Sunday, February 23, 2014

2013-2014: By The Numbers

As we await the outcome of tonight's 3rd and deciding game between the UPEI Panthers and Saint Mary's Huskies, which will determine UNB's opponent in the AUS semi-finals, here is a look at some interesting stats from the regular season.

- UNB went 24-3-1 this year, tied with the 1997-1998 team for the 3rd best record in school history. Only the 2007-2008 (26-1-1) and 2009-2010 (27-1-0) teams were better.
- This was the 7th consecutive year UNB finished in first place in the AUS.
- It was also the 7th straight year they have achieved at least 20 wins. To put that in perspective, only 4 other teams (2006-2007 Moncton Aigles Bleus, 2007-2008 and 2008, 2009 Saint Mary's Huskies, and 2013-2014 Acadia Axemen) have reached that mark in the last 16 years.
- They are now 164-24-8 over the last 7 regular seasons.
- They went 12-1-1 at home this year, the 5th straight year with at least that many wins on home ice. Overall, they are 87-9-2 at the AUC since the 2007-2008 season.
- Their 12-2-0 road record was the best since going 14-0-0 in 2009-2010. They are now 77-15-6 as a visitor since 2007-2008.
- This was the 5th time in the last 7 years they reached double-digit wins both at home and on the road.
-  Their record of 11-2-1 in the 1st half of the season was tied with the 2011-2012 team for the best mark in 4 years. This gives them a record of 79-14-5 in the 1st half over the last 7 years.
- For the 3rd time in 5 years, and 4th time in 7 years, they won at least 13 games in the 2nd half as they went 13-1-0 this year. They are now 85-10-3 in the 2nd half over the last 7 seasons.
- It is also the 5th time in 7 years they won double-digit games in both the 1st and 2nd half of the season.
- Their 3 overtime wins were the most since winning 4 in 2009-2010.
- The V-Reds led the AUS with 119 goals scored this year. It is the 5th consecutive year they have led the league.
- Those 119 goals were the 2nd most they have scored over the last 4 seasons, just behind the 120 they put up in 2011-2012. However, it is still a far cry from the 136, 134, and 143 they put up in the 3 seasons between 2007 and 2010.   
- UNB allowed 69 goals this season, just behind Acadia for the fewest in the league. It is the 1st time since 2006-2007 they haven't led the league in fewest goals allowed.
- However, this is the 2nd most goals they have given up in the last 7 years, only ahead of the 71 they surrendered in 2011-2012.
- The 55 goals they scored at the AUC this year were the fewest in 7 years.
- However, the 59 road goals were the most since scoring 64 in 2009-2010.
- This year was the 1st since 2005-2006 they have given up more goals at home than on the road.
- Their 64 goals scored in the 2nd half was the highest since scoring 71 in the 2nd halfof the 2008-2009 season. 
- It was the 1st time in 5 years they have scored more goals in the 2nd half of the season than the 1st half as well as the 1st time in 7 years they gave up more goals in the 2nd half than the 1st half. 
- They scored 36 goals in the 1st period, 41 in the 2nd period, 39 in the 3rd, and 3 in overtime.
- This was their most balanced attack since 2007-2008 when they scored 44 goals in the 1st period, 47 in the 2nd period, and 43 in the 3rd period. 
- For the 5th time in 7 years the 2nd period was their most productive in terms of goals scored.
- They allowed 27 goals in the 1st period, 26 in the 2nd period, 15 in the 3rd period, and 1 in overtime.
- This was the 3rd straight year the 3rd period was their best period defensively.
- However, the 1st and 2nd periods rank as the two worst periods in terms of goals allowed over the previous 7 seasons. The previous worst was 24 goals allowed in 3rd periods during the 2009-2010 season.
- Their +50 goal differential was the 2nd worst in the last 7 years, just slightly ahead of the +49 the 2011-2012 team posted.
- They had a +9 goal differential in the 1st period, +15 in the 2nd period, + 24 in the 3rd period, and +2 in overtime.
- This was the 3rd time in 4 years the 3rd period was their best goal differential-wise.
- Conversely, it was the 3rd time in 5 years the 1st period has been the worst.
- UNB was the only team not to give up an empty-net goal this year.
- Their 34.9 shots/game were the fewest in the last 7 seasons.
- After leading the AUS in shots/game for 5 consecutive seasons they have now finished 3rd and 2nd the last two years.
- Although they led the league in fewest shots allowed/game for the 7th straight year, surrendering only 24.6, it is the most they have given up in 6 seasons.
- Their shooting percentage of 12.2 was the best in 4 years.
- UNB scored 28 power play goals and had 161 power play opportunities this year, the most in both categories in 3 years. However, their 17.4% success rate was the worst in 8 years. By comparison, they scored at least 31 power play goals every season from 2006-2007 until 2010-2011, including seasons of 48 (in 2007-2008, 29.1%) and 49 (in 2009-2010, 26.6%).
- On the other end of the spectrum, the 20 power play goals they surrendered this year were the fewest in 3 years and 3rd fewest in 8 years. This was despite being shorthanded 162 times, the most since 2007-2008. As a result, their penalty killing percentage of 87.7% was the nest in 3 years and 3rd best in 8 years, only behind the 91.5% and 90.5% marks they put up in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, respectively.
- This was the first time in three years they scored more power play goals than they allowed.
- Despite scoring 6 shorthanded goals this year, it only ranked ahead of the 4 they notched in 2008-2009 for the fewest over the last 8 years.
- Their 0.901 save percentage was the 3rd worst over the last 7 seasons. In fact, since posting a 0.930 mark in 2010-2011 they have had seasons of 0.892, 0.903, and now 0.901.
- The 4 shutouts they had this year were tied for the 2nd most since 1972-1973, only behind the 6 the 2010-2011 team had.
- This extends their streak of having at least 1 regular season shutout to 16 straight years. Interestingly, the last regular season they did not have a shutout was 1997-1998, when they went 24-3-1 and won the 1st National Championship in school history.
- Remarkably, the V-Reds have now gone 214 straight regular season games without being shutout, last being blanked 2-0 in Wolfville to Acadia on November 11th, 2005.
- Even more amazing, they are now up to 289 straight regular season games at the AUC without being shutout. The Axemen turned the trick back on November 7th, 1993 in a 6-0 win. 
- It should be noted that UNB has been shut-out a number of times since then, however. The last time they were shut-out was earlier this season on the road against Colorado College. The last time they were shut-out at home was against the NCAA's Providence College Friars on January 2nd, 2011 when they fell by a 1-0 score. The last time they were shut-out at home by a CIS team was 4-0 against St. FX on October 1st, 2005 in an exhibition game and before that it was February 18th, 1996 when they lost 1-0 to UPEI in the 3rd and deciding game of the AUS quarter-finals.
- The attendance this season was 2400/game, the lowest in 6 years.

With special thanks to Eric Drummie and the ReDSea Database