Friday, November 2, 2012

UNB Sweats Out Victory Over X-Men

UPDATE: David Kilfoil, via UNB Athletics, and hockeyscene.com both have their game recaps posted.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds hung on for a crucial 5-3 victory over the visiting St. FX X-Men tonight at the AUC. With the win the V-Reds remained tied with Acadia for second place in the AUS, a point behind Moncton. The Varsity Reds built a 4-1 lead through two periods before seeing their lead cut to one after St.FX scored two quick goals midway through the final frame. An empty netter salted away UNB's 5th win of the season.

- Geordie Wudrick (Wright, MacDougall), Chris Culligan (Carroll, Pridham), and Adrian Roberston (Salituro, Swan) staked UNB to a 3-0 lead only 7:11 into the opening period, outshooting the X-Men 10-0 in the process. Steven Kuhn got St. FX on the board at 11:45. Shots in the first period were 17-5 for UNB.

- The Varsity Reds restored their 3 goal lead at 16:14 of the second period thanks to a "Chad Denny Special". Denny received the puck at the point after a face-off win and wired a slap shot that goalie Drew Owsley did not appear to see. Wudrick and Cameron Critchlow picked up assists on the goal. This came shortly after Denny had taken a penalty that put UNB two men down for 1:02. Shots in the period were 11-10 for St. FX.

- The Varsity Reds controlled most of the play in the third period but Jarrad Struthers converted on a power play at 11:01 to cut the lead in half and then, only 32 seconds later, Brad Cuzner wristed a shot from the blue line that got through both a screen in front as well as goalie Dan LaCosta to suddenly make it a 4-3 game. Matt Fillier (Culligan, Pridham) put the game away with an empty net goal with 12 seconds left. UNB outshot St. FX 13-11 in the period and 40-27 in the game.

- Culligan and Swan were both back in the line-up after each were on the receiving end of some hard hits last weekend. Culligan did spend a majority of the game playing right wing, as opposed to his usual centre position. Josh Kidd and Nick MacNeil were both out of the line-up.

- The V-Reds were 0 for 3 with the man advantage. St. FX managed a goal on 6 opportunities.

- UNB won 40 out of the 72 face-offs in the game. Cam Braes went 11 and 4, while Pridham was 11 and 9 in the dot.

- Attendance was 2437.

- The final seconds of the game were delayed for a short while after a fan jumped onto the ice near the St. FX net. He was quickly taken down by one of the refs and escorted off the ice. 

- In other AUS action tonight Saint Mary's went on the road to defeat UPEI 7-5, Acadia picked up a home win over St. Thomas 3-2, and Moncton doubled up Dalhousie 4-2 in Halifax.

- UNB hosts Saint Mary's tomorrow night at the AUC. Game time is 7PM and it will be web-cast online as well as broadcast on CHSR-FM (either 97.9 on your radio dial or online).