Wednesday, November 4, 2015

V-Reds Get Offensive Versus Tommies

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored five times in the 1st period and cruised to a lopsided 11-2 victory over the visiting St. Thomas Tommies tonight at the AUC. UNB improves to 6-0-1 on the season, tied with the 6-1-1 Acadia Axemen for top spot in the conference. They also remain one of only two teams in the country without a regulation loss, along with the University of British Columbia.

- The V-Reds received first period goals from Tyler Carroll (from Suellentrop at 4:06 while shorthanded) and Philippe Halley (Maillet, Boudens at 6:15) to take an early 2-0 lead. They then scored three goals in 39 seconds late in the period to essentially put the game on ice with Matt Boudens (Maillet, Halley at 17:18), Maillet (Halley, Boudens at 17:39), and Taylor MacDougall (Brace, Critchlow at 17:57) doing the honours. Shots in the period were 14-5 for UNB.

- Bryce Milson got the Tommies got on the board exactly one minute into the 2nd period to make it 5-1 and then received their 4th, 5th, and 6th straight power play of the game in the first five minutes of the period. The V-Reds managed to kill all of them off but St. Thomas broke through again at 13:05 with an unassisted goal from Matt McLeod to cut the lead to 5-2. However, any aspirations for an epic comeback were quickly squashed when Cameron Brace (Gazzola, Petgrave) made it 6-2 just 14 seconds. Rob Mignardi (Beavillier, Petgrave at 16:08) and Cam Critchlow (Willick, Petgrave at 18:29) added goals before the end of the period to give UNB a commanding 8-2 lead heading into the 3rd period. Shots in the period favoured St. Thomas 11-8.

- The V-Reds rounded out the scoring with tallies from Francis Beauvillier (Mignardi at 4:46), Mignardi with his 2nd of the night (Gazzola, Caissy at 9:27), and Chris Caissy (Wall, Brace at 18:36) in the 3rd period. Shots were 7-5 for UNB.

- Shots in the game totaled 29-21 for the V-Reds.

- Etienne Marcoux turned aside 19 out of 21 shots to improve to 5-0 on the season.

- Peter Trainor was out of the line-up tonight, joining Marcus McIvor and Stephen Anderson who both remained out with injuries.

- St. Thomas was 0 for 8 on the power play. UNB only had two opportunities and failed to score on either.

- Attendance was 1736.

- The game's three stars were Mignardi, Boudens, and Petgrave.

- It was a rough night for linesman Ted Moffatt as he was struck in the mouth with a puck in the 3rd period, losing four teeth in the process. The remaining three officials handled the rest of the game in his absence.

- UNB had an uncharacteristically bad night in the face-off circle, winning only 30 out of 69 draws.

- Jordan Murray was the only skater not to record a point tonight. Alex Wall was the only one not to register a shot on goal.

- The forwards scored all 11 goals in the game. Dylan Willick was the only forward not to find the back of the net.

- Colin Suellentrop was a ridiculous +7 in the game while Beauvillier was a +6 and Petgrave a +5.

- This is the most goals UNB has scored in a game since an 11-1 exhibition win over the Nipissing Lakers last fall. The last time they scored this many goals in a conference game was in an 11-1 victory over Moncton on November 30th, 2003.

- UNB has now won 11 straight, and 47 out of their last 48 games, against the Tommies.

- Elsewhere around the AUS tonight, UPEI cooled off Moncton with a 5-3 home victory, St. FX skated to a 4-1 win over Saint Mary's in Halifax, and Acadia worked overtime to defeat Dalhousie 3-2 at home.

- UNB is back at home on Friday night when they welcome the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus to the AUC. Game time is 7PM.