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