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.