Wednesday, January 11, 2017

News And Notes: Top 10, Maillet, Murray, Murphy, TMS, CUSN

A few mid-week tidbits as the V-Reds prepare for an important weekend in Nova Scotia:

- The Varsity Reds received 12 out of a possible 14 first place votes to once again top the U Sports men's hockey rankings, which were released yesterday. The Saskatchewan Huskies were the recipients of the other two first place nods to stay in 2nd spot. The McGill Redmen, Acadia Axemen, and Queen's Golden Gaels were the biggest risers this week, moving up three spots each to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th spots respectively. Alberta, Calgary, Ryerson, Concordia, and Mount Royal make up the rest of the top ten. The St. FX X-Men were the only other AUS team to receive votes.

- Forward Philippe Maillet has been named the UNB Varsity Reds/Papa John's Pizza male Athlete of the Week for the second time this season. Maillet contributed 3 goals and 2 assists in a pair of wins over the weekend, giving him 37 points in 20 games thus far this season. Not only did Maillet take over the top spot in the conference scoring race, as the press release notes, he has now moved into 7th place on UNB's career scoring list.

- According to @VRedsHckyStats, with a pair of assists on Saturday night Jordan Murray now has 100 regular season points. He is only the 4th defenceman in school history to reach that plateau, joining Mike Cavanagh (113), Dave Bluteau (113), and Luke Gallant (106), and Dave Bluteau (113). His 121 career points (regular season + playoffs + Nationals) trail only Cavanagh (124) and Gallant (124) all-time.

- Rookie defenceman Matt Murphy was the focus of a recent edition of the Halifax Mooseheads Memorial Cup Memories series. Interestingly, in the trade that brought him from the Val-d'or Foreurs to Halifax it was current teammate Randy Gazzola who was going the other way.

- Victor Findlay is back with his first edition of Tuesday Morning Skate of 2017, which can now be found at the recently created Canadian University Sports Network. CUSN is an independent outlet whose aim ins to share the stories of the athletes and staff that make up Canadian athletics' best kept secret - Canadian University Sports. Although the site just launched on January 1st, there has already been a lot of great content posted. It is definitely worth a look.