Friday, June 28, 2013

Colorado Trips Highlights V-Reds Exhibition Schedule

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds released their 2013-2014 non-conference schedule today and it includes a highly anticipated 3 game road trip through Colorado to play the NCAA's Colorado College Tigers on October 5th, Denver Pioneers on October 6th, and Air Force Falcons on October 7th.

For the second consecutive year the V-Reds will kick off their exhibition schedule on the road against the Universite de Moncton. The September 16th tilt is slated to take place in Cocagne, New Brunswick.

UNB will play their first home games of the season on September 20th and 21st when they welcome the Windsor Lancers of the OUA to the AUC for the Fall Classic Challenge. This will be only the 2nd and 3rd meetings all-time between the schools after a 3-2 overtime win for UNB at the 1998 University Cup. 

The Varsity Reds will be home for a game against the Carleton Ravens of the OUA East on September 27th as part of UNB Homecoming. The two teams met at the AUC last year with the V-Reds emerging with a 3-1 victory. 

Prior to traveling to Colorado the Varsity Reds are hoping to finalize a game against the AHL's Portland Pirates. They are also working to confirm an opponent for the annual Pete Kelly Christmas Challenge. 

The last scheduled non-conference game will take place on Tuesday, January 21st when the V-Reds travel to Orono, Maine for their annual game against the University of Maine Black Bears at Alfond Arena. This will be sandwiched between home games against Acadia and Dalhousie the previous weekend and a home game against St. Thomas and road game against UPEI the following weekend. 

Here is the complete schedule:

MON. SEPT 16: UNB @ Moncton – Cocagne, NB 7:00 PM

FRI. SEPT 20: UNB VS Windsor - AUC 7:00 PM  
SAT. SEPT 21: UNB VS Windsor - AUC 7:00 PM

FRI. SEPT 27: UNB VS Carleton - AUC 7:00 PM
TBD: UNB @ Portland Pirates 
SAT. OCT 6: UNB @ Colorado College 7:00 PM  
SUN. OCT 7: UNB @ Denver 7:00 PM  
MON. OCT 8: UNB @ Air Force 6:00 PM

TUES. JAN 21: UNB @ University of Maine 7:00 PM 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

AUS Releases 2013-2014 Schedule

Atlantic University Sport announced the men's hockey schedule for the upcoming 2013-2014 season yesterday. The Varsity Reds will have have the opportunity to raise both their AUS and CIS banners on opening night - Friday, October 18th - before they host the visiting St. FX X-Men. Here are some other highlights:

- This is the 2nd time in 3 years the V-Reds have opened at home against St FX, having also done so in 2011, only 7 months after UNB defeated St. FX in the AUS Finals on their way to their 4th National Championship. The Varsity Reds have only opened against St. FX two other times since 1974 - in 1998 and 2000 - with both game coming on the road.

- This is the 3rd straight year UNB has opened the season at home. They kicked off the season against St. Thomas last season.

- UNB is currently riding a 24 game winning streak in home openers, dating back to a 6-5 OT loss to SMU on November 5th, 1988.

- The V-Reds will welcome the SMU Huskies to the AUC the following night (Saturday, October 19th) in a rematch of last year's AUS and CIS Final.The Varsity Reds, of course, emerged victorious in both.

- Those two teams will meet again only 6 days later in Halifax as UNB hits the road for the first time. They are in Antigonish to battle St. FX the next night.

- The V-Reds 3rd straight road game will also mark the first Battle of the Hill of the season, which will take place on November 1st at the Grant*Harvey Centre, with UNB trying to extend their 35 game winning streak against cross-campus rival St. Thomas. The V-Reds and Tommies will also play November 20th and January 24th at the AUC before wrapping up the season series on February 7th back at the GHC.

- Beginning with their first game against St. Thomas the Varsity Reds will play 3 games in 6 days. They host Moncton the next night before traveling to UPEI for a rare Wednesday night game in Charlottetown against the Panthers on November 6th, as the V-Reds will look to extend their current 6 game winning streak at MacLaughlin Arena.

- There are no games scheduled for the weekend of November 8th-9th. This time will be used as a final selection camp for the AUS team that will be representing Canada at the Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy beginning December 11th.

- Following the break the V-Reds embark on their busiest stretch of the season with 5 games scheduled over 9 nights. However, they get fortunate in that travel should not be an issue. First, they host Acadia and Dalhousie on the weekend of November 15th and 16th as they attempt to win their 20th straight at home against the Axemen and 13th consecutive at home versus the Tigers. They then welcome St. Thomas to the AUC for the first time on the season on Wednesday the 20th, travel to Moncton for a game against Les Aigle Bleus on the 22nd, before coming back home to play UPEI the next night.

- The first half wraps up with road games against Dalhousie and Acadia on November 29th and 30th, respectively. Unlike last season, when teams played 16 games in the first half and 12 in the second, this season will see teams playing an even 14 games before and after Christmas.

- The second half begins on January 3rd with a road game against Saint Mary's. This is the earliest conference play has begun after the Christmas break since 1991, when the V-Reds played on January 2nd. It is also the first time UNB has opened the second half of the season on the road since 2008.

- A game the next evening against St. FX will mark the 4th straight road game for UNB - albeit spread out over Christmas - the longest stretch they will be away from the AUC on the season.

- For the 2nd time the V-Reds will host Acadia, Dalhousie and St. Thomas  in succession. The Axemen and Tigers come to town the weekend of January 17th and 18th with the Tommies in on the 24th.

- The Varsity Reds end the season by playing 3 out of their final 4 games on the road. They play St. Thomas at the GHC on February 7th, host Moncton on the 8th in their final home game of the season, and then finish up with road games at Dalhousie and Acadia the next weekend. This is the latest the season has ended since the 2008 campaign finished play on February 16th.

- This will be the 3rd consecutive season (and 10th time in 16 seasons) UNB has played Moncton in the home finale.

- With the exception of two season ending games against Dalhousie in 2011 and 2011 this will be the first time UNB has finished the season against a team from Nova Scotia since 1988, when they also played Acadia. 

- Of note, with only one AUS representative at the University Cup this season the playoffs will feature a pair of best-of-3 quarterfinals followed by a best-of-5 for both the semi-finals and finals.

- UNB's complete schedule can be found here.

With information from the ReDSea Database

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

UNB Adds OHL Goalie Vienneau

UPDATE: has more here.

It appears the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have filled another one of their needs. According to today's Daily Gleaner the V-Reds have recruited goaltender Joel Vienneau to help out expected starter Charles Lavigne between the pipes this upcoming season.

Vienneau, a native of Hearst, Ontario, has played the previous two seasons in the OHL. This past season was his best as he seen action with both the Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers, playing in a total of 55 games while posting a 28-16-9 record to go along with a 2.87 GAA and 0.913 save percentage.

Welcome to UNB, Joel!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

V-Reds Add Maclise

The Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League have announced that team captain, and franchise points leader, Cam Maclise has committed to play for the Varsity Reds this fall.

Maclise, a 6'4'' 195 pound native of Lacombe, Alberta, played one year in the WHL for the Edmonton Oil Kings, registering 14 points in 64 games, before joining the Bandits prior to the 2010-2011 season. While with Brooks the right winger had seasons of 51, 82, and 83 points, capping off his career by being named the Canadian Junior A player of the year and leading his team to the RBC Cup, where he was named MVP after notching 6 goals and 3 assists in 6 games.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Willick Commits To Varsity Reds

In today's Kamloops Daily News Greg Drinnan has announced that former Blazers captain Dylan Willick has decided to commit to the Varsity Reds for the upcoming season after spending some time in Fredericton this past week. McGill had also reportedly shown interest in the 20 year old, who plans on studying engineering at UNB, but he ultimately chose the defending National Champions.

Willick spent his entire four year junior career with Kamloops, registering a career high 28 goals and 26 assists in the 2011-12 campaign. He posted 16 goals and 14 assists in 51 games this past year, missing 21 games due to an ankle injury that he says is now fully healed. However, he only missed one game total in his first three years in the WHL.

The 5'10'', 195 pound native of Prince George, British Columbia is known as a terrific shot blocker and penalty killer who can play all three forward positions. He was named Kamloops most dedicated player, unsung hero, and hardest worker for both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, while also garnering the community involvement award in 2011-12. He took home the Dean Evason Award for Leadership Ability this past season. In other words, he is exactly the kind of person and player we have become accustomed to seeing recruited by the Varsity Reds in recent years.

Here is a highlight video of Willick, giving us fans a glimpse of what we can expect to see in the fall:

Welcome to V-Red Nation, Dylan!