Friday, January 8, 2016

Willick, Dubeau Lead V-Reds

Dylan Willick scored a hat-trick and Alex Dubeau stopped everything sent his way as the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored a 4-0 victory over the visiting Dalhousie Tigers in what was a chippy affair tonight at the AUC. UNB is now 11-3-2 on the season and remain in 3rd place, three points behind the Acadia Axemen.

The Tigers played a solid opening twenty minutes as they bottled up the high powered V-Reds attack for the majority of the period and were able to get some quality chances on their own. However, it was UNB holding a 9-8 shot advantage and getting the only goal at 6:47. Philippe Halley took an Alex Wall pass at the Tigers blue line and left it for Dylan Willick, who was streaking through the neutral zone. Willick was able to weave his way through the defence and went in all alone, managing to just squeak the puck past Corbin Boes in the Tigers net.

The 2nd period proved to be the turning point as UNB dominated play and gained control of the game with three goals in a span of only 2:14. At 5:03 Rob Mignardi (Wall, Gazzola) was able to corral a rebound just outside the crease and backhand it into the top of the net. Just a minute later Willick got his 2nd of the night when he took a pass from the side boards from Philippe Halley and quickly fired it five-hole to make it 3-0. Peter Trainor also got an assist on the goal. Willick was able to complete his hat-trick at 7:17 while shorthanded when some good work at the UNB blue-line sprung Rob Mignardi and Willick on a 2-on-0 rush. After a number of passes back and forth it was Willick taking the shot and scoring. This proved to be the end of the night for Boes as Wendell Vye took over in the Tigers net for the remaining 32:43. Shots in the period were 17-7 for UNB.

The V-Reds out-shot Dalhousie 10-8 in the final period as the game slowly deteriorated with a number of penalties and scuffles. There were no more goals scored but there were 38 minutes in penalties handed out, including a game misconduct to Cameron Brace for interfering from the bench.

- Shots in the game were 36-23 for UNB.

- The V-Reds played their first conference game in months with a full line-up. Marcus McIvor (injury), Philippe Maillet (injury), and Mike Thomas (scratched) were all out of the line-up. Tyler Carroll also missed the game due to a one game suspension he had to serve after being assessed a five minute major penalty and game misconduct in the final game of the 1st half.

- Willick took Maillet's place on the top line with Halley and Trainor. He scored his three goals on only three shots. He was also a game-high +3.

- Willick, Dubeau, and Mignardi were the game's three stars.

- UNB went 0 for 4 on the power play, including an extended 5-on-3 opportunity late in the game. Dalhousie was 0 for 7.

- Attendance was 1823.

- UNB hit the past at least 5 times in the game.

- UNB won 37 out of the 65 face-offs with Chris Caissy winning 8 out of 11.

- The V-Reds have now won 18 straight home games and 15 straight games overall against the Tigers.

- Elsewhere around the conference tonight Acadia remained in 1st place with a 7-2 home win over St. Thomas, St. FX coughed up a 4-0 3rd period lead against UPEI but emerged victorious 5-4 in overtime in Charlottetown, and Saint Mary's defeated Moncton 4-1 at home.

- UNB is back at the AUC tomorrow night for a huge game against the 2nd place St. FX X-Men. Game time is 7PM.