Saturday, September 27, 2014

Power Play Helps UNB Remain Undefeated

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds improved their preseason record to 3-0 with a 2-1 victory over the visiting UdeM Aigles Bleus in front of 1,593 fans. UNB’s special teams were the difference again tonight with 2 power-play goals (2-8) and frustrating Moncton on the penalty kill (4-4). This brings Moncton’s record to 1-3 with their loan win coming last weekend in a 3-2 SO over Acadia.

Tyler Carroll got UNB on the board early in the first with a power-play goal from the face-off circle over the shoulder and under the bar on UdeM goalie Brandon Thibeau (assists to R. Gazzola & J. Murray).  UNB extended their lead even earlier in the second at 3:51 with another power-play marker from the blue paint by Cam Braes (assists to Trainor & Petgrave).  Moncton countered with 7 minutes left in the period when a wrist shot hit UNB goalie David Shantz’s glove, but tricked over and in. Moncton pushed back after that to the end of the period and messy neutral ice play by UNB was helping the Moncton cause, but Shantz made some key saves and the period ended 2-1 for UNB. UNB outshot Moncton 10-6 in the period.

The third period was pretty even for the most part, but UNB did have the edge in shots and hit 2 post, 4 for the game, that could have given the Varsity Reds a bigger cushion. A Matt Boudens interference penalty behind Moncton’s net, with 1:44 left, put Moncton on the power-play until the end of the game. Moncton took a time out with 1:03 left when Shantz covered the puck for a stoppage. Moncton pulled their goalie for the extra attacker, but UNB won the draw and was able to keep Moncton penned in allowing no shots, but there were some nervous moments as Moncton got the puck back into UNB’s end for the last 10secs – followed by a clearing shot which ended the game.

- The final shots were 30-15 for UNB while 2-8 on the PP and 4-4 on the penalty kill.

- UNB’s next game is next Saturday in Boston as they take on Boston College (Chestnut Hill) who is ranked #2, with 3 first place votes, as voted on by Hockey East coaches. BC also claims freshman talent and top defensive prospect in the upcoming NHL draft - Noah Hanifin. The next day they take on UMaine (Orono) who is picked 9th in the same poll.

- Colin Suellentrop made his UNB debut tonight. He arrived on campus earlier this week having been released by the Arizona Coyotes last Sunday.

- Adrian Robertson was injured in the first period and did not return.

- Dylan Willick was cross-checked into the boards behind the Moncton net resulting in a 5-min Major+GM for Moncton defenseman Danick Emond at the 4min mark of the 2nd period. Willick did return to play awhile later but was obviously dazed after the hit. UNB was unable to capitalize and extend their lead to 3-0.

- This is the 3rd year in a row that UNB has played Moncton in the preseason, but the first time since 1983 that they have played Moncton in a pre-season game at the AUC.

- Rob Minardi did not play as he served his 1-game suspension for his 5min-major received in last weekend’s game vs Nipissing.

- The UNB Men’s Hockey Golf Tournament is October 9th at Kingswood Golf.

Special thanks to Eric Drummie of www.vredshockey.com for the game recap. All stats courtesy the RedSea Database