Monday, December 15, 2014

CIS News And Notes: World Juniors, University Games, UPEI

Some news from around the CIS as we await the beginning of the 2nd half of the season:

- Team Canada World Junior hopefuls played a pair of games against the CIS Toronto Selects - made up of players from the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, York Lions, and Ryerson Rams - over the weekend and came away with a pair of convincing results, posting 10-3 and 6-0 wins. These games have become an annual occurrence in recent years, with the CIS usually enjoying much better success. Alberta defeated Team Canada 4-1 in 2012 and a team made up of players from Saskatchewan and Regina won 4-2 in 2009. The last time the AUS had players participate was in 2002 when they lost by 5-2 and 3-2 scores.

- The Canada West conference will represent Canada at the upcoming Winter Universiade Games to be held from February 3rd to 14th in Granada, Spain. The team will be coached by Saskatchewan Huskies bench boss Dave Adolph and will feature players from all 8 of the conference's teams. Not surprisingly, Alberta leads the way with 6 members followed by Calgary (5), Saskatchewan (4), Mount Royal (3), Manitoba (2), and Regina, Lethrbidge, and British Columbia (1 each). Canada West teams have medaled in each of their previous three appearances representing Canada at the games, winning a bronze in 1997 and 2003 and a silver in 2009. Of course, a team made up of AUS players took home a gold medal at last year's event in Trentino, Italy.

- The UPEI Panthers have announced the addition of former Barrie Colt (OHL) forward Mitchell Theoret to their team for the 2nd half of the season.

With most teams having unused roster spots - including two for UNB - it will be interesting to see what transpires over the next couple of weeks before the season restarts as everyone gears up for the stretch run.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

AUS Wraps Up 1st Half

The AUS finished up the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule tonight with a pair of games. In Charlottetown UPEI easily handled St. Thomas 5-1 and St. FX traveled to Halifax and came away with a 4-2 win over Dalhousie. So heading into the break standings look like this:

1) UNB: 12-2-2 = 26 points
2) Saint Mary's: 12-3-1 = 25 points
3) Acadia: 12-3-1 = 25 points
4) St. FX: 10-5-1 = 21 points
5) UPEI: 7-7-2 = 16 points
6) Moncton: 6-8-2 = 14 points
7) Dalhousie: 4-11-1 = 9 points
8) St. Thomas:1-12-3 = 5 points

Looking ahead, it appears that UNB has a little bit of an easier schedule than Saint Mary's and Acadia moving forward. The Varsity Reds play every team twice except for 2nd place Saint Mary's and 4th place St. FX, who they both play once and at home. They have 7 out of their final 12 games at the AUC.

On the other hand, the Huskies play 7 out of their first 8 games of the 2nd half on the road and play every team twice except for 1st place UNB and 6th place Moncton. The Axemen , like UNB, also play 7 out of their 12 2nd half games at home, but have already played 5th place UPEI and 8th place St. Thomas 3 times.

Looking at it another way, over each team's final 12 games the Varsity Reds opponents have a combined record of 82-90-20, good for a 0.479 winning percentage. Meanwhile, the Huskies face teams with a combined 86-86-20 record (0.500 winning percentage) and the Axemen face teams with a combined 96-77-19 record (0.549 winning percentage).

Friday, November 28, 2014

UNB Heads To Break On High Note

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds concluded the first half of their season with a convincing 9-2 victory over the visiting Moncton Aigles Bleus tonight at the AUC. The victory improves the V-Reds record to 12-2-2 on the season and moves them into sole possession of first place in the conference.

- For the 2nd time in 3 days UNB was able to put together a 5 goal period and tonight it occurred in the 1st period as the V-Reds had perhaps their most dominant period of the season. Philippe Maillet got things started with yet another highlight-reel assist when he gathered the puck on the side-boards to the right of the goal, curled out to the blue line, stickhandled around a couple of defenders through the slot on his way to net, and found Tyler Carroll all alone at the side of the net for an easy tap-in. Colin Suellentrop received the secondary assist on the goal that came just 1:45 into the game. Maillet was at it again just 39 seconds later when he took a pass from Adrian Robertson and circled behind the Moncton goal before finding Philippe Halley all alone in the slot for a quick one-timer goal. The V-Reds continued to dominate play but weren't able to find the score-sheet again until 11:33, which opened the flood gates. Cam Braes broke in on a 2-on-1 and was able to out-wait the sliding Moncton defender before passing across the slot to Cam Brace, who one-timed the puck past Aigles Bleu goalie Brabdon Thibeau. Just 1:22 later a scrambly play at the Moncton blue-line led to a 3-on-2 for UNB in the slot. A few quick, short passes later and Taylor MacDougall (Mignardi, Beauvillier) was able to fire it home. Dylan Willick (Trainor, Critchlow) made it 5-0 57 seconds later with a shot along the ice from the slot, one that Thibeau probably wishes he had back. The shots in the period were 17-4 for UNB.

- Moncton finally got on the board with a power play goal at 9:21 only to have Willick (Trainor, Critchlow) restore the 5 goal lead at 16:26 with his 2nd of the game after Trainor was somehow able to make a fantastic pass to Willick in front while being hauled down behind the Moncton net. The Aigles Bleus got that one back just 20 seconds later, but that was the only other goal of a period in which UNB held a 16-7 shot advantage.

- The V-Reds were able to add 3 more goals in the final period. Brace (Carroll, Murray) got his 2nd of the game with a power play goal at 5:17 on a play that confirmed it was just "one of those games" for Moncton. Brace took the puck at the bottom of the face-off circle to Thibeau's right and took a shot that deflected off of an Aigles Bleus defenders stick and fluttered up and over Thibeau and into the net. UNB made it 8-2 on a weird play at 15:31 when Jordan Murray (Gazzola, Trainor) sped toward the net and took a sharp angle shot that hit off the post, appeared to cross the goal line, and popped out of the opposite side of the net. The goal light went on but play continued as the nearest referee made no signal. After play stopped moments later the refs got together and quickly signaled that Murray had indeed scored. Taylor MacDougall (Beauvillier, Suellentrop) rounded out the scoring with his 2nd of the night with a power play goal at 18:01. The V-Reds almost had yet another goal but Cam Critchlow tipped shot was ruled to have been deflected in with a high-stick. Shots in the period were 8-6 for UNB in the game and 41-17 in the game.

- Alex Wall, R.D. Chisholm, and Chris Caissy all remained out of the line-up for UNB. Moncton, for their part, were missing their starting goaltender as well as a number of other significant players.

- UNB was 2 for 4 on the power play. Moncton was 1 for 3.

- Maillet, Willick, and Robertson were the game's three stars.

- The V-Reds went 28 and 27 on face-offs.

- David Shantz picked up his 11th win of the season in net. He has started all but 1 of UNB's first 16 games thus far.

- Attendance was 2979 on Home Depot/South side elementary school night.

- Matt Petgrave received a 10 minute misconduct and then a game misconduct at 8:14 of the 2nd period after arguing with a referee when a slash on his wrist went uncalled. This meant UNB had to play the remainder of the game with only 4 defencemen, something they have unfortunately become quite accustomed over the last week.

- Every forward with the exception of Matt Boudens had at least one point by the end of the 1st period. Boudens and Petgrave were the only two players not to record a point in the game.

- Gazzola was +5 on the night. Murray was +4.

- UNB has now outscored Moncton 16-4 in their two meetings this year.

- The V-Reds have won 10 straight against the Aigles Bleus.

- After a relatively slow start to his season by his standards (3 goals, 1 assist in 7 games), Philippe Maillet now has points in 9 consecutive games (5 goals, 9 assists). Maillet and Halley (points in 7 out of the last 8 games) have definitely benefited from the return of Tyler Carroll (points in 8 out of the 10 games he has played). 

- Remarkably, the first icing of the game didn't occur until there were just under 6 minutes left in the 2nd period. There were only a handful in the entire game.

- Due to the 41 shots UNB fired on the Moncton net tonight, the Papa John's online discount on Tuesday morning will be 41% as part of their 'Shots and Saves' promotion. Since there are no more games for the year, the Tuesday morning discount during December will be 44%, which is the jersey number of Colin Suellentrop, the highest number worn on the team.

- In the only other game tonight the Saint Mary's Huskies came back to defeat the Acadia Axemen 2-1 in overtime in Halifax. Tomorrow night UPEI hosts St. Thomas and Dalhousie welcomes St. FX to close out the pre-Christmas break schedule.

- The Varsity Reds won't be back on the ice until Saturday, January 3rd and Sunday, January 5th when they host the OUA's Windsor Lancers in the Peterbilt Pete Kelly Cup. Game times are 7PM for Saturday and 2PM for Sunday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

UNB Prevails In Battle Of The Hill

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds used a 5 goal 2nd period to top the St. Thomas Tommies 6-4 tonight at the Grant*Harvey Centre. The V-Reds are now 11-2-2 on the season and tied for 1st place in the AUS with the 12-3-0 Acadia Axemen.

- The Varsity Reds struck early in the 1st period thanks to some nice passing between the line of Cameron Critchlow, Peter Trainor, and Dylan Willick. Critchlow fed the puck to Trainor behind the net who quickly found Willick all alone in the slot for a quick one-timer past Tommies goalie Tyson Teichmann just 2:35 in to the game. UNB had the first 6 shots of the contest and were well in control until the Tommies received a power play just past the mid-point of the period. St. Thomas didn't score but used the man advantage to take back some momentum. The score would remain 1-0 after 20 minutes with UNB holding a slight 10-9 advantage in shots.

- The 2nd period proved to be the difference maker on this night as UNB scored 5 goals to the Tommies 2 goals. The V-Reds extended the lead to 2-0 at 6:31 after Matt Petgrave took a pass from Jordan Murray and fired an off-balance wrist shot from the blue-line that Philippe Maillet, who was skating through the slot, was somehow able to get his stick on for a redirection into the top corner. After St. Tomas got back within a goal thanks to a power play marker at 9:56, the V-Reds scored twice in a 17 second span. First, Francis Beavillier (Willick, Critchlow) took a pass in the neutral zone, streaked down the right side, beat a defender, and cut in front of the net to jam the puck in at 12:26. Then, at 12:43, Beauvillier took a hard hit into the half boards, but was able to find Rob Mignardi all alone in front of the net. Mignardi made a couple nice dekes to slide the puck in. Matt Petgrave picked up the secondary assist on the goal. The Tommies made it 4-2 at 16:04, but once again UNB struck for two goals in quick succession. Taylor MacDougall (Gazzola, Mignardi) used Dylan Willick as a decoy on a 2-on-1 break before firing the puck off the post and in just 25 seconds after the Tommies tally. The Varsity Reds made it 6-2 only 53 seconds later when Maillet undressed a Tommies defenceman with some nifty stickhandling before finding Philippe Halley for the easy tap-in. Petgrave was credited with his 3rd assist of the period on the goal. Shots in the period were 15-7 for the V-Reds.

- St. Thomas, to their credit, wouldn't go down without a fight. They scored two goals and hit a post within the first 3:07 of the 3rd period. Unfortunately for them, that was as close as they would get. They did out-shoot UNB 9-6 in the game, although the V-Reds held 31-25 advantage in the game.

- The Varsity Reds got two of their injured players back tonight as Jordan Murray and Francis Beauvillier both played. The good times didn't last too long though as Peter Trainor took a puck to the side of his face in the 1st period. He missed the rest of the period but came back to the bench after the first stoppage of play in the 2nd period. Right on cue though, Randy Gazzola took a puck to the mouth less than a minute later and was forced to exit. This caused a bit of a delay as the referees had to clean up a fair amount of blood off the ice. He was also able to return later in the game.

- Defencemen R.D. Chisholm and Alex Wall and forward Chris Caissy all remained out.

- David Shantz picked up his 10th win in net.

- UNB was 0 for 2 on the power play. St. Thomas was 1 for 4.

- Mignardi, Petgrave, and Tommie Colin Martin were named the game's three stars.

- UNB won 38 out of 63 face-offs in the game. Willick was an exceptional 14 and 3 in the dot.

- The attendance was 766, pretty decent considering Fredericton is currently being hammered with its first major snowstorm of the year.

- In other action around the AUS tonight St. FX defeated Saint Mary's 5-4 in Halifax, UPEI picked up a big 3-2 home victory over Moncton, and Acadia rolled to a 5-1 decision at home over Dalhousie.

- The V-Reds wrap up the 1st half of the season on Friday night when they welcome the Moncton Aigles Bleus to the AUC. Puck drop is scheduled for 7PM.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CIS Top Ten (#9): V-Reds Ranked 3rd

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds remained the 3rd ranked team in the country according to the latest CIS men's hockey rankings released earlier today.

The V-Reds picked up a pair of quality wins on the weekend - 5-2 over the #2 ranked Saint Mary's Huskies and 3-2 against St. FX - but it wasn't enough to overtake Alberta or Saint Mary's, who remained #1 and #2, respectively.

Acadia was the only other AUS team ranked, coming in at #5 this week. The Axemen and Huskies close out the first half of the season with a crucial game against one another on Friday night.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#9)

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 ranking)
1. Alberta (13-3-0) / 145 points (9) / (1)
2. Saint Mary’s (11-2-1) / 133 (3) / (2)
3. UNB (10-2-2) / 122 / (3)
4. Calgary (12-4-0) / 109 (3) / (7) *
5. Acadia (11-3-0) / 109 / (4)
6. Windsor (13-1-0) / 96 (1) / (5)
7. UQTR (11-2-1) / 59 / (6)
8. Carleton (11-3-0) / 36 / (8)
9. McGill (11-3-0) / 33 / (9)
10. Western (10-3-0) / 22 / (NR)

* Calgary is ranked ahead of Acadia based on number of higher-placed votes

Other teams receiving votes: Mount Royal (10), Manitoba (6).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Robertson Wins It In OT

Adrian Robertson's power play goal early in overtime helped lead a depleted University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds squad to a gutsy 3-2 victory over the St. FX X-Men tonight in Antigonish. The V-Reds are now 10-2-2 on the season and remain tied with the Acadia Axemen, one point behind the conference leading Saint Mary's Huskies. The X-Men, on the other hand, see their 6 game winning streak snapped and fall to 8-6-0.

- The Varsity Reds received a first period power play goal from Philippe Maillet (Brace, Robertson) at 13:13 only to have Eric Locke reply on an X-Men man advantage just under 5 minutes later to tie the game at 1. That would be the only scoring in a period that seen UNB out-shoot St. FX 7-5.

- Much like the 1st period, the teams traded goals in the 2nd as well. First, it was Rob Mignardi (Gazzola, Petgrave) getting the credit for a deflected power play goal at 9:51, and then it was the X-Men's Blake Gal tying the game once again with just 30 seconds remaining in the period. Shots were 7 apiece in the frame.

- There was no scoring in the 3rd period as UNB held a 9-3 advantage in shots, however for the 2nd straight Saturday night they were forced to kill off a late Tyler Carroll penalty to force overtime.

- After Carroll's penalty expired 27 seconds into the extra frame he came out of the box only to hooked seconds later, sending the V-Reds to the power play. UNB generated a number of chances and were finally rewarded when Adrian Robertson's blast from the point beat X-Men goalie Drew Owsley at 1:46 for the game winner. Cam Braes picked up the assist on the goal. Shots in the overtime were 5-0 for UNB, who also held a 28-15 advantage in the game.

- The V-Reds continue to play with a short bench as defencemen Alex Wall, R.D. Chisholm, and Jordan Murray, and forwards Chris Caissy and Francis Beauvillier all missed the game due to injury. This meant they were playing with only 11 forwards and 4 defencemen - 3 players short of a full line-up.

- David Shantz picked up his 9th win of the year in net as he continues to get the over-whelming majority of action.

- Robertson, Matt Petgrave, and X-Man Ted Stephens were the game's three stars.

- UNB was 3 for 9 on the power play while St. FX was 1 for 6.

- UNB won 34 out of 61 face-offs with Maillet (13 for 19) and Willick (12 for 19) leading the way.

- Attendance was 793.

- The Papa Johns 'Shots and Saves' online discount for Tuesday morning will be 28% thanks to a weekend-high of 28 shots in last night's game against Saint Mary's.

- It was a high scoring night in the AUS as Saint Mary's rebounded from their loss to UNB with a big
9-2 home win over Moncton, Acadia defeated St. Thomas 9-5 in Fredericton, and UPEI prevailed 3-2 in overtime over Dalhousie in a game that was held in Montague, PEI.

- UNB wraps up the 1st half of the season this upcoming week with a pair of games. On Wednesday night they visit the Grant*Harvey Centre for another Battle of the Hill against St. Thomas. On Friday they host the Moncton Aigles Bleus at the AUC. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM start.

Friday, November 21, 2014

V-Reds End Skid

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and cruised to a convincing 5-2 victory over the Saint Mary's Huskies tonight in Halifax. The V-Reds ended their 4 game losing streak to SMU in improving to 9-2-2 on the season, 1 point behind the 10-2-1 Huskies.

- Dylan Willick (Critchlow) just 1:10 into the game, Philippe Maillet (Carroll, Murray) at 10:30, and Philippe Halley (Gazzola, Robertson) at 12:06, were able to beat usual nemesis Anthony Peters to stake the V-Reds to a 3-0 lead. A Huskies timeout following Halley's goal paid immediate dividends as Mitchell Maynard cut the lead back to 2 goals just 12 seconds later, but Cam Braes (Mignardi, Trainor) was able to push the lead to 4-1 at 13:44 after some nifty moves in front of the net. Although Saint Mary's out-shot UNB in the period 9-8 it was a dominant period for the V-Reds, who controlled the puck and the play for long stretches at a time.

- The only goal of the 2nd period belonged to Tyler Carroll (Maillet), who made it 5-1 at 9:02. Shots in the period were 12-5 for UNB.

- The Huskies closed out the scoring 1:41 into the 3rd period when Jamie Doornbosch made it 5-2 just as their 5-on-3 power play was ending. This was part of 4 straight penalties UNB took within a 7:11 span, which resulted in a pair of two man advantages for Saint Mary's. Shots favoured the Huskies 15-8 in the period and 29-28 in the game.

- Despite playing well and picking up a big two points, it was not all good news for the V-Reds. They played two men short as Alex Wall (undisclosed), Chris Caissy (concussion), Francis Beauvillier (lower body), and R.D. Chisholm (hand) are all out injured. Already playing with only 5 defencemen things were made even worse when Jordan Murray left the game in the 3rd period with an apparent injury and fellow d-man Adrian Robertson received a 10-minute misconduct with 7:01 remaining, leaving the V-Red with only 3 defencemen. Of course, Matt Petgrave took a penalty with 1:26 remaining which meant UNB was down to 2 defencemen (Randy Gazzola and Colin Suellentrop) to end the game. It will be interesting to see what the line-up will look like tomorrow.

- David Shantz was solid in net, making 27 saves for his 8th win of the season.

- UNB went 0 for 4 on the power play while SMU was 1 for 4.

- The V-Reds had a rough night in the dot as the won only 38 out of 81 face-offs.

- Attendance was a better than usual 975.

- In other AUS action tonight the St. Thomas Tommies finally picked up their first win of the year with a 4-0 shutout of the visiting Dalhousie Tigers, St. FX used a late goal to edge Moncton 3-2 on home ice, and Acadia erased 3rd period deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to top UPEI 4-3 in Charlottetown.

- After putting a stop to Saint Mary's 7 game winning streak the Varsity Reds will now travel to Antigonish to face the St. FX X-Men - who have now won 6 straight - tomorrow night at 7PM.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

OT Loss Ends Disappointing Weekend

Just as they did earlier this season, the Acadia Axemen scored an overtime victory over the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, this time by a 4-3 score in front of 2122 in attendance at the AUC. The V-Reds are now 8-2-2 on the season and tied with Acadia for 2nd place, 3 points behind the 10-1-1 Saint Mary's Huskies.

Philippe Halley and Philippe Maillet, with a pair, scored for UNB, who were playing a man short as Alex Wall, Chris Caissy, and Francis Beauvillier all missed the game. To make matters worse defenceman R.D. Chisholm left the game in the early going and never returned after taking a shot off his hand.

The score was 1-1 after the 1st period and 2-2 after the 2nd. The V-Reds took their first, and only, lead of the weekend just 15 seconds into the 3rd before Acadia tied it up on a power play goal just over 6 minutes later. Shots in the game were 29 apiece.

The Varsity Reds are back in the action next Friday night when they travel to Halifax to face the Saint Mary's Huskies in what is shaping up to be a must-win game.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Huskies Hold Off V-Reds

The visiting Saint Mary's Huskies scored on their first 3 shots of the game and held on for a 4-3 win over the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds tonight at the AUC. The Huskies 4th straight win over the V-Reds moves them into first place with a 9-1-1 record. UNB falls to 2nd place with a 8-2-1 on the year.

The Varsity Reds, who out-shot the visitors 31-13 in the game, received goals from Peter Trainor, Philippe Halley, and Matt Boudens. As usual, Huskies goalie Anthony Peters was the player of the game.

UNB trailed 3-0 after the 1st period and 4-2 after the 2nd period. Bouden's goal got them within a goal with just over 4 minutes remaining but the Huskies clamped down defensively for the rest of the game, not allowing the V-Reds to generate any good scoring chances in the dying minutes.

UNB will look to get back into the win column tomorrow night when the 8-3-0 Acadia Axemen visit the AUC.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CIS Top Ten (#7): UNB Moves Up To 2nd

A pair of wins over the weekend by the V-Reds, coupled with two losses by the #2 ranked Acadia Axemen, allowed UNB to jump from #3 to #2 in the latest CIS men's hockey rankings released yesterday.

In fact, every team in last week's the top ten, with the exception of #1 Alberta and #10 Moncton, found themselves with a different ranking this week.

This upcoming weekend should prove to be a pivotal one in the AUS as #2 UNB faces #4 Saint Mary's on Friday night and #7 Acadia on Saturday night, both at the AUC. Meanwhile, #10 Moncton will host Acadia on Friday before welcoming Saint Mary's the following night.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#7)

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 ranking)
1. Alberta (11-1-0) / 149 points (14) / (1)
2. UNB (8-1-1) / 132 / (3)
3. Windsor (11-0-0) / 112 (1) / (4)
4. Saint Mary’s (8-1-1) / 94 / (7)
5. UQTR (9-1-0) / 84 / (6)
6. Calgary (9-3-0) / 80 / (5)
7. Acadia (7-3-0) / 79 / (2)
8. Carleton (8-2-0) / 22 / (9)
9. Mount Royal (7-5-0) / 22 / (8)
10. Moncton (6-3-1) / 11 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Western (8), McGill (8), UBC (2), Saskatchewan (1).

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Varsity Reds Edge Panthers

It wasn't their prettiest game but the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds used a pair of 3rd period goals by Philippe Halley to get past the visiting UPEI Panthers 4-2 tonight at the AUC. The V-Reds are now 8-1-1 on the season and tied for the top spot in the conference with the Saint Mary's Huskies.

- The game got off to a slow, uneventful start with neither team mustering much in the way of quality scoring chances. The game picked up in the latter half of the period, but there were no goals scored despite UNB holding a 14-8 advantage in shots.

- A four minute double minor by the Panthers late in the 1st period gave UNB a power play with fresh ice to begin the 2nd frame. It only took 1:35 for the V-Reds to make UPEI pay when Matt Petgrave dished the puck off to Randy Gazzola at the blue line. Gazzola skated down the half boards and threw a pass into the slot for Cameron Critchlow to redirect into the net. The suddenly-potent UNB power play struck again just over 3 1/2 minutes later after some nice cycle work in the corner by Cam Braes and Tyler Carroll. Carroll was able to sneak out in front of the net and one-time a Braes pass from behind the goal line that got by stick-less UPEI goaltender Matt Mahalak. Cameron Brace picked up the 2nd assist on the goal. Much like last the night the Varsity Reds were in control as they were leading 2-0 and out-shooting UPEI 18-9 at one point. However, in similar fashion as last night against Moncton, UNB took two quick penalties and UPEI used the opportunity to cut the lead in half, with Reginaldo Traccitto blasting a shot off the post and in just 16 seconds into the two man advantage. The V-Reds killed off the 5-on-4 to preserve the lead going into the 3rd period, but the momentum had shifted with UPEI out-shooting UNB 11-10 in the frame. There was a scary moment with 4.1 seconds remaining in the period when Panthers forward Tyler Brown went down hard behind the UNB net after checking defenceman Randy Gazzola. He had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher with what appeared to be an injury to right leg. The refs decided to have both teams leave the ice and proceed with the intermission.

- The two teams came back out after the break and played the final 4.1 seconds of the 2nd period before changing sides and beginning the 3rd. The Panthers were able to tie the game 4:18 into the 3rd period with the 4th power play goal of the night. Matthew Brenton fired a shot from the neutral zone that hit off the end boards and bounced right out in front of the net. Panthers captain Mason Wilgosh won the race to the puck and went far-side on V-Reds goalie David Shantz to make it 2-2. UNB was able to regain the lead just over two minutes later thanks to some nice tic-tac-toe passing by their top line. Philippe Maillet got the puck to Tyler Carroll in the slot, who wasted no time in finding a wide open Philippe Halley just below the opposite face-off circle for a one-timer that Mahalak couldn't react to in time. The Panthers pressed hard for the equalizer in the final minutes, but after some tense moments in front of the Varsity Reds goal Halley was able to chip the puck past a Panthers defenceman at the blue-line and go in all alone for the empty net goal that sealed the victory. Jordan Murray and Carroll got the assists on the insurance marker. Shots in the period were 11 apiece in the period. They favoured UNB 35-30 in the game.

- Alex Wall and Chris Caissy remained out of the line-up for UNB with undisclosed injuries.

- UNB was 2 for 7 on the power play while UPEI was 2 for 6.

- The V-Reds hit three posts in the game, including two by Cam Brace.

- UNB won 47 out of 84 face-offs with Cam Braes (16 out of 28) and Dylan Willick (13 out of 21) led the way.

- Braes, Carroll, and Petgrave were named the game's three stars.

- Attendance was 2007.

- According to the RedSea database, UNB is now 17-1-0 in their last 18 games against UPEI. This includes 8 straight victories overall (6 regular season games and 2 playoff games) as well as 11 consecutive regular season wins.

- Since UNB amassed a weekend-high 38 shots last night against Moncton, the Papa John's Shots and Saves online discount on Tuesday morning will be 38%.

- Elsewhere around the conference tonight Moncton snapped their 4 game losing streak with a 5-3 win at home over St. Thomas and St. FX handed the CIS #2 ranked Acadia Axemen their 2nd home loss of the weekend with a 2-0 victory in Wolfville. Saint Mary's and Dalhousie both had the night off.

- UNB is back at home next weekend for a pair of huge games. On Friday night they welcome the Saint Mary's Huskies (8-1-1) to the AUC with first place on the line. The next night the 3rd place Acadia Axemen (7-3-0) come to town. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM start.

Friday, November 7, 2014

V-Reds Grab Convincing Win Over Aigles Bleus

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds traveled to Moncton tonight for their 5th consecutive road game and came away with a big 7-2 victory over the Aigles Bleus. With the win the V-Reds improve to 7-1-1 on the season, including a 3-1-1 record on their recently completed road stretch.

- The Varsity Reds jumped out to a 2-0 lead after a dominating 1st period in which they out-shot Moncton 19-10. Tyler Carroll (Murray) got UNB on the board just 2:57 into the contest with a power play goal. They extended their lead at 15:18 when Randy Gazzola skated into the offensive zone and navigated his way through a number of defenders before dishing the puck off to Rob Mignardi in the slot, who put it home. Taylor MacDougall also picked up an assist on the goal.

- UNB made it 3-0 just 2:06 into the 2nd period after Cameron Critchlow (Halley) cleaned up a loose puck in front of the Moncton goal, sliding it past Aigles Bleus goaltender Adrien Lemay. The game was seemingly in control, however the V-Reds would take four straight penalties over the remainder of the period, including three within a 2:41 span. The Aigles Bleus made them pay with a 5-on-3 goal at 7:16 to cut the lead to 3-1. They carried the momentum over to even strength play and scored again just over four minutes to later to get right back into the game. UNB was able to push the lead back to two goals just 2:38 later when Cameron Brace took a long bank-pass off the boards from Gazzola, streaked down the right side, and sniped a shot top corner. Cam Braes got credit with the other assist on the marker. Shots in the period were 8 apiece.

- The V-Reds put the game out of reach in the 3rd period as they scored 3 more goals and out-shot Moncton 11-4. For the 3rd straight period UNB scored early. While shorthanded Philippe Halley took control of the puck in his own zone, skated down the left side, circled behind Moncton's net, and found a pinching Jordan Murray at the top of the opposite face-off circle, who proceeded to wrist it into the top corner at 3:08. Murray would strike again, this time on the power play, at 6:26 when he took a pass from Philippe Maillet and threw a shot from the blue-line along the ice that eluded Lemay. UNB's special teams would come up big one more time on the night when Taylor MacDougall (Gazzola, Petgrave) got behind the defence and scored a shorthanded goal at 12:45, just 15 seconds into a Moncton power play.

- UNB went with the same line-up as the previous couple of games as Chris Caissy and Alex Wall remained out.

- Shots in the game were 38-22 for UNB.

- David Shantz was solid in goal in picking up the win, stopping a couple of breakaways in the game.

- The V-Reds went 40 for 76 on face-offs with Cam Braes (12 for 21) leading the way.

- As mentioned, UNB' special teams had another great game. They were 2 for 6 on the power play, killed off 6 out of 7 Moncton opportunities, and scored two shorthanded goals.

- UNB has now won 8 straight regular season games over Moncton. This includes 5 in a row in Moncton.

- In other AUS action tonight the Saint Mary's Huskies pulled out a big 3-2 road victory over Acadia, St. FX defeated Dalhousie 5-1 in Antigonish, and UPEI beat St. Thomas 6-2 in Fredericton.

- The V-Reds are finally back at the AUC tomorrow night when they host the UPEI Panthers for their first home game in 2 1/2 weeks. Game time is 7PM.

- Attendance was 1166.

CIS Top Ten (#6): V-Reds Still 3rd

The Varsity Reds are ranked 3rd in the country, according to the latest CIS men's hockey rankings which were released earlier this week.

Despite winning both of their games last weekend the V-Reds were unable to make up any ground on top ranked Alberta and #2 ranked Acadia. The top 7 teams all went 2-0-0 last weekend.

Saint Mary's (7th) and Moncton (10th) were the other AUS teams to make the rankings.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#6)

Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
1. Alberta (9-1-0) / 150 points (15) / (1)
2. Acadia (7-1-0) / 130 / (2)
3. UNB (6-1-1) / 115 / (3)
4. Windsor (9-0-0) / 99 / (4)
5. Calgary (8-2-0) / 91 / (6)
6. UQTR (7-1-0) / 87 / (5)
7. Saint Mary’s (6-1-1) / 55 / (9)
8. Mount Royal (6-4-0) / 32 / (7)
9. Carleton (6-2-0) / 28 / (NR)
10. Moncton (5-2-1) / 21 / (8)

Other teams receiving votes: McGill (9), Manitoba (3), Laurentian (2), Ryerson (2), Saskatchewan (1).

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Varsity Reds Shutout Tigers

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds dominated from start to finish in a 6-0 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers tonight in Halifax. UNB is now 6-1-1 on the season and remains one point behind 1st place Acadia.

- The Varsity Reds received 1st period goals from Cameron Brace (Braes, Maillet) on the power play at 6:37, Rob Mignardi (Gazzola, Willick) while shorthanded at 13:37, and Tyler Carroll (Braes, Brace) exactly three minutes later. Shots in the period were 19-8 in favour of UNB.

- The V-Reds doubled their lead in the 2nd period thanks to goals from Jordan Murray (Braes, Carroll) on the power play just 54 seconds into the frame, Francis Beauvillier (Willick) at 13:02, and Brace (Murray, Maillet) with his 2nd power play goal of the night at 18:31. Shots in the period were 7 apiece.

- There was no scoring in the 3rd period despite UNB outshooting the Tigers 18-6 and receiving a number of power plays.

- The V-Reds went with the same line-up as last night, as Alex Wall (injured) and Chris Caissy (scratched) remained out.

- Chris Carrozzi made his first start of the season and turned aside all 21 shots he faced to earn the shut-out.

- UNB's special teams had a big game as they went 3 for 10 with the man advantage, killed off all 8 of Dalhousie's opportunities, and scored a shorthanded goal.

- UNB won 34 out of the 62 face-offs in the game.

- Don't forget about Papa John's "Shots and Saves" promotion. With UNB firing a weekend-high 44 shots on net tonight the Papa John's online discount on Tuesday morning will be 44%.

- In other AUS action tonight the Saint Mary's Huskies scored twice in the final 67 seconds to send the game into overtime before defeating St. Thomas 5-4 in Fredericton, Acadia picked up a 5-2 road victory over UPEI to remain in 1st place, and St. FX defeated Moncton 2-1 in a shootout tonight in Antigonish.

- UNB's next game action is next weekend when they travel to Moncton Friday night for a date with the Aigles Bleus. They finally return home the next night to host the UPEI Panthers. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM puck drop.

Friday, October 31, 2014

V-Reds Come Back Against X

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds spotted the hometown St. FX X-Men a 2-0 lead after the first period, but rallied for a big 3-2 win tonight in Antigonish. UNB moves to 5-1-1 on the season, one point out of 1st place.

- The V-Reds received goals by Cameron Brace (unassisted) just 7 seconds into the 2nd period to cut the lead in half, and then 3rd period goals by Adrian Robertson (Brace, Braes) at 11:09 and Rob Mignardi (MacDougall, Critchlow) with just 5:34 remaining to give UNB their first, and only, lead of the game.

- Tyler Carroll and Adrian Robertson made their returns to the line-up. Alex Wall (out indefinitely) and Chris Caissy (scratched) were out.

- Shots were 33-17 for UNB.

- David Shantz picked up the win in goal.

- UNB was 0 for 4 on the power play. St. FX was 0 for 6.

- St. FX won 33 out of the 61 face-offs in the game.

- Brace was named the player of the game. X-Men goalie Drew Owsley and Adrian Roberston earned the other two stars.

- In other AUS action tonight Saint Mary's went on the road to defeat UPEI 4-1, Dalhousie upset Moncton 4-2 in Halifax, and Acadia blasted St. Thomas 10-4 in Fredericton.

- UNB is in action again tomorrow night when they take on the Dalhousie Tigers at 7PM in Halifax.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Peters Stymies V-Reds Again

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds traveled to Halifax for a date with the Saint Mary's Huskies tonight, and the result was similar to their last appearance at the Forum. Huskies goaltender Anthony Peters once again proved to be the difference as he stopped every shot directed his way in a 2-0 win over the V-Reds. The previous meeting between the two teams in Halifax resulted in a 1-0 Huskies win in the 4th and deciding game of the AUS semi-finals last spring.

- The Huskies scored with 6:02 remaining in the first period and put the game away with a goal with 2:43 left in the 3rd.

- This is the first time UNB has been shut-out in a regular season game since a 2-0 setback to Acadia on November 5th, 2005, a span of 276 games.

- It is the first time since January 13rd and 14th, 2012 the V-Reds went winless over a weekend.

- This is Saint Mary`s 3rd straight win over UNB. They have only surrendered one goal total in those games.

- The V-Reds will look to get back on track when they visit St. FX next Friday night.

Friday, October 24, 2014

V-Reds Fall In OT

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds suffered their first loss of the young season as they were defeated 4-3 in overtime by the Acadia Axemen tonight in Wolfville. UNB is now 4-0-1 on the season.

The web-cast for the game did not work all game so all we have to go off of is Twitter updates and the AUS boxscore.

- The V-Reds jumped out to a 1-0 lead after a pretty passing play between Randy Gazzola, Cameron Brace, and Peter Trainor, with Trainor potting the power play goal. The Axemen would draw even before the end of the period, with reigning CIS player of the year Liam Heelis scoring a power play goal with 1:29 remaining in the period.

- The Axemen extended their lead to 3-1 in the 2nd period, getting goals from Michael Clarke at 2:54 and Sam Fioretti at 15:18. The V-Reds received a late power play and it was Trainor scoring once again, bringing UNB back to within 3-2 with just 1:21 remaining in the period. Jordan Murray picked up the lone assist on the goal.

- UNB was able to tie the game with only 63 seconds remaining in the game when Matt Petgrave (Brace, Murray) scored a highlight-reel goal to help send the game into overtime and guaranteeing the V-Reds at least one point.

- It didn't take long for Acadia to emerge victorious as rookie defenceman Matt Pufahl fired a shot into the top corner for the game winner, only 1:43 into the extra session.

- UNB once again played without forward Tyler Carroll (broken hand) and defencemen Alex Wall and Adrian Robertson, who are both out "indefinitely".

- David Shantz played his 5th straight game in net to start the season.

- Shots in the game were even at 32 each.

- The V-Reds were 2 for 7 on the power play. Acadia was 1 for 6.

- The Axemen won 35 out of 65 face-offs.

- In other AUS action this evening the UPEI Panthers defeated Dalhousie 4-2 in Charlottetown, Moncton remained the lone undefeated team in the AUS with a 6-2 road win over Saint Mary's, and St. FX beat St. Thomas 5-2 in Fredericton.

- The V-Reds will look to rebound tomorrow night when they travel to Halifax to face the Saint Mary's Huskies for another big game as both teams will be looking to avoid a winless weekend. Game time is scheduled for 7PM.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

V-Reds Rally Past Tommies

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds trailed three different times against their cross-campus rival St. Thomas Tommies, but eventually prevailed 7-5 in a wild Battle of the Hill tonight at the AUC.

- The V-Reds got off to a good start and took a 1-0 lead 7 minutes into the game when Dylan Willick (Chisholm, Boudens) skated from out behind the St. Thomas net and took an innocent looking shot that somehow got through Tommies goalie Tyson Teichmann. However, it was STU who took control of the rest of the period, out-shooting UNB 15-13 in the frame and scoring two goals - at 14:12 and at 17:41 on the power play - to take the lead into the intermission.

- The Varsity Reds had a much better 2nd period and were able to tie the game up when Philippe Maillet (Halley) was able to corral a bouncing loose puck in the slot and net his first goal of the season at 6:07. The V-Reds then found themselves in a heap of penalty trouble as they took three penalties in 1:43 and the Tommies made them pay dearly, scoring two 5-on-3 goals only 35 seconds apart to take a 4-2 lead. UNB was able to tie the game before the end of the period as Jordan Murray (Gazzola, Mignardi) quickly answered back when he rushed down the right side, had his original shot stopped, but collected his own rebound and backhanded it in at 10:11 to make it a 4-3 game. The V-Reds power play then went to work late in the period to even the game at 4. Cam Critchlow interfered with a Tommies defender just enough at the blueline to spring Maillet to go in all alone and the V-Reds leading scorer from last year was able get Teichmann moving from his right to left and slid a backhander 5-hole. Critchlow and Gazzola picked up the assists on the power play goal at 19:22. Shots in the period were 15-4 for UNB.

- Some sloppy play by the Varsity Reds in their own zone gave St. Thomas their third lead of the night at 2:36 of the 3rd period. UNB then took control of the game, scoring the last 3 goals of the night to secure the victory. First, with both teams skating four aside Dylan Willick (Boudens, Petgrave) was able to use his excellent speed to beat a Tommies defender wide before cutting in front of the net and snapping a shot in to once again tie the game at 8:18. Then the V-Reds took their first lead since early in the 1st period on a bit of a controversial goal when Cam Braes (Brace, Boudens) was able to poke the puck into the net amid a pile-up of bodies in, and around, the crease. The net also came off its moorings, but the referee signaled that the puck had crossed the line prior to give UNB a 6-5 lead at 13:59. The V-Reds extended their lead at 15:45 on the power play when Maillet (Gazzola, Murray) was able to skate off the side-wall and into the slot untouched before ripping a wrist shot into the top corner. that would be the final goal of the game as UNB out-shot St. Thomas 16-4 in the period and 44-23 in the contest.

- Rob Mignardi was back in the line-up for the V-Reds. Tyler Carroll is still recovering from a broken hand, while defenceman Alex Wall and Adrian Robertson remain sidelined "indefinitely".

- Both teams had a good night on the power play as St. Thomas scored 3 times on 6 chances while UNB converted on 2 out of 7 opportunities.

- Attendance was 2110 on a rainy and messy night in Fredericton.

- David Shantz got his 4th straight start in goal to begin the season.

- Maillet (3 goals), Willick (2 goals), and the Tommies JC Campagna (1 goal, 1 assist) were the game's three stars.

- UNB dominated in the face-off circle, winning 50 out of 78 draws. Willick (16 out of 21), Critchlow (11 out of 18), Braes (12 out of 20), and MacDougall (9 out of 16) all had good nights.

- In other action around the conference tonight St. FX picked up their first win of the year with a 4-3 decision over Acadia in Antigonish, Moncton blanked UPEI 4-0 at home, and Saint Mary's got a 6-2 road victory over Dalhousie.

- The V-Reds are back in action this weekend and will face their toughest test of the young season. On Friday night they travel to Wolfville to face the Acadia Axemen and on Saturday night they take on the Saint Mary's Huskies in Halifax. Both games are scheduled for 7PM and can be seen online at www.AUStv.ca.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CIS Top Ten (#4): V-Reds Close Gap

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds inched a little closer to the top ranked Alberta Golden Bears after posting a pair of wins over the weekend, according to the latest men's hockey Top 10 rankings released by the CIS this afternoon. 

The V-Reds, ranked for the 159th consecutive week, gained two more first place votes than last week after defeating Dalhousie and St. FX over the weekend. Alberta, on the other hand, seen their lead shrink from 19 points to 12 points despite sweeping a pair of games against rival Saskatchewan.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
1. Alberta (7-1-0) / 156 points (12) / (1)
2. UNB (3-0-0) / 144 (3) / (2)
3. Acadia (3-0-0) / 120 / (3)
4. UQTR (4-0-0) / 106 (1) / (4)
5. Calgary (6-2-0) / 94 / (6)
6. Mount Royal (6-2-0) / 73 / (5)
7. Windsor (5-0-0) / 71 / (9)
8. Moncton (3-0-0) / 28 / (NR)
9. Manitoba (5-3-0) / 24 / (8)
10. Saint Mary’s (2-0-1) / 16 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Saskatchewan (15), Western (11), Waterloo (10), Carleton (8), Laurentian (4).

Boudens Named UNB, AUS Athlete Of The Week

Varsity Reds rookie forward Matt Boudens has been named both the UNB Domino's Pizza male Athlete of the Week and the Subway AUS male Athlete of the Week.

The native of Pembroke, Ontario played a key role in both of UNB's victories over the weekend. On Friday night against Dalhousie he scored two goals as the V-Reds skated away with a 6-3 win in their home opener. The next night he contributed another goal to go along with 3 assists in a 5-2 decision over St. FX.

After three games Boudens sits in a tie for 3rd place in conference scoring with 6 points, despite playing mainly in a bottom-6 role and logging key minutes on the penalty kill. He will look to continue his strong start to the season tomorrow night when the V-Reds welcome the St. Thomas Tommies to the AUC.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Shorthanded V-Reds Top X-Men

Despite playing with a short bench for the 2nd consecutive night the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds improved to 3-0-0 on the season after defeating the St. FX X-Men 5-2 tonight at the AUC.

- The V-Reds got off to a slow start, surrendering the first four shots of the game, but they made their first shot count as Matt Boudens (Gazzola, Willick) continued his strong start to the season by deflecting a Randy Gazzola shot from the point past X-Men goalie Drew Owsley. UNB carried the play the rest of the period, out-shooting St. FX 17-9, but were unable to extend their lead.

- UNB continued to pour it on in the middle frame and were finally rewarded at 12:33 when former X-Men defenceman R.D. Chisholm (Critchlow, Boudens) sent what looked to be an innocent looking shot on to the net from the blue-line, but it managed to get through a number of bodies in front and found the back of the net. Peter Trainor (Gazzola, Petgrave) extended the lead to three at 15:20 when he ripped a wrist shot from the left circle that sneaked under Owsley's arm, notching his first as a V-Red. UNB looked to be in control, but they got into penalty trouble late in the period and the X-Men took full advantage, scoring power-play goals at 16:33 and 17:31 to get right back into it. That would be all of the scoring in the period as UNB held a 16-6 advantage in shots.

- Francis Beauvillier (Murray, Boudens) was able to give the V-Reds some breathing room just 3:07 into the 3rd period with his first career CIS goal. He was parked at the top of the crease when he received a pass from behind the net and fired it between Owsley's legs before the X-Men goalie could react. Taylor MacDougall (Boudens) sealed the game with an empty net marker at 18:56. Shots favoured UNB 9-1 in the period and 42-16 in the game.

- UNB was playing two men short on the night as Tyler Carroll, Alex Wall, Rob Mignardi, and Adrian Robertson were all out of the line-up.

- David Shantz once again got the start in goal for UNB.

- It was another physical game as there were a number of big hits and after the whistle scrums. X-Men Zackary MacQueen received a 5 minute major penalty for charging and game misconduct late in the 1st period for a hit on Philippe Mailliet. Chris Caissy was also slow to get up after taking a hit in the 3rd period, although he was able to stay in the game.

- There were 91 minutes of penalties handed out in the game, including three 10-minute misconducts and the aforementioned game misconduct.

- Owsley, Gazzola, and Chisholm were named the game's three stars.

- UNB won 44 out of 82 face-offs with Dylan Willick (13 out of 20) and Cam Critchlow (11 out of 18) leading the way.

- Attendance was 2049.

- After the game frustrated St. FX coach Brad Peddle once again made a fool out of himself at the AUC by refusing to shake hands with the UNB coaching staff and then attempted to follow them down the tunnel leading to UNB's dressing room. He was eventually restrained. I don't think he is a big fan of the V-Reds.

- Maybe some of his frustration is attributed to the fact that UNB has now won 8 straight home games against his X-Men, dating back to game 2 of that epic AUS Final in 2011. Or that the X-Men are now 0-3-0 on the season.

- In other AUS action tonight Moncton rallied past Dalhousie 4-2 at home, UPEI picked up their first win of the year with a 2-1 overtime win in Halifax over Saint Mary's, and Acadia survived an embarrassing home loss by defeating St. Thomas 7-6 in overtime in a wild game that they led 5-1 after the first period and 6-4 with just over two minutes remaining.

- The Varsity Reds are back on the ice on Wednesday when they welcome the St. Thomas Tommies to the AUC for the first installment of the season of the Battle of the Hill. Puck drop is scheduled for 7PM.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Rookies Lead V-Reds In Chippy Affair

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds received 4 goals from freshmen en route to a 6-3 victory over the visiting Dalhousie Tigers tonight at the Aitken Centre in a game that featured plenty of physical play and extra-curricular activity after the whistles. The win marks UNB's 26th straight in home openers dating back to 1989. 

- UNB took two different leads in the first period only to see Dalhousie answer each time. Cameron Brace (at 4:39 from Braes, Beauvillier) and Matt Boudens (at 9:39 assisted by Gazzola) scored for the V-Reds while Pierre Vandall (at 5:05) and Mike Evelyn (15:34) responded for the Tigers. Shots in the period favoured UNB 16-6.

- The V-Reds blew the game open in the 2nd period, outshooting the Tigers 16-4 and outscoring them 4-0. Dylan Willick (Murray, Halley) at 3:37, Boudens (Petgrave) with his 2nd of the game at 4:23, Randy Gazzola (Murray, Trainor) on the power play at 5:18, and Cameron Critchlow (Braes, Brace) at 8:54 were all able to beat Wendall Vye to give UNB a 6-2 lead after 40 minutes. The period also featured 13 penalties totaling 42 minutes as tempers seemed to flare up after every whistle.

- UNB held a 10-4 adavantage in shots in the 3rd period, but it was Dalhousie who would get the only goal courtesy of J.P. Harvey at 4:13. Shots in the game where 42-14 for the V-Reds.

- Forwards Tyler Carroll, Rob Mignardi, and defenceman Alex Wall were out of the line-up for UNB. They once again played one man short as only 17 skaters were dressed.

- David Shantz got the nod in goal for the V-Reds.

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

- There were a total of 70 minutes of penalties handed out in the game.

- Critchlow, Boudens, and Murray were the game's three stars.

- The V-Reds had another rough night in the face-off circle, winning only 31 out of 65 draws.

- Despite not joining the team until this week Francis Beauvillier looked good in his debut. His speed and size should be a tough match-up for opposing defenses all season.

- UNB hit the post three times in the first 21 minutes of the game.

- Attendance was 2117.

- UNB has now won 15 straight home games against Dalhousie and 9 straight overall.

- UNB has also won 15 straight regular season games dating back to a loss to St. FX in the first game of the 2nd half last year as well as 9 straight regular season homes games since a 3-2 loss to St. Thomas last November.

- In other AUS action tonight St. Mary's beat St. Thomas 8-2 in Halifax, Moncton defeated St. FX 3-2 at home, and Acadia picked up a 3-1 home win over UPEI.

- The V-Reds are back in action tomorrow night when they host the St. FX X-Men at 7PM.

With information from the RedSea Database

News and Notes: Beauvillier Officially Announced, Critchlow Named Captain

The Varsity Reds made a couple of important announcements today, just before the team hits the ice for their first home game of the season.

- UNB officially announced the addition of former 6th round NHL draft pick Francis Beauvillier. He is expected to be in the line-up tonight against Dalhousie.

- Meanwhile, UNB has named Cameron Critchlow as the team's new team captain. He will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Chris Culligan, Kyle Bailey, and Dustin Friesen in leading the V-Reds to a National Championship. Tyler Carroll, Taylor MacDougall, Adrian Robertson, and Cam Braes will serve as alternate captains.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

UQTR Accuses UNB Of Cheating

Marc-Etienne Hubert is not happy. (NOTE: Original article in French, see English translation here) The head coach of the Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres (UQTR) Patriotes had a few choice things to say about the AUS in general - and the V-Reds in particular - after it became clear recently recruited forward Francis Beauvillier was going to be attending UNB, and not UQTR like Hubert had thought. Hubert believes UNB offers players money and gifts to entice them to come to Fredericton to play for the V-Reds. He states:

I was privileged information, evidence.In some discussions with the players, the message has changed and we understand UNB has bent the rules. This is not the same rules for everybody and it's frustrating. We realize that this is David against Goliath.
When reached for comment Varsity Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall did not hold back, saying:
This is a great lack of professionalism on his part. We have the most beautiful arena and large crowds. All profits are returned to the team. This is so that we have the best program and the players are joining us.
Although Hubert singles out UNB he seems suspicious of the AUS in general, seemingly shocked that players from outside of the Maritimes would want to come here to play hockey unless they are being offered extra financial incentives that bend the rules. Hubert says:

When I met with the coaches of the conference of Ontario University Athletics, they were all, especially those in the Toronto area, really outraged by the situation and by the amount of players who, for the same quality of program and education will choose a university in the Maritimes. If these universities follow the rules and do not give money to these players, it will cost them dearly in the Maritimes to go rather than stay at home.
The article even interviews former Varsity Red Antoine Houde-Caron and when asked about any potential wrongdoing Houde-Caron says "personally, I've never seen and I have no evidence to that effect."

Personally, it sounds like a case of sour grapes, and maybe a hint of jealousy, to me. Hubert is probably just upset that an increasing number of French players have made their way to UNB in recent years, including Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, another player who UQTR thought they had recruited only to have him change his mind at the last minute and attend UNB. Also, perhaps these high quality players are deciding to play hockey in the Maritimes because they realize that the AUS is the best and most competitive conference in the CIS, having produced 5 out of the last 8 National Champions as well as a number of players moving on to professional leagues after graduation.
 

News And Notes: Hennigar, LaCosta, Analytics In Hockey, Previews

Here are a few stories of interest from the last few weeks:

- Sarah Rouse of the Brunswickan catches up with former Varsity Red stars Rob Hennigar and Dan LaCosta to talk about their new roles as members of the team's coaching staff.

- Meanwhile, fellow Brunswickan writer Jamie Tozer discusses the rise of advanced statistics and analytics in hockey, noting that UNB may be the first CIS team to make use of these valuable tools.

- A number of season previews have popped up over the past week or so, including those from Tozer and the AUS.

- Of course, the "bible" of all previews is still written by Bruce Hallihan at the Daily Gleaner (subscription required), who expects the V-Reds to hold off Acadia for 1st place and be in the mix for another National Championship.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

POLL: Who Should Be Named Captain?

With the graduation of Chris Culligan the Varsity Reds will be looking to name a new team captain for the first time in three seasons. In their first game of the season this past Saturday against UPEI the V-Reds used four alternate captains, but they are expected to name a new team captain in time for their home opener Friday night. So we ask you - who should wear the 'C' for the V-Reds? Vote below.

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Critchlow Named UNB Male Athlete Of Week

Varsity Reds forward Cameron Critchlow has been named the Domino's Pizza male Athlete of the Week after scoring the game winning goal in overtime against UPEI on Saturday night in the V-Reds season opener.

The 5'9'', 172 pound forward is entering his 3rd season with UNB and will be looking to improve upon the 9 goals and 11 assists he posted in 28 games last year.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CIS Top Ten (#3): V-Reds Stay In 2nd

OTTAWA (CIS) – The reigning University Cup champion Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the third time in as many national polls this season.

For a second straight week, the Golden Bears (5-1) received 14 of 16 first-place votes and 157 points from the media panel. The other No. 1 nods went to the UNB Varsity Reds and UQTR Patriotes, with one apiece.

Rounding out the second rankings of the fall behind Alberta are No. 2 UNB (1-0 / no change), No. 3 Acadia (1-0 / up one position), No. 4 UQTR (3-0 / up two), No. 5 Mount Royal (5-1 / no change), No. 6 Calgary (4-2 / up one) and No. 7 Saskatchewan (4-2 / down four), as well as a trio of teams that were unranked last Tuesday, including No. 8 Manitoba (4-2), No. 9 Windsor (3-0) and No. 10 Western (2-0).

After opening league play with a two-game split against UBC in late September, the top-ranked Bears have now racked up four wins in a row, the latest two coming in Regina on Friday and Saturday, by 2-1 and 5-2 scores.

The past weekend also marked the start of conference play in the AUS, with UNB and Acadia both winning their lone duel. While the Axemen easily defeated Dalhousie 4-0, the V-Reds had to come back in the third period to edge UPEI 3-2 in overtime, in Charlottetown.

In OUA action, UQTR exploded for 12 goals in two contests to take care of RMC, 6-1, and Carleton, 6-4, in Trois-Rivières.

This week’s schedule features a pair of Top-10 doubleheaders in Canada West, on Friday and Saturday. Mount Royal visits Manitoba for two games in Winnipeg, while Alberta hosts Saskatchewan for a pair in Edmonton.

Manitoba is coming off an impressive two-game sweep against Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, 4-1 and 5-2.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#3)

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 ranking)

1. Alberta (5-1-0) / 157 points (14) / (1)
2. UNB (1-0-0) / 138 (1) / (2)
3. Acadia (1-0-0) / 122 / (4)
4. UQTR (3-0-0) / 105 (1) / (6)
5. Mount Royal (5-1-0) / 84 / (5)
6. Calgary (4-2-0) / 73 / (7)
7. Saskatchewan (4-2-0) / 44 / (3)
8. Manitoba (4-2-0) / 35 / (NR)
9. Windsor (3-0-0) / 29 / (NR)
10. Western (2-0-0) / 23 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Carleton (22), Saint Mary’s (16), McGill (14), Moncton (11), StFX (6), Concordia (1).

Robertson Honoured As Top Male Student In AUS

(OTTAWA, ONT.) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport proudly announced Tuesday the student-athletes selected as Top Eight Academic All-Canadians for the 2013-2014 season.

The elite group will be honoured at Rideau Hall in Ottawa later this fall, on November 17.
Every year, a growing number of CIS student-athletes are recognized as Academic All-Canadians, having maintained an average of 80 per cent or better over the academic year while competing for one - or more - of their university's varsity teams.

The 2013-14 recipients from Atlantic University Sport (AUS) are Michelle Pryde, a soccer player and chemistry student from Acadia, and Adrian Robertson, a hockey player and business administration student from UNB.

Adrian Robertson, who hails from Mississauga, Ont., joined the Varsity Reds in the fall of 2012 following a five-year career in the Ontario Hockey League with Peterborough, Windsor and Sudbury. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound rearguard had an immediate impact as a freshman as he helped the V-Reds capture the University Cup national championship. In his sophomore season last year, he received the Michael Cavanagh Memorial Award in recognition of his excellence on and off the ice.  

In the classroom, the two-time CIS Academic All-Canadian has a cumulative GPA of 4.2 after two years in UNB's business administration program, including five perfect A+ grades in the winter of 2014. In addition to the Cavanagh Award, the list of academic awards he has accumulated since he arrived on the Fredericton campus includes the George & Elaine Andrews Memorial Scholarship in Athletics, the John F. Bassett Memorial Scholarship and the Helen Neill Campbell Merit Award.

While at UNB, Robertson has been a volunteer coach with the V-Reds Prospects camps, working with young hockey players between the ages of 6 and 14. He had previously volunteered with the Windsor Spitfires Foundation in his OHL days and, more recently, worked with the RBC Blue Water Project in Toronto.

"Adrian was a high-performance achiever and top quality leader for our hockey program both on and off the ice last season," says UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall. "He was our team leader in academics with a 4.2 GPA and was one of our top defencemen, winning the prestigious UNB Michael Cavanagh Award which recognizes top performance on the ice, in the classroom and in the community."

For the complete CIS release, please click here.
 
Source: CIS Communications

Monday, October 13, 2014

Beauvillier To Join V-Reds?

UPDATE: Bill Hunt of the Daily Gleaner (subscription required) has confirmed the addition of Beauvillier. He notes the speedy winger is expected to be in the V-Reds line-up this weekend.

According to his Twitter account, 6'1'', 181 pound forward Francis Beauvillier, a 2012 6th round draft pick of the Florida Panthers, has decided against playing for Cincinnati of the ECHL this season and will instead suit up for the Varsity Reds.

This is a significant addition for UNB for a couple of reasons. First, he put up point totals of 58 and 62 in his last two seasons in the QMJHL, playing for Rimouski, Shawinigan, and Rouyn-Noranda. Overall, he posted 98 goals and 107 assists in 313 games in junior, so he certainly knows how to score and that is never a bad thing. He also played 8 games for San Antonio of the AHL in 2013, registering a pair of assists.

Secondly, at the moment UNB only has 19 skaters on the roster (3 fewer than the AUS cap of 22). With both Tyler Carroll (out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand) and Matt Petgrave (unknown) missing Saturday's game against UPEI the V-Reds played one player short with only 11 forwards and 6 defenceman dressed, so they are in need of some bodies.

According to the Hockey News, Beauvillier's strengths include being a "versatile forward with a 6'1'' frame, [who] displays two-way upside, physicality and an excellent work rate when on the ice." On the flip-side he "doesn't own high-end scoring ability, so he will have to find his niche at the highest level."

Meanwhile, before his final season in junior Hockey's Future said Beauvillier is "a speedy forward with great acceleration" who is "a valued contributor at both ends of the ice. His skating ability not only makes him dangerous in offensive situations, but also a shorthanded threat while taking shifts as a penalty killer." He is "able to make a play at top speed," but will be "much more effective when he adds more muscle to his frame." 

Even with the addition of  Beauvillier coach Gardiner MacDougall and his staff still have room to add a couple more players during the course of the season.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

V-Reds Work Overtime For Opening Night Win

Cameron Critchlow scored the game winning goal in overtime as the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds opened their 2014-2015 campaign with a 3-2 victory over the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers tonight in Charlottetown.

The V-Reds got on the board first when a Jordan Murray shot from the point somehow made its way through a number of bodies in front of Panthers goalie Mavric Parks and into the net 12:25 into the opening period. Colin Suellentrop and Cam Braes picked up the assists on UNB's first goal of the year. The score remained 1-0 for the remainder of the period as UNB out-shot UPEI 10-5.

The Panthers responded with a much stronger 2nd period. They tied the game at 14:02 when Cole MacMillan got a semi-breakaway and made a nice deke to slide the puck past UNB goaltender David Shantz. Just over two minutes later recently announced blue chip recruit Marcus Power was able to force a turnover in UNB's zone and threw a shot on net that deflected off of a defenceman's stick and in. Shots in the period were 12-10 for UNB.

Despite trailing after 40 minutes the V-Reds were playing well, forcing Parks to make a number of quality saves. The pressure paid off early in the period when Peter Trainor stole the puck and put towards the net, allowing Philippe Maillet to tip it past Parks at 4:32. Both teams traded good chances back and forth throughout the remainder of regulation, but neither would break the tie. Shots favoured UNB 16-7 in the period.

The Panthers had a couple of great chances to end the game in the extra session, but Adrian Robertson was able to break up a 2-on-1 and Shantz stood tall to make a couple of pivotal saves. Not long afterwards Critchlow potted the game winner with only 1:36 remaining, sending UNB to their first win of the year. Shots in the overtime period were 6-4 for UPEI, but 42-28 for UNB in the game.

- Tyler Carroll was out of the line-up for UNB as he recovers from a broken hand suffered in the game against Boston College last weekend. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Matt Petgrave was also out, meaning UNB with 6 defencemen and only 11 forwards.

- After a very successful pre-season, the UNB power play had a quiet night as they went 0 for 5 with the man advantage. UPEI was unsuccessful on both of their opportunities.

- Attendance was 1257 as the game was held at the Eastlink Centre, home of the QMJHL's Charlottetown Islanders.

- UNB was a very uncharacteristic 39 out of 83 on face-offs in the game. Taylor MacDougall, Dylan Willick, Cam Braes, and Cam Critchlow were all under 50% on the night.

- This is the 4th straight regular season game that these two teams have played in Charlottetown that has gone into overtime, and the 5th straight that has been decided by a single goal. UNB has won all of those games. 

- UNB has now won 4 straight season opening games.

- It is the 1st time in 3 tries the V-Reds have won their season opening game in Cahrlottetown, having lost 4-2 in 2010 and 4-3 in overtime in 2008.

- Acadia defeated Dalhousie 4-0 in the only other AUS game tonight. St. FX and Saint Mary's finally get their season going on Tuesday night when they meet in Antigonish.

- The next action for the Varsity Reds is this Friday night when they welcome the Dalhousie Tigers to the AUC for their home opener. Game time is 7PM.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CIS Top Ten (#2): UNB Up To #2

OTTAWA (CIS) – The reigning University Cup champion Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the second time in as many national polls this season.

After receiving only five of 16 first-place votes – and 132 points - in the inaugural poll last Tuesday, the Bears earned 14 first-place nods and 157 points from the media panel this week following a two-game sweep against Lethbridge that pushed their record to 3-1 after two weekends of Canada West action.

Behind Alberta, the No. 6 UQTR Patriotes (1-0) are the only team to stay put in the new Top 10.

Rounding out the second rankings of the fall are the No. 2 UNB Varsity Reds (0-0 / up one position), No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies (4-0 / up one), No. 4 Acadia Axemen (0-0 / up one), No. 5 Mount Royal Cougars (4-0 / previously unranked), No. 7 Calgary Dinos (2-2 / down five), No. 8 Carleton Ravens (1-0 / down one), No. 9 McGill Redmen (0-0 / down one) and No. 10 Saint Mary’s Huskies (0-0 / down one).  

The Bears, who opened league play two weeks ago with a two-game split against UBC, were simply too much for Lethbridge this past weekend, dominating the visiting Pronghorns 10-0 and 7-3 in Edmonton.

Meanwhile, Mount Royal cracks the national Top 10 for the first time since joining CIS in 2012-13 thanks to a two-game sweep (3-1, 2-1) of cross-town rival Calgary, which had opened the campaign at No. 2.

The past week also marked the start of conference play in the OUA, including nationally-ranked UQTR and Carleton kicking off their schedule with one-goal wins over Nipissing and Concordia, respectively.

The AUS joins the action this week. Second-ranked UNB opens against UPEI, while reigning conference champ Acadia faces Dalhousie, both on Saturday.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#2)

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 ranking)

1. Alberta (3-1-0) / 157 points (14) / (1)
2. UNB (0-0-0) / 124 (1) / (3)
3. Saskatchewan (4-0-0) / 121 / (4)
4. Acadia (0-0-0) / 111 / (5)
5. Mount Royal (4-0-0) / 82 / (NR)
6. UQTR (1-0-0) / 68 (1) / (6)
7. Calgary (2-2-0) / 59 / (2)
8. Carleton (1-0-0) / 57 / (7)
9. McGill (0-0-0) / 35 / (8)
10. Saint Mary’s (0-0-0) / 20 / (9)

Other teams receiving votes: Waterloo (18), StFX (12), Western (9), Concordia (3), Laurentian (3), Manitoba (1).

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Black Bears Pull Away From V-Reds

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds suffered a 2nd consecutive loss on their weekend trip to the United States as they dropped an 8-3 decision to the University of Maine Black Bears this afternoon at Alfond Arena in Orono.

It was a story of three drastically different periods for the V-Reds. Maine jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead early in the 1st period before UNB dominated the 2nd period, climbing back to within one thanks to goals from Philippe Maillet (Halley) and Cameron Brace (Maillet). However, the 3rd period was all Maine as they scored three goals in about two minutes early in the frame to essentially put the game away. Brace, from Petgrave and Braes, made the score 6-3, but Maine got two more within one minute of one another late in the game to round out the scoring.

- Like last night the V-Reds out-shot their opponent (25-23 today), but the speed and skill, especially around the net, from the NCAA teams was too much to overcome.

- Chris Carozzi played the majority of the game, giving up all 8 goals. David Shantz came into the game very briefly in the 3rd period.

- Cameron Critchlow (suspension due to game misconduct against BC) and Tyler Carroll (injury) did not play today.

- This is the first time since the 2006/2007 season UNB failed to gain at least a point against NCAA competition.

- The 8 goals allowed are the most since an 8-7 loss against UPEI on January 21st, 2012.

- The V-Reds are back in action next Saturday night when they open the AUS regular season with a game in Charlottetown against the UPEI Panthers. Game time is scheduled for 7PM.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

V-Reds Drop Decision To Eagles

UPDATE: The Boston College Athletics website has a game recap posted here, while the fan-site BC Interruption have added their observations here. UNB Athletics have also added a game recap.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds traveled to Boston for a game against perennial NCAA powerhouse Boston College and suffered their first defeat of the season - a 6-4 setback at Conte Forum.

- Scoring for the V-Reds were Matt Petgrave (in the 1st period on the power play from Braes and Brace), Cam Brace (in the 2nd period, shorthanded), Alex Wall (early in the 3rd period on the power play from Peter Trainor and Petgrave), and Adrian Robertson (late in the 3rd period from MacDougall).

- Shots favoured UNB 24-23 and they seemed to hold their own, and perhaps deserved a better fate as they hit a couple of posts, had a goal disallowed, and had a few other great chances while BC scored two goals that could be described as flukey.

- David Shantz played the first two period before giving away to Chris Carozzi for the 3rd.

- BC had period leads of 2-1 and 5-2.

- Cameron Critchlow received a 5 minute major penalty and a game misconduct in the 1st period for hitting from behind.

- The AUS had a pretty good day against NCAA competition as St. FX defeated New Hampshire 2-0 and Acadia beat #15 ranked Quinnipiac 4-1. In other games RPI defeated UPEI 5-2, Boston University manhandled St. Thomas 12-1, and UMass topped Dalhousie 5-2.

- The V-Reds travel to Orono tomorrow for a game against the Maine Black Bears. Game time is scheduled for 5PM AST.

Friday, October 3, 2014

V-Reds Head South This Weekend

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds make their annual trek south of the border this weekend for two tough games against NCAA competition. Tomorrow night they are in Boston to face the Boston College Eagles at 8PM AST and then the team travels to Orono, Maine for a tilt against the Maine Black Bears at 5PM AST on Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles begin the season ranked #4 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today pre-season polls as they return 21 players (including 7 NHL draft picks) from last season's squad that went 28-8-4 team and reached the Frozen Four for the 7th time since 2004. They have also added 3 freshman, including highly touted defenceman Noah Hanifin, who is considered to be one of the top prospects for the 2015 NHL draft. They also added drafted forwards Alex Tuch (18th overall in 2014) and Zach Sanford (61st overall in 2013). However, they did lose their top four scorers from last year - Hobey Baker winner Johnny Gadreau (80 points in 40 games), Kevin Hayes (67 points in 39 games), Bill Arnold (53 points in 40 games), and Kevin Hayes (67 points in 39 games), and captain Patrick Brown (30 points in 40 games)

Boston College has mirrored UNB's success in recent years, having won NCAA Championships in 2008, 2010, and 2012. They also captured titles in 1949 and 2001.

The two teams have played 6 times previously, with UNB going 1-4-1. The lone win was a 5-3 victory at the AUC on December 21st, 2008. They last played in 2012 with BC coming out on top 6-0.

Here are some links of interest regarding the game:

- The Boston College fan-site BC Interruption has done a fantastic job all week previewing the game. On Wednesday they posted their First Look at the game, on Thursday they interviewed our very own David Kilfoil to learn more about the V-Reds and the CIS in general, and today they posted their Final Thoughts/Predictions.

- It looks like BC will be streaming the game free of charge here, so that is a nice bonus considering most NCAA teams charge a fee, even for exhibition games. You can also follow along via Game Tracker.

The Black Bears are entering their 2nd season under head coach Red Gendron as he hopes to restore the program to its former glory. Maine finished 6th in the 11 team Hockey East last year with a 16-15-4 record. After making the NCAA Tournament 9 straight years from 1999-2007 the Black Bears have only made one appearance in the last 7 seasons (2012). The program has two National Championships to its credit (1993 and 1999).

Maine does return 10 of their top 12 scorers from last year's team, including top scorer, All-American, and new captain Devin Shore (43 points). Fellow All-American, defenceman Ben Hutton (29 points) is also a player to watch, especially on the power play as 9 out of his 15 goals came with the man advantage. The team currently features 4 NHL draft picks - Shore, Hutton, Blaine Byron, and incoming freshman Nolan Vesey.

The Varsity Reds and Black Bears have met every year since 2006 with the exception of 2011. This will be the 10th meeting between the two schools since Gardiner MacDougall became head coach of the V-Reds, with UNB amassing 2 wins, 6 losses (2 in overtime), and 1 tie. UNB's last win was a 7-6 shootout victory at the AUC on October 11th, 2008. Last season's game seen the V-Reds jump out to a 3-0 lead only to fall 4-3 in OT.

Here are a few links of interest regarding the game:

- Both the Bangor Daily News and Maine Black Bears web-site have game previews posted.

- The game will be broadcast online here. It looks like the video will cost $7.95 while the audio feed will be free. You can follow the game's stats live here.

- Both David Kilfoil and Eric Drummie will be tweeting and providing updates throughout both games this weekend. Give them both a follow.

Head-to-head records and history courtesy RedSea Database

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

V-Reds Ranked 3rd In Initial Poll

OTTAWA (CIS) – A few months after they captured a record 14th University Cup title, the Alberta Golden Bears top the first CIS men’s hockey rankings of the 2014-15 season.

In one of the closest inaugural polls in recent years, the Bears open at No. 1 for the second straight campaign despite receiving only five of 16 first-place votes (132 points) from the national media panel, one less than the second-ranked Calgary Dinos (125 points).

No less than three others teams also earned first-place nods, including the third-ranked UNB Varsity Reds (3), the No. 4 Saskatchewan Huskies (1), as well as the Mount Royal Cougars (1), who were left out of the Top 10 despite meriting one vote for No. 1.

Rounding out the first rankings are a number of usual suspects, including the No. 5 Acadia Axemen, No. 6 UQTR Patriotes, No. 7 Carleton Ravens, No. 8 McGill Redmen, No. 9 Saint Mary’s Huskies and No. 10 Western Mustangs.

Alberta had an up-and-down pre-season, compiling a 4-3 overall record, with four wins in five outings against Canada West competition. The reigning CIS champions kicked off conference play in similar fashion last weekend in Vancouver, edging UBC 3-2 in their opener before dropping the rematch by a 5-2 score.

In other Canada West action on opening weekend, Calgary swept Manitoba 6-1 and 4-1, Saskatchewan beat Regina 2-0 and 4-2, while Mount Royal defeated Lethbridge 2-0 and 7-2.

League action gets underway on Wednesday in the OUA conference, while the AUS regular season starts on Oct. 9.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#1)

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 ranking)

1. Alberta (1-1) / 132 points (5) / (-)
2. Calgary (2-0) / 125 (6) / (-)
3. UNB (0-0) / 114 (3) / (-)
4. Saskatchewan (2-0) / 86 (1) / (-) *
5. Acadia (0-0) / 86 / (-)
6. UQTR (0-0) / 66 / (-)
7. Carleton (0-0) / 57 / (-)
8. McGill (0-0) / 44 / (-)
9. Saint Mary’s (0-0) / 35 / (-)
10. Western (0-0) / 28 / (-)
* Saskatchewan (over Acadia) was awarded the higher ranking based on number of higher place votes.

Other teams receiving votes: Windsor (27), UBC (21), StFX (20), Mount Royal (14 / 1 first-place vote), Brock (6), Moncton (6), Concordia (4), York (3), Lakehead (2), Queen’s (2), Guelph (1), Manitoba (1).

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Power Play Helps UNB Remain Undefeated

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds improved their preseason record to 3-0 with a 2-1 victory over the visiting UdeM Aigles Bleus in front of 1,593 fans. UNB’s special teams were the difference again tonight with 2 power-play goals (2-8) and frustrating Moncton on the penalty kill (4-4). This brings Moncton’s record to 1-3 with their loan win coming last weekend in a 3-2 SO over Acadia.

Tyler Carroll got UNB on the board early in the first with a power-play goal from the face-off circle over the shoulder and under the bar on UdeM goalie Brandon Thibeau (assists to R. Gazzola & J. Murray).  UNB extended their lead even earlier in the second at 3:51 with another power-play marker from the blue paint by Cam Braes (assists to Trainor & Petgrave).  Moncton countered with 7 minutes left in the period when a wrist shot hit UNB goalie David Shantz’s glove, but tricked over and in. Moncton pushed back after that to the end of the period and messy neutral ice play by UNB was helping the Moncton cause, but Shantz made some key saves and the period ended 2-1 for UNB. UNB outshot Moncton 10-6 in the period.

The third period was pretty even for the most part, but UNB did have the edge in shots and hit 2 post, 4 for the game, that could have given the Varsity Reds a bigger cushion. A Matt Boudens interference penalty behind Moncton’s net, with 1:44 left, put Moncton on the power-play until the end of the game. Moncton took a time out with 1:03 left when Shantz covered the puck for a stoppage. Moncton pulled their goalie for the extra attacker, but UNB won the draw and was able to keep Moncton penned in allowing no shots, but there were some nervous moments as Moncton got the puck back into UNB’s end for the last 10secs – followed by a clearing shot which ended the game.

- The final shots were 30-15 for UNB while 2-8 on the PP and 4-4 on the penalty kill.

- UNB’s next game is next Saturday in Boston as they take on Boston College (Chestnut Hill) who is ranked #2, with 3 first place votes, as voted on by Hockey East coaches. BC also claims freshman talent and top defensive prospect in the upcoming NHL draft - Noah Hanifin. The next day they take on UMaine (Orono) who is picked 9th in the same poll.

- Colin Suellentrop made his UNB debut tonight. He arrived on campus earlier this week having been released by the Arizona Coyotes last Sunday.

- Adrian Robertson was injured in the first period and did not return.

- Dylan Willick was cross-checked into the boards behind the Moncton net resulting in a 5-min Major+GM for Moncton defenseman Danick Emond at the 4min mark of the 2nd period. Willick did return to play awhile later but was obviously dazed after the hit. UNB was unable to capitalize and extend their lead to 3-0.

- This is the 3rd year in a row that UNB has played Moncton in the preseason, but the first time since 1983 that they have played Moncton in a pre-season game at the AUC.

- Rob Minardi did not play as he served his 1-game suspension for his 5min-major received in last weekend’s game vs Nipissing.

- The UNB Men’s Hockey Golf Tournament is October 9th at Kingswood Golf.

Special thanks to Eric Drummie of www.vredshockey.com for the game recap. All stats courtesy the RedSea Database