Wednesday, January 18, 2012

176th Battle of the Hill, tonight!

Tonight, your CIS #1 ranked V-Reds travel down the hill to take on the AUS 8th place STU Tommies at 7pm at the LBR.

Last Meeting – On December 2nd, the V-Reds hosted the Tommies for the 175st Battle of the Hill in front of 3123 fans on a night that saw the V-Reds pull out a 3-2 OT victory on a goal by Bretton Stamler at 1:54 of the extra frame. The final shots for the game were 42-17 in favor of the V-Reds. Stamler had 2 goals on the night, while Daine Todd scored the other.

Number 8 hosts number 1 – The Tommies (3-13-2) host the V-Reds (13-3-2) for the 18th annual Lou Chabot Memorial game and the 176nd Battle of the Hill at 7pm tonight at the LBR. The Tommies are currently on an eight games losing streak and sit last in the AUS. The V-Reds are on a two game losing streak and sit both first in the AUS and first in the CIS in the latest media poll.

Head-to-Head – This is the third meeting of the regular season between these two teams. The previous two meetings went in favor of the V-Reds with scores of 5-3 and 3-2 (OT). Here are some interesting 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 29 game winning streak over STU.
- UNB is currently on a 10 game winning streak over STU at the LBR.
- UNB holds a commanding edge in games with a record of (win/loss/tie) 120-47-8
- The last time STU beat UNB at the LBR was February 10th, 2006 (150th Battle of the Hill), the 12th annual Lou Chabot Memorial Game. The score that night was 10-3 for STU.

Who to Watch for on STU – Stephen Sanza (2G 1A) is tied with Randy Cameron (3A) for most points against the V-Reds this year.

Who to Watch for on UNB – Bretton Stamler (2G 1A) and Jonathon Harty (2G) have accounted for half of the goals the V-Reds have had against the Tommies this year. The V-Reds defense has been stifling this season, only allowing the Tommies 34 shots in the two games.

For those of you who cannot make it out to the game, it can be viewed as a webcast and you can follow the updates on UNBHockey on Twitter.

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