Sunday, October 4, 2015

UNB Takes Down Eagles

UPDATE 2: The UMass-Lowell website has a preview posted, which includes a number of ways you can follow the game (Video, Audio, Live Stats, Twitter).

UPDATE: SB Nation College Hockey has their game recap posted.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds once again showed their resiliency tonight, overcoming a 2-0 2nd period deficit to register a 5-2 victory over the NCAA #1 ranked Boston College Eagles in Boston. The V-Reds are now 5-0-0 in pre-season play.

- After UNB had an early goal waved off after a review the Eagles got on the board first 9:01 into the 1st period thanks to a rebound goal by Miles Wood. That would be the only goal in the period despite UNB firing 16 shots on Canucks 2014 2nd round draft pick Thatcher Demko.

- The 2nd period might have been the V-Reds best of the young season. With Demko giving away to freshman Chris Birdsall in the Eagles crease UNB took full advantage. Defenceman Scott Savage doubled the Eagles lead with a 5-on-3 power play goal just 58 seconds into the period, but after that it was all V-Reds. Francis Beauvillier (Petgrave) got the visitors on the board a 9:31 with a power pay marker and then Chris Caissy (Beauvillier, Mignardi) tied the game off the ensuing face-off just 18 seconds later. Peter Trainor (Halley, Wall) then gave the V-Reds their first lead of the night with a power play goal at 12:24. Perhaps the biggest play of the game occurred at 15:41 when Rob Mignardi (Beauvillier, Caissy) scored to make it 4-2 while also drawing a BC penalty. UNB quickly made the Eagles pay when Trainor (Gazzola, Wall) ripped his 2nd power play goal of the night just 66 seconds later to make it a 5-2 game. Despite a couple power play opportunities from each side, the teams would play a scoreless 23 minutes.

- Shots in the game favoured UNB 33-26 with period totals of 16-6, 10-10, and 7-10.

- Etienne Marcoux played the entire game in goal, turning aside 24 shots for the win.

- Tyler Carroll, Jordan Murray, and Stephen Anderson were all out of the line-up.

- UNB won 33 out of the 62 face-offs in the game.

- UNB had a strong night on special teams, going 3 for 8 on the power play while killing off 7 out of 8 shorthanded situations. 

- Attendance was 932.

- The V-Reds improve to 2-5-1 all-time against the Eagles. Their only other victory was a 5-3 triumph at the AUC in 2008. UNB had lost the last three meetings, including a 6-4 setback last season.

- UNB finish up their road trip tomorrow afternoon with a game against the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, who are ranked #14 in the pre-season poll. Puck drop is scheduled for 5PM AST.

- The two teams have met twice previously - a 5-3 UMass win in 2007 and a 3-3 tie in 2011.

- 4 other AUS teams were in action against NCAA teams tonight. St. Thomas defeated RPI 3-2 in OT, Boston University beat Acadia 4-2, UMass-Amherst blanked Dalhousie 4-0, and Merrimack College skated past St. FX 4-1.