Wednesday, September 28, 2016

News And Notes: Coaching Staff, Murray, Beauvillier, Murphy, Merrimack

A few items of interest as the V-Reds prepare for their annual trip south of the border:

- Charlie Cameron has been added to the coaching staff as an assistant coach. Cameron, who recently retired after three decades as a police officer, played for UNB from 1984 until 1986 and also served as an assistant coach for St. Thomas more than a decade ago. It is expected that Cameron will help out with the offense, in particular the face-offs.

- According to the Varsity Reds Twitter account, Jordan Murray, Francis Beauvillier, and Matt Murphy are all on their way back from their respective NHL camps. It is unknown whether any will play this weekend.

- UNB will travel to North Andover, Massachusetts on Saturday for a game against the NCAA's Merrimack College Cougars. Game time is scheduled for 8PM AST and it appears there will be video ($$), audio, and live stats available to follow along.

The Cougars finished 7th in Hockey East last year with a 13-19-7 record and are predicted to finish 9th in the 12 team circuit this year according to the preseason coaches' poll.

UNB and Merrimack have played once previously, with the Cougars emerging as 8-4 victors on October 7th, 2005.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Shorthanded Goal Lifts UNB

Stephen Anderson's shorthanded goal midway through the 3rd period was all the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds needed as they topped the McGill Redmen 1-0 in pre-season play Saturday night in Montreal.

The game was scoreless until 11:32 of the final period when Anderson took a pass from Mark Simpson and went in on a breakaway, beating Jacob Gervais-Chouinard for the only goal of the game.

- UNB was still without defencemen Jordan Murray and Matt Murphy and forward Francis Beauvillier as they remain at NHL training camps.

- Shots in the game favoured UNB 34-16, including 13-2 in the 3rd.

- Etienne Marcoux stopped 12 shots over the first 31:17 of action. Alex Dubeau completed UNB's 2nd consecutive shutout with 4 saves over the final 28:43

- Both teams were 0 for 7 on the power play.

- UNB is now 11-1-0 all-time against McGill.

- The Varsity Reds have won 33 straight exhibition games - and 17 straight games overall - against OUA competition.

- Gardiner MacDougall is 37-0-1 against OUA teams in exhibition games and 50-2-1 against them overall (exhibition + Nationals).

- UNB has 27 consecutive victories over OUA East squads.

- The V-Reds are back on the road this weekend as they make their annual trip south of the border
 to face a pair of NCAA teams. They face Merrimack at 8PM on Saturday night and then turn around to battle the University of New Hampshire on Sunday at 5PM.

Monday, September 19, 2016

UNB Flexes Their Muscle In Exhibition Opener

The defending CIS champion University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds picked up right where they left off in March as they dominated the visiting UPEI Panthers 7-0 tonight at the AUC.

The V-Reds received a 1st period goal from Chris Clapperton before putting the game out of reach in the middle frame with power play goals from Stephen Anderson and Philippe Halley and even strength tally from Cameron Brace. UNB rounded out the scoring with another three goals in the final period courtesy Chris Caissy, Philippe Maillet, and Oliver Cooper.

- Shots in the game were 32-14 for UNB with period totals of 10-4, 17-5, and 5-5.

- Alex Dubeau and Etienne Marcoux split goaltending duties to share the shutout. Dubeau played the first 31 minutes, stopping 5 shots, while Marcoux saved all 9 shots he faced over the final 29 minutes of action.

- UNB played without defencemen Jordan Murray and Matt Murphy and forward Francis Beauvillier. All three are currently attending NHL training camps. As a result, UNB played with only five defenceman tonight.

- The Panthers were also missing a number of key players as their entire top line of Marcus Power, Brent Andrews, and Darcy Ashley did not dress. Sam Aulie, Casey Babineau, and Chad Labelle also sat out.

- New V-Reds Oliver Cooper and Mark Simpson wore number 26 and 24, respectively.

- Simpson won 13 out of 20 face-offs on the night.

- The V-Reds were 2 for 6 on the power play. UPEI was 0 for 4.

- No less than four of the goals UNB scored on the night were highlight reel-worthy.

- Attendance was 627.

- UNB has now won 42 straight home exhibition games against CIS competition dating back to a 4-3 shootout loss to Saint Mary's on December 31st, 2005.

- They have won 19 straight exhibition games overall against CIS competition. Their last loss was a 6-2 setback against Moncton on September 17th, 2012.

- The V-Reds are back in action this Saturday when they travel to Montreal to face the McGill Redmen. Game time is 6PM.

Monday, September 12, 2016

News And Notes: Trey Lewis, NHL Camps, Carroll, Season Passes, Pre-Season

A couple noteworthy items as we await the beginning of another season of V-Reds hockey:

- The Varsity Reds announced today that former St. FX X-Men defenseman - and New Brunswick native - Trey Lewis will transfer to UNB. He will need to sit out the upcoming season before suiting up for the 2017-2018 campaign. Lewis has played the last two seasons in Antigonish, putting up 5 goals and 8 assists in 55 games. Prior to joining the X-Men he played parts of five seasons with the Halifax Moosehead. He was the team captain of the Mooseheads dominant 2012-2013 Memorial Cup-winning squad that featured NHL stars Nathan MacKinnon and Joanathan Drouin.

- Defenseman Jordan Murray is one of 24 players to be invited to the Tampa Bay Lightning's prospect tournament. The tournament will be held in Coral Springs, Florida and will run from September 17th-20th. Francis Beauvillier (Columbus) and Matt Murphy (Winnipeg) will also be attending NHL camps this week. It is unknown how this will affect their availability during the first part of UNB's pre-season schedule.

- Former V-Red Tyler Carroll has reportedly signed with the Gander Flyers of the CWSHL for the upcoming season.

- Just a reminder that Varsity Reds season passes and University Cup tournament passes are now on sale to the general public. It is advised that you purchase University Cup passes well in advance as it is expected to once again sell out beforehand.

- Fans will get their first chance to look at the 2016-2017 edition of the Varsity Reds one week from today when they host the UPEI Panthers in pre-season action. Game time is 7PM at the AUC.