Thursday, February 21, 2013

V-Reds Show No Signs Of Rust In Game 1 Rout

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds received scoring from all four lines as they rolled to a convincing 7-2 victory over the visiting UPEI Panthers tonight at the AUC in game 1 of their best-of-5 semi-final.

The V-Reds scored the only goal of the opening period - on the power play - at 6:41 courtesy of Cam Braes (Shutron, Culligan) and then extended their lead to three midway through the second when Nick MacNeil scored a pair of goals. Colby Pridham picked up the lone assist on the first goal at 10:22 and then Ben Wright and Dion Campbell picked up helpers on MacNeil's 2nd just under three minutes later. The Panthers finally got on the board with a 5-on-3 power play goal at 16:09, cutting the deficit to two heading into the final period. After two periods of play the shots were even at 26 apiece.

Just like we have seen so often recently the V-Reds took over the game in the 3rd, quickly putting any hopes of a UPEI comeback to rest with 3 goals in the first 7:20 of the period. Stefan Salituro (MacDougall) at 2:13, Josh Kidd (Fillier, Pridham) at 6:29, and Tyler Carroll (Braes, Culligan) on the power play at 7:20 all found the back of the net as UNB chased Panthers goalie Wayne Savage. UPEI responded with their 2nd power play goal of the night at 13:10 but Bryce Swan (Critchlow, Braes) got it back for the V-Reds, capping the scoring at 19:13. Shots favoured UNB in the period 14-4 and in the game 40-30.

- Tyler Carroll and Josh Kidd were back in the line-up for UNB. Antoine Houde-Caron served the 2nd of his two game suspension while Chad Denny and Tim Priamo were scratched.

- Dan LaCosta was stellar in net for the V-Reds making 28 saves, including a number of key stops early when the game was still close.

- UNB was 3 for 6 on the power play. UPEI was 2 for 4.

- 14 V-Reds recorded at least one point on the contest.

- MacNeil, Pridham, and Kidd were named the game's three stars.

- This was only the second game all year in which the Varsity Reds have surrendered more than 28 shots on goal. Both have been against the Panthers.

- Attendance was 1218.

- UNB has now won 8 consecutive playoff games dating back to game 5 of the 2011 AUS Championship against St. FX. They went 6-0 in last year's playoffs en route to their 2nd straight AUS banner.

- In other AUS playoff action tonight the Saint Mary's Huskies rebounded from last night's 3-2 overtime loss to even their series against the Acadia Axemen with a 4-2 victory in Halifax. The series now shifts to Wolfville with game 3 scheduled for Sunday night.

- The V-Reds and Panthers are back at it tomorrow night with game 2 scheduled for 7PM at the AUC.