Saturday, November 29, 2014

AUS Wraps Up 1st Half

The AUS finished up the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule tonight with a pair of games. In Charlottetown UPEI easily handled St. Thomas 5-1 and St. FX traveled to Halifax and came away with a 4-2 win over Dalhousie. So heading into the break standings look like this:

1) UNB: 12-2-2 = 26 points
2) Saint Mary's: 12-3-1 = 25 points
3) Acadia: 12-3-1 = 25 points
4) St. FX: 10-5-1 = 21 points
5) UPEI: 7-7-2 = 16 points
6) Moncton: 6-8-2 = 14 points
7) Dalhousie: 4-11-1 = 9 points
8) St. Thomas:1-12-3 = 5 points

Looking ahead, it appears that UNB has a little bit of an easier schedule than Saint Mary's and Acadia moving forward. The Varsity Reds play every team twice except for 2nd place Saint Mary's and 4th place St. FX, who they both play once and at home. They have 7 out of their final 12 games at the AUC.

On the other hand, the Huskies play 7 out of their first 8 games of the 2nd half on the road and play every team twice except for 1st place UNB and 6th place Moncton. The Axemen , like UNB, also play 7 out of their 12 2nd half games at home, but have already played 5th place UPEI and 8th place St. Thomas 3 times.

Looking at it another way, over each team's final 12 games the Varsity Reds opponents have a combined record of 82-90-20, good for a 0.479 winning percentage. Meanwhile, the Huskies face teams with a combined 86-86-20 record (0.500 winning percentage) and the Axemen face teams with a combined 96-77-19 record (0.549 winning percentage).

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.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

UNB Prevails In Battle Of The Hill

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds used a 5 goal 2nd period to top the St. Thomas Tommies 6-4 tonight at the Grant*Harvey Centre. The V-Reds are now 11-2-2 on the season and tied for 1st place in the AUS with the 12-3-0 Acadia Axemen.

- The Varsity Reds struck early in the 1st period thanks to some nice passing between the line of Cameron Critchlow, Peter Trainor, and Dylan Willick. Critchlow fed the puck to Trainor behind the net who quickly found Willick all alone in the slot for a quick one-timer past Tommies goalie Tyson Teichmann just 2:35 in to the game. UNB had the first 6 shots of the contest and were well in control until the Tommies received a power play just past the mid-point of the period. St. Thomas didn't score but used the man advantage to take back some momentum. The score would remain 1-0 after 20 minutes with UNB holding a slight 10-9 advantage in shots.

- The 2nd period proved to be the difference maker on this night as UNB scored 5 goals to the Tommies 2 goals. The V-Reds extended the lead to 2-0 at 6:31 after Matt Petgrave took a pass from Jordan Murray and fired an off-balance wrist shot from the blue-line that Philippe Maillet, who was skating through the slot, was somehow able to get his stick on for a redirection into the top corner. After St. Tomas got back within a goal thanks to a power play marker at 9:56, the V-Reds scored twice in a 17 second span. First, Francis Beavillier (Willick, Critchlow) took a pass in the neutral zone, streaked down the right side, beat a defender, and cut in front of the net to jam the puck in at 12:26. Then, at 12:43, Beauvillier took a hard hit into the half boards, but was able to find Rob Mignardi all alone in front of the net. Mignardi made a couple nice dekes to slide the puck in. Matt Petgrave picked up the secondary assist on the goal. The Tommies made it 4-2 at 16:04, but once again UNB struck for two goals in quick succession. Taylor MacDougall (Gazzola, Mignardi) used Dylan Willick as a decoy on a 2-on-1 break before firing the puck off the post and in just 25 seconds after the Tommies tally. The Varsity Reds made it 6-2 only 53 seconds later when Maillet undressed a Tommies defenceman with some nifty stickhandling before finding Philippe Halley for the easy tap-in. Petgrave was credited with his 3rd assist of the period on the goal. Shots in the period were 15-7 for the V-Reds.

- St. Thomas, to their credit, wouldn't go down without a fight. They scored two goals and hit a post within the first 3:07 of the 3rd period. Unfortunately for them, that was as close as they would get. They did out-shoot UNB 9-6 in the game, although the V-Reds held 31-25 advantage in the game.

- The Varsity Reds got two of their injured players back tonight as Jordan Murray and Francis Beauvillier both played. The good times didn't last too long though as Peter Trainor took a puck to the side of his face in the 1st period. He missed the rest of the period but came back to the bench after the first stoppage of play in the 2nd period. Right on cue though, Randy Gazzola took a puck to the mouth less than a minute later and was forced to exit. This caused a bit of a delay as the referees had to clean up a fair amount of blood off the ice. He was also able to return later in the game.

- Defencemen R.D. Chisholm and Alex Wall and forward Chris Caissy all remained out.

- David Shantz picked up his 10th win in net.

- UNB was 0 for 2 on the power play. St. Thomas was 1 for 4.

- Mignardi, Petgrave, and Tommie Colin Martin were named the game's three stars.

- UNB won 38 out of 63 face-offs in the game. Willick was an exceptional 14 and 3 in the dot.

- The attendance was 766, pretty decent considering Fredericton is currently being hammered with its first major snowstorm of the year.

- In other action around the AUS tonight St. FX defeated Saint Mary's 5-4 in Halifax, UPEI picked up a big 3-2 home victory over Moncton, and Acadia rolled to a 5-1 decision at home over Dalhousie.

- The V-Reds wrap up the 1st half of the season on Friday night when they welcome the Moncton Aigles Bleus to the AUC. Puck drop is scheduled for 7PM.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CIS Top Ten (#9): V-Reds Ranked 3rd

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds remained the 3rd ranked team in the country according to the latest CIS men's hockey rankings released earlier today.

The V-Reds picked up a pair of quality wins on the weekend - 5-2 over the #2 ranked Saint Mary's Huskies and 3-2 against St. FX - but it wasn't enough to overtake Alberta or Saint Mary's, who remained #1 and #2, respectively.

Acadia was the only other AUS team ranked, coming in at #5 this week. The Axemen and Huskies close out the first half of the season with a crucial game against one another on Friday night.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#9)

Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points. The CIS Men’s Ice Hockey Top Ten Committee is made up of media members from across Canada.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
1. Alberta (13-3-0) / 145 points (9) / (1)
2. Saint Mary’s (11-2-1) / 133 (3) / (2)
3. UNB (10-2-2) / 122 / (3)
4. Calgary (12-4-0) / 109 (3) / (7) *
5. Acadia (11-3-0) / 109 / (4)
6. Windsor (13-1-0) / 96 (1) / (5)
7. UQTR (11-2-1) / 59 / (6)
8. Carleton (11-3-0) / 36 / (8)
9. McGill (11-3-0) / 33 / (9)
10. Western (10-3-0) / 22 / (NR)

* Calgary is ranked ahead of Acadia based on number of higher-placed votes

Other teams receiving votes: Mount Royal (10), Manitoba (6).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Robertson Wins It In OT

Adrian Robertson's power play goal early in overtime helped lead a depleted University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds squad to a gutsy 3-2 victory over the St. FX X-Men tonight in Antigonish. The V-Reds are now 10-2-2 on the season and remain tied with the Acadia Axemen, one point behind the conference leading Saint Mary's Huskies. The X-Men, on the other hand, see their 6 game winning streak snapped and fall to 8-6-0.

- The Varsity Reds received a first period power play goal from Philippe Maillet (Brace, Robertson) at 13:13 only to have Eric Locke reply on an X-Men man advantage just under 5 minutes later to tie the game at 1. That would be the only scoring in a period that seen UNB out-shoot St. FX 7-5.

- Much like the 1st period, the teams traded goals in the 2nd as well. First, it was Rob Mignardi (Gazzola, Petgrave) getting the credit for a deflected power play goal at 9:51, and then it was the X-Men's Blake Gal tying the game once again with just 30 seconds remaining in the period. Shots were 7 apiece in the frame.

- There was no scoring in the 3rd period as UNB held a 9-3 advantage in shots, however for the 2nd straight Saturday night they were forced to kill off a late Tyler Carroll penalty to force overtime.

- After Carroll's penalty expired 27 seconds into the extra frame he came out of the box only to hooked seconds later, sending the V-Reds to the power play. UNB generated a number of chances and were finally rewarded when Adrian Robertson's blast from the point beat X-Men goalie Drew Owsley at 1:46 for the game winner. Cam Braes picked up the assist on the goal. Shots in the overtime were 5-0 for UNB, who also held a 28-15 advantage in the game.

- The V-Reds continue to play with a short bench as defencemen Alex Wall, R.D. Chisholm, and Jordan Murray, and forwards Chris Caissy and Francis Beauvillier all missed the game due to injury. This meant they were playing with only 11 forwards and 4 defencemen - 3 players short of a full line-up.

- David Shantz picked up his 9th win of the year in net as he continues to get the over-whelming majority of action.

- Robertson, Matt Petgrave, and X-Man Ted Stephens were the game's three stars.

- UNB was 3 for 9 on the power play while St. FX was 1 for 6.

- UNB won 34 out of 61 face-offs with Maillet (13 for 19) and Willick (12 for 19) leading the way.

- Attendance was 793.

- The Papa Johns 'Shots and Saves' online discount for Tuesday morning will be 28% thanks to a weekend-high of 28 shots in last night's game against Saint Mary's.

- It was a high scoring night in the AUS as Saint Mary's rebounded from their loss to UNB with a big
9-2 home win over Moncton, Acadia defeated St. Thomas 9-5 in Fredericton, and UPEI prevailed 3-2 in overtime over Dalhousie in a game that was held in Montague, PEI.

- UNB wraps up the 1st half of the season this upcoming week with a pair of games. On Wednesday night they visit the Grant*Harvey Centre for another Battle of the Hill against St. Thomas. On Friday they host the Moncton Aigles Bleus at the AUC. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM start.

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.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

OT Loss Ends Disappointing Weekend

Just as they did earlier this season, the Acadia Axemen scored an overtime victory over the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, this time by a 4-3 score in front of 2122 in attendance at the AUC. The V-Reds are now 8-2-2 on the season and tied with Acadia for 2nd place, 3 points behind the 10-1-1 Saint Mary's Huskies.

Philippe Halley and Philippe Maillet, with a pair, scored for UNB, who were playing a man short as Alex Wall, Chris Caissy, and Francis Beauvillier all missed the game. To make matters worse defenceman R.D. Chisholm left the game in the early going and never returned after taking a shot off his hand.

The score was 1-1 after the 1st period and 2-2 after the 2nd. The V-Reds took their first, and only, lead of the weekend just 15 seconds into the 3rd before Acadia tied it up on a power play goal just over 6 minutes later. Shots in the game were 29 apiece.

The Varsity Reds are back in the action next Friday night when they travel to Halifax to face the Saint Mary's Huskies in what is shaping up to be a must-win game.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Huskies Hold Off V-Reds

The visiting Saint Mary's Huskies scored on their first 3 shots of the game and held on for a 4-3 win over the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds tonight at the AUC. The Huskies 4th straight win over the V-Reds moves them into first place with a 9-1-1 record. UNB falls to 2nd place with a 8-2-1 on the year.

The Varsity Reds, who out-shot the visitors 31-13 in the game, received goals from Peter Trainor, Philippe Halley, and Matt Boudens. As usual, Huskies goalie Anthony Peters was the player of the game.

UNB trailed 3-0 after the 1st period and 4-2 after the 2nd period. Bouden's goal got them within a goal with just over 4 minutes remaining but the Huskies clamped down defensively for the rest of the game, not allowing the V-Reds to generate any good scoring chances in the dying minutes.

UNB will look to get back into the win column tomorrow night when the 8-3-0 Acadia Axemen visit the AUC.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CIS Top Ten (#7): UNB Moves Up To 2nd

A pair of wins over the weekend by the V-Reds, coupled with two losses by the #2 ranked Acadia Axemen, allowed UNB to jump from #3 to #2 in the latest CIS men's hockey rankings released yesterday.

In fact, every team in last week's the top ten, with the exception of #1 Alberta and #10 Moncton, found themselves with a different ranking this week.

This upcoming weekend should prove to be a pivotal one in the AUS as #2 UNB faces #4 Saint Mary's on Friday night and #7 Acadia on Saturday night, both at the AUC. Meanwhile, #10 Moncton will host Acadia on Friday before welcoming Saint Mary's the following night.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#7)

Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points. The CIS Men’s Ice Hockey Top Ten Committee is made up of media members from across Canada.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
1. Alberta (11-1-0) / 149 points (14) / (1)
2. UNB (8-1-1) / 132 / (3)
3. Windsor (11-0-0) / 112 (1) / (4)
4. Saint Mary’s (8-1-1) / 94 / (7)
5. UQTR (9-1-0) / 84 / (6)
6. Calgary (9-3-0) / 80 / (5)
7. Acadia (7-3-0) / 79 / (2)
8. Carleton (8-2-0) / 22 / (9)
9. Mount Royal (7-5-0) / 22 / (8)
10. Moncton (6-3-1) / 11 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Western (8), McGill (8), UBC (2), Saskatchewan (1).

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Varsity Reds Edge Panthers

It wasn't their prettiest game but the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds used a pair of 3rd period goals by Philippe Halley to get past the visiting UPEI Panthers 4-2 tonight at the AUC. The V-Reds are now 8-1-1 on the season and tied for the top spot in the conference with the Saint Mary's Huskies.

- The game got off to a slow, uneventful start with neither team mustering much in the way of quality scoring chances. The game picked up in the latter half of the period, but there were no goals scored despite UNB holding a 14-8 advantage in shots.

- A four minute double minor by the Panthers late in the 1st period gave UNB a power play with fresh ice to begin the 2nd frame. It only took 1:35 for the V-Reds to make UPEI pay when Matt Petgrave dished the puck off to Randy Gazzola at the blue line. Gazzola skated down the half boards and threw a pass into the slot for Cameron Critchlow to redirect into the net. The suddenly-potent UNB power play struck again just over 3 1/2 minutes later after some nice cycle work in the corner by Cam Braes and Tyler Carroll. Carroll was able to sneak out in front of the net and one-time a Braes pass from behind the goal line that got by stick-less UPEI goaltender Matt Mahalak. Cameron Brace picked up the 2nd assist on the goal. Much like last the night the Varsity Reds were in control as they were leading 2-0 and out-shooting UPEI 18-9 at one point. However, in similar fashion as last night against Moncton, UNB took two quick penalties and UPEI used the opportunity to cut the lead in half, with Reginaldo Traccitto blasting a shot off the post and in just 16 seconds into the two man advantage. The V-Reds killed off the 5-on-4 to preserve the lead going into the 3rd period, but the momentum had shifted with UPEI out-shooting UNB 11-10 in the frame. There was a scary moment with 4.1 seconds remaining in the period when Panthers forward Tyler Brown went down hard behind the UNB net after checking defenceman Randy Gazzola. He had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher with what appeared to be an injury to right leg. The refs decided to have both teams leave the ice and proceed with the intermission.

- The two teams came back out after the break and played the final 4.1 seconds of the 2nd period before changing sides and beginning the 3rd. The Panthers were able to tie the game 4:18 into the 3rd period with the 4th power play goal of the night. Matthew Brenton fired a shot from the neutral zone that hit off the end boards and bounced right out in front of the net. Panthers captain Mason Wilgosh won the race to the puck and went far-side on V-Reds goalie David Shantz to make it 2-2. UNB was able to regain the lead just over two minutes later thanks to some nice tic-tac-toe passing by their top line. Philippe Maillet got the puck to Tyler Carroll in the slot, who wasted no time in finding a wide open Philippe Halley just below the opposite face-off circle for a one-timer that Mahalak couldn't react to in time. The Panthers pressed hard for the equalizer in the final minutes, but after some tense moments in front of the Varsity Reds goal Halley was able to chip the puck past a Panthers defenceman at the blue-line and go in all alone for the empty net goal that sealed the victory. Jordan Murray and Carroll got the assists on the insurance marker. Shots in the period were 11 apiece in the period. They favoured UNB 35-30 in the game.

- Alex Wall and Chris Caissy remained out of the line-up for UNB with undisclosed injuries.

- UNB was 2 for 7 on the power play while UPEI was 2 for 6.

- The V-Reds hit three posts in the game, including two by Cam Brace.

- UNB won 47 out of 84 face-offs with Cam Braes (16 out of 28) and Dylan Willick (13 out of 21) led the way.

- Braes, Carroll, and Petgrave were named the game's three stars.

- Attendance was 2007.

- According to the RedSea database, UNB is now 17-1-0 in their last 18 games against UPEI. This includes 8 straight victories overall (6 regular season games and 2 playoff games) as well as 11 consecutive regular season wins.

- Since UNB amassed a weekend-high 38 shots last night against Moncton, the Papa John's Shots and Saves online discount on Tuesday morning will be 38%.

- Elsewhere around the conference tonight Moncton snapped their 4 game losing streak with a 5-3 win at home over St. Thomas and St. FX handed the CIS #2 ranked Acadia Axemen their 2nd home loss of the weekend with a 2-0 victory in Wolfville. Saint Mary's and Dalhousie both had the night off.

- UNB is back at home next weekend for a pair of huge games. On Friday night they welcome the Saint Mary's Huskies (8-1-1) to the AUC with first place on the line. The next night the 3rd place Acadia Axemen (7-3-0) come to town. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM start.

Friday, November 7, 2014

V-Reds Grab Convincing Win Over Aigles Bleus

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds traveled to Moncton tonight for their 5th consecutive road game and came away with a big 7-2 victory over the Aigles Bleus. With the win the V-Reds improve to 7-1-1 on the season, including a 3-1-1 record on their recently completed road stretch.

- The Varsity Reds jumped out to a 2-0 lead after a dominating 1st period in which they out-shot Moncton 19-10. Tyler Carroll (Murray) got UNB on the board just 2:57 into the contest with a power play goal. They extended their lead at 15:18 when Randy Gazzola skated into the offensive zone and navigated his way through a number of defenders before dishing the puck off to Rob Mignardi in the slot, who put it home. Taylor MacDougall also picked up an assist on the goal.

- UNB made it 3-0 just 2:06 into the 2nd period after Cameron Critchlow (Halley) cleaned up a loose puck in front of the Moncton goal, sliding it past Aigles Bleus goaltender Adrien Lemay. The game was seemingly in control, however the V-Reds would take four straight penalties over the remainder of the period, including three within a 2:41 span. The Aigles Bleus made them pay with a 5-on-3 goal at 7:16 to cut the lead to 3-1. They carried the momentum over to even strength play and scored again just over four minutes to later to get right back into the game. UNB was able to push the lead back to two goals just 2:38 later when Cameron Brace took a long bank-pass off the boards from Gazzola, streaked down the right side, and sniped a shot top corner. Cam Braes got credit with the other assist on the marker. Shots in the period were 8 apiece.

- The V-Reds put the game out of reach in the 3rd period as they scored 3 more goals and out-shot Moncton 11-4. For the 3rd straight period UNB scored early. While shorthanded Philippe Halley took control of the puck in his own zone, skated down the left side, circled behind Moncton's net, and found a pinching Jordan Murray at the top of the opposite face-off circle, who proceeded to wrist it into the top corner at 3:08. Murray would strike again, this time on the power play, at 6:26 when he took a pass from Philippe Maillet and threw a shot from the blue-line along the ice that eluded Lemay. UNB's special teams would come up big one more time on the night when Taylor MacDougall (Gazzola, Petgrave) got behind the defence and scored a shorthanded goal at 12:45, just 15 seconds into a Moncton power play.

- UNB went with the same line-up as the previous couple of games as Chris Caissy and Alex Wall remained out.

- Shots in the game were 38-22 for UNB.

- David Shantz was solid in goal in picking up the win, stopping a couple of breakaways in the game.

- The V-Reds went 40 for 76 on face-offs with Cam Braes (12 for 21) leading the way.

- As mentioned, UNB' special teams had another great game. They were 2 for 6 on the power play, killed off 6 out of 7 Moncton opportunities, and scored two shorthanded goals.

- UNB has now won 8 straight regular season games over Moncton. This includes 5 in a row in Moncton.

- In other AUS action tonight the Saint Mary's Huskies pulled out a big 3-2 road victory over Acadia, St. FX defeated Dalhousie 5-1 in Antigonish, and UPEI beat St. Thomas 6-2 in Fredericton.

- The V-Reds are finally back at the AUC tomorrow night when they host the UPEI Panthers for their first home game in 2 1/2 weeks. Game time is 7PM.

- Attendance was 1166.

CIS Top Ten (#6): V-Reds Still 3rd

The Varsity Reds are ranked 3rd in the country, according to the latest CIS men's hockey rankings which were released earlier this week.

Despite winning both of their games last weekend the V-Reds were unable to make up any ground on top ranked Alberta and #2 ranked Acadia. The top 7 teams all went 2-0-0 last weekend.

Saint Mary's (7th) and Moncton (10th) were the other AUS teams to make the rankings.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#6)

Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
1. Alberta (9-1-0) / 150 points (15) / (1)
2. Acadia (7-1-0) / 130 / (2)
3. UNB (6-1-1) / 115 / (3)
4. Windsor (9-0-0) / 99 / (4)
5. Calgary (8-2-0) / 91 / (6)
6. UQTR (7-1-0) / 87 / (5)
7. Saint Mary’s (6-1-1) / 55 / (9)
8. Mount Royal (6-4-0) / 32 / (7)
9. Carleton (6-2-0) / 28 / (NR)
10. Moncton (5-2-1) / 21 / (8)

Other teams receiving votes: McGill (9), Manitoba (3), Laurentian (2), Ryerson (2), Saskatchewan (1).

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Varsity Reds Shutout Tigers

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds dominated from start to finish in a 6-0 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers tonight in Halifax. UNB is now 6-1-1 on the season and remains one point behind 1st place Acadia.

- The Varsity Reds received 1st period goals from Cameron Brace (Braes, Maillet) on the power play at 6:37, Rob Mignardi (Gazzola, Willick) while shorthanded at 13:37, and Tyler Carroll (Braes, Brace) exactly three minutes later. Shots in the period were 19-8 in favour of UNB.

- The V-Reds doubled their lead in the 2nd period thanks to goals from Jordan Murray (Braes, Carroll) on the power play just 54 seconds into the frame, Francis Beauvillier (Willick) at 13:02, and Brace (Murray, Maillet) with his 2nd power play goal of the night at 18:31. Shots in the period were 7 apiece.

- There was no scoring in the 3rd period despite UNB outshooting the Tigers 18-6 and receiving a number of power plays.

- The V-Reds went with the same line-up as last night, as Alex Wall (injured) and Chris Caissy (scratched) remained out.

- Chris Carrozzi made his first start of the season and turned aside all 21 shots he faced to earn the shut-out.

- UNB's special teams had a big game as they went 3 for 10 with the man advantage, killed off all 8 of Dalhousie's opportunities, and scored a shorthanded goal.

- UNB won 34 out of the 62 face-offs in the game.

- Don't forget about Papa John's "Shots and Saves" promotion. With UNB firing a weekend-high 44 shots on net tonight the Papa John's online discount on Tuesday morning will be 44%.

- In other AUS action tonight the Saint Mary's Huskies scored twice in the final 67 seconds to send the game into overtime before defeating St. Thomas 5-4 in Fredericton, Acadia picked up a 5-2 road victory over UPEI to remain in 1st place, and St. FX defeated Moncton 2-1 in a shootout tonight in Antigonish.

- UNB's next game action is next weekend when they travel to Moncton Friday night for a date with the Aigles Bleus. They finally return home the next night to host the UPEI Panthers. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM puck drop.