Saturday, November 26, 2016

Undefeated Streak Ends

As we have seen in the past, to beat the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds you most likely need to A) get a fantastic goaltending performance and B) win the special teams battle. The Acadia Axemen managed both tonight and, as a result, they handed the V-Reds their first regulation loss of the season, 2-1 in Wolfville. UNB falls to 12-1-2 on the season while the Axemen pull within a point of 2nd place with a 9-5-1 mark.

- Rob Mignardi (Simpson, McIvor) scored the lone goal for UNB, connecting for a shorthanded marker at 17:15 of the first period to tie the game.

- The Axemen received power play goals by Michael Clarke at 11:06 of the first period and Remy Giftopoulos at 9:00 of the middle stanza.

- UNB out-shot the the Axemen 39-14, including 28-5 over the final 40 minutes. Needless to say, Axemen goalie Robert Steeves was the difference maker as he came up with a pile of larcenous stops.

- The other difference? Special teams. UNB was an almost unbelievable 0 for 11 with the man advantage. This included a pair of 5-on-3 power plays and 7 straight power plays over a 22 minute span between the 2nd and 3rd periods. On the other hand, Acadia was 2 for 9 on the night.

- Colin Suellentrop returned to the line-up while Randy Gazzola was out due to an injury suffered last weekend. Cameron Critchlow, Oliver Cooper, and Peter Trainor were also scratched.

- The loss snaps a 26-0-2 regular season run by UNB dating back to November 27th last year. Coincidentally, their last regular season loss in regulation time was exactly one year ago today when they fell 7-4 to Moncton.

- The 28 game regular season undefeated streak matches the V-Reds best ever. They rang off 28 straight victories between 2008/09 and 2009/10.

- Out of UNB's last 23 regular season losses (regulation + OT/SO) dating back to the beginning of the 2012/13 season, 10 have been at the hands of the Axemen. They are only 8-5-5 against Acadia in that span.

- The Varsity Reds are 4-6-3 in their last 13 visits to Wolfville.

- In other AUS action tonight, Saint Mary's continued their recent hot streak with a 6-3 win over visiting UPEI and Moncton doubled up Dalhousie 4-2 at home.

- The V-Reds are back at it tomorrow night when they travel to Saint Mary's for a date against the Huskies. Game time is 7PM.