Wednesday, January 30, 2013

LaCosta Named UNB Athlete Of The Week

Varsity Reds goaltender Dan LaCosta has been named the UNB Varsity Reds and Dominos Pizza Athlete of the Week.

LaCosta, the 5th year native of Labrador City, was instrumental in helping the V-Reds pick up victories over both Saint Mary's and St. FX this past weekend. On Friday night in a first place showdown against the Huskies LaCosta stopped 20 out of 22 shots as UNB won 4-2. He continued his solid play the next night with 23 saves on 24 shots in a 2-1 victory over the X-Men as the V-Reds clinched first place for the 6th straight season.

After an injury plagued first season as a V-Red last year LaCosta has thus far shown the form that once made him a 3rd round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He currently leads the conference with an 0.929 winning percentage (13-1-0), ranks 2nd with a 2.05 GAA, and ranks 3rd with a 0.912 save percentage.

Congratulations Dan!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

CIS Men's Hockey Top 10 (#13): V-Reds Back On Top

OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds are back atop the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the first time in three months (Oct. 23 poll).

The V-Reds (20-5-0), who were ranked second last Tuesday, received half of the 16 first-place votes and 151 points this week to edge the Alberta Golden Bears (19-4-1), who earned six first-place nods and 147 points and fall to No. 2 after leading each of the last seven national media polls.

Rounding out the new Top 10 are the Western Mustangs (20-4-0), who merited the other two first-place votes and remain at No. 3; the No. 4 UQTR Patriotes (18-5-1), up three positions this week; No. 5 Saint Mary’s Huskies (16-7-2), down one spot; No. 6 Acadia Axemen (16-7-2), who stay put; No. 7 Saskatchewan Huskies (16-7-1), down two; No. 8 Manitoba Bisons (15-5-4), up one; No. 9 Carleton Ravens (17-6-2), down one; and No. 10 Calgary Dinos (15-9-0), also staying put this week.

Top-ranked UNB clinched first place in the AUS standings for the sixth consecutive season this past weekend thanks to home wins over Saint Mary’s, 4-2, and StFX, 2-1. The V-Reds, who have won five straight contests and eight of their last nine, face St. Thomas (3-21-2) and UPEI (14-9-2) this weekend before closing out the 28-game AUS schedule against Moncton on Feb. 8.

In other races around the country, No. 2 Alberta is comfortably in the lead in Canada West, No. 3 Western has all but clinched first position in the OUA West division, while No. 4 UQTR is in a dog fight with No. 9 Carleton for the OUA East crown.

The Bears split a home-and-away series with Calgary last weekend, winning the opener 2-1 in Calgary before dropping the rematch in Edmonton, 3-2 in a shootout. With four league games remaining, Alberta holds a five-point advantage over Manitoba and has a six-point cushion over Saskatchewan in the Canada West standings.

The Mustangs beat UOIT 5-3 last Friday and doubled York 4-2 on Saturday to build a seven-point lead over Windsor in the OUA West race, with four games left in regular season play.

The Patriotes find themselves atop the OUA East standings after racking up three wins in five days, including a 3-2 shootout victory over reigning University Cup champion McGill, a 5-1 domination of No. 9 Carleton and a 4-2 defeat of Ottawa. UQTR has 37 points with four games to play, while the Ravens have 36 with three games left.

Highlighting the CIS schedule this week are a trio of Top-10 battles, including a Friday Saturday doubleheader between Calgary and Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, as well as Saint Mary’s at Acadia on Saturday.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#13)

Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points. The CIS Men’s Ice Hockey Top Ten Committee is made up of media members from across Canada.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. UNB (20-5-0) / 151 points (8) / (2)
2. Alberta (19-4-1) / 147 (6) / (1)
3. Western (20-4-0) / 131 (2) / (3)
4. UQTR (18-5-1) / 93 / (7)
5. Saint Mary’s (16-7-2) / 81 / (4)
6. Acadia (16-7-2) / 72 / (6)
7. Saskatchewan (16-7-1) / 69 / (5)
8. Manitoba (15-5-4) / 57 / (9)
9. Carleton (17-6-2) / 30 / (8)
10. Calgary (15-9-0) / 26 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: UPEI (12), Guelph (8), Windsor (3).

-CIS-

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Gardiner MacDougall


With the Varsity Reds 2-1 victory over St. FX last night UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall became only the 7th head coach in CIS history to accumulate 300 victories, joining Dave Adolph (Saskatchewan), Clare Drake (Alberta), Wayne Gowing (Laurier), Graham Wise (Ryerson), Clarke Singer (Western), and Jacques Laporte (UQTR). He ranks 4th among active coaches behind only Adolph (400), Wise (353), and Singer (314), who is taking a sabbatical this year and is expected to return behind the Mustang's bench next season.

Here are some more numbers regarding MacDougall:

- His overall record (conference, playoffs, University Cup) currently sits at 300 wins - 115 losses - 18 ties - 16 OT/SO losses in 13 seasons behind the V-Reds bench, which is good for a 0.706 winning percentage.

- Broken down further, he is 243-84-18-16 in conference play (0.720 winning percentage), 42-26 in the AUS playoffs (0.618), and 15-5 in the University Cup (0.750).

- By season his record has been:
     2000/2001 = 13-10-5-0 conference record, 3-3 playoffs record
     2001/2002 = 14-10-4-0 conference, 2-2 playoffs
     2002/2003 = 15-12-1-0 conference, 7-2 playoffs, 1-2 University Cup
     2003/2004 = 16-5-3-4 conference, 0-2 playoffs, 2-1 University Cup
     2004/2005 = 15-11-1-1 conference, 2-2 playoffs
     2005/2006 = 15-8-4-1 conference, 4-4 playoffs
     2006/2007 = 18-7-0-3 conference, 3-3 playoffs, 3-0 University Cup
     2007/2008 = 26-1-0-1 conference, 5-0 playoffs, 2-1 University Cup
     2008/2009 = 21-4-0-3 conference, 4-2 playoffs, 3-0 University Cup
     2009/2010 = 27-1-0-0 conference, 0-3 playoffs
     2010/2011 = 23-5-0-0 conference, 6-3 playoffs, 3-0 University Cup
     2011/2012 = 20-5-0-3 conference, 6-0 playoffs, 1-1 University Cup
     2012/2013 = 20-5-0-0 (IN PROGRESS)

- By opponent his record has been:
     Acadia = 36-13-1-2 conference record, 8-7 playoffs record
     Dalhousie = 38-10-2-2 conference, 0-4 playoffs
     Moncton = 32-13-2-4 conference, 5-2 playoffs
     Saint Mary's = 25-20-4-3 conference, 5-2 playoffs
     St. FX = 35-10-5-2 conference, 14-10 playoffs
     St. Thomas = 41-6-3-1 conference, 5-1 playoffs
     UPEI = 36-12-1-2 conference, 5-0 playoffs

- His record at the University Cup includes a 2-2 record vs. Alberta, 2-1 vs. Western, 2-1 vs. UQTR, 2-0 vs. Lakehead, 2-0 vs. Saskatchewan, 1-0 vs. Calgary, 1-0 vs. McGill, 1-0 vs. Moncton, 1-0 vs. Brock, 1-0 vs. Ottawa, and 0-1 vs. St. FX.

- At the AUC MacDougall's record is 137-33-7-3 in conference games (0.789 winning percentage) and 27-10 in playoff games (0.730)

-On the road MacDougall has accumulated a record of 106-51-11-13 in conference play (0.652), but only 15-16 in playoff games (0.484).

- In exhibition games, which does not count towards the 300 victories, MacDougall has a record of 77-29-3-4 (0.712), which includes a mark of 48-8-1-1 (0.845) in home games and 29-21-2-3 (0.573) in road games.

- When taking into consideration every game (exhibition, conference, playoff, University Cup) MacDougall`s overall record while at UNB is 377-144-21-20 (0.707) - 212-51-8-4 (0.793) at home and 150-88-13-16 (0.616) on the road and 15-5 (0.750) in the University Cup, which I classified as neutral site games despite 11 out of the 20 having been played at the AUC.

Special thanks to Eric Drummie and the ReDSea Database for contributing to this post.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

MacDougall Notches Career Win #300, V-Reds Clinch 1st

UPDATE: Nick Murray, via UNB Athletics, has posted his game recap.

It was a night of milestones tonight at the AUC as the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds defeated the visiting St. FX X-Men 2-1 to give head coach Gardiner MacDougall his 300th career victory. The win improves UNB's record to 20-5-0 on the season, clinching their 6th consecutive 20-win season and 6th consecutive first place finish.

The V-Reds opened the scoring at 16:43 of the opening period while shorthanded when Dion Campbell's relentless forecheck forced a turnover near the X-Men net. Campbell gathered the puck and found Nick MacNeil in the slot for a one-timer that Joey Perricone managed to get a piece of, but not enough to prevent it from ending up in the net behind him. That was the only goal of the period as the V-Reds had a 10-8 advantage on the shot clock.

The X-Men would tie it 12:40 into the 2nd period when Jason Bast jumped on a rebound to the right of goalie Dan LaCosta and made no mistake in burying it. Shots in the period were 8-7 for St. FX.

For the second night in a row the V-Reds found themselves tied going into the 3rd period and once again they saved their best for last, controlling the majority of play and wearing down the X-Men with a strong cycle game. They were rewarded only 2:03 into the period when Antoine Houde-Caron, from behind the net, found Campbell near the left face-off dot for a one-timer that proved to be the game-winning goal. Cameron Critchlow picked up the secondary assist on the play. The X-Men tried to pull Perricone late in the game but were not able to as the V-Reds kept control of the puck in the the offensive zone for most of the remaining two minutes, not letting St. FX get into their zone let alone give up a scoring chance. Shots in the period were 14-7 in favour of UNB, who held a 32-24 advantage for the game.

- UNB dressed the same line-up as last night, meaning they played a man short once again. Tyler Carroll, Cam Braes, Adrian Robertson, Josh Kidd, and Luke Lynes all remained out.

- Before the game 4th year defenseman Ben Shutron was presented with the annual Don MacAdam award.

- Neither team scored on their two power play opportunities.

- Campbell, MacNeil, and Dan LaCosta were named the game's three stars.

- UNB joins the Western Mustangs (20-4-0) in becoming the first two teams to reach the 20 win plateau this season.

- Other AUS action tonight seen Acadia rebound with a 5-2 home victory over St. Thomas in a game in which Tommies goalie Jonathan Groenheyde stopped an unbelievable 66 out of 70 shots, UPEI improved to 8-0-1 since the Christmas break with with a 6-5 decision over the Saint Mary's Huskies, and the Moncton clinch the 6th and final playoff berth despite losing 8-7 in overtime to Dalhousie in a wild affair in Halifax.

- With only three games remaining in the regular season the AUS standings now look like this: UNB (40 points), Acadia (34 points), Saint Mary's (34), UPEI (28), St. FX (26), Dalhousie (19), and St. Thomas (7). Note that UNB holds the tie-breaker over both Acadia and SMU.

- The V-Reds are back in action with a pair of games next weekend. On Friday night they travel up the hill to the Grant*Harvey Centre for the final installment of the Battle of the Hill against St. Thomas. Then on Saturday night they host the UPEI Panthers.

Friday, January 25, 2013

V-Reds Srengthen Grip On 1st Place

UPDATE: Nick Murray, via UNB Athletics, has posted his game recap.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds blew a two goal lead but rebounded with a solid third period to get by the 2nd place Saint Mary's Huskies 4-2 before a sell-out crowd of 3470 on Southside Elementary School Night tonight at the AUC. With the win the V-Reds improve to 19-5-0 on the season and are now 4 points clear of the Huskies. UNB also holds the tiebreaker over SMU with a 14-11 goals for advantage in the team's four head-to-head-meetings this season.

After an evenly played, scoreless, first period in which UNB held a slight 7-6 shots advantage the V-Reds would take a 2-0 lead just 6:59 into the middle frame. Daine Todd (Houde-Caron, MacDougall) gave UNB the lead at 2:03 after an innocent looking shot from the blue-line somehow got by a maze of players in front and past Huskie's goalie Anthony Peters. Only five minutes later, on a V-Reds power play, Nick MacNeil (Pridham, Culligan) kept the puck on a 3-on-1 break and scored his 12th of the season. However, the Huskie's power play got them back in the game as both Lucas Bloodoff, at 9:35, and Cory Tanaka, at 17:17, beat Dan LaCosta with the man advantage to send the game into the final period tied at two. Shots in the period were 13-12 in favour of UNB.

In the third period both teams had a number of high quality chances, including breakaways by each side, but both goaltenders stood their ground to keep the game deadlocked. The V-Reds would break the tie at 14:27 after some good work down low resulted in Cameron Critchlow (Culligan, Todd) banging in a loose puck. Taylor MacDougall (Culligan, Shutron) iced the game with an empty-netter with 43 seconds remaining. Shots in the period were 14-4 for UNB, who held an advantage of 34-22 for the game.

- Tim Priamo was back in the line-up for UNB, but they still played a forward short as Cam Braes, Tyler Carroll, Adrian Robertson, Josh Kidd, and Luke Lynes all remained out. Critchlow also left the game shortly after scoring his game-winning goal as he took a skate blade to the face.

- UNB was 1 for 5 on the power play. SMU was 2 for 3.

- Culligan, Critchlow, and Todd were the game's three stars.

- In other AUS action tonight Dalhousie kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-2 win over St. Thomas in Halifax, UPEI blasted St. FX 8-2 at home, and Moncton picked up a big 3-2 road victory over Acadia.

- The AUS standings now look like this, with only 4 games remaining for each team: UNB (38 points), Saint Mary's (34), Acadia (32), St. FX (28), UPEI (28), Moncton (25), Dalhouise (17), and St. Thomas (7).

- UNB is back in action at the AUC tomorrow night when they welcome the St. FX X-Men to town. Game time is scheduled for 7PM.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Desnoyers Named AUS Athlete Of The Week

University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds defenceman Marc-Antoine Desnoyers has been named the AUS male athlete of the week for week ending January 20th, the conference announced yesterday.

Desnoyers, a 3rd year native of St. Hippolyte, Quebec, had a big week in helping the V-Reds to a perfect 3-0-0 record. On Wednesday night Desnoyers picked up two assists and was a +2 in UNB's 7-0 win over St. Thomas. On Friday night he assisted on Nick MacNeil's game-tying goal in the 3rd period in a game the V-Reds eventually won 3-2 in overtime over UPEI in Charlottetown. Then, the following night in Moncton, UNB found themselves in overtime once again and it was Desnoyers who scored the game winning goal - his first of the season - with under a minute left in the extra session to give UNB a 3-2 victory. He also had an assist and was +1 in the game. Desnoyers' performance was even more impressive considering the number of minutes he logged as the V-Reds found themselves down to 5 defencemen for most of Friday's game and 4 defencemen for most of Saturday's game.

For the season Desnoyers sits 3rd in the AUS in defencemen scoring with 1 goal and 18 assists, including points in 7 of his last 8 contests. He also leads the entire conference in +/- with a +24 rating.

Congratulations Marc!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

CIS Men's Hockey Top 10 (#12): V-Reds Move Up To #2

OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of Alberta Golden Bears lead the CIS men’s hockey Top 10 for the seventh consecutive ranking period, dating back to mid-November.

The Bears (18-4-0) received 16 of 17 first-place votes from the national media panel this week, one more than last Tuesday. Despite dropping one position to No. 3 in the new poll, behind the UNB Varsity Reds (18-5-0), the Western Ontario Mustangs (18-4-0) earned the remaining first-place nod.

Rounding out the new Top 10 are the No. 4 Saint Mary’s Huskies (16-5-2) and No. 5 Saskatchewan Huskies (15-7-0), who both stay put; the No. 6 Acadia Axemen (15-6-2) and No. 7 UQTR Patriotes (15-5-1), who swap positions this week; the No. 9 Carleton Ravens (16-5-2) and No. 9 Manitoba Bisons (13-5-4), also swapping places; and the Calgary Dinos (14-8-0), who remain at No. 10.

Top-ranked Alberta, which now holds a comfortable six-point lead atop the Canada West standings with six games remaining in conference play, dominated visiting Lethbridge last weekend, defeating the struggling Pronghorns (1-19-2) 4-1 and 9-1. The Bears face another provincial rival this weekend as they are set to visit No. 10 Calgary on Friday before returning to Edmonton to host the Dinos the following night.

UNB picked up three wins over the last seven days, including a 7-0 domination of cross-town rival St. Thomas (3-19-1) and a pair of 3-2 overtime thrillers on the road, against UPEI (12-9-2) and Moncton (9-9-5). The V-Reds, who hold a slim two-point advantage over Saint Mary’s with five games left on the AUS schedule, host the Huskies on Friday night and StFX on Saturday.

In the OUA, Western saw its 15-game winning streak come to an end last Thursday when Laurier goaltender Ryan Daniels turn aside all 36 shots fired at him en route to a 2-0 Golden Hawks victory. The Mustangs quickly got back on track two days later with a 3-1 defeat of Guelph and lead the OUA West by six points with six league contests remaining.

Other key matchups to keep an eye on this week include a trio of OUA East battles as No. 7 UQTR hosts reigning University Cup champion McGill (14-6-1) on Tuesday and No. 8 Carleton on Friday, before McGill pays a visit to Carleton on Sunday.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#12)

Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points. The CIS Men’s Ice Hockey Top Ten Committee is made up of media members from across Canada.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Alberta (18-4-0) / 169 points (16) / (1)
2. UNB (18-5-0) / 150 / (3)

3. Western (18-4-0) / 137 (1) / (2)
4. Saint Mary’s (16-5-2) / 113 / (4)
5. Saskatchewan (15-7-0) / 89 / (5)
6. Acadia (15-6-2) / 70 / (7)
7. UQTR (15-5-1) / 62 / (6)
8. Carleton (16-5-2) / 57 / (9)
9. Manitoba (13-5-4) / 49 / (8)
10. Calgary (14-8-0) / 12 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: McGill (8), Guelph (7), StFX (7), UPEI (2), Windsor (2), Lakehead (1).

-CIS-

Sunday, January 20, 2013

V-Reds Pick Up Two Big Points In Moncton

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, still missing a number of key players due to injury, needed overtime for the second straight night but defeated the Universite de Aigles Bleus 3-2 to complete a four point weekend and a 3-0-0 week. Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (Pridham, Salituro) was the hero with only 14 seconds left in extra time, picking the perfect time to pot his first goal of the season. The V-Reds, who never trailed in the game, also received goals from Matt Fillier (Salituro, Pridham) 6:32 into the first period and Ben Wright (Desnoyers, Culligan) 18:22 into the second period on a 5-on-3 power play. Travis Fullerton made 22 saves in net to pick up the win as UNB outshot Moncton 45-24.

- UNB was without regulars Tim Priamo, Adrian Robertson, Tyler Carroll, and Cam Braes. Josh Kidd and Luke Lynes also remained out. Chad Denny and Stefan Salituro were in the line-up.

- Denny picked up a 5 minute major and game misconduct for slashing halfway through the first, putting the already short-staffed V-Reds down to four defencemen for most of the game. UNB did manage to kill off the entire power play.

- UNB was 1 for 4 on the power play while Moncton was 0 for 3.

- In other AUS action St. FX came back from a 3-0 deficit at home to defeat Saint Mary's 5-4 in a shootout, UPEI traveled to Fredericton and got by St. Thomas 7-2, and Acadia picked up a 3-1 road victory over Dalhousie.

- The AUS standings show UNB still in first place with 36 points, followed closely by SMU (34) and Acadia (32). St. FX (28), UPEI (26), and Moncton (23) remain in a tight race for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, while Dalhousie (15) and St. Thomas (7) are essentially playing out the string.

- The Varsity Reds are back at home next weekend with a pair of huge games. On Friday night first place will be on the line when they host Saint Mary's, and then the next night they welcome St. FX to the AUC. Both games are scheduled for 7PM. In fact, UNB does not leave Fredericton for the rest of the regular season, with four home games as well as road game against St. Thomas the only remaining games.

Friday, January 18, 2013

V-Reds Pull Out Gritty Road Win

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Red found themselves trailing 2-0 and missing three key players due to injury but pulled out a big 3-2 overtime victory tonight in Charlottetown against the UPEI Panthers. With the win UNB improves to 17-5-0 on the season and remains in first place in the AUS.

The V-Reds, who seen Tyler Carroll, Cam Braes, and Tim Priamo all leave the game and not return after sustaining injuries, fell behind 2-0 in the second period before Dion Campbell (Pridham, Critchlow) got them on the board at 7:03 of the middle frame. Nick MacNeil (Culligan, Nesbitt) would tie the game 6:02 into the third period before scoring the game winner, also assisted by Culligan and Nesbitt, with just over two minutes remaining in overtime after the Panthers were penalized for shooting the puck over the glass. Dan LaCosta was very good in net for the Varsity Reds, making 29 saves in the winning effort, including a number of high quality chances.

- Adrian Robertson was still out of the line-up after suffering an injury last weekend. Chad Denny took his place. Stefan Salituro, Josh Kidd, and Luke Lynes all remained out.

- UNB outshot the Panthers 34 - 31.

- The V-Reds were 1 for 2 on the power play while UPEI was 0 for 3.

- All three meetings between UNB and UPEI this season have been decided by a single goal, with the V-Reds emerging victorious in each game.

- In other AUS action tonight the Saint Mary's Huskies remained a single point behind UNB with a 3-2 shootout win over Acadia in Halifax, Moncton held on for a 5-4 home victory over St. Thomas, and St. FX defeated Dalhousie 5-2 in Antigonish.

- The AUS standings now look like this, with each team having played 22 games: UNB (34 points), Saint Mary's (33), Acadia (30), St. FX (26), UPEI (24), Moncton (22), Dalhousie (15), and St. Thomas (7).

- UNB travels to Moncton tomorrow night for a tilt against the Aigles Bleus. Game time is 7pm.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

V-Reds Thump Tommies...Again

UPDATE: Nick Murray, via UNB Athletics, has his game recap posted.

Not too much to say about this one. The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds maintained top spot in the AUS with a 7-0 victory over their cross-campus rivals from St. Thomas this evening in the 21st Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game, clinching a playoff spot in the process. UNB held a 50-9 advantage on the shot clock in winning their 10th consecutive MJMG.

Things could not have started any better for the V-Reds as Matt Fillier (Culligan, Desoyers) scored only 17 seconds into the game. Although that was the only goal of the period UNB took 17 out of the 19 shots in the frame and goaltender Travis Fullerton was never really threatened.

UNB would break the game wide open in the second period with goals by Tyler Carroll (Desnoyers), Ben Shutron (Culligan, Houde-Caron), Bryce Swan (Braes, McNeil), and Cam Braes (Wright, Swan). UNB outshot the Tommies 21-5 in the frame.

The Varsity Reds added two more goals in the third period with Swan (McNeil), with his 2nd of the game, and Houde-Caron (Fillier, MacDougall) both finding the back of the net. Shots were 12-2 for UNB in the period.

- The V-Reds made one change to their line-up as Chad Denny was back in and Adrian Robertson was out. Stefan Salituro, Josh Kidd, and Luke Lynes remained out.

- Before the game captain Chris Culligan was the recipient of the annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Scholarship.

- Travis Fullerton picked up his 2nd straight shutout.

- UNB was 0 for 5 on the power play, including a one minute 5-on-3 in the first period that they failed to even get a shot on. The Tommies were 0 for 4 with the man advantage.

- Ben Wright was +6 on the night, one of 11 V-Reds who were +2 or better.

- MacNeil, Swan, and Fillier were the three stars.

- Attendance was 1522.

- UNB has now won 34 straight games against St. Thomas.

- In their last two home games the V-Reds have outscored their opposition 10-0 and outshot them 101-26.

- In their last two games against St. Thomas UNB has outscored them  13-1 and outshot them 95-14.

- All eight AUS teams were in action tonight on "rivals" night. Acadia beat St. FX 5-1, Saint Mary's remained a point out of first place with a 3-0 win over Dalhousie, and UPEI got by Moncton 3-2 in overtime.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

CIS Men's Hockey Top Ten (#11): V-Reds Drop To 3rd

OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of Alberta Golden Bears lead the CIS men’s hockey Top 10 for the sixth consecutive ranking period, dating back to mid-November.

The Bears (16-4-0) received 15 of 17 first-place votes from the national media panel this week, four more than last Tuesday. Both remaining first-place nods went to the Western Mustangs (17-3-0), who move up one spot in the new poll to a season-high No. 2.

All other Top-10 teams are on the move this week, including the No. 3 UNB Varsity Reds (15-5-0), down one position; No. 4 Saint Mary’s Huskies (14-5-1), up one; No. 5 Saskatchewan Huskies (14-6-0), down one; No. 6 UQTR Patriotes (14-4-1), up one; No. 7 Acadia Axemen (13-6-1), down one; No. 8 Manitoba Bisons (12-5-3), up one; No. 9 Carleton Ravens (13-5-2), down one; and No. 10 Calgary Dinos (13-7-0), unranked a week ago.

Top-ranked Alberta scored a pair of huge 3-2 wins at home against Saskatchewan over the weekend, allowing the Bears to open up a four-point lead over their archrivals atop the Canada West standings. Alberta, which has won 13 of 14 league games since going 3-3 in its first six regular season contests, stays in Edmonton this week for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader versus struggling Lethbridge (1-17-2).

Western has also been red hot since starting league play with a 2-3 mark. The Mustangs extended their conference winning streak to 15 games last weekend thanks to road victories over Waterloo, 5-4, and UOIT, 5-2. The OUA West leaders visit Laurier (8-10-2) on Thursday and host Guelph (12-6-2) on Saturday.

In the Atlantic conference, UNB kicked off the past weekend with a 5-2 win at then nationally-ranked StFX but then lost 5-3 at Saint Mary’s on Saturday in a duel between the top two teams in the Maritimes. The V-Reds, who still hold a slim one-point lead over the Huskies in the AUS standings, are set to take the ice three times this week, including a home tilt against St. Thomas (3-16-1) on Wednesday and visits to Moncton (8-9-3) and UPEI (10-9-1) on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Other top matchups to keep an eye on this week include No. 6 UQTR at reigning University Cup champion McGill on Wednesday; No. 7 Acadia at No. 4 Saint Mary’s on Friday; No. 10 Calgary at No. 8 Manitoba on Friday and Saturday.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#11)

Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points. The CIS Men’s Ice Hockey Top Ten Committee is made up of media members from across Canada.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Alberta (16-4-0) / 168 points (15) / (1)
2. Western (17-3-0) / 143 (2) / (3)
3. UNB (15-5-0) / 140 / (2)
4. Saint Mary’s (14-5-1) / 118 / (5)
5. Saskatchewan (14-6-0) / 94 / (4)
6. UQTR (14-4-1) / 78 / (7)
7. Acadia (13-6-1) / 64 / (6)
8. Manitoba (12-5-3) / 48 / (9)
9. Carleton (13-5-2) / 37 / (8)
10. Calgary (13-7-0) / 19 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Windsor (13), Guelph (6), StFX (3), McGill (2), Toronto (2).

-CIS-

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Comeback Bid Falls Short

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds dropped a 5-3 decision tonight in Halifax to the Saint Mary's Huskies, trimming their lead in the AUS to a single point.

The V-Reds fell behind 2-0 after a period and 3-0 early in the second before a pair of power play goals by Colby Pridham (Braes, Desnoyers) at 5:30 and Tyler Carroll (Todd, Culligan) at 8:34 brought them back within one. However, the Huskies would restore their two goal lead just over 13 minutes into the third. Pridham, with his second of the game - and 5th against his former team this season - made it a 4-3 game when he connected on a penalty shot with just under two minutes remaining, but the Huskies would add a power play goal into an empty net to salt away the victory. Shots were 27-23 in favour of UNB.

- The V-Reds went with their usual line-up. Chad Denny, Josh Kidd, Stefan Salituro, and Luke Lynes were all out.

- Dan LaCosta made 18 saves on 22 shots as he suffered his first loss of the season.

- UNB was 2 for 6 on the power play. SMU was 2 for 5.

- In other AUS action tonight Acadia rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat St. Thomas 6-3 in Fredericton, Dalhousie blanked Moncton 4-0 on the road, and UPEI squeaked by St. FX 3-2 in Antigonish.

- UNB is back in action on Wednesday night when they host the St. Thomas Tommies in the annual Mark Jeffry Memorial Game.

Friday, January 11, 2013

V-Reds Gain Big Road Win Over St. FX

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds extended their winning streak to three games with a crucial 5-2 victory over St. FX tonight in Antigonish. With the win the V-Reds maintain their position atop the AUS standings.

The V-Reds were led by the line of Colby Pridham, Dion Campbell, and Cameron Critchlow, with the trio accounting for 4 goals and 4 assists. Nick MacNeil scored into an empty net in the final minute to round out the scoring.

The Varsity Reds had period leads of 1-0 (Pridam from Critchlow and Campbell) after one and 2-1 (Campbell unassisted) after two. UNB put the game away in the final frame with Pridham (Critchlow and Campbell) and Critchlow (unassisted) scoring in the first 5:19 of the period. Shots favoured the V-Reds 37-25.

- UNB dressed the same line-up as last weekend. Stefan Salituro, Chad Denny, Josh Kidd, and Luke Lynes were all scracthed.

- Dan LaCosta was back in net and looked very sharp, stopping 23 shots to remain undefeated on the season.

- Both teams came up empty with the man advantage. UNB had 6 opportunities and St. FX had 5.

- It proved to be big night for UNB elsewhere as well as both Saint Mary's and Acadia lost. The Huskies fell 2-1 at home to UPEI while Moncton stopped their long losing streak with a 4-3 home win over the Axemen, handing Acadia their 3rd loss in as many games since the break. St. Thomas defeated Dalhousie in the night's other game.

- As a result the AUS standings now show UNB with a 3 point lead over SMU, a 5 point lead over Acadia, and a 6 point lead over St. FX.

- The V-Reds are back at it tomorrow night when the travel to Halifax to face Saint Mary's in another big tilt. Game time is 7PM.
 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wudrick Leaves V-Reds

University of New Brunswick Varsity Red forward Geordie Wudrick has announced via Twitter that he is leaving the team to return home to British Columbia.

Wudrick was heavily recruited by UNB during the summer of 2011 after a season in which he put up 43 goals in 71 games for Kelowna of the WHL. However, he opted to play in Europe in the fall, recording 9 points in 14 games. He then decided to leave the team at Christmas and come to UNB for the second half of the 2011-2012 season, getting into 12 games and registering 6 points (2 goals). He only played in 3 playoff games, failing to get a point. Wudrick had 5 points (2 goals) in 12 games this year for the V-Reds.

Despite coming to UNB as a highly regarded recruit who was looked upon as someone who could possibly help UNB's struggling power play he was never quite able to translate his WHL success to the CIS with the Varsity Reds. He eventually became a victim of UNB's depth, first seeing his ice-time decrease and then recently becoming a healthy scratch more often than not. It would not be shocking to see Wudrick turn up at another CIS school in the near future where he can get more ice-time and play a top-6 role as opposed to being a 3rd and 4th line guy like he was here. We certainly wish him all the best going forward.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

CIS Men's Hockey Top Ten (#10): V-Reds Close Gap On UofA

OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of Alberta Golden Bears maintain their No. 1 status in the first CIS men’s hockey rankings of the winter semester.

The Bears (14-4-0) lead the Top 10 for the fifth straight ranking period after receiving 11 of 17 first-place votes in the 10th national media poll of the season.

The UNB Varsity Reds (14-4-0) and Western Mustangs (15-3-0) both move up two spots in the new poll and now occupy the second and third positions, respectively. The V-Reds earn all six remaining first-place nods.

Rounding out the new rankings are the No. 4 Saskatchewan Huskies (14-4-0), down one position; No. 5 Saint Mary’s Huskies (13-4-1), up a pair; No. 6 Acadia Axemen (12-5-1), down four spots; No. 7 UQTR Patriotes (12-3-1), down one; No. 8 Carleton Ravens (12-4-2), up two; No. 9 Manitoba Bisons (10-5-3), who stay put; and previously unranked StFX X-Men (11-5-2).
Alberta, UNB and Western have all kept unblemished records since the last poll of the fall semester was released on December 4.

The Bears, who are currently tied with archrival Saskatchewan atop the Canada West standings, beat Team Canada 4-1 back on Dec. 12 as the national junior squad was finalizing its roster for the IIHF world championship, and added a pair of non-conference wins over NAIT of the ACAC on Jan. 4-5, defeating the Ooks 3-2 and 3-0.

First place in Canada West will be on the line this weekend when the Bears host the Huskies for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader in Edmonton.

The AUS-leading Varsity Reds swept their two-game series (Peterbilt Atlantic Kelly Cup Challenge) against the Russian Red Stars over the holiday break, prevailing 7-3 in St. John and 5-2 in Fredericton, and then resumed league play last weekend with home wins over Acadia, 4-2, and Dalhousie, 3-0. Things could get interesting atop the Atlantic conference standings later this week as UNB (28 points) is set to visit No. 10 StFX (24 pts) on Friday and No. 5 Saint Mary’s (27 pts) the following night.

For their part, the OUA-leading Mustangs edged Windsor 4-3 in a shootout in non-conference action on Dec. 30 and kicked off the second half of their regular schedule last weekend with victories over Brock, 3-2, and UOIT, 7-1. Western faces Waterloo (9-6-3) and UOIT (7-10-1) this week.

Another Top-10 battle is on the CIS schedule this week as No. 8 Carleton travels to Trois-Rivières, Que., on Wednesday to face No. 7 UQTR.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#10)

Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points. The CIS Men’s Ice Hockey Top Ten Committee is made up of media members from across Canada.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)
1. Alberta (14-4-0) / 163 points (11) / (1)
2. UNB (14-4-0) / 156 (6) / (4)
3. Western (15-3-0) / 118 / (5)
4. Saskatchewan (14-4-0) / 117 / (3)
5. Saint Mary’s (13-4-1) / 102 / (7)
6. Acadia (12-5-1) / 90 / (2)
7. UQTR (12-3-1) / 70 / (6)
8. Carleton (12-4-2) / 47 / (10)
9. Manitoba (10-5-3) / 38 / (9)
10. StFX (11-5-2) / 12 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Calgary (9), Guelph (8), Windsor (5).

-CIS-

Monday, January 7, 2013

Carroll Named UNB Athlete Of The Week

University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds forward Tyler Carroll has been named the UNB Athlete of the Week, the school announced today.

Carroll had a big weekend as the V-Reds won both of their games to move back into sole possession of first place in the AUS. On Friday night Carroll scored what proved to be the game winning goal while shorthanded in the 3rd period as UNB defeated the then first place Acadia Axemen. He also had 4 shots and was +1 in the contest. The following night against Dalhousie he scored two goals in the first 7 minutes of the game, including one on the power play, helping UNB race out to a quick 3-0 lead that would stand the rest of the way. He also notched a game-high 7 shots on goal and was a +1.

The second year native of Strathroy, Ontario has built on his solid rookie campaign and emerged as one of the top two-way players in the conference. He currently ranks 2nd in the league in goals (13), 4th in points (21), 5th in +/- (+12), 4th in shots (65), 2nd in power play goals (6), and 1st in game winning goals (6).

Congratulations Tyler!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Fullerton, V-Reds Blank Tigers

UPDATE: UNB Athletics recap can be found here.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds maintained their hold on to the top spot in the AUS with a solid 3-0 win over the Dalhousie Tigers tonight at the AUC. The V-Reds improve to 14-4-0 on the season, one point ahead of second place Saint Mary's.

The game could not have started any better for UNB as they scored all three of their goals in the first 9:02 of the game. Tyler Carroll (Braes, Shutron), on the power play, gave the V-Reds a 1-0 lead at 3:03 and then continued his big weekend with his second of the game at 7:40, with assists going to Desnoyers and Todd. Nick MacNeil (Nesbitt, Braes) capped the scoring just 82 seconds later. The rest of the game was quite uneventful - with the exception of a number of big saves by Tigers goalie Wendell Vye who was under fire all night and stopped the final 38 shots he seen - as Dalhousie failed to mount much of an offensive attack.

The shots in the game favoured UNB 51-17, with period totals of 22-6, 13-7, and 16-4.

- Travis Fullerton picked up his first shutout of the season, and 19th of his career (13 regular season, 4 playoff, 2 University Cup). It was the team's second this year after Dan LaCosta blanked Saint Mary's on October 19th.

- UNB iced the same line-up as last night. Chad Denny, Josh Kidd, Geordie Wudrick, Stefan Salituro, and Luke Lynes were all out. Dan LaCosta was also not dressed as he recovers from a minor injury.

- Dalhousie was 0 for 3 with the power play while the V-Reds were 1 for 6.

- Desnoyers and Carroll each had a game high 7 shots on goal. Dion Campbell had 6. 

- UNB has now won 12 straight home games against Dalhousie dating back to a 4-3 loss on February 3rd, 2007.

- In other AUS action tonight the UPEI Panthers defeated Acadia 4-2 in Charlottetown, Saint Mary's beat Moncton 6-2 at home to move into sole possession of 2nd place, and St. FX blanked St. Thomas 3-0. Home teams went a combined 8-0 on the weekend.

- The AUS standings now look like this, with each team having played 18 games: UNB (28 points), Saint Mary's (27), Acadia (25), St. FX (24), UPEI (17), Moncton (17), Dalhousie (13), and St. Thomas (5).

- The V-Reds are on the road next weekend with big games against St. FX on Friday night and Saint Mary's on Saturday night.

Friday, January 4, 2013

V-Reds Double Up Axemen, Take Over First Place

UPDATE: UNB Athletics has posted their game recap.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds held serve against the first place Acadia Axemen with a 4-2 victory tonight before 2406 in attendance at the AUC in a game that had a playoff-like intensity. With the win UNB improved to 2-2-0 against Acadia this year in what was the two team's final regular season match-up of the season. Each team won both of their home games against the other. UNB now sits at 13-4-0 on the season while the Axemen fall into a second place tie with Saint Mary's as both have identical 12-4-1 records.

The V-Reds struck first at 7:26 of the opening period with the man advantage as Nick MacNeil finished a nice passing play with Daine Todd and Colby Pridham. However, the Axemen would take a 2-1 lead before intermission thanks to two power play goals of their own - the first by Mike Cozzola at 13:24 on a 5-on-3 and then by Liam Heelis at 18:05. Shots in the period were 10-9 for UNB.

The Varsity Reds would score the only goal of the second period when Cameron Critchlow tipped in a Ben Shutron point shot at 12:53. New defenceman Tim Priamo picked up his first point on the play with the secondary assist. UNB had a 13-6 advantage in shots in the period.

UNB looked to be in trouble early in the third period when Bryce Swan was sent off for goaltender interference but on the penalty kill Tyler Carroll gathered the puck and streaked down the left side before sniping a shot past Axemen goalie Evan Mosher, giving the V-Reds a 3-2 lead at 6:42 of the period. The Varsity Reds kept the pressure on as they looked to secure the win but things became a bit uncomfortable when Daine Todd was called for slashing with just under two minuted remaining. Fortunately, with Mosher on the bench for the extra attacker, MacNeil (Pridham) scored his 2nd of the game - and UNB's 2nd SHG of the period - with 37 seconds remaining to squash any hope of an Axeman comeback. The V-Reds held a 9-8 advantage in shots in the period and 32-23 for the game.

- Priamo replaced Chad Denny in the line-up while Dion Campbell replaced Geordie Wudrick. Josh Kidd and Stefan Salituro were also scratched.

- Priamo was wearing Spencer Corcoran's old #5 sweater. Campbell was wearing #98 as Bryce Swan currently wears #9, the number Campbell wore for his first four years as a V-Red.

- Travis Fullerton picked up the win with 21 saves, including a number of quality chances. Dan LaCosta was not dressed after suffering a minor injury in practice.

- Acadia was 2 for 5 with the power play. UNB was 1 for 3.

- Carroll also scored the tie-breaking goal (and insurance goal) in the 3rd period against Acadia in UNB's 4-2 victory over the Axemen on November 17th at the AUC.

- UNB has now won 19 straight games at the AUC against Acadia, dating back to a 5-3 playoff loss on March 7th, 2006.

- Despite being the first game of the half this was arguably the biggest. A loss would have put UNB 3 points back of Acadia with only 11 games left, with the Axemen having a slightly more favourable schedule the rest of the way. 

- In other AUS action tonight St. FX handed Moncton their 6th straight loss with a 5-1 home win, Saint Mary's thumped STU 7-1 in Halifax for their 6th straight win, and UPEI picked up a big two points with a 2-1 OT win at home over Dalhousie.

- The V-Reds are back at home tomorrow night when the Dalhousie Tigers visit. Game time is 7PM.