Sunday, March 4, 2012

UNB and Moncton To Meet In Playoffs For First Time In 5 Years

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have already seen one playoff drought end this season when they played the UPEI Panthers in the postseason for the first time in a decade. When they meet the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus on Wednesday night at the AUC it will mark the end of another fairly long gap as the two teams will be facing each other in the playoffs for the first time in 5 years. This will also be only the 3rd time the UNB has faced Moncton since head coach Gardiner MacDougall took over prior to the 2000/2001 season.

UNB and Moncton have played 10 playoff series against one another since 1983/84, including two conference finals. Here is how they played out:

1983/84: UNB defeated UdeM 2 game to 0 in AUAA Final (3-1, 5-3)
1990/91: UdeM defeated UNB 2 games to 1 in Quarter-finals (2-6, 5-4, 1-0 OT)
1991/92: UNB defeated UdeM 2 games to 0 in Quarter-finals (4-2, 3-2)
1992/93: UNB defeated UdeM 2 games to 0 in Semi-final (9-7, 5-4 OT)
1993/94: UNB defeated UdeM 2 games to 1 in Semi-finals (4-5, 4-3 OT, 8-4)
1996/97: UNB defeated UdeM 2 games to 0 in Quarter-finals (7-1, 7-1)
1998/99: UdeM defeated UNB 2 games to 1 in Quarter-finals (2-6, 4-3, 5-4 OT2)
1999/2000: UNB defeated UdeM 2 games to 0 in Quarter-finals (6-5 OT2, 3-0)
2005/06: UNB defeated UdeM 2 games to 0 in Semi-finals (5-3, 4-1)
2006/07: UdeM defeated UNB 2 games to 0 in AUS Finals (4-2, 3-2 OT2)

UNB has won 7 of the previous 10 series and hold a 16-7 record in games over that span.

We're sure many fans remember the 2006/07 season quite fondly. While Moncton rolled through the regular season, maintained the number one ranking in the country for much of the year, and beat UNB at the AUC to claim the AUS banner it was the Varsity Reds getting the last laugh at Nationals, which were held in Moncton that year. For those of you don't remember, or do but want to re-live it, this may help:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_9U-BVmhd8


All stats courtesy of ReDSEa database.