Monday, November 30, 2015

Murray Chosen To CIS All-Star Team

Earlier today the CIS announced the roster that will partake in a two game series against Canada's National Junior Team prospects on December 12th and 13 in Toronto. Varsity Reds 3rd year defenceman Jordan Murray was one of 23 CIS players from across the country to be named to the all-star team.

The 6'1", 205 pound Murray is enjoying another outstanding season on UNB's blueline. After seasons of 20 points and 23 points the native of Riverview, New Brunswick has 3 goals and 8 assists to go along with a +6 rating in 14 games thus far this season. Perhaps more impressively, he has done all of this while being forced to play a ton playing a ton of minutes and being relied on defensively more than ever before as the V-Reds have played with less than a full stable of defencemen in almost every game this year.

Murray talks about his selection below:


The all-star team is made up of 6 players each from the AUS and Canada West and 11 players from the OUA. No AUS team could have more than one representative.

Other AUS players on the team include Dalhousie goaltender Corbin Boes, Acadia Axemen defenceman Matthew Pufahl, St. FX forward Eric Locke, Saint Mary's forward Stephen MacAulay, and Moncton forward Alex Saulnier. Former Acadia Axemen forward and captain Liam Heelis, who is now playing his 5th year for McGill, was also named to the team.

The team is coached by Guelph head coach Shawn Camp with Brett Gibson (Queen's), Darren Burns (Acadia), and Mike Sirant (Manitoba) serving as the assistants.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

AUS Wraps Up 1st Half

The 1st half of the AUS men's hockey schedule wrapped up this evening with a pair of games. In Charlottetown the UPEI Panthers got a 3rd period goal to get past St. Thomas 4-3. Meanwhile, in Halifax the St FX X-Men held on for a 2-1 victory over the Saint Mary's Huskies. With each team having now played 15 games here is how the standings look:

1) Acadia Axemen: 12-2-1 = 25 points
2) St. FX X-Men: 11-2-2 = 24 points
3) UNB Varsity Reds: 10-3-2 = 22 points
4) UPEI Panthers: 8-6-1 = 17 points
5) Saint Mary's Huskies: 7-6-2 = 16 points
6) Moncton Aigles Bleus: 7-6-2 = 16 points
7) Dalhousie Tigers: 4-9-2 = 10 points
8) St. Thomas Tommies: 1-13-1 = 3 points

Friday, November 27, 2015

V-Reds Enter Break On High Note

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds looked more like the team we have become accustomed to seeing as they ended the 1st "half" of the season with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus tonight at the AUC. UNB heads into the Christmas break with a 10-3-2 record and are currently tied with the 10-2-2 St. FX X-Men for 2nd place in the AUS, 3 points behind the 12-2-1 Acadia Axemen.

The game got off to a bit of an inauspicious start for the V-Reds as they out-shot Moncton 20-4 in a dominant opening period. However, the game remained scoreless despite UNB also receiving the only three power plays in the period thanks to the stellar work of Adrien Lemay in the Moncton goal.

The V-Reds were finally rewarded for their hard work at 5:10 of the 2nd period on their 26th shot of the night when Dylan Willick (Suellentrop, Boudens) converted after a great individual effort in which he stripped a defender of the puck at the Moncton blueline, skated down the right side, drove hard to the net, and beat Lemay from in close. It only took UNB 70 seconds to strike again and double their lead. After Randy Gazzola banked the puck off the glass in his own zone, Cameron Brace got to the puck first in the neutral zone and split the defense to go in all alone. Brace went forehand to backhand to beat Lemay for the 2-0 lead. Tyler Carroll also picked up an assist on the goal. The V-Reds kept the pressure on and made it 3-0 on their 5th power play of the night at 9:41 after Jordan Murray worked it down low to Stephen Anderson who found Rob Mignardi in the slot for the one-timer over Lemay's shoulder. Things got interesting late in the period when Carroll was assessed a 5 minute major and game misconduct for a hit to the head while UNB was already down a man, but the V-Reds got a huge break when Moncton took a penalty just 10 seconds into the 5-on-3 to relieve some of the tension. They would kill off the remaining 2:50 of the penalty to come out of period unscathed. Shots in the period were 14-10 for UNB.

Moncton got on the board 2:50 into the 3rd period when Victor Beaulac shoveled the puck past Etienne Marcoux to make it 3-1 but that was as close as they would get. The V-Reds got the goal back at 15:40 when Gazzola sprung a streaking Francis Beauvillier for a breakaway right up the middle of the neutral zone. Lemay got a piece of Beauvillier's snap shot but not enough to prevent it from trickling in for a 4-1 lead. Chris Caissy was credited with the secondary assist on what proved to be the final goal of the night. Shots favoured UNB 17-9 in the period and 52-23 in the game.

- UNB played with only 15 skaters - and 4 defenceman - as Marcus McIvor, Alex Wall, Philippe Maillet, and Peter Trainor were all out.

- To make things even more interesting the V-Reds had 2 players receive 10-minute misconducts (Halley, Caissy) to go along with Carroll's game misconduct. 

- Moncton was 0 for 3 on the power play. UNB scored once on eight opportunities.

- Brace, Murray, and Marcoux were named the three stars of the game.

- UNB won 39 out of the 73 face-offs in the game.

- Attendance was a season-high 3279 on North Side elementary school/Home Depot night.

- Murray and Brace were both +3 on the night.

- Willick had 9 shots in the game.

- Brace enters the break leading the conference in both goals (13) and points (24).

- The five National Championship banners have been replaced with newer ones that provide a more consistent look. The old ones were just the ones the team had received from the CIAU/CIS at the time of the event so each banner had it's own distinct look.

- The traditional 50/50 was brought back after the jackpot for the new Shoot for Seven game was claimed during the last home game.  

- It was announced that UNB will host the OUA's Concordia Stingers for two games in this year's Pete Kelly Cup. The games are scheduled for January 2nd and 3rd at the AUC.

- In other AUS action tonight Acadia broke open a 1-1 game with 4 3rd period goals en route to a 5-1 win over Dalhousie in Wolfville. The UPEI/St. Thomas game was postponed due to weather conditions on the Confederation Bridge and will play Saturday night instead. St. FX and Saint Mary's will also play tomorrow night to wrap up their 1st half schedules.

- So ends what has been a trying (at times) 1st half for the Varsity Reds, especially when it comes to injuries. The good news is that reinforcements should be on the way for the stretch run. Cam Braes and Mike Thomas should both be back in the line-up in the 2nd half which will provide a huge boost. Also, hopefully the time off will allow the current injured players to get healthy. Further, keep in mind that UNB is still one player short of the roster cap so it wouldn't be a surprise to see an addition - hopefully a defenceman - over the Christmas break. It will be nice to be able to see a full, 18-skater roster being iced every night, which is something that hasn't happened very often thus far this season. We will be sure to keep you posted on any happenings between now and January.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

UNB Embarassed In Moncton

There really isn't anything good to say about the V-Reds 7-4 loss tonight to the Aigles Bleus. It was a fitting end to a disastrous 5 game road trip in which they went 1-3-1 and fell into 3rd place. This is just not a good team right now as the injuries are undoubtedly starting to take their toll. Fortunately there is only one game remaining before a very much needed Christmas break.




CIS Top Ten (#7): V-Reds Slip Again

For the 2nd consecutive week there is a new team to beat in the CIS as the Saskatchewan Huskies are ranked as the top team in the country according to the latest men's hockey rankings released yesterday. Meanwhile, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have fallen to the 5th spot, the first time they have been outside the top-3 since the end of the 2013-2014 season.

The Huskies (12-2-0), ranked number one for the first time in three years, received 6 first place nods and 143 points overall to barely edge the McGill Redmen (12-2-0) who also received 6 first place votes and 142 points.

Rounding out the top five are the Alberta Golden Bears (10-3-1), Acadia Axemen (10-2-1), and the Varsity Reds (9-2-2).

Other AUS teams receiving votes were the St. FX (9-2-2) X-Men, who were ranked 6th, and the Saint Mary's Huskies (15th).

The V-Reds close out the first half of the schedule with a home-and-home series against the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus. The two teams meet tonight in Moncton and Friday in Fredericton. Both games are scheduled for 7PM.

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.




Friday, November 20, 2015

V-Reds Lose Again

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds trailed 3-1 after the 1st period, squared the game at 3 in the 2nd period, but fell behind shortly after and were never able to recover as they dropped a 6-5 decision to the St. FX X-Men tonight in Antigonish. UNB has now lost 3 straight conference games for the first time since the 2005-2006 season and are 8-2-2 on the season. Their 18 points place them 3rd in the conference behind the 9-1-2 X-Men and 9-2-1 Acadia Axemen.

Scoring for the V-Reds were Chris Caissy, Rob Mignardi, Cam Critchlow, Cameron Brace, and Francis Beauvillier.

Alex Dubeau played the first period before giving way to Etienne Marcoux for the final 40 minutes.

UNB will look to salvage a victory in the final game of their four game road trip through Nova Scotia when they travel to Halifax for a date with the Dalhousie Tigers tomorrow night. Game time is 7PM.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

CIS All-Stars, World Junior Prospects To Play Exhibition Games

The CIS and Hockey Canada has announced a two game exhibition series pitting a team of CIS all-stars against Canada's National World Junior Team prospects in preparation of the IIHF World Junior Championships.

The games will be played at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto on Saturday, December 12th at 7:30 PM EST and Sunday, December 13th at 12:00 PM EST.

The CIS team will consist of 23 players - 11 from the OUA and 6 each from the AUS and Canada West - and is expected to be announced on November 30th. The coaching staff will also include representation from all three conferences and will be unveiled by the end of the month.

Hockey Canada will announce the players invited to Canada's National Junior Team selection camp on December 1st and these two games could play a big role in what players will make the final roster, to be announced on December 20th.

The CIS and Hockey Canada have teamed up for games in the past in preparation of the World Juniors, but usually the CIS "All-Stars" team is made up of players from two or three universities, or a single conference. For example, last year the team was made up of players from Ryserson, York, and Toronto. So it should be interesting to see how an actual all-star team made up of players from all over the country fare against some of the top NHL prospects in the country. It will also be interesting to see how the CIS puts the team together, whether they pick a team full of high scoring skilled players or a more balanced team with a 2-3 scoring lines and a checking line. Either way, UNB should have a number of players that will undoubtedly draw interest from the CIS coaching staff to participate in the game.

CIS Top Ten (#6): McGill Moves Past UNB

An 0-1-1 weekend from the previously number one ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds was enough for the McGill Redmen to take over the top spot in the latest CIS men's hockey rankings released yesterday.

UNB (8-1-2) had held the number one ranking for the previous three weeks but a 4-3 overtime loss to Acadia and a 4-2 loss to Saint Mary's last weekend caused them to fall into 2nd spot behind the Redmen (11-1-0). McGill received 10 out of 16  first place votes and 145 points from media members from across the country while UNB was awarded 3 first place votes and 138 points.

Saskatchewan (10-2-0), Alberta (8-3-1), and Acadia (8-2-1) rounded out the top five.

St. FX (8-1-2) was ranked 6th while Moncton and Saint Marys were 11th and 12th, respectively.

The V-Reds will face the X-Men in a first place showdown on Friday night in Antigonish before traveling to Halifax for a date with the Dalhousie Tigers the following night. Both games are scheduled for 7PM.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Late Goals Do In V-Reds

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds fell behind 2-0 after the 1st period, rallied to tie the game early in the 3rd period, but gave up two goals in the final 6 minutes to lose 4-2 against the Saint Mary's Huskies tonight in Halifax. UNB is now 8-1-2 on the season and tied with St. FX for 1st place after a disappointing weekend in which they only picked up a single point.

- Scoring for UNB were Jordan Murray (Brace, Caissy) on a 5-on-3 power play at 12:34 of the 2nd period and Philippe Halley (Carroll, Gazzola) at 1:45 of the 3rd, which tied the game at 2.

- UNB went with the same line-up as last night with Peter Trainor, Philippe Maillet, and Marcus McIvor all still out due to injury.

- Etienne Marcoux got the call in net and fell to 6-1-0 on the season.

- The V-Reds out-shot the Huskies 33-30 in the game, including 15-8 in the 3rd period when they forced Huskies goalie Cole Cheveldave to make numerous big saves to keep the game tied.

- SMU went 2 for 5 on the power play and UNB was 1 for 7.

- The Huskies won 42 out of the 71 face-offs in the game.

- In other AUS action tonight the Acadia Axemen tied the game with 18 seconds left before Kyle Farrell scored his 4th overtime winner of the season in a 6-5 home win over UPEI, St. FX moved into a first place tie with UNB with a 4-1 victory in Moncton against the Aigles Bleus, and Dalhousie outlasted St. Thomas 1-0 in a shootout in Fredericton.

- After 11 games the AUS standings look like this: UNB (8-1-2=18 points), St. FX (8-1-2=18), Acadia (8-2-1=17), Moncton (6-4-1=13), Saint Mary's (6-4-1=13, UPEI  (5-5-1=11), Dalhousie (3-6-2=8), and St. Thomas (0-10-1=1).

- Things don't get any easier for the V-Reds as their next game will be Friday night in Antigonish against the St. FX X-Men with 1st place on the line. Game time is 7PM and can be seen on AUStv.ca.

- We want to give a shout out to head coach Miles Pinsent and his #2 ranked UNB men's soccer team as they defeated the Universite du Quebec a Montreal 3-2 in today's CIS semi-final. We wish them all the best as they face the host and #1 ranked York Lions in tomorrow's CIS championship match.

Friday, November 13, 2015

V-Reds Fall In OT

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds could not hold on to a 3-1 2nd period lead as they lost 4-3 in overtime against the Acadia Axemen tonight in Wolfville. UNB is now 8-0-2 on the season with both losses coming at the hands of the Axemen.

- Acadia took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal just over five minutes into the 1st period, but after that it was all V-Reds as they received goals from Jordan Murray (Mignardi) at 12:18 and Rob Mignardi (Beauvillier, Caissy) while on the power play at 17:01 to take a 2-1 lead into the intermission.

- Alex Wall (Caissy, Beauvillier) scored UNB's 2nd power play goal of the night at 6:46 of the 2nd period to build a 3-1 lead, however the Axemen answered with yet another goal with the man advantage at 14:48 to get back within a goal at 3-2.

- The Axemen had the better chances in 3rd period and were rewarded with the tying goal at 11:06. This set the stage for yet another overtime game between these two clubs and after coming up short on a 4-on-3 power play Axemen Kyle Farrell poked in a loose puck in the crease at 3:32 of the extra frame for his 3rd overtime winner of the season to give Acadia the victory.

- Stephen Anderson made his season debut while Colin Suellentrop returned to the line-up. Peter Trainor, Philippe Maillet, and Marcus McIvor all remained out due to injury.

- Shots in the game were 33-27 for Acadia.

- Alex Dubeau suffered the overtime loss, but made a number of high quality saves in the 3rd period to preserve the regulation tie.

- 5 out of the last 6 regular season games between these two teams have gone to overtime or a shoot-out. Acadia has won 4 of those games.

- UNB hasn't won a 1st half game in Wolfville since 2009. They have now gone 0-4-3 during that span.

- UNB went 2 for 4 on the power play while Acadia was 2 for 7. The Axemen entered the game having killed off all 47 of their shorthanded chances this season.

- Mignardi, Boston Leier (two goals), and Farrell (overtime winner) were the game's three stars.

- Attendance was 1936.

- The V-Reds won 35 out of the 65 face-offs.

- Elsewhere in the AUS tonight UPEI defeated Saint Mary's 3-2 in overtime in Halifax, St. FX skated to a 4-1 road decision over St. Thomas, and Moncton rolled over Dalhousie 6-1 on home ice.

- The V-Reds are back in action tomorrow night when they look to rebound against the Saint Mary's Huskies. Game time is 7PM in Halifax.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

New Podcast

UNB Law student Matt Ryder has uploaded the 2nd episode of the UNB Hockey podcast. In this week's edition he talks to head coach Gardiner MacDougall about the week that was, the upcoming road trip, the team's injury situation (and who is expected back in the line-up this weekend), the return of the University Cup to Fredericton, and hands out his "game changer of the week".

Ryder also talks to V-Reds team captain Cameron Critchlow. They discuss the team's recent performance against Acadia/Saint Mary's, the adjustment of balancing school and hockey in the QMJHL and the CIS, the Blue Jays, and the role of a student-athlete in Fredericton among other things. 

CIS Top Ten (#5): UNB Remains In Top Spot

As expected, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds retained their position as the top team in latest CIS men's hockey rankings.

The V-Reds, who are now the lone team in the CIS without a regulation loss, had an impressive week in racking up 11-2, 5-1, and 4-2 wins over St. Thomas, Moncton, and UPEI respectively to improve to 8-0-1 on the season. They received 14 out of the 15 first place votes and 149 points from the panel of media members from across the country.

The Saskatchewan Huskies (9-1-0) picked up the other 1st place vote and 133 points to remain in 2nd place while McGill (9-1-0) overtook Alberta (6-3-1) for the 3rd spot. The UQTR Patriotes (8-1-1) rounded out the top five.

Other AUS teams receiving votes included Acadia (6th), St. FX (7th), and Moncton (10th).

The V-Reds will face perhaps their toughest task of the season this weekend when they go on the road to face Acadia on Friday night and Saint Mary's on Saturday night. It is likely they will still be short a few players due to injuries for both contests.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Gutsy Effort Leads To Victory

Despite playing four players short the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored three 3rd period goals to come up with a big 4-2 road win tonight against the UPEI Panthers in the always tough confines of the MacLauchlan Arena. UNB is now 8-0-1 on the season, three points clear of the 6-1-2 St. FX X-Men atop the conference.

Once again the Varsity Reds got off to a fantastic start - out-shooting UPEI 19-5 in the 1st period - but once again they ran into a hot goalie as Matt Mahalak made sure the game remained scoreless after the first 20 minutes. UNB did catch a break when the Panthers had a goal waved off when the referee blew the whistle just before the puck trickled through the legs of goalie Etienne Marcoux.

Despite being outplayed the Panthers jumped out front 4:35 into the 2nd period when the red hot Brent Andrews streaked down the left side and wired a shot into the top corner. The V-Reds were able to respond less than three minutes later after some sustained pressure in the Panthers zone. Matt Petgrave (Brace, Boudens) got the puck at the blue line and threw a soft shot towards the net that somehow made its way through a maze off bodies and in. However, the Panthers struck right back 2:21 later when Marcoux got caught out of the net after making a save and Marcus Power was able to take advantage of the ensuing scramble with an easy tap-in for a 2-1 lead. The V-Reds had a great opportunity late in the period when they had 94 seconds of 5-on-3 time, but the Panthers stood tall to preserve their lead heading into the 3rd period. Shots in the period were 18-9 for UNB.

The Varsity Reds dug deep in the 3rd period and were rewarded with three goals and the win. After killing off an early penalty Dylan Willick (Boudens, Murray) knotted the game 2-2 when Boudens began to circle behind the net before throwing the puck behind him against the flow of the cycle and out front where Willick was waiting to shoot it in before Mahalak could get back in position. The goal was very reminiscent to the one the two hooked up on in the National Championship game against Alberta. UNB caught their second huge break of the night at 8:24 when the Panthers had yet another goal waved off - this time on the power play - after Tyler Carroll and Mason Wilgosh were called for offsetting penalties moments before the puck went in. To make matters worse for the UPEI, the V-Reds killed off the rest of the penalty and took their first lead of the night only 21 seconds later at 9:09 of the period when Francis Beauvillier threw the puck towards the net and Rob Mignardi knocked in the rebound. Jordan Murray also got an assist on the goal. The Panthers had one more chance late in the game as Petgrave - one of UNB's 4 defencemen to play tonight - was sent off for a penalty with 3:58 remaining. So not only did UNB need to kill off the power play to preserve their one goal lead, but they needed to do it with only 3 defencemen. The V-Reds penalty killers, along with Marcoux, came up huge and UNB was able to put it away with an empty net goal with only 5 seconds left. Philippe Halley did some great work stick handling around the offensive zone to kill some time off the clock before finding Cameron Brace across the zone for a one timer into the empty net. UNB out-shot UPEI 11-8 in the period and 48-22 in the game.

- Forwards Philippe Maillet, Peter Trainor, and Stephen Anderson, and defencemen Marcus McIvor and Colin Suellentrop were all out of the line-up.

- UNB was 0 for 3 on the power play while UPEI was 0 for 5.

- Marcoux stopped 20 out of 22 shots to improve to 6-0-0 on the season.

- The V-Reds went 43 and 39 in the face-off circle with Willick winning 14 out of 23.

- Every UNB player registered a shot on goal with 8 different players having at least 4.

- Attendance was 793.

- Tonight marked Gardiner MacDougall's 300th career regular season victory. To put that into perspective, the previous 9 UNB coaches amassed a total of 306 wins from 1974-1975 until MacDougall began in 2000-2001.

- UNB is back on the road next Friday when they head to Wolfville for a big test against the Acadia Axemen. Game time is 7PM and can be seen live on AUStv.ca.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Carroll Paces V-Reds In Win

Powered by a hat-trick from 5th year forward Tyler Carroll the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds defeated the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus 5-1 in an entertaining, fast-moving, tilt tonight at the AUC. UNB moves to 7-0-1 on the season and now occupy sole possession of 1st place in the AUS, with a game in hand on the 2nd-4th place teams. However, the victory may have come at a major cost as the already shorthanded V-Reds lost reigning scoring champion Philippe Maillet to an apparent lower body injury in the game's opening minutes.

For the second straight game UNB had a big 1st period as they out-shot Moncton 18-6 and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Philippe Halley (Gazzola, Carroll) got the home team on the board at 4:33 when he took a pass in the slot and rang it off the crossbar and in. It only took 51 seconds for Rob Mignardi (Caissy, Critchlow) to double the lead when he drove down the left side before cutting in front of the net and using some nifty stickhandling to slide the puck around Aigles Bleus goaltender Adrien Lemay. Tyler Carroll (Brace, Boudens) made it 3-0 at 10:26 with his first of the night on UNB's first power play of the game with a wrist shot through a screen from the right face-off circle.

Carroll struck again 8:53 into the middle period after Dylan Willick carried the puck into the Moncton zone before finding Cameron Brace for a chance. Brace's opportunity was stopped but the rebound came out to Carroll and he made no mistake in finishing off the play. The Aigles Bleus finally got one at 13:41 to pull within 4-1 after Marc-Anthony Therrien put the puck between Alex Dubeau's legs after a flurry of chances in front of the UNB goal. A big moment in the game came a couple minutes later when two out of the five healthy UNB defencemen took penalties within 28 seconds of one another. Despite being down two men, and only having 3 defencemen, for 92 seconds the V-Reds killed both penalties off thanks in large part to some outstanding work by Dubeau. Moncton out-shot UNB 15-12 in the period but each team only managed the single goal.

The V-Reds  kept up the pressure in the 3rd period, out-shooting Moncton 13-7 and scoring the only goal. Carroll was able to complete his 2nd career hat-trick at 15:44 after some good work behind the Aigles Bleus net from Brace and Caissy caused a turnover. The puck made its way out front to Carroll and he was able to snap it past a sprawling Lemay to cap the scoring.

- Stephen Anderson took the pre-game skate but remained out of the line-up along with Peter Trainor and Marcus McIvor. UNB once again started the game with only 16 skaters and got even worse when Maillet left the game less than two minutes into the contest.

- UNB was 1 for 4 on the power play while Moncton was 0 for 3. Overall, it was a very well played game with very little, if any, extra curricular activity from either side.

- The V-Reds won 33 out of the 62 face-offs in the game.

- The three stars of the game were Brace, Carroll, and Dubeau.

- Brace was a game-high +4 in the game.

- UNB did a great job all night neutralizing the league's top two scorers in the Saulnier twins. Entering the game they had amassed 33 points in the first 8 games of the season, but were held scoreless on 7 shots on this night.

- Attendance was a season-high 2180.

- UNB has now won 7 straight home games - and 14 straight games overall - against the Aigles Bleus.

- The new Shoot for Seven contest had its first big winner as Jean Marteau drew the seven of hearts, collecting $864 in the process.

- In other games tonight St. FX doubled up Acadia 4-2 at home and UPEI picked up a 5-3 victory over St. Thomas in Charlottetown.

- The V-Reds will leave the city for the first time this regular season tomorrow when they head to UPEI to face the Panthers in the lone game on the schedule. Game time is set for 7PM. It marks the first of six consecutive road games for UNB.

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.