Friday, November 17, 2017

V-Reds Pick Up A Point

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds scored a late goal to tie the game, but a Michael Clarke power play goal early in overtime lifted the St. FX X-Men to a 3-2 victory tonight in Antigonish. With the win, the 10-1-2 X-Men inch slightly closer to the first place 11-0-2 V-Reds.

- UNB got on the board first when Cameron Brace found Tristan Pomerleau with a pass from the corner as the rookie defender was streaking towards the net. Pomerleau made a nice move to navigate the puck around goaltender Chase Marchand to give the visitors a 1-0 lead 2:35 into the contest.

- The early goal sparked the V-Reds and they took the play to the X-Men for the majority of the first period. However, St. FX took a lead into the intermission thanks to goals from Anthony Difruscia - just after a lengthy UNB shift in the offensive zone - at 13:12 and a Holden Cook power play marker into the top corner at 18:22.

-  The 2-1 lead would hold up for the next 39+ minutes until Marcus McIvor (Willick) picked the corner with a wrist shot through traffic to tie the game 2-2 at 17:43 of the 3rd period. 

- A Colin Suellentrop delay of game penalty with 42 seconds in regulation time proved to be fatal as the X-Men's lethal power play struck again to win the game 39 seconds into the extra session. Clarke was stationed down low when he got a pass that he could redirect just past Alex Dubeau's outstretched leg for the game winner.

- Shots in the game were 48-15 for UNB with period totals of 12-6, 12-6, 24-2, and 0-1.

- One of the main differences in the game was the special teams. St. FX converted on 2 of their 4 power play chances while the V-Reds power play continues to be M.I.A., going 0 for 4.

- The other was the play of the opposing goal, in this case Marchand in the X-Men goal. and the lack of puck luck and finish from the V-Reds, something that has become an increasingly common theme recently.

- Christopher Clapperton remains sidelined with a concussion.

- The teams were fairly even in the face-off circle with St. FX holding a slight 35-33 advantage.

- Marchand, Cook, and Pomerleau were named the game's three stars.

- Attendance was 718.

- In other games around the league tonight, UPEI doubled Dalhousie 4-2 in Halifax and Acadia added to the Aigles Bleus recent misery with a 9-1 beating in Moncton. Moncton has now been out-scored 28-4 in their last four games.

- The Varsity Reds will look to get back to their winning ways tomorrow night when they visit Halifax for a date with the Dalhousie Tigers. Game time is 7PM and can be viewed on www.AUStv.ca.