Sunday, October 30, 2016

V-Reds Stifle X-Men

The USports #1 ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds played perhaps their most complete game of the season last night, limiting the #2 ranked St. FX X-Men to only 13 shots on goal in a convincing 6-0 home victory. UNB improves to 6-0-2 on the season and are now four points clear of a trio of teams - St. FX, Acadia, and UPEI - for top spot on the conference.

The V-Reds received 1st period goals from Matt Boudens (Halley, Petgrave) at 12:24 and Rob Mignardi (Murray, Brace), on the power play, at 16:18. They made it 5-0 after 40 minutes thanks to goals by Cam Braes (Murray, Maillet), while on the power play at 3:02, Marcus McIvor (Caissy, Critchlow) at 12:37, and Mignardi (Caissy, Petgrave), with his second of the night at 17:16. Cam Braes (Maillet, Anderson) rounded out the scoring with his second of the game at 15:52 of the 3rd period.

- Mike Thomas and Stephen Anderson both returned to the line-up. Christopher Clapperton (injured), Francis Beauvillier (suspended), Oliver Cooper, and Peter Trainor were all out.

- Shots in the game were 31-13 for UNB with period totals of 12-1, 12-6, and 7-6.

- Etienne Marcoux picked up his 2nd shutout of the season. He now has 5 career shutouts, tied for 4th most in school history behind only Travis Fullerton (21), Reg Bourcier (10), and Dan LaCosta (6).

- UNB was 2 for 8 on the power play. St. FX was 0 for 6.

- St. FX won 40 out of the 75 face-offs in the game.

- Attendance was 2158.

- The three stars of the game were Mignardi, Braes, and Petgrave.

- This was UNB's most lopsided victory over St. FX since a 9-3 win at the AUC on November 13th, 2009.

- This game also marked head coach Gardiner MacDougall's 400th career non-exhibition win while at UNB, the most ever by an AUS coach. This includes 321 league wins, 56 playoffs wins, and 23 University Cup wins. His overall record currently stands at 400-156-20 over 16+ seasons at the helm of the V-Reds.

- MacDougall also has a career record of 98-39-4 in exhibition games, leaving him just two wins shy of 500 total victories.

- With the Ryerson Rams losing 5-3 to Carleton on Friday night, UNB is the last remaining team without a loss in regulation.

- In other games around the AUS last night, UPEI defeated Dalhousie 1-0 at home despite holding a 49-15 shot advantage and Acadia got past Moncton 5-3 on the road.

- UNB is back at the AUC next weekend for another pair of tough games. On Friday night they face the Acadia Axemen and on Saturday night Saint Mary's is in town. Game time is 7PM for both contests.