The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds wrapped up the regular season with their 14th straight victory as they defeated the UPEI Panthers 4-1 tonight in the season finale in Charlottetown. The V-Reds finish the campaign with a 23-3-2 record and will now enjoy a 1st round play-off bye.
The Varsity Reds built a 3-0 lead on goals from Francis Beauvillier (Maillet, Petgrave) on the power play 7:16 into the game, Cam Braes (Wall, Thomas) at 15:19 of the 1st period, and Braes again (Clapperton, McIvor) at 4:17 of the 2nd. The Panthers got on the board at 7:19 of the 2nd period to make it 3-1, but an Alex Wall empty net goal with 1:37 remaining in the game sealed the deal.
- UNB went with the same line-up as they did against St. Thomas earlier in the week, meaning Randy Gazzola, Dylan Willick, Rob Mignardi, Chris Caissy, and Cameron Critchlow (suspension) were all out.
- Etienne Marcoux stopped all 9 shots he saw in the 1st period before giving away to Alex Dubeau, who made 16 saves on 17 shots over the final 40 minutes.
- Shots in the game were 28-26 for UNB with period totals of 17-9, 7-6, and 4-11.
- UNB was 1 for 5 on the power play while UPEI went scoreless on 6 opportunities.
- Cam Braes was named the player of the game.
- The V-Reds won 37 out of 69 face-offs with Taylor MacDougall (17 out of 27) enjoying the most success.
- Attendance was 642 on Panthers Senior Night.
- Only the UQTR Patriotes (24-3-1) will finish with a better regular season record than UNB. They are also the only team that scored more goals than UNB this season (142 to UNB's 130).
- This marked UNB's 10th victory on the road this year. It is the 4th straight year they have achieved this feat.
- It is also the first time since the 2007-2008 season the V-Reds went undefeated in the 2nd half.
- This is the longest winning streak UNB has had since they reeled off 26 in a row to begin the 2009-2010 season.
- In other AUS action St. FX clinched 2nd place and the 1st round bye that goes with it by gaining a point in a 3-2 OT loss to Dalhousie at home, Acadia picked up a 3-2 OT win at home over Saint Mary's, and Moncton outlasted St. Thomas 8-7 in a wild game in Fredericton.
- The final AUS standings look like this:
UNB: 23-3-2 = 48 points
St. FX: 18-6-4 = 40 points
Acadia: 19-7-2 = 40 points
Saint Mary's: 17-8-3 = 37 points
Moncton: 13-13-2 = 28 points
UPEI: 11-14-3 = 25 points
Dalhousie: 9-15-4 = 22 points
St. Thomas: 2-25-1 = 5 points
- St. FX finishes ahead of Acadia due to defeating the Axemen in 3 out of their 4 match-ups this season.
- The best 2-of-3 1st round of the AUS playoffs begin this week with Acadia facing UPEI and Saint Mary's taking on Moncton. The schedule has yet to be finalized.
- UNB will face the lowest remaining team in a best 3-of-5 semi-final series starting no earlier than February 25th.