Sunday, January 20, 2013

V-Reds Pick Up Two Big Points In Moncton

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, still missing a number of key players due to injury, needed overtime for the second straight night but defeated the Universite de Aigles Bleus 3-2 to complete a four point weekend and a 3-0-0 week. Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (Pridham, Salituro) was the hero with only 14 seconds left in extra time, picking the perfect time to pot his first goal of the season. The V-Reds, who never trailed in the game, also received goals from Matt Fillier (Salituro, Pridham) 6:32 into the first period and Ben Wright (Desnoyers, Culligan) 18:22 into the second period on a 5-on-3 power play. Travis Fullerton made 22 saves in net to pick up the win as UNB outshot Moncton 45-24.

- UNB was without regulars Tim Priamo, Adrian Robertson, Tyler Carroll, and Cam Braes. Josh Kidd and Luke Lynes also remained out. Chad Denny and Stefan Salituro were in the line-up.

- Denny picked up a 5 minute major and game misconduct for slashing halfway through the first, putting the already short-staffed V-Reds down to four defencemen for most of the game. UNB did manage to kill off the entire power play.

- UNB was 1 for 4 on the power play while Moncton was 0 for 3.

- In other AUS action St. FX came back from a 3-0 deficit at home to defeat Saint Mary's 5-4 in a shootout, UPEI traveled to Fredericton and got by St. Thomas 7-2, and Acadia picked up a 3-1 road victory over Dalhousie.

- The AUS standings show UNB still in first place with 36 points, followed closely by SMU (34) and Acadia (32). St. FX (28), UPEI (26), and Moncton (23) remain in a tight race for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, while Dalhousie (15) and St. Thomas (7) are essentially playing out the string.

- The Varsity Reds are back at home next weekend with a pair of huge games. On Friday night first place will be on the line when they host Saint Mary's, and then the next night they welcome St. FX to the AUC. Both games are scheduled for 7PM. In fact, UNB does not leave Fredericton for the rest of the regular season, with four home games as well as road game against St. Thomas the only remaining games.