Wednesday, October 21, 2015

UNB Tops Tommies

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds improved to 4-0-0 on the season with a 5-1 road victory over the St. Thomas Tommies tonight at the Grant*Harvey Centre. The V-Reds take over sole possession of first place with the win.

- UNB received 1st period goals from Francis Beauvillier (from MacDougall at 7:46) and Philippe Mailliet (on the power play from Brace and Wall at 9:46) and 2nd period markers from Cameron Brace (on the power play from Halley and Maillet at 2:48) and Dylan Willick (from Brace and Carroll at 6:16). Cameron Critchlow (Brace) rounded out the scoring with a tally 3:36 into the 3rd period. Rankyn Campbell scored the Tommies lone goal at 18:10 of the 2nd period on the power play to make it a 4-1 game at the time.

- Shots in the game were 31-21 for UNB with period totals of 10-7, 7-7, and 14-7.

- Etienne Marcoux stopped 20 out of 21 shots to get the win in net.

- UNB was 2 for 4 on the power play while STU was 1 for 5.

- The stars of the game were Maillet (1 goal, 1 assist), Brace (1 goal, 3 assists), and Campbell (1 goal).

- UNB won 38 out of 65 face-offs with Halley faring the best with 8 wins on 13 draws.

- Stephen Anderson, Jordan Murray, and Chris Caissy (suspension) were all out of the line-up, leaving UNB with only 16 skaters on the night. .

- The V-Reds received what might be a disastrous blow when defenceman Marcus McIvor had to be helped off the ice in the 3rd period with what appeared to be a left leg injury. With only 6 defencemen on the roster and Murray already out this meant UNB had to play the rest of the game with only 4 d-men. If either player is expected to miss significant time this could prove to be costly.

- In other games around the conference tonight St. FX handed Saint Mary's their first loss of the season by a 5-3 score in Antigonish, Moncton doubled up UPEI 4-2 at home, and Dalhousie stunned Acadia with a 4-3 shootout win in Halifax in a game the Axemen tied with only 4 seconds left in regulation.

- In a weird quirk in the schedule this year, the V-Reds (and UPEI)  have the weekend off from conference play. Instead, UNB will head down to the US to face a pair of NCAA teams. On Friday night they face the Maine Black Bears and on Saturday night they go up against the Harvard Crimson. Both games are scheduled for an 8PM puck drop.