Friday, October 19, 2012

Pridham Stars Against Former Team

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds got back to their winning ways with a 4-0 victory over the Saint Mary's Huskies tonight in Halifax.

The Varsity Reds took a 1-0 lead at 12:48 of the first period when former SMU star Colby Pridham jumped on a loose puck to the left of goaltender Anthony Peters and made no mistake, putting it past the out-strecthed goalie. That would remain the only goal in the contest through two periods thanks to some superb play from UNB netminder Dan LaCosta, as the Huskies held a 18-11 advantage in shots on goal over the first 40 minutes of play.

The V-Reds put the game away in the final period. First, a cross-ice pass from Tyler Carroll was fanned on by Bryce Swan, only to go directly to Ben Wright, who hammered it into the top corner for a power play goal at 11:07. Daine Todd also picked up an assist on the play. Pridham (Nick McNeil, Swan) would score his second of the game around the 15 minute mark to make it 3-0. Finally, McNeil (Robertson) would round out the scoring with a goal of his own on the man advantage in the dying seconds of the contest, putting an exclamation mark on a 4-0 win. UNB dominated the latter half of the game, outshooting SMU 17-8 in the period and 28-26 in the game.

- Chris Culligan was out of the line-up for UNB due to the flu. Luke Lynes and Geordie Wudrick were also scratched while Ben Wright and Taylor MacDougall both made their return.

- The star of the game was Dan LaCosta, making 26 saves for his first career shutout. Colby Pridham and Nick MacNeil were the 2nd and 3rd stars, respectively.

- UNB converted on 2 of their 6 power plays while SMU went 0 for 5.

- UNB and SMU each won 38 face-offs with Cam Braes leading the V-Reds with 12 wins in 20 tries.

- Pridham had a game high 5 shots on goal and was the only player with a +2 rating.

- The V-Reds are at ST. FX tomorrow night for a game against the X-Men. Game time is 7PM.

- In other AUS action Acadia pounded St. Thomas 7-1 in the Tommies first game at their new rink, Moncton rallied from a 4-2 third period deficit to get by Dalhousie 6-4, and UPEI scored with 7 seconds remaining to force overtime before eventually falling to St. FX 3-2.