Friday, October 23, 2015

Undermanned Reds Rout Maine

UPDATE2: The University of Maine Black Bears website and have both posted recaps as well.

UPDATE: The Bangor Daily News have posted their game recap.

The shorthanded University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds posted an impressive 5-1 victory over the University of Maine Black Bears tonight in Orono, Maine. It is UNB's first victory over Maine since a 7-6 shootout win in 2008. It is also the largest margin of victory the V-Reds have ever posted over the Black Bears.

The Varsity Reds came out flying in this one and dominated the 1st period, out-shooting the Black Bears 16-6, but each team managed a goal. UNB got on the board first at 4:13 when Philippe Maillet broke in on a semi-breakaway and had the puck roll off his stick when he tried to go backhand to forehand, fooling Maine goalie Sean Romeo. Despite being outplayed the Black Bears managed to head to the intermission tied thanks to a goal with 18 seconds remaining. A cross-crease pass got goaltender Alex Dubeau moving left to right, but when the puck got tied up in Colin Suellentrop's skates Brendan Robins was able to bang the puck in before Dubeau could get back in position.

The Black Bears had a much better 2nd period and was probably the better team overall, but it was UNB getting the only two goals of the period. At 14:23 Maillet did most of the work as he took the puck from the left face-off circle and weaved through the defense on his way to the net. With only the goalie left to beat Maillet slid the puck over to Philippe Halley, who was waiting all alone at the side of the net for the easy tap-in. Randy Gazzola was credited with the secondary assist on the goal. Maillet, who was dangerous every time he touched the puck tonight, struck again just 4 seconds into a power play with only 14 seconds remaining in the period. After a scramble off of a face-off to the left of the Black Bears Maillet found himself behind the defense with the puck. He made no mistake in deking around Romeo and sliding the puck into the left side of the cage. UNB would take a 3-1 lead into the final period. Shots were 11-6 for Maine.

The V-Reds were able to put the game away with another pair of goal in the first half of the 3rd period. At 4:41 Gazzola, who had just gotten back on the ice after taking a penalty, received the puck after a Francis Beauvillier face-off win and drifted a shot from the blue-line through traffic and into the top corner. Just over 6 minutes later, at 10:50, it was Beauvillier getting the goal when he ripped a one-timer past Romeo on a feed from Chris Caissy. That would be all of the scoring, although UNB kept the pressure up for the remainder of the period and had a number of great chances to extend their lead. Shots favoured Maine 9-7 in the period while UNB held the overall advantage 29-26.

- As mentioned, the Varsity Reds played the game with a short roster as Stephen Anderson, Jordan Murray, and Marcus McIvor were all out. UNB only dressed 4 defencemen and Gazzola, Suellentrop, Alex Wall, and Matt Petgrave did fantastic job all night despite all playing huge minutes.

- Alex Dubeau was solid in net, stopping 25 out of the 26 shots directed his way.

- UNB dominated in the face-off circle, winning 44 out of the 66 draws in the game.

- There were only 7 minor penalties called in the game. UNB went 1 for 2 on the power play while Maine was 0 for 3.

- Maillet was named the game's first star. Dubeau was the second star.

- Attendance was 4521.

-In conference play tonight St. FX recovered from blowing a 4-2 3rd period lead to defeat Dalhousie 5-4 in overtime in Antigonish, Acadia beat Saint Mary's 5-2 in Halifax, and Moncton got a 4-1 road win over St. Thomas. UPEI fell 3-1 in a scrimmage to Harvard.

- Up next for the Varsity Reds is a date with the Harvard Crimson tomorrow night in Boston. Game time is 8PM AST.