Friday, October 26, 2012

V-Reds No Match For Axemen

UPDATE: The Acadia website and both have posted recaps of the game. The AUS boxscore can be found here.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds gave up 3 power play goals in the first period and never recovered, falling by a score of 4-2 to the Acadia Axemen tonight in Wolfville.

The game started out ominously for UNB when they took a penalty only moments after the opening faceoff, and shortly after that a turnover at the V-Reds blue line led to an Axemen goal only 46 seconds into the contest when Dustin Eckelman was all alone in front and deked the puck past Travis Fullerton. UNB would fail to convert on two back-to back-power plays of their own before the Axemen got a 5-on-3, with reigning CIS Player of the Year Andrew Clark making it a 2-0 game. Things went from bad to worse for the V-Reds in the last minute of play when the Axemen made it a three goal game with Bryce Swan sitting in the penalty box, courtesy Jonathan Laberge.

The Axemen would continue to stifle UNB in the second period, only surrendering 3 shots on goal, and added to their lead when Brett Thompson followed up a Mike Cozzolla rush by knocking in the rebound.

UNB came out with a better third period, generating a few more scoring chances, and finally broke Peter DiSalvo's shutout bid with 9:10 left after the rebound of Colby Pridham's sharp angle shot dropped at DiSalvo's feet, where Nick MacNeil was there to bang it home. Cam Braes would bring UNB within two goals with under 2 minutes remaining after it appeared the puck hit something above the ice surface. However, the refs conferred and ruled it a good goal. Unfortunately that was as close as UNB would get as their move to pull Fullerton in the final minutes was quickly nullified by an untimely penalty.

- Chris Culligan and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers were back in the lineup. Geordie Wudrick, Stefan Salituro, and Luke Lynes were out.

- UNB had 22 shots on goal. Acadia registered 20.

- Acadia was 3 for 8 on the power play. The V-Reds were scoreless on their 3 opportunities, all in the opening 20 minutes.

- UNB was 31 for 57 in the face-off circle.

- Bryce Swan left the game in the third period after colliding with an Axemen player. He was grabbing the back of his left leg and needed help getting to the dressing room. He didn't put any pressure on his leg and he looked to be in considerable pain.

- Later in the third period Ben Shutron was leveled with a massive, clean, open-ice hit as he was skating through the neutral zone. He appeared to be ok though.

- With the loss UNB (now 3-2-0) falls to 4th place, behind Acadia and St. FX (tied for 1st at 4-1-0) and Moncton (3-1-1)

- UNB travels to Halifax tomorrow for a date with the Dalhousie Tigers at 7PM.

- In other AUS action tonight Moncton beat Saint Mary's 7-2 at home, St. FX scored a 3-2 road victory over St. Thomas, and Dalhousie shutout UPEI at home 3-0.