Saturday, November 3, 2012

Barrage Of Penalties Does In UNB

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds fell to 5-3-0 on the season after suffering a tough 4-3 loss to the Saint Mary's Huskies tonight at the AUC. The game that featured 13 power plays for the Huskies to only 3 for UNB.

The Varsity Reds led 2-1 after the first period but a number of penalties eventually caught up to UNB as the Huskies tied the game on the power play in the second period, and went up 4-2 with a pair of 5-on-3 goals only 52 seconds apart in the third. Colby Pridham scored his 3rd goal of the season against his former team to cut the deficit to one with just 5 minutes remaining but UNB was unable to find the equalizer.

We know people will be talking about the refereeing in this game and, while some of the calls were questionable, most of them were deserved. The fact is UNB gave St. FX 6 straight power plays in their game two week ago, another 5 straight to the X-Men last night, and 8 straight (and 10 out of the last 11) to Saint Mary's tonight and you can't continue to do that and expect to be successful. The V-Reds lack of discipline thus far continues to be a concer and is something that needs to be rectified sooner than later.

-  UNB only dressed 5 defencemen for the game. Adrian Robertson and Josh Kidd were out while Nick MacNeil was back in the line-up after serving a one game suspension for a 5 minute major penalty he picked up last weekend.

- Along with Pridham, Cameron Critchlow and Thomas Nesbitt also scored for UNB. Bryce Swan, Cam Braes, Chris Culligan, and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers all picked up assists on the night.

- After giving up the first 7 shots of the game UNB held a 37-13 advantage the rest of the way for a game total of 37-20.

- UNB was 0 for 3 with 4 shots in 4:29 of power play time. Saint Mary's was 3 for 13 with 8 shots in 15:33 on the man advantage. The V-Reds managed to kill off their first 8 shorthanded situations before giving up 3 goals on their last 5.

- The V-Reds went 39 and 28 in the face-off circle. Pridham won 12 out of his 18 draws.

- Travis Fullerton took the loss in net and Anthony Peters picked up the victory.

- Attendance was 2238.

- The Huskies were the only road team to win in the AUS tonight. Other winners included Dalhousie (2-0 over St. Thomas), Acadia (4-0 over Moncton), and UPEI (3-2 over St. FX in overtime).