Friday, January 27, 2012

V-Reds Roll Past Axemen In Battle Of AUS Best

In a game between the top two teams in the AUS the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds played maybe their best game of the season tonight, defeating the Acadia Axemen 7-1 before 2750 fans at the AUC. The victory was UNB's 17 consecutive at home against Acadia and moved the V-Reds into a tie with Moncton for top spot in the conference.

The Varsity Reds came out with lots of energy and were quickly rewarded when Daine Todd (Carroll, Wudrick), from below the goal line, banked a shot off of an Acadia defenceman and past net-minder Evan Mosher at 2:16. UNB kept up their play for the remainder of the period and extended their lead on a goal by Antoine Houde-Caron (Fillier, Culligan), who picked up a loose puck during a scramble in front of the net and scored just before time expired in the period. Shots favoured UNB 13-6 in the period.

The second period was much of the same for UNB as they continued to take the play to a depleted Axemen team, who are missing several regulars due to injury. Tyler Carroll (Nesbitt, Culligan) would make it 3-0 at 8:34 with a power play goal from the faceoff circle to the right of Mosher and almost scored another when he was stopped on a breakaway while shorthanded. The Axemen quickly turned the puck up the ice and got on the board with a power play goal of their own, by AUS leading scorer Andrew Clark (Owens) at 11:45 of the period. The momentum was short-lived, however, as Kyle Bailey (Nesbitt, MacNeil) restored the three goal lead only 27 seconds later. There was no more scoring in the period as UNB outshot Acadia 16-5.

The V-Reds would put the game away in the 3rd period with three more goals - Thomas Nesbitt (MacNeil, Culligan) at 2:18, Bailey (Wiebe, Culligan) with his second of the game on the power play at 11:07, and Geordie Wudrick (Harty, Shutron) at 15:11. Shot were 14-3 for UNB in the period and 43-14 overall. Travis Fullerton made his return to the UNB crease and, while not tested often, looked sharp when had to be.

UNB went 2 for 6 on the power play while Acadia was 1 for 6. Faceoffs favoured the V-Reds 50-28.

Chris Culligan (4 assists) was named 1st star of the game. Kyle Bailey (2 goals) and Thomas Nesbitt (1 goal, 2 assists) were 2nd and 3rd stars, respectively.

Carroll, Fullerton, Dan LaCosta and Shayne Wiebe all returned to the lineup while Ben Wright, Josh Kidd, Taylor MacDougall, Chad Denny, Jeff Lee, Stefan Salituro, and Luke Lynes were out.

As part of UNB's Think Pink Campaign two lucky fans got the chance to shave defenceman Jonathan Harty's hair, which he has been growing out for almost a year, after the game in an effort to raise money for breast cancer.

The V-Reds are back in action tomorrow night when the Dalhousie Tigers visit the AUC. Game time is set for 7pm. Please note that it is 'Elementary School Night' and the game will be general admission seating (reserved seats will not be honoured), so we recommend arriving a little earlier than usual to ensure you can get your reserved seats.

David Kilfoil has the complete game story here.