Friday, November 22, 2013

V-Reds Explode Against Aigles Bleus

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds rebounded from a tough three game stretch with their best game of the season, coming away with a convincing 9-2 road victory over the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus this evening. UNB moves to 9-1-1 on the season.

The V-Reds took a 2-0 lead after one period of play thanks to a pair of goals by Thomas Nesbitt, the first coming at 7:48 and assisted by MacNeil and Shutron, and the second at 15:30 with the assists going to MacDougall and Shutron. Despite the lead UNB was out-shot 10-9 in the period.

UNB would quickly double their lead in the second period with Jordan Murray (MacDougall, Maclise), at 1:59, and Cameron Critchlow (Maillet, Petgrave) only 49 seconds later, both finding the back of the net and forcing a goaltending change by the Aigles Bleus. Jonathan Connelly came on in relief of Adrien Lemay, who allowed 4 goals on only 16 shots, and held the fort the rest of the period. He got some offensive support with Alex Quesnel converting on the power play at 7:18 to make it a three goal game. Shots in the period were 20-14 for the V-Reds.

The Varsity Reds blew the game open in the final period, scoring 4 goals in just over 8 minutes to begin the frame. Murray (unassisted), with his 2nd of the game, at 2:35, MacDougall (Labardo, Braes) at 3:48, Critchlow (Maclise), with his 2nd, at 4:32, and Mike Thomas (Maillet, MacDougall) at 8:02 turned this one into a laugher. Eric Faille netted a shorthanded goal for the Aigles at 10:45 on their only shot of the period when he slipped the puck past Charles Lavigne on a partial breakaway, but Maillet (Nesbitt) restored the 7 goal advantage, and capped the scoring, just over two minutes later. Shots favoured UNB 17-1 in the period and 46-25 in the game.

- J.P. Labardo made his return to the line-up as Tyler Carroll, Antoine Houde-Caron, Shea Kewin, and Adrian Robertson were all inactive for the V-Reds.

- UNB was 0 for 3 on the power play while Moncton was 1 for 7 with the man advantage.

- Attendance was 1226.

-  The 9 goals scored are the most for the V-Reds since they defeated Dalhousie by an identical score on November 11, 2011.

- 12 V-Reds registered points in the game with MacDougall (4), Maillet (3), and Nesbitt (3) leading the way. Critchlow, Murray, Shutron, and Maclise all had multi-point efforts as well. Surprisingly, Chris Culligan, who sits 2nd in the conference in scoring, was held off of the score sheet.

- Elsewhere around the AUS tonight the Acadia Axemen maintained their hold on the top spot with a 4-2 win over Dalhousie in Halifax and UPEI dropped St. Thomas 2-1 in Fredericton.

- Tomorrow night sees three games on the docket. The V-Reds are back at the AUC for their last home game of the first half when they host the UPEI Panthers, St. Thomas travels to Moncton, and St. FX visits Saint Mary's. All games are scheduled for 7PM.