Saturday, February 14, 2015

2014 - 2015 By The Numbers

It was yet another successful regular season for the Varsity Reds, finishing in 1st place in the AUS for an 8th straight year thanks to a 22-4-2 record. Here is how this year's edition compared to the other teams in the league as well as with previous V-Reds squads.

- This was the 8th straight year they have won at least 20 games and the 6th time in that span they have reached 22 victories. They are 186-28-10 since the beginning of the 2007-2008 season, good for an 0.853 winning percentage.

- With a 12-1-1 home record it marks the 11th time in 12 years they reached double digits in home wins. It is the 8th straight year they have accumulated at least 11 wins on home ice, posting a 99-10-3 (0.897) record during that time.

- They went 10-3-1 on the road, the 3rd straight year and 6th time in 8 years they won at least 10 games away from the AUC.

- The V-Reds also continued to be a 2nd half team as their 12-2-0 record this year marked the 3rd straight year and 6th time in 8 years they had a better record in the 2nd half of the season than the 1st.

- For the 6th straight year the V-Reds led the AUS in goals scored (118). They have finished in the top-2 in goals scored every season since 2003-2004.

- After finishing 2nd last year in goals allowed, breaking a streak of 6 straight years leading the league, UNB was once again the leader this year with only 61 goals given up.

- UNB scored 61 goals at home this year, their most since scoring 62 in 2011-2012.

- The V-Reds gave up 12 goals in the 3rd period, the 4th straight year that has been their stingiest period. It is also tied with the 2010-2011 team for the fewest goals they have allowed in a 3rd period in at least the last 9 seasons.

- However, the 29 goals allowed in 2nd periods this year was their worst defensive period since allowing 37 2nd period goals in 2006-2007.

- UNB's 4 overtime wins were their most since also having 4 in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.

- The Varsity Reds recorded 1.83 assists per goal this year, their highest ratio since a 1.89 mark in 2008-2009.

- Their +57 goal differential was the best since the +71 mark achieved in 2010-2011. It is the 8th straight year they have led the league in this category. UNB has now scored a staggering 510 more goals than they have allowed over the last 8 years. However, it is evident that the gap has shrunk between them and the rest of the competition recently as they were a +302 for the 4 seasons from 2007-2008 to 2010-2011 and +208 for the 4 seasons from 2011-2012 to 2014-2015.

- This year was the 1st time in 3 years UNB led the league in shots on goal. They averaged 36.4 shots per game, highest since having 36.8 in 2010-2011.

- The Varsity Reds led the league in fewest shots allowed per game for the 8th straight year, surrendering just 22.3 per contest. They only allowed 30+ shots in game twice all year (32 at Acadia on October 24th and 32 at Moncton on January 11th).

- They out-shot the opposition by an average of 14.1 shots per game, highest since 2010-2011 (14.9/game). They were out-shot only 2 times all season (29-28 at Saint Mary's on November 21st and 29-20 at Acadia on January 24th).

- UNB scored 28 power play goals this year (4th in the AUS), tied for the most they have had in the last 4 seasons. Their 146 opportunities mark the 3rd straight year they finished 3rd in the AUS in that category.

- Interestingly, the number of play play opportunities in the AUS has gone down significantly in recent years. For the 3 years from 2006-2007 to 2008-2009 UNB had 200, 165, and 164 power play chances and only ranked 8th, 7th, and 6th respectively compared to other teams in the league. In 2010-2011 they had a similar number of chances (166), yet led the league. In the last 3 years the league leader has had 160, 172, and 157 man advantages.

- The Varsity Reds had a 19.2 success rate on the power play this year. It was their highest in 5 years, but still only ranked 4th in the league. UNB has not had a power play ranked higher than 3rd in that stretch.

- UNB was 2nd in the league in giving up only 1 shorthanded goal, their best showing in 6 years.

- The Varsity Reds finished 2nd in the conference in power play goals allowed (22) and penalty killing percentage (84.3), although both of those marks are worse than last year (20 and 87.7), when they finished 3rd in each category.

- For the 8th straight year UNB was at least top-2 in shorthanded goals scored. Their 4 this year (tied for 2nd in the league, but their lowest in 6 years) brings their total to 57 in those 8 years.

- UNB's 0.904 save percentage (3rd in the AUS) is the 3rd straight year, and 5th time in 6 years, they have been over 0.900. It is their highest since posting an absurd 0.930 mark in 2010-2011.

- For the 8th time in 9 years the Varsity Reds at least tied for the league lead in shutouts, finishing tied for the top spot this year with 3. They now have 27 since the 2006-2007 season.

- The Varsity Reds were the 3rd most penalized team in the league this year, averaging 20.9 penalty minutes per game. This is the 5th time in 6 years they have ranked in the bottom half of the league.

- The V-Reds won 54.9% of their face-offs this year, up from the 52.9% mark of last year.

- UNB only averaged 2298 in attendance this season, the worst mark they have posted since the stat became available in 2006-2007 and the 3rd straight year they have seen a decline. It is a far cry from the 2712 they averaged per game for the 3 years from 2009-2010 to 2011-2012.