8   42   42  
  9 GAMER                 14   23    4   41   41  
 10 Ken C                 14   17    8   39   39  






Finally, big thanks to Drummer and www.vredshockey.com for hosting the pool page again this year.

Friday, October 28, 2011

V-Reds shut Axemen down

Tonight, the CIS #1 ranked V-Reds shut the CIS #3 ranked Acadia Axemen out 3-0 to improve to 5-0-0 on the season.

UNB set the tone 44 seconds in to the first as Fillier put the puck behind the Axemen goalie. Bailey and Harty assisted on the goal. That would be the end of the scoring for the first period, with UNB outshooting the Axemen 13-4.

Clendenning made it 2-0 in the second, scoring on a nice feed from Culligan who was back in the lineup. Fullerton made several big saves in the second, as the Axemen outshot UNB 11-6 in the period.

The third period saw the Axemen continue to push, and with 2 minutes remaining they pulled their goalie, but Carroll would make them regret it as he scored on the empty net to make it 3-0.

That was the first shutout of the AUS regular season, the final shots were 26-18 for UNB. The V-Reds are back tomorrow night to take on the DAL Tigers who fell 6-2 to UPEI tonight.

V-Reds host the Axemen and Tigers this weekend

This weekend the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (4-0-0) are at home to take on the CIS #3 ranked Acadia Axemen (3-1-0) and the AUS #4 ranked Dalhousie Tigers (2-2-0).

The V-Reds were once again voted the top team in the country, this time receiving all 17 of the top place votes in the weekly media poll. The V-Reds have battled through the injury of many key players, and are still undefeated this season, the only team in the country to have not had a loss thus far. The V-Reds are on a 17 game regular season winning streak at home dating back to Feb. 12th of 2010. UNB is led in scoring by Dion Campbell (3G 3A) and Tyler Carroll (3G 2A).

Tonight will be a battle of the stingiest defense and the most potent offence in the AUS as the V-Reds, who have allowed the fewest goals thus far this season, host the Axemen who have been making waves in the AUS this season. The Axemen currently have the highest shots per game, goals per game, Power Play goals, and Power Play percent in the AUS. The Axemen are led in scoring by Andrew Clark (4G 6A) and Joe Gaynor (4G 2A).

Saturday night, the V-Reds host the Tigers at 7pm at the AUC. The Tigers have struggled a bit this season, losing two rather lopsided games to UdeM (3-1-0), while defeating The STU Tommies (0-4-0) twice in fairly close games. The Tigers are led in scoring by Benjamin Breault (4G 1A) and P.-Alexandre Vandall 1G 3A).

Both games can be viewed on Rogers TV, viewed as a webcast, listened to on CHSR 97.9, and as always, you can follow UNBHockey on Twitter.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#2): UNB claims all top place votes

The CIS released the second Men's Hockey Top 10 Rankings for the new season today. The CIS defending National champion UNB V-Reds (4-0-0) rest firmly on top of the competition, having received 170 points in the voting system. UNB received all 17 of the possible first place votes.

The Manitoba Bisons (4-1-1) and Acadia Axemen (3-1-0) each move up one spot in the new poll to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Also representing the AUS was StFX (2-2-0), dropping one spot to #8.

Here are the complete rankings:

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. UNB (4-0-0) / 170 pts (17) / (1)
2. Manitoba (4-1-1) / 138 / (3)
3. Acadia (3-1-0) / 118 / (4)
4. McGill (4-0-2) / 112 / (2)
5. Saskatchewan (4-1-0) / 75 / (5)
6. UQTR (5-2-0) / 68 / (NR)
7. Western Ontario (3-0-1) / 62 / (6)
8. StFX (2-2-0) / 56 / (7)
9. Waterloo (4-1-0) / 55 / (10)
10. Calgary (3-3-0) / 24 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Moncton (21), Nipissing (12), Lakehead (12), Alberta (9), Queen’s (3).

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.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

UNB Wins Wild Game At STFX

The V-Reds found themselves down 3-1 at the end of the first period, but rallied to score 6 goals the rest of the way to secure a 7-6 victory at STFX.

Scoring for UNB were Luke Lynes, Tyler Carroll, Dion Campbell, Kyle Bailey, Thomas Nesbitt, Antoine Houde-Caron and Jonathan Harty. Final shots were 30-22 in favour of UNB.  Bailey lead the team 3 points, while Bretton Stamler (2 assists), Carroll, Harty and Nesbitt each had two points.

 Travis Fullerton went the distance in goal for the V-Reds.

The win puts UNB at 3-0 to start the season.

Friday, October 21, 2011

V-Reds take on StFX and SMU this weekend

This weekend, The CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds travel to Nova Scotia to take on the CIS #7 ranked StFX X-Men and the SMU Huskies on Friday and Saturday night.

Tonight, the V-Reds (2-0-0) travel to Antigonish to face the CIS #7 X-Men (1-1-0) at the Keating Millennium Centre at 7pm. It was only last Saturday night that these two teams did battle at the AUC in Fredericton, with the V-Reds coming out on top with a score of 3-1 and outshooting the X-Men 32-20.

For the 12th National poll in a row (11 last season and one this season) The V-Reds were voted as the #1 team in the Nation by a committee of media members from across Canada. The V-Reds received 15 of 17 possible first place votes, and have topped 43 of the last 65 polls (.662) since 2006-07. The V-Reds are currently being led in scoring by a pair of rookies, Tyler Carrroll (2G 1A) and Taylor MacDougall (1G 2A).

The X-Men may have lost their first game of the regular season to the V-Reds, but came back the next night and soundly defeated the CIS #11 ranked UPEI Panthers (1-1-0) by a score of 5-2. The X-Men are led in scoring by last year’s CIS Rookie of the Year Jason Bast (2G) and Josh Day (1G 1A).

Saturday night, the V-Reds travel to Halifax to take on the SMU Huskies (0-2-0) at 7pm at the Halifax Forum. The SMU Huskies have not had a great start to the 2011-12 regular season, losing both of their opening contests last weekend. Friday night they were defeated 5-2 by the UPEI Panthers, and then fell 3-1 the V-Reds on Saturday night. The Huskies are led in scoring by Parker Deighan, Michael Stickland, and Matt Tipoff, each with one goal.

The X-Men game can be seen as a webcast here, while the SMU webcast can be found here, and as always, you can follow UNBHockey on Twitter.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Reminder: Get Your Picks In For The 2011-12 AUS Hockey Pool

You've all had the benefit of one weekend of AUS action, so now's the time to sharpen your pencil and pick the best team possible in the 2011-12 AUS  Hockey Pool.  If you haven't already, click here to find the AUS Pool page and download the box sheet.  Follow the instructions and return it to us.

Remember, you have until 5PM this Thursday to submit.  After that, you can still submit your pics, but you'll be penalized 2 pts per day.

If that wasn't enough, we're happy to offer the following prizes:

3rd place:  1 roll of official UNB hockey tape
2nd place: 1 official UNB game puck
1st place:  2 tickets to the UNB home game of your choice during the AUS playoffs.

Good luck!

CIS Top 10 Rankings: UNB #1

The CIS released the first Men's Hockey Top 10 Rankings for the new season today. The CIS defending National champion UNB V-Reds (2-0) rest firmly on top of the competition, having received 165 points in the voting system. UNB received 15 of the possible 17 first place votes.

Rounding out the top three were McGill (4-0-0) and Manitoba (4-0-0). Also representing the AUS were Acadia (#4) and StFX (#7).

Some Notes of interest:

- UNB was ranked No. 1 in the last 11 national polls of 2010-11 and has topped 43 of the last 65 polls (.662) since 2006-07.

- This is the lowest ranking for Alberta since the Golden Bears were eighth on Oct. 28, 1996 (second poll of 1996-97). The Bears (2-1-1), had not been ranked lower than fourth in the country in the last 14 seasons (1997-98 to 2010-11).

Here are the complete rankings:

Rank/Team/Record/Votes(1st place votes)/Last Week

1. UNB (2-0-0) / 165 pts (15) / (-)
2. McGill (4-0-0) / 141 (1) / (-)
3. Manitoba (4-0-0) / 131 (1) / (-)
4. Acadia (2-0-0) / 99 / (-)
5. Saskatchewan (3-0-0) / 89 / (-)
6. Western Ontario (3-0-1) / 83 / (-)
7. StFX (1-1-0) / 70 / (-)
8. Alberta (2-1-1) / 53 / (-)
9. Nipissing (4-1-0) / 43 / (-)
10. Waterloo (3-1-0) / 22 / (-)

Other teams receiving votes: UPEI (12), Queen’s (9), UBC (9), UQTR (7), Brock (1), Lakehead (1).

Saturday, October 15, 2011

V-Reds defeat SMU 3-1

The V-Reds made it a four point weekend as they defeated the SMU Huskies 3-1 tonight. The first period saw no scoring, with the V-Reds controlling the majority of the play and the final shots for the period 12-4 in favor of UNB.

The second period saw the V-Reds come out flying, and they were rewarded at the 4:00 minute mark when Tyler Carroll scored. Matt Fillier made it 2-0 at the 5:03 mark with a beautiful deke that completely fooled SMUs goalie. At the 7:04 mark it was Taylor MacDougall, scoring his first as a V-Red, to make it 3-0. Shots were 28-11 after two periods.

The V-Reds looked a little flat footed in the third, and were caught on a bad pass give away which Tipoff capitalized on at 10:21 to make it 3-1. That was the end of the scoring, SMU pulled their goalie with 1:17 left, but could not muster a good scoring opportunity. The final shots were 34-21 in favor of UNB.

UNB is on the ice again next weekend when they travel down to Nova Scotia to play StFX and SMU.

V-Reds Win Home Opener

 FREDERICTON – Friday night at the Aikten University Centre the Atlantic University Sport men's hockey season opened first with a championship banner raising and then a tightly played match between last year's two AUS championship finalists, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds and the StFX X-Men, all in front of a large appreciative crowd of 3345. The V-Reds came out on top 3-1, for their 23rd consecutive home opening win.

After the emotional opening ceremonies surrounding the University Cup and UNB's fourth CIS men's hockey banner, the V-Reds came out flying and dominated the early play, outshooting the X-Men 8-1 by the middle of the first period. This was helped by two early power plays. The Varsity Reds nullified their third power play opportunity at 17:06 when Nick MacNeil (Creignish, NS) was too physical on the forecheck and was called for roughing. However the resulting 4-on-4 play worked out nicely for UNB when StFX netminder Joey Perricone (San Juan Capistrano, CA) first made a lunging glove save on a Tyler Carroll (Strathroy, ON) shot but didn't have complete control of the puck when d-man Jonathan Harty (Oromocto, NB) crashed into the scrum in front of the net and Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, NB) was then able to push the loose puck under Perricone at 17:46. That was pretty much all of the excitement in the close-checking first period that did see the X-Men generate more scoring chances later in the period. Shots were 10-7 for UNB.

In the second period it was the Varsity Reds that generated a parade to the penalty box. StFX took advantage at 8:57, when defenceman Josh Day (St. John's, NL) threaded a pass through the slot to Jason Bast (Regina, SK) at the bottom of the left circle near the goal line and Bast wired a shot over the shoulder of Travis Fullerton (Riverview, NB) and just under the crossbar. A few minutes later rookie Thomas Nesbitt (Ottawa, ON) had a chance to restore UNB's lead on a near breakaway, but instead he was called for goaltender interference when he lost control of the puck and took Perricone's skates out from under him as he slid into the net. A better UNB breakaway scoring opportunity came at 17:00, when penalty killing Dion Campbell (Melville, SK) was all alone from the blue line in, but he couldn't get Perriocone to bite on his deke attempt. UNB edged StFX 9-8 on shots in the middle period.

The first half of the third period was a typical UNB-StFX period with the X-Men allowing the V-Reds to carry the puck into the neutral zone where they would meet them and try to create turnover opportunities. That changed at 11:16. UNB rookie Taylor MacDougall (New Maryland, NB) came down the left wing on a line change and fired a puck from the blue line that was just off the net but bounced off the rear boards back to the crease area. Campbell swooped into the zone through traffic and won the race for the loose puck and then put it past Perricone. StFX responded with a couple of good push-back shifts and forced UNB d-man Ben Wright (Foremost, AB) to take a crosschecking penalty at 13:42. However the X-Men weren't able to generate any real scoring chances with the man advantage, and then for the rest of the period UNB threw up a suffocating wall in the neural zone and took away time and space for a comeback. StFX coach Brad Peddle called a timeout at 19:02 to plot strategy, but the X-Men were burned ten seconds later when Carroll got the puck at the blue line and snapped a shot into the net that Perricone was still skating away from.

UNB outshot StFX 12-7 in the final period and 31-22 in the 3-1 victory. The V-Reds were 0-for-6 on the power play while the X-Men were 1-for-8.

UNB coach Gardiner MacDougall was pleased with the play of player of the game Dion Campell. “He's a guy who defied the odds when he came here. He was one of the only Junior “A” guys on our roster and he found a regular spot. He's been here four years and he got better every year. He's got better every year because he's earned it. He was our fittest guy in camp. He'll play any role. He'll kill penalties, plays on the power play. He'll go on a checking line, he'll go on a top-six line. He's a great kid and it's nice to see him rewarded.”

Game Notes: UNB's Josh Kidd and Chris Culligan did not play in the home opener and are “day-to-day” with undisclosed injuries. Rookie Stefan Salituro was also a scratch. Daine Todd continues his rehab from off-season shoulder surgery and skated in the warm-up, but has yet to play a game this season. Tyler Carroll was playing his first game for the V-Reds since being blindsided by Calgary's Walker Wintoneak on September 23rd. It was returning captain Kyle Bailey's first UNB game of the season, since he missed the entire exhibition preseason preparing for and attending Winnipeg's AHL team camp in St. John's, NL. Bailey graduated from UNB in the spring, but elected to return for his last year of eligibility and enrol for graduate studies after not getting a guaranteed contract offer from the IceCaps.

Friday, October 14, 2011

V-Reds beat X-Men 3-1

The V-Reds raised the CIS banner tonight, then went out and beat the X-Men 3-1 in front of 3,345 fans at the AUC.

Scoring for UNB were Clendenning, Campbell, and Carroll with the empty netter. Final Shots were 31-22 for UNB. Scoring for the X-Men was Jason Bast.

The V-Reds are back in action tomorrow night when they take on the SMU Huskies at 7pm at the AUC.

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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Third Annual AUS Pool


We're happy to announce that the third annual UNBHockeyFans.com AUS Hockey Pool is back by popular demand.  Think you know AUS hockey?  Put your skills to the test against other AUS hockey fans by joining our open-invitation, free AUS Hockey Pool.  There's no money at stake, just your hockey pride.  Last year, AUS Fan and BruinsFan0877 waged war in the heavens in a fiery spectacle of hockey pool wizardry.  Ultimately, AUS Fan was crowned undisputed overlord of AUS hockey.  Can he do it again?

We'll track the results of all competitors by posting weekly standings.  The winner will lay claim to the unofficial title of "World's Greatest AUS Hockey Mind" and mock the inferior hockey knowledge of the losers.

Rules:
This will be a "Box Pool".  Simply download our pool selection sheet, and create your 12-player team by selecting a player from each of the 12 boxes.  When you're done filling out the sheet, attach it to an email and return it to us at unbhockeyfans.com@gmail.com.

Scoring:
Forwards and Defencemen
Goal = 1 point
Assist = 1 point

Goalies
Goal = 1 point
Assist = 1 point
Win = 2 points
Overtime/Shootout Loss = 1 point
Shutout = 2 points

Trades:
We will allow you to make 2 trades prior to January 1, 2011.  When trading a player, it must be with a player from the same box.  If you decide you wish to trade a player, you must send an email to unbhockeyfans.com@gmail.com and specify the box, old player, and new player you want to add.

You will keep the points obtained by the player you're trading up to the day of the trade. The incoming player will start to earn points for your team once he is on your roster, but points previously obtained before the trade will not count towards your team total.

Deadline for Submission:
We will accept participants until 5 PM AST on Thursday, October 20th.  After that, you can still submit but will be penalized 2 pts per day.

Stats:
We will use the AUS website stats as the official authority.  If you feel an error has been made, it probably has.  Just drop us a line and we'll look into it and make any necessary corrections as soon as possible.

This pool is open on a first come, first serve basis.  We reserve the right to cap participation at any time.  We welcome fans from anywhere, from any team. Support AUS hockey!

Good luck!

V-Reds Add D-Man Chad Denny

The UNB Varsity Reds have added some big help on the blue line.  Chad Denny, a former 49th overall pick in the 2005 NHL entry draft has been attending classes and is waiting to regain eligibility.  Deny played 4 years with the Lewiston MAINEiacs before splitting parts of 4 seasons between the ECHL and AHL.

Denny is a big body presence at 6'3 and over 220 lbs and will challenge Josh Kidd for hardest shot on the V-Reds team with a cannon clocked at over 100 mph.

Because Denny played a few games professionally last fall he must wait until November to gain eligibility for CIS hockey.

Click here for more from the Daily Gleaner.
Welcome Chad!


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

With Pre-Season Over, V-Reds Look Forward to Regular Season

The 3-3 tie in UMass Lowell wrapped up the V-Reds pre-season.  Overall, the team went a healthy 5-2-1 with a lot of positives coming out of the games.  Rookies are fitting into the lineup well, goaltending and defence 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 team kicks off its regular season this weekend with games against STFX and SMU before playing the same teams the following weekend in Nova Scotia.

We hope you've had time to scout the AUS competition during the pre-season.  You'll need it to win the 3rd Annual 2011-12 AUS Hockey Pool...more on that this week.



Friday, October 7, 2011

V-Reds Defeat Crusaders In OT

A late third period goal from Dion Campbell helped send the game into overtime where  Antoine Houde-Caron netted the game winner in the extra frame.  The final result was a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.  Shots were 33-11 for UNB.

Travis Fullerton played the entire game in goal for the V-Reds, who will travel to UMass Lowell tomorrow for their final exhibition game before the regular season starts.

UNB visits Holy Cross and UMass-Lowell tonight and tomorrow

The CIS defending champion UNB V-Reds are on the road again this weekend, visiting Holy Cross on Friday night, and UMass Lowell on Saturday night.

Friday night, the V-Reds arrive in Worcester to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders at 7pm EST. The Crusaders were recently picked third in a coaches’ poll of the twelve team Atlantic Hockey Association and will look to start their preseason on a high note. This is the first ever meeting of these two teams, and the V-Reds will look to come out strong after two losses the previous weekend. The live game stats can be found here.

On Saturday night, the V-Reds visit UMass-Lowell at 7pm EST at the Chelmsford Forum. Recently UMass Lowell was selected to finish ninth in the annual Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll. The only other meeting between these two teams was on Oct. 13th, 2008 when the V-Reds fell 5-3 in this same building.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Captain Kyle Returns

Bruce Hallihan brings the scoop in today's Daily Gleaner, and what a scoop it is.  UNB captain Kyle Bailey is returning to the V-Reds for his final year after all.

Bailey led the V-Reds to their 4th CIS National Championship last spring after putting up 10 goals and 29 points in 28 games in the regular season.  Bailey is known for scoring some big goals, including 2 AUS championship winners, and has been a consistent playoff performer.  In addition to the offensive boost, Bailey's addition injects veteran leadership, grit, heart, and experience to the UNB forward ranks.

Bailey will not be traveling with the team this weekend on the trip to US. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Maine Defeats V-Reds 7-3

The V-Reds found themselves on the wrong side of too many powerplay opportunities, including several 5-on-3 disadvantages, against a speedy Maine team. The result was a 7-3 loss to the Black Bears on Sunday evening.

Scoring for UNB were Chris Culligan, Thomas Nesbitt, and Luke Gallant. Shots were slightly in favour of  Maine, ending at 26-25.  Dan Lacosta completed the game in goal for UNB.

The V-Reds are now 4-2 in exhibition play.  They'll look to regroup for next weekend's visit to Holy Cross and UMass.

UNH Downs UNB 3-0

An early short-handed goal by UNH set the tone on Saturday night.  The UNH Wildcats cruised to a 3-0 win in front of 4800 fans.

UNB found themselves with only 4 defenceman for most of the game after Marc-Antoine Desnoyers was ejected for a face mask infraction in a scrum in the 1st period.   Final shots were 34-20 for UNH.  Travis Fullerton played the entire game and made several big saves to give his team a fighting chance.

The team will prepare for its next game vs. UMaine, Sunday at 4pm.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

V-Reds Take on UNH Wildcats Today

The V-Reds continue their pre-season schedule this afternoon vs the University of New Hampshire Wildcats.  The last time the two clubs met saw Mike Ouzas backstop UNB to a 4-3 win back on October 12, 2008.  UNB is 1-2 all-time vs UNH.

There are various ways to follow the game, pick the one that works best for you:

UNH Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/unhwildcats/
UNH Live Video:  http://unhwildcats.tv/ ($9.95 USD)
UNH Live Audio: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/unh.portal#

And as always, UNBHockey on Twitter will provide updates throughout the game.  Game time is 4 PM EST.