Sunday, October 7, 2012

V-Reds Wrap Up Pre-Season Today

UPDATE: Video ($$) and audio is available here.


The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds play their 8th, and final, exhibition game this afternoon when they visit Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine to face the University of Maine Black Bears. Game time is 5pm AST.

The V-Reds are coming off of a 6-0 loss last night in Chestnut Hill to the Boston College Eagles, dropping their pre-season record to 4-2-1.

The Black Bears, meanwhile, also played last night, losing 2-1 to the Quinnipiac Bobcats in their first game action of the year. Maine was selected to finish 5th in the Hockey East pre-season coaches poll released this past week after completing one of their best seasons in recent memory. The two-time National Champions (1993, 1999) were 23-14-3 last season and made the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years, eventually losing in the first round.

Maine will be looking to replace a number of their top players from last season as their top two scorers, alternate captain F Spencer Abbott (21-41-63 in 39 games) and co-captain F Brian Flynn (18-30-48 in 40) have graduated. They have also lost co-captain Will O'Neill (3-30-33 in 40, 210th overall in 2006) and Ryan Hegarty (2-12-14 in 40, 113th overall in 2008) from the back-end. Their top returning players include leading goal scorer Joey Diamond (25-22-47 in 37 games), Kyle Beattie (6-21-27 in 40), Adam Shemansky (11-10-21 in 40), and Mark Anthoine (12-7-19 in 40). Nick Pryor (2-11-13 in 36, 108th overall in 2008) is their top returning defenceman, while starting goaltender Dan Sullivan (22-11-3, 2.59 GAA, .909 save percentage) is also back. Their top recruits include D Ben Hutton (147th overall, 2012) and F Devin Shore (61st, 2012).

This will be the 22nd meeting between the two teams, by far the most of any NCAA team against UNB. The V-Reds have compiled a 5-14-2 record against the Black Bears all-time. Here is the complete breakdown:
October 2nd, 2011 (Orono)- Loss, 3 - 7     
January 19th, 2010 (Orono) - Loss, 1 - 4    
October 11th, 2008 (AUC) - Win, 7 - 6 SO  
October 10th, 2008 (AUC) - Loss, 4 - 5 
December 1st, 2007 (Orono) - Win, 2 - 1     
December 6th, 2006 (Orono) - Loss, 2 - 3 OT  
October 11th, 2002 (Orono) - Loss, 1 - 2    
October 22nd, 1999 (Orono) - Loss, 3 - 6     
November 1st, 1992 (Orono) - Loss, 1 - 11    
October 31st, 1992 (Orono) - Loss, 2 - 9     
October 28th, 1988 (Orono) - Loss, 0 - 12
October 15th, 1986 (Orono) - Loss, 1 - 12 
October 12th, 1984 (Orono) - Win, 6 - 3 
October 21st, 1983 (AUC) - Win, 8 - 6
November 14th, 1981 (Presque Isle) - Win, 6 - 5 
November 1st, 1980 (St. Stephen) - Loss, 3 - 4
October 31st, 1980 (Presque Isle)- Loss, 6 - 7 OT 
December 16th, 1978 (Orono) - Loss, 1 - 10
December 15th, 1978 (Orono) - Loss, 1 - 11
December 17th, 1977 - Loss, 6 - 8
December 16th, 1977 - Loss, 4 - 6

There does not appear to be any live video available for the game but you can follow along via Live Stats, a Live Chat hosted by UNB announcer/writer David Kilfoil and Eric Drummie, and UNBHockey on Twitter.