Sunday, January 3, 2016

UNB Sweeps Concordia

The University of New Brunswick took their second game of the weekend against the Concordia Stingers with a 5-1 victory this afternoon at the AUC to sweep both games of the annual Pete Kelly Cup.

- Much like Saturday night's game, UNB got off to a quick start in this one when Dylan Willick deflected in a Matt Boudens point shot just 17 seconds into the contest. Colin Suellentrop picked up the secondary assist on the goal. The V-Reds stretched their lead to 2-0 at 18:57 while on the power play when Rob Mignardi (Beauvillier, Caissy) picked up the puck after it had trickled behind Stingers goaltender Robin Billingham and pushed it in. Shots in the period were 10-6 for UNB.

- The Varsity Reds added three more goals in the 2nd period to build a 5-0 lead after 40 minutes. At 4:23 Matt Petgrave (Murray, Caissy) got the puck after a face-off win and blasted a shot from the blue-line that went off of the post and in. Peter Trainor (Willick, Suellentrop) made it 4-0 at 8:03 when he curled off the side boards and fired a wrist shot through traffic from the top of the face-off circle that went between Billingham's legs. Tyler Carroll capped the period at 19:44 when he was the recipient of some nice work by Stephen Anderson in the neutral zone. Anderson eluded a number of defenders before passing off to Carroll, who skated down the left side and sniped one into the top corner. Despite the scoring in the period, the Stingers out-shot UNB 10-6.

- The Stingers also held a 10-6 shot advantage in the 3rd period and were rewarded with the only goal. The V-Reds took a pair of penalties at 14:15 to give Concordia a 5-on-3 advantage for two minutes and almost managed to kill it off but Anthony Cortese scored on a one-timer from the side of the net with just 10 seconds remaining in the penalties to get the Stingers on the board and spoil the shut-out bid.

- Shots in the game were 26-25 for Concordia.

- Marcus McIvor and Philippe Halley were out of the line-up. Philippe Maillet left the game early in the 1st period with what appeared to be a hand injury and never returned. Mike Thomas also left the game in the 1st period after taking a hit to the head but later came back.

- Alex Dubeau got the nod in goal. He made perhaps the best save of the season thus far when he went post-to-post to make a glove save on a one-timer that would have been a sure goal.

- Concordia was 1 for 6 on the power play while UNB was 1 for 4.

- UNB won 41 out of 66 face-offs in the game. Dylan Willick led the way with 13 wins out of 17.

- Willick was also named the player of the game for UNB. Domenic Beauchemin took the honours for Concordia.

- Attendance was 1809.

- This is UNB's 10th straight Pete Kelly Cup tournament victory.

- Cam Brace was named the MVP of the Pete Kelly Cup.

- Brace was joined on the tournament all-star team by goaltender Alex Dubeau, defencemen Matt Petgrave and Colin Suellentrop, and forwards Cam Braes, Francis Beauvillier and Philippe Hudon (Concordia).

- The AUS regular season resumes this upcoming weekend when UNB hosts the Dalhousie Tigers on Friday night and the 2nd place St. FX X-Men on Saturday night. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM puck drop.