Monday, March 7, 2016

UNB Drops Game 1

The visiting St. FX X-Men jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held off a furious final push by the V-Reds as they took game 1 by a 3-2 score, shocking the 3003 in attendance tonight at the AUC. They will have a chance to win the AUS Championship on home ice on Wednesday night while UNB will try to bring the series back to Fredericton for a deciding game 3 on Friday night.

It was a familiar story - one UNB fans have seen on a few occasions - against the X-Men. The V-Reds could not capitalize during an opening push, taking the game's first 9 shots, as goaltender Drew Owsley was sharp from the opening face-off. Of course, St. FX then took advantage of their chances and scored two goals in 62 seconds late in the the 1st period. The first coming off a nice give and go in the offensive zone and then doubling their lead on their first power play when a shot deflected off a defender and past Etienne Marcoux, just moments after Philippe Halley was stopped on a shorthanded break.

St. FX made it 3-0 early in the 2nd period on an odd-man rush and the deficit proved insurmountable on this night. Randy Gazzola got UNB on the board at 18:19 of the 2nd period and Philippe Maillet made it 3-2 with 5:34 remaining, but they could not tie it up despite a late flurry with the extra attacker.

- The V-Reds also hit two posts on the night, including one late in the game off of a Francis Beauvillier shot when it was 3-2.

- Shots in the game were 38-29 for UNB

- Cam Brace, Peter Trainor, Chris Caissy, and Colin Suellentrop were all out of the line-up.

- This is the first game UNB has lost at home in regulation since a 4-3 setback against Saint Mary's on November 14th, 2014. They had been on a 33-0-2 run at the AUC before tonight.

- UNB had won 14 straight home games against St. FX, dating back to a 2-1 OT loss in game 2 of the 2011 AUS Final. In fact, no current member of the X-Men had ever won a game at the AUC before tonight.

- The loss also snaps the V-Reds 19 game winning streak this season. They hadn't suffered a loss since November 25th in Moncton.

- Game 2 goes Wednesday night in Antigonish. Game time is 7PM and can be viewed on AUStv.ca.