Saturday, January 25, 2014

V-Reds Escape Island With Wild Win

The University of New Brunswick rallied from four deficits, including scoring the tying goal with 0.8 seconds left in regulation, to top the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers 5-4 in overtime before a full house at the McLaughlin Arena tonight in Charlottetown. With the improbable win UNB moves to 18-3-1 on the season, tied with Acadia for fist place in the AUS.

The Varsity Reds never once held a lead in regulation time. Philippe Maillet (Vienneau) tied the game 1-1 at 10:41 of the 1st period with a shorthanded marker, Thoma Nesbitt (Critchlow, Robertson) squared the game 2-2 at 12:33 of the 2nd period, Maillet (Halley, Culligan) knotted things at 3 with his 2nd of the night just under 5 minutes later, and Jordan Murray (MacNeil) sent the game into overtime with a goal with just 0.8 seconds remaining in the game. Cam Braes was the hero with an unassisted tally 5:55 into the extra frame.

- Taylor MacDougall returned to the line-up. Tyler Carroll and Shea Kewin remained out.

- Joel Vienneau got the start in goal and made 32 saves for the win.

- Shots were 37-36 for UNB with period totals of  11-17, 11-8, 9-9, and 6-2.

- Special teams were a struggle for the V-Reds tonight. They went 0 for 5 on the power play while the Panthers converted on 3 out of 8 opportunities. UNB has now surrendered 7 power play goals in their last 3 games.

- Keevin Cutting and Braes were both +3 on the night. Ben Shutron was the only player on UNB who was a minus (-1).

- UPEI won 48 out of the 94 face-offs in the game. Both Chris Culligan (9 for 23) and Taylor MacDougall (2 for 11) had off nights while Dylan Willick (12 for 17) was solid.

- Attendance was 1252.

- Both games held in Charlottetown between these two teams this season were decided past regulation time. UNB won 3-2 in a shootout back on November 6th.

- UNB has now won 7 in a row after being embarrassed 7-2 by St. FX in their first game of the 2nd half.

- In other games around the AUS tonight, Acadia doubled up St. FX 4-2 in Wolfville and Moncton picked up a 5-1 road victory over St. Thomas.

- UNB is back at home next weekend as they host St. FX on Friday night and Saint Mary's on Saturday. Game time is scheduled for 7PM for both contests.