Sunday, December 13, 2015

AUS Players Help Lead All-Stars Over Juniors

UPDATE: The rematch wasn't quite as exciting as Anthony Beauvillier recorded a hat-trick in a 5-0 victory for Team Canada Sunday afternoon.

St. FX forward Eric Locke had two goals and an assist, and Moncton forward Allain Saulnier had a goal and two assists, as the CIS all-star team defeated Canada's National Junior Team Prospects 5-4 in a shootout in Toronto last night.

Concordia forward Olivier Hinse, who UNB fans will get a chance to see in the Pete Kelly Cup, scored the other regulation goal for the CIS as they overcame an early 2-0 deficit to rally for the win.

After Mitchell Stevens (33rd overall, 2015, Tampa Bay) and Travis Dermott (34th overall, 2015, Toronto), on the power play, gave Team Canada a 2-0 lead 12:35 into the game Locke, a former NHL draft pick himself, responded 23 seconds later to make it 2-1 and Hinse scored just 15 seconds after that to tie it up.

The CIS took their first lead of the game at 16:20 of the 2nd period on Saulnier's marker but Julien Gauthier (projected 1st round pick, 2016) responded with a power play goal at 18:27 to tie the game at 3 heading into the final frame.

Locke's second goal of the night, this one with the man advantage, restored the CIS' lead at 7:22. However, Team Canada once again managed to tie it back up with Anthony Beauvillier (28th overall, 2015, New York Islanders), brother of UNB's Francis, scoring at 17:37.

Despite the CIS team having a power play to begin overtime the teams remained tied 4-4 after the five minute 4-on-4 extra session and went to a shootout. After the first five shooters were stopped Queen's defenseman Spencer Abraham beat Team Canada goaltender Mason McDonald (34th overall, 2014, Calgary) with a nice toe-drag to give the CIS a 5-4 victory.  

- Shots in the game were 44-32 for Team Canada.

- The CIS was 1 for 3 on the power play while Team Canada was 2 for 5.

- Queen's goaltender Kevin Baille went the distance in the CIS net.

- Attendance was 506.

- The AUS forward line of Locke, Saulnier, and Saint Mary's Huskly Stephen MacAulay combined for 3 goals and 4 assists in the game.

- V-Reds defenceman Jordan Murray was held pointless on the night.

- Team Canada sat a number of players who are seen as locks to make the team. These included forwards Dylan Strome (3rd overall, 2015, Arizona), Mitchell Marner (4th overall, 2015, Toronto), Lawson Crouse (11th overall, 2015, Florida), and Brayden Point (79th overall, 2014, Tampa Bay), and defencemen Joe Hicketts and Haydn Fleury (7th overall, 2014, Carolina).

- The two teams are back in action today at 1 PM AST. You can watch the live web-cast here.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

News and Notes: Top Ten, CIS/World Junior All-Star Game

A few notes from around the CIS:

- The Varsity Reds remained the #7 ranked team in the country in the final CIS men's hockey rankings of 2015, receiving 72 points from media members form across the country.

The Acadia Axemen received 147 points to take over the top ranking for the first time since the 1996-1997 season, becoming the 5th different team this season to reach the top spot in nine polls. It is also the first time since Moncton in 2006-2007 that an AUS team other than UNB has been ranked number one.

McGill (135 points), Alberta (124), Saskatchewan (113), and UQTR (90) made up the rest of the top five.

St. FX (6th - 90 points) and UPEI (14th - 2 points) were the other AUS teams to receive votes.

- The CIS announced their captains for this weekend's all-star game against Team Canada's Junior Team Prospects. Alberta Golden Bears forward Kruise Reddick has been named team captain while Colin Behenna (Waterloo), Olivier Hinse (Concordia), and Stephen MacAulay (Saint Mary's) will serve as the alternates.

- Both games between the CIS All-Stars and Team Canada Junior Team Prospects will be streamed live on the CIS website. The first game is scheduled for this Saturday, December 12th at 8:30 PM AST and the second game goes Sunday at 1 PM AST. Both games will be held at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto.

For those in the area you can pick up tickets for $15 at the door beginning 90 minutes before puck drop.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

CIS Top Ten (#8): UNB Drops Two More Spots

For the 3rd consecutive week the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have dropped down the CIS men's hockey rankings. After holding down the number one spot for three weeks, UNB has slipped from 2nd to 5th to now 7th according to the rankings released yesterday.

The McGill Redmen (14-2-0) took over the #1 ranking for the second time in three weeks after receiving 6 first place votes and 123 total points from media members across the country. The Acadia Axemen (12-2-1) also got 6 first place nods and 121 points to move up to a season-high 2nd place ranking.

Rounding out the top five were the Alberta Golden Bears (12-3-1), Saskatchewan Huskies (13-3-0), and St. FX X-Men (11-2-2).

The only other AUS team to receive votes were the UPEI Panthers, who were ranked 13th in the country.

While the OUA has one week left of conference play before the holiday break the AUS and Canada West  don't resume play until January. The Varsity Reds are back on the ice for a pair of exhibition games at the AUC against the Concordia Stingers on January 2nd and 3rd.