Friday, January 23, 2015

V-Reds Take Care Of Business

The Dalhousie Tigers scored the first and final goals of the game, but it was all UNB in between as the Varsity Reds cruised to a 7-2 road victory tonight in Halifax. The V-Reds 10th straight win improves their record to 18-2-2 on the season and ensures a two point lead over the 2nd place Acadia Axemen heading into their showdown tomorrow evening in Wolfville.

The game did not start well for the V-Reds as they found themselves shorthanded only 36 seconds into the game and behind 1-0 just 9 seconds after that. After that they managed to get some nice chances, but Tigers goalie Corbin Boes, who entered the game with one of the best save percentages in the AUS, turned them away and it quickly began to look like it was going to be one of those patented UNB games where the opposition goalie stands on his head to steal the game. However, at 6:28 Dana Fraser (Suellentrop) tied the game and the V-Reds didn't take their foot off the gas until the 3rd period. They stretched the lead to 3-1 by the end of the period thanks to markers by Cam Braes (from Boudens at 9:15) and Philippe Maillet (from Halley at 14:56). Shots in the period were 16-7 for UNB.

The Varsity Reds quickly put the game away in the middle period, scoring four unanswered goals in the first 12:46 of the frame and outshooting the Tigers 18-4. The goal came from Alex Wall (at 1:14 assisted Critchlow and Suellentrop), Maillet (from Murray and Boudens at 4:41), Fraser (Maillet and Halley at 6:55), and Peter Trainor (Robertson and Wall at 12:46).

The Tigers rounded out the scoring in the 3rd period with a 5-on-3 power play goal at 12:06. Shots favoured UNB 12-9 in the period and 46-20 in the game.

- Matt Boudens returned to the line-up while Tyler Carroll (upper body injury), Taylor MacDougall (upper body injury), and Matt Petgrave were out.

- Chris Carrozzi stopped 18 out of 20 shots in picking up his 3rd win of the season. He had recorded shutouts in each of his previous two games.

- UNB won 41 out of 64 face-offs. Dylan Willick, Fraser, and Braes were all over 68% in the game.

- If there was one negative from the game it was the V-Reds special teams. They went 0 for 3 on the power play and are now scoreless in their last 18 opportunities and just 1 for their last 24. They also surrendered 2 power play goals on 5 chances. Perhaps more concerning, though, is that they were forced to kill off a 5-on-3 disadvantage for the 5th time in their last 6 games.

- Attendance was 110.

- Every skater had a + rating, except for Francis Beauvillier who was even.

- UNB has outscored the opposition 27-5 in 6 games since the Christmas break.

- This is the 2nd straight year, and 5th year in the last 8, that the V-Reds have had a winning streak of at least 10 games. They won 13 in a row last year, 10 in a row in 2010/11, 26 in a row in 2009/10, and had streaks of 11 and 14 in a row in 2007/08.

- UNB has had at least one winning streak of 7 games in each season since 2007/08.

- Maillet has scored 9 points in his last 3 games and now has 9 goals and 19 assists and is a +22 during his 15 game point streak. He is tied with Acadia's Brett Thompson for the conference scoring lead.

- Fraser has 7 goals in his first 6 games as a V-Red.

- In other AUS action St. FX topped UPEI 5-1 in Charlottetown, Acadia kept pace with a 6-4 home victory over Moncton, and in Fredericton St. Thomas pushed Saint Mary's to a shootout before eventually falling 6-5.

- The V-Reds travel to Wolfville tonight to face the 2nd place Acadia Axemen in their biggest game of the season thus far. Game time is 7PM and you can watch online at www.AUStv.ca.