Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Power Play Propels UNB Past STU 5-1

The University of New Brunswick used 4 power play goals to defeat the St. Thomas Tommies 5-1 at the LBR tonight in the 18th annual Lou Chabot Memorial Game. The win was UNB's 30th straight over STU.

The first period began slowly as neither team could muster many shots on goaltenders Dan LaCosta and Charles Lavigne. UNB was finally able to break through with one second left on their second PP when Chris Culligan broke in to the STU zone on a two on one and elected to shoot, putting it off the post and behind the STU net-minder. Geordie Wudrick and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers picked up assists on the play. This was the only goal of the period that seen UNB outshoot the Tommies 11-5.

The V-Reds were able to expand their lead in the second period. 5th year Captain Kyle Bailey (Culligan, Luke Gallant) made it 2-0, also on the PP, when he fired a shot from the blue line that made its way through a Jonathan Harty screen in front and beat Lavigne. About 7 minutes later Shayne Wiebe took a pass from Nick MacNeil, raced down the left side, and passed it through the slot to Bretton Stamler, who hammered the puck into the back of the net to make it 3-0. Shot were 17-6 for UNB in the period.

Unfortunately for STU there was no miraculous 3-0 third period comeback on this night, despite the Tommies pressing hard and playing their best period of the night. The Tommies made it a two goal game (Cameron from Cheremetiev and Morehouse) and Lavigne made a couple of larcenous saves on an extended V-Reds 5 on 3 to give his team some hope, but UNB would get another 5 on 3 late in the game and salted it away with goals on both ends of the two-man advantage. Bailey picked up his second of the game at 18:38 after a nice passing play involving Gallant and Culligan. Bretton Stamler (Harty, MacDougall) rounded out the scoring only 18 seconds later with his second of the game when his shot dribbled through Lavigne and into the STU net. Shots favoured UNB 13-12 in the period and 41-23 for the game.

UNB finished 4 for 8 on the power play while STU was 0 for 4.

Face-offs were 47-36 for UNB.

Player of the game was Chris Culligan (1 goal, 2 assists).

UNB is back in action on Friday when they travel to Moncton for an important game against les Aigles Bleus.


Anonymous said...

I like the STU commentators: professional and informative. Well done.

Anonymous said...

It was very nice to have the players identified correctly and to have the scoring play repeated to the viewers after the in rink announcement.

The UNB power play was certainly due!

Anonymous said...

Denny has a hell of a shot but I was a little nervous when he was on defence.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I thought Denny played quite well. His game is certainly improving and you can tell he's feeling more comfortable on the ice.

David Kilfoil said...

Randy Corey does a good job on the play by play. He'll be up the hill Saturday to make the call for the UPEI-UNB game on RogersTV.

Anonymous said...

Denny looked good tonight, getting better every game. Lacosta looked solid too. He's picked up his game since Fully's been hurt.

Anonymous said...

MacNeil was a bit more physical tonight, Macdougall doesn't seem to be as physical and effective as he could be for his size.
If Clendenning comes back, he should be replaced!
What happened to Weibe, he was undressed for the third.

Jeremy M. said...

They still need to watch other teams trying the long stretch pass on them...they gave up a couple good chances because of it tonight and teams seems to have some good success with it. UNB seems to be giving up alot of odd man chances/breakaway this season.

Anonymous said...

What a difference that UNB vs. STU game was without that DB of a ref Jeff Hopkins. Not saying the officiating was great last night, but at least it wasn't clear the ref was trying everything in his power to make UNB lose. Hopkins is by far the worst ref in the league, and probably the city.