Saturday, September 21, 2013

Varsity Reds Rally Past Lancers

UPDATE: UNB Athletics has their game recap posted.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds spotted the visiting Windsor Lancers a 4-2 3rd period lead before storming back for a 5-4 come-from-behind victory tonight at the AUC. The V-Reds faced some early season adversity but were able to escape with a win in a game that may serve the team well down the road.

- The Lancers took a quick 1-0 lead with a goal by Evan Stibbard only 71 seconds into the contest. It appeared Jordan Murray had tied the game later in the period, but the goal was waved off due to a player in the crease. UNB finally got on the board at 18:46 thanks to Thomas Nesbitt (Murray, Braes). However, Derek Lanoue quickly restored the lead for Windsor, scoring only 48 seconds later to give the Lancers a 2-1 advantage heading into the first intermission. Shots in the period favoured the V-Reds 16-6.

- Windsor would not take long to extend their lead as Lanoue, with his 2nd of the night, scored 1:05 into the 2nd period. The V-Reds would get back within one at 18:22 when Chris Culligan (Carroll, Nesbitt) took a pass from in tight and shoveled it in. Shots in the period were 12-7 for UNB.

- The V-Reds came out strong in the final period, applying a ton of pressure as they looked to find the equalizer, but it was the Lancers who would find the back of the net when Paul Bezzo beat a screened Charles Lavigne at 4:31 to push the lead back to two at 4-2. Just like last night the middle of the 3rd period proved to be the difference as they scored 3 goals in just under six minutes. First it was Cam Braes (Robertson) on the power play at 7:15 once again bringing UNB within a goal and then, only 61 seconds later, it was Keevin Cutting who took a pass from Ben Shutron and put in his first goal in a V-Reds uniform. Taylor MacDougall was credited with the second assist on the game-tying goal. With all of the momentum on their side UNB kept up the pressure and were rewarded at 13:08 when Tyler Carroll teamed up with fellow line-mates Chris Culligan and Thomas Nesbitt for a highlight-reel goal to give UNB their first, and only, lead of the game. The V-Reds would hold on for the 5-4 victory as they out-shot Windsor 19-5 in the period and 47-18 in the game.

- Joel Vienneau started in goal for UNB, giving up 3 goals on 9 shots in 28:22 of playing time. Lavigne allowed 1 goal on 9 shots the rest of the way to pick up the win.

- Cam Maclise made his V-Reds debut after returning from the LA Kings training camp. Nick MacNeil remained out of the line-up. Everyone else on the roster was dressed.

- UNB was 1 for 5 on the power play. Windsor was 0 for 3.

- Attendance was 1581.

-  The Varsity Reds are back in action on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Maine to take on the AHL's Portland Pirates. Game time is scheduled for 2PM. They return to the AUC on Friday night to face the OUA's Carleton Ravens at 7PM.