Friday, November 28, 2014

UNB Heads To Break On High Note

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds concluded the first half of their season with a convincing 9-2 victory over the visiting Moncton Aigles Bleus tonight at the AUC. The victory improves the V-Reds record to 12-2-2 on the season and moves them into sole possession of first place in the conference.

- For the 2nd time in 3 days UNB was able to put together a 5 goal period and tonight it occurred in the 1st period as the V-Reds had perhaps their most dominant period of the season. Philippe Maillet got things started with yet another highlight-reel assist when he gathered the puck on the side-boards to the right of the goal, curled out to the blue line, stickhandled around a couple of defenders through the slot on his way to net, and found Tyler Carroll all alone at the side of the net for an easy tap-in. Colin Suellentrop received the secondary assist on the goal that came just 1:45 into the game. Maillet was at it again just 39 seconds later when he took a pass from Adrian Robertson and circled behind the Moncton goal before finding Philippe Halley all alone in the slot for a quick one-timer goal. The V-Reds continued to dominate play but weren't able to find the score-sheet again until 11:33, which opened the flood gates. Cam Braes broke in on a 2-on-1 and was able to out-wait the sliding Moncton defender before passing across the slot to Cam Brace, who one-timed the puck past Aigles Bleu goalie Brabdon Thibeau. Just 1:22 later a scrambly play at the Moncton blue-line led to a 3-on-2 for UNB in the slot. A few quick, short passes later and Taylor MacDougall (Mignardi, Beauvillier) was able to fire it home. Dylan Willick (Trainor, Critchlow) made it 5-0 57 seconds later with a shot along the ice from the slot, one that Thibeau probably wishes he had back. The shots in the period were 17-4 for UNB.

- Moncton finally got on the board with a power play goal at 9:21 only to have Willick (Trainor, Critchlow) restore the 5 goal lead at 16:26 with his 2nd of the game after Trainor was somehow able to make a fantastic pass to Willick in front while being hauled down behind the Moncton net. The Aigles Bleus got that one back just 20 seconds later, but that was the only other goal of a period in which UNB held a 16-7 shot advantage.

- The V-Reds were able to add 3 more goals in the final period. Brace (Carroll, Murray) got his 2nd of the game with a power play goal at 5:17 on a play that confirmed it was just "one of those games" for Moncton. Brace took the puck at the bottom of the face-off circle to Thibeau's right and took a shot that deflected off of an Aigles Bleus defenders stick and fluttered up and over Thibeau and into the net. UNB made it 8-2 on a weird play at 15:31 when Jordan Murray (Gazzola, Trainor) sped toward the net and took a sharp angle shot that hit off the post, appeared to cross the goal line, and popped out of the opposite side of the net. The goal light went on but play continued as the nearest referee made no signal. After play stopped moments later the refs got together and quickly signaled that Murray had indeed scored. Taylor MacDougall (Beauvillier, Suellentrop) rounded out the scoring with his 2nd of the night with a power play goal at 18:01. The V-Reds almost had yet another goal but Cam Critchlow tipped shot was ruled to have been deflected in with a high-stick. Shots in the period were 8-6 for UNB in the game and 41-17 in the game.

- Alex Wall, R.D. Chisholm, and Chris Caissy all remained out of the line-up for UNB. Moncton, for their part, were missing their starting goaltender as well as a number of other significant players.

- UNB was 2 for 4 on the power play. Moncton was 1 for 3.

- Maillet, Willick, and Robertson were the game's three stars.

- The V-Reds went 28 and 27 on face-offs.

- David Shantz picked up his 11th win of the season in net. He has started all but 1 of UNB's first 16 games thus far.

- Attendance was 2979 on Home Depot/South side elementary school night.

- Matt Petgrave received a 10 minute misconduct and then a game misconduct at 8:14 of the 2nd period after arguing with a referee when a slash on his wrist went uncalled. This meant UNB had to play the remainder of the game with only 4 defencemen, something they have unfortunately become quite accustomed over the last week.

- Every forward with the exception of Matt Boudens had at least one point by the end of the 1st period. Boudens and Petgrave were the only two players not to record a point in the game.

- Gazzola was +5 on the night. Murray was +4.

- UNB has now outscored Moncton 16-4 in their two meetings this year.

- The V-Reds have won 10 straight against the Aigles Bleus.

- After a relatively slow start to his season by his standards (3 goals, 1 assist in 7 games), Philippe Maillet now has points in 9 consecutive games (5 goals, 9 assists). Maillet and Halley (points in 7 out of the last 8 games) have definitely benefited from the return of Tyler Carroll (points in 8 out of the 10 games he has played). 

- Remarkably, the first icing of the game didn't occur until there were just under 6 minutes left in the 2nd period. There were only a handful in the entire game.

- Due to the 41 shots UNB fired on the Moncton net tonight, the Papa John's online discount on Tuesday morning will be 41% as part of their 'Shots and Saves' promotion. Since there are no more games for the year, the Tuesday morning discount during December will be 44%, which is the jersey number of Colin Suellentrop, the highest number worn on the team.

- In the only other game tonight the Saint Mary's Huskies came back to defeat the Acadia Axemen 2-1 in overtime in Halifax. Tomorrow night UPEI hosts St. Thomas and Dalhousie welcomes St. FX to close out the pre-Christmas break schedule.

- The Varsity Reds won't be back on the ice until Saturday, January 3rd and Sunday, January 5th when they host the OUA's Windsor Lancers in the Peterbilt Pete Kelly Cup. Game times are 7PM for Saturday and 2PM for Sunday.