Friday, December 30, 2016

Varsity Reds Flex Muscle In Kelly Cup Finale

Unlike last night, there would be no late heroics needed this evening as the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds rolled to an impressive 6-1 victory over the visiting York Lions to capture the Peterbilt Pete Kelly Cup. The V-Reds outscored their OUA opponents 12-4 in sweeping the two game series.

After the two teams played a fairly even first ten minutes, the V-Reds started to come on in the latter stages of the period. Stephen Anderson (Halley, Suellentrop) would give UNB the lead with his first of three on the night when he picked up the rebound from a point shot and banged it past goaltender Alex Fotinos at 15:03. Shots in the period ended up 16-9 for UNB.

The V-Reds doubled their lead on the power play 4:13 into the middle period when Anderson (Cooper, Brace) scored his second of the game. His original shot from the slot was blocked in front, but he followed up on the play, grabbed the loose puck, and found the back of the net with a wrist shot. The Lions responded with a power play goal of their own - their third in the two games - at 7:57 to cut the deficit in half, however UNB would grab control of the game with a pair of goals shortly afterwards. At 9:21 Anderson (Halley, Clapperton) was the beneficiary of some nice passing in the offensive zone after two Lions collided , tapping in the puck at the side of the net to complete his hat-trick. Just under two minutes later Cam Braes (Halley, Maillet) received the puck in the slot, made a quick deke move, and backhanded the puck between Fotinos' legs for a power play marker. The V-Reds would exit the period with a 4-1 lead after out-shooting the Lions 14-4 in the frame.

The final twenty minutes would prove to be fairly uneventful with Philippe Halley (Beauvillier, Petgrave) making it 5-1 at 12:23 after sniping a shot off the crossbar with both teams playing with four skaters aside and Cameron Brace (unassisted) rounding out at 19:02 after getting loose for a breakaway. Shots were 10-6 for UNB in the period.

- Peter Trainor and Oliver Cooper drew into the line-up while Chris Caissy and Mike Thomas both sat out.

- Shots were 40-19 in favour of UNB.

- Anderson (3 goals) and Milner (1 goal) were named the player of the game for their respective teams.

- Alex Dubeau got the start in net for the V-Reds and came up with a very solid, if not spectacular, outing.

- UNB was 2 for 6 with the power play. The Lions were 1 for 7.

- The Varsity Reds took two penalties in the first 68 seconds of the game. They killed of the entirety of a 1:07 two man disadvantage before York took a penalty of their own to wipe out the rest of the 5-on-4.

- UNB won 43 out of 69 face-offs with Dylan Willick leading the way with 17 wins on 20 attempts.

- Attendance was 1704.

- Philippe Maillet was named the MVP of the series after collecting 3 goals and 2 assists in the two games.

- The V-Reds resume their regular season schedule next weekend with a pair of home games. On Friday night they welcome the St. FX X-Men to the AUC before the Dalhousie Tigers come to town the following night. Both games are set for a 7PM puck drop.