Sunday, February 19, 2017

2016-2017 By The Numbers

As the Varsity Reds await the winner of tonight's game 3 between Saint Mary's and UPEI, lets take a look at how the 2016-2017 V-Reds stacked up against other AUS and U Sports teams this year, as well as previous UNB teams.

- UNB topped the country with 25 wins, the 10th consecutive season they have won at least 20 games. They have ripped off a regular season record of 234-33-15 over the last 10 years, which is good for a .830 winning percentage and 0.856 point percentage.

- They went a perfect 15-0-0 on home ice, the first time since 2010-2011 they have been unbeaten at the AUC. The V-Reds are 127-10-4 in regular season home games over the last decade, a winning percentage of .901.

- The V-Reds won at least 10 road games for the 5th straight year.

- UNB improved on a 12-1-2 first half with a 13-1-1 second half, the 5th consecutive season they posted a better record in the 2nd half.

- The Varsity Reds led the country with 148 goals scored and 4.93 goals/game. The Ryerson Rams (4.82) and Concordia Stingers (4.21) were the only two teams within a goal per game of UNB. Acadia was the next closest AUS team with 111 goals scored.

- UNB has now led the AUS in scoring in 8 straight seasons.

- This was the most prolific scoring UNB team since they put up 5.11 goals per game in 2009-2010.

- UNB outscored the opposition 79-19 at the AUC this year.

- The V-Reds got better as the game went along as they out-scored teams 36-20 in the 1st period, 49-22 in the 2nd period, and a remarkable 58-16 in the 3rd period. The 3rd period was UNB's most dominant period since they held a 61-17 advantage in the 2nd period in 2009-2010.

- The V-Reds played in 8 overtime games and won 5 of them this year. Both are their most in at least the last 11 seasons.

- UNB led the country with a goals against average of 1.90, edging York (2.00). This was their best since a 1.54 mark in 2010-2011.

- They have paced the AUS in goals allowed for 3 straight years - and 9 out of the last 10.

- UNB's +87 goal differential was by far the best in the country. Ryerson was next at +60.

- The Varsity Reds led the country with an average of 38.2 shots per game, just ahead of McGill's 37.6. It was their best season in this regard since averaging 39.5/game in 2008-2009.

- UNB was held below 30 shots only twice all season - November 4th against Acadia (27) and November 12th against Dalhousie (29). They went over 40 shots on 14 occasions.

- They also led the country in allowing only 19.3 shots per game, the first time they have held their opponents under 20 per game. The next closest team was Mount Royal, who surrendered an average of 25.7 shots per game.

- The V-Reds only gave up more than 30 shots in one game this season - 33 in the second game of the season on October 8th against UPEI. That game also marked the only time all year they were out-shot in a game (33-31).

- UNB's shooting percentage of 12.9% was their highest since 2009-2010 (13.6%).

- The V-Reds outscored teams 93-42 at even strength.

- They led the country in power play goals (51), opportunities (192), and percentage (26.6%). Saskatchewan ranked 2nd in goals with 35 while Concordia was 2nd in effectiveness at 24.5%.

- This was UNB's best year with the man advantage since they converted at 29.1% in 2007-2008.

- By comparison, UNB had scored 53 power play goals in the previous two years combined (in 292 opportunities).

- For the 3rd straight season, the V-Reds only allowed a single shorthanded goal.

- UNB ranked 1st in the AUS and 2nd in the country in penalty killing at 89.3%. Only Carleton (90.4%) was better. This is their best mark since 2010-2011 (90.5%).

- The V-Reds had the 3rd most shorthanded situations in the the AUS - and country - with 169.

- It appears the AUS is still being called tighter than anywhere else as the conference made up the top 5 most penalized teams in the country. By comparison, Queen's was only shorthanded 74 times this year.

- They were tied for 9th in the country with 4 shorthanded goals scored.

- UNB did not allow an empty net goal for the 2nd straight year. They have only given up 3 in the last 8 years.

- Their save percentage of .899 was the lowest in the last 5 years. Although it ranked 2nd in the AUS, it was only 19th in the country. York led the way at .928.

- Having said that, UNB led the AUS in shutouts for the 10th time in 11 seasons with 3.

- UNB once again led the AUS and country in attendance, averaging 2436 fans per game. This is the highest since drawing 2518/game in 2012-2013.