Sunday, January 11, 2015

Carrozzi, V-Reds Shut Down Aigles Bleus

The University of New Brunswick moved back atop the AUS standings thanks to a 5-0 road victory over the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus this afternoon. The V-Reds 6th straight win improves their record to 14-2-2 on the year, one point ahead of the Acadia Axemen with one game in hand.

- UNB struck for two goals in each of the game's first two periods and a single in the final frame. Scoring for UNB were Cam Braes (from Brace and Carroll 1:36 into the game), Philippe Halley (from Braes and Brace at 11:14 of the 1st period), Alex Wall with his 1st as a V-Red (from Halley and Fraser 8:15 into the 2nd period), Francis Beauvillier (assisted by Critchlow at 13:27 of the 2nd) and Critchlow (assisted by Wall and Trainor at 14:53 of the 3rd).

- Shots in the game favoured UNB 42-32, with period totals of 12-20, 20-3, and 10-9.

- Perhaps the turning point in the game came with 5:16 remaining in the 1st period and UNB leading 2-0. V-Reds defenceman Colin Suellentrop was assessed a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for checking to the head. Just over two minutes later Critchlow took a penalty, so not only did Moncton have a 5 minute power play, but two of those minutes were spent with a 5-on-3 advantage. The V-Reds penalty kill, and goaltender Chris Carrozzi especially, came up huge in killing it off despite Moncton generating 8 or 9 shots over the 5 minutes.

- Matt Petgrave returned to the line-up for UNB after sitting out Friday night due to a game misconduct he received in the final game of the 1st half against Moncton. Chris Caissy was also back in the line-up to replace Taylor MacDougall, who left Friday night's game in the 1st period and did not return. Matt Boudens and R.D. Chisholm were also out this afternoon.

- UNB was 0 for 4 on the power play while Moncton was 0 for 7.

- As mentioned, Chris Carrozzi received the start for the V-Reds today and turned in another good game. He has recorded a shut-out in both conference games he has played thus far this season.

- UNB has now given up 2 goals in their last 3 games (1 against Windsor last Sunday, 1 against UPEI on Friday, 0 today).

- Moncton won 40 out of the 77 face-offs in the game.

- Suellentrop will most likely be suspended for Wednesday's game against STU due to his game misconduct today.

- UNB continues their recent domination of the Aigles Bleus, now having won 11 straight game against their provincial rivals. They have won the three games this year by a combined score of 21-4.

- This was the only AUS game on the schedule today. Last night seen St. FX rally from a 2-0 3rd period deficit to stun Acadia 4-2 in Antigonish, Saint Mary's defeat Dalhousie 5-1 in the Battle of Halifax, and UPEI pick up a road victory by taking care of St. Thomas 6-1.

- UNB's next game will be this upcoming Wednesday night when they take on St. Thomas at the Grant*Harvey Centre in the latest installment of the Battle of the Hill. Game time is 7PM.