Saturday, January 4, 2014

V-Reds Get Blasted By X-Men

Despite having an extra day of rest due to a winter storm that postponed their game against Saint Mary's last night the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds began the 2nd half of their schedule just as they finished the 1st half - with a blowout loss. The V-Reds were no match for the St. FX X-Men as they were embarrassed 7-2 tonight in Antigonish, marking their worst loss to a CIS team in almost 8 years.

The game started well enough for the V-Reds when defenceman Keevin Cutting (Kewin, Halley) scored at 8:21 of the opening period to stake them to a 1-0 lead. However, in a sign of how things were going to go on this night, St. FX answered only 28 seconds later on the power play and then took the lead with a shorthanded marker at 16:45. The shots in the period were 10-9 for UNB.

The 2nd period was one of the worst UNB has played all year as St. FX scored four straight goals, including another on the power play, within the first 16:16 of the period to build a 6-1 lead. Philippe Maillet (Carroll, MacNeil) made the score a bit more respectable with a goal at 18:39 but it was a period dominated by the X-Men, who out-shot the visitors 15-7.

The final 20 minutes were academic with St. FX just content to let the clock run down. Despite being out-shot 10-6 in the frame they got the only goal at 17:52.

-  Mike Thomas (suspension), Antoine Houde-Caron, Dylan Willick, and J.P. Labardo were all out for UNB. It appeared as if Halley was wearing Houde-Caron's #8 jersey (with no plate on the back).

- The V-Reds continue to play with an unconventional line-up of 11 forwards and 7 defenceman.

- Charles Lavigne played the first 40 minutes of the game, giving up 6 goals on 24 shots. Joel Vienneau took over for the 3rd period and stopped 5 out of 6 shots.

- St. FX was 2 for 4 on the power play. UNB was 0 for 6 and gave up a shorthanded goal.

- The three stars were X-Men Jason Bast, Spencer MacAvoy, and Brandon Hynes.

- The X-Men won 34 out of 59 face-offs. If you are keeping track, the V-Reds didn't really do anything right all night.

- Since starting the season with 7 consecutive victories UNB has only gone 4-3-1 over their last 8 games. 

- In other AUS action tonight Acadia opened up a five point lead over the V-Reds with a 5-2 road win over UPEI, Moncton defeated Saint Mary's 5-3 in Halifax, and St. Thomas got a much needed 6-4 home victory over Dalhousie.

- Six AUS teams are in action tomorrow as they make up games that were postponed on Friday night. The Varsity Reds are in Halifax to face Saint Mary's, Dalhousie travels to Charlottetown to battle the Panthers, and St. FX hosts Moncton.