Saturday, October 13, 2012

Aigles Bleus Smother UNB

The University of New Brunswick were defeated by the Universite de Moncton Aigle Bleus tonight by a 5-2 final, the second time in less than a month Moncton has defeated the V-Reds quite handily.

There is no sugarcoating this one, folks. The Varsity Reds looked sluggish, sloppy, and slow for the majority of the game, as Moncton's speed gave UNB problems all night and led to a number of odd-man rushes. Add in the fact that goaltender Travis Fullerton didn't have his best game and the team in front of him took too many penalties and it was certainly a game that they will soon like to forget.

Goal scorers for UNB were Bryce Swan, scoring his first goal in a Varsity Reds uniform to tie the game at one 9:23 into the first period, and Antoine Houde-Caron, on a great individual effort to bring the V-Reds back within a goal at 4:48 of the the middle frame.

- This was Moncton's first victory against UNB at the AUC in 10 games, dating back to a 3-2 OT decision on January 16th, 2009.

- It was UNB's first loss at home by more than one goal since a 5-1 loss to Saint Mary's on March 18, 2009 in game 3 of the AUS finals. Their last 8 home losses had all been by a single goal.

- UNB held a 26-23 shots advantage.

- The V-Reds failed to score on any of their 6 power play opportunities. Moncton was 2 for 6.

- Attendance was 2209.

- This is the 3rd time in the previous 5 years UNB has dropped one of their first two games of the regular season. The other two times were during the 2008-2009 and 2010-2011 season, both of which ended with a National Championship.

- In other AUS action tonight it was St. FX getting by Saint Mary's 5-3 in their home opener, UPEI blanking St. Thomas 3-0 in Charlottetown, and Acadia rallying from a 4-1 deficit to get by Dalhousie 5-4 in overtime.

- UNB's next game action is this weekend when they travel to Nova Scotia for games against Saint Mary's on Friday night and St. FX on Saturday night.