Friday, February 7, 2014

V-Reds Top Tommies In Feisty Contest

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds extended their winning streak to double digits with a 6-1 win over the St. Thomas Tommies tonight at the Grant*Harvey Centre in a game that was marred by penalties. The V-Reds are now 21-3-1 on the season, 2 points ahead of 2nd place Acadia with 3 games remaining in the regular season.

UNB received goals from Philippe Maillet (on the power play at 4:44 of the 1st period from Halley and Braes), Philippe Halley (from Maillet and Murray at 4:01 of the 2nd), Nick MacNeil (shorthanded at 8:25 of the 2nd), Maillet again (from Culligan and Halley at 15:46 of the 2nd), Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (on the power play at 19:10 of the 2nd from Critchlow and Petgrave), and Cameron Critchlow (from Thomas and Petgrave at 7:53 of the 3rd period). Marc-Andre Levesque tallied for the Tommies with a power play goal at 15:26 of the 2st period that tied the game at 1.

- Tyler Carroll and Shea Kewin remained out of the line-up for UNB.

- Shots in the game were only 22-19 in favour of UNB, with period totals of 8-7, 11-4 and 3-8. It's hard to remember the last time UNB generated so few shots in a game (or period), especially against the Tommies. 

- Joel Vienneau got his 5th consecutive start between the pipes.

- The game featured 41 penalties and 189 penalty minutes (22 for 92 minutes for UNB and 19 for 97 for St. Thomas). This included 11 10-minute misconducts and 2 game misconducts (Sawyer Hannay for STU and Mike Thomas for UNB).

- UNB went 2 for 4 on the power play. St. Thomas connected once on 12 opportunities.

- Attendance was 1373.

- Maillet, Halley, and the Tommies Jonathan Bonneau were named the game's three stars.

- Cam Braes extended his point streak to 11 games (5 goals, 11 assists in that span) while Philippe Maillet now has points in 7 straight (8 goals, 7 assists) and 14 out of 15 (14 goals, 14 assists).

- UNB won 37 out of 63 face-offs.

- In other AUS action tonight: Moncton fell at home to UPEI 3-2, Acadia beat St. Mary's 5-2 in Halifax, and St. FX picked up a 3-2 win against Dalhousie on home ice.

- The Varsity Reds will play their final home game of the regular season tomorrow night when they host the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus at the AUC. Game time is 7PM.