Sunday, December 10, 2017

Varsity Reds Take Down Poland

The #2 ranked U Sports University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds added an impressive win to their resume this afternoon as they defeated Poland's national men's team - the 20th ranked team in the world according to current IIHF rankings - by a 4-1 score.

UNB jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead thanks to a power play goal by Chris Clapperton (Bennett, Anderson) at 9:53 and a breakaway goal by Tyler Boland (Clapperton, McIvor) at 12:45. After Oliver Cooper (Brace, Murphy) got behind the defence for a power play goal 4:56 into the second period that pushed the lead to 3-0, the Polish squad played quite well the rest of the game and had a number of high quality scoring chances. Krystian Dziubinski scored Poland's lone goal of the afternoon off of a rebound four seconds into a power play at 7:05 of the second period to cut the V-Reds lead to 3-1, but Kris Bennett (Murphy, Boudens) sealed the game with an empty net marker with 1:21 remaining.

- Shots in the game were 34-28 for UNB. The period totals were 14-10, 9-9, and 11-9.

- Mark Simpson sat out the game while Chris Caissy did not appear to play after the first period.

- UNB was 2 for 3 on the power play. Poland had all five of their opportunities in succession over a 23 minute span in the 2nd and 3rd periods, scoring once.

- Alex Dubeau played the opening twenty minutes and stopped all 11 shots he saw. Rylan Parenteau turned aside 16 out of 17 shots over the final two periods.

- Attendance was 1901.

- Clapperton (1 goal, 1 assist), Dziubinski (1 goal), and Boland (1 goal) were named the game's three stars.

- UNB won 35 out of 62 face-offs with Boland (8 out of 14) and Bennett (7 out of 11) doing the bulk of the damage.

- Prior to the contest 4th year veteran defenceman - and alternate captain - Randy Gazzola was awarded this year's Don MacAdam Award for leadership.

- The V-Reds will now focus on exams before hosting the OUA's Ryerson Rams on Friday, December 29th (7PM) and Saturday, December 30th (4PM) in the annual Pete Kelly Challenge.