Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hockey Is Back!

The off-season will officially come to an end tomorrow night when the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds host the OUA's McGill Redmen at the AUC. Puck drop is scheduled for the usual 7PM.

This will be the first time since 2006 the V-Reds have opened their exhibition schedule at home and they will be welcoming a familiar out of conference opponent in the Redmen. It will mark the 10th meeting all-time between the two storied programs - and 6th since 2009 - with UNB winning 8 out of the first 9 match-ups, including the last 6 in a row, and out-scoring McGill 51-22 in the process.

The last time these two played was in pre-season play in 2012 when UNB traveled to Montreal and knocked off the Redmen by a 7-2 score. Of course, the Varsity Reds claimed their 4th University Cup with a 4-0 victory over McGill at the AUC in 2011.

McGill is coming off of another outstanding year as they went 21-5-0 last year, scored twice as many goals as they allowed (102-51), and were ranked in the CIS top ten for the majority of the season. Their season came to a disappointing end, however, as they were swept 2 games to 0 against UQTR in the OUA East Finals and then lost 2-1 in OT to Windsor in the OUA bronze medal game, denying them a 2nd consecutive trip to the University Cup.

UNB has had remarkable success in recent years against CIS teams in exhibition play, especially at home. Here are some numbers:

- The V-Reds have won 38 straight exhibition games as the home team against CIS competition. 35 of these have come at the AUC with 3 games played at a neutral site. Their last loss was a 4-3 shootout loss to Saint Mary's on December 31st, 2005.

- They have currently won 14 straight exhibition games against CIS competition.

The Varsity Reds have also fared quite well against teams from the OUA:

- UNB has won 12 straight games overall (exhibition + nationals) against OUA competition, dating back to a 3-2 loss to Western at the 2012 University Cup.

- They have won 29 straight exhibition games against OUA teams, dating back to a 5-4 shootout loss to Lakehead in 2004.

- The V-Reds have won 27 straight exhibition games at home against OUA teams, dating to 1995.

- They have rattled off 23 straight wins overall against OUA East teams since losing 3-2 to UQTR in the 2003 University Cup in Fredericton.

With information from the indispensable RedSea Database