Friday, October 24, 2014

V-Reds Fall In OT

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds suffered their first loss of the young season as they were defeated 4-3 in overtime by the Acadia Axemen tonight in Wolfville. UNB is now 4-0-1 on the season.

The web-cast for the game did not work all game so all we have to go off of is Twitter updates and the AUS boxscore.

- The V-Reds jumped out to a 1-0 lead after a pretty passing play between Randy Gazzola, Cameron Brace, and Peter Trainor, with Trainor potting the power play goal. The Axemen would draw even before the end of the period, with reigning CIS player of the year Liam Heelis scoring a power play goal with 1:29 remaining in the period.

- The Axemen extended their lead to 3-1 in the 2nd period, getting goals from Michael Clarke at 2:54 and Sam Fioretti at 15:18. The V-Reds received a late power play and it was Trainor scoring once again, bringing UNB back to within 3-2 with just 1:21 remaining in the period. Jordan Murray picked up the lone assist on the goal.

- UNB was able to tie the game with only 63 seconds remaining in the game when Matt Petgrave (Brace, Murray) scored a highlight-reel goal to help send the game into overtime and guaranteeing the V-Reds at least one point.

- It didn't take long for Acadia to emerge victorious as rookie defenceman Matt Pufahl fired a shot into the top corner for the game winner, only 1:43 into the extra session.

- UNB once again played without forward Tyler Carroll (broken hand) and defencemen Alex Wall and Adrian Robertson, who are both out "indefinitely".

- David Shantz played his 5th straight game in net to start the season.

- Shots in the game were even at 32 each.

- The V-Reds were 2 for 7 on the power play. Acadia was 1 for 6.

- The Axemen won 35 out of 65 face-offs.

- In other AUS action this evening the UPEI Panthers defeated Dalhousie 4-2 in Charlottetown, Moncton remained the lone undefeated team in the AUS with a 6-2 road win over Saint Mary's, and St. FX beat St. Thomas 5-2 in Fredericton.

- The V-Reds will look to rebound tomorrow night when they travel to Halifax to face the Saint Mary's Huskies for another big game as both teams will be looking to avoid a winless weekend. Game time is scheduled for 7PM.