Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Streak - 2013 Version

In continuing with our annual tradition....

When the St. Thomas Tommies skated away with a 3-1 victory over the UNB Varsity Reds at the York Arena on October 20th, 2006 it would have been almost inconceivable to believe that 2570 days later STU would still be looking for their next victory against their cross-campus rivals. UNB has gone an unprecedented 35 – 0 – 0 against St. Thomas during this time. Here are some fun and interesting, but completely useless, facts and stats about “The Streak” as both teams prepare for the 182th Battle of the Hill - and 203rd all-time meeting - tomorrow night at the Grant*Harvey Centre. Puck drop is set for 7PM.

- 19 of the games have been played at the AUC, 12 at the LBR, 2 at the Grant*Harvey Centre, 1 in Woodstock (2008), and 1 at the Willie O’Ree Place (2009).

- It includes 27 regular season games, 3 playoff games (2008), and 5 exhibition games (2006, 2 in 2007, 2008, and 2009).

- UNB has outscored STU 189-60 in the 35 games, or an average of 5.4-1.70. As the home team it is 105-31 in 20 games (5.25-1.55). As the visitor it is 84-29 in 15 games (5.60-1.93).

 - There have been 6 shutouts: November 24th, 2006/January 14th, 2009/January 28th, 2009/November 21st, 2010/February 8th, 2012/January 16, 2013. Travis Fullerton accounted for the final five.

- 4 games have gone to Overtime: December 31st, 2006/October 28th, 2009/November 28th, 2009/December 2nd, 2011.

- 2 games have gone to a Shootout: November 16th, 2007 and November 29th, 2008.

- UNB has scored 2 goals (1 time), 3 goals (7 times), 4 goals (4 times), 5 goals (10 times), 6 goals (2 time), 7 goals (4 times), 8 goals (4 times), 9 goals (2 times), and 10 goals (1 time).

- STU has scored 0 goals (6 times), 1 goal (12 times), 2 goals (7 times), 3 goals (6 times), and 4 goals (4 times).

- The games have been decided by 1 goal (10 times), 2 goals (3 times), 3 goals (4 times), 4 goals (5 times), 5 goals (5 times), 6 goals (3 times), 7 goals (3 times), 8 goals (1 times), and 9 goals (1 time).

- Lowest scoring game: 2-1 in OT on October 28th, 2009.

- Highest scoring game: 10-4 on September 17th, 2008 in Woodstock.

- The streak has included 5 Lou Chabot Memorial Games and 6 Mark Jeffrey Memorial Games.

- In the only playoff series between the teams during the streak UNB defeated STU 5-1, 5-4, and 5-1 between February 26th and March 2nd, 2008.

- Only twice during the streak have the two teams played back-to-back regular season games against one another: January 23th and 25th, 2008 and November 25th and December 2nd, 2011.

- This is the first game during the streak to be played on November 1st. In fact, there is only one day (January 28th) that has seen more than one game played. UNB and STU met on this day in both 2008 (9-0) and 2010 (7-1).

- The two teams have played their first regular season game against one another once during the streak (last season). However, the two teams have met in their first exhibition games twice, in 2008 and 2009. They have never played their season finale against one another during the streak.

- This is only the 2nd season during the streak in which the two teams have not played one another before November. The first meeting between the two in 2011-2012 was not until November 25th.

- Varsity Reds goaltender Charles Lavigne went winless in 11 games against UNB during his 3 seasons with STU. He started all but 1 game against the V-Reds during that span.

- Since the streak began UNB has a combined record of 262-57-13 with 2 ties. This includes a 160-28-9 conference record, a 31-11-2 playoff record, a 15-2 record at Nationals, 42-1 in exhibition games against CIS competition, 14-12-1 with 2 ties against NCAA competition, and 0-3-1 against NHL rookie teams/AHL teams. Meanwhile, STU has gone 49-122-16 in conference play and 4-10 in the postseason during this time.

- The Varsity Reds have an almost-equally impressive home winning streak over St. Thomas. They have won 28 consecutive games over the Tommies, with the last loss being a 2-1 overtime setback in game 2 of the AUS semi-finals on February 28th, 2003.

All stats courtesy ReDSea Database