Saturday, February 4, 2012

UNB Falls In Shootout To Dalhousie

UDATE: David Kilfoil has his recap here.

The University of New Brunswick seen a 2-0 lead early in the second period slip away before falling to the Dalhousie Tigers 3-2 in a shootout tonight in their final regular season game at the Dal Memorial Arena. Despite the loss UNB remains in first place by a point, with a game in hand on second place Saint Mary's.

The Varsity Reds received goals from Shayne Wiebe (Gallant) in the 1st period and Kyle Bailey (Harty, Gallant), on the power play, in the early going of the second period. The Tigers got their comeback started with a power play goal with 0.9 seconds left in the 2nd period and tied it just over two minutes into the third, also with the man advantage. The score remained tied at two for the rest of regulation and throughout the ten minute overtime period, despite UNB holding a 39-17 edge in shots on goal.

The shootout would go eight rounds deep before the Tigers finally prevailed when Brett Theberge scored on Travis Fullerton and Jonathan Harty was stopped by Wendall Vye, the game's first star.

UNB was 1 for 3 on the power play while Dalhousie was 2 for 5. The V-Reds won the face-ff battle 46 to 31.

Jordan Clendenning replaced Thomas Nesbitt in the line-up. Ben Wright, Ben Shutron, Chad Denny, Jeff Lee, Luke Lynes, and Stefan Salituro were all out.

UNB fell to 0-3 in shootouts this season, after not losing one since November 21st, 2007 against Moncton. They had gone 3-0 in that time.

UNB went 3-0-1 (2-0-0 at home, 1-0-1 on the road) against Dalhousie this season and are 21-2-1 against the Tigers dating back to the beginning of the 2006-07 season.

The Varsity Reds finish the regular season with a 12-1-3 record against the league's four Nova Scotian teams.

UNB is back in action on Wednesday night when they host the St. Thomas Tommies in another installment of the 'Battle of the Hill.'