Wednesday, November 6, 2013

V-Reds Topple Panthers In Shootout

The highly anticipated match-up between the country's #2 and #4 teams tonight in Charlottetown lived up to expectations as the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds edged the UPEI Panthers 3-2 in a shootout. The V-Reds improve to 7-0-0 on the season, 4 points clear of the 2nd place Acadia Axemen. Meanwhile, the Panthers fall to 4-1-1.

The Varsity Reds never trailed in this one. Matt Petgrave (Willick, Houde-Caron) scored the only goal of the first period as he gave UNB a 1-0 lead 6:02 into the game. The Panthers responded with a goal by Tyler Brown to tie it up 3:32 into the 2nd period before Petgrave (Culligan, Critchlow) scored his 2nd of the night when he pinched in from the blue-line to poke a loose puck past a sprawling Wayne Savage just under 8 minutes later. Jordan Mayer would answer for UPEI at 17:32 to send the game into the 3rd tied at 2. The score would remain deadlocked throughout the final 20 minutes as well as an entertaining 10 minute overtime before heading to a shootout. In the shootout Cam Braes got it started with a goal for UNB only to see Mayer answer right back for UPEI with a goal of his own on Charles Lavigne. Taylor MacDougall was the next shooter and scored what proved to be the game winner as Lavigne stopped both Chris DeSousa and Cody McNaughton, which were sandwiched around a failed attempt by Philippe Maillet.

- Antoine Houde-Caron was back in the line-up, replacing J.P. Labardo. Shea Kewin and Tyler Carroll remained out.

- Shots in the game favoured UNB 33-31.

- UNB was 0 for 3 with the man advantage. UPEI went 0 for 5.

- The V-Reds were uncharacteristically bad in the face-off dot tonight, winning only 38 out of 86 draws. Chris Culligan had an especially tough night as he lost 20 out of his 28 face-offs.

- Attendance was 1050.

- This was UNB's first shootout since dropping a 3-2 decision to Dalhousie on February 4th, 2012 - a game that wasn't settled until the 16th shooters. They were not involved in one all of last season.

- In other games around the AUS tonight St. FX defeated Dalhousie 5-2 in Halifax and Moncton beat St. Thomas 4-1 in Fredericton.

- The next game action for UNB won't be until November 15th when the Acadia Axemen visit the AUC. However, 9 members of the team (Lavigne, Shutron, Desnoyers, Murray, Culligan, MacNeil, Nesbitt, Braes, and Critchlow will be participating in the AUS All-Star Game this Friday night at the Grant*Harvey Centre. Tyler Carroll was also invited but will not participate due to injury.