Saturday, February 11, 2012

UNB Skates Past Moncton In Season Finale

UPDATE: Jamie Ross has the story for the Daily Gleaner here.

The University of New Brunswick ended the regular season on a high note with a 4-1 victory over the Moncton Aigles Bleues tonight at the AUC. A sell-out crowd of 3670, back and forth action, lots of big hits, some spirited scrums, and a home team victory added up to make this one of the more entertaining games of the season. With the victory UNB reaches the 20 win mark for the 5th consecutive year, finishing 20-5-3. It is also the 6th straight year they have won their season finale.

The Varsity Reds received two goals by Tyler Carroll (assists to Wright and Culligan on the first goal, Bailey and Stamler on the second) in the opening frame, a second period goal by Antoine-Houde Caron (Salituro, Harty), and a third period goal by Dion Campbell (Wudrick, Kidd). Alex Quesnel scored Moncton's lone goal with just over 20 seconds left in the first period to make it a 2-1 game.

Travis Fullerton received the night off and Dan LaCosta was very solid in his place, making 24 saves to pick up the win. P-A Marion stopped 32 shots in the loss.

UNB went 0 for 1 on the power play and UdeM went 0 for 4.

UNB held a 36-32 advantage in the face-off circle.

Tyler Carroll was named player of the game with Dan LaCosta and Stefan Salituro the 2nd and 3rd stars, respectively.

Ben Wright made his return to the line-up while Luke Gallant, Spencer Corcoran, Chad Denny, Luke Lynes, Jeff Lee, Shayne Wiebe, and Jordan Clendenning were all out.

Before the game 3rd year forward Chris Culligan (Howie Center, Nova Scotia), 4th year forward Jordan Clendenning (Fredericton, New Brunswick), and 4th year defenceman Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, Alberta) were named recipients of the Ross 'Punch' Walker Memorial Merit Award. Also, 3rd year defenceman Ben Wright (Foremost, Alberta) was named the winner of the Michael Cavanagh Memorial Merit Award, which is given to the player that "demonstrates academic capability and a capacity to experience life to its fullest."

UNB has a 1st round playoff bye and will play the lowest remaining seed in the 2nd round. They will have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Exact dates and times will be announced at a later date.