Saturday, January 30, 2016

Winning Streak Hits Double Digits

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds won their 10th consecutive game with a 4-3 come-from-behind road victory over the Moncton Aigles Bleus tonight at the J Louis Levesque Arena. With 5 wins in the last 9 days - to bring their season record to 19-3-2, combined with a 1-3-0 record by Acadia in that same span, UNB has now moved four points ahead of the 2nd place Axemen with four games left to play.

The game did not get off to a great start for the V-Reds as Moncton took the first three shots and jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:12 into the game after a fortuitous bounce. An Alex Saulnier shot from the slot went wide but it ricocheted off the end boards and out the opposite side in front of the net where Jean Francois-Plante was waiting. Planted backhanded the puck up and over Etienne Marcoux, who couldn't get across the crease in time to score the only goal of the period. Shots were 9 apiece in an opening 20 minutes that also contained five penalties.

The Varsity Reds tied the game on their first power play of the 2nd period at 8:48. After sustained pressure in the offensive zone Jordan Murray took a wrist shot from in between the top of the face-off circles that Christopher Clapperton deflected just enough to throw off Adrien Lemay's timing and get it between his legs and into the net. Philippe Maillet picked up the secondary assist on the tying goal. UNB was back on the power play just 31 seconds later but with the penalty winding down it was Plante forcing a turnover at the UNB blue-line and going in all alone on Marcoux. Plante made a nice move to get the puck around an outstretched Marcoux to score his 2nd of the game and restoring Moncton's lead with the shorthanded goal at 11:05. It only took the V-Reds just over two and a half minutes to tie the game once again. Maillet gathered the puck in the Moncton corner and fended off a defender as he skated around the goal. With only one hand on his stick he pushed the puck into the slot to Clapperton, who was waiting for a one-timer that beat Lemay glove side for his 2nd goal of the night. The teams would head to the intermission tied 2-2 after a period in which UNB out-shot the Aigles Bleus 19-9.

Moncton took their 3rd lead of the game at 2:30 of the 3rd when Marc-Anthony Therrien got around a defender and went in on a breakaway. Marcoux made a great stop on the original shot, but Robbie Graham followed the play and banged in the rebound before the net came off its moorings. Once again UNB had an answer, this time exactly 10 minutes later. After some good chances in the offensive zone Cam Braes (Maillet, Clapperton) picked up the puck behind the net after a missed shot. Braes was able to stuff the puck in before Lemay, who had gone out to challenge the shot, could get his skate back against the post. The V-Reds had a chance to take their first lead of the game when they went on a power play a minute after the goal but Moncton managed to kill it off. But just 29 seconds after the penalty expired - at 16:01 - Rob Mignardi (Caissy, Wall) ripped a wrist shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle past Lemay to give UNB a 4-3 lead, a lead they would not relinquish. Shots in the period were 13-11 for Moncton.

- UNB out-shot Moncton 43-31 in the game.

- Marcoux stopped 28 out of 31 shots to pick up his 12th win of the season.

- Defenseman Marcus McIvor and forward Peter Trainor remained out of the line-up. Cameron Brace and Mike Thomas were back in, replacing Francis Beauvillier and Stephen Anderson.

- Clapperton (2 goals, 1 assist), Plante (2 goals), and Lemay (39 saves) were the game's three stars.

- Moncton held a slight 38-36 advantage in face-offs.

- Attendance was 751.

- Matt Petgrave was assessed a roughing penalty and game misconduct late in the 1st period. As a result of the misconduct he will likely be suspended for the next game.

- Plante's shorthanded goal was the first UNB has allowed this season. They were the last team in the AUS to surrender one.

- With 3 more assists tonight, Philippe Maillet is now 4th in the league with 19 helpers this season. He has only played in 13 out of UNB's 24 games. His 26 points place him 7th and +18 rating 5th.

- UNB has gone 16-1-0 in their last 17 against Moncton. The one loss was a 7-4 setback earlier this season.

- The V-Reds have also had at least 10 game conference winning streaks in 2014/15 (10 games), 2013/14 (13), 2010/11 (10), 2009/10 (26), 2007/08 (11 and 14), and 1997/98 (14).

- UPEI doubled St. Thomas 6-3 in the only other game played Saturday night. The St. FX/Saint Mary's game scheduled for Antigonish was postponed to Sunday afternoon due to the winter storm.

- The current standings look like this, with St. FX and Saint Mary's each having played 23 games compared to 24 for everyone else: UNB (40 points), Acadia (36), St. FX (33), Saint Mary's (30), UPEI (24), Moncton (22), Dalhousie (18), St. Thomas (5).

- The Varsity Reds will look to wrap up 1st place next weekend with their biggest games of the season to date. On Friday night they host the Saint Mary's Huskies and on Saturday night they welcome the Acadia Axemen to the AUC. Game time for both games is scheduled for 7PM. These are also the final two home games of the regular season schedule so we encourage everyone to get out and cheer on the V-Reds. If you can't make it to the rink you can watch the games live at AUStv.ca.

Friday, January 29, 2016

V-Reds Overcome Terrific Performance

Although they fired a season-high 55 shots towards Panthers goalie Matt Mahalak UNB's game against UPEI tonight came right down to the wire, with the Varsity Reds hanging on for a tight 2-1 victory in what was an entertaining contest at the AUC. UNB's 9th consecutive win has improved their record to 18-3-2 on the season and vaulted them back into sole possession of 1st place in the AUS.

After a scoreless 1st period in which UNB out-shot UPEI 21-9 the V-Reds finally broke through 1:07 into the 2nd period when Cam Braes (Murray, Clapperton) walked in from the right wing face-off circle and rang a shot off the post and in to the net. At 17:03 Tyler Carroll (unassisted) made it a 2-0 game with a shorthanded goal after a great individual effort. The Panther defenceman began carrying the puck out of his zone before curling back towards his goaltender to reset, but Carroll hounded him into a turnover in front of the net, gained control of the puck, and flipped a backhanded shot up and over Mahalak's left shoulder. UNB took the two goal lead into the locker room after out-shooting UPEI 15-8 in the frame.

The game looked well in hand early in the 3rd period as UNB came out and peppered Mahalak with another 7 shots in the opening minutes, controlling the puck and dominating the play. However, the V-Reds began to get into some penalty trouble and after they were assessed a questionable too many men on ice infraction the Panthers converted on a Ryan MacKinnon one timer from the top of the right face-off circle at 4:39. To make matters worse Jordan Murray was ticketed for an unsportsmanlike penalty and a 10-minute misconduct after the goal, putting UPEI right back on the power play. The Varsity Reds killed off that penalty, and another at 9:03, before getting three consecutive power plays to end the game, including one with only 40 seconds remaining that set up a controversial finish. The Panthers pulled their goalie to make it 5-on-5, but the Varsity Reds gained control of the puck and attempted a shot at the open net from the other side of the centre line. When the shot went wide the refs waved off what should have been an icing call with around 4 seconds remaining - which would have given the Panthers enough time for one last chance in the UNB zone - and the time proceeded to run out, much to the chagrin of the Panthers players and coaching staff who were not shy in showing their anger. UPEI's appeals proved to be futile though, bringing an end to what was an entertaining and tense game. The refs huddled up and determined that the puck had been deflected and therefore was the reason no icing was called, although it seemed as if that was just an easy way for the refs to cover their mistake as the puck didn't appear to hit anything while watching live. Shots in the period favoured UNB 19-10.

- Shots in the game ended up 55-27 for the V-Reds.

- Etienne Marcoux turned in another stellar performance to improve to 11-2-0 on the season. He also lowered his GAA to 1.98 and raised his save percentage to 0.923.

- Marcus McIvor and Mike Thomas remained out of the line-up while Stephen Anderson and Francis Beavillier returned, replacing Cam Brace and Peter Trainor.

- UPEI was 1 for 6 on the power play. UNB was scoreless on 5 opportunities.

- UNB dominated in the face-off circle, winning 46 out of 74 draws. Cam Braes (13 out of 16) and Philippe Halley (7 out of 10) led the way.

- Attendance was 3358 on Southside Elementary School Night.

- Tonight marked the 3rd straight game UNB has recorded a shorthanded goal.

- UNB has won 8 straight home conference games against the Panthers.

- This is the 9th straight season UNB has put together a 7+ game winning streak in conference play.

- The out of town scoreboard was very kind to the V-Reds tonight. The Dalhousie Tigers defeated St. FX 4-1 this afternoon before Saint Mary's defeated Acadia 4-3 in the night cap of the Varsity Showdown doubleheader played at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. Moncton picked up a 6-2 home victory over St. Thomas in the other game.

- UNB will make up their game in hand on the Axemen tomorrow night when they travel to Moncton for a date against the Aigles Bleus. Elsewhere, Saint Mary's travels to St. FX and UPEI stays in Fredericton to face St. Thomas. All games are scheduled for a 7PM puck drop and can be viewed live at AUStv.ca.

With information from the RedSea Database

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

V-Reds Storm Past Tommies

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored four goals in the 1st period and added another four in the 2nd period as they rolled over the St. Thomas Tommies 8-2 in the 24th annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game tonight at the AUC. The V-Reds have now won 8 consecutive games to sit at 17-3-2 on the season, tied with Acadia for the top spot in the AUS and 3 points clear of the 3rd place St. FX X-Men.

- UNB took a 4-0 lead after the 1st period on goals by Taylor MacDougall (Halley, Brace) at 5:56, Matt Petgrave (Caissy, Maillet) at 10:20, Cam Braes (Murray, Maillet) on the power play at 12:55, and Philippe Maillet (Murray, Petgrave) at 17:22.

- The Varsity Reds scored four more goals in the first 10:32 of the second period courtesy Peter Trainor (Murray, Mignardi) while shorthanded at 4:20, Braes (Maillet, Clapperton) with his 2nd of the game at 9:03, Maillet (unassisted) with his 2nd of the game at 9:58, and Chris Clapperton (Braes, Wall) at 10:32.

- St. Thomas responded with 2nd period goals at 0:17 and 4:42 to make it a 4-1 and 5-2 game, respectively.

- The Tommies out-shot UNB 10-8 in the 1st period and 8-7 in the 3rd period, but the V-Reds held an 18-6 advantage in the middle frame for a 33-24 advantage in the game.

- Francis Beauvillier was out of the line-up after getting banged up in both games last weekend. Marcus McIvor (injured), Stephen Anderson, and Mike Thomas were also out.

- Alex Dubeau got the start in net and stopped 22 out of 24 shots to improve to 6-1-2 on the season.

- UNB was 2 for 5 on the power play while STU was 0 for 3.

- Attendance was 2867.

- Before the game forward Rob Mignardi was presented with the annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Scholarship.

- The line of Maillet, Clapperton, and Braes combined for 5 goals, 5 assists, and were a +17.

- Not surprisingly, those three were also named the game's three stars.

- UNB won 33 out of 63 face-offs.

- Reigning AUS MVP Philippe Maillet hasn't missed a beat since returning from his injury, posting 4 goals and 6 assists in 3 games. He now ranks 9th in the league with 23 points and 5th with a +18 rating despite playing in only 11 out of UNB's 22 games.

- UNB features 7 out of the top 18 scorers in the league in Brace, Maillet, Caissy, Halley, Beauvillier, Mignardi, and Murray. They all have at least 21 points.

- All AUS teams were in action tonight with Saint Mary's scoring a 5-4 road win over Dalhousie, Acadia using a late goal to get past St. FX 3-2 at home, and Moncton doubling up UPEI 4-2 in Cahrlottetown.

- The Varsity Reds will look to extend their winning streak on Friday night when they host the UPEI Panthers at the AUC. Game time is 7PM. The game can also be viewed live at AUStv.ca.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

News And Notes: Top 10, Beauvillier, Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game

A few notes of interest from the last couple of days:

- After a week in which there was little movement in the CIS men's hockey rankings, the latest edition saw all but one team change position. The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds received 2 first place voted and 142 points overall to move up to the number two spot, only behind the Saskatchewan Huskies (12 first place votes, 155 points), after posting impressive road victories over Saint Mary's and former number one ranked Acadia. The Axemen have slipped to 3rd while UQTR and Alberta round out the top five. St. FX (7th) and Saint Mary's (12th) were the other AUS teams to receive recognition.

- Forward Francis Beauvillier has been named the UNB Varsity Reds/Dominos Pizza male athlete of the week after a big weekend in which he helped the V-Reds claim a pair of crucial wins. On Friday night he potted two goals, was a +1, and had a game high 6 shots on goal in a 6-5 victory over Saint Mary's. The next night he scored the game's first goal and was a +1 as UNB blanked Acadia.

The 2nd year business student from St. Hyacinthe, Quebec has been one of the most consistent V-Reds this year. He has been held off the score sheet only 6 times in 21 games this season and had registered 12 goals (6th in the league) and 21 points (12th) to go along with a +15 rating (7th) thus far.

- The Varsity Reds website has a preview of tomorrow night's game against St. Thomas. It is, of course, the 24th annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game, but it is also Bell Let's Talk Day across Canada, which helps raise money for mental health issues and eliminates stigmas. We encourage everyone to come out to the rink tomorrow night to not only watch the V-Reds try to extend their 7 game winning streak but also support a great cause. Game time is 7PM.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

V-Reds Chop Down Axemen

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored four 2nd period goals and Etienne Marcoux stopped all 30 shots directed his way as the V-Reds moved into a 1st place tie after a 4-0 blanking of Acadia tonight in Wolfville. UNB's 7th consecutive victory improves their record to 16-3-2 on the season, tied with the 16-4-2 Axemen with a game in hand.

After an evenly played and scoreless 1st period, in which both teams had 3 power play opportunities and fired 9 shots at the opposing goal, the Varsity Reds essentially won the game in the first 4:17 of the 2nd period when they connected three times. Just 1:07 into the period the V-Reds had the Axemen running around in their own zone before Chris Caissy and Francis Beauvillier worked a nice give and go that resulted in Beauvillier one-timing a low shot from the right wing face-off dot past goaltender Brandon Glover to give UNB a 1-0 lead. Jordan Murray was awarded a secondary assist on the goal. It would take only 18 seconds for the V-Reds to double their lead as Philippe Maillet (Gazzola, Clapperton) tipped in a point shot from just outside the crease. UNB kept up the pressure and scored again at 4:17 off of a 3-on-2 rush moments after the Axemen had a quality scoring chance themselves. Maillet fed Dylan Willick just inside the offensive blue line and Willick did the rest, going wide around a defenceman before cutting towards the net and backhanding the puck far side on Glover. The goal would spell the end of the night for Glover, who stopped 11 out of 14 shots. The Axemen had an opportunity to get back into the game when UNB was assessed a penalty at 14:43, but it was the V-Reds extending their lead when Taylor MacDougall picked up an Alex Wall rebound and quickly fired it into the top corner to make it a 4-0 game on UNB's 5th shorthanded goal of the season. UNB managed to kill off the rest of the penalty, and two more before the end of the period, to take a four goal lead to the locker room. Shots in the period were 17-15 for the Varsity Reds.

Despite UNB holding a 14-6 shot advantage in the 3rd period the teams skated through what was a scoreless and fairly uneventful final 20 minutes.

- Marcus McIvor (injury), Colin Suellentrop (suspension), Stephen Anderson, and Peter Trainor were all out of the line-up.

- Shots in the game were 40-30 for UNB.

- Etienne Marcoux was spectacular in earning his 1st career shut-out, making a number of big saves to keep the high scoring Axemen off the board. He now leads the conference in winning percentage (0.846), Goals Against Average (2.05), and save percentage (0.920).

- UNB was 0 for 4 on the power play while Acadia was 0 for 6.

- The V-Reds won 40 out of the 70 face-offs in the game. Taylor MacDougall (10 out of 18) and Cam Braes (7 out of 10) led the way.

- Attendance was 2012.

- Gazzola, Marcoux, and Acadia's Kyle Farrell were the game's three stars.

- In other AUS action St. FX pulled away from St. Thomas 5-1 in Fredericton, Dalhousie roughed up Moncton 6-1 in Moncton, and Saint Mary's rallied for a big 4-2 home win over UPEI.

- The AUS standings now look like this with every team having played 21 games, except Acadia and Dalhousie who have played 22: UNB (34 points), Acadia (34), St. FX (33), Saint Mary's (26), UPEI (22), Moncton (18), Dalhousie (16), and Saint Thomas (5).

- The Varsity Reds are back in action on Wednesday night when they host the St. Thomas Tommies in the 24th annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game. It is also Bell Let's Talk Day, which is aimed at raising awareness about mental health issues. Game time is 7PM. If you can't make it out to the AUC you can watch the game live at AUStv.ca.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Last Second Goal Caps Wild Win

After the Saint Mary's Huskies tied the game with 56 seconds remaining Philippe Halley scored with only 3 seconds left in regulation to give the visiting University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds a back and forth 6-5 victory tonight in Halifax. The V-Reds are now 15-3-2 on the season and remain in 2nd place in the AUS.

UNB got on the board first with Philippe Maillet - playing his first conference game since November 6th - firing a shot from the face-off circle that eluded goaltender Marc Terriault. The goal came at 8:48 and was assisted by Gazzol and Clapperton. It only took 7 seconds for the Huskies to tie it up, however, as they took the ensuing face-off down the ice and Stephen MacAulay converted on a 2-on-1. Saint Mary's then took their first lead of the game at 12:01 after some sloppy defensive zone play led to Gerrad Grant knocking the puck past Alex Dubeau from in close. Francis Beauvillier squared the game at 2 just 50 seconds later when he collected the rebound from a Matt Boudens shot and quickly deposited it into the net. The two teams headed to the locker room tied 2-2 with UNB holding a 14-7 shot advantage.

Anthony Repaci gave the Huskies their 2nd lead of the game with a one-timer from the slot while on the power play goal 4:20 into the 2nd period, but the V-Reds responded with a pair of goals before the end of the period to take a 4-3 lead. At 12:22 Jordan Murray (Caissy, Mignardi) saw that he had a clear lane to the net from the blue line and decided to pinch in. He received a pass from below the goal line and quickly snapped the puck along the ice five hole on Terriault to knot the game at 3. Later in the period the Huskies got into penalty trouble when they committed three infractions in a minute. The V-Reds capitalized on the 5-on-3 advantage with Francis Beauvillier (Caissy, Maillet) being the recipient of some nice tic-tac-toe passing and one-timing the puck in from the lip of the crease at 18:45. It was Beaivillier's 2nd goal of the night and 11th of the season. Shots in the period were 8 apiece.

It only took Saint Mary's 1:02 of the 3rd period to tie the game again when Ben Duffy scored on the power play. UNB kept up their good play and were rewarded at 5:57 on a broken play when a Maillet flip pass from just inside the SMU blue line deflected off of Chris Clapperton and right to Philippe Halley, who happened to be streaking down the right side. Halley gathered the puck and managed to score on a weak backhanded shot from the bottom of the face-off circle to give UNB a 5-4 lead. After the goal the V-Reds controlled the majority of play and looked well on their way to a victory. With over a minute remaining the Huskies pulled Terriault and it looked like it would immediately backfire as both Matt Petgrave and Philippe Maillet had good chances with the empty net, but they each hit the side of the net. After Maillet's missed opportunity the Huskies rushed the puck up the ice and MacAulay scored his 2nd of the night to tie the game 5-5 with just 56 seconds left. Not to be outdone the Varsity Reds were finally able to put this back and forth game away after the Huskies failed to get the puck deep, allowing Jordan Murray to get the puck at his own blue line and find Rob Mignardi as he was skating through centre ice. Mignardi faked a slap shot and went wide around the defenceman and behind the net for a wraparound attempt. Mignardi didn't get a great chance, but the puck slid off of his stick and through the crease where Philippe Halley was able to get just enough stick on it to get it over the goal line. The goal game at 19:57 and gave the V-Reds a huge road victory. Shots in the period favoured UNB 9-6.

- Shots in the game were 31-21 for UNB.

- Marcus McIvor (injury), Colin Suellentrop (suspension), Peter Trainor, and Cam Braes were all out of the line-up.

- UNB was 1 for 6 on the power play while SMU was 2 for 5.

- Philippe Halley was the player of the game with after scoring a pair of 3rd period goals.

- Alex Dubeau improves to 5-1-2 on the season.

- The V-Reds had another sub-par game in the face-off circle, only winning 29 out of 66 draws.

- Attendance was 945, solid by Halifax standards.

- In their last three games the V-Reds have gotten the game winning goal with 5:14 remaining (against Dalhousie), in overtime (St. FX), and with 3 seconds remaining (tonight).

- UNB got some much needed help from the UPEI Panthers tonight as they defeated Acadia 3-1 in Wolfville. In other games St. FX kept pace with a 6-3 win in Moncton and St. Thomas notched their 2nd win of the year with a 4-3 shootout victory over Dalhousie.

- The V-Reds are now only two points behind Acadia with a game in hand. They will have a chance to move into a 1st place tie tomorrow night when they face the Axemen in Wolfville. Game time is 7PM and be viewed at AUStv.ca.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CIS Top Ten (#11): Little Change In Rankings

The latest edition of the CIS men's hockey rankings - released yesterday - produced little movement from last week with the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, who clinched a playoff spot last night thanks to Acadia's 5-2 victory over Dalhousie, staying put in 4th place.

The Axemen maintained the number one spot while the Saskatchewan Huskies changed spots with the McGill Redmen to take over 2nd. After that the next six teams - UNB, UQTR, Alberta, St. FX, Mount Royal, and Carelton - all remained unchanged. The Western Mustangs rounded out the top ten with their first appearance in the rankings since mid-November.

The Saint Mary's Huskies (12th) were the only other AUS team to receive votes.

The V-Reds are back on the road this weekend for a pair of massive games. They travel to Halifax to play the Huskies on Friday night before heading to Wolfville for a date with the Acadia Axemen on Saturday night. Game time is 7PM and can be viewed live at AUStv.ca

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Murray's OT Winner Lifts UNB

Despite never holding a lead, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds picked two huge points tonight thanks to a Jordan Murray overtime goal that gave them a 3-2 road victory over the St. FX X-Men in a thrilling, back and forth game. The V-Reds 5th straight win now has them at 14-3-2 on the season and one point up on the X-Men for sole possession of 2nd place in the AUS.

With the way the same started it didn't look like it would turn into a low-scoring affair. The X-Men got on the board first at 12:52 when AUS leading scorer Eric Locke outraced a defender for the puck in the offensive end before finding Holden Cook on the other side of the net for the goal. The Varsity Reds took no time in striking back though - just 26 seconds in fact - as Christopher Caissy found Francis Beauvillier with a pass through the neutral zone. Beauvillier streaked down the left wing and snapped the puck from the face-off dot that beat goaltender Drew Owsley between the legs. This came just moments after the X-Men had a golden chance to extend their lead. The period looked like it would end 1-1 but a flurry in the final seconds saw the teams trade goals. In almost a carbon copy of their first goal X-Men forward Eric Locke did some good work in the offensive zone to gain control of the puck behind the net before finding Cook in front for his 2nd goal of the game at 19:43. However, Taylor MacDougall (Murray, Halley) was able to get the V-Reds even just 14 seconds later when his innocent looking shot from the goal line from the corner somehow beat Owsley. Shots in the period were 15-13 for St. FX.

After four goals in the 1st period the teams, surprisingly, played the final 40 minutes of the game without either being able to find the back of the net. This despite the X-Men having four power plays in the 2nd period and the Varsity Reds controlling play for the majority of the 3rd period, including a stretch of over a minute of continuous pressure in the X-Men zone. Shots over the final two periods were 26-17 for the V-Reds.

With each team assured of at least one point in the standings the V-Reds and X-Men traded chances back and forth in the 10-minute overtime. At 4:22 Philippe Halley skated the puck into the offensive zone, patiently held onto the puck as he cut across the zone just inside the blue line, and left the puck for defenceman Jordan Murray along the half boards. Murray patiently waited for a screen to develop in front, realized he had the time and space to skate in closer to the goal, and fired a low wrist shot through traffic that beat Owsley stick side for his 4th goal of the season. Shots in the overtime were 5-3 for St. FX.

- Shots in the game were 42-38 for the V-Reds.

- Etienne Marcoux was sharp in net for UNB, saving 36 out of the 38 shots he faced and making a number of big glove saves. He is now 10-2-0 on the season and 2nd in the AUS in both GAA (2.22) and save percentage (0.912).

- Philippe Maillet and Marcus McIvor both remained out of the line-up due to injury while Peter Trainor was scratched. Colin Suellentrop was also out as it appears he was suspended for more than the one game that was initially reported. Matt Boudens returned to the line-up after serving his suspension Friday night.

- Murray (goal and assist), Cook (two goals), and Owsley (39 saves) were the game's three stars.

- Murray got back on track after having his 11 game point scoring streak snapped last night against Dalhousie.

- UNB had a rough night in the face-off circle, losing 39 out of 65 draws.

- Francis Beauvillier was dangerous all night as he scored UNB's first goal and had a game-high 7 shots on goal.

- Both teams went scoreless on the power play with the V-Reds having 3 chances and the X-Men 5 opportunities.

- After racking up over 200 penalty minutes in their meeting last weekend both teams kept things under control tonight, only accounting for 10 minor penalties in the game.

- With a victory tonight UNB avoided losing both games in Antigonish this year. The last time they dropped both games to the X-Men on the road was during the 2004-2005 season.

- In other AUS action today Saint Mary's doubled up St. Thomas 6-3 in Fredericton, Moncton downed Acadia 4-3 in overtime at home, and Dalhousie picked up a 4-1 home win over UPEI.

- With each team having played 19 games the conference standings look like this: Acadia (32 points), UNB (30), St. FX (29), Saint Mary's (24), UPEI (20), Moncton (18), Dalhousie (13), St. Thomas (3).

- Things don't get any easier for the Varsity Reds next weekend. They are back on the road again with games against the Saint Mary's Huskies on Friday night and Acadia Axemen on Saturday night. Both games are scheduled for 7PM and can be viewed live at AUStv.ca.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Late Goals Propel V-Reds

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored twice in the final 5:14 to break a scoreless tie as they defeated the Dalhousie Tigers 2-0 tonight in Halifax. The V-Reds improve to 13-3-2 on the season and keep pace with the 1st place Acadia Axemen and the St. FX X-Men, who they are tied with for 2nd place.

After two fairly even periods the Varsity Reds took control of the game in the 3rd period. However, it took nearly 55 minutes to beat Tigers goalie Corbin Boes as rookie Christopher Clapperton (Brace, Braes) finally got UNB on the board on their 40th shot of the game after some nice passing deep in the Tigers zone. It was Clapperton's first career AUS goal and proved to be timely as it stood up for the game winner. Dylan Willick (Critchlow) put the game away with an empty net tally with only 25 seconds remaining.

Goaltender Alex Dubeau turned aside all 31 shots directed his way to pick up his second shut-out in 8 days against the Tigers. 

Shots in the game were 42-31 for UNB.

- Other winners tonight included Acadia (defeated St. Thomas 3-2 in Fredericton), Saint Mary's (8-0 road win in Moncton), and St. FX (5-2 win over UPEI at home).

- UNB now travels to Antigonish for another big game tomorrow evening against the X-Men. Both teams are 13-3-2 on the season and sit three points behind the 15-2-1 Acadia Axemen. Game time is 7PM and can be viewed live at AUStv.ca.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Suspensions Handed Out

The Halifax Chronicle Herald has reported the AUS has suspended a pair of Varsity Red players as well as a member of the St. FX X-Men for their actions in Saturday night's game at the AUC.

Defencemen Matt Boudens (2 10-minute misconducts and a game misconduct) and Colin Suellentrop (5 minute major for contact to the head and a game misconduct) have both been suspended for one game, meaning they will miss Friday night's game against the Dalhousie Tigers. This will leave the V-Reds in a bit of a bind as they will only have four healthy defencemen available for the game (provided Marcus McIvor remains out due to injury). Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, this is a situation UNB has had some experience in this season as they played a number of games in the first half with only four defencemen. Both players will be eligible to return to the line-up on Saturday night for the rematch against the X-Men in Antigonish.

One player who will not be playing that night is defenceman Max Iafrate. Iafrate was suspended two games after picking up 29 minutes in penalties - including a fighting major, instigator, and game misconduct - against the V-Reds. Iafrate will miss Friday night's game against UPEI and Saturday night's game against UNB.

This weekend begins arguably the toughest stretch of the season for UNB. After facing Dalhousie they play consecutive road games against St. FX, Saint Mary's, and Acadia over the next two weekends. These games will go a long way in determining if the Varsity Reds can extend their streak of 1st place finishes and 20+ win seasons, which both currently stand 8 years running. All games are scheduled for 7PM and can be seen live on AUStv.ca.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Willick Named Athlete Of The Week

Varsity Reds forward Dylan Willick has been named the UNB Varsity Reds/Dominos pizza male Athlete of the Week after helping lead the V-Reds to a pair of crucial home victories over the weekend.

On Friday night Willick scored his first career hat trick, including a shorthanded tally, and was +3 in a 4-0 win over Dalhousie. The next night he set-up Philippe Halley's shorthanded goal and won 12 out of 20 face-offs as the V-Reds defeated St. FX 6-2 to move into a tie for 2nd place in the conference.

Willick, a 3rd year engineering student from Kamloops, BC, now has 6 goals and 6 assists on the season while excelling both in the face-off circle and on the penalty kill.

CIS Top Ten (#10): UNB Moves Up

For the first time since October 27th the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds gained ground in the CIS men's hockey rankings, moving from 7th to 4th in the latest poll released earlier today.

The Acadia Axemen (14-2-1) and McGill Redmen (17-2-1) remained in the top two spots for a second consecutive poll while the Saskatchewan Huskies (15-3-0) moved up to 3rd. The Varsity Reds (12-3-2) and UQTR Patriotes (16-3-1) round out the top five.

After an 0-2 weekend the defending champion Alberta Golden Bears (12-5-1) dropped from 3rd to 6th while St. FX, Mount Royal, Carleton, and York make up the rest of the top ten.

Saint Mary's were the only other AUS team to receive votes, ranking 13th.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

V-Reds Gain Big Win Over X-Men

In a game that featured just about everything - including 192 minutes in penalties - the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds picked up a crucial 6-2 victory over the St. FX X-Men tonight at the AUC. The win moves UNB to 12-3-2 on the season and into a 2nd place tie with St. FX.

In what has seemed to be a common theme thus far this season UNB did the majority of their scoring in a single period. Tonight is was the opening period as the V-Reds stormed out to 4-0 lead after the opening twenty minutes of play. UNB received goals from Chris Caissy (on the power play from Gazzola, Wall) at 3:58, Tyler Carroll (Anderson) at 8:16, Stephen Anderson (Murray, Petgrave) at 11:21, and Caissy again, this time unassisted after fording a turnover in front of the X-Men goal at 16:07. Shots in the period were 9-6 for UNB.

UNB extended the lead to 5-0 at 2:05 of the 2nd period when Rob Mignardi (Suellentrop, Beauvillier), parked at the side of the net, redirected a slap-pass from the point into a wide open side of the net. It was shortly after this when the game really started to get out of hand. Newly recruited X-Man Max Iafrate, son of former NHLer Al, was assessed a minor penalty at 2:30 of the period but on his way to the penalty box he decided to jump Matt Boudens - who was under the skin of St. FX all game - from behind and started throwing punches. When it was all said and done Iafrate received 29 minutes in penalties, including a 5 minute major for fighting and a game misconduct, and gave UNB a rare 7 minute power play. The V-Reds couldn't muster much on the extended man advantage and had the remaining 51 seconds wiped out by a penalty of their own. The X-Men finally got on the board at 14:26 when Michael Clarke one-timed a cross ice pass past Etienne Marcoux to make it a 5-1 game. There was another skirmish at 14:57 that seen Boudens pick up his 2nd 10-minute misconduct of the game, which automatically leads to a game misconduct. Just 75 seconds later, while shorthanded, UNB restored their five goal lead. Dylan Willick made a nice play at the blue line to chip the puck past an X-Men player and went in on a 2-on-1 with Philippe Halley. Willick skated down the right side and cut back into the slot before finding Halley at the left side of the net. Halley made a nice forehand to backhand deke to flip the puck past Drew Owsley to make it a 6-1 game. That score would hold up until the end of the period as UNB out-shot St. FX 11-9.

Just over 4 minutes into the 3rd period Francis Beauvillier knocked down Eric Locke on a breakaway giving Locke, the leading scorer in the AUS, a penalty shot. Marcoux was up to the challenge however, kicking out Locke's attempt to keep it 6-1. Shortly after this the game continued to get more and more out of hand as there were misconducts handed out at 4:40, 5:51, and 16:34. After Alex Wall was given an unsportsmanlike penalty at 5:31 Colin Suellentrop received a five minute major and game misconduct for contact to the head just 20 seconds later. The X-Men scored on the ensuing 5-on-3 to cut the lead to 6-2, which is how the game would end. Shots in the period favoured UNB 10-8.

- Shots in the game were 30-23 for UNB.

- Marcus McIvor and Philippe Maillet remained out of the line-up due to injury while Tyler Carroll and Mike Thomas replaced Peter Trainor and Cameron Brace (one game suspension due to his game misconduct last night).

- It is expected that both Colin Suellentrop, due to his 5 minute major and game misconduct, and Matt Boudens, due to his two 10-minute misconducts and subsequent game misconduct, will be suspended for Friday's game against Dalhousie. This will leave UNB with only four defenceman.

- Etienne Marcoux improved to 9-2-0 on the season, making 21 saves in the win.

- UNB accounted for 21 infractions and 101 penalty minutes while St. FX accumulated 91 penalty minutes on 20 infractions. There were 13 misconducts handed out in total.

- By the end of the game both teams only had about 8 or 9 players on the bench.

- UNB was 1 for 9 on the power play while the X-Men were 1 for 10.

- Attendance was 2321.

- The V-Reds had a rare off-night in the face-off circle, only winning 28 out of 64 draws. Dylan Willick fared the best with 12 wins and 8 losses.

- Caissy, Anderson, and Marcoux were the three stars of the game.

- UNB has now won 14 straight home games over the X-Men. This includes 10 regular season and 4 playoff contests.

- Prior to the game captain Cam Critchlow was honoured with the second annual Rod Pike Award which is given to a Varsity Reds hockey player who has demonstrated both an exceptional athletic ability and academic performance.

- In other action in the AUS Acadia kept rolling with another strong offensive effort in an 8-2 drubbing of Moncton in Wolfville, Saint Mary's picked up a dominant 7-0 home win over St. Thomas, and UPEI picked up a 2-1 overtime win against Dalhousie in Charlottetown.

- With each team having played 17 games the standings now look like this: Acadia (29 points), UNB (26), St. FX (26), Saint Mary's (20), UPEI (20), Moncton (16), Dalhousie (11), St. Thomas (3).

- UNB are on the road next weekend to face the same two teams they played this weekend so it will be interesting to see if any of the hostility carries over. They face Dalhousie on Friday night and St. FX on Saturday night. Both games are scheduled for 7PM and can be seen at www.AUStv.ca


Friday, January 8, 2016

Willick, Dubeau Lead V-Reds

Dylan Willick scored a hat-trick and Alex Dubeau stopped everything sent his way as the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored a 4-0 victory over the visiting Dalhousie Tigers in what was a chippy affair tonight at the AUC. UNB is now 11-3-2 on the season and remain in 3rd place, three points behind the Acadia Axemen.

The Tigers played a solid opening twenty minutes as they bottled up the high powered V-Reds attack for the majority of the period and were able to get some quality chances on their own. However, it was UNB holding a 9-8 shot advantage and getting the only goal at 6:47. Philippe Halley took an Alex Wall pass at the Tigers blue line and left it for Dylan Willick, who was streaking through the neutral zone. Willick was able to weave his way through the defence and went in all alone, managing to just squeak the puck past Corbin Boes in the Tigers net.

The 2nd period proved to be the turning point as UNB dominated play and gained control of the game with three goals in a span of only 2:14. At 5:03 Rob Mignardi (Wall, Gazzola) was able to corral a rebound just outside the crease and backhand it into the top of the net. Just a minute later Willick got his 2nd of the night when he took a pass from the side boards from Philippe Halley and quickly fired it five-hole to make it 3-0. Peter Trainor also got an assist on the goal. Willick was able to complete his hat-trick at 7:17 while shorthanded when some good work at the UNB blue-line sprung Rob Mignardi and Willick on a 2-on-0 rush. After a number of passes back and forth it was Willick taking the shot and scoring. This proved to be the end of the night for Boes as Wendell Vye took over in the Tigers net for the remaining 32:43. Shots in the period were 17-7 for UNB.

The V-Reds out-shot Dalhousie 10-8 in the final period as the game slowly deteriorated with a number of penalties and scuffles. There were no more goals scored but there were 38 minutes in penalties handed out, including a game misconduct to Cameron Brace for interfering from the bench.

- Shots in the game were 36-23 for UNB.

- The V-Reds played their first conference game in months with a full line-up. Marcus McIvor (injury), Philippe Maillet (injury), and Mike Thomas (scratched) were all out of the line-up. Tyler Carroll also missed the game due to a one game suspension he had to serve after being assessed a five minute major penalty and game misconduct in the final game of the 1st half.

- Willick took Maillet's place on the top line with Halley and Trainor. He scored his three goals on only three shots. He was also a game-high +3.

- Willick, Dubeau, and Mignardi were the game's three stars.

- UNB went 0 for 4 on the power play, including an extended 5-on-3 opportunity late in the game. Dalhousie was 0 for 7.

- Attendance was 1823.

- UNB hit the past at least 5 times in the game.

- UNB won 37 out of the 65 face-offs with Chris Caissy winning 8 out of 11.

- The V-Reds have now won 18 straight home games and 15 straight games overall against the Tigers.

- Elsewhere around the conference tonight Acadia remained in 1st place with a 7-2 home win over St. Thomas, St. FX coughed up a 4-0 3rd period lead against UPEI but emerged victorious 5-4 in overtime in Charlottetown, and Saint Mary's defeated Moncton 4-1 at home.

- UNB is back at the AUC tomorrow night for a huge game against the 2nd place St. FX X-Men. Game time is 7PM.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

UNB Sweeps Concordia

The University of New Brunswick took their second game of the weekend against the Concordia Stingers with a 5-1 victory this afternoon at the AUC to sweep both games of the annual Pete Kelly Cup.

- Much like Saturday night's game, UNB got off to a quick start in this one when Dylan Willick deflected in a Matt Boudens point shot just 17 seconds into the contest. Colin Suellentrop picked up the secondary assist on the goal. The V-Reds stretched their lead to 2-0 at 18:57 while on the power play when Rob Mignardi (Beauvillier, Caissy) picked up the puck after it had trickled behind Stingers goaltender Robin Billingham and pushed it in. Shots in the period were 10-6 for UNB.

- The Varsity Reds added three more goals in the 2nd period to build a 5-0 lead after 40 minutes. At 4:23 Matt Petgrave (Murray, Caissy) got the puck after a face-off win and blasted a shot from the blue-line that went off of the post and in. Peter Trainor (Willick, Suellentrop) made it 4-0 at 8:03 when he curled off the side boards and fired a wrist shot through traffic from the top of the face-off circle that went between Billingham's legs. Tyler Carroll capped the period at 19:44 when he was the recipient of some nice work by Stephen Anderson in the neutral zone. Anderson eluded a number of defenders before passing off to Carroll, who skated down the left side and sniped one into the top corner. Despite the scoring in the period, the Stingers out-shot UNB 10-6.

- The Stingers also held a 10-6 shot advantage in the 3rd period and were rewarded with the only goal. The V-Reds took a pair of penalties at 14:15 to give Concordia a 5-on-3 advantage for two minutes and almost managed to kill it off but Anthony Cortese scored on a one-timer from the side of the net with just 10 seconds remaining in the penalties to get the Stingers on the board and spoil the shut-out bid.

- Shots in the game were 26-25 for Concordia.

- Marcus McIvor and Philippe Halley were out of the line-up. Philippe Maillet left the game early in the 1st period with what appeared to be a hand injury and never returned. Mike Thomas also left the game in the 1st period after taking a hit to the head but later came back.

- Alex Dubeau got the nod in goal. He made perhaps the best save of the season thus far when he went post-to-post to make a glove save on a one-timer that would have been a sure goal.

- Concordia was 1 for 6 on the power play while UNB was 1 for 4.

- UNB won 41 out of 66 face-offs in the game. Dylan Willick led the way with 13 wins out of 17.

- Willick was also named the player of the game for UNB. Domenic Beauchemin took the honours for Concordia.

- Attendance was 1809.

- This is UNB's 10th straight Pete Kelly Cup tournament victory.

- Cam Brace was named the MVP of the Pete Kelly Cup.

- Brace was joined on the tournament all-star team by goaltender Alex Dubeau, defencemen Matt Petgrave and Colin Suellentrop, and forwards Cam Braes, Francis Beauvillier and Philippe Hudon (Concordia).

- The AUS regular season resumes this upcoming weekend when UNB hosts the Dalhousie Tigers on Friday night and the 2nd place St. FX X-Men on Saturday night. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM puck drop.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

UNB In Form Against Stingers

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds raced out to a 4-0 lead after the first period and never looked back, cruising to a 7-3 victory over the Concordia Stingers in the first game of the Pete Kelly Cup tonight at the AUC.

- The V-Reds struck early and often in the opening frame, taking advantage of a Stingers team who were undoubtedly feeling the effects of the long bus ride from Montreal. Cameron Brace (Murray, Clapperton) streaked down the right side before cutting in front of the net and rooking the puck at 1:46, Francis Beauvillier (Caissy) on a breakaway at 3:55, Peter Trainor (Halley, Petgrave) with a one-timer from the slot at 6:25, and Jordan Murray (Braes, Boudens) pushing in a loose puck during a goal-mouth scramble at 15:48 had the first period goals for UNB, who out-shot Concordia 20-7 in a dominant first 20 minutes.

- Brace (Petgrave) knocked in a rebound for his second goal of the night 6:10 into the 2nd period to extend the lead to 5-0. However, from that point on the Stingers played pretty well. Matt Boudreau got Concordia on the board with a power play marker at 13:35 before Cam Braes (Murray, Beauvillier), with a wrist shot from the slot after some nice passing in the offensive zone, restored the five goal lead with just 26 seconds remaining in the frame. Shots in the period favoured UNB 13-4.

- Concordia cut the lead to 6-3 early in the 3rd period with a pair of goals. First, Phillipe Charbonneau potted the Stingers second power play goal of the night with a point shot at 2:19, and then Alexandros Soumakis shoved the puck in after a drive to net at 6:09. Cameron Brace completed the scoring, and his hat-trick, after Clapperton made a beautiful pass from his knees from the corner that found Brace in the high slot for the one timer slap shot. Shots were 10 apiece in the period and 43-21 for the V-Reds in the game.

- UNB welcomed back veteran forwards Cam Braes and Mike Thomas to the line-up. They also received a boost from new recruit Chris Clapperton as well as the returns of Philippe Maillet and Peter Trainor from injury.

- Defenceman Marcus McIvor was the only member of the team not to play tonight as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

- Speaking of McIvor, Ranjan Rupul of BayToday.ca has a fantastic article on the freshman rearguard. It's definitely worth a read.

- Braes wore his old #10 as Anderson switched to #27. Thomas got #71 back and Clapperton wore #57 that was last worn by former captain Chris Culligan.

- Given the number of players who were dressed tonight (21, compared to 18 for a regular season game) there was plenty of line-up shuffling. Stephen Anderson did not play in the 1st period or 3rd period, Peter Trainor and Mike Thomas didn't play the 2nd period, and Philippe Maillet and Colin Suellentrop didn't play in the 3rd.

- Unfortunately, Philippe Halley left the game in the 2nd period with what appeared to be an arm injury and didn't return. Hopefully it is nothing serious as the team is just now starting to get healthy after a tough 1st half on the injury front.

- As a result of this the lines were a bit jumbled, but Trainor was back playing with Maillet and Trainor to begin the game while Braes/Brace/Clapperton seen a lot of time together. The line of Caissy/Beauvillier/Mignardi also remained together to begin the game and, given their 1st half success, it would be shocking to see them broken up.

- Since UNB only has 5 healthy defenceman at the moment forward Matt Boudens slid back and played defense tonight, and looked pretty solid back there in the process.

- Etienne Marcoux played the entire game in goal.

- Concordia was 2 for 5 on the power play. UNB was 0 for 2.

- Cameron Brace, Stephen Anderson, and Stingers forward Philippe Hudon were named the game's three stars.

- UNB won 38 out of the 60 face-offs in the game. Taylor MacDougall (10 out of 12), Cam Braes (8-10), and Dylan Willick (9-13) all had strong night in the dot.

- Braes was a game-high +4 and was tied with Beauvillier with a game-high 6 shots. Safe to say he hasn't missed a beat.

- Attendance was 2084, which is pretty decent for an exhibition game.

- The rematch goes tomorrow afternoon at 1PM.

Friday, January 1, 2016

V-Reds Add Forward

According to Bill Hunt of the Daily Gleaner (subscription required), the Varsity Reds have bolstered their line-up with the addition of left winger Christopher Clapperton. Clapperton had been released from his contract with the AHL's Toronto Marlies earlier this week after spending the first half of the season with their ECHL affiliate in Orlando. He is expected to be in the line-up this weekend when UNB hosts the Concordia Stingers for a pair of games at the AUC.

Clapperton, a 5'9", 174 pound native of Chandler, Quebec, was a 5th round pick of the Florida Panthers in the 2013 NHL draft. He played four seasons in the QMJHL, including the first three with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada where he was a teammate of current UNB goaltender Etienne Marcoux. He played his final year with the Rimouski Oceanic, helping lead them to a Memorial Cup appearance last year. Overall, Clapperton posted 270 points (113 goals, 157 assists) in 237 regular season games and added another 70 points (26 goals, 44 assists) in 62 playoff games during his junior career. He also had 2 goals and an assist in 4 Memorial Cup games.

According to Hockey's Future:
Clapperton is a goal-scoring winger who relies on good hockey sense and hard work to generate opportunities. He is smaller than most NHL players, and lacks substantial footspeed, but he has the kind of determination to score that coaches and scouts like to see. 
Further, McKeen's Hockey had this to say prior to the Memorial Cup:
Arguably the Oceanic’s most valuable forward, Florida prospect Christopher Clapperton is an industrious winger with a scorer’s touch as evident by his 139 QMJHL goals over 299 career games. The 1.14 point-per-game Q forward plays in all situations and will be a vital part of Rimouski’s MemCup success.
The addition of Clapperton is an interesting one for UNB given that they also have forwards Cam Braes and Mike Thomas returning for the 2nd half. This move now gets them to the roster cap of 22 skaters - 16 forwards and only 6 defenceman (including Marcus McIvor, who has been rehabbing a leg injury). Although it probably isn't an ideal ratio it is likely that there weren't any good defencemen available and you can't pass up the opportunity to add a player with Clapperton's resume. It will be interesting to see how Gardiner MacDougall and the rest of the coaching staff assemble the line-up and make all of the pieces fit. It should certainly make for an exciting finish to the season.

V-Reds Host Stingers For Pete Kelly Cup

After a five week layoff the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds will return to the ice this weekend for a pair of games against the OUA's Concordia Stingers in the 11th annual Pete Kelly Cup. The first game is scheduled for 7PM Saturday night with the rematch going at 1PM on Sunday afternoon, both at the AUC.

The Stingers currently sit in 7th place in the 9 team OUA East division with a 7-8-3 record. They appear to be more of an offensive-oriented team, having scored 68 goals thus far (5th in the 19 team OUA conference), but they have also surrendered 67 goals (4th worst in the conference).

Concordia is led offensively by forwards Olivier Hinse (13th in the CIS in scoring with 23 points in 18 games), Jessyko Bernard (17 points in 14 games), former Saint John Sea Dog Scott Oke (16 points in 18 games), Philippe Hudon (15 points in 17 games), and Frederic Roy (15 games in 17 games).

These two teams have played 5 times previously - but just once in the last 20 years - with UNB holding a 3-2 edge:

October 27th, 1977 at UNB - Concordia wins 14-0
October 13th, 1984 at UNB - Concordia wins 6-3
October 14th, 1984 at UNB - UNB wins 6-3
October 7th, 1993 at UNB - UNB wins 5-3
September 29th, 2012 at Concordia - UNB wins 4-2

UNB will be looking to improve on a couple of impressive streaks this weekend:

- UNB has won 13 straight games against OUA teams and are 40-1-0 in their last 41 games.

- UNB has won 24 straight games against OUA East division teams dating back to 2003.

- They have won 16 straight exhibition games at the AUC since suffering a 1-0 loss to Providence on January 2nd, 2011.

- They have won 39 straight exhibition games at the AUC against CIS competition. Their last loss came to Saint Mary's in the finals of the first ever Pete Kelly Cup on December 31st, 2005.

- After dropping that inaugural Pete Kelly Cup in UNB has won the last 9.

With help from the RedSea Database