Saturday, September 23, 2017

Rookies Lead The Way

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Attendance was 693.

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

UNB Gets Win In Exhibition Opener

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

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

Here is what we do know:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Watling Commits To UNB...Again

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

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

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