Sunday, October 7, 2012

V-Reds, Black Bears Skate to Draw

UPDATE: David Kilfoil, via UNB Athletics, and the Portland Press Herald have also posted recaps.

UPDATE: The Maine Hockey Journal, Bangor Daily News, and College Hockey News Blog have all posted their take on the game.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds came out with a much better effort this afternoon as they ended their pre-season schedule with a 2-2 tie against the University of Maine Black Bears in Orono, Maine. Scoring for UNB were Cameron Critchlow, who gave the V-Reds a 1-0 lead in the first period after a nice three-way passing play, and Chad Denny, who tied the game in the third with a rocket from the blue line. Denny almost won the game in OT for UNB, but his shot went in a split second after time expired. A video review confirmed that it was indeed no goal and the game ended in a tie. Shots were 32-28 in favour of the Black Bears.

- Taylor MacDougall, Nick MacNeil, Luke Lynes, and Ben Wright were all out for UNB.

- Bryce Swan was ejected late in the first period after receiving a 5 minute major for checking from behind. Maine scored once on the ensuing power play to take a 2-1 lead.

- Dan LaCosta played the entire game in net for the V-Reds and made a number of big saves. Martin Ouellette and Matt Morris split goaltending duties for the Black Bears.

- UNB was 0 for 3 on the power play. Maine was 1 for 6.

- Attendance for the game was 3458.

- The Maine website has posted their recap.

- The CIS fared much better today against NCAA teams, posting a 5-8-3 (two ties, one OT loss) record. Ottawa (against Canisius), Carleton (Clarkson), Acadia (Quinnipiac), St. FX (Northeastern), and St.Thomas (Sacred Heart) all won while Manitoba (Bemidji State) and UNB salvaged a tie and Waterloo (Ohio State) lost in overtime.

- UNB ends the pre-season with 4 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie, and 1 shootout loss. They  went 4-1 against CIS competition., only losing to Moncton in their exhibition opener.

- The next game action for UNB will be this Friday night at the AUC when they host their cross-campus rival - the STU Tommies - in the regular season opener for both teams.