Sunday, December 29, 2013

V-Reds Rip Tommies In Pete Kelly Challenge

Despite having five regulars out of the line-up the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds throttled the visiting St. Thomas Tommies 9-1 this afternoon at the AUC in the 9th annual Pete Kelly Challenge. The V-Reds scored 3 goals in each period en route to the lopsided victory.

Scoring for the V-Reds were Tim Priamo, Philippe Maillet, Jordan Murray, Cam Critchlow (2), Mike Thomas, Thomas Nesbitt, Cam MacLise, and Shea Kewin.   

- The Varsity Reds played without Antoine Houde-Caron as well as the four players who represented Canada at the Winter Universiade - Chris Culligan, Tyler Carroll, Nick MacNeil, and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers. New recruits Ben Duffy and Philippe Halley were both in the line-up.

- Shots were  32-23 in favour of UNB.

- Charles Lavigne and Joel Vienneau split the duties in goal with Lavigne turning aside everything directed his way.

- The game's three stars were Tim Priamo, Mike Thomas, and Cam Critchlow. 

- According to Bill Hunt of the Daily Gleaner it will be Philippe Halley taking the final roster spot for this season while Ben Duffy will be forced to sit out until September. Give Duffy a ton of credit for honouring his prior commitment and still decide to join the Varsity Reds given the circumstances with regards to the roster cap.

- The Varsity Reds resume regular season action this upcoming weekend when they head to Nova Scotia for tilts against the Saint Mary's Huskies on Friday night and the St. FX X-Men the following evening. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM puck drop.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Duffy, Halley Return To UNB

Bill Hunt of the Daily Gleaner has reported that forwards Ben Duffy and Philippe Halley, both recruited over the summer before pursuing professional options, have decided to re-join the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds hockey program.

Duffy, a 5'10'', 165 pound native of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, put up 81, 82, and 110 point seasons in his last three years of junior hockey for the PEI Rocket. Meanwhile, Halley, a 5'9'' and 158 pound native of Quebec, posted 78 and 79 point campaigns in his last two years for Victoriaville of the QMJHL. These additions should strengthen what is already a formidable forward group.

Both players are expected to be in the line-up tomorrow afternoon for the exhibition game against STU (game time of 4PM). The one wrinkle in all of this, however, is the fact that due to this year's new roster cap only one will  be allowed to play the remainder of the year since the Varsity Reds have already used 21 out of their 22 allowed roster spots. This will create an interesting competition between the two tomorrow with both trying to impress enough to be added to the roster for the 2nd half of the season.

Welcome (back) to UNB, Ben and Philippe!



Saturday, December 21, 2013

Canada Overwhelms, Frustrates Kazakhstan To Claim Gold

(Photo courtesy www.universiadetrentino.org)
 
(TRENTINO, Italy) – Team captain Chris Culligan from the University of New Brunswick had two goals and an assist as Canada dominated Kazakhstan 6-2 to capture its fourth Winter Universiade men's hockey title, Saturday afternoon at the Gianmario Scola Arena in Canazei, Italy.

The team of all-stars from the Atlantic University Sport conference, which edged defending two-time champion Russia 2-1 in Friday's semifinals, wraps up the biennial tournament with a 5-1 overall mark. The only blemish on its record was a 4-2 round-robin loss to Kazakhstan last Sunday.

Today's final was also a rematch of the 2011 bronze-medal game in Erzurum, Turkey, won 3-1 by Canada.

The Canadian men, who have now claimed 13 medals (4-3-6) in 14 all-time appearances at the event, had previously triumphed at the FISU Games in 1981 in Jaca, Spain (University of Alberta Golden Bears), 1991 in Sapporo, Japan (senior national team) and 2007 in Turin, Italy (AUS all-stars).

"It's an unbelievable feeling. What can you say?," said Team Canada head coach Gardiner MacDougall from UNB, who was an assistant coach with the 2007 gold medal-winning squad. "We had a slogan BIW and the guys figured it out as we went on our journey – be the best in the world. How often do you become the best in the world in anything you do? In this case, this is a Canadian passion, hockey. The guys should be very, very proud.

"AUS coaches should be very proud of their players that represented our conference, CIS and the country. To add to that, it's a special time of year, it's Christmas. December is synonymous in Canada for international hockey and hopefully we can set the trend for the world juniors and the Olympics because we have 28 proud Canadians here in Italy that's for sure."

Culligan, a forward from Howie Center, N.S., scored five minutes into the second period to give Canada a commanding 4-1 lead and sealed the victory early in the final frame with his third of the competition.

"Like I said yesterday, the last two games we've been coming along really well as a group, the chemistry's been great both off and on the ice. We came out and made it simple for ourselves, took advantage of our chances probably as good as we have had all tournament. For us to do that in this tournament is pretty special.

"It's great to be a world champion. It's one of those things where everyone has to come together in such a short time, one of those things you can't really explain. It's a feeling you get, it's something you'll never forget and to do it with these guys and to be the person that represents them as their captain is such an honour. I'm really, really trilled right now!"

Tyler Carroll of Strathroy, Ont., who had a goal and a helper in Friday's semifinal win, set up his UNB teammate on Culligan's first of the contest.

"It's amazing what we've accomplished in these two weeks, it really is. We all come from different schools, from rival schools, but we all came together and made it happen. We will be rivals again next month but this two-week journey has been quite something, now we are world champions. It's a feeling you can't really describe, I'm just happy to have been a part of it."

The gold-medal final was a stark contrast to Friday's defensive battle against Russia.

Kazakhstan stunned Canada with a goal only 14 seconds in but the AUS standouts responded with three markers in a span of three minutes and 37 seconds to take a 3-1 lead after only 7:16 of play.

The Canadians all but put the game away with two more unanswered goals in the second period and added one more early in the third before their rivals found the back of the net again.

Taking advantage of its opponent's lack of discipline, the Red & White connected twice on 11 power-play opportunities, both times with two men up, and finished with a 54-21 advantage in shots on goal, including a 26-10 margin in the first, 18-5 in the second and 10-6 in the third.

Unfortunately, things got out of hands in the final stanza and when it was all said and done, eight players had received game misconducts, including three Canadians. Kazakhstan's head coach and his assistant were also sent back to the locker room early.

The ice was barely dry when Yevgeniy Rymarev sent a pass from the right corner to Alexandr Shin, who opened the scoring with his first of two on the afternoon.

Mike Cazzola, an Acadia University forward from Guelph, Ont., put Canada on the board at 3:39, sliding the puck between Andrey Yankov's pads at the end of a breakaway.

StFX's Josh Day, a defenceman from St. John's, sent a rebound past Yankov at 5:25 to give the Canucks their first lead of the game and UPEI rearguard Matthew Maione of Unionville, Ont., made it 3-1 at 7:16 when his long-range shot was deflected to the back of the net.

Culligan made it a three-goal affair 5:24 into the middle frame on a one-timer off a perfect feed from Carroll. Seven minutes later, during a 5-on-3, it was the captain's turn to set up one of his UNB teammates as he assisted on Nick MacNeil's tournament-leading seventh at 12:03.

Culligan scored Canada's second 5-on-3 goal of the day 8:32 into the third, and Shin rounded out the scoring for Kazakhstan with a power play marker at 12:27.

Saint Mary's netminder Anthony Peters of Blyth, Ont., turned aside 19 pucks for his fourth win in as many starts at the competition. Yankov was spectacular in a losing cause with 48 saves.

GAME NOTES: Rymarev (7-7-14), Shin (4-9-13) and MacNeil of Creignish, N.S. (7-3-10) finished 1-2-3 in tournament scoring... Moncton forward Éric Faille (5-5-10) also tallied 10 points during the six-game event... In three appearances at the tournament, AUS all-stars have now claimed to gold (2013, 2007) and one silver (2001)... The Canadian men's triumph came 24 hours after Canada's 5-0 win over Russia in the women's hockey gold-medal final... The entire red and white women's hockey team, led by head coach Howie Draper from the University of Alberta, was among the many Canadian in the crowd for the men's final.

SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST PERIOD
SCORING:
1. KAZ Alexandr Shin (3) (Yevgeniy Rymarev), 0:14
2. CAN Mike Cazzola (3) (Michael D'Orazio), 3:39
3. CAN Josh Day (2) (Lucas Bloodoff), 5:25
4. CAN Matthew Maione (1) (Cory Tanaka), 7:16
PENALTIES:
Viktor Ivashin (KAZ) hooking, 8:58;
Alexandr Lipin (KAZ) interference, 9:44;
Chris Desousa (CAN) interference, 12:32;
Matthew Maione (CAN) boarding, 14:17.

SECOND PERIOD
SCORING:
5. CAN Chris Culligan (2) (Tyler Carroll, Éric Faille), 5:24
6. CAN Nick MacNeil (7) (Chris Culligan, Christopher Owens), 12:03 PP2
PENALTIES:
Alexandr Kaznacheyev (KAZ) tripping, 2:16;
Alexandr Kaznacheyev (KAZ) checking to the head, 5-minute major, 7:28;
Alexandr Kaznacheyev (KAZ) game misconduct, 7:28;
Tyler Carroll (CAN) cross-checking, 7:28;
Mike Cazzola (CAN) hooking, 8:06;
Alexey Vorontsov (KAZ) spearing, 5-minute major, 10:54;
Alexey Vorontsov (KAZ) game misconduct, 10:54;
Alexandr Lipin (KAZ) charging, 15:46;
Konstantin Savenkov (KAZ) hooking, 18:11;
Alexandr Shin (KAZ) 10-minute misconduct, 18:11.

THIRD PERIOD
SCORING:
7. CAN Chris Culligan (3) (Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, Josh Day), 8:32 PP2
8. KAZ Alexandr Shin (4) (Rodion Zharkikh, Yevgeniy Rymarev), 12:27 PP
PENALTIES:
Artem Ignatenko (KAZ) slashing, 3:58;
Konstantin Savenkov (KAZ) boarding, 5:41;
Leonid Metalnikov (KAZ) delay of game, 7:49;
Konstantin Savenkov (KAZ) slashing, 8:16;
Michael D'Orazio (CAN) holding, 11:16;
Cory Tanaka (CAN) charging, 12:27;
Rob Slaney (CAN) hooking, 14:23;
Chris Desousa (CAN) roughing, 5-minute major, 14:23;
Chris Desousa (CAN) game misconduct, 14:23;
Georgiy Petrov (KAZ) roughing, 5-minute major, 14:23;
Georgiy Petrov (KAZ) game misconduct, 14:23;
Rodion Zharkikh (KAZ) roughing, 5-minute major, 18:05;
Rodion Zharkikh (KAZ) game misconduct, 18:05;
Nick MacNeil (CAN) roughing, 5-minute major, 18:05;
Nick MacNeil (CAN) game misconduct, 18:05;
Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (CAN) boarding, 19:11;
Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (CAN) roughing, 5-minute major, 19:11;
Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (CAN) game misconduct, 19:11;
Damir Ramazanov (KAZ) roughing, 5-minute major, 19:11;
Damir Ramazanov (KAZ) game misconduct, 19:11;
Andrey Yankov (KAZ) delay of game, 19:11.

GOALS (by period)
CAN: 3-2-1: 6
KAZ: 1-0-1: 2

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
CAN: 26-18-10: 54
KAZ: 10-5-6: 21

POWER PLAY:
CAN: 2-11
KAZ: 1-6

GOALTENDERS
CAN – Anthony Peters (W, 4-0, 21 shots, 19 saves, 2 GA, 60:00)
KAZ – Andrey Yankov (L, 4-1, 54 shots, 48 saves, 6 GA, 60:00)

REFEREES: Lars Johan Hall (SWE), Marian Rohatsch (GER)
LINESMEN: Gustav Jonsson (SWE), Frederic Monnaie (BEL)
ATTENDANCE: 2,600

Source: CIS Communications

Friday, December 20, 2013

Canada Edges Russia, Advance To Tomorrow's Final

TRENTINO, Italy (CIS) – Tyler Carroll from the University of New Brunswick had a goal and an assist as the Canadian men’s hockey team advanced to the gold-medal final at the Winter Universiade thanks to a 2-1 semifinal victory over defending two-time champion Russia, Friday afternoon.

It was a remarkable win for the team comprised of Atlantic University Sport all-stars, who were facing a powerful opponent which entered the contest with an unblemished 4-0 record, having outscored its rivals by a 25-3 margin in the process. The Russian lineup includes 11 players with KHL experience, nine of them currently skating in the league.

Canada (4-1) will face either Kazakhstan or the United States in the championship match Saturday at 8:30 a.m. EST (2:30 p.m. Trentino), live on www.fisu.tv.

The Canucks are 3-3 in six previous appearances in the FISU final, including triumphs in 1981, 1991 and 2007, the latter a 3-1 win over Russia when the country was also represented by AUS standouts in Italy (Turin).

Today’s result also ensures the Red and White will return home with a medal for the 13th time in 14 trips to the biennial tournament.

“One of the keys was that we got a chance to get the lead. When you have a quality opponent, and you know it going to be a tight game, it’s critical. We did that and we protected it,” said Team Canada head coach Gardiner MacDougal from UNB, who was an assistant coach with the 2007 gold-medal winning squad. “We got a chance to extend it in the third, which turned out to be the game-winning goal.”

Carroll, a forward from Strathroy, Ont., who has helped MacDougall’s UNB Varsity Reds capture a pair of University Cups over the last three years, opened the scoring with 17 seconds left in the first period and assisted on Université de Moncton forward Éric Faille’s game-winner 34 seconds into the third.

“Hats off to our group, we had a lot of character performance. Our penalty kill was exceptional and found a way to shut them down. When the PK is as effective as that, you’re going to find a way to be successful,” MacDougall added. “That being said, it’s a quick turnaround. We need a good supper in us and then get excited for a lifetime opportunity. Anytime you get a chance to win a world championship, it’s an amazing opportunity, so we look forward to that tomorrow.”

After going a perfect 9-for-9 in a 6-0 quarter-final win over Slovakia on Wednesday, Canada’s penalty kill unit was perfect in seven situations against Russia, including in the final 77 seconds of the game after UNB’s Nick MacNeil was called high-sticking.

“We were pretty excited to have that match-up [against Russia] going into the game tonight with the history the way it is between the two countries, and for us to have our own chance to add to that history was pretty exciting,” said team captain Chris Culligan of Howie Center, N.S., also from UNB. “We had a plan going into the game, that was just to simplify our game, to play hard, to play the Canadian way. Every player bought it and everyone was willing to sacrifice whatever they could to ensure we had success tonight. The last few games we really started coming together as a group and that just built up to where we are getting to right now.

“We’re hoping a lot of our fellow Canadian athletes will come up to cheer us on tomorrow. That would be great. There will be a lot of emotion there. Whoever the opponent is, we will be ready to jump with the support of the other Canadians.”

Canada played a strong all-around game and outshot its powerful rivals 38-20 overall, including 15-8 in the first frame, 14-6 in the second and 9-6 in the third.

The Canadians had numerous opportunities to take an early lead but were blanked on three power play opportunities in the first 10 minutes of the contest. They would finish 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

In the dying moments of the opening stanza, however, Carroll deflected a shot from UNB teammate Marc-Antoine Desnoyers of Saint-Hippolyte, Que., to send his troops to the locker room with a 1-0 advantage.

The Russians had a glorious chance to tie the affair midway through the second period but Saint Mary’s goaltender Anthony Peters stopped them on a three-on-one rush.

Canada’s best chance of the middle frame came on the penalty kill with 52 seconds left when Alex Wall was sent on a breakaway, but the UPEI forward was stoned by netminder Danila Alistratov.

The Canucks got the all-important second goal early in the third when Carroll took the puck away from a defenceman behind the Russian net and sent it in front to Faille, who made no mistake and buried his fifth of the tourney.

Pavel Kopytin, who currently plays for Atlant Moscow Oblast in the KHL, made things interesting with 1:50 remaining in regulation, cutting the deficit to one with a perfect shot high to Peters’ stick side.

MacNeil was called for high-sticking 33 seconds later but the PK saved the day and sent Team Canada to the final.

Kopytin’s goal was the first allowed by Peters in three starts at the competition. The product of Blyth, Ont., is now 3-0 with two shutouts, a 0.33 goals against average and a .980 save percentage.

GAME NOTES: Canada suffered its lone loss of the tournament to Kazakhstan, a 4-2 round-robin defeat on Sunday, and has not faced the USA so far in Trentino... Canada and Russia have now faced off six times at the last five Universiades, with the Russians holding a 3-2-1 edge over that period... In addition to the 2007 triumph by the AUS all-stars, Canada’s FISU titles in men’s hockey came courtesy of the senior national team in 1991 (Sapporo, Japan) and the University of Alberta Golden Bears in 1981 (Jaca, Spain).

SCORING SUMMARY 

FIRST PERIOD
SCORING:
1. CAN Tyler Carroll (4) (Marc-Antoine Desnoyers), 19:43
PENALTIES:
Andrey Demidov (RUS) tripping, 3:35;
Andrey Demidov (RUS) high-sticking, 5:57;
Vadim Mitriakov (RUS) high-sticking, 7:55;
Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (CAN) hooking, 16: 21.

SECOND PERIOD
SCORING:
(no scoring)
PENALTIES:
Rob Slaney (CAN) slashing, 0:29;
Simon Lacroix (CAN) slashing, 6:17;
Michael Kirkpatrick (CAN) hooking, 17:28.

THIRD PERIOD
SCORING:
2. CAN Éric Faille (5) (Tyler Carroll), 0:34
3. RUS Pavel Kopytin (4) (Alexander Shscherbina, Egor Kutugin), 18:10
PENALTIES:
Cory Tanaka (CAN) high-sticking, 1:45;
Alex Wall (CAN) holding, 7:41;
Kirill Polyanskiy (RUS) roughing, 14:24;
Nick MacNeil (CAN) high-sticking, 18:43.

GOALS (by period)
CAN: 1-0-1: 2
RUS: 0-0-1: 1

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
CAN: 15-14-9: 38
RUS: 8-6-6: 20

POWER PLAY:
CAN: 0-4
RUS: 0-7

GOALTENDERS
CAN – Anthony Peters (W, 3-0, 20 shots, 19 saves, 1 GA, 60:00)
RUS – Danila Alistratov (L, 3-1, 38 shots, 36 saves, 2 GA, 59:16)
RUS – Empty net (0:44)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Canada Advances at Universiade

RENTINO, Italy (CIS) – Tyler Carroll scored two goals while Chris Culligan and Éric Faille tallied three points apiece as the Canadian men’s hockey team qualified for the semifinals at the Winter Universiade thanks to a 6-0 quarter-final win over Slovakia, Wednesday night.

The result sets up yet another meeting at the biennial tournament between Canada and archrival Russia, Friday at 10:30 a.m. EST (4:30 p.m. Trentino) in the early Final Four matchup. The second semi will see the United States battle Kazakhstan at 2:30 p.m. EST. Both games are streamed live at www.fisu.tv.

In today’s other quarter-finals, Russia (4-0) beat the Czech Republic 5-1, the USA (3-1) shut out Italy 5-0 and Kazakhstan (4-0) dominated Latvia 6-1.

The Canadians and Russians – the two-time defending champions - have met at each of the last four FISU tourneys. Russia prevailed 4-2 in the 2011 semis, 4-2 in the 2009 gold-medal match and 6-0 in pool play in 2005, while the Canucks triumphed 3-1 in the 2007 final to capture their third Universiade title.

In 13 previous appearances at the competition, Canada has reached the podium 12 times, including three gold medals (2007, 1991, 1981), three silver and six bronze.

“Any time you get Canada and Russia, it’s going to be great for hockey fans,” said Team Canada head coach Gardiner MacDougall from the reigning CIS champion University of New Brunswick. “You have two very good teams and it will be exciting.

“The whole point of this tournament is to get better every game and it’s not always going to be a straight line. Maybe the performance in the last game allowed us to go up two steps today instead of one. We had more urgency, were more business-like. We played the way we have to play, we have to play Canadian hockey but we have to be disciplined and take less penalties. Special teams hurt us the last game, special teams won us the game tonight.”

After dropping a 4-2 decision to Kazakhstan on Monday in their third and last preliminary round contest, the Atlantic University Sport all-stars rebounded with a solid all-around game against Slovakia.

The Red & White outshot its rivals 47-17 overall, including 16-5 in the first period, 16-5 in the second and 15-7 in the third, and was leading 3-0 after 20 minutes and 4-0 heading into the second intermission.

Liam Heelis, an Acadia University forward from Georgetown, Ont., opened the scoring on the power play 7:09 into the duel.

Carroll, who skates for UNB and hails from Strathroy, Ont., and Chris Desousa of UPEI then gave Canada a comfortable 3-0 cushion with two goals in a span of 22 seconds, at 15:00 and 15:22.
Lucas Bloodoff of Saint Mary’s made it 4-0 late in the second, with Culligan and Carroll rounding out the scoring midway through the third.

It was the first of the tournament for UNB’s Culligan, the team captain from Howie Center, N.S., who finished with a goal and two assists. Faille, a Moncton forward from Lachine, Que., racked up three helpers.

While the Canadians were held to one goal in seven man advantages, the penalty killing unit was perfect on nine occasions, including a trio of 5-on-3 situations.

Making his second start of the competition, Saint Mary’s netminder Anthony Peters turned aside 17 shots to earn the shutout. His opponent Igor Cibula was solid in a losing effort with 41 saves.

GAME NOTES: UNB’s Nick MacNeil (6-3-9) picked up an assist against Slovakia and is currently tied with Kazakhstan’s Yevgeniy Rymarev (5-4-9) for the tournament scoring lead with nine points... A trio of Canadians shares third place with eight points, including Faille (4-4-8), Acadia’s Mike Cazzola (2-6-8) and StFX’s Michael Kirkpatrick (2-6-8)... Canada’s three triumphs in Universiade men’s hockey came courtesy of AUS standouts in 2007 (Turin, Italy), the senior national team in 1991 (Sapporo, Japan) and the University of Alberta Golden Bears in 1981 (Jaca, Spain).

SCORING SUMMARY
 FIRST PERIOD
SCORING:
1. CAN Liam Heelis (2) (Nick MacNeil), 7:09 PP
2. CAN Tyler Carroll (2) (Chris Culligan, Éric Faille), 15:00
3. CAN Chris Desousa (1) (Cory Tanaka, Michael Kirkpatrick), 15:22
PENALTIES:
Martin Kalinac (SVK) hooking, 1:33;
Jakub Loydl (SVK) hooking, 7:02;
Miroslav Habsuda (SVK) charging, 11:09;
Martin Baran (SVK) tripping, 15:37;
Chris Desousa (CAN) hooking, 17:49;
Simon Lacroix (CAN) slashing, 18:14.

SECOND PERIOD
SCORING:
4. CAN Lucas Bloodoff (2) (Cory Tanaka, Michael Kirkpatrick), 15:45
PENALTIES:
Tyler Carroll (CAN) tripping, 4:16;
Cory Tanaka (CAN) tripping, 4:55;
Éric Faille (CAN) delay of game, 17:09;
Matthew Maione (CAN) delay of game, 17:15.

THIRD PERIOD
SCORING:
5. CAN Chris Culligan (1) (Alex Wall, Éric Faille), 9:15
6. CAN Tyler Carroll (3) (Éric Faille, Chris Culligan), 12:20
PENALTIES:
Miroslav Habsuda (SVK) slashing, 2:06;
Miroslav Habsuda (SVK) clipping, 7:21;
Simon Lacroix (CAN) slashing, 8:55;
Peter Cizek (SVK) hooking, 13:04;
Éric Faille (CAN) diving, 13:04;
Jakub Loydl (SVK) hooking, 16:55;
Lucas Bloodoff (CAN) slashing, 19:29.

GOALS (by period)
CAN: 3-1-2: 6
SVK: 0-0-0: 0

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
CAN: 16-16-15: 47
SVK: 5-5-7: 17

POWER PLAY:
CAN: 1-7
SVK: 0-9

GOALTENDERS
CAN – Anthony Peters (W, 2-0, 17 shots, 17 saves, 0 GA, 60:00)
SVK – Igor Cibula (L, 2-1, 47 shots, 41 saves, 6 GA, 60:00)




Sunday, December 15, 2013

Canada Loses To Kazakhstan, Finishes 2nd In Pool

(TRENTINO, Italy) – The Canadian men's hockey team suffered its first setback at the Winter Universiade dropping a 4-2 decision to Kazakhstan in its third and final preliminary round game, Sunday evening.

Kazakhstan (3-0) and Canada (2-1) finish first and second in Pool C, respectively, and both advance to the quarter-finals of the biennial competition on Dec. 18. Their next opponents will be decided once pool play wraps up on Monday.

After opening the 12-team tournament with convincing wins over Japan, 12-1, and Ukraine, 11-0, the Canucks were brought back to earth by a rival they had defeated 3-1 in the bronze-medal match two years ago in Turkey.

Special teams played a key role in today's contest as Kazakhstan scored twice on eight power play opportunities and added a short-handed marker, while the team of Atlantic University Sport all-stars went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

The Red and White got off to a good start and was leading 1-0 after the opening period thanks to Tyler Carroll's first of the tourney at the 13:31 mark. The native of Strathroy, Ont., completed a play initiated by his University of New Brunswick teammate, team captain Chris Culligan.

The wheels fell off the Canadian wagon in the middle frame however as Kazakhstan responded with three unanswered goals and outshot the AUS squad 9-2.

Leonid Metalnikov tied the affair 32 seconds into the period during a power play. Nikita Kovzalov made it 2-1 at 9:22, and Yevgeniy Rymarev doubled Kazakhstan's lead with 2:34 left before the break while his team was playing man down.

Team Canada refused to go down without a fight and got back to within one 4:57 into the third. Moncton defenceman Simon Lacroix of Orleans, Ont., scored his first assisted by Saint Mary's Cory Tanaka and StFX's Rob Slaney.

Despite a 13-10 shot advantage in the period, the Canucks couldn't find the equalizer and Rymarev put the game away with 1:33 remaining, once again with the man advantage.

Making his second start of the competition, UPEI netminder Wayne Savage made 22 saves in the loss. His opponent Andrey Yankov also turned aside 22 pucks to improve his record to 2-0.

"We had a lead after the first and had some good opportunities but fell behind in the second. When you have one-goal games like that, special teams are often the indicator, and tonight we gave up a short-handed goal and two power play goals. It turned out to be the separator," said Canadian head coach Gardiner MacDougall from UNB. "We've had two outstanding games and tonight we faced a really good opponent. We have to use the adversity as a stepping stone to get to another level of the tournament."

GAME NOTES: Despite their special team struggles against Kazakhstan, the Canadians are ranked second in the tournament on the power play with seven goals in 19 opportunities (36.84%) and are fifth in penalty killing with three goals allowed in 14 short-handed situations (78.57%)... Kazakhstan ranks fifth on the power play (25%) and fourth on the penalty kill (86.67%)... In 13 previous appearances at the FISU tourney, Canada has reached the podium 12 times, including three gold medals, three silver and six bronze. Its three triumphs came in 2007 when represented by AUS standouts, 1991 (senior national team) and 1981 (Alberta Golden Bears).

SCORING SUMMARY 

FIRST PERIOD
SCORING:
1. CAN Tyler Carroll (1) (Chris Culligan), 13:31
PENALTIES:
Mike Cazzola (CAN) slashing, 1:13;
Rodion Zharkikh (KAZ) cross-checking, 7:05;
Konstantin Savenkov (KAZ) cross-checking, 11:48;
Michael Kirkpatrick (CAN) tripping, 13:08;
Cory Tanaka (CAN) high sticking, 19:05.

SECOND PERIOD
SCORING:
2. KAZ Leonid Metalnikov (1) (Alexandr Shin, Yevgeniy), 0:32 PP
3. KAZ Nikita Kovzalov (1) (Alexey Grichshenko, Pavel Zhilin), 9:22
4. KAZ Yevgeniy Rymarev (3) (Alexandr Shin), 17:26 SH
PENALTIES:
Georgiy Petrov (KAZ) hooking, 1:46;
Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (CAN) tripping, 10:31;
Matthew Maione (CAN) cross-checking, 12:29;
Alexandr Kaznacheyev (KAZ) hooking, 16:52.

THIRD PERIOD
SCORING:
5. CAN Simon Lacroix (1) (Cory Tanaka, Rob Slaney), 4:57
6. KAZ Yevgeniy Rymarev (4) (Leonid Metalnikov), 18:27 PP
PENALTIES:
Tyler Carroll (CAN) tripping, 10:09;
Rob Slaney (CAN) slashing, 18:04;
Wayne Savage (CAN), interference (served by Mike Cazzola), 19:38.

GOALS (by period)
KAZ: 0-3-1: 4
CAN: 1-0-1: 2

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
KAZ: 7-9-10: 26
CAN: 9-2-13: 24

POWER PLAY:
KAZ: 2-8
CAN: 0-4

GOALTENDERS
KAZ – Andrey Yankov (W, 2-0, 24 shots, 22 saves, 2 GA, 60:00)
CAN – Wayne Savage (L, 1-1, 26 shots, 22 saves, 4 GA, 60:00)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Canada Rolls Over Ukraine At Universiade

TRENTINO, Italy (CIS) – Pierre Vandall from Dalhousie University had a goal and three assists and Nick MacNeil from UNB scored his fifth and sixth of the tournament as the Canadian men’s hockey team improved to 2-0 at the Winter Universiade thanks to an 11-0 win over Ukraine, Friday night.

Bronze medalists in 2011, the Canucks will wrap up pool play Sunday at 2 p.m. EST (8 p.m. Trentino) against Kazakhstan (1-0), the country they edged 3-1 two years ago in the third-place match of the biennial competition.

The Red and White led 3-0 after the opening period and 8-0 after 40 minutes and outshot its opponents 59-14, including 19-1 in the first, 24-5 in the second and 16-8 in the third.
Up by three after the first intermission, the team of AUS conference all-stars put the game away with a five-goal explosion in a span of 6:03 early in the middle frame, including a trio of power play markers.

Vandall, who hails from St. Louis de France, Que., led the way with his four points, followed by MacNeil (2-1-3), Éric Faille of Moncton (2-1-3), Liam Heelis of Acadia (1-2-3), Michael Kirkpatrick of StFX (1-2-3) and defenceman Matthew Maione of UPEI (0-3-3), who tallied three points apiece.
Faille scored the contest’s first two goals, including the game-winner 13:28 in.

Saint Mary’s Cory Tanaka, with two, StFX’s Josh Day and Acadia’s Mike Cazzola rounded out the scoring.

Saint Mary’s netminder Anthony Peters earned the shutout in his first start of the tourney.
At the other end of the ice, Ukrainian goaltender Ievgenii Napnenko was pulled after 20 minutes after allowing three goals on 19 shots. His replacement Andrii Bezkhlibnyi turned aside 32 pucks the rest of the way.

“The key to this tournament is to find ways to get better every day. This is our second game together as a group and we’ve had three practices now so I thought some of the things that we’ve worked on contributed to the success we had in the game,” said Team Canada head coach Gardiner MacDougall from UNB. “We had some peak performances from some players but overall the whole team has played very well. It’s about team cohesion, getting the chemistry off and on the ice, and right now we are finding ways to get better.”

In 13 previous appearances at the FISU tourney, Canada has reached the podium 12 times, including three gold medals, three silver and six bronze. Its three triumphs came in 2007 when represented by AUS standouts, 1991 (senior national team) and 1981 (Alberta Golden Bears).

SCORING SUMMARY
FIRST PERIOD SCORING:
1. CAN Éric Faille (3) (unassisted), 13:28
2. CAN Éric Faille (4) (Nick MacNeil, Michael Kirkpatrick), 17:18 PP
3. CAN Mike Cazzola (2) (Chris Desousa, Michael D’Orazio), 18:10

SECOND PERIOD
SCORING:
4. CAN Josh Day (1) (Chris Desousa, Matthew Maione), 5:05 PP
5. CAN Pierre Vandall (2) (Josh Day, Matthew Maione), 5:34 PP
6. CAN Nick MacNeil (5) (Liam Heelis), 6:29
7. CAN Cory Tanaka (3) (Pierre Vandall, Michael Kirkpatrick), 8:39
8. CAN Cory Tanaka (4) (Pierre Vandall, Matthew Miaone), 11:08 PP

THIRD PERIOD
SCORING:
9. CAN Liam Heelis (1) (Pierre Vandall), 2:39
10. CAN Nick MacNeil (6) (Mike Cazzola, Liam Heelis), 6:21
11. CAN Michael Kirkpatrick (2) (Éric Faille), 6:32

GOALS (by period)
CAN: 3-5-3: 11
UKR: 0-0-0: 0

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
CAN: 19-24-16: 59
UKR: 1-5-8: 14

POWER PLAY:
CAN: 4-9
UKR: 0-4

GOALTENDERS
CAN – Anthony Peters (W, 1-0, 14 shots, 14 saves, 0 GA, 60:00)
UKR – Ievgenii Napnenko (L, 0-2, 19 shots, 16 saves, 3 GA, 20:00)
UKR – Andrii Bezkhlibnyi (40 shots, 32 saves, 8 GA, 40:00)



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Team Canada Thumps Japan In Universiade Opener

UPDATE: The AUS website has a game recap posted.

Team Canada got off to a big start at the 2013 Winter Universiade as they cruised to a 12-1 win over Team Japan this afternoon. Canada held period leads of 5-1 and 6-1, and out-shot the Japanese 58-16 in the rout.

UNB forward Nick MacNeil led the way for Canada with 4 goals and an assist while line-mate Mike Cazzola picked up a goal and 5 helpers. Alex Wall (3 assists), Robert Slaney (3 assists), Josh Day (3 assists), Michael Kirkpatrick (1 goal, 2 assists), Eric Faille (2 goals), and Christopher Owens (2 assists) all had multiple point outings. V-Reds Tyler Carroll and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers each picked up an assist while Chris Culligan was, surprisingly, held off of the score-sheet. UPEI netminder Wayne Savage picked up the win in goal.

Up next for Team Canada is Ukraine on December 13th.


Culligan Named Captain Of Team Canada

(Ottawa, Ont.) – Chris Culligan, a forward from the reigning CIS champion University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, has been named captain of the Canadian men's hockey team for the 26th Winter Universiade, a few hours before the start of the biennial tournament in Trentino, Italy.

Canada heads into the competition as reigning bronze medallist thanks to a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan in the third-place match of the 2011 tourney in Erzurum, Turkey. The Canucks had previously dropped a 4-2 decision to defending two-time champion Russia in the semifinals.

An all-star team comprised entirely of players from the Atlantic University Sport conference will wear the maple leaf jersey on their chests in Trentino. Since 1997, Canada has been represented at the Games in men's hockey by each of the three CIS leagues on a rotating basis and AUS standouts have been successful in each of their two previous trips to the event, returning home with silver in 2001 (Zakopane, Poland) and gold in 2007 (Turin, Italy).

Culligan's alternate captains in Italy will be defenceman Matthew Maione from UPEI and forwards Liam Heelis of Acadia, Robert Slaney from St. Francis Xavier and Cory Tanaka of Saint Mary's. All five are either captain or alternate on their AUS team.

Canada opens the Universiade tournament against Japan Tuesday at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EST).

"We are very fortunate to have a number of top notch leaders with our group and we believe leadership is a responsibility shared by all," said Team Canada head coach Gardiner MacDougall, who has led UNB to four CIS titles in the past seven years and who was an assistant coach with the Universiade gold medal-winning team in 2007. "However, these selected players will have the honour and privilege of captaining a national team in a world championship event and we are confident that these special athletes will do an amazing job representing not only our team but our country both on and off the ice."

Culligan, who hails from Howie Centre, N.S., is the current captain of the Varsity Reds and also wore the C in his final season with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, with whom he spent his entire five-year QMJHL career. In his fifth and final university campaign, the 6-foot, 195-pound senior leads the reigning national champs in goals (10) and points (16) at the halfway mark of the 28-game schedule. He helped UNB claim the University Cup in 2011 and 2013 and is the all-time scoring leader among active AUS players with 147 points (47-100-147) in 105 conference matches.

Maione currently ranks second among AUS defencemen with 12 points in as many contests. The fourth-year rearguard from Toronto played his major junior hockey with Niagara and Guelph in the OHL.

Heelis leads the AUS in scoring at the December break with a 13-9-22 mark in 14 games. The third-year forward from Georgetown, Ont., is also a veteran of the OHL, with Peterborough and Owen Sound.

Slaney was a four-year teammate of Culligan with Cape Breton in the QMJHL and spent three seasons in the AHL with Toronto, Milwaukee and Hamilton before making his university debut with StFX this fall. The native of Portugal Cove, Nfld., is the X-Men's top scorer this season with 14 points in 13 outings.

Tanaka led Saint Mary's to the first University Cup title in program history in his rookie campaign in 2009-10 and currently has 11 points in 14 contests in his fifth and final season with the team. The product of Stouffville, Ont., played five years in the OHL with Plymouth and Belleville.

In 13 all-time appearances at the Universiade tournament, Canada has tallied an impressive 12 medals, including three gold, three silver and six bronze. In addition to the title won by AUS all-stars in 2007, the red and white was crowned in 1991 in Sapporo, Japan, while represented by the senior national squad, and in 1981 in Jaca, Spain, when the University of Alberta Golden Bears wore the maple leaf uniform.

Twelve teams will compete for FISU gold in Trentino, including Canada, Japan Ukraine and Kazakhstan in Pool A, Russia, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Pool B, as well as Italy, Latvia, Sweden and the United States in Pool C. The top two squads from each group and the top two third-place finishers advance to the quarter-finals.

Following their opener against Japan on Tuesday night, the Canadians will wrap up the preliminary round versus Ukraine on Friday and Kazakhstan Sunday. The quarterfinals are set for Dec. 18, the semis for Dec. 20 and the gold-medal final for Dec. 21.



Thursday, December 5, 2013

CIS Top Ten (#9): A New #1

OTTAWA (CIS) – For the first time in 17 years, the University of Calgary Dinos are the team to beat in CIS men’s hockey.

After spending the last two weeks at No. 2, the Dinos (15-0-1) received 16 of 17 first-place votes and 169 points this week from the national media panel to move past their archrivals, the Alberta Golden Bears (14-2), who had led the first eight polls of the campaign and who drop to second place this week after tallying the remaining first-place nod and 149 points.

The Dinos had last reached the top of the CIS charts in the fall of 1996, when they held the pole position for first straight weeks (Oct. 20 to Nov. 25 polls).

There is also movement right behind the two leaders in the new Top 10 as the Acadia Axemen (11-1-2) gain one position to reach a season-high No. 3, while the defending University Cup
champion UNB Varsity Reds (11-2-1) slide to the fourth spot, their lowest ranking this fall.

Rounding out the final poll of the fall semester are the No. 5 McGill Redmen (11-3-1 / no change), No. 6 UQTR Patriotes (11-4 / no change), No. 7 Lakehead Thunderwolves (11-3 / no change), No. 8 Queen’s Gaels (10-0-5 / no change), as well as the No. 9 Windsor Lancers (11-4) and No. 10 Ryerson Rams (10-5), both unranked last Tuesday.

Top-ranked Calgary resumed its domination of Canada West opponents last weekend with a convincing two-game sweep against Regina, 8-2 and 9-0. The only blemish on the Dinos’ conference record so far this season is a 3-2 shootout loss to Alberta on Nov. 23.

Alberta couldn’t quite keep pace with its provincial rivals over the weekend, dropping a 5-4 decision to Manitoba on Saturday after dominating the Bisons 8-1 in Friday’s series opener. The Bears trail the Dinos by three points in the Canada West standings heading into the December break.

The race for first place is even tighter in the other CIS divisions at the end of the first semester.
In the AUS, Acadia defeated UNB 5-1 on home ice on Saturday to build a slim one-point lead over last year’s national champs going into the break.

In the OUA East, Queen’s leads the way with 25 points, followed by McGill (23), UQTR (22) and Ottawa (21).

In the OUA West, Lakehead and Windsor are tied for first with 22 points, two more than Ryerson and Toronto.

The next CIS men’s hockey rankings will be release on January 7.

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)

1. Calgary (15-0-1) / 169 points (16) / (2)
2. Alberta (14-2-0) / 149 (1) / (1)
3. Acadia (11-1-2) / 140 / (4)
4. UNB (11-2-1) / 118 / (3)
5. McGill (11-3-1) / 97 / (5)
6. UQTR (11-4-0) / 67 / (6)
7. Lakehead (11-3-0) / 64 / (7)
8. Queen’s (10-0-5) / 57 / (8)
9. Windsor (11-4-0) / 43 / (NR)
10. Ryerson (10-5-0) / 9 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Moncton (6), Western (6), Saskatchewan (4), Ottawa (3), UPEI (2), StFX (1).

Saturday, November 30, 2013

UNB Enters Break With Loss

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds completed the first half of their season with an ugly 5-1 loss against the Acadia Axemen tonight in Wolfville. The Axemen showed why they are arguably the top team in the league as they outplayed and out-shot the V-Reds by a wide margin.

With the loss the Varsity Reds drop to 11-2-1 on the season, one point behind the 12-1-1 Axemen. Acadia also has the tie-breaker as they have won both meeting between the two teams this year.

Tyler Carroll (Desnoyers, Maillet) scored the lone V-Reds goal on the power play 3:10 into the second period, which tied the game, but the Axemen would re-gain their lead in the final minutes of the period before putting it away with three goals in the third.

- Dylan Willick replaced J.P. Labardo in the lineup. Adrian Robertson and Antoine Houde-Carol both remained out.

- Shots favoured Acadia 43-28, including 36-20 through the first forty minutes.

- UNB was 1 for 4 on the power play. Acadia went 2 for 5 with the man advantage and also scored a shorthanded goal.

- UNB won 37 out of 68 face-offs.

- Charles Lavigne took the loss in goal with Evan Mosher picking up the win.

- Mike Thomas and K.C. Brown picked up 5 minute fighting majors late in the 3rd period. 

- This is the 2nd consecutive year UNB has lost their final game of the first half in Wolfville. They have now lost 3 straight games - and 5 of their last 7 - on the road against Acadia.

- UNB was 11-3-0 in their first 14 games last year.

-  The Varsity Reds will not see action again until December 29th, when they host St. Thomas in the annual Pete Kelly Challenge. Game time is scheduled for 4PM at the AUC.

- Of course Chris Culligan, Nick MacNeil, Tyler Carroll, and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers will be representing Team Canada at the Winter Universiade, which begin December 10th in Trentino, Italy. The team, made up entirely of AUS players, will depart for the games next week.

- In other AUS action tonight St. Thomas picked up a big home win over St. FX 5-4, Moncton got by Dalhousie 5-2 in Halifax, and UPEI got by Saint Mary's 5-3 in Charlottetown.

- After the first half of play the AUS standings look like this: Acadia (24 points), UNB (23), St. FX (15), Moncton (14 in 12 games), Saint Mary's (14), UPEI (13 in 12 games), St. Thomas (11), and Dalhousie (3).


Friday, November 29, 2013

V-Reds Put Away Tigers

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds moved their record to 11-1-1 on the season - and back into sole possession of first place - with a 3-0 blanking of the Dalhousie Tigers tonight in Halifax. The V-Reds held a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes before scoring a pair of goals in the first part of the third period, giving Charles Lavigne all of support he would need as he picked up his first shutout of the season.   

Scoring in the first period for UNB was Cam Braes (MacNeil, Nesbitt), on the power play at 9:22 of the first period. Nick MacNeil (Braes, Nesbitt), at 4:07, and Philippe Maillet (Murray, Critchlow), at 8:24, picked up the third period markers. The Varsity Reds held a 39-23 advantage in shots on goal.

- Shea Kewin was back in the line-up for UNB as Dylan Willick, Adrian Robertson, and Antoine Houde-Caron were all out.

- UNB was 1 for 6 on the power play while Dalhousie was 0 for 4.

- The Tigers won 37 out of the 72 face-offs in the game.

- The game was delayed 15 minutes as the V-Reds were late getting into Halifax this afternoon.

- Elsewhere around the AUS this evening seen Moncton score late to tie the game at 3 against Acadia and then win in a shootout, Saint Mary's defeat St. Thomas 2-1 in Fredericton, and St. FX pick up a 2-1 road win over UPEI.

- The AUS wraps up the first half of the season tomorrow night and it will feature a first place showdown in Wolfville between the Varsity Reds (11-1-1) and Acadia Axemen (10-1-2). Other games include the Moncton Aigles Bleus visiting Dalhousie, St. Thomas hosting St. FX, and Saint Mary's traveling to Charlottetown for a tilt against the Panthers.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

V-Reds Erase Early Deficit, Top Panthers

For the second consecutive home game the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds found themselves trailing 2-0 in the first period, but unlike Wednesday night against St. Thomas they completed the comeback, defeating the visiting UPEI Panthers 5-3 tonight at the AUC. With the win UNB improves to 10-1-1 on the season, one point ahead of the idle Acadia Axemen and back into first place.

The V-Reds spotted the Panthers two quick goals to open the game, one by Mason Wilgosh at 4:06 and then another only 27 seconds later by Harrison MacIver. After the second goal - on only the Panthers 3rd shot of the game - goaltender Charles Lavigne was pulled from the game in favour of Joel Vienneau, only to return after the next stoppage of play.

After their sluggish start UNB controlled the play for most of the remaining 55 minutes of the contest, ripping off five unanswered goals. Finding the back of the net for the V-Reds were Keevin Cutting (Maillet, Culligan) at 11:10 of the 1st period, Culligan (Desnopyers, Shutron) on the power play at 14:49 of the 1st, Phillippe Maillet (Labardo, Critchlow) at 4:09 of the 2nd period, Thomas Nesbitt (Critchlow, Maillet) on the power play at 8:40 of the 3rd period, and Maillet (Petgrave, Critchlow) at 10:04 of the final period. Matthew Maione got one back for UPEI with just under five minutes remaining. Shots in the game favoured UNB 37-19, including 17-4 in the 1st period, 10-6 in the 2nd, and 10-9 in the 3rd.

- Tyler Carroll returned to the V-Reds line-up while Antoine Houde-Caron, Shea Kewin, and Adrian Robertson all remained out.

- There were a total of 20 penalties called in the game. UNB was 2 for 9 on the power play and UPEI was 0 for 6.

- The game's three stars were Maillet, Culligan, and Petgrave.

- Attendance was 2164.

- Elsewhere in the AUS tonight Saint Mary's defeated St. FX 6-4 in Halifax and Moncton rebounded from last night with a 9-2 victory of their own over St. Thomas.

- UNB wraps up the first half of the season next weekend with a pair of games in Nova Scotia. On Friday night they visit the Dalhousie Tigers and then travel to Acadia the next night for a game against the Axemen. Both games are scheduled for 7PM.


Friday, November 22, 2013

V-Reds Explode Against Aigles Bleus

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds rebounded from a tough three game stretch with their best game of the season, coming away with a convincing 9-2 road victory over the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus this evening. UNB moves to 9-1-1 on the season.

The V-Reds took a 2-0 lead after one period of play thanks to a pair of goals by Thomas Nesbitt, the first coming at 7:48 and assisted by MacNeil and Shutron, and the second at 15:30 with the assists going to MacDougall and Shutron. Despite the lead UNB was out-shot 10-9 in the period.

UNB would quickly double their lead in the second period with Jordan Murray (MacDougall, Maclise), at 1:59, and Cameron Critchlow (Maillet, Petgrave) only 49 seconds later, both finding the back of the net and forcing a goaltending change by the Aigles Bleus. Jonathan Connelly came on in relief of Adrien Lemay, who allowed 4 goals on only 16 shots, and held the fort the rest of the period. He got some offensive support with Alex Quesnel converting on the power play at 7:18 to make it a three goal game. Shots in the period were 20-14 for the V-Reds.

The Varsity Reds blew the game open in the final period, scoring 4 goals in just over 8 minutes to begin the frame. Murray (unassisted), with his 2nd of the game, at 2:35, MacDougall (Labardo, Braes) at 3:48, Critchlow (Maclise), with his 2nd, at 4:32, and Mike Thomas (Maillet, MacDougall) at 8:02 turned this one into a laugher. Eric Faille netted a shorthanded goal for the Aigles at 10:45 on their only shot of the period when he slipped the puck past Charles Lavigne on a partial breakaway, but Maillet (Nesbitt) restored the 7 goal advantage, and capped the scoring, just over two minutes later. Shots favoured UNB 17-1 in the period and 46-25 in the game.

- J.P. Labardo made his return to the line-up as Tyler Carroll, Antoine Houde-Caron, Shea Kewin, and Adrian Robertson were all inactive for the V-Reds.

- UNB was 0 for 3 on the power play while Moncton was 1 for 7 with the man advantage.

- Attendance was 1226.

-  The 9 goals scored are the most for the V-Reds since they defeated Dalhousie by an identical score on November 11, 2011.

- 12 V-Reds registered points in the game with MacDougall (4), Maillet (3), and Nesbitt (3) leading the way. Critchlow, Murray, Shutron, and Maclise all had multi-point efforts as well. Surprisingly, Chris Culligan, who sits 2nd in the conference in scoring, was held off of the score sheet.

- Elsewhere around the AUS tonight the Acadia Axemen maintained their hold on the top spot with a 4-2 win over Dalhousie in Halifax and UPEI dropped St. Thomas 2-1 in Fredericton.

- Tomorrow night sees three games on the docket. The V-Reds are back at the AUC for their last home game of the first half when they host the UPEI Panthers, St. Thomas travels to Moncton, and St. FX visits Saint Mary's. All games are scheduled for 7PM.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Streak Ends

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds seen their 36 game winning streak over cross-campus rival St. Thomas end tonight, suffering a 3-2 setback at the AUC. With the loss the V-Reds fall to 8-1-1 on the season and into 2nd place, one point behind the Acadia Axemen.

UNB never led in the game as they fell behind 2-0 after the 1st period and were never able to recover. They pulled within a goal 4:12 into the 2nd period when Ben Shutron (Carroll, Culligan) converted on a 5-on-3 power play, but the Tommies made it a two goal game once again just over 4 minutes later just seconds after the V-Reds missed on a 3-on-1 oppurtunity. Chris Culligan (Nesbitt, Carroll) made it a 3-2 deficit at 11:43, but that was the end of the scoring as the Tommies held on for their first victory over UNB since October 20th, 2006. Further, it was STU's first win at the AUC since game 2 of the AUS semi-finals on February 28th, 2003, breaking a 28 game run.

- Tyler Carroll returned to the line-up for the first time since the pre-season. Adrian Robertson, Shea Kewin, and J.P. Labardo were all scratched.

- Shots in the game were 44-20 for UNB.

- UNB had two goals disallowed in the game - one in the 2nd period because the referee ruled that the net had come off of its moorings before the puck went in and the other in the 3rd period after a V-Red interfered with STU goalie Jonathan Groenheyde.  

- The V-Reds were 1 for 5 on the power play. St. Thomas was 1 for 7.

- Groenheyde, Culligan, and Randy Cameron were named the game's three stars.

- Attendance was 2259.

- In other AUS action tonight Dalhousie picked up their first win of the year with a 3-1 upset over Saint Mary's and Acadia got by St. FX 3-2 in OT.

- The V-Reds will try to rebound when they travel to Moncton on Friday night for a date against the Aigles Bleus. They return to the AUC the following night as they entertain the UPEI Panthers. Both games are scheduled for 7PM.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CIS Top Ten (#7): V-Reds Drop A Spot

OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey national rankings for the seventh time in as many polls this season after receiving all 17 first-place votes from the media panel for the first time this fall.

The most significant change in the new Top 10 sees the Calgary Dinos move past the reigning University Cup champion UNB Varsity Reds in second place.

The last time the Dinos hit No. 2 in the national charts was back in 2002-03, when they occupied that spot in the first three polls of the campaign (Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5). Those early-season rankings 11 years ago were also the last time provincial rivals Alberta and Calgary were 1-2 in the country.

Rounding out this week’s poll behing Alberta (12-0), Calgary (12-0) and UNB (8-0-1) are the No. 4 Acadia Axemen (8-1 / up one position), No. 5 McGill Redmen (8-2-1 / down one), No. 6 Lakehead Thunderwolves (9-1 / up two), No. 7 Windsor Lancers (9-2 / no change), No. 8 Western Mustangs (7-3 / up two), No. 9 UPEI Panthers (4-3-1 / down three), as well as the previously unranked UQTR Patriotes (7-4) at No. 10.

Alberta and Calgary both remained perfect in league play over the past weekend thanks to two-game sweeps over Regina (3-2 and 5-1) and Mount Royal (3-0 and 8-1), respectively.

Something’s got to give this weekend when the Bears and Dinos meet for their much-anticipated first showdown of the regular schedule, Friday in Calgary and Saturday in Edmonton. Fittingly, the co-Canada West leaders went 2-2 head-to-head in pre-season action back in September, with the Bears winning the first two confrontations in Banff, 4-2 (Sept. 6) and 3-0 (Sept. 7), and the Dinos responding a few weeks later with a pair of one-goal victories, 3-2 in Calgary (Sept. 27) and a 5-4 in St. Albert (Sept. 28).

The two teams have played only four times in the past while ranked 1-2 in the nation, all in the winter of 1990. With Alberta holding the No. 1 spot for a regular season series on Feb. 2-3 and Calgary sitting atop the rankings going into the best-of-three Canada West final on March 2-3, the Dinos took three out of four matchups en route to the conference title.

Meanwhile in Eastern Canada, Acadia handed UNB its first loss of the campaign last Friday night in Fredericton, edging the national champs 4-3 in a shootout. The result left the V-Reds with a slim one-point lead over the Axemen in the AUS standings and only one spot ahead of their conference rivals in the Top 10.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#7)

Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes)

1. Alberta (12-0-0) / 170 points (17) / (1)
2. Calgary (12-0-0) / 146 / (3)
3. UNB (8-0-1) / 139 / (2)
4. Acadia (8-1-0) / 119 / (5)
5. McGill (8-2-1) / 94 / (4)
6. Lakehead (9-1-0) / 82 / (8)
7. Windsor (9-2-0) / 64 / (7)
8. Western (7-3-0) / 37 / (10)
9. UPEI (4-3-1) / 26 / (6)
10. UQTR (7-4-0) / 14 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Toronto (11), Queen’s (10), StFX (9), Saskatchewan (8), Ottawa (3), Saint Mary’s (2), Carleton (1).

Saturday, November 16, 2013

V-Reds Hang On Versus Tigers

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds jumped out to a 4-0 2nd period lead against the visiting Dalhousie Tigers this evening at the AUC, but what initially appeared to be an easy victory turned in to a 4-3 nail-biter as the Tigers valiant comeback attempt fell just short. The V-Reds are now 8-0-1 on the season, one point ahead of 2nd place Acadia.

The Varsity Reds received two 1st period goals from Chris Culligan (at 2:52 from Nesbitt and at 11:42 from Critchlow and Nesbitt again) and another, on the power play, by Phillippe Maillet (Priamo, Robertson) at 14:04. It was Maillet's first career CIS goal. Shots in the period were 14-4 for UNB.

The V-Reds extended their lead to 4-0 at 3:31 of the middle period courtesy Nick MacNeil (Priamo, Murray), but after that goal Tigers goalie Bobby Nadeau shut the door the rest of the way, making several outstanding saves along the way. After being shutout the night before Dalhousie's offense finally showed some signs of life with Chris Ivanko notching a power play goal at 6:21 and Brett Theberge cutting the lead in half at 9:47. Shots were 15-9 for UNB in the frame.

Things would get tense for the 3281 fans in attendance only 4:27 into the 3rd period when Ivanko scored his 2nd goal with the man advantage of the game, bringing the Tigers within one despite being severely out-shot and outplayed. Fortunately, that was as close as things would get as the V-Reds held on for the one goal victory. Shots favoured UNB 16-5 in the period and 44-18 in the game.

- UNB iced the exact same line-up as the previous night, meaning Tyler Carroll (injured), J.P. Labardo, and Shea Kewin all remained out.

- Joel Vienneau made his first start of the season for UNB, stopping 15 out of 18 shots directed his way.

- Many of the 3281 in attendance were children as the V-Reds held Northside Elementary School Night.

- Culligan, Ivanko, and Priamo were named the game's three stars.

- UNB was 1 for 6 on the power play while Dalhousie was 2 for 5. This is the first time this season UNB has given up more than one power play goal in a game.

- UNB won 39 out of 73 face-offs.

- In other AUS action tonight Saint Mary's rocked the visiting St. Thomas Tommies 9-1, Acadia picked up their 7th consecutive win with a 5-4 decision over Moncton, and St. FX handed UPEI a 3rd striaght loss with a 4-1 win in Antigonish.

- UNB is back in action on Wednesday night when they host St. Thomas in the latest installment of the Battle of the Hill. Game time is 7PM.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Axemen Slip By V-Reds In Shootout

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds were pushed to a shootout for the 2nd consecutive game tonight at the AUC, but the result was not as kind this time around as the visiting Acadia Axemen defeated the hometown team 4-3.

Both team traded goals through the first two periods, with UNB never once trailing. Adrian Roberston (Braes, Maillet) scored only 20 seconds into the game on the powerplay to give the V-Reds an early 1-0 advantage. Christopher Owens would answer back for the  Axemen at 5:38, firing a blast from the point past Charles Lavigne only 3 seconds into their 2nd power play of the game. However, Cam Braes (Murray, Robertson) would restore the lead with another man advantage tally at 7:29. Shots in the period were 8-6 for Acadia.

The Varsity Reds had a better showing in the shots department in the 2nd period as they outshot the Axemen 9-3, but Acadia got a goal only 11 seconds into the frame by Dustin Eckelman and then another with 22 seconds remaining by Liam Heelis. These were sandwiched around an unassisted marker by Chris Culligan at 10:17. The game would head to the 3rd period tied at 3 and would remain that way through overtime, with both teams generating 14 shots on goal between the two periods. Shots in the game favoured UNB 29-25.

In the shootout Braes scored on the first attempt with a nifty deke on Axemen goalie Evan Mosher, but Brett Thompson and Alex Beaton replied for Acadia while Taylor MacDougall and Phillippe Maillet were denied.

With the loss UNB falls to 7-0-1 on the season, only 1 point clear of the 7-1-0 Axemen.

UNB may still be the team to beat in the AUS this season, but it is clear after these last two games that the gap between them and the rest of the conference has closed considerably over the last few seasons. 

- Tyler Carroll remained out of the line-up with an injury. J.P Labardo and Shea Kewin were both healthy scratches.

- UNB was 2 for 7 on the power play. Acadia was 1 for 3 on the power play. This broke a streak of 28 successful penalty kills by the V-Reds.

- Heelis, Braes, and Murray were the game's three stars.

- This marks Acadia's first win at the AUC since completing a three game sweep of the V-Reds in the AUS Finals on March 6th, 2006, breaking a 19 game skid. 

- Attendance was 2252.

- In other AUS action tonight Moncton beat up on the visiting Dalhousie Tigers 7-0, St. FX scored two goals in the final two minutes to tie St. Thomas 5-5 and then went on to win in overtime, and St. Marys doubled up UPEI 4-2 in Halifax.

- Tomorrow night the Varsity Reds will be back at the AUC as they host the Dalhousie Tigers on Northside Elementary School Night. Please note that it will be general admission seating.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Canadian Universiade Team Announced

OTTAWA, Ont.) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Wednesday the Canadian men's hockey roster for the 2013 Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy.

The 26th biennial Games will run from December 10 to 21, with the men's hockey gold-medal match set for the final day of competition.

An all-star team comprised entirely of players from the AUS conference will wear the maple leaf jersey on their chests in Trentino.

Since 1997, Canada has been represented at the Games in men's hockey by each of three CIS leagues on a rotating basis. Atlantic University Sport standouts have been successful in each of their two previous trips to the event, returning home with silver in 2001 (Zakopane, Poland) and gold in 2007 (Turin, Italy).

As announced in February of 2012, Gardiner MacDougall, head coach of the reigning CIS champion UNB Varsity Reds, will serve as Team Canada bench boss in Italy. He will be assisted by St. Francis Xavier's Brad Peddle and UPEI's Forbes MacPherson.

Rounding out the support staff are general manager Danny Lynch (UNB), video coach Todd Sparks (UNB), equipment manager Serge LeBlanc (Moncton) and therapist Joe Glenn (UNB).
The roster was finalized following an all-star game featuring top prospects held last Friday in Fredericton.

"Someone once told me that if you can find a special group of players who enjoy competing and working hard, who love to chase pucks and win races and who really care for one another, that you have the foundation for a successful hockey team, said MacDougall, who has led UNB to four CIS titles in the past seven years and who was an assistant to Saint Mary's Trevor Stienburg on the Universiade gold medal-winning team in 2007. "These are the key attributes that we found from our chosen players after our recent all-star game and training camp and we are excited about the journey ahead as we represent the AUS and CIS at the FISU Games."

The 23-man lineup includes three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 12 forwards, as well as one alternate.

In net, Jonathan Groenheyde of St. Thomas, Anthony Peters of Saint Mary's and Wayne Savage of UPEI will compete for the starting job.

On defence, the UPEI duo of Matthew Maione and Alex Wall is accompanied by StFX's Josh Day, UNB's Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, Saint Mary's Michael D'Orazio, Moncton's Simon Lacroix and Acadia's Christopher Owens.

The offensive unit is led by reigning CIS player of the year Lucas Bloodoff from Saint Mary's and also includes teammate Cory Tanaka from the Huskies, Tyler Carroll, Chris Culligan and Nick MacNeil from UNB, Mike Cazzola and Liam Heelis of Acadia, Michael Kirkpatrick and Rob Slaney of StFX, as well as UPEI's Chris Desousa, Moncton's Eric Faille and Dalhousie's Pierre Vandall.

Jason Bast, a forward from StFX, has been selected as an alternate in case of an injury.

Canada heads to Trentino as defending bronze medallist from the 2011 competition in Erzurum, Turkey, where players from the OUA conference defeated Kazakhstan 3-1 in the third-place match after falling 4-2 to two-time reigning champion Russia in the semifinals.

In 13 all-time appearances at the Universiade tourney, the Canucks have tallied an impressive 12 medals, including three gold, three silver and six bronze. In addition to the title won by AUS all-stars in 2007, the red and white was crowned in 1991 in Sapporo, Japan, while represented by the senior national squad, and in 1981 in Jaca, Spain, when the University of Alberta Golden Bears wore the maple leaf uniform.

Twelve teams will compete for FISU gold next month, including Canada, Japan Ukraine and Kazakhstan in Pool A, Russia, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Pool B, as well as Italy, Latvia, Sweden and the United States in Pool C. The top two squads from each group and the top two third-place finishers advance to the quarter-finals.

In the preliminary round, the Canadians are set to face Japan on Dec. 10, Ukraine on Dec. 13 and Kazakhstan on Dec. 15, all at 8 p.m. local time (6 hours ahead of EST).
TEAM CANADA ROSTER     
Goaltenders
Jonathan Groenheyde, St. Thomas (2nd year – Surrey, B.C.)
Anthony Peters, Saint Mary's (3rd year – Blyth, Ont.)
Wayne Savage, UPEI (4th year – St. Thomas, Ont.)

Defencemen
Josh Day, StFX (5th year – St. John's, N.L)
Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, UNB (4th year – Saint-Hippolyte, Que.)
Michael D'Orazio, Saint Mary's (3rd year – Richmond Hill, Ont.)
Simon Lacroix, Moncton (4th year – Orleans, Ont.)
Matthew Maione, UPEI (4th year – Unionville, Ont.)
Christopher Owens, Acadia (4th year – St. John's, N.L.)
Alex Wall, UPEI (3rd year – Mount Pearl, N.L.) 
     

Forwards
Lucas Bloodoff, Saint Mary's (4th year – Castlegar, B.C.)
Tyler Carroll, UNB (3rd year – Strathroy, Ont.)
Mike Cazzola, Acadia (2nd year – Guelph, Ont.)
Chris Culligan, UNB (5th year – Howie Centre, N.S.)
Chris Desousa, UPEI (3rd year – Mississauga, Ont.)
Eric Faille, Moncton (4th year – Lachine, Que.)
Liam Heelis, Acadia (3rd year – Georgetown, Ont.)
Michael Kirkpatrick, StFX (3rd year – North Sydney, N.S.)
Nick MacNeil, UNB (4th year – Creignish, N.S.)
Rob Slaney, StFX (4th year – Portugal Cove, N.L.)
Cory Tanaka, Saint Mary's (5th year – Stouffville, Ont.)
Pierre Vandall, Dalhousie (4th year – Saint-Louis de France, Que.)

Alternate (forward)
Jason Bast, StFX (4th year – Regina, Sask.) 

STAFF
General Manager: Danny Lynch (UNB)
Head Coach: Gardiner MacDougall (UNB)
Assistant Coach: Brad Peddle (StFX)
Assistant Coach: Forbes MacPherson (UPEI)
Video Coach: Todd Sparks (UNB)
Equipment Manager: Serge LeBlanc (Moncton)
Therapist: Joe Glenn (UNB)
TEAM CANADA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (all times local / 6 hours ahead of EST)
Dec. 10 (20:00): Canada vs. Japan
Dec. 13 (20:00): Canada vs. Ukraine
Dec. 15 (20:00): Canada vs. Kazakhstan
Dec. 18 (TBD): Quarter-finals
Dec. 20 (TBD): Semifinals
Dec. 21 (10:30): Bronze
Dec. 21 (14:30): Final

CIS Top Ten (#6): Top 3 Keep Rolling

OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey national rankings for the sixth time in as many polls this season but still can’t create any separation atop the Canada West conference standings.

For the sixth consecutive week, Alberta and reigning University Cup champion UNB were the only teams to receive first-place consideration from the media panel, with 16 number one nods going to the Bears (169 total points) and the remaining one to the Varsity Reds (152 points).

In addition to Alberta (10-0) and UNB (7-0), the Calgary Dinos (10-0) also show an unblemished record heading into the third weekend of November and are keeping pace with the Bears out west.

Calgary holds on to the third spot in the media poll for the fourth week in a row.

Rounding out the new Top 10 are the No. 4 McGill Redmen (7-1-1 / up one position), No. 5 Acadia Axemen (6-1 / up one), No. 6 UPEI Panthers (4-1-1 / down two), No. 7 Windsor Lancers (8-1 / up two), No. 8 Lakehead Thunderwolves (7-1 / previously unranked), No. 9 Carleton Ravens (6-3 / down one) and No. 10 Western Mustangs (5-3 / down three).

In Canada West, Alberta and Calgary both improved to 10-0 in league play over the past weekend thanks to sweeps against Lethbridge (6-3, 8-1) and Saskatchewan (3-1, 2-0), respectively.

The Bears and Dinos have two-game sets scheduled against Regina and Mount Royal this week, before they finally meet for the first time since the start of the regular season, at Calgary on Nov. 22 and at Edmonton the following night.

Fittingly, the provincial rivals went 2-2 head-to-head in pre-season action, back in September.

Meanwhile, UNB needed a shootout last Wednesday to edge No. 6 UPEI 3-2 in its lone outing of the past week.  The V-Reds host Acadia for another Top-10 battle on Friday and stay on home ice Saturday to face Dalhousie.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#6)

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)

1. Alberta (10-0-0) / 169 points (16) / (1)
2. UNB (7-0-0) / 152 (1) / (2)
3. Calgary (10-0-0) / 137 / (3)
4. McGill (7-1-1) / 99 / (5)
5. Acadia (6-1-0) / 94 / (6)
6. UPEI (4-1-1) / 90 / (4)
7. Windsor (8-1-0) / 70 / (9)
8. Lakehead (7-1-0) / 44 / (NR)
9. Carleton (6-3-0) / 32 / (8)
10. Western (5-3-0) / 21 / (7)

Other teams receiving votes: UQTR (8), Queen’s (7), Saskatchewan (6), Regina (5), Moncton (1).

Friday, November 8, 2013

CIS Top Ten (#5): Status Quo

OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey national rankings for the fifth time in as many polls this season following an impressive non-conference weekend in Thunder Bay.

For the fifth consecutive week, Alberta and reigning University Cup champion UNB were the only teams to receive first-place consideration from the media panel, with 16 number one nods going to the Bears (169 total points) and the remaining one to the Varsity Reds (154 points).

Alberta (8-0), UNB (6-0) and the Calgary Dinos (8-0), ranked third for the third week in a row, are the three remaining undefeated squads in the country heading into the second weekend of November.

Rounding out the new Top 10 are the No. 4 UPEI Panthers (4-1 / no change), No. 5 McGill Redmen (5-1-1 / up one position), No. 6 Acadia Axemen (5-1 / up three), No. 7 Western Mustangs (5-1 / no change), No. 8 Carleton Ravens (5-2 / down three), as well as the No. 9 Windsor Lancers (6-1) and No. 10 Saskatchewan Huskies (4-4), both unranked in the last poll.

The Bears took advantage of a break in their Canada West schedule this past weekend to travel to Thunder Bay for a two-game exhibition set against the Lakehead Thunderwolves (5-1) and returned to Edmonton with 7-5 and 7-2 victories. Alberta resumes league play with a Saturday-Friday doubleheader versus Lethbridge (1-7).

UNB posted its fifth and six wins of the young AUS season, defeating crosstown rival St. Thomas 3-2 and Moncton 4-1. The University Cup champs face their neighbours from St. Thomas (2-4) again on Wednesday night.

Following a week off, Calgary hosts Top-10 rival Saskatchewan for a pair, Friday and Saturday.
In the only other Top-10 battle of the coming weekend, Western visits McGill on Saturday.

NOTE: The AUS schedule breaks this weekend for the selection of the Atlantic conference all-star team that will represent Canada at the upcoming Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy (Dec. 10-21). A fundraising game featuring players hoping to crack the roster is set for Friday at 7 p.m. Atlantic Time at the Grant-Harvey Centre in Fredericton.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#5)

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)

1. Alberta (8-0-0) / 169 points (16) / (1)
2. UNB (6-0-0) / 154 (1) / (2)
3. Calgary (8-0-0) / 135 / (3)
4. UPEI (4-1-0) / 101 / (4)
5. McGill (5-1-1) / 85 / (6)
6. Acadia (5-1-0) / 79 / (8)
7. Western (5-1-0) / 64 / (7)
8. Carleton (5-2-0) / 53 / (5)
9. Windsor (6-1-0) / 48 / (NR)
10. Saskatchewan (4-4-0) / 16 / (NR) *

* Saskatchewan is ranked higher than Lakehead based on number of higher-placed votes.

Other teams receiving votes: Lakehead (16), Waterloo (4), York (4), StFX (3), Moncton (1), Queen’s
 (1), Ryerson (1), UQTR (1).

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

V-Reds Topple Panthers In Shootout

The highly anticipated match-up between the country's #2 and #4 teams tonight in Charlottetown lived up to expectations as the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds edged the UPEI Panthers 3-2 in a shootout. The V-Reds improve to 7-0-0 on the season, 4 points clear of the 2nd place Acadia Axemen. Meanwhile, the Panthers fall to 4-1-1.

The Varsity Reds never trailed in this one. Matt Petgrave (Willick, Houde-Caron) scored the only goal of the first period as he gave UNB a 1-0 lead 6:02 into the game. The Panthers responded with a goal by Tyler Brown to tie it up 3:32 into the 2nd period before Petgrave (Culligan, Critchlow) scored his 2nd of the night when he pinched in from the blue-line to poke a loose puck past a sprawling Wayne Savage just under 8 minutes later. Jordan Mayer would answer for UPEI at 17:32 to send the game into the 3rd tied at 2. The score would remain deadlocked throughout the final 20 minutes as well as an entertaining 10 minute overtime before heading to a shootout. In the shootout Cam Braes got it started with a goal for UNB only to see Mayer answer right back for UPEI with a goal of his own on Charles Lavigne. Taylor MacDougall was the next shooter and scored what proved to be the game winner as Lavigne stopped both Chris DeSousa and Cody McNaughton, which were sandwiched around a failed attempt by Philippe Maillet.

- Antoine Houde-Caron was back in the line-up, replacing J.P. Labardo. Shea Kewin and Tyler Carroll remained out.

- Shots in the game favoured UNB 33-31.

- UNB was 0 for 3 with the man advantage. UPEI went 0 for 5.

- The V-Reds were uncharacteristically bad in the face-off dot tonight, winning only 38 out of 86 draws. Chris Culligan had an especially tough night as he lost 20 out of his 28 face-offs.

- Attendance was 1050.

- This was UNB's first shootout since dropping a 3-2 decision to Dalhousie on February 4th, 2012 - a game that wasn't settled until the 16th shooters. They were not involved in one all of last season.

- In other games around the AUS tonight St. FX defeated Dalhousie 5-2 in Halifax and Moncton beat St. Thomas 4-1 in Fredericton.

- The next game action for UNB won't be until November 15th when the Acadia Axemen visit the AUC. However, 9 members of the team (Lavigne, Shutron, Desnoyers, Murray, Culligan, MacNeil, Nesbitt, Braes, and Critchlow will be participating in the AUS All-Star Game this Friday night at the Grant*Harvey Centre. Tyler Carroll was also invited but will not participate due to injury.

6 V-Reds Forwards Added To All-Star Game

(FREDERICTON, N.B.) – The Team Canada coaching staff is pleased to announce the student-athletes selected as forwards for the Tim Hortons Team Canada men's hockey all-star game.
Returning for the first time since 1999, this year's event will be held Friday, Nov. 8 at the new Grant-Harvey Centre in Fredericton, N.B. on the St. Thomas Tommies' home ice, with the puck set to drop at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the game will help fund Canada's men's hockey team's trip to Trentino, Italy for the 2013 FISU Winter Universiade, December 11-21.  

The all-star showcase will also serve as the final identification game before Team Canada is officially selected.    Following Friday's all-star game, the 22-man team selected to represent Canada in Trentino will stay in Fredericton for an orientation camp which will take place Saturday through Monday, Nov. 12. The team will practice together on the Grant Harvey Centre's Olympic-sized rink.

The players for this all-star game were selected by the Team Canada coaching staff comprised of head coach Gardiner MacDougall (head coach, UNB) and assistants Forbes MacPherson (head coach, UPEI) and Brad Peddle (head coach, StFX), who will be accompanied in Italy by equipment manager Serge LeBlanc (Moncton) and trainer Joe Glenn (UNB).

Forwards:
Jason Bast, StFX (4th year – Regina, Sask.)
Lucas Bloodoff, Saint Mary's (4th year – Castlegar, B.C.)
Cam Braes, UNB (2nd year – Shawinigan Lake, B.C.)
x – Tyler Carroll, UNB (3rd year – Strathroy, Ont.)
Mike Cazzola, Acadia (2nd year – Guelph, Ont.)
Cam Critchlow, UNB (2nd year – Summerside, P.E.I.)
Chris Culligan, UNB (5th year – Howie Centre, N.S.)
Chris Desousa, UPEI (3rd year – Mississauga, Ont.)
Eric Faille, Moncton (4th year – Lachine, Que.)
Dana Fraser, UPEI (4th year – Tatamagouche, N.S.)
Joe Gaynor, Acadia (4th year – Goderich, Ont.)
Liam Heelis, Acadia (3rd year – Georgetown, Ont.)
Ryan Hillier, Saint Mary's (4th year – Halifax, N.S.)
Stephen Johnson, Saint Mary's (3rd year – Guelph, Ont.)
Michael Kirkpatrick, StFX (3rd year – North Sydney, N.S.)
Nick MacNeil, UNB (4th year – Creignish, N.S.)
Jordan Mayer, UPEI (2nd year – Kingston, Ont.)
Thomas Nesbitt, UNB (3rd year – Ottawa, Ont.)
x – Alex Quesnel, Moncton (4th year – Dorval, Que.)
Stephen Sanza, St. Thomas (3rd year – London, Ont.)
Rob Slaney, StFX (4th year – Portugal Cove, N.L.)
Cory Tanaka, Saint Mary's (5th year – Stouffville, Ont.)
Brett Thompson, Acadia (2nd year – Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.)
(Alternate) Matt Tipoff, Saint Mary's (3rd year – Toronto, Ont.)
x – Pierre Vandall, Dalhousie (4th year – Saint-Louis de France, Que.)

x – player selected but unable to play due to injury 

The Winter Universiade takes place every two years and Canada is represented in men's hockey by each of the three CIS conferences on a rotation basis. Since the rotation system was implemented prior to the 1997 Games, AUS all-stars have represented the country on two occasions, bringing home silver in 2001 (Zakopane, Poland) and claiming gold in 2007 (Turin, Italy).

Since the inaugural Universiade tournament in 1960, Canada has also claimed gold in 1981 (University of Alberta Golden Bears) and 1991 (senior national team).

Advanced tickets for Friday's all-star game are on sale at the Aitken University Centre box office, the J.B. O'Keefe Fitness Centre and MacTavish's Source For Sports, at a cost of $10 each. Season tickets are not valid for this game.

The final selection of student-athletes who will form Team Canada's men's hockey team and compete in the World Universiade in Trentino this December will be announced Saturday, Nov. 9, following Friday night's all-star game.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lavigne, Murray, Shutron, and Desnoyers Invited To All-Star Game

(FREDERICTON, N.B.) – The Team Canada coaching staff is pleased to announce the student-athletes selected as goalies and defencemen for the Tim Hortons Team Canada men's hockey all-star game.

Returning for the first time since 1999, this year's event will be held Friday, Nov. 8 at the new Grant-Harvey Centre in Fredericton, N.B. on the St. Thomas Tommies' home ice, with the puck set to drop at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the game will help fund Canada's men's hockey team's trip to Trentino, Italy for the 2013 FISU Winter Universiade, December 11-21.  

The all-star showcase will also serve as the final identification game before Team Canada is officially selected. Following Friday's all-star game, the 22-man team selected to represent Canada in Trentino will remain in Fredericton for an orientation camp which will take place Saturday through Monday, Nov. 12. The team will practice together on the Grant Harvey Centre's Olympic-sized rink.

The players for the all-star game have been selected by the Team Canada coaching staff comprised of head coach Gardiner MacDougall (head coach, UNB) and assistants Forbes MacPherson (head coach, UPEI) and Brad Peddle (head coach, StFX), who will be accompanied in Italy by equipment manager Serge LeBlanc (Moncton) and trainer Joe Glenn (UNB).

Goalies selected:
Jonathan Groenheyde, St. Thomas (2nd year – Surrey, B.C.)
Charles Lavigne, UNB (5th year – Vankleek Hill, Ont.)
Evan Mosher, Acadia (3rd year – Conception Bay, N.L.)
Drew Owsley, StFX (2nd year – Lethbridge, Alta.)
Mavric Parks, UPEI (3rd year – Eganville, Ont.)
x – Anthony Peters, Saint Mary's (3rd year – Blyth, Ont.)
Wayne Savage, UPEI (4th year – St. Thomas, Ont.)

x – player selected but unable to play due to injury 

Defencemen selected:
Josh Day, StFX (5th year – St. John's, N.L)
Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, UNB (4th year – Saint-Hippolyte, Que.)
(Alternate) Jamie Doornbosch, Saint Mary's (3rd year – Richmond Hill, Ont.)
Michael D'Orazio, Saint Mary's (3rd year – Richmond Hill, Ont.)
Samuel Groulx, Moncton (3rd year – Gatineau, Que.)
Simon Jodoin, Moncton (3rd year – Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.)
Simon Lacroix, Moncton (4th year – Orleans, Ont.)
Matthew Maione, UPEI (4th year – Unionville, Ont.)
Spencer McAvoy, StFX (5th year – St. Albert, Alta.)
Cullen Morin, Acadia (4th year – Meadow Lake, Sask.)
Jordan Murray, UNB (1st year – Riverview, N.B.)
Christopher Owens, Acadia (4th year – St. John's, N.L.)
Ben Shutron, UNB (4th year – Orleans, Ont.)
Reggie Traccitto, UPEI (4th year – Oakville, Ont.)
Alex Wall, UPEI (3rd year – Mount Pearl, N.L.)

The Winter Universiade takes place every two years and Canada is represented in men's hockey by each of the three CIS conferences on a rotation basis. Since the rotation system was implemented prior to the 1997 Games, AUS all-stars have represented the country on two occasions, bringing home silver in 2001 (Zakopane, Poland) and claiming gold in 2007 (Turin, Italy).

Since the inaugural Universiade tournament in 1960, Canada has also claimed gold in 1981 (University of Alberta Golden Bears) and 1991 (senior national team).

Advanced tickets for Friday's all-star game are on sale at the Aitken University Centre box office, the J.B. O'Keefe Fitness Centre and MacTavish's Source For Sports, at a cost of $10 each. Season tickets are not valid for this game.

The student-athletes selected as forwards for the Tim Hortons Team Canada men's hockey all-star game will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 6. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

V-Reds Remain Undefeated

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds ran their record to a perfect 6-0-0 on the young season with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus tonight at the AUC in what was, surprisingly, a fairly uneventful game between the provincial rivals.

- Much like last Friday night against Saint Mary's the V-Reds had a big opening period, scoring 3 goals in the first 12:28 of the game. Adrian Robertson (Priamo, Willick) with a blast from the point at 4:36, Cam Braes (Petgrave, Nesbitt) at 11:21, and Mike Thomas (Maillet, Shutron) on the backhand 57 seconds later all found the net behind Aigles Bleus goaltender Adrien Lemay. The Varsity Reds carried the 3-0 lead into the first intermission as they out-shot Moncton 12-8 in the frame.

- The Aigles Bleus would get on the board only 10 seconds into the 2nd period after the combination of a miscommunication between Charles Lavigne and Tim Priamo and a bad bounce off of the end boards resulted in the puck squirting out in front of a wide open net. Eric Faille picked up the loose puck and had a tap-in goal to cut the deficit to two. That was the only goal in the period as UNB had 8 shots to Moncton's 5.

- The 3rd period was similar to the 2nd as neither team could generate much in the way of scoring chances. Cameron Critchlow appeared to make it a 4-1 game when he deflected the puck in, but it was called back as the referee ruled it was touched with a high stick. The Aigles Bleus would get a great chance to get back in the game at 10:44 when Matt Petgrave was given a 4 minute double-minor for interference and unsportsmanlike conduct as well as a 10 minute misconduct, however the V-Reds continued to display stellar penalty killing so far this season as they escaped unscathed. Chris Culligan, unassisted, would put the game away with an empty netter at 18:21. Despite being out-shot 9-6 in the period the V-Reds held a 26-22 advantage for the game.

- Tyler Carroll and Antoine Houde-Caron both remained out of the line-up with undisclosed injuries. Tim Priamo was back in, replacing Shea Kewin.

- Robertson, Braes, and Thomas were named the game's three stars.

- UNB went 0 for weekend on the power play as they failed to capitalize on five chances tonight. Moncton was 0 for 4 with the man advantage.

- UNB won 37 out of 63 face-offs.

- Attendance was 2502 tonight.

- In other games around the AUS tonight UPEI squeaked by St. Thomas 10-2 in Charlottetown and Saint Mary's got a much needed win on the road with a 4-1 decision over St. FX.

- The Varsity Reds are right back it on Wednesday night when they travel across the Confederation Bridge to face the 4th ranked Panthers of UPEI in what should be their toughest test yet. Game time is 7PM and can be seen on AUStv.ca


Friday, November 1, 2013

Battle Of The Hill Comes Down To Wire

It was not easy for the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds Friday night against the St. Thomas Tommies at the Grant*Harvey Centre, but when the final buzzer sounded the result was the same as the previous 35 meetings, a V-Reds victory, with the final score being 3-2 on this night. With the win the Varsity Reds run their record to 5-0-0 while the Tommies fall to 2-3-0.

- The game began with an all-too familiar script for the Tommies and their fans as the Varsity Reds jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, scoring two goals on their first three shots. J.P. Labardo (Willick, Shutron) got the scoring started only 1:26 into the contest on a bad angle shot that somehow got past Tommies goaltender Alex St. Arnaud. It was Labardo's first career CIS goal. Two and a half minutes later Nick MacNeil received a long pass from Thomas Nesbitt, raced in on a partial breakaway, and sniped one that came out of the net just as quick as went in. However, despite trailing by a pair of goals early on it was increasingly apparent that this was a different Tommies team than what we have seen in recent years. Whereas most years a quick 2-0 deficit would deflate them and send them well on their way to a blowout loss this year's version of the Tommies kept fighting, stayed disciplined by not trying to play UNB's game, stuck to their system, and generated some sustained pressure and a number of scoring chances as they attempted to get back into the game. Although the score remained 2-0 after the first period the shots were 16-10 for UNB. To put those 10 shots for STU in perspective, consider last year when they had 19, 7, 9 and 10 shots for the entire GAME in their four meetings against the Varsity Reds.

- The 2nd period was much of the same as UNB out-shot STU 15-10, but it was Colin Martin of the Tommies scoring the only goal of the frame when a bouncing puck eluded Charles Lavigne, cutting the score to 2-1.

- The Varsity Reds continued to control the majority of play in the 3rd period, but not quite to the extent we have become accustomed to in prior years when UNB would typically put the game away over the final 20 minutes. The Tommies continued to hang around as St. Arnaud kept his team in the game, stopping over 40 straight shots at one point. The V-Reds would finally add some insurance with 3:22 left in the game on a bit of a controversial play. A UNB defender shot the puck down the ice and it appeared icing was about to be called, however the play was never whistled down and MacNeil stole the puck from a Tommies defenceman behind the net and scored his 2nd of the night on a wraparound on his backhand. Once again though St. Thomas never quit and, with their goalie pulled, they would get back within a goal when the puck took a couple ricochets in front of the UNB net and got by Lavigne at 19:12. The Tommies never really threatened to tie the game as the V-Reds kept the puck out of their zone for the majority of the remaining 42 seconds, securing their 36th consecutive victory over their cross-campus rivals. A big hit by Cameron Critchlow just after he came off of the bench on an unsuspecting Tommie led to a scrum just as time had expired, giving some fuel to the next meeting between the two teams in 19 days. Shots favoured UNB 17-7 in the period and 48-27 in the game.

- Tyler Carroll and Antoine Houde-Caron remained out of the line-up. Keevin Cutting replaced Tim Priamo on defence.

- The 27 shots STU had tonight were the most they have had in a game against UNB since getting 30 in a 7-1 loss on October 16th, 2010 - 12 games ago.

- UNB was 0 for 4 on the power play. STU did not score on their only opportunity.

- UNB won 45 out of 75 face-offs. Chris Culligan went 16 out 24 and Taylor MacDougall went 10 out of 16.

- St. Arnaud, MacNeil, and Martin were named the game's three stars.

- UNB hit the cross-bar three times in the game.

- Attendance was 1621. 

- In other AUS action tonight Acadia picked up a 2-1 home win over Saint Marys, St. FX worked overtime to beat Dalhousie 5-4 in Antigonish, and the UPEI/Moncton game was postponed.

 - The Varsity Reds are back at the AUC tomorrow night when they welcome the 2-2-0 Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus to town. Game time is 7PM.