Friday, September 27, 2013

V-Reds Survive Penalty-Filled Affair

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds got back to their winning ways with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the visiting Carleton Ravens of the OUA in a game that featured 33 penalties and 82 penalty minutes.

- The Varsity Reds got on the board first, 12 minutes into the opening frame, when rookie Cameron Maclise (MacDougall, Houde-Caron) banged a rebound past Ravens goalie Ryan Dube.

- Then the penalties came. UNB took 5 straight penalties (including a double-minor and 10-minute misconduct) in the latter half of the period that left them shorthanded from 13:50 of the first period to 1:14 of the second period, save for 13 seconds. This included a couple of 5-on-3's that the Ravens were able to capitalize on. First, Jeff Hayes scored at 15:47 and then Linden Bahm beat Charles Lavigne at 19:38 to give the Ravens a lead heading into intermission. Shots in the period were 13-10 for Carleton.

- The tables turned a bit in the 2nd period with Carleton taking 12 out of the 17 penalties in the frame, including a stretch in which UNB received 6 straight power plays. The V-Reds would only convert on one of their opportunities though, when Matt Petgrave (Desnoyers, Culligan) wristed a shot in from the right circle at 14:14, tying the game at 2. Shots in the period were 14-7 for UNB.

- The Varsity Reds came out flying to open the 3rd period but the Ravens weathered the storm, with Dube making several big stops in the face of relentless pressure. It looked like things had turned in Carleton's favour when UNB went down two men yet again halfway through the period, but the V-Reds killed it off successfully and just over a minute later Tyler Carroll (Culligan, Nesbitt) finished off a nice rush with what proved to be the game-winning goal at 15:31. The Ravens got one more chance when they received another power play with 87 seconds remaining, but they were unable to convert despite pulling their goalie for a 6-on-4 advantage for the last 66 seconds of the game. Shots favoured UNB 11-4 in the period and 35-24 in the game.

- Nick MacNeil, Kodi Estey, and Keevin Cutting were out of the line-up while former Dalhousie Tiger forward Shea Kewin seen his first game action in a V-Reds uniform.

- Thomas Nesbitt was awarded a penalty shot at 14:32 of the 2nd period after a Ravens defenceman closed their hand on the puck in the crease, but he was denied by Dube as he tried to go five-hole.

- Charles Lavigne started the game and made 16 saves on 18 shots in 29:45 of action. Joel Vienneau turned aside all 6 shots he seen over the last 30:15 to pick up the win.

- Attendance was 2109 as the university celebrates Homecoming this weekend. 

- Saint John Sea Dogs fans might have recognized a familiar name in the Ravens line-up as former Sea Dogs defenceman Jason Seed is in his rookie season with Carleton. Seed played parts of three seasons with the Sea Dogs, including 17 games for the 2010-11 Memorial Cup Champions. He was a teammate of current V-Reds forward Mike Thomas.

- In other AUS action tonight the St. FX X-Men beat St. Thomas 4-1, UPEI routed Dalhousie 5-1, and Brock defeated saint Mary's 6-5.

- Up next for UNB is a trip to Colorado next weekend. They play Colorado College Saturday night, Denver Saturday night, and Air Force Monday night.