Friday, October 17, 2014

Rookies Lead V-Reds In Chippy Affair

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds received 4 goals from freshmen en route to a 6-3 victory over the visiting Dalhousie Tigers tonight at the Aitken Centre in a game that featured plenty of physical play and extra-curricular activity after the whistles. The win marks UNB's 26th straight in home openers dating back to 1989. 

- UNB took two different leads in the first period only to see Dalhousie answer each time. Cameron Brace (at 4:39 from Braes, Beauvillier) and Matt Boudens (at 9:39 assisted by Gazzola) scored for the V-Reds while Pierre Vandall (at 5:05) and Mike Evelyn (15:34) responded for the Tigers. Shots in the period favoured UNB 16-6.

- The V-Reds blew the game open in the 2nd period, outshooting the Tigers 16-4 and outscoring them 4-0. Dylan Willick (Murray, Halley) at 3:37, Boudens (Petgrave) with his 2nd of the game at 4:23, Randy Gazzola (Murray, Trainor) on the power play at 5:18, and Cameron Critchlow (Braes, Brace) at 8:54 were all able to beat Wendall Vye to give UNB a 6-2 lead after 40 minutes. The period also featured 13 penalties totaling 42 minutes as tempers seemed to flare up after every whistle.

- UNB held a 10-4 adavantage in shots in the 3rd period, but it was Dalhousie who would get the only goal courtesy of J.P. Harvey at 4:13. Shots in the game where 42-14 for the V-Reds.

- Forwards Tyler Carroll, Rob Mignardi, and defenceman Alex Wall were out of the line-up for UNB. They once again played one man short as only 17 skaters were dressed.

- David Shantz got the nod in goal for the V-Reds.

- UNB was 1 for 3 on the power play. Dalhousie was 0 for 4.

- There were a total of 70 minutes of penalties handed out in the game.

- Critchlow, Boudens, and Murray were the game's three stars.

- The V-Reds had another rough night in the face-off circle, winning only 31 out of 65 draws.

- Despite not joining the team until this week Francis Beauvillier looked good in his debut. His speed and size should be a tough match-up for opposing defenses all season.

- UNB hit the post three times in the first 21 minutes of the game.

- Attendance was 2117.

- UNB has now won 15 straight home games against Dalhousie and 9 straight overall.

- UNB has also won 15 straight regular season games dating back to a loss to St. FX in the first game of the 2nd half last year as well as 9 straight regular season homes games since a 3-2 loss to St. Thomas last November.

- In other AUS action tonight St. Mary's beat St. Thomas 8-2 in Halifax, Moncton defeated St. FX 3-2 at home, and Acadia picked up a 3-1 home win over UPEI.

- The V-Reds are back in action tomorrow night when they host the St. FX X-Men at 7PM.

With information from the RedSea Database