Sunday, October 29, 2017

UNB Cruises To Win Over Huskies

The U Sports #2 ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored a pair of goals in each of the first two periods on their way to a 5-1 win over the visiting Saint Mary's Huskies last night at the AUC. UNB remains unbeaten in regulation time, moving to 7-0-1 on the season. The Huskies drop to 4-3-1.

The Varsity Reds came out buzzing and were rewarded at 6:46 when Tristan Pomerleau got the the puck at the blue line and went 'D-to-D' over to Colin Suellentrop, who directed a wrist shot towards the net that Mike Thomas deflected past Huskies goaltender Eric Brassard. Oliver Cooper made it 2-0 at 10:34 as he was the recipient of some nice passing. Cooper knifed the puck out of the reach of a defender in the Huskies corner to Mark Simpson. Simpson found Cameron Brace at the far face-off circle and Brace quickly zipped the puck back to Cooper, who was stationed all alone just outside the crease for an easy tap-in. UNB would hold a 2-0 lead after the 1st period, out-shooting SMU 14-8 in the process.

The V-Reds were able to double their advantage in the middle frame. After killing off back to back penalties to begin the period, UNB got a power play of their own at 8:27 and they made it count.  Kris Bennett (Pomerleau, Suellentrop) was providing a screen in front of the Huskies goal when Pomerleau threw a shot from the blue line onto the net. Brassard made the original save, but Bennett was first on the rebound and slid it around Brassard's leg to make it a 3-0 game. Mark Simpson (Anderson, Pomerleau) provided the back-breaking goal at 19:35 when he snapped the puck into the top corner after he and Stephen Anderson executed a nice give and go off of a 3-on-1 rush. Shots in the period were 11-7 for UNB.

The two teams traded goals in the 3rd period. At 8:53 Calder Brooks snapped Alex Dubeau's shut-out bid when he decided to keep the puck on a 3-on-1 break and put the puck just inside the post. Just over five minutes later Dylan Willick (Thomas, Boudens) made it a 5-1 game with his first goal of the season, taking a pass from behind the net and one-timing the puck from the slot past Cole Cheveldave, who took over between the pipes to begin the period. That is how the game would end as the V-Reds out-shot the Huskies 9-4 in the period.

 - Trey Lewis took Christopher Clapperton's spot in the line-up. It was announced earlier in the day that Clapperton had been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home after suffering a concussion.

- Shots in the game were 34-19 for UNB.

- UNB was 1 for 6 on the power play while SMU was 0 for 2. It was a good weekend discipline-wise for the Varsity Reds as they only took five minor penalties in the two games.

- Tristan Pomerleau (3 assists, +4) was named the player of the game. Colin Suellentrop (2 assists, +5) and Mike Thomas (1 goal, 1 assist) were the other stars of the game.

- UNB won 40 out of 71 face-offs with Dylan Willick leading the way with 17 wins in 22 tries.

- Attendance was 2173 on a night when there were a number of Halloween parties across the city. This is the 3rd straight year UNB has played at home on Halloween weekend.

- This is the Varsity Reds 9th straight home win over Saint Mary's. They have scored at least 5 goals in each of the last 8 games. 

- There were a pair of other AUS game last night. St. FX remained perfect at 8-0-0 after a 5-1 road win over Dalhousie and Acadia won a wild 7-5 game against UPEI on the island.

- UNB is back at home this Friday as they welcome the Moncton Aigles Bleus to the AUC. They are on the road against UPEI the next night. Game time for both is scheduled for 7PM.