Saturday, September 29, 2012

UNB Doubles Up Stingers

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds picked up their second win in less than 20 hours with a 4-2 victory over the Concordia Stingers this afternoon, giving them a two game sweep of their weekend road trip to Montreal.

- Stefan Salituro, Tyler Carroll (on the power play), Ben Shutron, and Colby Pridham all scored for the V-Reds.

- The game was tied at one after the first period and UNB held a 2-1 advantage after two. They would make it a 4-1 game in the third before the Stingers got a late power play goal.

- Dan LaCosta picked up the victory in goal.

- The Varsity Reds next game is this Thursday, on the road against the AHL's Portland Pirates.

V-Reds Meet Stingers This Afternoon

After defeating the defending champion McGill Redmen 7-2 last night the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds are back in action this afternoon with a game against the Concordia Stingers. Game time is 3PM AST.

The V-Reds, who are now riding a three game winning streak, have never faced Concordia. The Stingers have played a pair of exhibition games thus far, both at the East-West tournament held by Western last weekend. They dropped both games, losing to the host Mustangs 4-3 and the Waterloo Warriors 6-5.

The Stingers have been slowly improving the last few seasons as they have gone from an 8-16-4 record in 2009-2010 to 12-14-2 to 13-13-2 last season. They have featured a potent offense during each of those years, scoring the 8th most goals in the country two seasons ago and the 5th most last year. However, they struggle at keeping the puck out of the net, as evidenced by giving up the 5th most, 2nd most, and 3rd most goals in the country over the last three years. So at the very least the game should be entertaining and feature plenty of offence.

As of right now the game is not listed on the OUA website so it is unknown whether the game can be followed via LeagueStat. The Stingers seem to have a fairly active Twitter account with lots of updates so that may also be an option.

Friday, September 28, 2012

V-Reds Continue Dominance Of Redmen

The University of New Brunswick used goals from seven different players to defeat the McGill Redmen tonight in Montreal by a 7-2 score.

McGill got out to a quick start with a goal against Travis Fullerton only 37 seconds into the opening frame. The V-Reds would respond with two quick goals to take the lead as Chris Culligan (Braes, Carroll) at 7:01 and Thomas Nesbitt (McNeil) at 7:37 both found the back of the net. Nicolas Biniek answered 81 seconds later to knot the game at two, but Colby Pridam, playing his first game in a V-Reds uniform, scored a power play goal at 15:11 to put UNB back in front heading into the first intermission. Ben Shutron and Chad Denny picked up assists on the play. Shots in the period favoured UNB 15-8.

The Varsity Reds would put the game away in the middle period with three goals in just over two minutes. First, Tyler Carroll scored on the man advantage at 11:30 with Marc-Antoine Desnoyers and Bryce Swan, also playing his first game as a V-Red, picking up helpers. Antoine Houde-Caron (Shutron, Wright) would make it 5-2 only 44 seconds later and Cameron Critchlow (Salituro) completed the outburst with his first CIS goal at 13:39. Shots in the period were 10-7 for UNB.

Taylor MacDougall would round out the scoring in the third period with a shorthanded penalty shot goal at 10:52. UNB outshot McGill 12-6 in the period for a game total of 37-21.

- Attendance for the game was 347.

- Carroll, Shutron, and Biniek were named the three stars of the game.

- Josh Kidd dressed for the V-Reds but did not see any game action.

- Quebec natives Desnoyers and Houde-Caron were both in the starting line-up.

- Cam Braes was back in his usual #10 sweater. Swan and Pridham were wearing #9 and #19, respectively.

- UNB was a perfect 2 for 2 on the power play. McGill failed to cash in any of their five opportunities.

- Fullerton went the distance in goal, stopping 19 of 21 shots directed his way.

- UNB has won 8 straight games against the Redmen, outscoring them 47-15.

- They also extended their winning streak against OUA East teams to 21 games.

- David Kilfoil's recap can be found here, the game sheet here, and the boxscore here.

V-Reds Face Defending Champs Tonight

The last time Varsity Reds fans seen the McGill Redmen the team was parading the University Cup around the Aitken Centre last March after defeating the Western Mustangs in overtime to capture the first national championship in school history. Tonight in Montreal the Redmen host the team many believed would be joining them in that game - the University of New Brunswick - in a rematch of the 2011 national final that many of us won't soon forget, as well as a game pitting the last two CIS champions against one another. Game time is 8 PM AST.

After dropping their pre-season opener to the University of Moncton the Varsity Reds have picked up victories against the Carleton Ravens and UQTR Patriotes. Meanwhile McGill, who have lost a number of top players from last season including sniper Francis Verreault-Paul, former CIS player of the year Alexandre Picard-Hooper, CIS defenceman of the year Marc-Andre Dorion, and team captain Evan Vossen, haven't missed a beat so far as they have posted convincing wins over RMC, Waterloo, and Western.

This will mark the 8th time since 1983 that these two storied hockey teams have met, with 5 of those coming since 2005. The V-Reds have won each of the previous 7 encounters, outscoring the Redmen 40-13 in the process. However, this will be the first time the game will be held outside of Fredericton. Here is the breakdown:

September 30th, 1983: 7-1 win
October 1st, 1983: 6-4 win
September 30th, 2005: 4-0 win
September 25th, 2009: 7-6 win
September 26th, 2009: 5-1 win
December 30th, 2010: 7-1 win
March 27th, 2011: 4-0 win (National Final)

You can follow the game via LeagueStat on the OUA website.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wednesday Links

Today's Brunswickan has a couple of V-Reds related stories. Check them out.

- Men's hockey gets wins

- Fans, where you at?


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

UNB To Host Russians

The University of New Brunswick announced their opponent for the 8th annual Peterbilt Pete Kelly Challenge to be held on December 30th and 31st, and it has a distinctive international flavour. The Varsity Reds will play a pair of games against a team made up of all-stars from Russia's top junior league - the MHL (similar to the Canadian Hockey League). The event will help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Summit Series and games will be held at both Harbour Station in Saint John (December 30th at 3PM) and at the Aitken Centre (December 31st at 4PM). Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning and will be $12.50-$18 for the game in Saint John and $10-$15 for the game in Fredericton.

This is the 3rd annual trip to North America for Team Russia, but they typically play games against NCAA competition. Prior to coming to New Brunswick they will play games against the Providence Friars and RPI Red Hawks, two teams that UNB has seen themselves in recent years.

You can read the full UNB press release here.

Here is a promo video made for the series:


Sunday, September 23, 2012

V-Reds Squeak By Patriotes

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

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds defeated the UQTR Patriotes 3-2 before 1356 fans this afternoon at the AUC to improve their exhibition record to two wins and one loss.

UNB came out and controlled the majority of play in the opening period against a UQTR team that was playing their 3rd game in as many days. The V-Reds finally got on the board at 15:19 after Geordie Wudrick intercepted a UQTR break-out pass at the blue line and dished it to Daine Todd, who worked a two-on-one with rookie Cam Braes. Braes took a cross-ice pass and deked Patriotes goalie Marc-Antoine Gelinas to put the puck in. That was the only goal of the period as UNB held a 14-6 shot advantage.

UQTR would tie the game just after the mid-point of the second period when Felix Petit unleashed a quick snap shot from the slot that beat V-Reds goalie Dan LaCosta. UNB responded only 93 seconds later on a two man advantage when Daine Todd's point shot found the back of the net. UNB almost extended their lead near the end of the period when Gelinas was forced to make an acrobatic save on a Chris Culligan wrap-around attempt. Shots favoured UNB 12-5 in the period.

The Patriotes came out hard in the third period and almost tied the game at 2:06 when a shot from outside of the blueline took a strange bounce off of one of the officials and past a surprised and out of position LaCosta. Fortunately for UNB the goal was disallowed since the puck cannot hit an official immediately before going in. UQTR kept pressing and scored one that counted at 6:57 when Maxime Gravel was credited with the goal after his shot appeared to bounce off of a UNB skate and in. The V-Reds took their third lead of the day at 10:18 as Culligan took a pass from Tyler Carroll, who was behind the net, and one-timed it off of the crossbar and in. A UQTR penalty with 59.9 seconds remaining pretty much extinguished any hope they had of tying the game and UNB held on for a 3-2 final. Shots were 8-6 in the period for UNB and 34-17 in the game.

- Josh Kidd, Bryce Swan, Colby Pridham, and Luke Lynes were all out of the line-up.

- LaCosta and Gelinas played the entire game in net for their respective teams.

- UNB was 1 for 7 on the power play while UQTR was 0 for 5.

- Cam Braes was wearing #5 for the game, as opposed to #10, which he had worn in the previous two games.

- UNB wore a weird home white jersey/away red sock combination.

- UNB is on the road this upcoming weekend when they travel to Montreal for a pair of games. They play McGill on Friday and Concordia Saturday with both games slated for 7PM EST start times.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

V-Reds, Patriotes Square Off Tomorrow Afternoon

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds wrap up their annual Fall Classic tomorrow afternoon with a match-up against the UQTR Patriotes at the AUC. Game time is 2PM. This will be the last home game until the regular season opener on October 12th.

The V-Reds are coming off of their first victory of the season, a 3-1 decision over the Carleton Ravens on Thursday night that evened their pre-season record at 1-1. UQTR, meanwhile, got their exhibition schedule underway this weekend with a pair of road wins over the UPEI Panthers, 3-2 on Friday night and 4-1 this afternoon.

The Patriotes, who are an annual fixture among the top teams in the country, have become a familiar opponent to many UNB fans as they will be making their 11th trek to New Brunswick to face the Varsity Reds since 1984-85, with 9 of those occurring in the previous 11 seasons. UNB currently holds a 9-1-1 record against the Patriotes and the 11 all-time meetings are the most for the V-Reds against any non-conference team. Here is the game-by-game breakdown:

October 19th, 1984: 4-4 tie
October 10th, 1999: 4-1 win
October 4th, 2002: 5-2 win
March 22nd, 2003: 4-3 loss (Nationals)
October 16th, 2004: 3-1 win
December 29th, 2005; 4-2 win
March 24th, 2007: 6-0 win (Nationals)
September 26th, 2008: 4-3 win
September 27th, 2008: 3-2 win
September 29th, 2011: 3-2 win (at Woodstock)
March 22, 2012: 6-1 win (Nationals)

You can follow the game via webcast here or UNBHockey on Twitter.

The Varsity Reds are back in action next weekend when they travel to Montreal to face the defending University Cup champion McGill Redmen on Friday night and the Concordia Stingers on Saturday night. UQTR will return to the east coast for games against Saint Mary`s and Acadia.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

V-Reds Pick Up First Victory Of Season

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds rebounded from an opening season loss to defeat the visiting Carleton Ravens 3-1 tonight before 1251 fans at the AUC in their first home game of the season.

After a scoreless first period that seen plenty of physicality and after the whistle scrums the Ravens opened the scoring 7:10 into the middle frame when freshman Jack Walchessen jumped on a rebound in front of the net and put it behind Travis Fullerton. The Varsity Reds received a late power play and would convert when Nick MacNeil redirected a Marc-Antoine Desnoyers shot with 18 seconds left in the frame to knot the game. Daine Todd also picked up an assist on the goal.

UNB carried the momentum into the third period and began to take over control of the game. They were finally rewarded at 13:46 when MacNeil (Desnoyers, Carroll) converted his second power play goal of the night to give the V-Reds their first lead of the game. The Ravens were unable to take advantage of a late power play and Cam Braes (Nesbitt, Wright) secured the victory with an empty net goal with 25 seconds remaining.

- Shots were 10-5 UNB in the first period, 12-9 Carleton in the second, and 16-2 UNB in the third for a game total of 35-19 for the V-Reds.

- UNB went 2 for 5 on the power play while Carleton was 0 for 4.

- Travis Fullerton played the entire game in net.

- Chad Denny was back in the line-up while Luke Lynes, Josh Kidd, Bryce Swan, and Colby Pridham were all out.

- UNB had a goal disallowed in the first period when the net came off its moorings before the puck crossed the line.

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

- The Varsity Reds are back in action on Sunday afternoon when they welcome the UQTR Patriotes to the AUC. Game time is 2PM.


V-Reds Kick Off Fall Classic Tonight

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds look to pick up their first win of the season tonight when they welcome the Carleton Ravens out of the OUA East Division to the AUC for the first game of the annual Fall Classic. Game time is scheduled for 7PM.

The V-Reds are 31-1-1 in their last 34 games against OUA teams, but are coming off of a disappointing 6-2 loss to the University of Moncton in their pre-season opener on Monday night in a game that took place in Abrams-Village, PEI. It marked the first time in 2455 days UNB had lost an exhibition game against a CIS team. They will look to rebound against the Ravens, who will be playing their first game of the season. Carleton will continue on to Wolfville, NS this weekend to partake in the Don Wells Memorial Tournament, featuring Saint Mary's, St. FX, and tournament host Acadia.

The V-Reds and Ravens have met only once in the previous 42 years, with UNB skating to a convincing 7-0 victory on September 19th, 2008 at the AUC in the semi-finals of the Fall Classic. However, that was only Carelton's second season competing at the CIS level after a twenty-four year absence. Since re-entering the league the Ravens have been a consistent above .500 team, with their best season coming in 2010-2011 when they compiled an 18-8-2 record. Last year they went 15-10-3 and featured one of the stingiest defences in the country, surrendering 78 goals.

For those who cannot make it the game will be webcast here.

Monday, September 17, 2012

V-Reds Fall In Pre-Season Opener

UPDATE: Hockeyscene.com and The Journal Pioneer have both posted their game recaps.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds dropped a 6-2 decision in their first exhibition game of the season tonight against the University of Moncton. This marks the first time since 2004 the V-Reds have lost their pre-season opener.

The Varsity Reds tied the game at one early in the second on a Chris Culligan (Nesbitt, Todd) marker but Moncton tallied a power play goal late in the period before putting it away in the third. Cam Braes (Carroll, Culligan) scored his first UNB goal in the final frame but it wasn't enough on this night, despite the shots favouring the V-Reds 37-25.

Bryce Swan, Colby Pridham, and Chad Denny all sat out while Luke Lynes was back in the line-up after missing the majority of last season with a concussion. Travis Fullerton and Dan LaCosta split the goaltending duties.

For those of you curious the new recruits were wearing the following jersey numbers: Swan (#9, according to the program), Braes (#10). Pridham (#19, according to the program), Critchlow (#23), and Robertson (#24).

UNB will look to rebound when they welcome the Carleton Ravens to the AUC on Thursday night for their first home game of the season.

Varsity Reds Begin Pre-Season Tonight

After a long summer the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds will finally take to the ice tonight for an exhibition match against the University of Moncton in a game that will be held at the Evangeline Recreational Centre in Abrams-Village, PEI.

The V-Reds will look to continue their recent run of success against the Aigles Bleus as they have won 16 of the last 17 meetings between the two teams. That, of course, includes a three game sweep in last year's AUS Championship.

This will mark only the 3rd exhibition game between the two clubs since Gardiner MacDougall became head coach before the 2000-2001 season, with UNB winning 5-3 in October of 2003 in a game held in Yarmouth, NS and 4-1 in December of 2009 in the finals of the Pete Kelly Cup.

UNB will also be looking to extend their streak of 35 consecutive exhibition victories over CIS competition, which dates back to a 4-1 loss to Saint Mary's on December 31st, 2005.
 
It will certainly be a very different looking team than the one that suffered a disappointing loss at home against Western in the University Cup semi-finals in March, as upwards of ten players off that team have moved on since the end of the season. However, tonight's game will mark the first time highly touted recruits Bryce Swan, Colby Pridham, Cameron Critchlow, Cam Braes, and Adrian Roberston suit up in a V-Reds uniform and we are sure fans are wondering how they will all fit in the line-up. Other questions, such as who will be named team captain and alternates, how the defence will look after losing arguably the top three rearguards in the conference, and how the goaltending situation will play out after last season's injury-riddled campaign, will all begin to be answered tonight.

For anyone who is planning on making the trek the rink is located at 1745 Rte. 124, C0B 2E0, Abrams-Village, PEI and advance tickets are available by contacting (902) 854-2592.

Meanwhile, for those of you looking to follow the game online we should note that UNBHockey on Twitter will NOT be offering updates during the game tonight, but you may be able to follow along here or here. (although neither has been confirmed)

Hockey is back, folks!

"Leadership in the locker room"

In this week's Brunswickan Nick Murray talked to head coach Gardiner MacDougall. Among the topics discussed were UNB's newest recruits as well as the upcoming season. Murray also confirms that forward Shayne Wiebe has indeed left the team after only one season of CIS eligibility to pursue a pro option, as many had speculated.

You can read the full article here.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

"AUS finalists meet in pre-season game"

In yesterday's Journal Pioneer UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall talked with Jason Simmonds about the Varsity Reds first pre-season game of the year on Monday against Moncton in Abram-Village, PEI, as well as the upcoming season.

You can find the article here.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Pridham and Swan Join V-Reds

In today's Daily Gleaner Varsity Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall confirmed the rumours that have been swirling the past few weeks - that 5th year forwards Colby Pridham and Bryce Swan have transferred from Saint Mary's and St. FX, respectively, and will suit up for UNB for their 5th and final season of eligibility.

Pridham, a 5'11'', 176 pound native of O'Leary, PEI, was captain of the Huskies last season when he notched a career high 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists) while playing all 28 games. For his performance he was named an AUS second-team all-star. Over his 4 year AUS career Pridham has accumulated 96 points (37 goals, 59 assists) and 64 PIM in 108 regular season games while adding another 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists) in 25 playoff games. While at SMU he helped the Huskies win two AUS Championships (2009 and 2010) as well as the first University Cup in school history (2010).

Before joining the Huskies Pridham played three season for the Halifax Mooseheads, where he was an alternate captain during his last two seasons. He amassed 95 points (38 goals, 57 assists) in 121 regular season games and 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists) in 38 postseason games in his junior career.

The Chronicle Herald and Metro News has more.



The 6'2'', 190 pound Swan has spent the last four year playing for St. FX. He was an alternate captain this past season and posted 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in 26 regular season games, before missing the entire postseason. For his AUS career the native of Sydney, Nova Scotia has accumulated 107 points (62 goals, 45 assists) and 234 PIM in 109 regular season games. He had his best season in 2009-2010 when he potted 20 goals and added 11 assists in 28 games and was named an AUS second-team all-star. During his time at St. FX he helped the X-Men reach two AUS Championships (2010 and 2011) and one University Cup (2011).

Swan also played his junior hockey in Halifax for the Mooseheads, where he was a teammate of Pridham. In four seasons, including two as an alternate captain, Swan posted 134 points (77 goals, 57 assists) in 198 regular season games and added another 34 points (21 goals, 13 assists) in 47 playoff games.



According to MacDougall, both Pridham and Swan "are experienced players and both were good players in good programs." He went on to mention that "their roles will be defined once we get a few practices under out belt, but both have leadership skills and both are proven players in our league. Yet they come in here with the excitement of a first year player. Colby can play centre or wing...a power play and penalty kill guy, and Bryce is a proven scorer. I think both have improved each year in the league, so they're looking to finish on a high note."

He also mentions that UNB has had considerable success with transfer students in the past. Fans will no doubt remember Brad Pierce (Dalhousie) and Nick Marach (British Columbia) helping UNB win the 2007 University Cup, Lucas Madill (McGill) being part of the 2008 team that came up just short in the CIS Final against Alberta, and Jimmy Cudddihy (Dalhousie) playing a prominent role on the 2009 championship team.

However, those players transferred from non-AUS teams or Dalhousie, a team that UNB does not have much of a rivalry with. We are sure it will take a little more getting used to seeing players who have played for two of UNB's main rivals and who have been part of some memorable games against the V-Reds now suiting up in the red and white, but both should be fan favourites by the end of the season.

Welcome to UNB, Colby and Bryce!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pre-Season Opener Info

In today's Journal Pioneer there is a brief write-up regarding UNB's pre-season game against Moncton on Monday, September 17th. The game will be held at the recently rebuilt Evangeline Recreational Centre in Abram-Village, PEI. Advance tickets are available by contacting the rink at (902) 854-2592.

For anyone who is planning on making the trip the rink is located at 1745 Rte. 124, C0B 2E0, Abrams-Village, PEI.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

RogersTV Schedule

RogersTV announced their broadcast schedule for the 2012-2013 athletic season today and it includes seven men's hockey games. Rogers will carry the following games:

October 12th - STU @ UNB
October 13th - Moncton @ UNB
November 2nd - St. FX @ UNB
November 16th - Dalhousie @ UNB
November 17th - Acadia @ UNB
January 16th - STU @ UNB
February 8th - Moncton @ UNB

Playoffs - To Be Announced

All games will air live beginning at 7PM AST.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

POLL: Who Will Be Captain This Season?

With the departure of 5th year veteran Kyle Bailey over the summer the V-Reds find themselves in a position they haven't been in since the end of the 2008-2009 season, and that is finding someone to don the "C". It certainly will not be an easy decision for head coach Gardiner MacDougall and his staff to make as the Varsity Reds feature a number of solid candidates, including many who held the same role during their time in junior.

We thought we would create a poll and let the fans voice their opinion on the matter so please tell us what you think below.

No matter who is chosen we all hope they can follow in the footsteps of Bailey, and Dustin Friesen before him, and help bring the University Cup back to Fredericton.

Who do you think should be captain this season?
  
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Saturday, September 1, 2012

UNB's Pre-Season Schedule

With the announcement yesterday that the Varsity Reds will play an exhibition game against the AHL's Portland Pirates it appears that their pre-season schedule has been finalized. It will include 8 games (the 6th straight season it has featured at least that many) and, according to head coach Gardiner MacDougall, is "one of our most competitive non-conference schedules ever." UNB will be looking to extend their impressive streak of 35 straight victories against CIS teams in exhibition games, dating back to December 31st, 2005.

Similar to last season the Varsity Reds will once again open their exhibition schedule against a fellow AUS team at a neutral site when they play the University of Moncton in Summerside, PEI on September 17th in a rematch of last season's AUS Finals.

The Varsity Reds then host their annual Fall Classic and it will include games against two OUA East teams - the Carleton Ravens on September 20th and the UQTR Patriotes on September 23rd. This will mark only the second time the V-Reds and Ravens have met with UNB skating to a 7-0 victory at the 2008 Fall Classic. By contrast this will be the 12th meeting between the V-Reds and Patriotes, with 11 coming in the last 13 years. UNB currently holds 9-1-1 record against the Patriotes, including a 3-2 exhibition victory and 6-1 win at Nationals last season.

The following weekend the Varsity Reds will travel to Montreal, Quebec for a pair of games. On September 28th they will face the defending University Cup Champion McGill Redmen. UNB has never lost to McGill, compiling a perfect 7-0 record against them. The following night they face off with the Concordia Stingers for the first time.

The Varsity Reds conclude their exhibition schedule the next weekend with their annual trip to the United States. As mentioned previously the V-Reds will take on the Portland Pirates on October 4th. On October 6th they will travel to Chestnut Hill to play the defending NCAA Champion Boston College Eagles. The two national contenders have met four times previously, with BC winning three. The next afternoon UNB wraps up the pre-season with a tilt against the University of Maine Black Bears at Alfond Arena in Orono. This will be the 6th season out of the last 7 that the two cross-border rivals have met and will be the 22nd match-up overall, with UNB going 5-14-2 previously.

Here is the complete list:

September 17th - UNB vs. Moncton, 7pm (at Summerside)
September 20th - Carleton @ UNB, 7pm
September 23rd - UQTR @ UNB, 2pm
September 28th - UNB @ McGill, 7pm
September 29th - UNB @ Concordia, 7pm
October 4th - UNB @ Portland, 1pm
October 6th - UNB @ Boston College, 7pm
October 7th - UNB @ Maine, 4 pm

We will have more, including ways to follow each game and ticket info, as it becomes available.

V-Reds To Play AHL's Pirates

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds announced yesterday that they will play a pre-season game against the Portland Pirates of the AHL. The game is scheduled for Thursday, October 4th in Portland, Maine.

This will mark the second meeting between the two teams. The Pirates defeated UNB by a 4-2 score in September, 2009 in a game that the V-Reds held a 36-22 margin in shots. The two teams were also supposed to play in 2010 but the game was cancelled.

Overall, this will be UNB's 5th game against pro competition. Previously, they have tied the Saint John Flames rookies 2-2 in 2002, defeated the New York Islanders rookies in 2007 in Moncton, and lost to the Islanders rookies 4-1 the AUC the following year at the AUC.

The Pirates, a former affiliate of the Washington Capitals (1993-2005), Anaheim Ducks (2005-2008), and Buffalo Sabres (2008-2011), are now associated with the Phoenix Coyotes and should prove to be a good test for the V-Reds as they compiled a 36-31-9 record last season, just missing the playoffs.

With an NHL lockout looming and the fact that it is only an exhibition game it is hard to say what the Pirate's roster will look like but it may include former Moncton Wildcats star and  2010 13th overall draft pick Brandon Gormley, defenceman David Rundblad (17th overall in 2009), and goaltender Mark Visentin (27th overall in 2010).