Saturday, January 21, 2012

UNB Rallies From 5 Goal Deficit Only To Lose In Final Minutes

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds came back from a 6-1 2nd period deficit tonight against UPEI only to see the Panthers score with less than two minutes left to pull out an 8-7 win before 2481 fans at the AUC. It was UPEI's 3rd consecutive win over UNB this season.

The Panthers scored three power play goals to take a 3-1 lead after the first period, despite being outshot 16-11. Nick MacNeil scored the lone UNB goal.

3rd string goaltender Matt Davis would replace Dan LaCosta in the UNB net to begin the 2nd but UPEI scored three goals to go up 6-1 in the first half of the period. The Varsity Reds got the comeback started with a goal by Dion Campbell and was quickly followed by goals by Daine Todd and MacNeil, his second of the game, to cut the lead to two. UPEI responded with another goal to take a 7-4 lead before Stefan Salituro scored his first career CIS goal to get UNB within two goals once again. The V-Reds kept the pressure up and were rewarded when Chris Culligan scored a power play goal with time winding down in the period to make it a one goal game heading into the final frame. Shots in the second period were 13-13.

UNB carried their momentum over to the 3rd period and were able to tie the game when Luke Gallant scored a shorthanded goal in the early stages of the period. The Varsity Reds would take the play to UPEI for the remainder of the game but were unable to put the go-ahead goal past Panther goalie Mavric Parks, who made several big saves to preserve the tie. Unfortunately for UNB and their fans UPEI would score on one of their few chances in the period when Jared Gomes beat Davis with only 1:50 left, giving the Panthers an 8-7 lead they would not relinquish. Shots favoured UNB 17-4 in the period and 46-28 in the game.

Jordan Clendenning made his return to the UNB lineup tonight while Travis Fullerton, Ben Wright, Josh Kidd, Chad Denny, Tyler Carroll, Shayne Wiebe, Taylor MacDougall, and Luke Lynes were all out.

UNB is back in action next weekend when Acadia and Dalhousie visit the AUC on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively, as they try to right the ship after going 1-3-1 in the last two weeks.

David Kilfoil's game summary can be found here.

53 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lacosta better have been hurt. No way Davis can play at this level. Worst goaltending I've seen in the AUS.

Red Devil said...

Sorry Matt D., but you better step up your game. You too, Lacosta. Pretty sure the Timbit goalie could have stopped a couple - okay 4 - of those. UNB showed some character coming back from a 5 goal deficit. Bailey was snakebit tonight - missing at least 4 good chances. All were trying too hard in the first half but a much better final 30 minutes. They really should have won that one. More minutes for Salituro please.

Anonymous said...

There is such a thing as a good penalty but I don't think many of UNB's penalties would fall into that category.
With the recent goaltending woes which to be fair are injury based I think UNB has to concentrate on defensive play a whole lot more. The odd man rushes, breakaways, careless turnovers and numerous icing are taking their toll!
If I'm not mistaken, UNB's defence was supposed to be second to none this year.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately you won't see Davis pick up his game. He wasn't even good enough for STU. We just have to pray that Lacosta isn't hurt and/or Fullerton comes back soon.

-Rob

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Yea the one thing I don't get is how the defence can play so poorly at times after being so so good last year, especially considering it is exactly the same group with the exception of Denny. They give up way too many odd man rushes and breakaways, especially on the PP which is simply mind boggling.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

LaCosta has to be hurt again...I overheard some people who were at the UdeM game saying he could hardly move by the 3rd period.

Anonymous said...

LaCosta is so soft. I don't know how he got an NHL shutout, he's showed nothing this year that backs that up. And Davis...they need to find another backup, backup to the backup goalie, there has to be another goalie that goes to UNB that can stop a puck.

UNB can play so bad at times. Wow. They need to concentrate on getting healthy for nationals or they're done.

Anonymous said...

Everyone complained this team had too many players and players were going to complain about not getting enough ice time - well with Fullarton, Wright, Kidd, Wiebe, Carroll, Lynes, MacDougall and Denny hurt and unable to play and with Clendenning and LaCosta both hurt and shouldn't be playing - looks like they need all those players. Bottom line they need to win probably 4-5 of the remaining 7 to get a first-round bye which seems so important now to get an extra round off. In order to do that they need a goalie to get healthy and step up and Stamler, Harty, Gallant and hopefully Wright and Kidd need to go into lock down mode.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

You do realize LaCosta entered the game with a 2.44 GAA and a better save percentage (.900) than Fullerton, right? Yea he had a bad weekend but I would hardly say he has shown "nothing".

I think we have been spoiled with the goaltending of recent years. Does no one remember Bourcier's last two years (3.45 GAA/0.881 save % and 3.74/0.849)? Heck, even Ouzas had a 2.97 GAA in his first year when they won the NC.

Having said all of that...I wonder what Derek Yeomans is up to these days??

UNB Bruins Fan said...

On the bright side...UNB clinched a playoff spot tonight!!

David Kilfoil said...

I don't think anyone should be ragging on a goalie trying to play through a nagging injury, or another who hasn't played since November, and before that a couple of years removed from AUS level hockey.

Most teams don't carry three good goalies (except Calgary and Acadia this year) as you don't expect both your starters to go down at the same time. That's just bad luck, and UNB really hasn't had to deal with it before, so maybe some fans should suck it up as well.

The fact that folks should maybe be celebrating is that UNB is somehow hanging onto first place despite the goalie issues and all of their other injuries. I doubt there is another team in the CIS that has dealt with as much adversity as this UNB team has.

Now, on the other hand, if you want to complain about the UNB power play, have at 'er.

Anonymous said...

Forget about first place. I think both Acadia and Moncton will pass this after this week.

Hopefully Lacosta and Fullerton recover but it doesn't sound promising.

Anonymous said...

When everyone is healthy, no team will touch them!

Anonymous said...

some humble pie should do them good - great fun reading press clippings and being anointed as #1 by fans, but in AUS you need your A game to win, not press clippings

Bill Hunt said...

Agree with Kilfoil...let's not beat up too badly on a kid who was on campus exclusively to go to school and had put the pads away except for Commercial Gents. Fullarton, who has never gotten due respect for the career he's had at UNB, looks like an MVP with every game he doesn't play.
On the other hand, the "overcoming adversity" stuff is a tired cliche. They've had injuries. They've got depth. And the reality is, this is all practice...they have to play three good games in March, and those are the only ones you have to be ready for.

Anonymous said...

Bill's right. It's the 3 games in March that matter most.

UNB student said...

Haters gonna hate but I love it when Davis steps on the ice to play. Not only do those green pads look hilarious, there seems to be this sense around the rink of everyone holding their breath, hoping for the best, whenever the puck enters the UNB zone.. Its not something that you normally get feel when you watch a UNB game - which is kind of fun. Last nights game was one of the most exciting games of the season in my opinion.

I do agree though, defence needs to step it up.

And where the heck did Salituro come from??? I know he's been on the roster all year, but when did he play his first game? I've been a little out of touch with the recent news. Regardless, he needs more ice time.

Anonymous said...

The real reality is - finishing atop the regular season standings within the AUS hockey conference is very tough to do, so despite the fact a lot of Fredericton fans "assume" it just happens, accomplishing this feat for a 5th straight season is going to be a heck of a mountain for the V-Reds to climb. Considering the injuries, even with like 30 guys, it will be a tall task. But the fact is it should be a hell of a tough thing to do. That what makes the conference so good. I still feel with 3 against DAL/STU (2 at home) and 2 of the other 4 at home as well, I wouldn't pencil them into a first round playoff series just yet - especially if they can get some guys back. I still think they'll be fighting for a playoff banner and kno they'll be there fighting forth big banner in late March.

UNB student said...

Slight correction to my post above, that second period was the most exciting, not so much the game. First period blew.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

That was Salituro's first game since early in the first half I believe...he looked quite good. With Clendenning hopefully back for good they have 4 centers...I would almost give Salituro a few games over MacDougall just because of how much faster he is.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

True...at the end of the day all they have to do is win 3 home games in March so there is no need to rush anyone back to risk further injury...just make sure everyone is good to go for the playoffs/nationals. On the other hand, most years (especially the years they have won the NC) you can see UNB getting better as the season goes on (case in point, last year they went 13-1 in the 2nd half), but it seems this year they have been getting worse, that's what really concerns me. They started 7-0 and are 7-5-2 since.

Anonymous said...

Some fans have mentioned that the veterans had to step it up a while back. Here are the stats for our veterans the last 5 games, which include 4 losses.

K Bailey 2G 4A 6Pts -3
C Culligan 3G 6A 9Pts +3
D Campbell 1G 0A 1Pt --
L Gallant 1G 5A 6Pts -2
J Harty (3G) 1G 2A 3Pts -2
B Stamler 3G 1A 4Pts -1

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Before last night I was going to suggest that it might not be a bad idea to sit Campbell for abit...he got out to a great start this season but has tailed off lately (as your stats show), just like last year IIRC. But he did have a pretty good game last night.

Anonymous said...

Just read Denny is out with a broken wrist!

Anonymous said...

Need to consider the amount of ice time Campbell gets, compared to others.

UNB student said...

I will confirm at least visually that Denny is out with a broken wrist. Saw him with his left arm in a giant cast and sling.
MacDougall was also limping about. Didn't see any other visual injuries to the other guys that were out last night

Anonymous said...

net of it is; injuries have definately hurt; however coaching staff needs to take some responsibility for the poor defense.
Playing a Dman as much as they play certain 'D' who have 'some' offensive 'potential' but are huge defensive liabilities does not make any sense.
harty being out certainly hurt recently; but the coaching staff gave the extra ice time to a plug or two....
pee wee mistakes can't be made without consequence in this league!
losing a few games before the playoffs is probably a good reality check for the group though....
remember a couple of years ago when the only losses came at the end of season; the boys (and coaches) were full of themselves and couldn't react properly to adversity...

Anonymous said...

Macdougall out, Salituro in, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Of the last 5 years...the two years the rolled during the regular season (07/08 and 09/10) are the two years they didn't win the NC.

Anonymous said...

I think we all have to remember something..

Every fan of every team expects their team to "always win" and we certainly have been very spoiled over the last 3-4 years. Sure you giveaways here and this goe wrong or that goes wrong but at the end of the day these are student-athletes and thats what we need to remember. The health and welfare of the students come first and not our preferences of who sits in who sits out or our preference for line combinations.

Blame Lacosta?? I can't think of a goalie who doesn't had a bad streak or a bad game. The man is human. Nothing more nothing less

On paper, in the dressing room, on the ice and everywhere else we look we still have the #1 team in Canada. Acadia is in first place right now. That changes Friday..

I think that sums up everything perfectly..not the first time the standings got shaken up won't be the last..

As far as Davis is concerned..Cut the guy some slack..he needs to get up up to speed quick which is a tough call on its own and we need to plan better defensively to accomodate that is all. I remember a time when people cursed Yeomans and then I watched him steal the show one night in Moncton.

Maybe I am the only one who believes this but Davis will deliver and so will UNB

Scott

Anonymous said...

Davis might be capable of playing better but so far has played so bad that it is hard to believe that he can be good enough to beat a team like Acadia. UNB would have to score 5-7 goals a game and that isn't going to happen every night.

-Rob

Anonymous said...

Rob, are you out of your mind, they won't beat anyone with Davis in net. Acadia will score 7-10 for a joke. It's Lacosta, sink or swim! It will be a complete disaster if Lacosta can't play. They would have won Saturday if he would have stayed in the net.

Bill Hunt said...

Again, keep in mind, Davis is doing this team a favour. He was essentially retired and doing his MBA. But the kid was MVP at STU one year, had a couple of good seasons with the Moncton Wildcats and was drafted by the Nashville Predators. Where would you be if he walked away right now? Had LaCosta stayed in, he might have tweaked his groin even more and you'd be screwed longer term. The goal should exclusively be to have one or the other goaltender ready for March 22...if you can get him in a couple of weeks early to get some game action and get the feel for pucks, even better. But chill out folks...these games mean NOTHING, although they may shrink a few big heads among the entourage.

Anonymous said...

So the first round bye means nothing?

Anonymous said...

Yeah runt, get with it!

Anonymous said...

a first round bye is very important but it is not I repeat not more important than the health of any member of the hockey team..

By the way Davis can't beat anybody it's a team effort. period end of discussion. I for one believe Friday night is our time of redemption and I dont frankly care if smurfette starts in goal. The way some people have trashed Davis on here if I was Matt I would walk away from all of you. I'm just really happy apparently he has more character then some of us

Scott

Bill Hunt said...

They're in as host team regardless. So, no. And 7:42, now you see why I choose not to contribute to these things.

UNB student said...

Re: the Davis chronicles

It's obvious to everyone, even himself(I hope anyway) that he does not possess the same degree of skill that the rest of the team has. But to be working on an MBA and all of a sudden be asked to dress for the best university team in the nation? that takes balls. Even though he can't really live up to the challenge that he faces each time he steps onto the I'm impressed with the courage he has to do it. That's what matters to me.
And to face all this ridicule and bashing from fans and observers like us? That takes even bigger balls my friends.

I agree with up above, I would get up and walk away too if I were Davis. I know I wouldn't be able to do it.

Anonymous said...

Well said!

Anonymous said...

Just think how bad things would be if UNB didn't just so happen to have an ex-CIS goalie going to school this year...it could be a lot lot worse. They have been pretty lucky in that respect. Pretty much any team (with the exception of a couple who have 3 recruited goalies) would be even worse off. It is going to be up to the defence to limit the number of shots/scoring chance until Fullerton/LaCosta is ready.

Anonymous said...

A first round bye would be nice to have, just for the extra rest...BUT I wouldn't rush anyone back beforehand just to ensure a bye since it isn't quite THAT important. Besides, a first round series might not be the worst thing in the world, especially if they are working guys back into the lineup. It will give them a few extra games to work the kinks out and get back up to full speed.

Anonymous said...

This was the third post in this blog which didn't bash any goalies but had some ides about penalties, defensive play and our D. Things got off the rails quickly.

"There is such a thing as a good penalty but I don't think many of UNB's penalties would fall into that category.
With the recent goaltending woes which to be fair are injury based I think UNB has to concentrate on defensive play a whole lot more. The odd man rushes, breakaways, careless turnovers and numerous icing are taking their toll!
If I'm not mistaken, UNB's defence was supposed to be second to none this year."

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I don't think anyone would have predicted UNB only giving up 40some goals again like last year but yeah, I would have thought their defence would have been better, especially considering it is essentially the exact same group (except Denny). Even though they are leading the league in fewest shots against the number of high quality chances they give up seems to be quite high. I think maybe they are getting caught being too aggressive in the offensive zone more than last year...I am sure other teams have caught on their philosophy as well.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have injury updates for the fallen? Are any serious (besides Denny's broken wrist)? Carrol, Wiebe, Wright, Kidd, Fullerton?

UNBFAN11 said...

From 2 reliable sources with the UNB team I have been told there is a rift between players on the team over playing time, and that it is not a case of "friendly competition" I know we think of the team as being almost perfect , I myself as a UNB fan am the same way, however its times like this that you realize that the team does have "issues" and hopefully come March these problems are behind them.

Kelly said...

I think that is b.s , the only rift is between your a..!

tango said...

I was talking to the kelly from section 5 and she is not the one that is leaving comments from "Kelly"e. She is 100% behind this team and is tired of all the negative comments. Let them Play hockey. She doesnt like the people that will not sign their name. She will no longer visit this site because people need to get behind them and support them if you can do better, try to make the team!

Steven C. said...

It is not the site, or the people who run it that are bashing team members, or the coaching staff. As with any "fan" site, there will be people who take shots at a team, winning or losing. This is fair play, and acceptable.

As long as commenters do not use derogatory remarks towards players, coaches or other posters they are fine.

At the end of the day, this is a fan site for the UNB Men's Hockey team, we who write for the site will ALWAYS back the team, as will many of the fans who read / post to the site.

LET"S GO V-REDS!!!

Anonymous said...

ya steve thats why you idiots sugarcoat everything.there goal tending sucks and theres no other way to put it.there out of it this year by far.they were pathetic goals to let in.no matter howyou guys coat it.

VREDSFAN11 said...

okay kelly belive what you want :) these boys are not super human, fights will happend guys will disagree. i just thought it might be interesting for you to know!

Anonymous said...

Moncton guy here, so I expect all of you to stop reading after this first sentence, but in case anyone bothers to go on, here goes:

Some of you guys need a little reality check. Yes, UNB does have more than their fair share of injuries and it certainly can't help them on the ice, especially in the goaltending department but as some (sane fans) have said, Matt Davis is doing you guys a huge favour by suiting up this year and you guys are out here bashing him. Nice job.

As for the other injuries, sure they are impact players, but look around the league, most other teams also have injuries to their impact players and unlike UNB and their super depth, have to use a short bench rather than pick one of the 10 guys sitting in the stands, simply because we don't have that luxury of having 10 extras, or that we just don't want it... Heck, we've played 11 games without our best player (Gaudet, all those games were played with 19 players); I just checked and DAL has a whopping 4 guys who've played all 21 of the team's games.

Which brings me to my next point. If you believe that it's impossible that there is a rift in that dressing room, you're living in a fantasy world. If you expect to have 16 forwards and 8 D's on the roster that means when everyone's healthy you have 1 full line and 2 D's sitting in the stands. And look through the V-Red's roster, most of the guys you have in the stands and on the 3rd and 4th line would be playing a top 6 role for any of the other 7 AUS teams. If you think all those players are happy with their roles and doesn't want more ice time... it's time you remove your rose coloured glasses. We had less guys on the roster last year and had some unhappy folks. String a few losses together and it only magnifies the problem...

UNB's D has been spotty in the last few games and the opposition has taken their chances. Unlike previous years more than one team has managed to beat you guys and all that does is encourage the othe teams to be able to do so.

Injuries or not, the V-Reds are more beatable this year than they have in previous years and that's that. You guys aren't being beaten by injuries, you guys are being beaten because the other team manages to play better than you (in some games)

You still have the best team on the scoresheet in all the games you play in, but that's why the game is played on the ice for 60 minutes, being good on paper doesn't do much...

-timbitca

UNB student said...

Well said Timbit! Even as a UNB student and huge supporter of our men's hockey team, I can't disagree with any of that.

Anonymous said...

assuming that lacosta and fullerton are both no go's for Friday, please tell me for the love of god either davis or ben macfarlane will be avalible and not one of the jr b guys