Friday, November 15, 2013

Axemen Slip By V-Reds In Shootout

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds were pushed to a shootout for the 2nd consecutive game tonight at the AUC, but the result was not as kind this time around as the visiting Acadia Axemen defeated the hometown team 4-3.

Both team traded goals through the first two periods, with UNB never once trailing. Adrian Roberston (Braes, Maillet) scored only 20 seconds into the game on the powerplay to give the V-Reds an early 1-0 advantage. Christopher Owens would answer back for the  Axemen at 5:38, firing a blast from the point past Charles Lavigne only 3 seconds into their 2nd power play of the game. However, Cam Braes (Murray, Robertson) would restore the lead with another man advantage tally at 7:29. Shots in the period were 8-6 for Acadia.

The Varsity Reds had a better showing in the shots department in the 2nd period as they outshot the Axemen 9-3, but Acadia got a goal only 11 seconds into the frame by Dustin Eckelman and then another with 22 seconds remaining by Liam Heelis. These were sandwiched around an unassisted marker by Chris Culligan at 10:17. The game would head to the 3rd period tied at 3 and would remain that way through overtime, with both teams generating 14 shots on goal between the two periods. Shots in the game favoured UNB 29-25.

In the shootout Braes scored on the first attempt with a nifty deke on Axemen goalie Evan Mosher, but Brett Thompson and Alex Beaton replied for Acadia while Taylor MacDougall and Phillippe Maillet were denied.

With the loss UNB falls to 7-0-1 on the season, only 1 point clear of the 7-1-0 Axemen.

UNB may still be the team to beat in the AUS this season, but it is clear after these last two games that the gap between them and the rest of the conference has closed considerably over the last few seasons. 

- Tyler Carroll remained out of the line-up with an injury. J.P Labardo and Shea Kewin were both healthy scratches.

- UNB was 2 for 7 on the power play. Acadia was 1 for 3 on the power play. This broke a streak of 28 successful penalty kills by the V-Reds.

- Heelis, Braes, and Murray were the game's three stars.

- This marks Acadia's first win at the AUC since completing a three game sweep of the V-Reds in the AUS Finals on March 6th, 2006, breaking a 19 game skid. 

- Attendance was 2252.

- In other AUS action tonight Moncton beat up on the visiting Dalhousie Tigers 7-0, St. FX scored two goals in the final two minutes to tie St. Thomas 5-5 and then went on to win in overtime, and St. Marys doubled up UPEI 4-2 in Halifax.

- Tomorrow night the Varsity Reds will be back at the AUC as they host the Dalhousie Tigers on Northside Elementary School Night. Please note that it will be general admission seating.