Sunday, March 2, 2014

Season Ends For V-Reds

It proved to be 2010 all over again for the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds as they were eliminated 3 game to 1 by the Saint Mary's Huskies after a 1-0 loss tonight in Halifax. It was a disappointing end to a season in which UNB won their 7th consecutive AUS regular season title.

Saint Mary's got all the offense they needed with a goal just over 4 minutes into the 3rd period and at the end of the day the V-Reds could not find an answer for Huskies goaltender Anthony Peters, who stymied them again and again. He turned aside all 30 shots directed his way, posting the first playoff shutout against UNB since UPEI turned the trick in 1996. The Varsity Reds had 5 power plays in the game but were never really able to get anything going offensively all night.

- Joel Vienneau got the start in net for UNB and was solid in his AUS playoff debut, kicking out 28 out of 29 shots.

- Cam Braes left the game with a knee injury in the 2nd period and never returned.

- The V-Reds have now lost 4 straight playoff games at the Halifax Forum.

- This is the first time UNB has been defeated in a playoff series since that St. FX sweep in 2010.

- The curse of even-numbered years continues for UNB. They have won National Championships in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013. They have fallen short in 2008 (lost in CIS Final against Alberta), 2010, 2012 (lost in CIS semi-final against Western), and now 2014.

- The Huskies will now face the Acadia Axemen in the best-of-5 AUS Finals. The Axemen eliminated the Moncton Aigles Bleus with a 3-2 victory tonight in game 4.