Sunday, October 18, 2015

V-Reds Hold Off Tigers

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds gave up a 1st period goal and a 3rd period goal, but scored three in the 2nd period on their way to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Dalhousie Tigers tonight at the AUC. UNB is now 3-0-0 on the young season, joining the Saint Mary's Huskies, Western Mustangs, and Saskatchewan Huskies as the only remaining unbeaten teams in the CIS.

The V-Reds dominated the opening period both territoriality and on the shot-clock (17-8) but it was the Tigers getting on the board first on the power play at 14:41. Dalhousie moved the puck around well before finding Andrew Wiggington with time and space in front for the quick one-timer from the left hash marks that got past Alex Dubeau, making his first start of the season.

UNB started the 2nd period on the power play and it only took 34 seconds to tie it after Jordan Murray took matters in to his own hands and went coast-to-coast for the unassisted tally. Murray collected the puck near his goal line and turned up ice. He deked around a forward just inside the Tigers blue-line, split the defense, then finally backhanded a shot into the top right corner. The Varsity Reds took their first lead of the night at 7:57 just after killing off a shorthanded situation. Philippe Halley pushed the puck forward on a neutral zone face-off and Philippe Maillet was able to steal the puck from a Tigers defenceman at the blue-line before skating down the left side and firing a slap shot from the face-off circle that beat Corbin Boes. UNB extended the lead late in the period on the power play after some tic-tac-toe passing from the top line. Maillet collected an errant shot along the side boards, found Halley down low on the goal line, and Halley fed the puck to Peter Trainor as he skated down the slot. Trainor fired a wrist shot from between the two hash marks to make it a 3-1 game just 12 seconds into the man advantage at 17:19 of the period. UNB would take that lead into the intermission after out-shooting Dalhousie 17-3 in the frame.

The Tigers cut the lead back to a goal early in the 3rd period after V-Reds forward Chris Caissy was assessed a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for a hit to the head at 3:51. UNB caught a break when Dalhousie took a penalty off the ensuing face-off to make it 4-on-4, however with 1:56 left in the major to Caissy a scramble to the right of Dubeau resulted in Phil Gadoury knocking the puck out of the air and into the net to make it 3-2. The V-Reds managed to kill off the rest of the major and hold on for the rest of the game. despite Dalhousie pulling the goalie with just under a minute remaining, to pick up the win. Shots in the period were 6-4 for UNB.

- Shots in the game were 40-15.

- Stephen Anderson was once again the lone scratch.

- The game's three stars were Maillet, Murray, and Tigers goaltender Corbin Boes.

- Alex Dubeau stopped 13 out of 15 shots to pick up his first regular season victory.

- UNB won 42 out of the 66 face-offs in the game. Dylan Willick led the way with 14 wins in 19 chances.

- Attendance was 1885.

- Chris Caissy will almost certainly be suspended for a game after picking up a 5 minute major penalty and game misconduct for his hit to the head.

- To say it was a chippy affair would be an understatement. The team's combined for 121 penalty minutes on 27 infractions.

- The V-Reds have now won 17 straight home games and 13 straight games overall against the Tigers.

- In other AUS action the UPEI Panthers finished off a perfect weekend at home with a 5-3 win over St. FX, Acadia blanked St. Thomas 4-0 at home, and Saint Mary's held off Moncton 4-3 in Halifax.

- The V-Reds see their next action on Wednesday when they play their first "road" game of the year, making the 5 km drive up the hill to face the St. Thomas Tommies at the Grant*Harvey Centre. Game time is 7PM.