Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Streak Ends

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds seen their 36 game winning streak over cross-campus rival St. Thomas end tonight, suffering a 3-2 setback at the AUC. With the loss the V-Reds fall to 8-1-1 on the season and into 2nd place, one point behind the Acadia Axemen.

UNB never led in the game as they fell behind 2-0 after the 1st period and were never able to recover. They pulled within a goal 4:12 into the 2nd period when Ben Shutron (Carroll, Culligan) converted on a 5-on-3 power play, but the Tommies made it a two goal game once again just over 4 minutes later just seconds after the V-Reds missed on a 3-on-1 oppurtunity. Chris Culligan (Nesbitt, Carroll) made it a 3-2 deficit at 11:43, but that was the end of the scoring as the Tommies held on for their first victory over UNB since October 20th, 2006. Further, it was STU's first win at the AUC since game 2 of the AUS semi-finals on February 28th, 2003, breaking a 28 game run.

- Tyler Carroll returned to the line-up for the first time since the pre-season. Adrian Robertson, Shea Kewin, and J.P. Labardo were all scratched.

- Shots in the game were 44-20 for UNB.

- UNB had two goals disallowed in the game - one in the 2nd period because the referee ruled that the net had come off of its moorings before the puck went in and the other in the 3rd period after a V-Red interfered with STU goalie Jonathan Groenheyde.  

- The V-Reds were 1 for 5 on the power play. St. Thomas was 1 for 7.

- Groenheyde, Culligan, and Randy Cameron were named the game's three stars.

- Attendance was 2259.

- In other AUS action tonight Dalhousie picked up their first win of the year with a 3-1 upset over Saint Mary's and Acadia got by St. FX 3-2 in OT.

- The V-Reds will try to rebound when they travel to Moncton on Friday night for a date against the Aigles Bleus. They return to the AUC the following night as they entertain the UPEI Panthers. Both games are scheduled for 7PM.