Saturday, October 26, 2013

Varsity Reds Complete Perfect Weekend

UPDATE: UNB Athletics has posted a weekend recap.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds fell behind early in the 3rd period but rallied for a 4-2 victory over the St. FX X-Men tonight in Antigonish. With the win the V-Reds move to 4-0-0 on the season while the X-Men fall to 1-3-0. The Varsity Reds are now the lone unbeaten team in the conference.

The Varsity Reds, who trailed 1-0 after the first period despite holding a 15-5 shot advantage, tied it up only 2:02 into the middle frame on the power play thanks to a Mike Thomas (Nesbitt) goal. The X-Men outshot UNB 9-8 in the 2nd period.

The X-Men would re-take the lead at 4:34 of the 3rd period when former AHLer Robert Slaney beat Charles Lavigne. However, the Varsity Reds stormed back with a pair of goal within 30 seconds of one another to grab their first lead of the game. First, Nick MacNeil (Kewin) pounced on a rebound at 8:37 and then Cameron Cirtchlow (Maillet) sniped one into the top right corner at 9:07. An empty net goal by MacNeil with 8 seconds remaining rounded out the scoring. UNB held a shot advantage of 15-6 in the period and 39-19 in the game.

- Tyler Carroll and Antoine Houde-Caron remained out of the line-up while Keevin Cutting replaced J.P. Labardo.

- Critchlow, Maillet, and X-Men goalie Drew Owsley were named the game's three stars. 

- UNB was 1 for 6 on the power play. St. FX was 0 for 3.

- UNB won 32 out of 56 face-offs.

- This marks the 4th time in the last 7 seasons UNB has began the season 4-0-0. Interestingly, in the 3 previous instances (2007-08, 2009-10, 2011-12) the V-Reds never ended up winning the University Cup, while the 3 seasons they suffered an early-season loss has resulted in a National Championship. 

- In other AUS action tonight St. Thomas got by Dalhousie 5-2 in Fredericton, Saint Mary's picked up their first win of the year with a 5-3 decision on home ice over Moncton, and Acadia handed UPEI a 2-1 loss in Charlottetown.

- The Varsity Reds will play again next Friday when they travel up the hill to face St. Thomas in the season's first Battle of the Hill. They host Moncton at the AUC next Saturday night. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM puck drop.