Saturday, November 21, 2015

V-Reds Snap Skid

After a rare three game losing streak the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds got back into the win column with a solid 5-1 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers tonight in Halifax. UNB improves to 9-2-2 on the season and into a tie for 2nd place with the St. FX X-Men. Both teams remain one point behind the 10-2-1 Acadia Axemen.

After a scoreless 1st period in which UNB out-shot the Tigers 8-3 the Varsity Reds struck for three goals in the middle frame. Cameron Brace opened the scoring while on the power play 3:15 into the period when he took a long stretch pass from Jordan Murray to go in all alone on Tigers goalie Corbin Boes. UNB doubled their lead only 96 seconds later after some sustained offensive zone pressure. The puck was eventually worked down low to Rob Mignardi (Halley, Beauvillier), who banged home a pass from below the face-off circle and into an open net. UNB made it 3-0 at 15:46 when Matt Petgrave (Anderson, MacDougall) got the last whack at the puck during a scramble in front of the net. Shots in the period were 20-8 for UNB.

The Varsity Reds stretched their lead to four at 3:34 of the final period when Brace (Gazzola, Carroll) netted his second goal of the night, and league-leading 11th of the season, after the puck made its way to him all alone to Boes right. Brace wasted no time in snapping a one-timer into the net before the Tigers goalie could get in position. Alex Wall (Brace, MacDougall) made it 5-0 when he picked up a rebound while driving to the net and lifted the puck up and in. The Tigers spoiled Etienne Marcoux's shutout bid with a power play goal at 11:07 but it was much too little and much too late as the V-Reds went on to the 5-1 win. Shots in the period were 9-4 for UNB.

- Chris Caissy was out of the line-up, joining Philippe Maillet, Peter Trainor, and Marcus McIvor, who all remained sidelined due to injury.

- UNB out-shot Dalhousie 37-15 in the game.

- Each team had a power play goal in the game as UNB had 8 opportunities while Dalhousie had 6.

- UNB won 42 out of the 68 face-offs with Dylan Willick (12 out of 16) leading the way for the V-Reds.

- Gazzola, Brace, and Carroll were all a game-high +3.

- Brace, Gazzola, and Marcoux were the game's three stars.

- Attendance was 140.

- UNB has now won 14 straight games against Dalhousie, including 7 in a row on the road.

- In other action around the conference tonight the other three road teams also emerged victorious - Acadia demolished St. Thomas 12-2 in Fredericton, Saint Mary's picked up a 3-2 overtime victory in Moncton, and UPEI hung on for a 2-1 win in Antigonish.

- The V-Reds are back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Moncton for a game against the Aigles Bleus. Game time is 7PM and can be seen on AUStv.ca. The two teams will tangle again on Friday night at the AUC in the last game before the Christmas break.