Saturday, November 16, 2013

V-Reds Hang On Versus Tigers

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds jumped out to a 4-0 2nd period lead against the visiting Dalhousie Tigers this evening at the AUC, but what initially appeared to be an easy victory turned in to a 4-3 nail-biter as the Tigers valiant comeback attempt fell just short. The V-Reds are now 8-0-1 on the season, one point ahead of 2nd place Acadia.

The Varsity Reds received two 1st period goals from Chris Culligan (at 2:52 from Nesbitt and at 11:42 from Critchlow and Nesbitt again) and another, on the power play, by Phillippe Maillet (Priamo, Robertson) at 14:04. It was Maillet's first career CIS goal. Shots in the period were 14-4 for UNB.

The V-Reds extended their lead to 4-0 at 3:31 of the middle period courtesy Nick MacNeil (Priamo, Murray), but after that goal Tigers goalie Bobby Nadeau shut the door the rest of the way, making several outstanding saves along the way. After being shutout the night before Dalhousie's offense finally showed some signs of life with Chris Ivanko notching a power play goal at 6:21 and Brett Theberge cutting the lead in half at 9:47. Shots were 15-9 for UNB in the frame.

Things would get tense for the 3281 fans in attendance only 4:27 into the 3rd period when Ivanko scored his 2nd goal with the man advantage of the game, bringing the Tigers within one despite being severely out-shot and outplayed. Fortunately, that was as close as things would get as the V-Reds held on for the one goal victory. Shots favoured UNB 16-5 in the period and 44-18 in the game.

- UNB iced the exact same line-up as the previous night, meaning Tyler Carroll (injured), J.P. Labardo, and Shea Kewin all remained out.

- Joel Vienneau made his first start of the season for UNB, stopping 15 out of 18 shots directed his way.

- Many of the 3281 in attendance were children as the V-Reds held Northside Elementary School Night.

- Culligan, Ivanko, and Priamo were named the game's three stars.

- UNB was 1 for 6 on the power play while Dalhousie was 2 for 5. This is the first time this season UNB has given up more than one power play goal in a game.

- UNB won 39 out of 73 face-offs.

- In other AUS action tonight Saint Mary's rocked the visiting St. Thomas Tommies 9-1, Acadia picked up their 7th consecutive win with a 5-4 decision over Moncton, and St. FX handed UPEI a 3rd striaght loss with a 4-1 win in Antigonish.

- UNB is back in action on Wednesday night when they host St. Thomas in the latest installment of the Battle of the Hill. Game time is 7PM.