Wednesday, October 22, 2014

V-Reds Rally Past Tommies

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds trailed three different times against their cross-campus rival St. Thomas Tommies, but eventually prevailed 7-5 in a wild Battle of the Hill tonight at the AUC.

- The V-Reds got off to a good start and took a 1-0 lead 7 minutes into the game when Dylan Willick (Chisholm, Boudens) skated from out behind the St. Thomas net and took an innocent looking shot that somehow got through Tommies goalie Tyson Teichmann. However, it was STU who took control of the rest of the period, out-shooting UNB 15-13 in the frame and scoring two goals - at 14:12 and at 17:41 on the power play - to take the lead into the intermission.

- The Varsity Reds had a much better 2nd period and were able to tie the game up when Philippe Maillet (Halley) was able to corral a bouncing loose puck in the slot and net his first goal of the season at 6:07. The V-Reds then found themselves in a heap of penalty trouble as they took three penalties in 1:43 and the Tommies made them pay dearly, scoring two 5-on-3 goals only 35 seconds apart to take a 4-2 lead. UNB was able to tie the game before the end of the period as Jordan Murray (Gazzola, Mignardi) quickly answered back when he rushed down the right side, had his original shot stopped, but collected his own rebound and backhanded it in at 10:11 to make it a 4-3 game. The V-Reds power play then went to work late in the period to even the game at 4. Cam Critchlow interfered with a Tommies defender just enough at the blueline to spring Maillet to go in all alone and the V-Reds leading scorer from last year was able get Teichmann moving from his right to left and slid a backhander 5-hole. Critchlow and Gazzola picked up the assists on the power play goal at 19:22. Shots in the period were 15-4 for UNB.

- Some sloppy play by the Varsity Reds in their own zone gave St. Thomas their third lead of the night at 2:36 of the 3rd period. UNB then took control of the game, scoring the last 3 goals of the night to secure the victory. First, with both teams skating four aside Dylan Willick (Boudens, Petgrave) was able to use his excellent speed to beat a Tommies defender wide before cutting in front of the net and snapping a shot in to once again tie the game at 8:18. Then the V-Reds took their first lead since early in the 1st period on a bit of a controversial goal when Cam Braes (Brace, Boudens) was able to poke the puck into the net amid a pile-up of bodies in, and around, the crease. The net also came off its moorings, but the referee signaled that the puck had crossed the line prior to give UNB a 6-5 lead at 13:59. The V-Reds extended their lead at 15:45 on the power play when Maillet (Gazzola, Murray) was able to skate off the side-wall and into the slot untouched before ripping a wrist shot into the top corner. that would be the final goal of the game as UNB out-shot St. Thomas 16-4 in the period and 44-23 in the contest.

- Rob Mignardi was back in the line-up for the V-Reds. Tyler Carroll is still recovering from a broken hand, while defenceman Alex Wall and Adrian Robertson remain sidelined "indefinitely".

- Both teams had a good night on the power play as St. Thomas scored 3 times on 6 chances while UNB converted on 2 out of 7 opportunities.

- Attendance was 2110 on a rainy and messy night in Fredericton.

- David Shantz got his 4th straight start in goal to begin the season.

- Maillet (3 goals), Willick (2 goals), and the Tommies JC Campagna (1 goal, 1 assist) were the game's three stars.

- UNB dominated in the face-off circle, winning 50 out of 78 draws. Willick (16 out of 21), Critchlow (11 out of 18), Braes (12 out of 20), and MacDougall (9 out of 16) all had good nights.

- In other action around the conference tonight St. FX picked up their first win of the year with a 4-3 decision over Acadia in Antigonish, Moncton blanked UPEI 4-0 at home, and Saint Mary's got a 6-2 road victory over Dalhousie.

- The V-Reds are back in action this weekend and will face their toughest test of the young season. On Friday night they travel to Wolfville to face the Acadia Axemen and on Saturday night they take on the Saint Mary's Huskies in Halifax. Both games are scheduled for 7PM and can be seen online at