Saturday, February 25, 2012

Varsity Reds Take 2-0 Series Lead Against Panthers

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds defeated the UPEI Panthers 5-1 in a chippy, penalty-filled affair before 2004 people tonight at the AUC. The V-Reds now lead the best-of-5 semi-final 2 games to none.

Shayne Wiebe (from Stamler at 6:11 of the first), Dion Campbell (Houde-Caron, Culligan at 2:13, second), Kyle Bailey on the power play (Kidd, Todd at 11:23, second), Wiebe (Bailey, Culligan at 14:12, second) with his second of the game, and Josh Kidd (MacNeil, Culligan at 6:22 of the third) all found the mark for UNB. Mike MacIsaac scored the lone Panthers goal, tying the game at one goal apiece at 16:19 of the first period. UPEI also had a goal disallowed late in the game due to a goalie interference penalty.

Shots favoured the V-Reds 10-3 after one period, 26-16 after two, and 33-26 for the game.

There were plenty of questionable hits by both sides in this one that the league will no doubt be reviewing so we now await word on any possible suspensions heading into game 3, which goes Wednesday in Charlottetown. Geordie Wudrick (checking from behind), UPEI's Zach McCullough (checking from behind), and Ben Wright (goalie interference) all received 5 minute majors and game misconducts. Both starting goalies, Travis Fullerton for UNB and Mavric Parks for the Panthers, were replaced with 3:34 left in the game as a precaution against any injury as things were getting out of hand.

- Wudrick replaced Tyler Carroll in the line-up. Carroll was serving a one game suspension for a hit from behind in Friday's game. Luke Gallant, Ben Shutron, Chad Denny, Luke Lynes, Jeff Lee, and Stefan Salituro all remained out.

- UNB went 1 for 8 on the PP while UPEI was 0 for 6

- UNB went 45 and 33 in the face-off circle

- There were a combined 123 penalty minutes in the game, 65 for the Panthers and 58 for the V-Reds. The teams accumulated 88 PIM in the third period alone.

- Shayne Wiebe (2 goals) was named the game's first star, Chris Culligan (3 assists) the second star, and Josh Kidd (1 goal, 1 assist) the third star.

- UdeM defeated Saint Mary's 3-1 to even their series at one game each.