Friday, November 9, 2012

New Rink, Same Result For V-Reds

The University of New Brunswick made themselves right at home in their debut at the Grant*Harvey Centre, defeating the St. Thomas Tommies 6-1 tonight before an announced attendance of 1772. This also marked the 200th all-time meeting between the two rivals, with UNB currently holding a 138-54-8 record in those game.

Thomas Nesbitt got UNB on the board 6:28 into the game when his quick snap shot from the face-off circle to the right of Tommies goalie Jonathan Groenheyde made its way into the net. The goal, which came on the power play and was assisted by Daine Todd and Colby Pridham, was the lone goal of the period despite UNB holding a 10-1 advantage in shots.

The Varsity Reds would break the game open in the middle stanza, scoring 3 goals and out-shooting the Tommies 18-0. Tyler Carroll (Swan, Shutron) sniped a power play goal at 10:48, Nick MacNeil (Braes) made it 3-0 at 13:28 after some fortunate bounces kept the puck in STU's zone, and Bryce Swan (Critchlow, Todd) rounded out the scoring in the period when he got a short break away and beat Groenheyde with a shot along the ice. Shots after two period were 28-1 for UNB.

The V-Reds power play continued to click in the 3rd period as both of their goals came with the man advantage. Geordie Wudrick (Culligan, Braes) picked up a rebound and fired it into a wide open net at 11:13, only for Chris Morehouse to answer just 8 seconds later for the Tommies when his shot beat Travis Fullerton. Chris Culligan (Desnoyers) would put the finishing touches on a dominating display by the V-Reds with a goal at 14:07. Shots favoured UNB 17-6 in the period and 45-7 in the game.     

- Adrian Robertson took the pre-game warm-up but did not play. Josh Kidd replaced him in the line-up. Stefan Salituro and Luke Lynes were also scratched.

- Players of the game were Swan, Culligan, and Groenheyde.

- UNB ended up 4 for 7 on the power play. STU was scoreless on 3 opportunities.

- Face-offs favoured UNB 49-22.

- Tommies goalie Jonathan Groenheyde made 30 saves on 34 shots before leaving in the 3rd period with an apparent injury. Backup Justin Collier turned aside 9 out of 11 shots in relief.

- Tyler Carroll took a Chad Denny shot off his ankle in the first period and was in visible discomfort coming off the ice. Daine Todd was also shaken up in the early going after taking a puck to the head/helmet. Fortunately, neither player missed much time.

- Thomas Nesbitt played arguably his strongest game in a V-Reds uniform as he scored a goal, had 4 shots on goal, and created numerous turnovers and scoring chances because of his strong fore-checking.

- Matt Filler, Ben Wright, and Pridham were the alternate captains for the game.

- In other AUS action tonight St. FX earned a 5-4 overtime victory over Dalhousie in Antigonish, Acadia defeated Saint Mary's 3-2 in Halifax, and UPEI picked up a big 6-3 road win against Moncton.

- The Varsity Reds travel to Charlottetown to face UPEI tomorrow night. Other games include Moncton at St. Thomas and Acadia at St. FX.