Friday, October 20, 2017

V-Reds Fall In OT

The Acadia Axemen handed the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds their first blemish of the season, dealing the defending champions a 3-2 overtime loss tonight in Wolfville. UNB is now 4-0-1 on the season while the Axemen improve to 3-1-1.

After weathering a first period in which they were out-shot 19-4 and were forced to kill off three penalties, the Axemen got on the board first with a power play goal at 5:36 of the 2nd period when Stephen Harper's shot from the goal line somehow found an opening up and over Alex Dubeau's right shoulder. The Varsity Reds responded with a power play goal of their own with 50 seconds remaining in the period after Christopher Clapperton fed Tyler Boland a beautiful cross-ice pass and Boland fired it into the yawning net for his first career AUS goal. Stephen Anderson also picked up a helper on the goal. Shots in the period were 12-8 for the Axemen.

It was Clapperton (Anderson, Boland) who gave the V-Reds their only lead of the night 3:21 into the 3rd period, taking an Anderson pass from the corner as he was coming through the slot and one-timing past Robert Steeved and into the right side of the net. At 10:39 Acadia squared the game up once again with Kris Hodge collecting a rebound in the blue paint and swiping it into the net. UNB was buzzing for most of the period, holding a 17-7 shot advantage, but the game remained tied through regulation.

In overtime it was all Axemen, taking all six of the shots in the extra session and, ultimately, ending the game when Liam Maaskant came off the bench and stepped into one in the high slot, blasting it past Dubeau at 2:08.

- Marcus McIvor was the lone scratch.

- Shots were 44-29 for UNB.

- The V-Reds were 1 for 7 on the power play while Acadia was 1 for 5. The Axemen came into the game with a struggling penalty kill, having surrendered 9 power play goals in 25 shorthanded opportunities.

- Steeves, Clapperton, and Maaskant were the game's three stars.

- UNB won 40 out of 64 face-offs with Tyler Boland winning 11 out of 13.

- Attendance was 1883.

- In other AUS action tonight, Saint Mary's demolished UPEI 6-0 at home and St. FX remained perfect with a 4-1 victory over Dalhousie in Antigonish.

- The V-Reds will look to regroup tomorrow night as they travel to Halifax for a date with the Saint Mary's Huskies.