Saturday, November 10, 2012

V-Reds Nip Panthers On The Island

UPDATE: The Guardian has their game recap posted.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds picked up their 2nd win of the weekend, and 4th in 5 games, with a 3-2 victory over the UPEI Panthers tonight in Charlottetown. The victory moves UNB to 7-3-0 on the season and into sole possession of 2nd place in the AUS, two points behind Acadia.

After a scoreless first period the V-Reds took a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the first 1:02 of the second period. Thomas Nesbitt (Desnoyers, Todd) gave the V-Reds a 1-0 lead 40 second into the frame and Colby Pridham (Culligan, Wright) doubled the lead only 22 second later. However, the Panthers answered back with a power play goal at 4:41 and an even strength marker at 8:54 to send the game to the third period all square at 2.

The Varsity Reds came out strong in the final period and controlled the majority of play, but they would find themselves in a familiar situation - being forced to kill off a 5-on-3. UNB was up to the challenge and only 31 seconds later they would take a 3-2 lead when Antoine Houde-Caron (unassisted) made a nifty play in close to get the puck up over Panthers goalie Mavric Parks. The Panthers pulled their goalie in the last minute and survived a couple of UNB shots towards the empty net before forcing Dan LaCosta to make a great save from in close in the dying seconds, preserving the victory for the V-Reds.

- Adrian Robertson was back in the line-up for UNB, replacing Chad Denny. Stefan Salituro and Luke Lynes remained out.

- Taylor MacDougall left the game early in the first period due to an apparent injury. 

- Final shots were 30-25 for UNB.

- UNB was 0 for 3 on the power play. UPEI was 1 for 4.

- Attendance was 1349.

- Other AUS action tonight seen Moncton defeat St. Thomas 3-2 in Fredericton and Acadia picking up a 2-1 road victory over St. FX.

- The V-Reds are back at the AUC next weekend for games against Dalhousie on Friday night and Acadia the following evening.