Saturday, September 1, 2012

V-Reds To Play AHL's Pirates

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds announced yesterday that they will play a pre-season game against the Portland Pirates of the AHL. The game is scheduled for Thursday, October 4th in Portland, Maine.

This will mark the second meeting between the two teams. The Pirates defeated UNB by a 4-2 score in September, 2009 in a game that the V-Reds held a 36-22 margin in shots. The two teams were also supposed to play in 2010 but the game was cancelled.

Overall, this will be UNB's 5th game against pro competition. Previously, they have tied the Saint John Flames rookies 2-2 in 2002, defeated the New York Islanders rookies in 2007 in Moncton, and lost to the Islanders rookies 4-1 the AUC the following year at the AUC.

The Pirates, a former affiliate of the Washington Capitals (1993-2005), Anaheim Ducks (2005-2008), and Buffalo Sabres (2008-2011), are now associated with the Phoenix Coyotes and should prove to be a good test for the V-Reds as they compiled a 36-31-9 record last season, just missing the playoffs.

With an NHL lockout looming and the fact that it is only an exhibition game it is hard to say what the Pirate's roster will look like but it may include former Moncton Wildcats star and  2010 13th overall draft pick Brandon Gormley, defenceman David Rundblad (17th overall in 2009), and goaltender Mark Visentin (27th overall in 2010).