Sunday, February 14, 2016

2015-2016 By The Numbers

With another highly successful regular season in the books, here is how this year's edition of the Varsity Reds matches up with the rest of the CIS and previous V-Reds teams:

- With a 23-3-2 record this season UNB had the 2nd best record in the country (UQTR - 24-3-1) and eclipsed the 20 win mark for the 9th straight year. They are a CIS-best 209-31-12 in that span, good for a 0.853 point percentage.

- The V-Reds posted a 13-0-1 record on home ice, pushing their mark at the AUC to 112-10-4 (0.905 point percentage) over the last 9 seasons. It was their best home record since going 14-0-0 in 2010-2011.

- Although they only went 9-3-2 in the 1st half - the first time since 2006-2007 they failed to win at least 10 games - the V-Reds once again upped their game in the 2nd half by going 14-0-0 for the first time since 2007-2008.

- This has become a bit of a trend for UNB. Over the last 9 seasons UNB has gone 98-19-9 in the 1st half and then 111-12-3 in the 2nd half.

- UNB led the AUS in goals scored for the 7th straight year with 130. It was the most they have scored since potting 143 during the 2009-2010 season.

- UQTR, with 140, was the only CIS team to score more goals than UNB this season.

- The Varsity Reds allowed 63 goals this year, the 2nd straight year and 8th time in 9 years they have led the AUS in that category.

- Only Carleton (61 goals allowed) was better in the CIS this year.

- The V-Reds outscored the opposition 75-27 at the AUC this season, the most goals they have scored as well as their best goal differential at home since 2009-2010 (79-26).

- Coincidentally, they only outscored teams 55-36 on the road. The last time they scored fewer goals away from home was in 2010-2011 (54). It is also the most goals they have allowed since 2011-2012 (44). As a result, it was their worst goal differential on the road since 2011-2012 (+14).

- UNB outscored teams 66-40 in the 1st half. The last time they scored more than that was in 2009-2010 (82), but it was also tied for the most goals they have allowed since surrendering 44 in 2006-2007.

- The V-Reds outscored the opposition 64-23 in the 2nd half. The last time they scored more goals than that was in 2008-2009 (71 goals). The 23 goals allowed were the fewest since giving up only 16 in 2010-2011. The +41 goal differential was the best since 2010-2011 when they were also at +41.

- This marked the 7th time in 8 years UNB has allowed fewer goals in the 2nd half than in the 1st half, which probably helps explain why they have had more success overall in the 2nd half over that stretch.

- UNB outscored teams 38-18 in the 1st period this season, 55-25 in the 2nd, and 35-18 in the 3rd. They were even (2-2) in overtime.

- The 55 2nd period goals marked UNB's most productive period since scoring 61 2nd period goals in 2009-2010. Their +30 goal differential in 2nd periods was their best since posting a +32 mark in 3rd periods in 2010-2011.

- Although we hear that UNB tends to get stronger as the game goes along, the +17 3rd period goal differential this season was their worst 3rd period mark since a +3 in 2006-2007.

- This season was the 5th straight year they won multiple overtime games.

- Considering they ranked 2nd in the CIS in goals scored, it is probably not much surprise they also ranked 2nd in assists with 224. UQTR had 247.

- UNB led the AUS in goal differential (+67) for the 9th straight year. It was their best showing since being +71 in 2010-2011. Again, only UQTR was better this season (+75).

- For the 7th time in 9 years UNB led the AUS in shots (38.0/game). It was the most they have fired since averaging 39.5/game in 2008-2009. However, this only ranked 5th in the CIS behind Alberta, McGill, Carleton, and Windsor.

- Although they surrendered 25.6 shots/game - their most since giving up 25.7/game in 2007-2008 - the V-Reds led the AUS in fewest shots against for the 9th straight year. Only Alberta (22.8 shots/game) gave up fewer in the country.

- UNB's 12.2 shooting percentage this season.tied the 2012-2013 team for their best mark in the last 6 seasons.

- UNB won 53.3% of their face-offs this year. In the 7 years that we have data this is their 2nd worst performance, only better than the 52.9% they posted in 2013-2014.

- While playing even strength this season the Varsity Reds scored 99 goals and only gave up 38. This is the most goals they have scored and their best goal differential (+61) during even strength play in at least the last 10 seasons.

- As a result, UNB players had a cumulative +/- rating of +333 this year. This is far and away better than their next best season over the last 10 years, which was +278 in 2008-2009.

- UNB ranked 3rd in the AUS with 25 power play goals, the 6th straight year they have failed to crack the top-2 in the conference.

- 25 power play goals ranked the V-Reds 10th in the CIS. McGill led the country with 48 man-advantage goals, lapping the next best team (UQTR with 35).

- UNB tied for the 4th most power play opportunities in the AUS with 146. This is the 8th time in 10 years they have failed to finish in the top-2 in the conference

- Despite having the 4th most power play opportunities in the conference, they ranked 5th in the country. McGill led the CIS with 159.

- Interestingly, all 8 AUS teams ranked in the top 13 in the country in terms of power play opportunities. I am sure most AUS fans would not be surprised, given how many penalties we have seen called this season.

- The V-Reds had a 17.1% success rate on the power play this year. Although it ranked them 4th in the AUS (and 20th in the CIS) it was their worst conversion rate in at least the last 10 seasons. Alberta (30.5%) and McGill (30.2%) were the best in the country.

- UNB only gave up 1 shorthanded goal this year, fewest in the AUS. It is the 5th time in 9 years they have led the league in this category.

- The V-Reds gave up 24 power play goals this year, tied for the 2nd most in the AUS and 24th most in the CIS. It is the most they have allowed in the last 3 years. Queen's only allowed 12 to lead the CIS.

- UNB was shorthanded 158 times this year, which was 3rd most in the AUS and CIS. It is the 2nd most times they have been shorthanded over the last 8 seasons, only better than 2013-2014 when they had to kill 162 penalties.

- Again, it seems as if the AUS is called tighter than the other two leagues as 4 teams ranked in the top 5, 7 in the top 13, and all 8 in the top 20 in terms of most time being shorthanded in the entire country.

- Every AUS team was shorthanded at least 116 times this year. By comparison, Manitoba was shorthanded only 76 times this year, best in the CIS.


 - UNB was 5th in the AUS, successfully killing off 84.8% of their penalties. This is just the 2nd time in the last 7 years they haven't ranked in the top-3 in the conference. However, this is a bit misleading as they actually had a better percentage than last year (84.3%), which ranked them 2nd in the conference.


- Although they only ranked 5th in the AUS in penalty killing, UNB ranked 11th in the CIS. Acadia led the way with a 88.8% success rate.

- While the AUS gets called for many more penalties than the other conferences, it also appears they are better penalty killers with 7 AUS teams ranking in the top 18 in terms of penalty killing percentage.

- Further, the V-Reds had the dubious distinction of being the most penalized team in the entire country in terms of penalty minutes, and it wasn't particularly close. UNB was assessed 720 minutes in penalties this season with the Windsor Lancers being the next closest with 614 penalty minutes. 

- For the 1st time in 4 years the V-Reds led the AUS in shorthanded goals with 6. This tied them with three other teams for 2nd in the CIS, only behind Saskatchewan who had 7.

- UNB finished 2nd in the AUS behind Dalhousie with a 0.914 save percentage. It is their best result since putting up a 0.930 mark in 2010-2011. Queen's led the CIS with a sparkling 0.938 percentage while the V-Reds were 9th nationally. 
 
- UNB led the AUS in shutouts with 4. It is the 3rd straight year - and 9th time in 10 years - UNB has held at least a share of the lead in that category.

- The Varsity Reds led the CIS in attendance with an average of 2303 fans per game. This is up slightly from the 2298 they averaged last year, but still the 3rd lowest mark in the last 10 seasons.