Saturday, October 8, 2016

V-Reds Salvage Point

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored two power play goals in the late 10:03 of the third period to erase a 3-1 deficit, but ultimately fell 4-3 in a shootout to UPEI in the Panthers home opener tonight in Charlottetown.

Defenceman Jordan Murray continued his torrid start offensively by opening the scoring with an unassisted tally with just 2 seconds remaining in the first period. The 1-0 lead would stand until 5:36 into the second period when Nelson Armstrong scored the first of three successive goals for the Panthers. Marcus Power gave UPEI their first lead of the contest just under two minutes later and former St. Thomas Tommies forward J.C. Campagna made it a 3-1 game at 8:35 of the third. The V-Reds pulled back within a goal when Murray (Maillet, Braes) struck again - his 4th goal in two games - just 82 seconds, setting the stage for some last minute heroics. UNB was awarded a power play with 1:21 remaining in the game and then pulled their goalie shortly after. After a scramble in front of the Panthers net Stephen Anderson (Braes) found the puck and batted it in with only 32 seconds left in regulation. The teams would skate through a fairly uneventful 3-on-3 overtime before heading to a shootout. Campagna was the first shooter up and found the back of the net and that proved to be the game winner as the next five shooters were all denied.

- UNB went with the same line-up as last night with Christopher Clapperton, Chris Caissy, Peter Trainor, and Oliver Cooper all out.

- Shots favoured the Panthers by a 33-31 margin.

- Alex Dubeau took the loss in goal.

- UNB was 2 for 7 on the power play while UPEI was 0 for 4.

- This is the first time in four seasons UNB hasn't started 2-0.

- This game was a sharp contrast to the 7-0 drubbing UNB laid on the Panthers in their pre-season opener last month, a game in which the Panthers were missing a number of key players.

-  In other action around the league tonight, Dalhousie beat Saint Mary's 3-1 and St. FX got past Acadia 4-1.

- The V-Reds won't have to wait long to try and gain a measure of revenge as they welcome the Panthers to the AUC on Wednesday night. Game time is 7PM.