Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#7): V-Reds #1 again

The CIS released the latest National ranking today, and the V-Reds maintained their #1 ranking for the 7th media poll in a row this season and the 17th in a row overall. The V-Reds received 14 of 17 possible first place votes with the McGill Redmen (12-1-2) receiving two first place votes and Lakehead (13-3-0) receiving the final first place vote.

The full results are below:

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

1. UNB (10-2-1) / 165 pts (14) / (1)
2. McGill (12-1-2) / 146 (2) / (2)
3. Alberta (10-2-2) / 122 / (5)
4. Western Ontario (11-1-2) / 113 / (4)
5. Moncton (9-4-0) / 81 / (3)
6. Saskatchewan (9-2-2) / 79 / (7)
7. Acadia (9-4-1) / 76 / (6)
8. Lakehead (13-3-0) / 70 (1) / (8)
9. Manitoba (9-3-2) / 40 / (10)
10. UQTR (12-5-0) / 23 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Calgary (8), UPEI (5), Waterloo (3), Ottawa (3), Saint Mary’s (1).

The full article can be viewed here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

V-Reds Add Geordie Wudrick To Forward Ranks

This morning the V-Reds announced that former Kelowna Rockets sniper Geordie Wudrick will be joining the V-Reds after Christmas.  At 6'4, 214 lbs Wudrick brings more size to the UNB lineup.  Let's also hope he brings the same scoring touch that saw him register 43 goals in 71 games last season in the WHL.

Wudrick had been playing pro in Germany this fall with the Rosenheim Star Bulls in Germany where he put up 3 goals and 6 assists in 14 games.  He has already played a game against CIS opponents, back in September he scored a goal and added an assist in an exhibition game against the CW's 2nd place Manitoba Bisons.

Welcome to UNB, Geordie!




Friday, November 25, 2011

UNB turns 3rd period into short-handed explosion

In a game that will be rehashed for some time, UNB found themselves down 3-0 after two periods against the STU Tommies, only to score FOUR short-handed goals and an even strength one to win 5-3.

The LBR was packed with fans from both teams, and both sets of fans saw STU score three goals on seven shots over two periods. The third period is one that STU would love to forget. Jonathon Harty had a pair of short handed goals, Tyler Carroll had a short handed goal, Dion Campbell had the game winner (Even strength), and then Luke Gallant scored on the empty net short handed as the STU fans saw their team implode in the third period. Final shots were 44-17 for UNB.

Has anyone ever heard of FOUR short-handed goals in one period in CIS hockey? Or any hockey for that matter.

These two teams are at it again next weekend for the last regular season game of the year.
Photo Courtesy Brian Smith

AUS Pool Week 5 Results

Week 5 is in the history books. Drummer continues to mock the rest of pack with a massive 149 pts, but this is still anyone's game.   This week's top performer was Adam Antium with a scorching hot 25 point week.

The top 10 standings are listed below, and the full results can be viewed at the AUS Hockey Pool page:


Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 Drummer               61   70   18  149   23    1
  2 CMD                   53   72   18  143   18    2
 T3 FreddyFoyle           55   73   12  140   21    3
 T3 AUS Fan               49   71   20  140   22   T4
  5 TopCat                59   64   22  138   20   T4
  6 Fan of the Vreds      51   57   26  134   23   T8
 T7 UNBForever            48   72   11  131   19    7
 T7 POND RAPIDS           47   66   18  131   20   T8
  9 PK                    42   70   18  130   20  T12
 10 Rooit                 49   62   18  129   19  T12


174th Battle of the Hill goes tonight!

Tonight, the CIS #1 ranked UNB V-Reds (9-2-1) travel down the hill to face the AUS #7 STU Tommies (3-8-1) at 7pm at the Lady Beaverbrook Rink in the 174th Battle of the Hill.

There are many numbers that can be used to give the V-Reds better odds at winning this game:

- UNB is currently on a 27 game winning streak over STU.
- UNB is currently on a 10 game winning streak over STU at the LBR.
- The last time STU beat UNB in a regular season game was Oct. 20, 2006 at the York Arena.
- In last season's four regular season meetings, UNB outscored STU 21-3 and outshot them by an average margin of 44-20.
- No member of the current roster for UNB has ever lost to STU

None of these numbers mean anything on game day.

The V-Reds are sitting on top of the AUS and CIS right now, but are only (2-2-1)in their last five games. The V-reds are coming off a hard fought 2-1 victory over the CIS #3 ranked UdeM Aigles Bleues (9-3-0) and will be looking to maintain that momentum at they face the Tommies. The V-Reds are led in points by Kyle Bailey (9G 9A) and Luke Gallant (2G 12A).

The Tommies are a team rebuilding after last year’s last place finish. The Tommies have already tallied as many wins this season as last year, and have lost by only one goal 4 times this regular season. The Tommies are coming off of a 6-3 loss to the UPEI Panthers (7-5-0), and will look to defeat the V-Reds to get back on the winning track. The Tommies are led in points by Randy Cameron (8G 4A) and Felix Poulin (2G 10A).

Come down to the LBR and cheer on your UNB V-Reds as they look to win the Battle of the Hill!

If for some reason you cannot make it to the game, you can watch the webcast or get alerts on all the action by following UNBHockey on Twitter.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#6): V-Reds hold on to #1

The CIS released the latest National ranking today, and the V-Reds maintained their #1 ranking for the 6th media poll in a row this season, with 12 of 17 possible first place votes. The McGill Redmen (10-2-1) received the other five first place votes.

Also representing the AUS were UdeM (9-3-0) who moved up to third from fifth, and Acadia (8-3-1) who moved up to sixth from seventh.

The full results are below:

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

1. UNB (9-2-1) / 165 pts (12) / (1)
2. McGill (10-1-2) / 148 (5) / (2)
3. Moncton (9-3-0) / 107 / (5)
4. Western Ontario (9-1-2) / 104 / (4)
5. Alberta (8-2-2) / 102 / (6)
6. Acadia (8-3-1) / 80 / (7)
7. Saskatchewan (7-2-2) / 71 / (3)
8. Lakehead (11-3-0) / 63 / (9)
9. Calgary (9-5-0) / 43 / (NR)
10. Manitoba (7-3-2) / 22 / (8)

Other teams receiving votes: UQTR (10), Nipissing (9), UPEI (7), Carleton (3), Saint Mary’s (2).

The full article can be found here.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

V-Reds get two BIG points

The CIS#1 ranked V-Reds looked more like themselves today, earning a 2-1 victory over the CIS #5 UdeM Aigles Bleues.

The first period saw no scoring, with the shots on goal being 11-6 for UNB. The V-Reds controlled the majority of the play in the second, but it was the Aigles Bleues who scored first, at the 3:42 mark. The second period ended with the shots 29-13 in favor of UNB.

The V-Reds finally anwered back at the 9:31 mark of the third period as Kyle Bailey took a great feed from Nesbitt to tie the game. At 12:32, Nesbitt would tally himself to give the V-Reds the lead and the victory. The final shots on goal were 46-16 for the V-Reds.

With this win, the V-Reds once again move into first place in the AUS, with a one point lead over UdeM and a two point lead over Acadia.

The V-Reds are in action next Friday as they travel down the hill to play the STU Tommies on Friday night at 7pm.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Panthers defeat the V-Reds, again

For the second time in less than two weeks, the UPEI Panthers defeated the V-Reds, this time with a 3-2 come from behind win.

The V-Reds opened the scoring at the 9:02 mark of the first period when Matt Fillier took a feed from Chris Culligan for a short handed goal. The V-Reds scored again at the 10 second mark of the second period, this time it was Kyle Bailey with a power play goal.

Then the Panthers woke up. At the 16:42 mark, Chris Dasousa took a feed from Matt Carter and beat Lacosta to make it 2-1. 30 seconds later the Panthers struck again, this time it was Jared Gomes, and the score was suddenly tied.

The Panthers would strike again at the 5:17 mark with a goal from Devin Praught. The remainder of the third period saw the V-Reds try to tie it back up, but the Panthers were able to turn them back, with Mavric Parks making several key saves.

The Panthers tested LaCosta several times in the third and outshot the V-Reds 14-7 in the final frame, and 35-30 in the game.

With that loss, UdeM moves one point ahead of UNB in the AUS, these two teams will meet tomorrow afternoon at 2pm. Come on out and cheer on the V-Reds as they try to get back on track.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Big weekend for the V-Reds as they visit UPEI and host UdeM

This weekend, the CIS #1 ranked V-Reds (8-1-1) have a split schedule, travelling to PEI tonight to take on the UPEI Panthers (5-5-0) and then at home for a Sunday afternoon game hosting the UdeM Aigles Bleues (8-2-0).

The V-Reds are coming off of their second loss of the season, a 6-5 shootout loss to the CIS #7 ranked Acadia Axemen (6-3-1) and will look to return to their winning ways. The V-Reds are led in scoring by Kyle Bailey (7G 9A) and Luke Gallant (2G 12A).

Tonight, the V-Reds visit the AUS #5 ranked Panthers at the MacLauchlan Arena at 7pm. The Panthers are coming off of a 6-3 win over the DAL Tigers (2-9-0) and will look to make it two in a row against the V-Reds. The last time UNB played UPEI was Nov. 5th at the AUC, UPEI won that game 5-4. UNB is 8-2-0 against UPEI in their last ten meetings. The Panthers are led in scoring by Jordan Knox (7G 9A) and Matt Carter (7G 8A).

Sunday afternoon, the V-Reds host the CIS #5 ranked Aigles Bleues for a 2pm game at the AUC. The Aigles Bleues are only one point back of the V-Reds, making this “the game of the week” in the CIS according to the latest National rankings. UdeM is on a three game winning streak, their last loss was to the V-Reds on Nov. 4th, when they fell 6-3 at the J.-Louis-Levesque Arena. The V-Reds have an 11 game regular season winning streak going against the Aigles Bleues. UdeM is led in scoring by Marc-Andre Cote (8G 7A) and Dean Ouellet (3G 12A).

Tonight's game can be seen as a webcast, and if you cannot make it to the AUC on Sunday, that game will also be available as a webcast. Of course, you can always follow UNBHockey on Twitter.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

AUS Pool Week 4 Results

Week 4 is behind us and the race for 1st place is as tight as ever with a just a good weekend separating a dozen or so contenders.  Drummer held on to the lead with the slimmest of margins with 126 pts.  This week's top performer was Freddyfoyle with 30 pts.

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

Pos Team Name G A Gly Pts Chg LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 Drummer               50   60   16  126   27    1
  2 CMD                   44   65   16  125   28    3
  3 FreddyFoyle           46   63   10  119   30   T6
 T4 TopCat                51   54   20  118   20    2
 T4 AUS Fan               40   60   18  118   23    4
  6 Stay Healthy          37   61   16  114   23    5
  7 UNBForever            41   64    7  112   24   T8
 T8 Jack Gillis           46   56   16  111   22   T6
 T8 Fan of the Vreds      43   46   22  111   23   T8
 T8 Dungarvon             38   57   16  111   25  T12
 T8 POND RAPIDS           38   57   16  111   23   T8

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#5): UNB still on top

The V-Reds remain ranked #1 in the fifth media poll of the season. Acadia moved up from #10 to #7 with their Shoot Out victory over UNB, while UdeM remains #5. The article can be read here.

The full results are below:

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

1. UNB (8-1-1) / 168 pts (16) / (1)
2. McGill (9-1-2) / 131 (1) / (2)
3. Saskatchewan (7-1-1) / 121 / (3) *
4. Western Ontario (8-0-2) / 121 / (4)
5. Moncton (8-2-0) / 108 / (5)
6. Alberta (8-2-2) / 98 / (6)
7. Acadia (6-3-1) / 50 / (10)
8. Manitoba (6-2-2) / 46 / (7)
9. Lakehead (9-3-0) / 43 / (8)
10. Nipissing (8-2-3) / 18 / (NR)

* Saskatchewan edged Western for third place based on number of higher-placed votes.

Other teams receiving votes: Carleton (14), Calgary (8), Saint Mary’s (6), Windsor (2).

Sunday, November 13, 2011

V-Reds Downed In Shoot-out 6-5 By Acadia

The V-Reds and Axemen battled back and forth all evening, playing 70 full minutes before turning things over to a shoot-out.  In the end the Acadia Axemen pulled off the win.  Scoring for UNB were Luke Gallant, Jon Harty, Thomas Nesbitt, Nick MacNeil, and Bretton Stamler.  Shots on goal were pretty even, 31 for UNB, 30 for Acadia.

Dan Lacosta started in goal, but left after the 1st period with the score 2-1 Acadia.  Matt Davis took over and played the remainder of the game.

The loss leaves the V-Reds with 3 of a possible 4 points on this road trip to Nova Scotia.  Perhaps some small consolation to V-Reds fans is the reminder that the team went 0-2 last season, being outscored 9-5, including a tough 6-3 lost to Dal last November 27.

UNB remains in 1st place in the AUS with 17 points, 1 point ahead of U de M.

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.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

AUS Pool Week 3 Results (Games Through Nov. 5)

Week 3 results are up, and Drummer continues to cling to top spot in the AUS Pool.  This year might be the closest ever as just a few points separate the leader from the pack.  This week's top performers were PK and Gamer with an impressive 25 pts.

The top 10 standings are listed below, full results are available on the AUS Pool Page.



Pos Team Name             G    A   Gly  Pts  Chg  LWk
=== =================    ===  ===  ===  ===  ===  ===
  1 Drummer               40   45   14   99   19    1
  2 TopCat                34   46   18   98   24   T3
  3 CMD                   35   48   14   97   20    2
  4 AUS Fan               34   45   16   95   21   T3
  5 Stay Healthy          29   48   14   91   17   T3
 T6 FreddyFoyle           36   49    4   89   24   12
 T6 Jack Gillis           32   43   14   89   19    7
 T8 Fan of the Vreds      35   37   16   88   14   T3
 T8 UNBForever            33   51    4   88   20   T8
 T8 POND RAPIDS           30   44   14   88   20   T8
 T8 PK                    26   48   14   88   25   16


2011 National Champs get their rings!

Head on over to the Varsity Reds website to read about the championship rings that the V-Reds received for their amazing season last year.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#4): UNB remains No. 1

The CIS released the fourth Men's Hockey Top 10 rankings of the season today. The CIS defending National champion UNB V-Reds (7-1-0) are once again ranked #1 in the Nation, receiving 15 of the 17 possible first place votes. McGill (8-0-2) received the other two first place votes.

Also representing the AUS are #5 UdeM (6-2-0), who have the second best record in in the AUS, and #10 Acadia (4-3-1).

Here are the complete rankings:

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. UNB (7-1-0) / 168 pts (15) / (1)
2. McGill (8-0-2) / 150 (2) / (2)
3. Saskatchewan (7-1-1) / 138 / (3)
4. Western Ontario (6-0-2) / 109 / (5)
5. Moncton (6-2-0) / 101 / (6)
6. Alberta (6-2-2) / 68 / (NR)
7. Manitoba (4-2-2) / 48 / (4)
8. Lakehead (7-3-0) / 38 / (8)
9. Calgary (6-4-0) / 34 / (7)
10. Acadia (4-3-1) / 30 / (9)

Other teams receiving votes: Nipissing (26), UPEI (17), Carleton (8).

Saturday, November 5, 2011

V-Reds Suffer First Loss of Season, 5-4 to Panthers

The V-Reds had an off-night and ended up on the wrong side of a 5-4 game against the UPEI Panthers.  Scoring for UNB were Jordan Clendenning, Josh Kidd, Jon Harty, and Luke Gallant.  UNB thought they had another goal, but the ref blew the whistle before the puck crossed the line.

Matt Davis played the game in goal and made a few good saves with the game close to give his team a chance, but it just wasn't meant to be on this night .  Final shots were 43-27 UNB.

The loss leaves UNB in 1st place with a 7-1 record.  UNB plays Dalhousie in Halifax next Friday before visiting Acadia on Saturday.

V-Reds Move to 7-0 With 6-3 Win Vs. UdeM

Lead by a balanced offensive attack, the V-Reds continued their winning ways with a strong effort against the 2nd place Aigles Bleus.  Scoring for UNB were Dion Campbell, Bretton Stamler, Kyle Bailey with two, Chris Culligan, and Jeff Lee.

UNB continues to thrive on adversity.  With goalies Travis Fullerton and Dan Lacosta both on the injured list, Matt Davis took the win in goal in his first game for the V-Reds, making 25 saves.

In addition to the debut of Matt Davis in red n' black, Chad Denny played his first game and threw his weight around.  Nick MacNeil made his return to the V-Reds lineup.

The V-Reds return home and regroup Saturday night vs. the UPEI Panthers.
Chad Denny - Photo Courtesy Brian Smith



Friday, November 4, 2011

UdeM prepares for the V-Reds

To get a perspective on how the "other guys" look at UNB as a challenge, check out the article in the Times and Transcript today about how UdeM sees the challenge that the V-Reds bring to their rink.

What do you guys think will be the outcome of tonight's game? Moncton is a short drive, if you can make it down for the game, come join us and cheer on your CIS #1 ranked V-Reds!

UNB in action against UdeM and UPEI this weekend!

This weekend, the CIS #1 ranked V-Reds (6-0-0) are on the road on Friday night, visiting the CIS #6 ranked UdeM Aigles Bleus (5-1-0), and Saturday night they are hosting the AUS #3 ranked UPEI Panthers (3-3-0).

Tonight, the V-Reds travel to the J.-Louis-Levesque Arena for a 7pm game against the Aigles Bleus. The V-Reds were once again voted the top team in the CIS this week, with all 17 voters giving them the #1 spot. This makes 14 National polls in a row that the V-Reds find themselves sitting on top of the National rankings. The V-Reds are currently led in scoring by Kyle Bailey, Tyler Carroll, and Jordan Clendenning all with seven points (4G 3A).

The CIS #6 ranked Aigles Bleus are riding a five game winning streak, and are currently only two points back of the V-Reds. Last weekend, the Aigles Bleus were on the road in NS, defeating StFX (2-5-0) 4-2 on Friday night, and then SMU (3-4-0) 3-1 on Saturday night. UdeM is led in scoring by Christian Gaudet (4G 8A) Marc-Andre Cote (5G 5A) and Dean Ouellet (4G 3A).

Tomorrow night, the V-Reds host the Panthers at 7pm at the AUC. The Panthers are on a two game winning streak, having defeated the Dalhousie Tigers (2-4-0) 6-2 last Friday night, and the Acadia Axemen (3-3-0) 5-3 last Saturday night at home. UPEI is led in scoring by Matt Carter (4G 4A) and Jordan Knox (4G 3A).

UNB currently has a 10 game regular season winning streak going against UdeM, and a three game winning streak against UPEI.

The games are available as a webcast and as always, you can follow UNBHockey on Twitter.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Players look to improve Power Play, talk about work ethic

There is a great article in the Brunswickan this week where Kyle Bailey and Jordan Clendenning discuss UNB's winning ways, the PP situation, and the need to continuely improve their performance through strong practices. Check it out here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#3): UNB once again on top

The CIS released the third Men's Hockey Top 10 Rankings of the season today. The CIS defending National champion UNB V-Reds (6-0-0) once again earned all the first place votes from the panel of media from across the country.

Also representing the AUS are #6 UdeM, who have the second best record in in the AUS, and #9 Acadia, who dropped from #3 last week.

Here are the complete rankings:

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

1. UNB (6-0-0) / 170 pts (17) / (1)
2. McGill (6-0-2) / 137 / (4)
3. Saskatchewan (5-1-1) / 114 / (5)
4. Manitoba (4-1-1) / 105 / (2)
5. Western Ontario (5-0-1) / 95 / (7)
6. Moncton (5-1-0) / 89 / (NR)
7. Calgary (5-3-0) / 63 / (10)
8. Lakehead (6-2-0) / 51 / (NR)
9. Acadia (3-3-0) / 35 / (3)
10. Nipissing (6-1-2) / 24 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: UQTR (20), Alberta (13), UPEI (9), Queen's (5), Waterloo (2), Brock (1), Ryerson (1), StFX (1).