Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Philippe Halley Show Continues

It's Philippe Halley's world and we're all just living in it. The 3rd year forward scored another three goals - giving him an incredible three hat-tricks and 10 total in his last four Universitu Cup games - and the # 5 ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds stifled the # 8 ranked Saint Mary's Huskies 4-0 tonight in Halifax. UNB will now face the St. FX X-Men tomorrow evening for the 2016 University Cup.

The Varsity Reds got out to a fast start, taking the game's first 6 shots, and were rewarded at 3:37 when Christopher Clapperton knocked Philippe Maillet's centring pass out of mid-air and past Huskies goalie Cole Cheveldave. That was the only goal in a period in which UNB out-shot Saint Mary's 11-5.

Perhaps the turning point in the game came when the V-Reds took their second penalty in 39 seconds at 7:02 of the 2nd period while still nursing a one goal lead. UNB held the fort, though, and got some big saves from Etienne Marcoux to successfully kill off the two man disadvantage. If that was the turning point of the game, Philippe Halley's (Carroll)  first goal of the game with only 17 seconds left in the period might have been the back breaker.  After a lengthy shift in the offensive zone Halley got a pass in the slot and fired a wrist shot between Cheveldave's legs to make it 2-0. Both teams had  8 shots apiece in the period.

UNB clamped down defensively in the 3rd period, not surrendering a single shot on goal in the final 20 minutes while taking 13 of their own. They converted on two of those shots, both by Halley. At 8:49 the 3rd year forward picked up the puck at the Huskies blue line and streaked down the left side, getting in all alone on Cheveldave. Halley went forehand to backhand, depositing the puck into the top right corner for a 3-0 lead. Halley completed his 2nd hat-trick in as many days at 12:32 while in the power play. He got the puck near the hash marks and fired a shot that made its way through a maze of bodies and into the net. Randy Gazzola and Francis Beauvillier picked up the assists on the final goal of the game, which was UNB's first with the man advantage in four games.

- UNB dressed the same line-up as Friday with Peter Trainor, Mike Thomas, Stephen Anderson, and Chris Caissy all out.

- Shots in the game were 32-13 in the game.

- The V-Reds went 1 for 5 on the power play while also continuing their strong penalty killing so far this tournament, killing off all 5 Huskies opportunities. They are now 9/9 in the two games.

- Halley and Matt Tipoff were named the players of the game.

- UNB won 38 out of 72 face-offs. Dylan Willick (10 for 17) and Taylor MacDougall (11 for 19) both had strong nights at the dot.

- Attendance was 6022.

- The Varsity Reds will now get the chance for revenge when they face the St. FX X-Men, who just swept UNB in the AUS Final 11 days ago, in the National Championship game Sunday night. Game time is 6:30 AST and it will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet 360.

- The Huskies will play the Saskatchewan Huskies at 2 PM in the bronze medal game.