Friday, February 3, 2012

UNB Holds On To Defeat Acadia

UPDATE: has their game recap up.

The University of New Brunswick rallied from a 2-1 2nd period deficit to defeat the Acadia Axemen 3-2 tonight in Wolfville. With the victory the Varsity Reds avenged a 6-5 shootout loss earlier in the season on the road against Acadia, and maintained sole possession of first place in the AUS conference.

For the third straight game UNB got off to a quick start. The V-Reds received a power play only nineteen seconds in and converted twenty seconds later when Chris Culligan tipped in a Luke Gallant shot. Shayne Wiebe also picked up an assist on the goal. The Axemen would tie it with 2:24 left in the period on a power play of their own when Christopher Owens (Clark, Dietrich) was able to beat Travis Fullerton. Shots favoured the Axemen 10-7 in the period.

The Axemen would take their only lead of the game 3:55 into the second when K.C Brown collected the puck from Chris Moulson, circled behind the UNB goal and found Jonathan Laberge, who took a quick snap shot from the left face-off circle that made its way through traffic and may have surprised Fullerton. The Varsity Reds got the equalizer at 17:01 after Daine Todd (Harty, Stamler) stick-handled his way through traffic and beat Acadia goalie Peter DiSalvo. Shots in the period were 14-5 for UNB.

The V-Reds came out strong in the third period and regained the lead after Nick MacNeil tapped in a Jonathan Harty pass at 3:18. Tyler Carroll also got a helper on the play. UNB clamped down defensively for the rest of the period and limited Acadia's chances. The Axemen made a push in the dying seconds with their goalie pulled for the extra attacker but the Varsity Reds held on for the important victory. Shots in the third period were 9-5 for Acadia. UNB held the advantage 26-24 in the game.

Both teams went 1 for 4 on the power play. UNB held a 42-33 advantage in the face-off circle.

Chris Culligan was named the game's first star. Axemen goalie Peter DiSalvo and Luke Gallant were second and third stars, respectively.

Taylor MacDougall and Josh Kidd returned to the lineup. Ben Shutron, Chad Denny, Ben Wright, Jordan Clendenning, Luke Lynes, Stefan Salituro, and Jeff Lee were all out.

UNB went 3-0-1 (2-0-0 at home, 1-0-1 on the road) against Acadia this season and have amassed a 28-3-1 record against the Axemen since the beginning of the 2006-07 season.

David Kilfoil has more details here.

UNB is back in action tomorrow night when they travel to Halifax to battle the Dalhousie Tigers. Game time is 7pm.