Friday, November 21, 2014

V-Reds End Skid

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and cruised to a convincing 5-2 victory over the Saint Mary's Huskies tonight in Halifax. The V-Reds ended their 4 game losing streak to SMU in improving to 9-2-2 on the season, 1 point behind the 10-2-1 Huskies.

- Dylan Willick (Critchlow) just 1:10 into the game, Philippe Maillet (Carroll, Murray) at 10:30, and Philippe Halley (Gazzola, Robertson) at 12:06, were able to beat usual nemesis Anthony Peters to stake the V-Reds to a 3-0 lead. A Huskies timeout following Halley's goal paid immediate dividends as Mitchell Maynard cut the lead back to 2 goals just 12 seconds later, but Cam Braes (Mignardi, Trainor) was able to push the lead to 4-1 at 13:44 after some nifty moves in front of the net. Although Saint Mary's out-shot UNB in the period 9-8 it was a dominant period for the V-Reds, who controlled the puck and the play for long stretches at a time.

- The only goal of the 2nd period belonged to Tyler Carroll (Maillet), who made it 5-1 at 9:02. Shots in the period were 12-5 for UNB.

- The Huskies closed out the scoring 1:41 into the 3rd period when Jamie Doornbosch made it 5-2 just as their 5-on-3 power play was ending. This was part of 4 straight penalties UNB took within a 7:11 span, which resulted in a pair of two man advantages for Saint Mary's. Shots favoured the Huskies 15-8 in the period and 29-28 in the game.

- Despite playing well and picking up a big two points, it was not all good news for the V-Reds. They played two men short as Alex Wall (undisclosed), Chris Caissy (concussion), Francis Beauvillier (lower body), and R.D. Chisholm (hand) are all out injured. Already playing with only 5 defencemen things were made even worse when Jordan Murray left the game in the 3rd period with an apparent injury and fellow d-man Adrian Robertson received a 10-minute misconduct with 7:01 remaining, leaving the V-Red with only 3 defencemen. Of course, Matt Petgrave took a penalty with 1:26 remaining which meant UNB was down to 2 defencemen (Randy Gazzola and Colin Suellentrop) to end the game. It will be interesting to see what the line-up will look like tomorrow.

- David Shantz was solid in net, making 27 saves for his 8th win of the season.

- UNB went 0 for 4 on the power play while SMU was 1 for 4.

- The V-Reds had a rough night in the dot as the won only 38 out of 81 face-offs.

- Attendance was a better than usual 975.

- In other AUS action tonight the St. Thomas Tommies finally picked up their first win of the year with a 4-0 shutout of the visiting Dalhousie Tigers, St. FX used a late goal to edge Moncton 3-2 on home ice, and Acadia erased 3rd period deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to top UPEI 4-3 in Charlottetown.

- After putting a stop to Saint Mary's 7 game winning streak the Varsity Reds will now travel to Antigonish to face the St. FX X-Men - who have now won 6 straight - tomorrow night at 7PM.