Saturday, January 5, 2013

Fullerton, V-Reds Blank Tigers

UPDATE: UNB Athletics recap can be found here.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds maintained their hold on to the top spot in the AUS with a solid 3-0 win over the Dalhousie Tigers tonight at the AUC. The V-Reds improve to 14-4-0 on the season, one point ahead of second place Saint Mary's.

The game could not have started any better for UNB as they scored all three of their goals in the first 9:02 of the game. Tyler Carroll (Braes, Shutron), on the power play, gave the V-Reds a 1-0 lead at 3:03 and then continued his big weekend with his second of the game at 7:40, with assists going to Desnoyers and Todd. Nick MacNeil (Nesbitt, Braes) capped the scoring just 82 seconds later. The rest of the game was quite uneventful - with the exception of a number of big saves by Tigers goalie Wendell Vye who was under fire all night and stopped the final 38 shots he seen - as Dalhousie failed to mount much of an offensive attack.

The shots in the game favoured UNB 51-17, with period totals of 22-6, 13-7, and 16-4.

- Travis Fullerton picked up his first shutout of the season, and 19th of his career (13 regular season, 4 playoff, 2 University Cup). It was the team's second this year after Dan LaCosta blanked Saint Mary's on October 19th.

- UNB iced the same line-up as last night. Chad Denny, Josh Kidd, Geordie Wudrick, Stefan Salituro, and Luke Lynes were all out. Dan LaCosta was also not dressed as he recovers from a minor injury.

- Dalhousie was 0 for 3 with the power play while the V-Reds were 1 for 6.

- Desnoyers and Carroll each had a game high 7 shots on goal. Dion Campbell had 6. 

- UNB has now won 12 straight home games against Dalhousie dating back to a 4-3 loss on February 3rd, 2007.

- In other AUS action tonight the UPEI Panthers defeated Acadia 4-2 in Charlottetown, Saint Mary's beat Moncton 6-2 at home to move into sole possession of 2nd place, and St. FX blanked St. Thomas 3-0. Home teams went a combined 8-0 on the weekend.

- The AUS standings now look like this, with each team having played 18 games: UNB (28 points), Saint Mary's (27), Acadia (25), St. FX (24), UPEI (17), Moncton (17), Dalhousie (13), and St. Thomas (5).

- The V-Reds are on the road next weekend with big games against St. FX on Friday night and Saint Mary's on Saturday night.