Friday, June 16, 2017

Defenceman Pomerleau Commits

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

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

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

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

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

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