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.