Saturday, October 20, 2012

Power Play Leads V-Reds Over X-Men

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds will come back to Fredericton with 4 points after collecting their second road victory of the weekend - a 4-2 win over the St. FX X-Men tonight in Antigonish. The loss was the X-Men's first of the young season and moved UNB into a tie for first place.

The V-Reds got off to a good start when they converted on an early power play. Chad Denny took a quick, low shot from the point that was deflected in by Nick MacNeil to the right of goalie Joey Perricone. Ben Shutron picked up the second assist on the goal. UNB doubled their lead shortly after when Thomas Nesbitt (Denny, Carroll) was at the side of the net to backhand in a bouncing puck in the crease. The X-Men responded with a power play goal of their own when Jarrod Struthers walked off the half-boards and snapped a shot that Dan LaCosta didn't even move on thanks to a screen in front. The V-Reds answered with another man advantage goal when Ben Shutron's (Colby Pridham, Nich MacNeil) shot appeared to hit something in front before settling in the back of the net. Shots in the period favoured the X-Men 10-9.

The V-Reds would run into penalty trouble in the 2nd period by taking 6 straight penalties. They managed to kill off the first three, including a full 2 minute 5-on-3, but were eventually burned on the 4th one when Michael Kirkpatrick one-timed a cross-ice pass from Brennen Wray into the net. That was the only goal of the period as the X-Men held a 7-3 advantage in shots.

Both teams seemed to come out for the third period with a little less intensity and chippyness that had been prevalent through the first 40 minutes. UNB found themselves back on the power play in the opening minutes and Denny (unassisted) unleashed a shot from outside of the X-Men blue line that somehow got by Perricone, giving the V-Reds a 4-2 lead at 3:02. St. FX would pull their goalie for the extra attacker with about 2 minutes left but neither team was able to bend the twine. Shots were 10-8 for UNB in the period, but 25-22 for the X-Men in the game.

- Chris Culligan was still out of the line-up for the V-Reds. Marc-Antoine Desnoyers was also out and was replaced in the line-up by Geordie Wudrick.

- Former X-Men Bryce Swan was targeted a number of time throughout the game, which drew three power play for UNB. X-Men defenceman Derek Claffey got caught twice, once for boarding and once for interference, while Perricone also picked up a roughing penalty after taking exception to Swan battling for the puck in his crease. The V-Reds converted on the first and last of those three man advantages.

- UNB went 3 for 6 on the power play. St. FX was 2 for 9.

- The V-Reds edged the X-Men 37-36 on face-offs. Cam Braes once again led the way with 15 wins on 26 draws.

- Nesbitt had a game high 5 shots on goal.

- Shutron, Denny, and Kirkpatrick were named the three stars of the game.

- In other AUS action tonight Dalhousie defeated St. Thomas 5-2, Acadia beat Moncton 3-2 in a shootout, and Saint Mary's rebounded with a 4-0 win of their own against UPEI.

- UNB is back in Nova Scotia next weekend when they face Acadia Friday night in Wolfville before making their way to Halifax for a tilt against Dalhousie the following night.