Saturday, December 30, 2017

V-Reds Bury Rams With Late Flurry

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds broke open a close game with a burst of five unanswered goals over the final 11:31 to pull away from the visiting Ryerson Rams in an 8-2 victory this afternoon at the AUC. With the victory the V-Reds capture the Pete Kelly Cup for the 12th consecutive season.

After a scoreless opening twenty minutes in which UNB out-shot the Rams 14-8 the Varsity Reds got on the board first while shorthanded 6:22 into the middle stanza. Some aggressive forechecking by Matt Boudens caused Rams goaltender Taylor Dupuis to misplay the puck near the half boards. Boudens picked up the puck and found Kris Bennett near the far post on a 2-on-1 down low and the rookie banged it in. The Rams took out Dupuis - who was once again outstanding, stopping 17 out of 18 shots - just after the halfway mark of the period and replaced him Brodie Barrick, who has yet to see a minute of regular season action this season. Ryerson evened the score at 15:53 with Brandon Hughes taking a pass from behind the net as he was skating towards the goal and quickly snapping past Rylan Parenteau. However, just like last night, the Varsity Reds quickly responded as Mike Thomas (Willick, McIvor) got the puck at the blue line on a delayed penalty and found the top corner with a slap shot to restore UNB's lead at 16:27. Stephen Anderson (Clapperton, LeBlanc) tipped in a point shot at 19:52 to make it a 3-1 lead heading into the final twenty minutes, after a period in which the Rams out-shot the V-Reds 9-7.

Ryerson made the game interesting with Kyle Tibbo scoring 2:52 into the 3rd period to cut the deficit to a goal, but the floodgates opened shortly after. Three quick goals  from Tyler Boland (from Anderson and Clapperton at 8:29), Randy Gazzola (Bennett, Goulet at 9:13), and Thomas (McIvor, Willick at 10:42) made it a comfortable 6-2 lead and then they capped the contest with goals on both ends of a 5-on-3 power play, first by LeBlanc (Gazzola, Goulet at 17:43) and then by Cameron Brace (Murphy, McIvor at 18:48). Shots in the final frame were 17-11 for UNB.

- Shots in the game favoured the V-Reds 38-28. One could argue that, despite the score, today's game was actually a much more even contest than last night's 6-5 overtime victory.

- Mark Simpson was once again the lone scratch.

- UNB went 2 for 7 on the power play while the Rams were shut-out on 7 opportunities.

- Mike Thomas (2 goals) and Kyle Tibbo (1 goal, 1 assist) were named their team's player of the game.

- Rylan Parenteau played all 60 minutes and was sharp, stopping 26 out of 28 shots.

- UNB had another strong game in the face-off circle, winning 48 out of 75 draws. Dylan Willick (13 out of 20), Tyler Boland (9 out of 14), and Alexandre Goulet (also 9 out of 14) led the way.

- Attendance was a solid 2368 for a rare afternoon game.

- Chris Clapperton was named the tournament MVP.

- The tournament all-star team consisted of forwards Stephen Anderson and Tyler Boland and defenceman Olivier LeBlanc along with Ryerson goaltender Taylor Dupuis, forward Devon Paliani, and defenceman Jared Walsh.

- Although Ryerson lost both games and were outscored 14-7 in the process, they showed they can hang with one of the top teams in the country for long stretches. Keep in mind that this is a team that was 8-18-2 in conference play just 7 years ago and were routinely hovering around 0.500 most years until they broke out to the tune of a 22-4-2 record last season. This is an up and coming program that has improved by leaps and bounds this decade. They will no doubt use this experience as a learning tool as they look to get back here for the University Cup in March.

- The Varsity Reds are 11-0-0 at the AUC this season and are 33-1-0 on home ice since the beginning of last season.

- UNB lost 4-3 in overtime to Saint Mary's in the final of the inaugural Pete Kelly Cup in 2005/2006, but has captured every edition since.

- The 8 goals scored tie a season-high. They also scored 8 in a win over UPEI on November 24th.

- Regular season action resumes this upcoming weekend at the AUC when the V-Reds host Dalhousie on Friday night and St. FX on Saturday night, in what most likely will be a battle for first place. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM puck drop.

Friday, December 29, 2017

UNB Pulls Out Improbable Victory

The visiting Ryerson Rams found out first hand what many teams have learned over the years - you can never count out the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, especially on home ice. The Rams jumped out to a 3-0 1st period lead and held a 5-2 advantage in the 3rd period before the defending U Sports champions stormed back to claim a 6-5 overtime victory in a wildly entertaining first game of the annual Peterbilt Pete Kelly Cup.

The V-Reds jumped out to a good start with a number of close calls in the opening period, but the combination of Rams goaltender Taylor Dupuis and a little but of luck kept the game scoreless until late in the frame. That's when the wheels came off for UNB and things went from bad (a Devon Paliani power play goal on a scramble at 16:46 after Alex Dubeau was interfered with) to worse (a Matt Mistele shot from the slot and into the top corner at 17:54) to terrible (Dubeau, still agitated about the non-call on the first goal, took an unsportsmanlike penalty and Paliani scored his second power play goal of the night on a breakaway at 18:40). Peter Trainor (Bennett, Gazzola) saved the period from being a complete disaster when he batted a puck out of mid-air past Dupuis at 19:26 to get UNB on the board and make it a 3-1 game heading into the intermission. Shots in the period were 19-8 for the Varsity Reds.

It was all UNB in the 2nd period, at least on the shot clock, as the V-Reds out-shot the Rams 22-4 over the middle twenty minutes, however the two teams traded goals. Stephen Anderson (Clapperton, Bennett) finished off one of the nicest rushes you will ever see with a power play goal at 11:40 and it appeared UNB was well on its way. The momentum was halted, though, at 16:07 when Erick DeLaurentis forced a turnover at his own blue line after all kinds of offensive pressure from the V-Reds and took the puck the other way, beating Rylan Parenteau, who had replaced Dubeau at the beginning of the period, with a snap shot off the rush to make it a 4-2 game.

Ryerson appeared to clamp down a bit defensively in the opening stages of the 3rd period as UNB failed to get as many pucks on net as they had over the first forty minutes. Things really began to look dire after a Colin Suellentrop penalty led to the Rams third power play goal of the night at 7:34. Then the comeback began. Again, the V-Reds quickly answered, this time with Anderson finding himself all alone in front to bang home a Chris Clapperton pass from behind the net just 36 seconds later to make it 5-3. Tyler Boland (Clapperton, Bennett) pulled UNB to within one at 10:31 when he fired a rocket into the short side top corner from the left face-off circle and then Chris Caissy (LeBlanc, Brace) knotted the game with a wrist shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle at 14:38. Each team had a couple of chance to go ahead over the final 5+ minutes but the game remained tied and headed to a five minute, 3-on-3 overtime. Shots in the period were 19-7 for UNB.

In the extra session the Rams controlled the puck off of the opening face-off, but a Steve Harland interference penalty just as the Varsity Reds were about to rush the puck up the ice put UNB on a 4-on-3 the power play at 2:25. It took only 29 seconds to end the game as a Tyler Boland (Clapperton, Goulet) shot deflected off of something in front and going in to give the V-Reds an unlikely win. The Varsity Reds had all three shots in the overtime period.

- Shots in the game were 63-19 for UNB.

- Mark Simpson was the lone scratch. He was also sidelined for the game against Poland earlier this month.

- Alexandre Goulet made his UNB debut, wearing number 91. His usual number 19 is already being worn by Cameron Brace. Goulet picked up his first point - a secondary assist - on the game-winning goal.

- UNB was 3 for 8 on the power play. The Rams showed off a lethal power play of their own, converting on 3 out of 4 opportunities.

- The V-Reds won 50 out of 83 face-offs. Goulet (13 out of 20), Boland (11 out of 16), Caissy (9 out of 14), and Dylan Willick (9 out of 12) all had strong night at the dot.

- Boland (2 goals, 1 assist), Dupuis (a Ryerson record 57 saves), and Clapperton (4 assists) were named the game's three stars.

- Marcus McIvor was the lone V-Reds not to register a shot on goal.

- UNB allowed a season-high five goals in regulation.

- This game was reminiscent of the 5-4 shootout win over Dalhousie last October in which UNB also trailed by three goals in the 3rd period..

- This was the first ever meeting between the two schools.

- UNB extends their winning streak over OUA teams to 23 games (exhibition + University Cup) since suffering a 3-2 loss to Western at the 2012 University Cup.

- They have also now won 44 consecutive exhibition games versus U Sports competition at the AUC and 26 straight exhibition games versus U Sports competition overall.

- This game continues a bit of a recent trend for UNB in that the opening game of the Pete Kelly Cup has tended to be fairly close. In 2013 they defeated Windsor 6-5, in 2014 they beat Concordia 7-3, and last year they were tied with York 3-3 late in the game before pulling away for a 6-3 victory. However, the rematches have been a different story as they won 7-1, 5-1, and 6-1, respectively, those years.

- The Varsity Reds will hope that trend holds tomorrow as the two teams go at it again. Game time is 4PM.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

V-Reds Add Firepower To Line-Up

Although it took a little longer than originally hoped, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have secured the services of blue-chip recruit Alexandre Goulet.

The former Charlottetown Islanders and Victoriaville Tigres forward was thought to be joining the team in the fall along with junior teammate and good friend Tristan Pomerleau, however he instead decided to try his hand at professional hockey. After playing three games with the AHL's Rochester Americans at the end of last season, Goulet attended the training camps for the Montreal Canadiens and their AHL affiliate in Laval earlier this season before eventually joining the expansion Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL, who currently sport a 5-15-4 record. In 18 games with the Icemen - who also feature former Varsity Reds captain Cameron Critchlow - he was the team's leading scorer with 9 goals and 13 assists.

A native of Thetford Mines, Quebec, the 5'11", 190 pound Goulet put up 133 goals and 125 assists in 262 career games in the QMJHL. This was capped by a career year of 89 points (39 goals and 50 assists) in 68 games with the Tigres last season. During his four year junior career he never scored fewer than 26 goals in a season, including 33+ in each of the previous three years.

Without question, the addition of Goulet is a massive one for the Varsity Reds as they gear up to defend their back to back University Cups on home ice. While they are once again the highest scoring team in the conference (80 goals scored vs. 79 for Acadia), there have been times when they have had trouble finding the back of the net despite averaging over 41 shots per game. His skill should help make their line-up even more balanced and potent - and should certainly help what has thus far been a disappointing power play.

It may seem to some to be a bit of a surprise to see Goulet join UNB given he was leading the Icemen in scoring and was getting top minutes, but it is apparent the chance to pursue an education - while taking advantage of the CHL educational package - plus the opportunity to play for one of the top team's in the country and for a national championship, won out at the end of the day.

Goulet is expected to be in the line-up when the Varsity Reds host the Ryerson Rams for a pair of games at the end of the month.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

U Sports All-Stars Sweep Junior Hopefuls

The U Sports All-Star team and Team Canada World Junior Prospects faced off for a pair of games earlier this week in St. Catharines and, for the first time ever, the squad made up of university players from across the country won both contests.

On Wednesday night, Alberta Golden Bears forward Luke Philip scored 2:44 into the 1st period and Michael Clarke (St. FX) and Logan McVeigh (Saskatchewan) added empty net goals in the final 1:15 to secure a 3-0 victory for U Sports. Team Canada goaltenders Carter Hart and Colton Point combined for 32 saves in the U Sports net to record the first shutout of Team Canada by U Sports in 32 meetings dating back to 1988. Shots in the game were 32-24 for Team Canada.

The next afternoon U Sports completed the two game sweep with a 4-3 win thanks to Golden Bears defenceman Jason Fram's goal with only 6.5 seconds remaining in regulation. Also scoring for U Sports were Cole Sanford (Alberta), with a pair, and Stephen Harper (Alberta). The teams switched goalies for the game with Michael DiPietro and Samuel Harvey playing for U Sports. Shots in the game were 27 apiece. 

Varsity Reds defenceman Randy Gazzola and forward Stephen Anderson were both held scoreless during the series.

- UNB has an article on the pair of V-Reds while Bernd Franke of the St. Catharines Standard and Bill Petrecz of BPSN each have a nice piece on Randy Gazzola, who was playing only about 10 minutes from his home of Thorold.

- Team Canada finalized their roster Thursday night as they prepare to kick off the tournament on Boxing Day against Finland.

- For UNB, their next action is Friday, December 29th and Saturday, December 30th when they host the Ryerson Rams in this year's Pete Kelly Cup. The Rams are currently 11-4-1 and tied for first place in the OUA's west division. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Varsity Reds Take Down Poland

The #2 ranked U Sports University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds added an impressive win to their resume this afternoon as they defeated Poland's national men's team - the 20th ranked team in the world according to current IIHF rankings - by a 4-1 score.

UNB jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead thanks to a power play goal by Chris Clapperton (Bennett, Anderson) at 9:53 and a breakaway goal by Tyler Boland (Clapperton, McIvor) at 12:45. After Oliver Cooper (Brace, Murphy) got behind the defence for a power play goal 4:56 into the second period that pushed the lead to 3-0, the Polish squad played quite well the rest of the game and had a number of high quality scoring chances. Krystian Dziubinski scored Poland's lone goal of the afternoon off of a rebound four seconds into a power play at 7:05 of the second period to cut the V-Reds lead to 3-1, but Kris Bennett (Murphy, Boudens) sealed the game with an empty net marker with 1:21 remaining.

- Shots in the game were 34-28 for UNB. The period totals were 14-10, 9-9, and 11-9.

- Mark Simpson sat out the game while Chris Caissy did not appear to play after the first period.

- UNB was 2 for 3 on the power play. Poland had all five of their opportunities in succession over a 23 minute span in the 2nd and 3rd periods, scoring once.

- Alex Dubeau played the opening twenty minutes and stopped all 11 shots he saw. Rylan Parenteau turned aside 16 out of 17 shots over the final two periods.

- Attendance was 1901.

- Clapperton (1 goal, 1 assist), Dziubinski (1 goal), and Boland (1 goal) were named the game's three stars.

- UNB won 35 out of 62 face-offs with Boland (8 out of 14) and Bennett (7 out of 11) doing the bulk of the damage.

- Prior to the contest 4th year veteran defenceman - and alternate captain - Randy Gazzola was awarded this year's Don MacAdam Award for leadership.

- The V-Reds will now focus on exams before hosting the OUA's Ryerson Rams on Friday, December 29th (7PM) and Saturday, December 30th (4PM) in the annual Pete Kelly Challenge.

Friday, December 8, 2017

News And Notes: Back From Vacation Edition

Catching up on some news over the past week:

- The Varsity Reds picked up an important three points in their last two regular season games before the Christmas break, despite not leading for a single second of game time. On Friday night they rallied from 1-0, 3-1, and 4-3 deficits against Saint Mary's before finally succumbing in the 10th round of the shoot-out. The next night they fell behind 1-0 and 2-1 against Acadia, but battled back to tie it each time. Matt Murphy's goal on a great individual effort just 15 seconds into overtime gave the V-Reds their first pre-Christmas win in Wolfville since 2009.

UNB heads into the holiday break having already clinched a playoff spot and in first place in the AUS with a 15-0-3 record, just ahead of the 15-1-2 St. FX X-Men. This is only the second time in school history they have been undefeated in regulation in the first half of the season. The only other instance was 2009-2010 when they were 15-0-0 at the break.

-  Thanks in large part to his overtime winning goal, Murphy was named the UNB Varsity Reds/Papa John's Pizza Athlete of the Week.

- Forward Stephen Anderson and defenceman Randy Gazzola have been named to the U Sports Men's Hockey all-star team that will face Canada's National Junior Team prospects for a pair of games next week in St. Catharines, Ontario. The games are scheduled for Wednesday, December 13th at 8PM AST and Thursday, December 14th at 5PM AST.

The 21 player roster, which also features fellow AUS players Hunter Garlent (SMU), Boston Leier (Acadia), Stephen Harper (Acadia), Jagger Dirk (St. FX), Holden Cook (St. FX), and Michael Clarke (St. FX), is being coached by Brad Peddle (St. FX) along with assistant coaches Mark Howell (Calgary), Patrick Grandmaitre (Ottawa), and Trevor Stienburg (Saint Mary's). V-Reds forward Christopher Clapperton was also selected before a concussion injury kept him out of action for seven games.

- Although the regular season schedule is on hold until after Christmas, the Varsity Reds will be in action this Sunday afternoon at 2PM when they host Team Poland in an exhibition game at the AUC. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Clapperton Picks Up Pair Of Awards

After missing seven games due to post-concussion symptoms, forward Christopher Clapperton made a successful return to the line-up this past weekend and, as a result, has been awarded both the UNB Varsity Reds/Papa John's Pizza male Athlete of the Week and Subway AUS male Athlete of the Week.

Playing in his first game since October 27th, Clapperton recorded a pair of goals and an assist in Friday night's 8-1 victory over the UPEI Panthers. He matched that production the next night in a 5-3 win in Moncton, including scoring what proved to be the game winning goal in the 3rd period.

For the season, the 3rd year veteran has 7 goals and 9 assists in 9 games.

Clapperton and the rest of his Varsity Reds teammates wrap up the first part of the regular season schedule this weekend when they travel to play Saint Mary's and Acadia.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

V-Reds Hold Off Pesky Aigles Bleus

Although they controlled play for the majority of the game, the visiting University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds were never able to pull away from the Université de Moncton, needing an empty net goal to secure a 5-3 victory tonight. The V-Reds head into the final weekend of the first semester with a 14-0-2 record, two points clear of the St. FX X-Men.

- The two teams traded goals in the opening period. Oliver Cooper (Simpson, Boudens) got the visitors on the board just 53 seconds into the contest only to see the Aigles Bleus respond at 6:30 on an Alexis Roy marker after a scramble in front of the Rylan Parenteau's net. At 12:35 the Varsity Reds regained the lead when Kris Bennett (Suellentrop) came down the left wing and handcuffed goaltender Alexi Thibaudeau with a wrist shot. However, the home side answered once again, with Roy getting his second of the game when he redirected a hard pass in front of the net for a power play goal. Shots in the period were 12-6 for UNB.

- The Varsity Reds turned it up in the 2nd period, out-shooting Moncton 17-5, and scored the only goal of the frame at 10:52 to grab a 3-2 lead. While on the power play, Olivier LeBlanc made a break-out pass to Christopher Clapperton in the neutral zone. Clapperton drew the defense to him along the boards as he entered the Moncton zone before spotting Tyler Boland streaking towards the net with a cross-ice pass. The rookie wasted little time in firing a wrist shot past Thibaudeau to give UNB their third lead of the game.

- Clapperton (Trainor, McIvor) gave the V-Reds a two goal lead 7:32 into the final period, taking a pass from Marcus McIvor after a Moncton neutral zone turnover, skating down the left side, and putting the puck into the top right corner. The Aigles Bleus did not go down quietly though as Alex Chiasson pulled them back within a goal exactly three minutes later when he pounced on a rebound in front put it home. Moncton pushed hard for the tying goal in the final moments, coming close on a couple of goalmouth scrambles, but Clapperton (Willick, McIvor) sealed the game at 19:00 with an empty net goal from his own end of the ice after a defensive zone face-off win. Shots in the period were 11 apiece.

- Trey Lewis drew back into the line-up as Cameron Brace sat out due to suspension from his major penalty the night before.

- Shots were 40-22 for UNB.

- The V-Reds were 1 for 3 on the power play while Moncton scored once on five opportunities.

- Thibaudeau was named the player of the game after stopping 35 of 39 shots.

- UNB won 53 of 79 face-offs. Mark Simpson (17 out of 25), Tyler Boland (13 of 19), Dylan Willick (11 of 16), and Chris Caissy (9 of 14) all had strong showings.

- Attendance was 469.

- The V-Reds push their winning streak over Moncton to 11 in a row.

- UNB is 27-0-3 in their last 30 regular season games dating back to 3-2 loss to Saint Mary's on November 26th, 2016.

- In the only other game in the conference, Acadia defeated Dalhousie 3-1 in Halifax.

- The first half of the schedule comes to an end next weekend with the Varsity Reds playing a pair of tough games in Nova Scotia. On Friday night they are in Halifax to face Saint Mary's and then on Saturday they travel to Wolfville to battle Acadia. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM start and can be viewed at

Friday, November 24, 2017

Offense Breaks Out

The return of star forward Christopher Clapperton helped spur the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds to their best offensive output of the season as the defending National Champions erupted for an 8-1 victory over a very short-staffed UPEI Panthers squad tonight at the AUC on the 2nd annual Teddy Bear Toss Night. UNB is now 13-0-2 as the season has reached its midpoint.

- After some early scoring chances and close calls had everyone on the edge of their seat, Peter Trainor (Willick, Murphy) triggered the showering of 1155 stuffed animals on to the ice by tipping in a point shot past Panthers goaltender Connor Wilkinson at 12:17 of the 1st period. It was the only goal in the frame as UNB held a 14-7 advantage in shots on goal.

- The V-Reds power play struggles continued early in the 2nd period as Marcus Power went in all alone on a shorthanded breakaway and beat Alex Dubeau blocker side to tie the game at 2:53. It is the second straight game UNB has surrendered a shorthanded marker.

- After the Panthers goal the Varsity Reds took complete control of the game and exploded for 5 goals over the next 6+ minutes and 6 goals total in the period. Matt Murphy (Anderson) got the onslaught started at 5:44 when he tapped in a centering pass to restore the lead and then Clapperton and Boland sprung Stephen Anderson for a breakaway goal at 7:54 to make it 3-1. UNB added three more goals in 66 seconds with Christopher Clapperton (Boland, Brace) at 10:43, Dylan Willick (Trainor, McIvor) at 11:21, and Chris Caissy (Bennett, Boudens) at 11:49 doing the honours. Finally, Cameron Brace (Caissy, Bennett) capped the V-Reds most productive period of the season with a tip in at 19:32. Shots in the period were 18-11 for UNB.

- The Panthers made a goaltending change to begin the 3rd period with Matt Mahalak replacing the beleaguered Wilkinson and, although Clapperton (Gazzola, Boland) beat him on a breakaway 1:30 into the period, he held things in check the rest of the way, making a couple of nice saves in the process. UNB out-shot the Panthers 13-9 in the period.

- With Clapperton back in the line-up, Trey Lewis was the lone scratch.

- Shots in the game were 45-27, the 11th time in 15 games UNB has fired 40+ shots on net.

- Tristan Pomerleau was the only member of the V-Reds to fail to record a shot on goal.

- UNB went 0 for 2 on the power play. UPEI was scoreless on 7 opportunities even though they had the man advantage for 11:39 out of final 13:42 of the game. This included a five minute power play after Cameron Brace was assessed a major penalty for checking to the head, which will most likely cause him to miss at least one game, and a full minute of 5-on-3 time.

- Over their last six games UNB has been outscored on their power play as they have only scored one power play goal while giving up two shorthanded goals.

- Clapperton, Murphy, and Boland were the game's three stars.

- UNB won 43 out of 80 face-offs. Dylan Willick had by far the best  night, winning 16 out of 20.

- Due to injuries and suspensions the Panthers began the game with only 13 skaters, only 2 of whom were natural defenceman. The problem was further exacerbated when they lost another player early in the game after a big hit from Mike Thomas. They also lost Riley Whittingham, who was on the receiving end of the Brace hit that earned him the major penalty, briefly but he did eventually return.

- Attendance was 3168 for the 2nd annual Teddy Bear Toss Night.

- Since there were over 1000 stuffed animals collected for children in need this holiday season, all ticket holders receive 40% off of their bill at the Snooty Fox (for tonight only).

- This is the most goals UNB has scored in a game since they also put up 8 against Saint Mary's last December 2nd.

- Elsewhere around the conference tonight, the 2nd place St. FX X-Men kept pace with a 2-1 home win over Acadia and Saint Mary's got past Dalhousie 3-1 in the battle of Halifax.

- The V-Reds are back at it tomorrow night when they travel 90 minutes down the highway to face the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus. Game time is 7PM.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

UNB Escapes With Win

In a game that featured just about everything, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds blew a two goal 3rd period lead only to recover with a late goal of their own to scrape by the Dalhousie Tigers 4-3 tonight in Halifax. The V-Reds, now 12-0-2 on the season, maintain their two point lead atop the AUS standings.

- The two teams skated through a scoreless opening period, although it had appeared Kris Bennett opened the scoring with a shot that went in but through the net and out the back. However, after the next stoppage in play the referees had a lengthy conversation with the goal judge and amongst themselves, finally deciding there was not sufficient enough evidence to call it a good goal.

- Peter Trainor (Gazzola, Brace) got the visitors on the board first with a power play goal at 9:03 of the 2nd period with a wrist shot from the blue line that evaded everything and went straight past a screened Corbin Boes. This would be the only goal through the first forty minutes of the game.

- After Colton Heffley tied the game 22 seconds into the 3rd period, UNB quickly responded when Trey Lewis (Thomas, Gazzola) tucked the puck in from the crease at 1:55 to restore the lead. It was Lewis' first goal as a V-Red. A Cameron Brace (Simpson, Suellentrop) goal off the rush, in which he executed a nice toe-drag to get the puck around a defender before snapping a wrist shot far side on Boes, at 8:01 had the Varsity Reds seemingly well in control. Things looked even more dire for the Tigers when they took five minor penalties in a 4:11 span at the mid-point of the period, but not only did the V-Reds fail to capitalize on the golden opportunities to put the game away, Alex Pawelczyk scored on a shorthanded breakaway at 12:40 to pull Dalhousie within a goal. They carried that momentum forward and, after killing off the rash of penalties, were able to tie the game at 17:56 when Aiden Jamieson just threw a shot onto net that found its way past Rylan Parenteau. With the game looking like it may improbably be headed for overtime Matt Boudens bailed out his team when he beat Boes with an unassisted wraparound goal with just 61 seconds remaining. To make the night even more interesting, Parenteau had to leave the game with 50 seconds remaining due to an equipment issue that couldn't be quickly fixed, so Alex Dubeau was forced to come on and make a couple of saves to help secure the victory.

- Shots in the game were 42-23 for UNB. The period totals were 18-6, 9-5, and 15-12.

- Christopher Clapperton remained out of the line-up. Dylan Willick left the game for a stretch after being on the receiving end of a penalized hit along the boards. He eventually returned.

- UNB's power play continues to struggle mightily, going a woeful 1 for 12 with the man advantage, including a pair of long 5-on-3 opportunities. They also surrendered their first shorthanded goal of the season. The Tigers were 0 for 3 on the night.

- The V-Reds won 46 out of 83 face-offs in the game. Mark Simpson was a workhouse, taking 34 draws and winning 21 of them.

- UNB has blown three different two goal leads to the Tigers in their last two games in Halifax. In their final meeting last season, Dalhousie rallied from 2-0 and 4-2 deficits before eventually falling 6-4.

- With Alberta’s 4-0 loss to the Saskatchewan Huskies tonight, UNB becomes the lone team in the country without a regulation loss.

- St. FX kept the pressure on the V-Reds with a 6-1 home win over UPEI and Saint Mary's won their 6th in a row with a 7-2 victory in Moncton.

- The Varsity Reds are back on home ice on Friday night when they host the UPEI Panthers in a game that will also be the 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Toss. If there is one regular season game to attend, this is certainly the one as it is for a great cause with all stuffed toys collected going to children in need. As an added incentive, if 1000+ stuffed animals are collected ticket holders will receive 40% off their entire bill that night at the Snooty Fox. Game time is 7PM.

Friday, November 17, 2017

V-Reds Pick Up A Point

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored a late goal to tie the game, but a Michael Clarke power play goal early in overtime lifted the St. FX X-Men to a 3-2 victory tonight in Antigonish. With the win, the 10-1-2 X-Men inch slightly closer to the first place 11-0-2 V-Reds.

- UNB got on the board first when Cameron Brace found Tristan Pomerleau with a pass from the corner as the rookie defender was streaking towards the net. Pomerleau made a nice move to navigate the puck around goaltender Chase Marchand to give the visitors a 1-0 lead 2:35 into the contest.

- The early goal sparked the V-Reds and they took the play to the X-Men for the majority of the first period. However, St. FX took a lead into the intermission thanks to goals from Anthony Difruscia - just after a lengthy UNB shift in the offensive zone - at 13:12 and a Holden Cook power play marker into the top corner at 18:22.

-  The 2-1 lead would hold up for the next 39+ minutes until Marcus McIvor (Willick) picked the corner with a wrist shot through traffic to tie the game 2-2 at 17:43 of the 3rd period. 

- A Colin Suellentrop delay of game penalty with 42 seconds in regulation time proved to be fatal as the X-Men's lethal power play struck again to win the game 39 seconds into the extra session. Clarke was stationed down low when he got a pass that he could redirect just past Alex Dubeau's outstretched leg for the game winner.

- Shots in the game were 48-15 for UNB with period totals of 12-6, 12-6, 24-2, and 0-1.

- One of the main differences in the game was the special teams. St. FX converted on 2 of their 4 power play chances while the V-Reds power play continues to be M.I.A., going 0 for 4.

- The other was the play of the opposing goal, in this case Marchand in the X-Men goal. and the lack of puck luck and finish from the V-Reds, something that has become an increasingly common theme recently.

- Christopher Clapperton remains sidelined with a concussion.

- The teams were fairly even in the face-off circle with St. FX holding a slight 35-33 advantage.

- Marchand, Cook, and Pomerleau were named the game's three stars.

- Attendance was 718.

- In other games around the league tonight, UPEI doubled Dalhousie 4-2 in Halifax and Acadia added to the Aigles Bleus recent misery with a 9-1 beating in Moncton. Moncton has now been out-scored 28-4 in their last four games.

- The Varsity Reds will look to get back to their winning ways tomorrow night when they visit Halifax for a date with the Dalhousie Tigers. Game time is 7PM and can be viewed on

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Brace Honoured

4th year Varsity Reds forward Cameron Brace has been named the UNB Varsity Reds/Papa John's Pizza male Athlete of the Week after multi-point efforts in each of UNB's two wins.

On Friday night, in the most anticipated and important game of the season thus far, the veteran Brace picked up a pair of assists in a 5-3 victory over the St. FX X-Men. He followed that up with two goals - one being shorthanded - in Saturday's 3-1 win against Dalhousie.

After an inconsistent and injury-plagued season last year, Brace has quietly put together a solid 2017-2018 campaign so far. He is currently tied for 3rd on the team in scoring with 3 goals and 10 assists for 13 points.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Varsity Reds Survive Scare

Rookie defenceman Tristan Pomerleau’s first career goal late in the game proved to be the game winner as the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds pulled out a tight 3-1 win over the visiting Dalhousie Tigers tonight at the AUC in a game that was noticeably lacking the sharpness and intensity as the night before. The 11-0-1 V-Reds maintain their three point lead over second place St. FX while the 6th place Tigers drop to 2-9-1, just one point out of the basement.

- The visitors were first on the board with the only goal of the opening period. The Tigers executed a nice tic-tac-toe passing play off the rush with Alex Pawelczyk driving to the side of the net and getting the final touch, slamming the puck into a wide open cage at 17:25 to give Dalhousie a 1-0 lead. Shots in the period were 15-9 for UNB.

- It wasn't until the V-Reds 25th shot of the night at 10:58 of the 2nd period that they were able to tie the game while shorthanded. Mark Simpson stole the puck from a defender in the neutral zone and broke in on a two-on-one with Cameron Brace. Simpson found Brace with a cross-ice pass and with Tigers goalie Joseph Gladnick moving right to left to follow the pass, Brace snapped the puck back against the grain and into the vacated left side of the net. The two teams would head into the intermission tied at 1 after a period in which the V-Reds out-shot the Tigers 16-3.

- Dalhousie clamped down defensively in the early part of the 3rd period, doing a good job at limiting UNB's shots and chances. The Varsity Reds started to generate some pressure as the period went on and were rewarded with the go-ahead goal at 14:17 when Tristan Pomerleau (Boland, Bennett) picked up a loose puck at the face-off circle and fluttered over Gladnick's left shoulder and into the net. It was Pomerleau's first career AUS goal. A Cameron Brace penalty gave the Tigers a golden opportunity to tie it up, but the V-Reds killed it off and Brace (Trainor, Caissy), coincidentally, sealed the game with an empty net marker at 18:35 to make it a 3-1 final. UNB out-shot the Tigers 10-6 in the frame.

- Christopher Clapperton remained sidelined with a concussion.

- Shots in the game were 41-18.

- Brace and Stephen Anderson led the way with six shots apiece.

- UNB's power play is officially struggling. They went 0 for 6 on the night and are 0 for their last 12 over the previous three games. The Tigers were 0 for 3 with the man advantage.

- Rylan Parenteau picked up his third win in as many starts in goal. He is currently sporting a 1.33 GAA and 0.925 save percentage on the season.

- Pomerleau, Tigers goalie Joseph Gladnick, and Brace were the game's three stars.

- The V-Reds dominated the face-off circle, winning 51 out of 75 draws. Tyler Boland (14 out of 21), Mark Simpson (14 out of 20), and Chris Caissy (11 out of 14) all had strong efforts.

- Attendance was 2083.

- Before the game team captain Dylan Willick was presented with the 2017 Rod Pike Memorial Scholarship.

- UNB has won 21 straight home games and 22 games in a row overall against the Tigers in regular season play.

- They have won 32 consecutive regular season home games, including all 7 so far this year. They have only given up more than 3 goals twice during the streak.

- At 11-0-1 the Varsity Reds are off to their best start since opening the 2009-2010 season 12-0-0.

- Former V-Reds defenceman Jordan Murray notched a hat-trick, including the overtime winner, in the Belleville Senators (AHL) win last night.

- It was status quo across the conference last night. St. FX scored a pair of late goals to get past UPEI 4-2 in Charlottetown and Saint Mary's thumped Moncton 7-1 in Halifax.

- UNB is on the road next week for a rematches against St. FX and Dalhousie. They are in Antigonish to face the X-Men on Friday night before visiting the Tigers the next night. Game time is 7PM for both contests and they can be viewed at

UNB To Face Team Poland

In an announcement made yesterday, the Varsity Reds will be facing Poland's national men's hockey team for an exhibition game at the AUC on Sunday, December 10th. Game time is scheduled for 2PM.

Poland, currently ranked 20th in the world by the IIHF, are led by a pair of familiar names in head coach - and former NHL and QMJHL coach - Ted Nolan and assistant coach - and former UNB head coach - Tom Coolen.

The team will be in Fredericton for about a week and will be using the AUC and High Performance Centre for training.

The Varsity Reds conclude the first half of their regular season schedule on December 2nd and would have had almost a month off before playing Ryerson in the Pete Kelly Challenge on December 29th and 30th.

Tickets for the game are now on sale at the box office and online.

Friday, November 10, 2017

V-Reds Take Round One Versus X-Men

The #2 nationally ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds built a 4-1 lead and held on for an important 5-3 victory over the visiting St. FX X-Men tonight in front of a big crowd at the AUC. It was the first meeting between the rivals since last year’s AUS Final. The 10-0-1 V-Reds hand St. FX their first regulation loss of the season and extend their lead over the second place X-Men to three points.

The game looked like it might be a blow-out as the Varsity Reds out-shot the X-Men 15-1 over the first fifteen minutes and, in the process, grabbed a 2-0 lead. The home side struck just 1:56 into the game when Brandon Hope gave up a juicy rebound off of a Matt Murphy shot right to Chris Caissy in the slot, who deposited it into the wide open cage. Randy Gazzola also picked up an assist on the goal. Dylan Willick (Brace, Bennett) doubled the lead at 7:54 when he backhanded a shot from the top of the crease over a sprawled out Hope and into the top of the net. The X-Men responded at 15:14 and cut the lead in half on the their third shot of the game. A point shot off of a face-off win made its way through a number of bodies and Bryson Cianfrone, standing in front of Alex Dubeau, was able to deflect it past the V-Reds netminder. UNB would take the 2-1 lead into the break after out-shooting the X-Men 18-5 in the opening period.

The two teams played through an entertaining, although scoreless, 2nd period. Each team had a couple of power play opportunities and the V-Reds had a goal waved off late in the period due to a Matt Boudens interference penalty. Shots in the period were 16-7 for UNB.

The Varsity Reds built a 4-1 lead in the opening minutes of the 3rd period and looked well on their way to putting the game away. At 1:17 Kris Bennett (LeBlanc) used a defender as a screen to beat Hope with a wrist shot from the left face-off dot to make it 3-1 and then, at 4:44, Oliver Cooper (Pomerleau, Brace) slid in a backhanded shot on a wraparound to give the V-Reds a three goal cushion. However, as the X-Men have shown a number of times this season, they are resilient and were able to answer both goals, due in part to some undisciplined play from UNB and a fortunate call. At 6:46 Kristoff Kontos picked up a big rebound in the slot and hammered it home for a power play goal to make it 4-2. Exactly six minutes later, with Colin Suellentrop off for 10 and 2 for hitting to the head, Michael Clarke picked up the puck at the V-Reds blue line on a play that was clearly offside, but not called, and quickly found Adam Stevens for a short break. Stevens went forehand to backhand to beat Dubeau and cut the deficit back to one at 4-3. Shortly after the goal the X-Men had a glorious chance to tie the game with Kontos picking up a rebound and staring at a wide open cage, but Dubeau made the save of the game, diving across the crease save to preserve the lead. The X-Men's momentum didn't last long though, as Peter Trainor (Caissy, Boudens) gave UNB some much needed insurance less than two minutes later, firing a laser beam short side past Hope's ear and into the top corner at 14:30. St. FX pulled their goalie for the final 88 seconds of the game but to no avail, as the Varsity Reds held on for the 5-3 win. UNB held an 11-10 shot advantage in the period.

- Once again, Christopher Clapperton was the lone scratch for UNB. The X-Men were playing two men short, due in large part to having three players suspended after instigating a brawl against Acadia last week.

- Shots in the game were 45-22 for the Varsity Reds. Bennett had a game-high 8 shots on goal.

- UNB was 0 for 5 on the power play. St. FX second ranked power play struck twice on 7 opportunities against the V-Reds league-leading penalty kill.

- Caissy, Brace, and Cianfrone were named the game's three stars.

- UNB won 38 out of 64 face-offs. Mark Simpson had the best night with 14 wins in 22 chances.

- The announced attendance was 3374 on Southside Elementary Schools Night and Home Depot Night. The actual attendance was much lower, but it was still the biggest crowd of the season thus far.

- Dubeau improves to 8-0-1 on the season.

- After winning their first 8 games of the season, St. FX is 0-1-2 in their last 3.

- UNB and the 9-0-0 Alberta Golden Bears are the only two teams in the country to have not yet lost in regulation time.

- Trainor's goal was his first regular season marker since January 27th, 2016.

- UNB has won 15 straight regular season home games against St. FX. The last time the X-Men won a regular season game at the AUC was February 12th, 2010, when they handed the 26-0-0 V-Reds their first loss of the season.

- Of course, the X-Men have won the last two playoff games between the two at the AUC.

- Elsewhere around the AUS last night, Acadia got some key players back from injury/suspension and routed Moncton 6-1 in Wolfville and UPEI rallied for a critical 5-4 home win over Dalhousie.

- The Varsity Reds are back on home ice tonight as they take on Dalhousie. Game time is 7PM.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Back In First Place

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds survived a tough game against the UPEI Panthers tonight, ultimately coming out on top with a 3-2 victory in Charlottetown. UNB moves to 9-0-1 on the season, one point ahead of the 8-0-2 St. FX X-Men heading into their first meeting of the season on Friday.

- The home side grabbed a 1-0 lead 7:47 into the opening period when Kameron Kielly snuck the puck through Alex Dubeau's pads off of a rush.

- The V-Reds answered at 13:11 with Tyler Boland (Pomerleau, Suellentrop) deftly redirecting a point shot from the side of the net over Matt Mahalak's right shoulder.

- UNB took their first lead of the night while shorthanded at 11:19 of the 2nd period. Dylan Willick broke down the right side with a teammate and opted to shoot, putting the puck into the top corner on the short side.

- The Panthers tied the game back up just over two minutes later. Chris Caissy attempted to go up the middle to clear the puck out of the UNB zone, but Riley Whittingham swooped in to intercept it and beat Dubeau clean with a wrist shot from the slot.

- The Varsity Reds got the eventual game-winner at 7:25 of the 3rd period on a bit of a fortuitous play. Mahalak went behind the net to play the puck and got tangled up with Cameron Brace. Brace was able to throw the puck towards the net, where Oliver Cooper managed to get a stick on it and put it in before the Panthers goaltender could get back in position.

- UPEI pulled Mahalak for the last 57 seconds and had a few solid scoring chances in hopes of tying the contest, but the V-Reds held the fort to pick up the big two points.

- Christopher Clapperton was once again the lone scratch.

- Shots in the game were 26-23 for UNB with period totals of 9-8, 10-5, and 7-10. It was the first time this season the V-Reds have been held below 31 shots on goal.

- It was a much better defensive performance from the Panthers given UNB had put up 48 and 49 shots in the first two regular season meetings this season. It was even more impressive considering UPEI was playing with only five defenceman as veteran Austin Levi was scratched after warm-up.

- For the first time this season the V-Reds did not score a power play goal, going 0 for 1 on the night. The Panthers were 0 for 4.

- UNB won 40 out of 78 face-offs. Mark Simpson was 16 out of 29.

- The V-Reds are 16-0-1 in their last 17 games against UPEI, including 4-0-0 (3-0-0 in regular season, 1-0-0 in exhibition) this season.

- They are also on a 22-0-2 run in regular season games dating back to last season. They went 13-0-1 to end last year and are, of course, 9-0-1 this year.

- This was the only conference game played tonight.

- As mentioned above, UNB and the 2nd place St. FX X-Men will finally meet for the first time next Friday night at the AUC. Game time is 7PM.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Bennett Stars Again

For the second straight Friday night Kris Bennett was the offensive star for the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds. The rookie forward recorded a hat-trick as the V-Reds rolled to a 6-1 win over the visiting Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus tonight at the AUC. UNB moves to 8-0-1 on the season while Moncton remains in the basement with a 1-7-2 mark.

Despite peppering goaltender Alexi Thibaudeau with 23 shots in the opening period, the V-Reds only managed a single goal, and it was a bit of a lucky one. Thibaudeau made the original save off of a rising shot from the slot, but the puck bounced off of his shoulder high in the air and came down behind him where it eventually got knocked into the net. Chris Caissy got credit for the marker with Peter Trainor and Matt Boudens picking up the helpers at 11:42.

The shots kept coming in the 2nd period with UNB firing another 22 on net compared to Moncton's 9 shots directed towards Rylan Parenteau. The Varsity Reds got some breathing room at 7:29 with Bennett (Boland, Anderson) getting his first of the night when he surprised Thibaudeau with a quick wraparound. They would later extend the lead to 3-0 at 18:20 when Oliver Cooper (Brace, Simpson) crashed the crease to knock home a loose puck.

Moncton showed some signs of life in the early going of the 3rd period and got on the board at 9:37 when last season's leading goal scorer Jean-Francois Plante skated around a couple of defenders before snapping the puck off the bar and in to make it 3-1. The Aigles Bleus continued to push and received a power play a few minutes later with the chance to get within a goal, however UNB killed it off without issue and would seal the game with a trio of goals shortly afterwards - Bennett (Anderson) deposited a rebound at 16:13, Mike Thomas (Willick, Lewis) muscled the puck past a sprawled Thibaudeau 12 seconds later, and Bennett (Boland, Simpson) completed his hat-trick on the power play at 18:36 when he picked up a loose puck after an offensive zone face-off win, spun, and fired the puck into the top corner. Shots in the period were 14-5 for UNB.

- Christopher Clapperton was the only player out of the line-up.

- Shots in the game were 59-18 for the Varsity Reds.

- There were only 7 minor penalties called in the game. UNB was 1 for 3 on the power play while Moncton was 0 for 4.

- Bennett, Caissy, and Cooper were the game's three stars.

- The V-Reds won 46 out of 67 face-offs with all four primary centres - Mark Simpson (16 out of 22), Dylan Willick (10/17), Chris Caissy (11/13), and Tyler Boland (9/12) - having strong nights.

- Bennett had a game-high 10 shots on goal. Trey Lewis and Mark Simpson were the only two players not to register a shot.

- Attendance was 2255, a decent turnout given a massive rainstorm hammered the provincial capital for much of the night.

- UNB has now won 10 straight games - and 24 out of 25 - against Moncton.

- The amount of talent and production the V-Reds lost after last season is well documented, so it may be a bit surprising to learn that they have almost the exact same goal differential this season (+27) through 9 games as they did last season (+28). Their goal production is down slightly (43 this year vs. 49 last year), but they have been stingier defensively (16 goals allowed this year vs. 21 last year).

- There was only one other game tonight and it was a beauty. St. FX scored four straight power play goals over the final 20:28 to tie their game against Acadia 5-5 before Stephen Harper struck in overtime to give the Axemen a thrilling 6-5 victory in Wolfville.

- The Varsity Reds hit the road tomorrow for a 7PM tilt against the UPEI Panthers in Charlottetown.
The game can be viewed online at

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

U Sports Top Ten (#4): Alberta Continues To Lead Way

The 8-0-0 Alberta Golden Bears maintained their top spot in the latest U Sports men's hockey top ten rankings, picking up 11 out of 15 first place votes and 145 points overall to out-pace a pair of AUS teams. The 7-0-1 UNB Varsity Reds (3 first place votes, 132 points) remain in the second spot while the St. FX X-Men - also 8-0-0 - received the other first place vote and 126 points to stay put at three.

Making up the rest of the top ten are the Saskatchewan Huskies (6-1-1), York Lions (6-0-0), McGill Redmen (6-2-0), Acadia Axemen (5-2-1), Calgary Dinos (4-1-3), UQTR Patriotes (6-1-0), and Ryerson Rams (4-2-0).

The Saint Mary's Huskies were among six other teams to garner votes.

Bennett Named Athlete Of The Week

Varsity Reds forward Kris Bennett has been named the UNB Varsity Reds/Papa John's Pizza male Athlete of the Week after helping the team to two big wins on home ice over the weekend.

On Friday night Bennett was the offensive star of the game, potting two goals and picking up three assists in a 7-2 drubbing of the Acadia Axemen. He added a power play goal in Saturday night's 5-1 victory over Saint Mary's.

Bennett is quickly establishing himself as one of the top rookies in the conference. His 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) in 8 games ranks 6th in the league - and 2nd among all freshman, behind only UPEI's Kameron Kielly's conference-leading 16 points.

Bennett and the rest of his Varsity Red teammates will look to continue their strong start this weekend when they host Moncton on Friday night before visiting UPEI the next night.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

UNB Cruises To Win Over Huskies

The U Sports #2 ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored a pair of goals in each of the first two periods on their way to a 5-1 win over the visiting Saint Mary's Huskies last night at the AUC. UNB remains unbeaten in regulation time, moving to 7-0-1 on the season. The Huskies drop to 4-3-1.

The Varsity Reds came out buzzing and were rewarded at 6:46 when Tristan Pomerleau got the the puck at the blue line and went 'D-to-D' over to Colin Suellentrop, who directed a wrist shot towards the net that Mike Thomas deflected past Huskies goaltender Eric Brassard. Oliver Cooper made it 2-0 at 10:34 as he was the recipient of some nice passing. Cooper knifed the puck out of the reach of a defender in the Huskies corner to Mark Simpson. Simpson found Cameron Brace at the far face-off circle and Brace quickly zipped the puck back to Cooper, who was stationed all alone just outside the crease for an easy tap-in. UNB would hold a 2-0 lead after the 1st period, out-shooting SMU 14-8 in the process.

The V-Reds were able to double their advantage in the middle frame. After killing off back to back penalties to begin the period, UNB got a power play of their own at 8:27 and they made it count.  Kris Bennett (Pomerleau, Suellentrop) was providing a screen in front of the Huskies goal when Pomerleau threw a shot from the blue line onto the net. Brassard made the original save, but Bennett was first on the rebound and slid it around Brassard's leg to make it a 3-0 game. Mark Simpson (Anderson, Pomerleau) provided the back-breaking goal at 19:35 when he snapped the puck into the top corner after he and Stephen Anderson executed a nice give and go off of a 3-on-1 rush. Shots in the period were 11-7 for UNB.

The two teams traded goals in the 3rd period. At 8:53 Calder Brooks snapped Alex Dubeau's shut-out bid when he decided to keep the puck on a 3-on-1 break and put the puck just inside the post. Just over five minutes later Dylan Willick (Thomas, Boudens) made it a 5-1 game with his first goal of the season, taking a pass from behind the net and one-timing the puck from the slot past Cole Cheveldave, who took over between the pipes to begin the period. That is how the game would end as the V-Reds out-shot the Huskies 9-4 in the period.

 - Trey Lewis took Christopher Clapperton's spot in the line-up. It was announced earlier in the day that Clapperton had been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home after suffering a concussion.

- Shots in the game were 34-19 for UNB.

- UNB was 1 for 6 on the power play while SMU was 0 for 2. It was a good weekend discipline-wise for the Varsity Reds as they only took five minor penalties in the two games.

- Tristan Pomerleau (3 assists, +4) was named the player of the game. Colin Suellentrop (2 assists, +5) and Mike Thomas (1 goal, 1 assist) were the other stars of the game.

- UNB won 40 out of 71 face-offs with Dylan Willick leading the way with 17 wins in 22 tries.

- Attendance was 2173 on a night when there were a number of Halloween parties across the city. This is the 3rd straight year UNB has played at home on Halloween weekend.

- This is the Varsity Reds 9th straight home win over Saint Mary's. They have scored at least 5 goals in each of the last 8 games. 

- There were a pair of other AUS game last night. St. FX remained perfect at 8-0-0 after a 5-1 road win over Dalhousie and Acadia won a wild 7-5 game against UPEI on the island.

- UNB is back at home this Friday as they welcome the Moncton Aigles Bleus to the AUC. They are on the road against UPEI the next night. Game time for both is scheduled for 7PM.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Clapperton Injury Overshadows Big Win

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds avenged their only regular season loss to date with a convincing 7-2 rout of the visiting Acadia Axemen tonight at the AUC, improving to 6-0-1 on the season. However, the focus will undoubtedly quickly turn to the health status of star forward Christopher Clapperton, who had to be taken from the ice on a stretcher after being on the receiving end of a big hit just over a minute into the contest.

After some early offensive zone pressure Clapperton went to retrieve the puck in the Axemen corner where he was met by defenceman Alexander Lepkowski, who planted the much smaller Clapperton into the boards, slamming his head hard against the glass in the process. Clapperton fell to the ice and laid motionless as medical staff treated him and strapped him onto a stretcher, carrying him off the ice through the zamboni doors after an approximate eight minute delay. As a result of the hit Lepkowski was given a five minute major and game misconduct for boarding at 1:28. The V-Reds re-grouped and quickly connected on the long man advantage with Kris Bennett's (Caissy, Anderson) snap shot from the high slot beating goaltender Robert Steeves stick side at 2:08. The Axemen killed off the rest of the major - which included 1:07 of 5-on-3 time - without incident and would remain down by only a goal after the 1st period despite being out-shot 16-4 over the opening twenty minutes.

After weathering the initial storm the Axemen evened the game at 2:28 of the 2nd period as Boston Leier was camped out in the slot and one-timed a pass into the top right corner that Alex Dubeau didn't have much chance on. UNB restored their lead at 7:12 when Randy Gazzola carried the puck deep into the offensive zone and patiently waited while Bennett made his way to the front of the net. The veteran defenceman found the rookie forward with a pass just outside the crease and Bennett had an easy tap-in for his second goal of the night. Stephen Anderson got his second helper of the night on the goal. Mark Simpson (Brace, Cooper) then gave the V-Reds some breathing room 45 seconds later when got the puck alone in front of the net and slid a backhanded shot along the ice and in. UNB took the 3-1 lead into intermission. They also held a 10-6 shot advantage in the period. 

The Varsity Reds extended their lead to 4-1 3:49 into the 3rd period after a lengthy shift in the offensive zone eventually ended with defenceman Olivier LeBlanc, who just came on to the ice after a line change, blasting a shot straight in from just inside the blue-line. Boland and Murphy were credited with the assists on the goal. The Axemen got that goal right back with Stephen Harper depositing a rebound 58 seconds later to make it 4-2, but Stephen Anderson (Bennett, McIvor) answered 1:20 later to extend the lead to 5-2 and squash any potential Axemen momentum. Anderson (Bennett, Suellentrop) tipped in another - his league-leading 9th of the season - at 11:07 and Simpson (Bennett, Thomas) followed suit, banging in a cross-ice pass for his second of the night as well at 14:32, to put the finishing touches on a dominating performance from the defending U Sports champions. Shots in the period were 17-7 for UNB.

- According to the UNB Varsity Reds Twitter account, Christopher Clapperton is being treated at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital and is conscious, alert, and moving. He has communicated with his parents, via telephone. His condition is being monitored and is expected to remain hospitalized overnight.

- Marcus McIvor returned to the line-up after missing both games last weekend. Trey Lewis was the lone scratch.

- Shots in the game were 43-15 for UNB.

- Alex Dubeau improves to 5-0-1 on the season and 22-3-4 in his AUS career.

- UNB went 1 for 5 on the power play. Acadia was scoreless on three opportunities.

- Acadia picked up 37 penalty minutes on 9 infractions. The V-Reds only had 3 minor penalties in the game.

- Attendance was 2479 for the first night of  'Faculty and Staff Appreciation' weekend.

- Kris Bennett (5 points) was named the player of the game. Acadia did not have an answer for his speed all night as he was able to simply skate around the bigger, slower Axemen defencemen on a number of occasions.

- Anderson (2 goals, 2 assists) and Simpson (2 goals) were named the game's other two stars.

- UNB won 45 out of 76 face-offs. Dylan Willick went an absurd 14 out of 16 at the dot.

- 13 different players picked up a point in the game.

- The Varsity Reds are 28-0-3 in their last 31 games against Acadia at the AUC. Their last regulation loss came in game 3 of the 2006 AUS Finals.

- Elsewhere around the AUS tonight, St. FX moved to 7-0-0 with a 4-2 home victory over Moncton and Saint Mary's rallied from a 3-1 3rd period deficit to beat UPEI 4-3 in overtime in Charlottetown.

- The Varsity Reds are right back on home ice tomorrow night as they welcome the Saint Mary's Huskies to the AUC. Puck drop is scheduled for 7PM.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Varsity Reds Back In Win Column

Facing a deficit entering the 3rd period and staring at a second consecutive loss, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds rallied for a big 4-2 road win over the Saint Mary’s Huskies tonight in Halifax. UNB remains undefeated in regulation time this season at 5-0-1 while SMU falls to 3-2-1

In what is starting to sound like a broken record, the Varsity Reds controlled play in the early going, out-shooting the Huskies 13-3 in the first period, only to have to the game remain scoreless after twenty minutes.

Saint Mary's was first on the board with a power play goal 8:34 into the second period - the 4th time in 6 games UNB has given up the game's first goal. Goaltender Alex Dubeau made the original stop on a shot from the blue line, but the big rebound came directly to Mark Trickett, who was stationed just below the left face-off circle, and he converted past an out-of-position Dubeau. The 1-0 advantage was short-lived, however, as Stephen Anderson (Boland, Clapperton) knotted the game just 25 seconds later with his 7th of the season on a slap shot through traffic from the high slot. The Huskies grabbed the lead back at 14:30 as Hunter Garlent got in behind the defence, took a pass through the neutral zone, and went in all alone. The reigning AUS rookie of the year and current league leading scorer went backhand to forehand to slide the puck past Dubeau. Shots in the middle frame were 9-8 for UNB.

With the Varsity Reds on the verge of a winless weekend, the power play came through in a big way with a pair of goals to help secure the win. At 7:54 Oliver Cooper (Gazzola, Brace) re-directed a Gazzola wrist shot from the blue line to tie the game and then, at 13:01, Olivier LeBlanc (Boland, Bennett) scored his first career AUS goal to give UNB their first lead of the night, one they would not relinquish. LeBlanc took a pass at the left point, noticed he had time and space to skate in towards the goal, and beat goaltender Eric Brassard with a wrist shot, using the defender as a screen. Kris Bennett's unassisted goal off of a neutral zone turnover with 9 seconds left capped the scoring. Shots were 10-9 in the period in favour of the V-Reds.

- UNB went with the exact same line-up as Friday night with defenceman Marcus McIvor being the lone scratch.

- Shots in the game ended up 32-20 for the V-Reds.

- UNB was 2 for 7 on the power play. SMU was 1 for 5.

- Attendance was 384.

- Dubeau made 18 saves on 20 shots to improve to 4-1-0 on the season.

- The Varsity Reds won 42 out of 77 face-offs with Dylan Willick going 17 out of 28 at the dot.

- For the first time since opening night, the V-Reds were held below 44 shots on goal.

- UNB has scored a power play goal in all 6 regular season games thus far.

- Elsewhere around the conference, St. FX improved to 6-0-0 with a 4-2 victory in Moncton over the Aigles Bleus and Acadia dealt the UPEI Panthers a second consecutive beating, winning 8-2 in Wolfville.

- The V-Reds are back on home ice this upcoming weekend for rematches against Acadia and Saint Mary's. They play the Axemen on Friday night and the Huskies on Saturday night with both games scheduled for a 7PM start.

Friday, October 20, 2017

V-Reds Fall In OT

The Acadia Axemen handed the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds their first blemish of the season, dealing the defending champions a 3-2 overtime loss tonight in Wolfville. UNB is now 4-0-1 on the season while the Axemen improve to 3-1-1.

After weathering a first period in which they were out-shot 19-4 and were forced to kill off three penalties, the Axemen got on the board first with a power play goal at 5:36 of the 2nd period when Stephen Harper's shot from the goal line somehow found an opening up and over Alex Dubeau's right shoulder. The Varsity Reds responded with a power play goal of their own with 50 seconds remaining in the period after Christopher Clapperton fed Tyler Boland a beautiful cross-ice pass and Boland fired it into the yawning net for his first career AUS goal. Stephen Anderson also picked up a helper on the goal. Shots in the period were 12-8 for the Axemen.

It was Clapperton (Anderson, Boland) who gave the V-Reds their only lead of the night 3:21 into the 3rd period, taking an Anderson pass from the corner as he was coming through the slot and one-timing past Robert Steeved and into the right side of the net. At 10:39 Acadia squared the game up once again with Kris Hodge collecting a rebound in the blue paint and swiping it into the net. UNB was buzzing for most of the period, holding a 17-7 shot advantage, but the game remained tied through regulation.

In overtime it was all Axemen, taking all six of the shots in the extra session and, ultimately, ending the game when Liam Maaskant came off the bench and stepped into one in the high slot, blasting it past Dubeau at 2:08.

- Marcus McIvor was the lone scratch.

- Shots were 44-29 for UNB.

- The V-Reds were 1 for 7 on the power play while Acadia was 1 for 5. The Axemen came into the game with a struggling penalty kill, having surrendered 9 power play goals in 25 shorthanded opportunities.

- Steeves, Clapperton, and Maaskant were the game's three stars.

- UNB won 40 out of 64 face-offs with Tyler Boland winning 11 out of 13.

- Attendance was 1883.

- In other AUS action tonight, Saint Mary's demolished UPEI 6-0 at home and St. FX remained perfect with a 4-1 victory over Dalhousie in Antigonish.

- The V-Reds will look to regroup tomorrow night as they travel to Halifax for a date with the Saint Mary's Huskies.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

U Sports Top Ten (#2): Status Quo

The top five teams remain unchanged in the latest U Sports men's hockey rankings, with the defending champion UNB Varsity Reds holding down the top spot for the 19th time in the last 20 polls dating back to last season.

The V-Reds received 11 first place votes and 144 points to outpace Alberta (3 and 135), Saskatchewan (117), St. FX (1 and 107), and McGill (74). Calgary, Ryerson, Acadia, Saint Mary's, and Queen's make up the rest of the top ten.

This weekend may provide a shake-up to the rankings as there are match-ups between UNB/Acadia, UNB/Saint Mary's, Alberta/Calgary. and Queen's/Ryerson on the docket.

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

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

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.