Saturday, November 30, 2013

UNB Enters Break With Loss

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds completed the first half of their season with an ugly 5-1 loss against the Acadia Axemen tonight in Wolfville. The Axemen showed why they are arguably the top team in the league as they outplayed and out-shot the V-Reds by a wide margin.

With the loss the Varsity Reds drop to 11-2-1 on the season, one point behind the 12-1-1 Axemen. Acadia also has the tie-breaker as they have won both meeting between the two teams this year.

Tyler Carroll (Desnoyers, Maillet) scored the lone V-Reds goal on the power play 3:10 into the second period, which tied the game, but the Axemen would re-gain their lead in the final minutes of the period before putting it away with three goals in the third.

- Dylan Willick replaced J.P. Labardo in the lineup. Adrian Robertson and Antoine Houde-Carol both remained out.

- Shots favoured Acadia 43-28, including 36-20 through the first forty minutes.

- UNB was 1 for 4 on the power play. Acadia went 2 for 5 with the man advantage and also scored a shorthanded goal.

- UNB won 37 out of 68 face-offs.

- Charles Lavigne took the loss in goal with Evan Mosher picking up the win.

- Mike Thomas and K.C. Brown picked up 5 minute fighting majors late in the 3rd period. 

- This is the 2nd consecutive year UNB has lost their final game of the first half in Wolfville. They have now lost 3 straight games - and 5 of their last 7 - on the road against Acadia.

- UNB was 11-3-0 in their first 14 games last year.

-  The Varsity Reds will not see action again until December 29th, when they host St. Thomas in the annual Pete Kelly Challenge. Game time is scheduled for 4PM at the AUC.

- Of course Chris Culligan, Nick MacNeil, Tyler Carroll, and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers will be representing Team Canada at the Winter Universiade, which begin December 10th in Trentino, Italy. The team, made up entirely of AUS players, will depart for the games next week.

- In other AUS action tonight St. Thomas picked up a big home win over St. FX 5-4, Moncton got by Dalhousie 5-2 in Halifax, and UPEI got by Saint Mary's 5-3 in Charlottetown.

- After the first half of play the AUS standings look like this: Acadia (24 points), UNB (23), St. FX (15), Moncton (14 in 12 games), Saint Mary's (14), UPEI (13 in 12 games), St. Thomas (11), and Dalhousie (3).