Saturday, March 2, 2013

Campbell's Goal In Double OT Lifts V-Reds

UPDATE: Nick Murray, via UNB Athletics, has his game recap here.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds needed double overtime but were finally able to put away the visiting Saint Mary's Huskies with a 1-0 victory this evening at the AUC. With the win the V-Reds take a 1 game to 0 lead in the best-of-3 AUS Finals.

For much of the contest this one had the feeling of being "one of those games" as the Huskies stuck around despite being outplayed for much of the game. UNB held a 36-17 advantage in shots through the first four periods of play, had numerous quality scoring chances, limited Saint Mary's to no more than a couple of semi-dangerous chances, and forced too many icings to count after controlling the play for extended stretches in the SMU zone, but they were unable to beat Huskies goaltender Anthony Peters. Things looked bleak when the V-Reds were forced to kill off a Nick MacNeil tripping penalty in the extra session, but their PK was up to the task. Shortly later 5th year forward Dion Campbell would send the faithful home happy as he banged home a loose puck in the crease on a broken play at 14:13 of the 2nd overtime period. It had looked like Colby Pridham's original shot had been deflected in by MacNeil - even causing the goal light to go on - but the ref waved it off as the puck appeared to hit the post/cross-bar and settled in the blue paint. However, Campbell quickly pounced and made no mistake, poking it past Peters before he could cover it. Pridham and MacNeil picked up the assists on the goal. The Huskies argued that the puck had been knocked down with a high-stick but their protests fell on deaf ears as the referees stood by their original call, giving UNB the victory. Shots in the game favoured the V-Reds 41-24, with Dan LaCosta picking up the shutout.

- Tim Priamo was back in the line-up while Chad Denny, Adrian Robertson, and Stefan Salituro were out.

- UNB was 0 for 4 on the power play. Saint Mary's were scoreless on 5 opportunities.

- Campbell, Pridham, and Peters were the game's three stars.

- Attendance was a disappointing 2250 in what could have been the V-Reds last home game of the season.

- UNB has now won 11 out of their last 12 playoff games.

- In other CIS playoff action the Alberta Golden Bears can wrap up the Canada West title with a win tonight over the Saskatchewan Huskies. The Golden Bears took game 1 by a 5-0 score last night. The Waterloo Warriors improbable run continues as they defeated Windsor 5-3 tonight to sweep the Lancers in 2 games to capture the OUA West title and earn a berth at the University Cup. The Warriors, who finished in 6th place this year with a 12-11-5 record, knocked off the #3 (Lakehead), #1 (Western), and #2 (Windsor) teams in the OUA West en route to the title. Meanwhile, the OUA East championship comes down to a game 3 showdown tomorrow night between Carleton and UQTR after the Patriotes staved off elimination with a 2-0 road win last night. The winner will punch the final ticket to the University Cup and will meet Waterloo next weekend in the Queen's Cup to determine the OUA Champion.

- The V-Reds can wrap up the series on Tuesday night when game 2 goes in Halifax. Game time is 7PM.