Saturday, November 23, 2013

V-Reds Erase Early Deficit, Top Panthers

For the second consecutive home game the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds found themselves trailing 2-0 in the first period, but unlike Wednesday night against St. Thomas they completed the comeback, defeating the visiting UPEI Panthers 5-3 tonight at the AUC. With the win UNB improves to 10-1-1 on the season, one point ahead of the idle Acadia Axemen and back into first place.

The V-Reds spotted the Panthers two quick goals to open the game, one by Mason Wilgosh at 4:06 and then another only 27 seconds later by Harrison MacIver. After the second goal - on only the Panthers 3rd shot of the game - goaltender Charles Lavigne was pulled from the game in favour of Joel Vienneau, only to return after the next stoppage of play.

After their sluggish start UNB controlled the play for most of the remaining 55 minutes of the contest, ripping off five unanswered goals. Finding the back of the net for the V-Reds were Keevin Cutting (Maillet, Culligan) at 11:10 of the 1st period, Culligan (Desnopyers, Shutron) on the power play at 14:49 of the 1st, Phillippe Maillet (Labardo, Critchlow) at 4:09 of the 2nd period, Thomas Nesbitt (Critchlow, Maillet) on the power play at 8:40 of the 3rd period, and Maillet (Petgrave, Critchlow) at 10:04 of the final period. Matthew Maione got one back for UPEI with just under five minutes remaining. Shots in the game favoured UNB 37-19, including 17-4 in the 1st period, 10-6 in the 2nd, and 10-9 in the 3rd.

- Tyler Carroll returned to the V-Reds line-up while Antoine Houde-Caron, Shea Kewin, and Adrian Robertson all remained out.

- There were a total of 20 penalties called in the game. UNB was 2 for 9 on the power play and UPEI was 0 for 6.

- The game's three stars were Maillet, Culligan, and Petgrave.

- Attendance was 2164.

- Elsewhere in the AUS tonight Saint Mary's defeated St. FX 6-4 in Halifax and Moncton rebounded from last night with a 9-2 victory of their own over St. Thomas.

- UNB wraps up the first half of the season next weekend with a pair of games in Nova Scotia. On Friday night they visit the Dalhousie Tigers and then travel to Acadia the next night for a game against the Axemen. Both games are scheduled for 7PM.