Saturday, October 15, 2016

UNB Dominates Moncton...Again

Hockey can be a funny game. The visiting University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds held a 17-6 shot advantage after the 1st period of play last night against the University de Moncton Aigles Bleus, yet trailed 1-0. They then scored five unanswered goals in the 2nd period, despite being out-shot 12-9, to take control of the game on their way to a convincing 9-2 road victory. UNB is now 3-0-1 on the season while Moncton drops to 0-3-0.

The game got off to an inauspicious start for the V-Reds as Samuel Leblanc scored his first career AUS goal off of a rebound just 34 seconds into the game. UNB had constant pressure and numerous quality scoring chances - including a 37 second 5-on-3 - but were denied time and time again by Brandon Thibeau in the Aigles Bleus net.

Unfortunately for Moncton, the opening twenty minutes was as good as it would get on this night. The V-Reds exploded for five goals in the middle stanza to basically put the game away. Scoring were Cam Braes on the power play at 0:29, Francis Beauvillier less than a minute later at 1:21, Chris Caissy on the power play at 12:37, Philippe Maillet at 13:09, and Stephen Anderson at 14:29.

Moncton would pull within three goals with a power play goal 4:21 into the 3rd period, but UNB quickly regained the momentum with goals shortly after from Caissy at 5:43 and Jordan Murray, on the power play, at 6:44. The scoring was rounded out with Beauvillier and Anderson each getting their second goals of the night, at 11:43 and 15:53 respectively. Shots in the period were 21-6 for UNB.

- Shots in the game were 47-24.

- Francis Beauvillier replaced Oliver Cooper in the line-up, but otherwise UNB went with the same line-up as Wednesday with Christopher Clapperton, Cameron Brace, and Peter Trainor all remaining sidelined.

- Alex Dubeau picked up his first win of the season in goal.

- UNB went 3 for 8 on the power play while Moncton was 1 for 4. It was the first power play goal UNB has surrendered this season in 21 opportunities, becoming the last team in the AUS to be scored upon while shorthanded.

- Chris Caissy (2 goals, 1 assist) was the player of the game.

- UNB held a slight 42-40 advantage on face-offs.

- Attendance was 679.

- The 24 goals UNB has scored through their first four games are the most since 2009-2010 when they tallied 29.

- This is the 4th time in as many seasons UNB has scored 9 goals in a game against Moncton.

- Other games around the league last night saw Dalhousie score a last minute goal to force overtime only to fall to Acadia 3-2 in Wolfville and Saint Mary's handing St. FX their first loss of the season 4-1 in Halifax.

- The V-Reds are off tonight. They are back in action next weekend when they travel to Nova Scotia for games against Dalhousie on Friday night and St. FX on Saturday night.