Sunday, October 15, 2017

UNB Remains Perfect

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored three times in both the second and third periods as they wore down the visiting UPEI Panthers in a 6-2 victory at the AUC last night. UNB improves to 4-0-0 on the season while the Panthers fall to 2-2-0.

- Although they were out-shot 16-6 in the opening twenty minutes, the Panthers jumped ahead 1-0 at 13:48. Marcus Power made a nice pass from the corner to find Kameron Kielly in front and the rookie had a tap-in goal past Rylan Parenteau.

- The V-Reds continued to dominate the possession and shot clock in the 2nd period and struck for a pair of goals in the early minutes. At 1:38 Oliver Cooper (Gazzola, Parenteau) carried the puck down the left side and snapped a quick shot off the rush that beat Matt Mahalak in the Panthers cage, tying the game 1-1. Then, just 2:20 later, some nice puck movement on the power play resulted in Christopher Clapperton (Boland, LeBlanc) having a wide open net to shoot at from the face-off circle. He buried the opportunity and UNB had a 2-1 lead. The V-Reds added another late in the period after Cameron Brace was hit with a high-stick that led to a four minute power play. It was Clapperton (Boland, Anderson) again doing the honours, blasting a shot from almost the exact same spot as his earlier goal that slipped between Mahalak's out-stretched leg and glove. UNB would take a 3-1 lead to the dressing room after out-shooting UPEI 18-6 in the period.

- The Varsity Reds extended the lead to 5-1 in the opening half of the 3rd period. At 3:13 Stephen Anderson (Clapperton, LeBlanc) took a pass from behind the net, had his initial shot stopped, but got his own rebound and held the puck long enough to get Mahalak down before flipping it up and over the Panthers goalie. Another scramble in front of the net at 9:18 of the period resulted in Mark Simpson (Brace, Cooper) getting credit for his first of the season after some persistent work down low. After Marcus Power cut the lead to 5-2 with a power play goal at 17:34, Matt Murphy (Boland) wrapped up the scoring at 19:36 when he took a face-off win and found the empty net from his own goal line. Shots in the period were 14-5 for the V-Reds.

- Tristan Pomerleau remained out of the line-up for UNB as he is dealing from being on the receiving end of a big hit last weekend against these same Panthers.

- Shots in the game were 48-17. The V-Reds have out-shot their opposition 177-64 through four games thus far.

- UNB was 2 for 7 on the power play while the Panthers went 1 for 5.

- The Varsity Reds won 48 out of 81 face-offs. Boland led the way with 13 wins on 20 draws.

- Clapperton (2 goals, 1 assist), LeBlanc (2 assists), and Power (1 goal, 1 assist) were the game's three stars.

- Rylan Parenteau picked up his first career victory in net.

- The game got off to an interesting start as a collision in the corner between Mike Thomas and a Panthers player just 30 seconds into the contest resulted in a pane of glass shattering, leading to a 10-15 minute delay as AUC staff worked to get it replaced.

- Attendance was 2473 on 'UNB Student Night', which helped make for a more lively atmosphere than usual. 

- UNB have won 27 consecutive regular season games at the AUC. Further, they are on a 38-0-1 run dating back to November of 2014 with the lone loss being a 3-2 shootout loss to Acadia on October 30th, 2015.

- Including exhibition/regular season/playoffs/Nationals, the V-Reds are 59-2-1 in their last 62 games played at the AUC. The only blemishes have been the aforementioned game against Acadia and playoff losses to St. FX in both 2016 (3-2) and 2017 (2-1).

- Saint Mary's doubled Dalhousie 4-2 in the only other game on the schedule last night. On  Friday night UPEI blew out Moncton 8-2 on the island, Acadia needed a shoot-out to get past Dalhousie 3-2 in Wolfville, and St. FX remained perfect with a 4-3 OT win on the road against Saint Mary's.

- UNB faces their biggest challenge of the early season next weekend as they make their first trek to Nova Scotia for a pair of games. On Friday night they are in Wolfville to face Acadia and on Saturday they head to Halifax to take on Saint Mary's. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM puck drop and can be seen on www.AUStv.ca.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

V-Reds Stymie Aigles Bleus

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds got an 18 save shutout performance from Alex Dubeau as they ran their record to 3-0-0 with a 2-0 road victory over the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus tonight.

- For the second consecutive game, the V-Reds were on the receiving end of a superb goaltending performance as it took them 28 minutes and 25 shots before they finally solved Brandon Thibeau. While on the power play, Cameron Brace found Chris Caissy streaking down the right side. Caissy gained a step on the defence and cut in all alone, beating Thibeau with a nice deke to give UNB the only goal they needed at 8:01 of the 2nd period.

- Randy Gazzola salted the game away with an unassisted goal from the neutral zone and into an empty net with 47 seconds remaining in the game.

- Shots in the game favoured UNB 47-18 with period totals of 18-6, 12-8, and 17-4.

- The Varsity Reds were 1 for 6 on the power play. Moncton was 0 for 5.

- UNB went 50 for 79 in the face-off circle. Mark Simpson had another strong game, winning 17 out of 23 draws.

- Matt Boudens was back in the line-up, but defencemen Tristan Pomerleau and Matt Murphy were out.

- This is Alex Dubeau's 4th career shut-out and first since 2015-2016.

- Brace had a game-high 10 shots on goal.

- Thibeau was named the player of the game after a 43 save performance.

- UNB has started the season 3-0-0 for the 4th time in 5 years. They went 2-0-1 in their first three games last season.

- The Varsity Reds have won 9 straight games against the Aigles Bleus, including 5 in a row in Moncton.

- UNB is on a 12 game regular season winning streak dating back to a 4-3 OT loss to SMU on January 16th.

- After coughing up a 4-0 lead last weekend to the Acadia Axemen, the St. FX X-Men squandered a 4-1 lead tonight to the Axmen only to once again recover and pull out a 5-4 victory in Antigonish.

- The  V-Reds are back on home ice this Saturday night when they welcome the UPEI Panthers to town. Game time is 7PM.

Anderson Picks Up Trio Of Awards

After scoring five goals in the first two games of the season, Varsity Reds forward Stephen Anderson was honoured this week by sweeping the UNB, AUS, and U Sports male athlete of the week awards.

Yesterday the 3rd year forward was awarded the UNB Varsity Reds/Papa John's Pizza male Athlete of the Week as well as the Subway AUS male Athlete of the Week. He capped off the hat-trick today by being named the U Sports male Athlete of the Week.

Anderson will try to continue his hot start this week when UNB travels to Moncton tonight before hosting UPEI on Saturday night at the AUC.

U Sports Top Ten (#1): UNB Starts On Top

U Sports released their first men's hockey top ten ranking of the season yesterday, and the Varsity Reds begin the campaign how they finished the 2016-2017 season - in the number one spot.

UNB collected 11 out of 15 first place votes for a total of 142 points to outpace the Alberta Golden Bears, who picked up two first place votes and 132 points. Making up the rest of the top ten are the Saskatchewan Huskies, St. FX X-Men, McGill Redmen, Acadia Axemen, Saint Mary's Huskies, Ryerson Rams, Calgary Dinos, and York Lions.

As is usually the case with the first rankings of the season, a number of teams received votes. This includes Queen's, UQTR, UBC, Laurier, Carleton, Guelph, Western, Concordia, and Ottawa.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Special Teams Key Victory

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds hit the road for the first time this season and used three power play goals and a shorthanded tally to get past the UPEI Panthers 5-3 tonight in Charlottetown.

Although UNB came out strong in the first period and out-shot the Panthers 12-5, it was the home team getting on the board first with the only goal of the period. After some sustained pressure following a power play by the Varsity Reds, UPEI was able to get the puck out of the zone and break out on a rush that ended with Sam Aulie sliding the puck past Alex Dubeau.

In the 2nd period the V-Reds played arguably their most dominant period in recent memory as they were credited with 24 shots on goal to the Panthers 2. However, Matt Mancina was up to the task, making a number of larcenous saves to keep it a 1-0 game. The game finally turned in UNB's favour when Filip Rydstrom was assessed a five minute major penalty at 14:39 for charging Colin Suellentrop, and for the second straight game the V-Reds were able to strike for a trio of late 2nd period goals to take control. At 15:22 Kris Bennett found Christopher Clapperton with a cross-ice pass. Clapperton's shot was stopped but Stephen Anderson collected the rebound in the slot and fired it into a wide open cage. Then, after a scramble in front of the net, Oliver Cooper (Gazzola, Brace) was in the right spot at the right time to clean up the garbage in the crease, tapping the puck into an open net at 18:04 to give UNB the lead. Anderson (Clapperton, McIvor) struck again for his second goal of the night - and fifth of the season - just five seconds after the major penalty expired at 19:44 when he picked the top right corner with a wrist shot off a rush, giving UNB a 3-1 lead that they would take into the intermission.

The V-Reds extended their lead just 2:08 into the 3rd period with another special teams goal, this time shorthanded. Kris Bennett stripped the puck from a Panthers player in the neutral zone and went in all alone on Mancina, beating him with a backhander between the legs to make it a 4-1 game. A goal from Kameron Kielly got UPEI back to within 4-2 at 8:01, but another five minute major penalty and subsequent power play goal from Cameron Brace (Gazzola, Dubeau), who skated through a couple of defenders before one handing the puck between Manicina's legs for an early goal of the year candidate, restored the three goal lead and pretty much sealed the game with 6:23 remaining. Panthers defenseman Ryan MacKinnon closed out the scoring at 17:16, depositing his own rebound at the side of the net. Shots in the period were 13-5 for UNB.

- Shots in the game favoured the V-Reds 49-12.

- Trey Lewis drew into the line-up, replacing Matt Boudens.

- UNB was 3 for 7 on the power play while UPEI was 0 for 4.

- Defenceman Tristan Pomerleau was visibly shaken up after being on the receiving end of Beau McCue's 5 minute charging major in the 3rd period. He needed helped off the ice and did not return.

- The V-Reds struggled all night in the face-off circle, losing 42 out of 70 face-offs in the game.

- Alex Dubeau received his second straight start in goal.

- Cooper and Bennett both scored their first career AUS goal.

- Although he was held off the score-sheet, Peter Trainor had a number of high quality chances only to be denied by Mancina each time.

- UNB improves to 9-0-1 in their last 10 games against UPEI.

- Elsewhere around the AUS tonight, the St. FX X-Men avoided disaster by defeating Acadia 5-4 in a shootout in Wolfville after blowing a 4-0 1st period lead and the Saint Mary's Huskies got past Dalhousie 4-1.

- UNB returns to the ice on Wednesday when they travel to Moncton to face the Aigles Bleus for a 7PM puck drop.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

V-Reds Get Season Started With Victory

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds raised their 7th National Championship banner to the rafters and then came out and used a late 2nd period flurry to pull away from the visiting Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus in a 6-2 win tonight in the AUS regular season opener at the AUC. UNB has now won a remarkable 29 straight home openers and 7 straight season openers.

- The V-Reds got the season off to a quick start with a pair of goals in the opening half of the 1st period, both from Stephen Anderson. At 6:25 Anderson was stationed in front of the net where he was able to tip a Randy Gazzola wrist shot from the high slot. Christopher Clapperton also picked up an assist on the first goal of the USports season. He doubled the lead just 2:18 later at 8:43 when the puck bounced out from behind the net and he was able to backhand it into the corner from the lip of the crease. Gazzola and Tyler Boland - with his first career point - were awarded the assists. However, UNB was in penalty trouble all night and Moncton managed to capitalize when Jean-Sebastien Fournier blasted a slap shot from in close just as the first penalty of a lengthy 5-on-3 opportunity expired, cutting the lead in half. The V-Reds would take a 2-1 lead into the intermission with Moncton holding a 11-10 shot advantage.

- The Aigles Bleus tied up the game early in the middle frame despite lots of offensive zone pressure from UNB. Justin Vanier-Guenette got behind the defense and was the recipient of a nice pass on a rush, redirecting the puck just past the outstretched leg of Alex Dubeau and inside the post to make it a 2-2 game at 2:09. Unfortunately for Moncton, they only had one more shot in the period and UNB was able to put the game away with a flurry of three goals in the latter half of the frame. At 14:26 Chris Caissy (Trainor, Brace) got a rebound all alone in front of the net and quickly fired it past Aigles Bleus goaltender Brandon Thibeau for a power play goal. At 19:08 Caissy (Trainor, Murphy) struck again when a Moncton defender in front of the net batted the puck high out of the air right to him in the slot, where he snapped it past an unsuspecting Thibeau. Just 20 seconds later Anderson (Simpson, Clapperton) completed his hat-trick with a quick one-timer from the bottom of the face-off circle to make it 5-2. Shots in the period were 13-2 for UNB.

- Despite a number of Aigles Bleus power plays in the 3rd period, it was the V-Reds who got the lone goal. At 11:19 Mike Thomas (Simpson, Cooper) ripped a one-timer from the slot off the post and in, capping the scoring. Shots over the final twenty minutes were 10-4 for the V-Reds.

- Shots in the game were 33-17 for UNB.

- The game was marred by penalties. Moncton was 1 for 12 on the power play, including three different two man advantages. UNB was 1 for 5.

- Overall there were 25 penalties called in the game, 18 of which were assessed to UNB. They were also given 60 out of the 82 penalty minutes handed out.

- Perhaps coincidentally (or not), one of the referees in the game also worked the pre-season game against Dalhousie when the Tigers were awarded 10 power plays to UNB's 5.

- The V-Reds won 39 out of 68 face-offs in the game. Mark Simpson led the way with 16 wins in 21 chances.

- Alex Dubeau received the start in goal.

- Attendance was 2417.

- Anderson, Caissy, and Fournier were named the game's three stars.

- Oliver Cooper's assist on the final goal was also his first career point. He was scoreless in 7 games last season.

- Peter Trainor saw his first regular season action since the 2015-2016 season and contributed a pair of assists.

- Before the game a ceremony was held to honour last season's championship team. After the 2017-2018 team was introduced, a number of staff and players representing the six previous title teams were brought out on the ice, newly minted team captain Dylan Willick skated out with the University Cup, a video tribute celebrating UNB's hockey legacy was shown (see below), and the 2017 National Championship banner was unveiled.



- The Varsity Reds are back in action on Friday night when they travel to Charlottetown to face the UPEI Panthers in their home opener. Game time is 7PM and can be viewed at www.AUStv.ca.

News and Notes: Captains Named, Shell Article

A pair of notes before the Varsity Reds raise their 7th National Championship banner to the rafters tonight in the home opener against Moncton:

- It was reported earlier today that 5th year forward Dylan Willick has been named team captain. This represents a slight change in philosophy for UNB as all of their previous captains in recent memory (Critchlow, Culligan, Bailey, Friesen) served multiple years in the role. Nonetheless it is an excellent choice given Willick's on-ice and off-ice resume. 

- It was also announced that Matt Boudens and Randy Gazzola will serve as alternate captains for the entire season while Colin Suellentrop will be the first of four players that will rotate as the third alternate. 

- Former Royal Military College Paladins and University of British Columbia Thunderbirds head coach Adam Shell has joined the CUSN as a contributor. In his first article he discusses the Varsity Reds and the pressure to three-peat.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hodgson Signs AHL Deal

The Varsity Reds have been dealt a significant blow on the eve of the regular season as one of their top recruits - forward Hayden Hodgson - has signed a two year contract with the Cleveland Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

After scoring 38 goals in his final junior season, Hodgson was expected to play a big part in replacing some of the offense the Varsity Reds have lost since the end of last season. Instead, his departure means UNB is now down to only 19 eligible skaters on their roster. This leaves them with only one extra player, which is a risky move given the number of injuries we have seen teams encounter during the course of the season. Since they are now three players below the roster cap of 22 skaters, it seems likely they will be looking to add some impact players at the Christmas break. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Eagles Hand V-Reds First Loss

The perennial NCAA powerhouse Boston College Eagles scored two quick goals and never looked back in a 4-2 victory over the visiting University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds Saturday night in Boston. UNB finishes pre-season play with a 2-1-0 record.

- After opening up a 2-0 first period lead on goals at 3:14 and 7:05, the Eagles extended the margin to 3-0 just 1:07 into the 2nd period. All goals were scored at even strength.

- The V-Reds finally got on the board with a 5-on-3 power play marker at 18:59 of the 2nd when Chris Caissy fired in a pass from Cameron Brace. Christopher Clapperton also received an assist on the goal.

- Boston College reclaimed their three goal cushion with a breakaway goal 3:59 into the 3rd period before Clapperton (Willick) got the final tally of the evening after stealing the puck in close and beating the Eagles goaltender with a low shot just inside the post at 15:49.

- Shots favoured UNB 36-22 with period totals of 9-11, 17-6, and 10-5.

- Alex Dubeau and Rylan Parenteau once again both played. Dubeau gave up 3 goals on 17 shots during 40 minutes of action and Parenteau came in for the final period, stopping 4 out of 5 shots faced.

- UNB went 1 for 4 on the power play while the Eagles were held scoreless on four opportunities.

- There were only 10 penalties (and 23 penalty minutes) called in the game, a welcome change from the penalty-filled affairs we saw last season between NCAA and USports teams.

- Clapperton received a 5 minute major for boarding in the 2nd period.

- The V-Reds only allowed one shot on goal during 11:40 of shorthanded time. By comparison, they generated 12 shots on goal during their 7:17 of man advantage time.

- The Eagles won 38 out of 64 face-offs.

- Attendance was 323.

- The game was played at the Boston Bruins practice facility - Warrior Ice Arena - due to an Eagles football game on campus.

- UNB is back in action this Wednesday night as the regular season kicks off at the AUC against the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus in the home opener. Game time is 7PM. Before the game the team will raise their 7th National Championship banner to the rafters.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Rookies Lead The Way

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds received four goals from freshmen - including a hat-trick from Kris Bennett in his home debut - on their way to a dominant 6-0 exhibition victory over the Dalhousie Tigers last night at the AUC.

- The V-Reds grabbed a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes thanks to goals 76 seconds apart mid-way through the period. At 11:42 Peter Trainor (Anderson) circled around the offensive zone to pick up a loose puck in the slot and quickly fired it off the right post and in and then at 12:58 Bennett (Brace, Murphy) got his first of the night when he executed a nifty toe-drag to get the puck around a defender before beating goaltender Joe Gladnick with a wrist shot.

- Bennett (Clapperton, Boland) got his second of the night just 1:02 into the 2nd period on the power play. Clapperton got the puck on the left side of the offensive zone, threw a pass across the ice to Boland, who found Bennett down low for a tap-in at the lip of the crease.

- UNB put the game away with a trio of goals in the latter half of the 3rd period. Tristan Pomerleau (Simpson, Lewis) with a snap shot from the slot at 11:25, Cam Brace banging home an Oliver Cooper cross-ice pass at 14:11, and Bennett (Brace, Cooper) redirecting a pass in close to complete his hat-trick rounded out the scoring on the evening.

- Shots favoured the Varsity Red 40-16 on the night with period totals of 15-3, 10-10, and 15-3.

- Rookie Rylan Parenteau started the game in goal and stopped 7 shots in 31:36. Alex Dubeau came in for the final 28:24 and made 9 saves to complete the shutout.

- Dalhousie went 0 for 10 on the power play, including two lengthy 5-on-3 opportunities. UNB was 1 for 4.

- UNB won 50 out of 81 face-offs with Bennett (11 for 16), Dylan Willick (11 for 16), and Mark Simpson (12 for 21) all having exceptional nights in the dot.

- Bennett, Brace, and Pomerleau were the game's three stars.

- Attendance was 693.

- Simpson was playing his first exhibition game after having just returned from the Washington Capitals training camp.

- Hayden Hodgson has been released from the Columbus Blue Jackets training camp. It is unknown if he will now attend their AHL training camp or join UNB.

- UNB has now won 46 straight exhibition games against CIS competition at the AUC. Their last loss came at the hands of Saint Mary's on December 31st, 2005.

- In other exhibition action last night, Acadia beat UPEI 7-4, UQTR defeated St. FX 2-1 in New Glascow, and Moncton doubled up Concordia 4-2 in a game played in Matane, Quebec.

- The V-Reds will play their final exhibition game next Saturday in Boston against Boston College.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

UNB Gets Win In Exhibition Opener

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored a 2-1 victory in their pre-season opener last night against the UPEI Panthers in a game that was played in Montague, PEI.

As the game was not web-cast, nor where there any updates on the UNB Hockey twitter, information about the contest is restricted to the box score.

Here is what we do know:

- After skating through a scoreless 1st period, the Panthers opened the scoring at 15:05 of the 2nd when Cody Payne beat Alex Dubeau.

- The Varsity Reds got all of the offense they would need within a 73 second span early in the 3rd period. Christopher Clapperton (Bennett) knotted the game at the 3:00 mark before Colin Suellentrop scored unassisted for what proved to be the game winning goal at 4:13.

- Dubeau played the first 40 minutes and stopped 9 out of 10 shots. Rylan Parenteau turned aside all 6 shots he saw in the 3rd period to pick up the victory.

- Shots were 31-16 for UNB with period totals of 8-3, 13-7, and 10-6.

- UNB went 0 for 5 on the power play. The Panthers were 0 for 3.

- UNB won 39 out of 65 face-offs. Kris Bennett won 13 of 20 while Dylan Willick was 9 of 15.

- Tyler Boland was in the line-up after Winnipeg released him from his amateur try-out (ATO) earlier the week. Hayden Hodgson (Columbus) and Mark Simpson (Washington) were both out as they have been invited to the main training camp of their respective teams.

- The V-Reds have now won 24 straight exhibition games against CIS competition.

- UNB's next action will be this Friday night at the AUC against the Dalhousie Tigers. This will be their only home pre-season game. Game time is 7PM.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Watling Commits To UNB...Again

Three years after he initially committed to the University of New Brunswick - before ultimately deciding to pursue professional hockey after he was offered an AHL contract - forward Patrick Watling will finally get a chance to suit up for the Varsity Reds as the team announced his addition today. Due to his three seasons of professional hockey, he will need to "redshirt" for the upcoming season to regain his eligibility before being allowed to play in the 2018-2019 season. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

The 6', 174 pound centre played parts of four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, where he recorded 102 points (36 goals, 66 assists) in 187 games, before moving on to the professional ranks in 2014. He played 29 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, scoring 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) and then went on to spend the next two and a half seasons in the ECHL, all but two of those games with the Orlando Solar Bears. In 103 games in the "Coast" he put up totals of 30 goals and 59 assists, including a career-high 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) last season.

The native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario studied two years of engineering at the University of Guelph while playing junior hockey and was named the 2014 recipient of the OHL's Roger Neilson Memorial Award, which is presented to the top post-secondary student playing in the league. He will be studying Chemical Engineering while at UNB.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Varsity Reds Go West To Find Goaltending

For the first time in four years the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have added a player out of the Western Hockey League, announcing the addition of goaltender Rylan Parenteau from the Tri-City Americans.

Parenteau joins the V-Reds after a season in which he went 25-14-0 with a 3.26 goals against average and a 0.900 save percentage in 42 games with the Americans. His best season came in 2015-2016 with the Prince Albert Raiders when he posted a record of 25-17-6, a 2.82 GAA, and a save percentage of 0.913 in 55 games. For his efforts, he was named a 2nd team WHL all-star and invited to the Vancouver Canucks summer development camp.

A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Parenteau will join returning netminder Alex Dubeau to make up UNB's goaltending tandem.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

V-Reds Get Offensive With Latest Recruit

The defending U Sports champion UNB Varsity Reds have announced the addition of high-scoring forward Tyler Boland from the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL.

The 6', 181 pound forward joins the V-Reds on the heels of an exceptional season in which he finished 2nd in the QMJHL in scoring, posting an impressive 48 goals and 55 assists for 103 points. His offensive skill and production will no doubt be a welcome addition to a team that has lost over 50% of their goal output from last season due to graduation and pro opportunities.

In four seasons in the "Q", all with the Oceanic, the native of St. John's, Newfoundland - and cousin of former Red Devil Trevor Boland - scored 97 goals and added 115 assists for 212 points in 246 regular season games before adding another 7 goals and 7 assists in 33 playoff games. He also had an assist in 4 games at the 2015 Memorial Cup.

Boland will attend the Winnipeg Jets rookie camp next month in hopes of earning an invitation to their main camp later in the month.


Monday, August 14, 2017

2017-2018 Season Ticket Information

The Varsity Reds have announced ticket information for the upcoming 2017-2018 athletic season, and fans will notice that it is fairly similar to last year.

The main points:

- All-sport season passes are valid for all Varsity Reds home events, including regular season, tournament, exhibition, and AUS playoff games.
- Season pass prices are $225 for an adult, $200 for seniors, and $75 for non-UNB students (13 years+).
- Seating at the Aitken Centre remains reserved, except for section 10, which is general admission only.
- Season ticket holders will receive 25% off of their bill at the Snooty Fox all season long.  

- Previous year (2016-2017) season ticket holders MUST renew their reserved their hockey seats between August 21st and September 1st only, at the AUC box office.
- Public sale of season passes and 2018 U CUP passes go on sale beginning September 6th at 11AM at the AUC box office
- U CUP passes are $175 for adults, $150 for seniors, and $75 for students/youth/children under 12.
- You can purchase a V-Reds all sport season pass AND a U CUP pass for $300 for adults or $250 for seniors. This represents a savings of $100.

- Individual game tickets will remain $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $4 for students 13 years+ with a valid ID, and free for UNB students and youth 12 and under. Please note - free tickets must be obtained from the box office.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Pair Of Forwards Join V-Reds

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have announced Saginaw Spirit forwards Kris Bennett and Hayden Hodgson have signed USports Letters of Intent to join the team for the upcoming season.

Long rumoured to be joining the V-Reds, Bennett is a 5'11", 190 pound centre from Brampton Ontario who was an alternate captain for the Spirit last season. He has increased his point total from 24 points in 2014-2015 to 39 in 2015-2016 to a career-high of 51 (25 goals, 26 assists) in 66 games last year. Overall, he put up 114 points (57 goals, 57 assists) in 195 career OHL games, all with Saginaw.

The 6'2", 207 pound Hodgson also served as an alternate captain last season and is your prototypical power forward. After having spent time previously with the Erie Otters and Sarnia Sting, the native of Learnington, Ontario broke out with 38 goals and 66 points in 67 games last year for the Spirit. For his junior career, he posted 87 goals and 70 assists for 157 points in 294 career games.

Hodgson will be attending the Columbus Blue Jackets training camp next month.

Bennett and Hodgson combined for 63 goals last season for a Spirit squad that only managed to score 204 goals and finished with a 27-32-9 record.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Connors Added To Coaching Staff

The defending University Cup champion University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have announced Andrew Connors has joined the team as an assistant coach for the upcoming season. He will also serve as director of the V-Reds Prospects Youth Development Program.

Connors had previously served three seasons as an assistant with the St. Thomas Tommies before holding the same role with former V-Red Josh Hepditch's St. Stephen Aces squad last season.

The UNB graduate will join a staff that includes head coach Gardiner MacDougall, associate coach Rob Hennigar, assistant coaches Brad Good and Charlie Cameron, and goaltending coaches Dan LaCosta and Kyle MacDonald.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

V-Reds Announce Addition Of Pomerleau, LeBlanc

The defending University Cup champion University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have officially announced their first two recruits of what should be a busy summer - defencemen Tristan Pomerleau and Olivier LeBlanc.

While the addition of Pomerleau has been assumed for a number of weeks now, it is now official. Meanwhile, the recruitment of LeBlanc has been kept quiet up until now, which is more in line with what we have become accustomed to from this coaching staff.

The 6 foot, 172 pound LeBlanc is a former 7th round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) and 1st round pick of the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL). He split his junior career almost evenly between the Sea Dogs and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, serving as team captain for both squads. Overall, the native of Quebec City accumulated 164 points (33 goals, 131 assists) in 291 career QMJHL contests, including a career high of 43 points (10 goals, 33 assists) in 58 games this past season.

With Pomerleau and LeBlanc now in the fold the V-Reds have 7 natural defencemen on the roster for the first time in three seasons. While I am sure they wouldn't hesitate to add another if the right player comes along, one would think that the focus will now turn to trying to replace some of the offense they have lost since last season as well as finding a starting-calibre goaltender to team with Alex Dubeau.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Defenceman Pomerleau Commits

According to the L'Avantage Votre Journal, Victoriaville Tigres defenseman and team captain Tristan Pomerleau has committed to the Varsity Reds for the upcoming season.

The 5'10", 190 pound rearguard from Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec played with former V-Reds Philippe Maillet and Philippe Halley during his rookie season with the Tigres. It isn't a stretch to think that this played a large part in Pomerleau eventually choosing UNB over both the McGill Redmen and UQTR Patriotes, as reported. Interestingly, it has also been suggested that Pomerleau and his Tigres teammate Alexandre Goulet may reunite with UNB, provided Goulet does not receive a professional contract. It certainly appears there is a strong connection building between the two programs.

Pomerleau, who has been the captain in Victoriaville for each of the last three seasons, is coming off of a year in which he put up 24 points (5 goals, 19 assists) and was a +21 in 44 games. During his QMJHL career he posted 85 points (12 goals, 73 assists) in 249 games.

The addition of Pomerleau, to go along with Trey Lewis (who red-shirted last season) and the returning quartet of Randy Gazzola, Colin Suellentrop, Marcus McIvor, and Matt Murphy, helps solidify UNB's blue line heading into the upcoming season.

However, it will be interesting to see if another defenceman is added to the fold. The V-Reds have gotten away with carrying the minimum of six natural d-men on their roster in each of the last two seasons without missing a beat, thanks to a combination of relatively good health as well as having forward Matt Boudens slide back to help out when needed. Relying on yet another season of good fortune with regards to injuries may prove to be too risky, though. According to Findlay, they have been strongly connected to Flint Firebirds defender Mathieu Henderson, although it now appears he may be on his way to Guelph.

As always, we will do our best to keep you updated on the latest off-season news concerning the V-Reds.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2017-2018 Schedule Released

The AUS has announced the 2017-2018 men's hockey schedule and all eyes will be on Fredericton opening night. In the only game scheduled, the reigning U Sports champion University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds will raise their 7th championship banner to the AUC rafters on Wednesday, October 4th before their contest against the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus. The other five teams will begin their season on Friday, October 6th.

The V-Reds full schedule looks like this (home games in bold):
*All games are tentatively scheduled for 7PM*

Wednesday, October 4th vs. Moncton
Friday, October 6th at UPEI
Wednesday, October 11th at Moncton
Saturday, October 14th vs. UPEI
Friday, October 20th at Acadia
Saturday, October 21st at Saint Mary's
Friday, October 27th vs. Acadia
Saturday, October 28th vs. Saint Mary's
Friday, November 3rd vs. Moncton
Saturday, November 4th at UPEI
Friday, November 10th vs. St. FX
Saturday, November 11th vs. Dalhousie
Friday, November 17th at St. FX
Saturday, November 18th at Dalhousie
Friday, November 24th vs. UPEI
Saturday, November 25th at Moncton
Friday, December 1st at Saint Mary's
Saturday, December 2nd at Acadia

Friday, January 5th vs. Dalhousie
Saturday, January 6th vs. St. FX
Friday, January 12th at Dalhousie
Saturday, January 13th at St. FX
Friday, January 19th vs. Saint Mary's
Saturday, January 20th vs. Acadia
Wednesday, January 24th at UPEI
Saturday, January 27th vs. Moncton
Friday, February 2nd at Saint Mary's
Saturday, February 3rd at Acadia
Friday, February 9th vs. St. FX
Friday, February 10th vs. Dalhousie

A few notes of interest:

- UNB will play 18 games (8 home/10 away) before Christmas and 12 games (7 home/5 away) after the break.

- The V-Reds will play a 3 home/2 away split against Moncton, Dalhousie, and St. FX this season. They play an extra road game against Acadia, Saint Mary's, and UPEI.

- There are four instances where UNB will play the same two opponents on consecutive weekends.

- Interestingly, four out of the five games against both Moncton and UPEI will come before the Christmas break. Furthermore, UNB will play those two teams three times each before they face either Dalhousie or St, FX.

- 10 out of the 12 games after the break will be against Nova Scotia based schools.

- For the first time since the 2013-2014 campaign, there are no home stands or road trips longer than three games.

- For the 3rd straight year - and 6th time in 7 seasons - the V-Reds will open the season at home. UNB has won 6 straight season openers and 28 straight home openers.

- This will be the first time in four years the season will wrap up against a team other than UPEI.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Maillet Wins BLG Award

Former University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds forward Philippe Maillet added yet another accolade to collection this past week when he was named the recipient of the BLG Award as the U Sports male athlete of the year for the 2016-2017 season. He was presented with a trophy as well as a $10 000 scholarship to attend a Canadian University graduate school.

Maillet beat out Laval football player Mathieu Betts, York soccer player Jonathan Lao, and Trinity Western volleyball player Ryan Sclater to become only the second AUS male athlete to capture this prestigious award, joining former V-Reds forward, and current assistant coach, Rob Hennigar, who earned the honour in 2008.

At this point there is nothing left to say about Philippe Maillet's 2016-2017 season - it is simply the greatest individual season in UNB hockey history.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

News And Notes: Halley, Gazzola, Marcoux, Thomas, Willick, Maillet

Some roster news as the V-Reds now turn their attention to the 2017-2018 season:

- Earlier this week forward Philippe Halley became the latest in a long list of departures as he has signed with Amiens in France for next season.

After putting up 65 points (29 goals, 36 assists) in 69 games in his first three seasons at UNB, Halley saw his numbers slip a bit this year (18 points in 30 games) as he took on a more defensive role, frequently teaming up with Dylan Willick to form one of the most dangerous penalty killing duos in the league.

A native of Quebec City, the speedy forward will perhaps best be remembered for his clutch performances on the biggest stage. In 9 University Cup games over the last three years Halley found the back of the net a school-record 11 times, including firing three hat-tricks.

- In today's Daily Gleaner (subscription required), Bruce Hallihan talks to Randy Gazzola and the defenceman confirms that he will be returning for his 4th season in the fall despite receiving interest from a number of pro teams. He will be joined on the blue line next year by returnees Colin Suellentrop, Marcus McIvor, and Matt Murphy as well as former St. FX X-Men Trey Lewis, who redshirted this year after transferring to UNB.

Gazzola also discussed the future of a number of his teammates. He says goaltender Etienne Marcoux, who came to UNB with two years of university credits already under his belt, will move on with the hopes of getting an AHL tryout. Also, forward Mike Thomas is expected to be back for his 5th and final season while graduating forward Dylan Willick, who recently landed a job in Fredericton with a software company, is "questionable" to return for his final season of eligibility.

- The recognition keeps coming for former V-Reds forward Philippe Maillet as he has been named one of four finalists - and the AUS representative - for the BLG Award/Doug Mitchell Trophy, which is given annually to the U Sports male athlete of the year.

The 25th annual BLG Awards honouring the U Sports male and female athlete of the year will be presented on Monday, May 1st and will air on Sportsnet later in May. Each winner will receive a $10 000 post-graduate scholarship.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Murray Signs With AHL's Senators

Varsity Reds defenceman Jordan Murray has signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Binghamton Senators, the AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators.

Murray capped off his university career with a career best 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) in helping UNB to a second consecutive University Cup. He also captured his second straight U Sports Defenceman of the Year honour.

The native of Riverview, New Brunswick leaves the Varsity Reds as arguably the best defenceman in program history. In addition to the above accolades, he is also the highest scoring rearguard in school history with 133 points (38 goals, 94 assists) in 138 games as well as being named an All-Canadian in each of his last three years after being named to the All-Rookie team following his freshman campaign.

Murray joins Philippe Maillet, Francis Beauvillier, and Cam Braes as V-Reds who have signed AHL contracts since the end of the season.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Maillet Signs With AHL's Reign

The exodus of players from the University Cup champion Varsity Reds continues as forward Philippe Maillet has signed a one year professional contract with the Ontario Reign, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. The contract will cove the rest of this season as well as the 2017-2018 campaign. Coincidentally, Maillet tried out with the Reign when they were an ECHL team just prior to joining UNB in the fall of 2013.

The 24 year old native of Terrebonne, Quebec is coming off of one of the most decorated seasons in school history, which included:

- 71 points (55 regular season + 6 playoffs + 10 University Cup), second only to Rob Hennigar's 72 in 2008.
- AUS first team all-star
- AUS MVP
- U Sports first team all-Canadian
- U Sports Player of the Year
- University Cup all-star team
- University Cup MVP

Maillet leaves the Varsity Reds as the fourth leading scorer in school history, having amassed 201 points (76 goals, 125 assists) in 131 games.

Head Coach Gardiner MacDougall will have his work cut out for himself this off-season with Maillet joining Cam Braes (graduation), Rob Mignardi (graduation), Cameron Critchlow (graduation), Francis Beauvillier (pro), and Matt Petgrave (pro) as players who definitely will not be returning next season.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

News And Notes: Braes, Petgrave, Critchlow, MacDougall

Although the season has been over for less than a week, a number of Varsity Reds have found new homes:

- Forward Cam Braes has signed an amateur tryout with the Stockton Heat, the AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames. The 5th year native of Shawinigan Lake, BC capped his university career with a four goal performance in UNB's 5-3 win over Saskatchewan in last Sunday's University Cup final. It was Braes 3rd national championship (2013, 2016, 2017) to go along with a silver medal finish in 2015.

- 4th year defenceman Matt Petgrave has signed a standard player contract with the Brampton Beast, the ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens. Petgrave, who is from Brampton, leaves the Varsity Reds after having registered exactly 15 points in each of his four seasons, spanning 108 regular season games. He scored 13 goals, dished out 47 assists, and threw a number of highlight-reel hip checks while helping lead UNB to two national championships and a runner-up finish during his career.

- Graduating team captain Cameron Critchlow has been signed by the Adelaide Adrenaline of the eight team Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) for their upcoming season. Critchlow put up 72 points (29 goals, 43 assists) in 132 points during his five seasons at UNB and, like Braes, was part of three gold medal and one silver medal winning teams. He will join former UPEI Panthers captain Cole MacMillan with the Adrenaline.

- Jason Simmons of PEI's Journal Pioneer has a pair of articles about head coach Gardiner MacDougall, one discussing the University Cup victory and another talking about the upcoming busy offseason as the V-Reds will have a number of holes to fill.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

News And Notes: Maillet, Beauvillier, Willick, UCup Stories

Some post-University Cup notes as the Varsity Reds and their fans continue to celebrate the team's seventh national championship:

- In the wake of leading all players with 10 points at the University Cup, forward Philippe Maillet capped off his incredible season by winning both the Subway AUS male athlete of the week and ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS male athlete of the week.

- Varsity Reds forward Francis Beauvillier has signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Manitoba Moose, the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets.

- Brendan Pawliw of www.myprincegeorgenow.com talks with Dylan Willick about his second University Cup victory as well as what the future may hold for the graduating fourth year forward.

- Prior to Saturday's semi-final game against Saskatchewan, St. FX X-Men Brent Turbull along with some of his teammates found themselves in a scary situation as they helped rescue a women who had just been involved in a car accident.

- Darren Zary of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix discusses the Huskies gained a new fan during their week in Fredericton.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

BACK TO BACK!


The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds successfully defended their National Championship and captured the 7th title in school history with a 5-3 victory over the Saskatchewan Huskies before a raucous sold-out AUC crowd this afternoon. Cam Braes paced the offense with four goals in his final university game to give the V-Reds back to back championships for the first time in program history.

- When asked how they were going to beat Goaltender of the Year Jordon Cooke, head coach Gardiner MacDougall said they would have to get "to the blue paint" and that is exactly what they did to score the game's opening goal 4:04 into the first period. Christopher Clapperton carried the puck into the Huskies zone and made a nice move to get around the defenceman to get the puck on net. Cooke couldn't control the rebound and the puck laid in the crease during a goal-mouth scramble before Cam Braes got a stick on it and slid it under the Huskies goaltender, who was down in his back. Philippe Maillet and Clapperton picked up the assists on the goal.

- The Huskies responded at 10:47 to tie the game and quiet the sold-out crowd. Connor Gay took the puck the length of the ice before letting go a wrist shot from a sharp angle near the right wing hash marks that seemed to handcuff Etienne Marcoux and sneak in for an unassisted goal.

- Just like they did on Thursday day when Queen's opened the scoring, the Varsity Reds struck back in a hurry and it was another "ugly" goal off of a scramble in front of the Huskies net. Matt Petgrave brought the puck deep into the Huskies zone and found Philippe Halley trailing the play, coming down the slot untouched. Halley's shot went wide, but the puck bounced hard off the end boards and back out near the side of the net where Mark Simpson was able to whack it off Cooke's left pad and into the corner of the net. The marker restored UNB's lead at 12:19 of the opening period - just 92 seconds after the Huskies netted the tying goal.

- UNB would take a 2-1 lead into the dressing room after a period in which Saskatchewan held an 11-8 shot advantage.

- The Varsity Reds looked to be well on their way to an easy win early in the second period when they scored a pair of quick goals to build a 4-1 advantage. At 3:17 Cam Braes got his second of the game when he finished off a tic (Clapperton) - tac (Maillet) - toe passing play on a three-on-two rush by redirected the puck past Cooke from the top of the crease to give UNB a two goal lead. Just under three minutes later Braes (Maillet, Mignardi) struck again, this time only 7 seconds into their first power play of the game to complete his hat-trick. The puck was worked down low to Braes at the side of the net and after grabbing his own rebound he was able to sneak the puck between Cooke, and the post from a tough angle on his second attempt to make it 4-1 and send a shower of hats to the ice.

- The Huskies quickly responded with a power play goal of their own to bring it back within two goals when defenceman Jordan Fransoo's (Gay, A. Johnson) wrist shot from the high slot found its way through traffic in front and beat Marcoux blocker side.

- There would be no more scoring in the period, despite the Varsity Reds dominating possession during the latter half of the period and forcing Cooke to make a number of larcenous saves, including one in which he had to reach back and pull the puck off the goal line after it trickled through him. Shots in the period were 21-5 for UNB.

- Things became tense for everyone in attendance early in the 3rd period as the Huskies narrowed the lead to 4-3 with their second power play goal of the game at 4:17. After Randy Gazzola and Rob Mignardi took penalties 31 seconds apart the V-Reds penalty killing was put to the test. They managed to kill off the 5-on-3, but with 16 seconds remaining in the second penalty Kohl Bauml (Gay, McVeigh) shoveled the puck in from the side of the net to make it a one goal game.

- Once again, the Varsity Reds had an answer. The Huskies took a penalty at 8:33 and 17 seconds later Cam Braes notched his fourth goal of the game with a slick spinning backhand to forehand move to work from the side of the net to the front of the net before putting the puck into the far corner to restore the two goal lead. Assists on the goal went to Maillet - his 4th of the game - and Jordan Murray.

- After the goal the UNB clamped down and limited Saskatchewan to few scoring chances, perhaps the biggest ones being a toe save from in tight on Logan McVeigh with just over 7 minutes remaining and then on a scramble off of a Huskies rush with 5 minutes left. The Huskies pulled Cooke with 1:33 but weren't able to generate anything dangerous as the time ran out on the game, and their season, giving the hometown Varsity Reds their second consecutive championship - and 7th overall.

- Shots in the 3rd period were 7-5 for UNB, who held a 36-21 advantage in the game. The V-Reds really tightened up defensively after allowing nine shots on goal in the first ten or so minutes of the game.

- Saskatchewan went 2 for 5 on the power play. The V-Reds went 2 for 3.

- Etienne Marcoux made 18 saves to improve to 6-0 all-time at the University Cup. This was the first time he allowed more than one goal in a game.

- Attendance was 3374. One lucky fan walked away with the biggest 50/50 jackpot in AUC history at more than $8600.

- Braes (4 goals) and Connor Gay (1 goal, 2 assists) were named the player's of the game.

- The V-Reds once again dominated the face-off circle, winning 46 out of 74 draws. Mark Simpson led the way with 15 wins in 21 chances while Braes (11 out of 16) and Dylan Willick (10 out of 18) also had big nights at the dot.

- Philippe Maillet was awarded the Major W.J. 'Danny' McLeod Award as the University Cup MVP. Maillet had 4 goals and 6 assists in the tournament. His 17 career points (5 goals, 12 assists) in 9 games at the University Cup is now a school record.

- Although his scoring prowess is obviously well documented, it should be noted that Maillet came up with a huge blocked shot in the final minute of regulation time to help kill valuable time off the clock. It's things like that which makes him the Player of the Year and one of the leaders on this year's squad.

- With his 1st period assist on Mark Simpson's goal, Philippe Halley moves into 2nd place in UNB history with 14 career University Cup points.

- Cam Braes 9 career University Cup goals are only behind Halley's 11. His four goals today ties a tournament record and is the second time he has accomplished the feat, having also done it against Windsor in 2015.

- UNB has received a hat-trick in 6 out of their last 9 University Cup games.

- Braes and Cameron Critchlow each finish their UNB careers with 3 national championships, joining Josh Hepditch and Lachlan MacIntosh (2007, 2009, 2011) and Travis Fullerton, Dion Campbell, and Daine Todd (2009, 2011, 2013) in the exclusive club.

- Rob Mignardi will also cap his 5th year with a national championship.

- Joining Maillet on the all-tournament team were Marcoux (G), Acadia's Geoffrey Schemitsch (D), Saskatchewan's Jesse Forsberg (D), Braes (F), and Saskatchewan's Levi Cable (F).

- UNB becomes the first host team to win since they also did it in 2011. Those are the only two instances since Alberta went 2 for 2 in 2004 and 2005.

- Saskatchewan falls to 1-6 all-time in title games.

- Over at his Twitter, Victor Findlay has post-game reaction from Gardiner MacDougall, Francis Beauvillier, Marcus McIvor, Stephen Anderson, and Randy Gazzola.

- UNB finishes the season with a record of 35-7-3 (35-5-3 against CIS competition). This includes a 4-2-0 exhibition record, 25-2-3 conference record, 3-3 playoff record, and 3-0 University Cup record. It is the 9th time in 10 seasons they have won at least 34 total games.

- They went 23-1-0 at the AUC this year.

- In the bronze medal game played this morning Acadia defeated St. FX 6-3.

- The Varsity Reds are back in action....in September.

(Photo Credit - U Sports Hockey on Twitter)

UNB In The National Championship Game, vs. Saskatchewan

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds will look to win their 7th University Cup in school history as well as win back-to-back titles for the first time ever when they face the Saskatchewan Huskies in tomorrow's gold medal game at the AUC. Game time is scheduled for 1PM and will be broadcast live nationally on Sportsnet 360.

Overall, UNB will be making their 12th appearance in the National Championship game (3rd all-time), including their 8th in the last 11 years. It will be the 9th appearance since Gardiner MacDougall took the helm in 2000/2001.

Here is a breakdown of their previous 11 appearances:

1997: Lost to Guelph 4-3
1998: Defeated Acadia 6-3
2000: Lost to Alberta 5-2 in OT2
2004: Lost to St. FX 3-2 in OT
2007: Defeated Moncton 3-2 in OT
2008: Lost to Alberta 3-2
2009: Defeated Western Ontario 4-2
2011: Defeated McGill 4-0
2013: Defeated Saint Mary's 2-0
2015: Lost to Alberta 6-3
2016: Defeated St. FX 3-1

Conversely, the Huskies will move into 4th place all-time with their 7th title game appearance and will be trying to win the school's second championship.

Here is how they have fared in their previous 6 appearances:

1981: Lost to Moncton 4-2
1982: Lost to Moncton 3-2
1983: Defeated Concordia 6-2
1987: Lost to UQTR 6-3
2005: Lost to Alberta 4-3 in OT
2014: Lost to Alberta 3-1

A few notes of interest:

- UNB's 12 appearances rank behind only Alberta (20) and Toronto (13) all-time.

- Both teams have 5 losses, which is tied with Alberta and Saint Mary's for the most all-time.

- This is UNB's 3rd title game appearance in the 5 University Cup tournaments held in Fredericton. They lost 3-2 in OT to St. FX in 2004 and then defeated McGill 4-0 in 2011.

- Cam Braes will finish his UNB career by playing in his 4th gold medal game. He will match Josh Hepditch and Lachlan MacIntosh as the only V-Reds players to ever accomplish that feat. Cameron Critchlow, also a 5th year senior, was suspended for the 2013 tournament that UNB won in Saskatoon so if he suits up tomorrow it will only be his 3rd appearance.

- This is the second time the V-Reds will be appearing in three straight title games, having also accomplished the feat from 2007-2009.

- This proves to be a fitting match-up as UNB was the #1 ranked team virtually all season while the Huskies were ranked #2 more often than any other team this year.

- The Varsity Reds and Huskies have met four times previously, all at the University Cup and all ending with UNB victories. This will be the first time they have played each other in the championship game, however.

- UNB defeated Saskatchewan 5-4 in double overtime in Saskatoon in 2000, 2-1 in 2007 in Moncton, 4-0 in 2008 in Moncton, and 3-1 in 2013 in Saskatoon.

- The game will feature the Goaltender of the Year (Jordon Cooke), Defenceman of the Year (Jordan Murray), Player of the Year (Philippe Maillet), and Coach of the Year (Dave Adolph).

Saturday, March 18, 2017

2nd Period Explosion Propels Huskies Over X-Men

The #6 seeded and Canada West runner-up Saskatchewan Huskies erupted for 8 goals - including 6 in the middle period - in an 8-0 demolition over the #2 seeded and AUS champion St. FX X-Men this afternoon at the AUC. With the win the Huskies book a date with the Varsity Reds in tomorrow afternoon's gold medal game while the X-Men will battle the Acadia Axemen in the bronze medal contest

- The X-Men looked like a team that had played a game the night before throughout the contest as the Huskies constantly beat them to loose pucks, won battles all over the ice, and generally looked like the quicker and fresher team. Saskatchewan jumped ahead 4:29 into the game when Jesse Forsberg got around a defender and received a nice saucer pass just inside the X-Men blue-line, going in all alone and beating goaltender Chase Marchand with a nice move in tight. The Huskies would hold the 1-0 lead until intermission after out-shooting St. FX 8-7 in the period.

- It all fell apart for the X-Men in the 2nd period. Saskatchewan struck for goals at 1:54 (Levi Cable), 4:29 (Carson Stadnyk), 10:17 (Logan McVeigh), 12:32 (Parker Thomas), 18:38 (Wyatt Johnson), and 19:57 (Connor Gay) to shock pretty much everyone in the building and build a commanding 7-0 cushion after 40 minutes. Shots were 12-9 for Saskatchewan in the period.

- The Huskies added another goal at 4:50 of the 3rd period when McVeigh got his second of the game, this one on the power play, to make it 8-0. They had a chance to make things even worse when they received a five minute power play after X-Men defenceman Max Iafrate decided to blatantly elbow a Saskatchewan player in the face and then, seconds later, cross-check another up high. The Huskies seemed content to just kill the clock at this point of the game more than anything and were held scoreless the rest of the way. The X-Men had a flurry of chances in the final minutes but were unable to spoil Jordon Cooke's shutout bid. Shots in the period were 10 apiece.

- Saskatchewan was 2 for 6 on the power play. The X-Men were 0 for 5.

- Shots were 30-26 for the Huskies.

- Levi Cable and Craig Duininck were named the player's of the game.

- Cooke becomes the first goaltender since Travis Fullerton in 2011 to post back-to-back shutouts at the University Cup.

- AUS goaltender of the year Chase Marchand gave up 5 goals on 16 shots in 32:32 of action before giving away to Brandon Hope, who surrendered 3 goals on 14 shots the rest of the way.

- Attendace was 2774.

- This was the most lopsided game at the University Cup since the Huskies pounded Windsor 9-0 at the 2014 tournament in Saskatoon.

- Saskatchewan moves on to their second championship game since 2014 where they will face the Varsity Reds. The Huskies will be searching for their second University Cup in school history. They captured their lone title in 1983 in Moncton. Game time is 1PM and will be broadcast live on Sportsnet 360.

- The X-Men will try to regroup for tomorrow's bronze medal game against Acadia. Game time is 9:30AM.

V-Reds Shut Down Axemen, Earn Finals Berth

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored a goal in each period and a rode a second consecutive semi-final shut-out by Etienne Marcoux to defeat the Acadia Axemen 3-0 and advance to their third straight championship game.

- The Varsity Reds jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead after some nifty passing with Francis Beauvillier finding Chris Caissy, who then fed Stephen Anderson a cross-ice pass at the side of the net for a wrist shot into a wide open net. The goal came at 4:28 of the first period and proved to be the only goal UNB would need.

- The Axemen thought they had the tying goal with 7:07 remaining in the period, but the goal was quickly waved off without much argument after it was ruled Brett Thompson was in the crease and interfered with goaltender Etienne Marcoux.

- The V-Reds were finally able to add to their lead at 16:57 of the second period when their struggling power play, as well as Jordan Murray, both snapped out of their recent funks. With the man advantage Murray (Maillet, Braes) let go of a wrist shot from the point that skipped past goaltender Robert Steeves and into the corner of the net for a 2-0 advantage.

- The Axemen had a golden opportunity to get back into the game early in the 3rd period as Mike Thomas was assessed a 5-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for charging 3:43 into the frame. However, as they have done all season long, the V-Reds penalty kill stepped up in a huge way, limiting the Axemen to only 3 shots during the power play.

- UNB put the game away at 18:47 with the goalie pulled for the extra attacker. Philippe Maillet (Clapperton, McIvor) chased down a loose puck deep into the Axemen zone, cut towards the slot, and found the empty net to make it 3-0.

- Mike Thomas replaced Cameron Critchlow in the line-up. Cameron Brace, Oliver Cooper, and Peter Trainor all remained out.

- Shots in the game were 30-20 for the V-Reds with period totals of 5-6, 14-7, and 11-7.

- UNB went 1 for 4 on the power play, but the story of the game was their penalty killing. They held the Axemen scoreless on 7 opportunities and over 16 minutes of power play time.

- Etienne Marcoux had his best game of the postseason as he recorded his second career University Cup shut-out, previously turning the trick against Saint Mary's in last year's semi-finals. He improves to 5-0 with a 0.60 GAA  in his career at the University Cup.

- Marcoux and Axemen defenceman Geoff Schemitsch were named the player's of the game.

- The V-Reds dominated the face-off circle, winning 47 out of 72 draws. Dylan Willick (15 out of 21) and Mark Simpson (13 out of 18) both not only had big nights in the face-off dot, but also did yeoman's work while shorthanded, along with Philippe Halley and the rest of the penalty killers, in keeping the Axemen off the board.

- Attendance was a sell-out of 3374.

- With two more points today Philippe Maillet has tied Philippe Halley and Kyle Bailey for the most University Cup points in school history with 13. His 8 career assists are also tied for most all-time (with Bailey and Ryan Lindsay).

- Murray's goal was his first point of the postseason. He was held off the score sheet in four conference playoff games and in Thursday's game against Queen's. He was also held scoreless in 3 out his last 4 regular season games.

- UNB's power play had been 2 for their previous 45 prior to Murray's goal.

- This was only the second meeting between the two schools at the University Cup. UNB defeated Acadia 6-3 for their first National Championship in 1998.

- The Varsity Reds will have chance to defend their 2016 title on home-ice Sunday afternoon when they face the winner of the upcoming St. FX/Saskatchewan semi-final. Game time is scheduled for 1PM and can be seen live on Sportsnet 360. The Axemen will face the loser in the bronze medal game at 9:30AM.

X-Men Set-Up Rematch With Huskies

The similarities to last season's University Cup continue as the St. FX X-Men defeated the McGill Redmen 4-1 tonight to set up a rematch of last year' semi-finals with the Saskatchewan Huskies.

- The X-Men opened the scoring 2:27 into the game when a rush up the ice pulled Redmen goalie Jacob Gervais-Chouinard well out of his net and Jagger Dirk found Matt Needham from behind the net all alone in front for an easy tap-in.

- Michael Clarke extended the lead to 2-0 at 14:35 of the second period when he batted the puck into an empty net at the side of the cage.

- McGill made a game of it 4:04 into the 3rd period while on a 5-on-3 advantage after Christophe Lalonde beat X-Men goaltender Chase Marchand with a fluttering shot from the point.

- St. FX was able to secure the victory with two goals in less than a minute just after the mid-point of the 3rd period. At 12:09 Mark Tremaine drove to the net and redirected a Nathan Pancel cross-ice past just inside the post and out of the reach of the left leg of Gervais-Chouinard and then at 13:01 Holden Cook, who had left the game earlier in the period with an apparent shoulder injury, gained possession of a loose puck in the slot and made no mistake firing it in for a 4-1 lead.

- Shots were 35-22 for St. FX.

- McGill was 1 for 6 on the power play while the X-Men were scoreless on four opportunities.

- Face-offs were almost even with McGill holding a slight 36-35 edge.

- Cook (1 goal) and Etienne Boutet were named the players of the game.

- Attendance was 3269.

- Redmen defenceman Nathan Chiarlitti was facing his former team for the first time.

- For the second consecutive year the AUS will have three teams in the final four. The X-Men advance to face the Saskatchewan Huskies in tomorrow afternoon's 4PM semi-final while the Acadia Axemen and UNB Varsity Reds play each other in the 12PM semi-final. The winners will move on to Sunday's 1PM gold medal game and the losers play in the 9:30AM bronze medal contest.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Huskies Advance With OT Win

Forward Levi Cable scored the only goal of the game 1:01 into overtime to lift the #6 seeded and Canada West runner-up Saskatchewan Huskies over the #3 seeded and OUA Champion York Lions 1-0 in the third quarter-final match-up of the 2017 University Cup.

- Cable broke down the right side and put what appeared to be an innocent looking shot towards the net, but it somehow snuck past goaltender Mack Shields and trickled over the goal line to send the Huskies on to tomorrow's semi-final.

- The anticipated goaltending duel between first-team All-Canadian and Goaltender of the Year Jordon Cooke from Saskatchewan and second-team All-Canadian Shields certainly lived up to the hype as both were stellar throughout.

- Although Shields was the busier of the two - shots favoured Saskatchewan 32-24 - it was Cooke who made the save of the tournament thus far. With less than a second remaining in the opening period Cooke dove back across his crease to snag the puck out of the air, denying the Lions a sure goal into a wide open net.

- Saskatchewan was 0 for 6 with the power play while York was 0 for 4.

- The Huskies went 40-23 in the face-off dot.

- Attendance was 3027.

- This is the 3rd overtime game the Huskies have played at the University Cup over the last two years, although this one took a little less time to settle. You may recall they played two of the longest games in University Cup history at last year's event - defeating Carleton 3-2 in quadruple overtime in the quarter-finals before finally succumbing to St. FX 2-1 in triple overtime in the semi-finals.

- The Huskies will now face the winner of tonight's St. FX/McGill game in tomorrow's 4PM semi-final. The Acadia Axemen and UNB Varsity Reds will play in the 12PM semi.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Maillet Does Maillet Things, V-Reds Roll

Newly crowned U Sports player of the year Philippe Maillet scored a hat-trick and added an assist as the #5 ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds began their University Cup quest with a convincing 5-1 tonight over the travel-weary #4 ranked Queen's Gaels much to the delight of a sold-out AUC crowd.

- The game couldn't have started any better for the Gaels as defenceman Spencer Abraham ripped their first shot directed at Etienne Marcoux off the far post and in to quiet the boisterous crowd just 2:21 into the contest.

- However, the V-Reds quickly responded. On their next shift Philippe Maillet picked up the rebound off of a Philippe Halley shot and backhanded the puck into an open cage. The goal tied the game at 3:08, only 47 seconds after Queen's had taken the lead.

- The Varsity Reds took the lead at 18:00 of the opening period. A clearing attempt by a Gaels defenceman hit Maillet in the slot. After locating the puck the V-Reds forward fired a shot that Kevin Bailie had to make a tough save on, however the rebound bounced out to Christopher Clapperton at the left side of the net and he slid a backhanded shot along the ice and into the net before Bailie could get reset. Mark Simpson also received an assist on the goal.

- UNB put the game away with three goals on four shots in a span 4:28 midway through the 2nd period. At 7:43 Maillet (Gazzola, Clapperton) carried the puck all the way from his own zone and into Gaels territory before sniping the top right corner coming down the left wing. Then, at 11:49 Philippe Halley (Mignardi, Boudens) gathered the puck in the slot and floated a backhander into the top of the net after a lengthy shift in the offensive zone. Finally, Maillet completed his hat-trick 22 seconds later when he found himself in the right place at the right time as Colin Suellentrop's point shot deflected off of his skate and past Bailie, prompting a wave of hats to be thrown onto the ice. After a brief conference among the four officials, the goal was confirmed to be good. Cam Braes was credited with the secondary assist on the goal.

- The two teams skated through a fairly uneventful 3rd period as both realized the game was well in hand.

- Jordan Murray returned to the line-up after serving a two game suspension. Scratches for UNB were Cameron Brace, Mike Thomas, Oliver Cooper, and Peter Trainor.

- Shots in the game favoured UNB 40-15 with period totals of 15-6, 18-4, and 7-5.

- The V-Reds power play had another underwhelming night, going 0 for 5. Queen's was 0 for 6 with the man advantage.

- UNB won 41 out of 78 face-offs.

- Etienne Marcoux turned aside 14 of 15 shots in improving to 4-0 with a 0.75 GAA in his career at the University Cup.

- Gaels goaltender Kevin Bailie stopped 31 out of 36 shots before giving away to back-up Jacob Brennan. Brennan stopped all 4 shots he saw in just over 9 minutes of action. It has been reported that Bailie agreed to be pulled to allow Brennan, a Halifax native who played junior hockey for Acadie-Bathurst, to play in a game close to his home.

- Maillet (3 goals, 1 assist) and Abraham (1 goal) were named the player's of the game for their respective teams.

- One lucky fan out of the 3374 in attendance walked away with over $4600 from the 50/50.

- Philippe Halley goal was his 11th all-time at the University Cup, extending his school record. Daine Todd is 2nd with 6.

- With two points tonight, Halley now has 13 career points at the University Cup, tying Kyle Bailey for most in school history. Maillet has moved into 3rd with 11.

- Maillet's hat-trick is UNB's 5th in their last 7 University Cup games. Cam Braes (vs. Windsor) and Philippe Halley (vs. Guelph) both had four goal games in 2014 and Halley had back to back three goal efforts (vs. Western and Saint Mary's) last year.

- UNB has won their opening game at each of their last 14 University Cups.

- The V-Reds will now enjoy a day off before preparing to face a familiar foe in the Acadia Axemen, who are fresh off of a 4-1 win over Alberta earlier in the day, in the semi-finals on Saturday. Game time is scheduled for 12PM AST and it will be broadcast on Sportsnet 360 if you can't make it to the rink.

- Tomorrow's action will feature #3 York vs. #6 Saskatchewan in the 1PM game and #2 St. FX and #7 McGill in the 7PM tilt.

- The parallels to last season continue. Last year the #5 ranked Varsity Reds defeated the #4 ranked OUA runner-up (Western) 5-1 to move on to face an 8th ranked AUS team (Saint Mary's), who had eliminated the #1 team in the tournament (UQTR).


Axemen Take Down Bears

The first game of the 2017 University Cup saw the top team in the tournament eliminated as the #8 ranked and AUS 3rd place Acadia Axemen took down the #1 ranked and Canada West champion Alberta Golden Bears 4-1 this afternoon at the AUC.

- After the Axemen had the better chances in the opening five minutes of play, the Bears took control of the rest of the first period and grabbed a 1-0 lead at 10:07 when Taylor Cooper's seemingly harmless shot from the left face-off circle got past Robert Steeves.

- Acadia tied things up just 1:07 into the 2nd period after Kyle Farrell banked a shot from the side of net off of Golden Bears Brendan Burke and in and then took the lead at 14:19 when Boston Leier jumped on a loose puck in the crease and poked it in.

- The Bears applied all kinds of pressure in the early parts of the 3rd period but to no avail. The Axemen then got an insurance marker at 15:32 when Stephen Harper got his second breakaway of the game. After getting stopped on his first attempt he didn't miss this time, firing the puck between Burke's legs for a 3-1 lead. Daniel Pettersson rounded out the scoring with a slap shot into an empty net with just under 7 seconds remaining.

- Shots in the game were 35-26 for Alberta.

- Alberta won 39 out of the 71 face-offs in the game.

- The Golden Bears can point to an ineffective power play as one of the main reason they lost, going 0 for 5 with the man advantage. Acadia was 0 for 2.

- Players of the game were Taylor Cooper (1 goal) from Alberta and Robert Steeves (34 saves) from Acadia.

- Attendance was 3109.

- The Axemen will now await the winner of tonight's quarter-final match-up. They will face either UNB or Queen's in Saturday's first semi-final, scheduled for 12PM AST.

- For the Bears, their season comes to a disappointing end after dropping their 5th consecutive game at the AUC. They had previously lost to McGill and St. FX at the 2012 University Cup and Dalhousie and UNB at the 2004 tournament.

University Cup Kicks Off Today


UPDATE - Tonight's UNB/Queen's game scheduled for 7PM has been moved to 8PM AST.


(Photo Credit - UNB Varsity Reds Twitter)
The 2017 University Cup finally gets underway today as the Acadia Axemen and Alberta Golden Bears are set to tangle at 1PM. The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds open their tournament tonight at 7PM against the Queen's Gaels in front of what should be a sold-out crowd.

- Speaking of the Gaels, it has been an eventful week for them to say the least. After being stranded in Quebec last night due to road closures they are finally on their way to Fredericton as they left Quebec City at 5AM this morning. Although they missed last night's awards gala, they had some fun with it and created their own 'Gaels Road-Trip Awards'.

- The McGill Redmen were also stuck in Quebec for the night. They made it as far as Riviere-du-Loup and will make the rest of the journey today. Unlike Queen's, at least the Redmed don't play until tomorrow evening.

- U Sports hockey insider Victor Findlay has posted his University Cup preview, looking at the AUS, OUA, and Canada West teams. Findlay will be posting daily recaps from Fredericton so if you aren't already following him, now is the time.

- Also give a follow to the official University Cup Twitter for the latest news.

- Bob McKenzie gets it

V-Reds Recognized At Awards Gala

The annual U Sports men's hockey awards gala to honour the best in Canadian university hockey took place last night at the Currie Center and it was a big night for the Varsity Reds. Forward Philippe Maillet was awarded the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan trophy as the national player of the year and defenceman Jordan Murray took home the top defenceman award for a second consecutive season. Both players were also named first team all-Canadians. Defenceman Matt Murphy was also recognized as he placed on the all-rookie team.

Here are the complete winners:

Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy (Player of the Year) - Philippe Maillet, UNB
Defenceman of the Year - Jordan Murray, UNB
Goaltender of the Year - Jordon Cooke, Saskatchewan
Clare Drake Award (Rookie of the Year) - Anthony De Luca, Concordia
R.W. Pugh Award (Most Sportsmanlike Player) - Elgin Pearce, Calgary
Father George Kehoe Memorial Award (Coach of the Year) - Dave Adolph, Saskatchewan
Dr. Randy Gregg Award (Student-Athlete Community Service) - Aaron Armstrong, Ryerson

First Team All-Canadians

F - Phillipe Maillet, UNB
F - Elgin Pearce, Calgary
F - Michael McNamee, Carleton
D - Jordan Murray, UNB
D - Martin Lefebvre - UQTR
G - Jordon Cooke, Saskatchewan

Second Team All-Canadians

F - Hunter Garlent, Saint Mary's
F - Connor Rankin, Mount Royal
F - Aaron Armstrong, Ryerson
D - Jesse Forsberg, Saskatchewan
D - Geoffrey Schemitsch, Acadia
G - Mack Shields, York

All-Rookie Team

F - Anthony De Luca, Concordia|
F - Hunter Garlent, Saint Mary's
F - Tyson Baille, Alberta
D - Matt Murphy, UNB
D - Jesse Lees, Mount Royal
G - Mack Shields, York

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Semi-Final/Medal Game Tickets On Sale Wednesday

It has been announced that single game tickets for Saturday's two semi-final games as well as Sunday's bronze medal and gold medal games will go on sale at 9AM on Wednesday, March 15th.

The semi-finals are scheduled 12PM and 4PM on Saturday, March 18th. If the Varsity Reds win their quarter-final game and advance they will be playing in the early game. Ticket prices are $30 (Adult), $25 (Senior), and $20 (Student/Youth).

The bronze medal game will take place at 9:30AM on Sunday, March 19th. The prices are the same as the quarter-final games - $25 (Adult), $20 (Senior), and $15 (Student/Youth).

The gold medal game is scheduled for 1PM on Sunday, March 19th. Prices are as follows - $40 (Adult), $35 (Senior), and $30 (Student/Youth).

Tickets can be purchased in person at the AUC box office or by calling (506) 453-5054.

UNB vs. Queen's: Preview, Prediction, Poll

(The Queen's Gaels held their first practice at the AUC today. Unfortunately, the majority of the team was still stranded in Ontario as bad weather canceled their flight. Photo credit to Victor Findlay)
The hometown - and favoured - #5 seeded University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds will open their 2017 University Cup at 7PM on Thursday night against the #4 seeded Queen's Gaels, the OUA silver medalists.

The Gaels University Cup experience is already off to an eventful start as their scheduled flight from Kingston to Fredericton today was cancelled due to the weather. As a result, the team is now taking a bus the entire way and is expected to be in town tomorrow. Despite this, head coach Brett Gibson, along with a few players and coaches, who arrived earlier in the week practiced today. As you can see from the picture above, they were a little undermanned.

This will mark only the 3rd meeting all-time between the two schools and first at the University Cup. UNB won both previous encounters, a 4-3 OT pre-season win on October 11th, 1990 at the AUC and a 9-6 triumph on December 29th, 1993 at a tournament hosted by Concordia.

The Gaels are back at the University Cup for the first time since 1981 and are the only team in the field who have yet to win a National Championship. They finished 3rd in the OUA East division after posting a 18-7-3 regular season record and then went 6-2 in winning their first three playoff rounds. They ultimately lost 4-3 to the York Lions in the Queen's Cup game last Saturday.

In looking at Queen's stats, they closely resemble those of the York Lions, who UNB played in a pair of games over Christmas. The Gaels scored only 79 goals this season, which ranked only 25th (out of 35) in the country. Their 2.82 goals scored per game was well off the pace of the Varsity Reds country-leading 4.93. They also ranked in the bottom half of the country in averaging 30.7 shots per game, compared to UNB's 38.2. In fact, the Gaels have failed to record at least 20 shots on goal in 4 out of their last 5 games.

However, like the Lions, they were one of the stingiest teams in the nation, only surrendering 2.37 goals per game and posting a 0.920 save percentage, which ranked them 6th and 3rd in the country, respectively. Of course, in addition to leading the country in goals per game, UNB also led the nation in goals against average at 1.90, although their save percentage was only 0.899.

Perhaps the one thing Queen's does best is stay out of the penalty box, which could be key against the Varsity Reds lethal, albeit recently struggling, power play. The Gaels remarkably only accumulated 219 penalty minutes (or 7.82 per game) as a team this season, 99 fewer than the next lowest team. As a result, they were shorthanded only 74 times this season (61 fewer times than the next closest team) and gave up a U Sports-low 8 shorthanded goals. Their 89.2% penalty killing percentage ranked 3rd in the country, just behind UNB's 89.3%. By comparison, the V-Reds surrendered 18 power play goals in 169 shorthanded situations.

Offensively, Queen's is very top-heavy. The trio of forwards Slater Doggett (13 goals, 20 assists and an OUA East second-team all-star), Eric Ming (13 goals, 15 assists), and Ryan Bloom (10 goals, 14 assists) accounted for over 45% of the team's goals. No one else on the team potted more than 5 and they only had nine players hit the 10 point plateau.

On defense they are led by OUA East first-team all-star Spencer Abraham, who finished 4th on the team in scoring with 3 goals and 13 assists in 22 games. Team captain and New Maryland native Patrick Downe will get to finish his university hockey career in his hometown after chipping in 3 goals and 9 assists this season.

As one would expect from a team that is as good defensively as the Gaels are, they have an outstanding goaltender. In fact, they have two. Kevin Bailie, the expected starter, has proven to be one of the finest in the country over the last few years and he put together another great season this year with a 2.31 goals against average and a 0.925 save percentage in 856 minutes. Meanwhile, Jacob Brennan was even better. The 2nd year native of Halifax put up a 2.08 GAA and 0.927 save percentage in 865 minutes.

At the end of the day, this is a game the Varsity Reds should be heavily favoured to win. While Queen's has the unquestioned advantage in goal, the V-Reds offensive and defensive strength and depth should prove to be too much for the Golden Gaels to handle over the course of 60 minutes. Queen's has struggled all year putting the puck in the net, and more recently at generating many shots, and the Varsity Reds are the best in the country at keeping the puck out of the net and limiting shots, so it stands to reason the Gaels are going to have a really hard time scoring. On the flip side, UNB puts more pucks on net than any other team and even with Bailie putting up his usual ridiculous numbers, given the sheer number of shots they will likely throw at the Queen's goalie, they should be able to sneak enough pucks past him to come away with the win. Having said that, in a single elimination tournament anything can happen and, as Saint Mary's and St. FX just showed, it isn't out of the realm of possibility for a team to score a couple of timely goals on their limited opportunities while also having their goaltender stand on his head and steal a game against UNB.

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