Saturday, December 1, 2012

V-Reds End First Half With Loss

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds seen their 7 game winning streak, as well as their hold on first place, come to an end tonight with a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Acadia Axemen in Wolfville. This marks the first time in 6 seasons that UNB will enter the Christmas break not on top of the AUS standings.

The V-Reds fell behind 1-0 on an Andrew Clark goal after one period of play, but Colby Pridham helped tie the game up in the second period when he made a nice move and pass to Cameron Critchlow, who buried it. The Axemen regained their lead in the final minute of the period shorthanded when UNB turned the puck over at the blue line and Dustin Eckelman beat Travis Fullerton on a clean breakaway. Acadia extended their lead early in the third just after a UNB power play expired with Clark netting his second of the game. The V-Reds made things interesting with a flukey goal by Pridham (Carroll, Desnoyers) with 48 seconds remaining, but a final flurry in front of the Axemen net was denied.

- Ben Wright, Luke Lynes, and Taylor MacDougall were all out of the line-up. Chad Denny was also out serving a suspension for his fight last night against Dalhousie.

- UNB played most of the game with only 4 defencemen after Josh Kidd left the game early in the first period after falling hard to the ice.

- Of course Acadia was missing their top defenceman - and leading scorer - as Christopher Owens sat our after being on the receiving end of a nasty hit the night before against UPEI.

-  Final shots were 45-28 in favour of UNB. Evan Mosher was exceptional filling in for regular starter Peter DiSalvo in net for Acadia. Travis Fullerton made 25 saves in falling to 3-4-0 on the season.

- UNB went 0 for 5 on the power play, failing to score a goal with the man advantage in either contest at Acadia this year. The Axemen were 0 for 2, but that that key shorthanded goal.

- The V-Reds have now lost 3 of their last 4 games in Wolfville. They lost 6-5 in a shootout last November before winning 3-2 in February. 

- In other AUS action tonight St. Thomas picked up their first win at the Grant*Harvey Centre with a 5-4 shootout win over St. FX, Saint Mary's beat Moncton 5-2 on the road, and Dalhousie got a 302 home win over UPEI.

- The standings heading into the Christmas break looks like this: Acadia (25 points), UNB (24), Saint Mary's (23), St. FX (20), Moncton (17), UPEI (13), Dalhousie (12), and St. Thomas (5)