Saturday, October 22, 2016

V-Reds Put Away Pesky Tigers In Shootout

For the second time in three road games the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds were pushed to a shootout, but this time they emerged victorious, eking past the Dalhousie Tigers 5-4 in Halifax in a game they led on three separate occasions. UNB remains undefeated in regulation time at 4-0-1 while the surprising Tigers fall to 2-1-2.

After a scoreless opening period in which UNB out-shot the Tigers 17-7 things really opened up in the middle frame with both teams finding the back of the net three times each. The Varsity Reds got on the board first just 2:55 into the period after some nice puck movement. Mark Simpson took a pass from the blue line in the slot with his back to the net and fed Randy Gazzola, who skated in from his defense position and snapped the puck past goaltender Corbin Boes. A Tigers penalty just after the goal sent UNB to the power play and they were able to convert at 4:09 when a Stephen Anderson shot created a big rebound to the opposite side of the ice that Philippe Maillet jumped all over, doubling the V-Reds lead. However, as they did all night, Dalhousie fought back to tie the game. At 6:51 Colton Parsons one-timed a shot from the slot to bring the Tigers within a goal and then Tanner Williams redirected a point shot from the high-slot while on the power play to knot the game at 15:41. UNB didn't waste too much time to regain the lead though, as Francis Beauvillier (Gazzola, Braes) snapped home a power play goal from the right face-off circle at 17:53. The lead was short-lived as last season's top goal scorer Phil Gadoury responded with a power play goal of his own when he one-timed a cross-ice pass from from just below the left face-off circle that went through the legs of Alex Dubeau with only 18 seconds remaining in the period. The two teams would head to the locker room tied 3-3 after a period in which the Tigers held a 10-9 shot advantage.

The Varsity Reds took their third lead of the game at 7:46 of the final period with another power play goal - their third of the game. This time it was Rob Mignardi, who was stationed just outside the crease, deflecting a Jordan Murray point shot past Boes. Matt Murphy was awarded the secondary assist on the go-ahead goal. The Tigers tied the game for a third time at 12:09 when Andrew Wiggington made a nice toe-drag to get past a defender before snapping the puck in from the hash marks, Despite constant pressure from UNB the rest of the period the game would head to overtime tied 4-4. Shots were 15-4 for the V-Reds in the period.

UNB took 5 out of the 7 shots in the 3-on-3 overtime, but it was fairly uneventful overall and the teams went to a shootout.

The V-Reds went first in the shootout and Jordan Murray was stopped by Boes. Gadoury was first up for the Tigers and found the back of the net before Francis Beauvillier came up empty for UNB. At this point the next three shooters all had to go UNB's way and that is exactly what happened. Dubeau stopped Felix Page to give Cam Braes a chance. Braes, needing to score to extend it, came through with some nifty stickwork to tie it at 1-1. The Tigers had another chance to win it but Dubeau once again came up big, stopping Fabian Walsh. Phillip Maillet put the V-Reds on the cusp of victory with a goal but that was quickly answered by Andrew Wigginton. Finally, Cameron Brace snapped a shot in and Dubeau secured the win by stopping Alex Pawelczyk, giving UNB a 5-4 victory.

- UNB was without Christopher Clapperton, Matt Petgrave, Peter Trainor, and Oliver Cooper.

- Shots in the game ended up 46-23 in the V-Reds favour.

- Alex Dubeau made 19 saves to improve to improve to 2-0-1 on the season.

- UNB was 3 for 5 on the power play while the Tigers converted on 2 out of their 5 opportunities.

- The Tigers won 44 of of the 82 face-offs in the game.

- The three stars were Migardi, Wiggington, and Boes.

 - UNB has now won 18 consecutive games against the Tigers.

- This is the most goals Dalhousie has scored in 25 games against the V-Reds, going back to a 6-3 win on November 27th, 2010. UNB has registered 8 shutouts in that span.

- UNB had lost 7 of their last 8 games that had gone to a shootout since 2009.

- It was a night of surprises around the league as Moncton scored 3 unanswered goals in the 3rd period to stun Saint Mary's 5-4 at home and UPEI went into Antigonish and broke open a 3-3 3rd period deadlock with 4 straight goals to pull away from St. FX 7-3. Acadia was idle.

- UNB faces their toughest test of the young season tonight when they face the X-Men in an AUS and CIS Final rematch. Game time is 7PM.