Friday, February 14, 2014

V-Reds Cruise, Set Up Battle For First Tomorrow

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds won their 12th consecutive game with a dominating 7-0 shutout of the Dalhousie Tigers tonight at the Halifax Forum. UNB improves to 23-3-1 on the season - 1 point better than last year - and maintain a 2 point advantage over the Acadia Axemen, whom they will face tomorrow in Wolfville in a game with first place on the line.

The V-Reds received first period goals from Thomas Nesbitt (Petgrave) at 5:11, Philippe Halley (Murray, Willick) while shorthanded at 12:32, and Jordan Murray (Maillet, Culligan). They added three more goals in the second period courtesy Philippe Maillet (on the power play from MacNeil) at 4:44, Dylan Willick (Shutron) at 5:32, and Chris Culligan (Maillet, Halley) at 12:47. Cameron MacLise (MacNeil, Shutron) rounded out the scoring with hist first career AUS goal at 16:38 of the 3rd.

Charles Lavigne picked up his 2nd straight shutout in goal.

- UNB went with their usual line-up as Tyler Carroll and Shea Kewin both remained out. Mike Thomas was back in after serving a one-game suspension.

- Shots in the game were 36-23 for UNB, with period totals of 10-9, 18-8, and 8-6.

- UNB went 1 for 4 on the power play. The Tigers were 0 for 6 with the man advantage.

- The V-Reds won 36 out of 60 face-offs. Taylor MacDougall (12-8) and Dylan Willick (9-2) led the way.

- Maillet extended his point streak to 10 games. Culligan and Halley are both on 7 game runs.

- This is UNB's longest winning streak since winning their first 26 regular season games of the 2009-2010 season. They won their final 14 games of the 2007-2008 regular season, eventually extending it to 21 games (5-0 in the playoffs, 2-0 in University Cup) before losing to Alberta in the University Cup Final.

- In other games around the AUS tonight: Acadia defeated Moncton 5-2 at home, St. FX picked up a 5-3 road victory over St. Thomas, and Saint Mary's used a three goal 3rd period to get by UPEI 5-2 in Charlottetown.

- With one game remaining in the regular season the standings currently look like this: UNB - 47 points, Acadia - 45, Moncton - 32, UPEI - 31, St. FX - 27, Saint Mary's - 26, St. Thomas - 14, Dalhousie - 7. In other words, tonight's results did not settle anything in terms of playoff positioning. All we know is that UNB/Acadia will finish 1-2, Moncton/UPEI will finish 3-4, and St. FX/St. Mary's will end up 5-6.

- This is the 1st time since 2005-2006 that UNB has not locked up their playoff positioning prior to the final game of the season.

- The V-Reds wrap up the regular season tomorrow night when they travel to Wolfville to face the Acadia Axemen for their most important regular season game in a number of years. A win or OT/SO loss for UNB gives them first place, but an Acadia win in regulation gives them the top spot based on their head-to-head record against the V-Reds this year (currently 2 wins to 1). Game time is 7PM and can be viewed at AUStv.ca.