Monday, December 31, 2012

UNB Picks Up 2nd Consecutive Win Over Russia

UPDATE: The UNB Athletics website has posted their game recap.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds picked up their 2nd win against the Russian Red Stars in as many days with a 5-2 victory this afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd at the AUC. With the win the V-Reds retain the Peterbilt Atlantic Kelly Cup.

The V-Reds scored the game's first 5 goals with Matt Fillier, Tyler Carroll, Stefan Salituro, Bryce Swan, and Carroll again all finding the back of the net. Miks Lipsberg and Danil Bogdanov replied with 3rd period markers for the visitors. Shots favoured UNB 33-24

- Dan LaCosta picked up the win in goal.

- The announced attendance was 3450.

- Carroll and Lipsberg were named the players of the game.

- UNB remains the only team to win the Peterbilt Atlantic Kelly Cup Challenge in the 8 years the annual holiday tournament has been held.

- Dion Campbell was named the tournament MVP. Nick MacNeil, Ben Shutron, and Dan LaCosta joined Campbell on the Tournament All-Star Team.

- UNB is back in action this Friday night at the AUC when regular season play resumes with a game against the first place Acadia Axemen. It is the fourth, and final, regular season match-up between the two teams.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

UNB Takes First Game Against Russia

UPDATE: The UNB Athletics website has their game recap up here. Also of note is that today's game, scheduled for 4pm at the AUC, will be web-cast live. The game is sold-out.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds raced out to a 5-1 lead after the first period against the Russian Red Stars and never looked back, skating to a 7-3 victory this afternoon at Harbour Station in Saint John.

UNB received first period goals by Ben Shutron, Adrian Robertson, Taylor MacDougall, Nick MacNeil, and Cam Braes. Artyom Borodkin tied the game at 1 in the early going before the V-Reds scored 4 quick goals to build a lead that proved to be insurmountable. Shots in the period were 12-3 for UNB.

After a scoreless 2nd period in which UNB was outshot 5-4 the Red Stars cut the deficit in half  in the third on goals by Kirill Tambiev and Danil Faizullin. The V-Reds would put the game away with late goals by Dion Campbell, in his first game back in a UNB uniform, and Cameron Critchlow. Shots in the period (16-7) and game (24-23) favoured Team Russia.

- Travis Fullerton picked up the win in goal.

- Nick MacNeil was named the player of the game.

- Announced attendance was 2307.

- Defenceman Tim Priamo, who played two season in the CIS with Guelph and another year in the ECHL before sitting out the first half of this season while recovering from an injury, made his Varsity Red debut this afternoon. He wore Luke Lyne's #15.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Saturday Links

Here are some articles pertaining to two current Varsity Reds as well as former defenceman Luke Gallant as UNB prepares to play Team Russia tomorrow afternoon at Harbour Station in Saint John.

UNB Athletics - "Campbell to rejoin the Varsity Reds for the 2nd half of the season"

Derek Montague for The Aurora - "LaCosta's last hurrah"

John Browne for The Telegram - "Cats find a gem"

Thursday, December 20, 2012

UNB To Wear Team Canada Jerseys, Campbell To Return

UPDATE: According to @VarsityReds on Twitter the UNB/Team Russia game at the AUC on December 31st is now sold out.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have announced that they will sport commemorative Team Canada jerseys during their two game exhibition series against Team Russia later this month.

In an effort to pay homage to the 1972 Summit Series team the back of each jersey will not only feature the name of the UNB player wearing it, but also the number and name of a member of that 1972 team.

Tickets are still available for both games - December 30th in Saint John and December 31st in Fredreicton - although it has been reported that there are fewer than 70 tickets remaining for the game at the AUC.

Also, in today's Daily Gleaner Bill Hunt has confirmed that forward Dion Campbell will be rejoining the Varsity Reds for the second half of the season. After focusing on academics for the first semester the 5th year veteran from Melville, Saskatchewan is expected to be back in the line-up against Team Russia. Campbell has posted 22 goals and 28 assists in 96 regular season games during his first four years with the V-Reds and will be a welcome addition for the stretch run.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

CIS Men's Hockey Top Ten (#10): UNB Enters Break In 4th

OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of Alberta Golden Bears top the ninth and final CIS men’s hockey rankings of the fall semester. The first portion of the regular schedule came to an end last weekend and conference play will resume on January 3.

The Bears (14-4-0) lead the Top 10 for the fourth straight week after receiving nine of 16 first-place votes and 158 points from the national media panel. In yet another close poll, no less than three other teams also earned first-place nods, including the second-ranked Acadia Axemen (4), No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies (2) and No. 5 Western Mustangs (1).

Acadia (12-3-1) moves up two spots in the new poll, Saskatchewan (13-3-0) stays put and Western (13-3-0) gains one position. The UNB Varsity Reds (12-4-0) drop a pair and fall to No. 4 this week.
Rounding out the last Top 10 of the fall are the sixth-seeded UQTR Patriotes (12-3-1), down one position; No. 7 Saint Mary’s Huskies (11-4-1), up one; No. 8 Windsor Lancers (12-4-0), down one; No. 9 Manitoba Bisons (9-4-3), up one; and No. 10 Carleton Ravens (10-4-2), down one.

Standings in all three CIS conferences could hardly be closer at the December break.

In Canada West, Alberta holds a slim two-point advantage over Saskatchewan but the Huskies have two games in hand.

In the AUS, after 16 league contests, Acadia has 25 points, UNB 24 and Saint Mary’s 23.

In the OUA West division, Western leads Windsor by two points and unranked Guelph by three.

In the OUA East, division-leading UQTR has a three-point cushion over Carleton.

The top-ranked Golden Bears wrapped up the fall semester last weekend with a two-game split against Manitoba, in Winnipeg. Alberta took the opener 3-2 in a shootout on Friday but dropped Saturday’s rematch by a 4-2 score.

The Axemen closed out the first half with a bang. Following a 3-1 win over UPEI last Friday, they edged UNB 3-2 on home ice the next night to secure first place in the Atlantic conference heading into the break.

Also last weekend, Saskatchewan swept Canada West newcomer Mount Royal 6-2 and 6-3; UNB beat Dalhousie 5-2 before falling to Acadia; Western outscored York 10-5 and Brock 4-1; UQTR edged RMC 4-3 in a shootout and Queen’s 2-1 in overtime; Saint Mary’s downed St. Thomas 3-2 in OT and Moncton 5-2; Windsor lost 3-2 to Guelph on Friday but won the rematch 5-2 on Saturday; Carleton defeated Nipissing 3-2 in OT and lost by the same score against Ryerson, also in extra time.

The next CIS men’s hockey Top 10 will be published on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#9)

Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points. The CIS Men’s Ice Hockey Top Ten Committee is made up of media members from across Canada.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Alberta (14-4-0) / 158 points (9) / (1)
2. Acadia (12-3-1) / 147 (4) / (4)
3. Saskatchewan (13-3-0) / 129 (2) / (3)
4. UNB (12-4-0) / 123 / (2)
5. Western (13-3-0) / 102 (1) / (6)
6. UQTR (12-3-1) / 89 / (5)
7. Saint Mary’s (11-4-1) / 69 / (8)
8. Windsor (12-4-0) / 47 / (7)
9. Manitoba (9-4-3) / 40 / (10)
10. Carleton (10-4-2) / 15 / (9)

Other teams receiving votes: St. Francis Xavier (5), McGill (5), Guelph (3), Calgary (1), Moncton (1), Toronto (1).

-CIS-

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)