Saturday, January 28, 2012

V-Reds Escape With Overtime Victory Over Tigers

UPDATE: David Kilfoil and the Daily Gleaner have their take on the game.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds needed overtime, but ultimately prevailed 3-2 over a much improved Dalhousie Tigers team in front of a sold-out crowd of 3650 on "Northside Elementary School Night." The victory was UNB's 10th consecutive at home versus the Tigers and capped a successful weekend in which they moved back into sole possession of first place.

For the second straight game the V-Reds came out strong and struck for an early goal when Tyler Carroll fed Shayne Wiebe, who fluttered the puck past Tiger goalie Wendall Vye at 4:50. Chris Culligan also picked up an assist on the play. This was the only goal in the period as UNB held a 11-3 shot advantage after twenty minutes of play.

The second period was fairly uneventful until Dalhousie got a late power play. Former Saint Mary's defenceman David MacDonald would tie the game at 17:13 when he ripped a shot from in between the top of the face-off circles that eluded UNB goalie Travis Fullerton, who was making his second consecutive start. Shots in the period were 8 apiece.

The third period was much more entertaining. The V-Reds took a 2-1 lead only 1:19 into the frame when Jonathan Harty got the puck at the blueline after a Culligan face-off win and had his shot towards the net tipped by Carroll and past Vye to bring the sell-out crowd to its feet. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Tigers received a long 5-on-3 and cashed in when Brendon MacDonald swept a loose puck into a wide open net after Fullerton made the initial save. The goal came only 95 seconds after the Varsity Reds took the lead. UNB would regroup and kill off the 5-on-4 to keep the game deadlocked at two. Both teams traded great chances for the remainder of the period, including Fullerton making a big glove save on a Tiger 3 on 1 rush and Carroll hitting the crossbar, but nothing would be decided and the game headed to overtime. UNB outshot Dalhousie 8 to 2 in the 3rd period.

In overtime the Varsity Reds received an early power play after Chris Culligan was hauled down just inside the Tigers zone. The V-Reds put five shots on net during the man-advantage but couldn't beat Vye, who stood tall to keep the game tied. UNB would keep up the pressure and were finally rewarded at 3:09 when Carroll (Stamler, Salituro) collected his own rebound and took a bad angle shot from close to the goal line that somehow got behind the Tiger goaltender, giving the Varsity Reds an important 3-2 victory. Shots in the extra frame were 7-0 for UNB and shots in the game were 34-13.

UNB was 0 for 5 on the power play while Dalhousie was 2 for 5. UNB had the edge in faceoffs, 36-28.

Tyler Carroll, Travis Fullerton, and Wendall Vye were the three stars of the game.

Stefan Salituro was back in the lineup, replacing Jordan Clendenning. Ben Wright, Josh Kidd, Chad Denny, Taylor MacDougall, Jeff Lee, and Luke Lynes all remained out.

UNB hits the road next weekend for a rematch with both of this weekend's opponents. They play at Acadia on Friday night and at Dalhousie on Saturday.