Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Second Period Outburst Leads V-Reds To Game 1 Victory

The University of New Brunswick opened the best-of-five AUS Finals with a convincing 8-3 victory over the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus in front of 2158 people tonight at the AUC.

The Varsity Reds received first period goals by Tyler Carroll (Culligan, Harty) at 7:43 and Kyle Bailey (Nesbitt, MacNeil) at 8:35 before UdeM got on the board with a power play marker at 14:48 to get back within one. Shots in the period favoured UNB 11-4.

The V-Reds broke the game open with five goals in the second period. Nick MacNeil (on the power play from Desnoyers) at 5:32, Taylor MacDougall (Wright, Filler) at 6:54, and Dion Campbell (Culligan) at 12:20 all found the back of the net before Moncton replaced starting goalie P. A-Marion with backup Andre Guay. However, UNB would add two more power play goals as MacNeil (Todd, Desnoyers) and Campbell (Todd, Houde-Caron) both scored their second of the game to make it 7-1 going into the intermission. Shots were 14-6 for the Varsity Reds in the period.

In the third period MacNeil (Desnoyers, Nesbitt) would complete his hat-trick with another power play goal at 8:20. Moncton scored two 5-on-3 goals 59 seconds apart later in the period as UNB ran into some penalty trouble. That was as close as they came though as the Varsity Reds skated to an 8-3 win. Shots were 12-8 in the period for UNB and 37-18 for the game.

The series resumes tomorrow night at the AUC. Game time is 7pm.

- Geordie Wudrick and Luke Gallant were both back in the line-up for UNB. Jordan Clendenning, Luke Lynes, Jeff Lee, Stefan Salituro, Chad Denny, Spencer Corcoran, and Ben Shutron were all out.

- For the second time in three games a number of penalties were handed out. Wudrick (checking from behind), Kidd (checking to the head), and Todd all received 10 minute misconducts for UNB while Mathieu Bolduc received one for Moncton. The V-Reds had 64 PIM and UdeM had 28.

- UNB went 4 for 6 on the power play while Moncton was 3 for 8 with the man advantage.

- Moncton held a 32 to 30 advantage in the face-off circle.

- Dion Campbell was named the game's first star. Nick MacNeil and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers were the second and third stars, respectively.