Thursday, December 21, 2017

V-Reds Add Firepower To Line-Up

Although it took a little longer than originally hoped, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have secured the services of blue-chip recruit Alexandre Goulet.

The former Charlottetown Islanders and Victoriaville Tigres forward was thought to be joining the team in the fall along with junior teammate and good friend Tristan Pomerleau, however he instead decided to try his hand at professional hockey. After playing three games with the AHL's Rochester Americans at the end of last season, Goulet attended the training camps for the Montreal Canadiens and their AHL affiliate in Laval earlier this season before eventually joining the expansion Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL, who currently sport a 5-15-4 record. In 18 games with the Icemen - who also feature former Varsity Reds captain Cameron Critchlow - he was the team's leading scorer with 9 goals and 13 assists.

A native of Thetford Mines, Quebec, the 5'11", 190 pound Goulet put up 133 goals and 125 assists in 262 career games in the QMJHL. This was capped by a career year of 89 points (39 goals and 50 assists) in 68 games with the Tigres last season. During his four year junior career he never scored fewer than 26 goals in a season, including 33+ in each of the previous three years.

Without question, the addition of Goulet is a massive one for the Varsity Reds as they gear up to defend their back to back University Cups on home ice. While they are once again the highest scoring team in the conference (80 goals scored vs. 79 for Acadia), there have been times when they have had trouble finding the back of the net despite averaging over 41 shots per game. His skill should help make their line-up even more balanced and potent - and should certainly help what has thus far been a disappointing power play.

It may seem to some to be a bit of a surprise to see Goulet join UNB given he was leading the Icemen in scoring and was getting top minutes, but it is apparent the chance to pursue an education - while taking advantage of the CHL educational package - plus the opportunity to play for one of the top team's in the country and for a national championship, won out at the end of the day.

Goulet is expected to be in the line-up when the Varsity Reds host the Ryerson Rams for a pair of games at the end of the month.