Sunday, October 15, 2017

UNB Remains Perfect

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored three times in both the second and third periods as they wore down the visiting UPEI Panthers in a 6-2 victory at the AUC last night. UNB improves to 4-0-0 on the season while the Panthers fall to 2-2-0.

- Although they were out-shot 16-6 in the opening twenty minutes, the Panthers jumped ahead 1-0 at 13:48. Marcus Power made a nice pass from the corner to find Kameron Kielly in front and the rookie had a tap-in goal past Rylan Parenteau.

- The V-Reds continued to dominate the possession and shot clock in the 2nd period and struck for a pair of goals in the early minutes. At 1:38 Oliver Cooper (Gazzola, Parenteau) carried the puck down the left side and snapped a quick shot off the rush that beat Matt Mahalak in the Panthers cage, tying the game 1-1. Then, just 2:20 later, some nice puck movement on the power play resulted in Christopher Clapperton (Boland, LeBlanc) having a wide open net to shoot at from the face-off circle. He buried the opportunity and UNB had a 2-1 lead. The V-Reds added another late in the period after Cameron Brace was hit with a high-stick that led to a four minute power play. It was Clapperton (Boland, Anderson) again doing the honours, blasting a shot from almost the exact same spot as his earlier goal that slipped between Mahalak's out-stretched leg and glove. UNB would take a 3-1 lead to the dressing room after out-shooting UPEI 18-6 in the period.

- The Varsity Reds extended the lead to 5-1 in the opening half of the 3rd period. At 3:13 Stephen Anderson (Clapperton, LeBlanc) took a pass from behind the net, had his initial shot stopped, but got his own rebound and held the puck long enough to get Mahalak down before flipping it up and over the Panthers goalie. Another scramble in front of the net at 9:18 of the period resulted in Mark Simpson (Brace, Cooper) getting credit for his first of the season after some persistent work down low. After Marcus Power cut the lead to 5-2 with a power play goal at 17:34, Matt Murphy (Boland) wrapped up the scoring at 19:36 when he took a face-off win and found the empty net from his own goal line. Shots in the period were 14-5 for the V-Reds.

- Tristan Pomerleau remained out of the line-up for UNB as he is dealing from being on the receiving end of a big hit last weekend against these same Panthers.

- Shots in the game were 48-17. The V-Reds have out-shot their opposition 177-64 through four games thus far.

- UNB was 2 for 7 on the power play while the Panthers went 1 for 5.

- The Varsity Reds won 48 out of 81 face-offs. Boland led the way with 13 wins on 20 draws.

- Clapperton (2 goals, 1 assist), LeBlanc (2 assists), and Power (1 goal, 1 assist) were the game's three stars.

- Rylan Parenteau picked up his first career victory in net.

- The game got off to an interesting start as a collision in the corner between Mike Thomas and a Panthers player just 30 seconds into the contest resulted in a pane of glass shattering, leading to a 10-15 minute delay as AUC staff worked to get it replaced.

- Attendance was 2473 on 'UNB Student Night', which helped make for a more lively atmosphere than usual. 

- UNB have won 27 consecutive regular season games at the AUC. Further, they are on a 38-0-1 run dating back to November of 2014 with the lone loss being a 3-2 shootout loss to Acadia on October 30th, 2015.

- Including exhibition/regular season/playoffs/Nationals, the V-Reds are 59-2-1 in their last 62 games played at the AUC. The only blemishes have been the aforementioned game against Acadia and playoff losses to St. FX in both 2016 (3-2) and 2017 (2-1).

- Saint Mary's doubled Dalhousie 4-2 in the only other game on the schedule last night. On  Friday night UPEI blew out Moncton 8-2 on the island, Acadia needed a shoot-out to get past Dalhousie 3-2 in Wolfville, and St. FX remained perfect with a 4-3 OT win on the road against Saint Mary's.

- UNB faces their biggest challenge of the early season next weekend as they make their first trek to Nova Scotia for a pair of games. On Friday night they are in Wolfville to face Acadia and on Saturday they head to Halifax to take on Saint Mary's. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM puck drop and can be seen on www.AUStv.ca.