Saturday, November 2, 2013

V-Reds Remain Undefeated

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds ran their record to a perfect 6-0-0 on the young season with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus tonight at the AUC in what was, surprisingly, a fairly uneventful game between the provincial rivals.

- Much like last Friday night against Saint Mary's the V-Reds had a big opening period, scoring 3 goals in the first 12:28 of the game. Adrian Robertson (Priamo, Willick) with a blast from the point at 4:36, Cam Braes (Petgrave, Nesbitt) at 11:21, and Mike Thomas (Maillet, Shutron) on the backhand 57 seconds later all found the net behind Aigles Bleus goaltender Adrien Lemay. The Varsity Reds carried the 3-0 lead into the first intermission as they out-shot Moncton 12-8 in the frame.

- The Aigles Bleus would get on the board only 10 seconds into the 2nd period after the combination of a miscommunication between Charles Lavigne and Tim Priamo and a bad bounce off of the end boards resulted in the puck squirting out in front of a wide open net. Eric Faille picked up the loose puck and had a tap-in goal to cut the deficit to two. That was the only goal in the period as UNB had 8 shots to Moncton's 5.

- The 3rd period was similar to the 2nd as neither team could generate much in the way of scoring chances. Cameron Critchlow appeared to make it a 4-1 game when he deflected the puck in, but it was called back as the referee ruled it was touched with a high stick. The Aigles Bleus would get a great chance to get back in the game at 10:44 when Matt Petgrave was given a 4 minute double-minor for interference and unsportsmanlike conduct as well as a 10 minute misconduct, however the V-Reds continued to display stellar penalty killing so far this season as they escaped unscathed. Chris Culligan, unassisted, would put the game away with an empty netter at 18:21. Despite being out-shot 9-6 in the period the V-Reds held a 26-22 advantage for the game.

- Tyler Carroll and Antoine Houde-Caron both remained out of the line-up with undisclosed injuries. Tim Priamo was back in, replacing Shea Kewin.

- Robertson, Braes, and Thomas were named the game's three stars.

- UNB went 0 for weekend on the power play as they failed to capitalize on five chances tonight. Moncton was 0 for 4 with the man advantage.

- UNB won 37 out of 63 face-offs.

- Attendance was 2502 tonight.

- In other games around the AUS tonight UPEI squeaked by St. Thomas 10-2 in Charlottetown and Saint Mary's got a much needed win on the road with a 4-1 decision over St. FX.

- The Varsity Reds are right back it on Wednesday night when they travel across the Confederation Bridge to face the 4th ranked Panthers of UPEI in what should be their toughest test yet. Game time is 7PM and can be seen on AUStv.ca