Sunday, November 6, 2016

Impressive Streak Continues

The top ranked team in the country continued their strong play tonight as the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds rolled over the visiting Saint Mary's Huskies 5-0 at the AUC. The first place V-Reds run their record to 8-0-2 while the banged up Huskies fall to 3-6-1 and remain in 6th place.

After a scoreless first period that saw the V-Reds out-shoot Saint Mary's 8-4 UNB really got rolling in the middle period as they scored three times and had 17 shots to only 7 for SMU. At 6:11 Francis Beauvillier (Boudens) drew first blood after skating the puck down the left side and simply winding up and blasting a slap shot from the face-off dot that beat Cole Cheveldave through the legs. Cam Critchlow (Simpson, Petgrave) made it 2-0 at 12:33 with his first goal of the season thanks to some persistence and determination in front of the net. After his original shot was stopped Critchlow dove and jammed the puck past the outstretched arm of Cheveldave. UNB made it 3-0 just over 4 minutes later at 16:40 when Matt Petgrave circled behind the Huskies goal with the puck before finding Philippe Halley in the high slot. Halley quickly worked it down low to Stephen Anderson at the bottom of the face-off circle, and he wasted no time in backhanding the puck into the top of the net.

The Varsity Reds salted the game away late in the 3rd period with a pair of goals within 67 seconds of one another. Shortly after coming up empty on a lengthy two man advantage, Dylan Willick (Petgrave, McIvor) pushed the lead to 4-0 at 15:07 when he found a seam in the defense and, after taking a pass just outside the blueline, skated into the offensive zone and snapped a shot in. Stephen Anderson capped the scoring at 16:14 with his second goal of the night after Matt Murphy made a nice jumping play to barely hold the puck in the zone. Murphy then skated in and made a slap-pass to Anderson at the far side of the net and the forward did the rest of the work, making a couple of quick moves to get the puck around Cheveldave. Shots favoured UNB 16-7 in the period and 41-18 in the game. 

- Cam Braes was out of the line-up after injuring his hand in last night's game with Cam Critchlow drawing back in. Christopher Clapperton (high ankle sprain), Oliver Cooper, and Peter Trainor all remained sidelined.

- Defenceman Colin Suellentrop left the game halfway through the 1st period and never returned after a hard hit into the boards.

- Etienne Marcoux turned aside all 18 shots he faced, including a couple great chances early in the game, to pick up his 3rd shutout in 5 starts thus far. He is now 5-0-1 on the season with an AUS-leading 1.45 GAA.

- Neither team scored on the power play with UNB going scoreless on four opportunities and SMU on three.

- Attendance was 2143.

- Before the game 5th year senior Cam Braes was presented with the annual Rod Pike Memorial Scholarship Award. 

- AUS leading scorer Philippe Maillet was held off the score sheet for the first time all year. It wasn't for lack of trying though, as he did generate a game-high 6 shots on goal.

- The Huskies were playing with only three natural defencemen as injuries to Austyn Hardie, Stephen Gillard, and Mark Trickett, and the sudden departure of veteran Justin Weller, have put them in a tough position and is undoubtedly one of the main reasons they have got off to an uncharacteristic slow start. 

- UNB has now outscored the opposition 19-1 over their last 10 periods of play (3-0 in the 3rd period against Dalhousie, 6-0 against St. FX, 5-1 against Acadia, and 5-0 tonight). They have a 54-21 goal differential so far this season.

- Gardiner MacDougall collected his 500th career win at UNB. This includes 323 regular season wins, 56 playoff wins, 23 University Cup wins, and 98 exhibition wins. He accomplished the feat in only 719 games.

- This was UNB's 2nd straight shutout over SMU following their 4-0 win in the University Cup semi-finals last March. 

- With the win UNB is now on a 27-0-1 run in regular season games at the AUC. They are 40-1-1 at home in their last 42 games overall with the only loss being a 3-2 setback to St. FX in last year's AUS Final. 

- The five goal margin of victory is the biggest UNB has had against SMU since a 10-3 pre-season victory in 2010

- In other AUS action tonight UPEI handed Acadia their 2nd road loss of the weekend 3-2 and St. FX rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Moncton 4-2 on the road.

- Next weekend the V-Reds begin arguably their most arduous stretch of the season with 5 of their next 6 games on the road. On Friday night they are back in Antigonish for a date with the St. FX X-Men and then on Saturday they move on to Halifax for a game against the Dalhousie Tigers. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM puck drop.