Saturday, January 27, 2018

Line-Up Shuffle Sparks Offense

The U Sports #1 ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds tinkered with their forward lines before their game against the visiting Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus and it paid immediate dividends. Each member of the newly constructed top-6 found the back of the net - and accounted for all seven goals - in a 7-4 win tonight at the AUC. UNB rebounds from a rare regulation loss earlier in the week to move to 21-2-3 on the season, climbing back within one point of the idle 21-1-4 St. FX X-Men.

The Varsity Reds got off to a hot start in this one, striking for three goals in the opening period as they out-shot their visitors 13-2. They got the ice-breaker just 1:28 in when Chris Clapperton (Anderson) broke in with Alexandre Goulet on a 2-on-1 and his cross-ice pass deflected off of a defenceman's skate and past goaltender Brandon Thibeau. At 12:54 Tyler Boland (Bennett, Anderson) doubled the lead while on the power play after banging the puck in from the side of the net. They made it 3-0 at 17:09 thanks to a great shorthanded effort from Goulet (Bennett, Suellentrop) that was reminiscent of his shoot-out winner against St. FX a couple week ago. The rookie won a race to a loose puck near the Moncton bench, cut towards the goal, and held the puck long enough to get Thibeau down before firing it in the top of the cage.

The two teams traded goals in the middle stanza. Robbie Graham got Moncton on the board at 7:15 to cut the lead to 3-1, but Cameron Brace (Bennett, Suellentrop) restored the three goal advantage at 15:12 when he took a breakaway pass and went forehand to backhand, sliding the puck between  Thibeau's legs to give UNB a 4-1 lead that they would take into the intermission. Shots in the period were 18-3 in the period - and 31-5 through 40 minutes - for the Varsity Reds.

The 3rd period was Moncton's best of the night as they out-shot UNB 14-12, but they were only able to match the V-Reds on the scoreboard with each team striking for three goal outbursts. The Varsity Reds put the game away early in the period with goals from Stephen Anderson (Clapperton, Bennett), on the power play at 0:59, Bennett unassisted at 1:31, and Anderson (Clapperton, Goulet) again at 4:09 to build a 7-1 advantage. The Aigles Bleus answered with goals at 15:31, 17:33, and 19:12 to make the score look a bit more respectable, but that was as close as they could get as UNB rolled to a comfortable 7-4 win.

- Shots in the game were 43-19.

- Peter Trainor was back in the line-up, replacing Chris Caissy. Trey Lewis remained out.

- The new top-6 featured the trio of Anderson-Goulet-Clapperton on one line and Bennett-Boland-Brace on the other. They combined for 7 goals and 9 assists on the night.

- Rylan Parenteau remained undefeated on the season, stopping 15 out of 19 shots to go to 8-0-0.

- UNB was 2 for 4 on the power play. Moncton was 1 for 5.

- Anderson (2 goals, 2 assists), Bennett (1 goal, 4 assists), and Goulet (1 goal, 1 assist) were the game's three stars.

- This was Bennett's 2nd five point game of the season. He is now tied with Saint Mary's forward Anthony Repaci for the conference lead with 16 goals while his 30 points are the most for a UNB rookie since Philippe Maillet put up 41 during the 2013-2014 season.

- UNB won 41 out of 75 face-offs.

- Attendance was 2260.

- Before the game Alex Dubeau and Marcus McIvor were presented as this year's recipients of the Ross "Punchy" Walker award.

- Although we very rarely mention other sports on here, we need to send a special shout-out and congratulations to star Varsity Reds basketball player Javon Masters, who was honoured and participated in the ceremonial face-off prior to the game. In Friday night's 104-96 victory over Saint Mary's the 5th year point guard scored 39 points to become the leading scorer in U Sports history with 2296 career points and counting.

- In the only other game in the AUS tonight the Acadia Axemen's recent woes continued in a 6-2 loss in Halifax to Dalhousie.

- With only 4 games left in the regular season, the standings look like this:

xy  SFX: 21-1-4 = 46 points
xy  UNB: 22-2-3 = 45
x  SMU: 16-8-2 = 34
x  ACA: 15-9-2 = 32
x  UPEI: 8-17-1 = 17
DAL: 7-18-1 = 15
UdeM: 3-21-2 = 8

xy = clinched first round playoff bye
x = clinch ed playoff berth

- The Varsity Reds wrap up the road portion of their regular season schedule next weekend with a pair of crucial games in Nova Scotia. On Friday night they visit Halifax and Saint Mary's and then on Saturday night they travel to Wolfville to face Acadia. Both games are set for a 7PM puck drop and can be viewed at www.AUStv.ca.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

V-Reds Fall On The Island

A power play goal early in the 3rd period stood up as the eventual game winner as the UPEI Panthers upset the #1 ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds 3-2 tonight in Charlottetown. UNB drops to 20-2-3 on the season and now sit one point behind the 20-1-4 St. FX X-Men, 4-1 winners over Acadia tonight.

- The Panthers struck first at 15:14 of the opening period before Chris Clapperton (Bennett, Anderson) responded with a power play marker at 18:03 to tie the game 1-1 after twenty minutes of play.

- Kris Bennett (Cooper, Simpson) gave UNB their only lead of the game at 9:25 of the 2nd period when he got the puck down low and made a move to get the puck around Panthers netminder Matt Mahalak.

- The Panthers tied the game at 12:52, taking advantage of a bad defensive zone turnover from the Varsity Reds which led to a 2-on-0 in tight.

-  A delay of game penalty in the first minute of the 3rd period put UPEI on the power play and they took full advantage with a fortuitous bounce off the rush leading to what ended up being the game winning goal at 1:39.

- Shots in the game were 27-24 for the Varsity Reds.

- Peter Trainor and Trey Lewis were out of the line-up with Oliver Cooper drawing back in.

- In the other game in what was a busy night around the conference, the Dalhousie Tigers rode a 46 save performance from Corbin Boes to pick up a big 4-2 win over Saint Mary's.

- UNB is back at it on Saturday night when they host Moncton. Game time is 7PM.

Dubeau Named Athlete Of The Week

Varsity Reds goaltender Alex Dubeau has been named the UNB Varsity Reds/Papa John's Pizza male Athlete of the Week after putting together his best weekend of the season against two of the country's top teams.

Dubeau was stellar on Friday night, making a number of big saves among his 20 on the night as the V-Reds squeaked past Saint Mary's 3-2. He rewarded as the game's first star for his efforts. He wasn't nearly as busy - or relied on as much - the next night against Acadia, but he stopped all 15 shots directed his way for his 2nd shutout of the season in a 6-0 win.

On the season the 3rd year netminder is 13-1-3 with a 2.09 GAA and 0.900 save percentage. He ranks 2nd in the conference in both wins and GAA and is 4th in save percentage.

Dubeau and his teammates look to extend their five game winning streak this week when they travel to PEI to face the Panthers on Wednesday night before returning to the AUC for a date with the Moncton Aigles Bleus on Saturday night.



U Sports Top Ten: UNB Remains First

The latest U Sports top ten men's hockey rankings has the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds maintaining their top ranking.

The defending University Cup champions moved to 20-1-3 on the season after a pair of victories over nationally ranked teams last weekend - 3-2 against Saint Mary's on Friday night and a dominant 6-0 win over Acadia the following night.

The V-Reds received 14 out of a possible 15 first place votes and 148 total points. The next four teams also remain unchanged from last week with St. FX (131 points), Saskatchewan (117 points and the other first place vote), Alberta (112), and McGill (91) rounding out the top five.

There was some movement with teams 6-10. Saint Mary's (71) swapped places with Acadia (57) after the Axemen had an 0-2-0 week. Guelph (45) stayed put at 8th while Concordia (29) moved up a spot to 9th and Queen's (11) re-entered the ranking for the first time since October 17th.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

V-Reds Stifle Axemen

The #6 ranked Acadia Axemen entered their game against the #1 ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds as the highest scoring team in the country, but the V-Reds completely neutered their visitors in an impressive 6-0 victory at the AUC. UNB maintains their first place AUS standing, improving to 20-1-3 on the season while Acadia falls to 4th place with a 15-7-2 record.

The home side got on the board early as Cameron Brace - playing on the first line after a bit of a line-up shuffle - came out from behind the net with the puck and had it roll off the end of his stick right to Christopher Clapperton, who wasted little time in beating Robert Steeves from the bottom of the left face-off circle with a snap shot. Tyler Boland also picked up an assist on the goal that came 1:22 into the contest. That was the only marker in the period as UNB out-shot Acadia 9-5.

The 2nd period was all Varsity Reds as they threw 21 shots on Steeves to only 4 directed Alex Dubeau's way. Despite the tilted ice for the majority of the period, it wasn't until 14:10 that UNB was able to extend their lead when Clapperton (Boland, Pomerleau) raced down the right side and cut in towards the net, sneaking a backhanded shot between Steeves and the post on the short side. They struck again just 46 seconds later on a 3-on-2. Matt Boudens carried the puck into the offensive zone and left a drop pass for a trailing Mark Simpson, who fired a shot past a screened Steeves into the left side of the net. Tristan Pomerleau got another helper on the goal that made it a 3-0 game, which is how it would stay until the 3rd period.

Tempers began to flare in the 3rd as the two teams accounted for 19 penalties and 54 penalty minutes. When they were playing hockey the Varsity Reds put the game to bed with three more goals. At 7:34 Brace (Boland, Goulet) came down the left side and used his speed to get in alone before beating Steeves to make it 4-0. A little over four minutes later Matt Boudens and Olivier LeBlanc came in on a 2-on-0 with LeBlanc passing to Boudens before Boudens returned the favour, setting up the rookie defenceman for a one-timer goal. Brace (Boland, Murphy) rounded out the scoring with his second of the period at 14:54 when his shot tipped off the end of Steeves glove and dropped behind him and in to the net. With the game well in hand all that was left was preserving the shut-out, but the V-Reds made it difficult on themselves when they took a pair of penalties - one at 18:01 and another at 18:28 - to put Acadia on a 5-on-3 for the rest of the game. However, like the majority of the night, the Axemen weren't able to generate much offense and UNB wrapped up a dominating effort. Shots in the period were 7-6 for the Varsity Reds.

- Shots in the game were 37-15 for UNB.

- Colin Suellentrop was back in the line-up. Oliver Cooper and Peter Trainor were both scratched. The Axmen, for their part, are still battling numerous injuries as they played two skaters short tonight.

- If there was an area where the V-Reds struggled, it was on the power play. They went 0 for 5 and didn't look particularly dangerous at any point. On the other end of the spectrum was their penalty killing, which was excellent in denying all 8 of Acadia's power play opportunities.

- Although Alex Dubeau wasn't very busy and didn't face very many high quality scoring chances, he did what he had to do to pick up his 2nd shut-out of the season. In his last three starts - against St. FX, Saint Mary's, and Acadia - he has given up only 3 goals on 66 shots.

- UNB won 47 out of 76 face-offs with Dylan Willick (12 out of 19) and Mark Simpson (12 out of 17) doing the heavy lifting. Defenceman Matt Murphy even chipped in with a win after Mark Simpson was kicked out of the circle on the 5-on-3 penalty kill late in the game.

- Clapperton (2 goals, 1 assist), Brace (2 goals, 1 assist), and Boland (4 assists) were the three stars.

- Attendance was 2588.

- This is the 10th straight year UNB has won at least 20 regular season games.

- The Axemen tied their season-low of 15 shots on goal, which they also did in their 7-2 loss at the AUC on October 27th. They only managed 21 shots in a 5-1 loss last night against UPEI. Needless to say, it was not a great weekend for Acadia after opening the second half with four straight wins.

- With their 6 goal outburst UNB has moved ahead of the Axemen in goals scored. They now have 102 to Acadia's 101. They are the only two teams in the country thus far to break triple digits.

- Boland is an AUS-leading +21 on the season.

- AUS leading scorer Stephen Harper had a team-high 4 shots on goal for Acadia, but was a -3 on the night.

- UNB is 28-0-3 in their last 31 home games versus the Axemen. The last time Acadia beat UNB in regulation at the AUC was on March 7, 2006 in game 3 of the AUS Final.

- In other AUS games tonight, St. FX kept the pressure on the V-Reds with a 5-1 win against Moncton in Antigonish and Saint Mary's scored three unanswered goals in the 3rd period to pick up a 5-2 road win over UPEI.

- The Varsity Reds are back in action on Wednesday night when they are in PEI to face the Panthers before returning to the AUC on Saturday night for a date with the Moncton Aigles Bleus.

Friday, January 19, 2018

UNB Hold Off Huskies

The U Sports #1 ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds used a dominant first period to defeat the #7 ranked Saint Mary's Huskies 3-2 at the AUC this evening on North Side Elementary School Night and Home Depot Night. UNB moves to 19-1-3 on the season to jump back in front of St. FX by a point for first place while the 4th place Huskies fall to 15-7-1.

After a bit of a disjointed start that featured a number of whistles and a lack of shots on goal, the Varsity Reds began to take control of the play and out-shot Saint Mary's 10-1 over the first half of the period and 19-4 overall. Trey Lewis (Willick, Thomas) opened the scoring with his second goal of the season at 6:49 when took a pass from down low as he skated into the slot and quickly snapped it between Cole Cheveldave's legs. Kris Bennett (Simpson, Murphy) doubled the lead at 15:19 after he was finally able to bang home a loose puck in front of the net after the V-Reds were turned away on two similar attempts moments before. UNB would take the 2-0 lead into the intermission.

The final forty minutes of the game were a different story altogether as the Huskies were the better team and had the majority of the quality scoring chances. A Steven Shipley power play goal 1:51 into the 2nd period got Saint Mary's back within a goal and that is how the game would stay until 8:27 into the 3rd when Tyler Boland (Clapperton, Gazzola) picked up a short pass just inside the offensive zone and burst in alone on Cheveldave, beating the goaltender with a snap shot shot five-hole for a power play marker. The Huskies once again got within a goal with 2:19 remaining on a Dylan DiPerna marker just as they were pulling their goalie. However, this was as close as they would get as UNB held on, despite missing a couple of chances with the empty net that would have made the final minutes a little less tense.

- Mark Simpson made his return to the line-up, playing for the first time since December 2nd. Peter Trainor and Colin Suellentrop were both out.

- Shots in the game were 31-22 for UNB with period totals of 19-4, 7-9, and 5-9.

- Alex Dubeau had his second straight strong game in net, making a number of big saves. This included a potential save of the year candidate when a cross-ice pass forced him to go post to post to rob a Huskies player of a sure goal with a glove save.

- Dubeau, Boland, and Cheveldave were the game's three stars.

- UNB was 1 for 4 on the power play. SMU was 1 for 6.

- The Huskies won 35 out of the 67 face-offs in the game despite Dylan Willick winning 12 out of 18.

- Attendance was 3374.

- With an assist on Steven Shipley's goal, Huskies forward Hunter Garlent has registered at least a point in 11 out of his last 12 games against UNB.

- After scoring 14 goals in a pair of exhibition wins over Ryerson, the V-Reds have only scored 15 goals in 5 conference games since the Christmas break.

- In other AUS action tonight, UPEI exploded for five 2nd period goals to beat Acadia 5-1 in Charlottetown and Dalhousie got a big 4-0 home win over Moncton to extend their lead over the Aigles Bleus to 3 points in the race for the final playoff spot.

- The Varsity Reds are back at the AUC tomorrow night to face another ranked team as the #6 Acadia Axemen are in town. Game time is 7PM.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

U Sports Top Ten: UNB Reclaims Top Spot

For the first time in three months, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds are the top ranked team in the country after picking up a pair of road wins over the weekend, including a 2-1 shootout victory over the previous #1 ranked St. FX X-Men.

UNB returns to the pole position in the latest U Sports top ten men's hockey rankings after picking up 14 out of a possible 15 first place votes and 146 points overall, outdistancing St. FX (128 points), Saskatchewan (117 points, 1 first place vote), and Alberta (113 points).

The McGill Redmen (83), Acadia Axemen (80), Saint Mary's Huskies (45), Guelph Gryphons (44), UQTR Patriotes (35), and Concordia Stingers (20) made up the rest of the rankings this week.

The V-Reds - who have now been ranked in 224 straight polls, the second longest streak of all-time behind Alberta's 276 in a row between 1996 and 2012 - will play a pair of ranked teams this weekend when they host #7 Saint Mary's on Friday night and #6 Acadia on Saturday night. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

V-Reds Come Through With Shootout Victory

The #3 U Sports ranked University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds exacted a measure of revenge and moved back into sole possession of first place in the AUS after picking up a huge 2-1 shootout victory over the #1 U Sports ranked St. FX X-Men in an entertaining contest tonight in Antigonish. UNB is now 18-1-3 on the season, one point up on the 17-1-4 X-Men.

- The Varsity Reds broke the ice 12:56 into the 1st period when Stephen Anderson (Cooper, Goulet) found a loose puck in front of the net on a delayed penalty and slid it under goaltender Chase Marchand.

- That lone goal would hold up until half way through the 3rd period when St. FX was able to tie it. The X-Men gained possession of the puck off of a neutral zone turnover and broke in on a 3-on-2 rush with Michael Clarke driving the net and making a patient move to get the puck around Alex Dubeau.

- The two teams would remain deadlocked through the rest of regulation and a back and forth five minute 3-on-3 overtime period, despite each team having glorious chances to win it, and the game went to a shootout.
- In the shootout, after Marchand stopped Tyler Boland, defenceman Cole MacDonald put the X-Men on the board with a backhand through Dubeau's legs only to have Dylan Willick answer right back to tie it up. Holden Cook and Cameron Brace then exchanged missed chances, giving Clarke an opportunity to win the game. Dubeau stood tall to deny Clarke and then Alexandre Goulet gave the visitors the lead after out-waiting Machand to get him down and firing the puck into the top of the net. Needing a goal to continue, X-Men forward Bryson Cianfrone shot high and wide to give the V-Reds the thrilling victory.

- Shots in the game were 43-29 for UNB with period totals of 14-7, 8-14, 17-5, and 4-3.

- Mark Simpson and Colin Suellentrop were both out of the line-up.

- UNB was 0 for 3 on the power play. They also killed off all 6 shorthanded situations, including a key penalty kill late in the 3rd period.

- Marchand, Dubeau, and Clarke were the game's three stars.

- Attendance was near sell-out of 1219.

- The X-Men dominated the face-offs, winning 41 out of 64 in the game.

- The season series between these two teams couldn't be closer. Each team has a regulation victory at the AUC as well as an extra time win at the Keating Millennium Centre. They will play once more - in Fredericton - in the season's penultimate game on Friday, February 9th.

- In other games in the AUS tonight, Dalhousie jumped into a playoff spot with a 4-1 win over UPEI in Halifax and Acadia kept rolling after a 4-2 road win in Moncton.

- UNB is back on home ice next weekend when they host Saint Mary's on Friday night for Northside Elementary School Night as well as Home Depot Night and Acadia on Saturday night. Game times are 7PM.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Balanced Attack Guides Varsity Reds

The visiting University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds received goals from six different players on their way to a 6-3 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers tonight in Halifax. UNB improves to 17-1-3 on the season and remain tied for first place with St. FX.

The V-Reds got on the board with a shorthanded goal early in this one as Dylan Willick got his stick in the way of a D-to-D pass and raced down the right side on a partial break before beating Tigers goalie Corbin Boes short side with a wrist shot at 1:37. They would extend their lead with a pair of quick goals later in the period with Tristan Pomerleau's (Boland, Thomas) deflected, fluttering point shot somehow finding its way in at 13:52 and Mike Thomas (Trainor, Willick) converting a nice feed from behind the net at 14:31 to make it 3-0. That's how things stood after the opening period with UNB holding a 12-6 edge in shots.

The 2nd period was perhaps one of the V-Reds best of the season. They out-shot the Tigers a whopping 27-2 and built their lead to 6-1. After Reid Murphy got the home team on the board with a power play goal at 1:46, the Varsity Reds struck for another trio of goals to pull away. At 5:09 Alexandre Goulet (Gazzola, Boudens) was credited with the last touch on a mad scramble around the Tigers crease. Just over 7 minutes later Kris Bennett (Boland) forced a turnover in front of the Dalhousie net and made no mistake with a deke to slide the puck around Boes to make it 5-1. Finally, Stephen Anderson (Gazzola, Clapperton) sniped a power play marker at 16:33.

The Tigers made a goaltending change to begin the 3rd period, replacing Boes with back-up Jacob Fancy and it seemed to have helped as they played their best period of the night. Much like their meeting last Sunday when they took six straight penalties to begin the 3rd period, the V-Reds once again got into penalty trouble and ended up taking the final six penalties of this game over the final 13:36, allowing the Tigers to narrow the deficit and make the score look a bit more respectable. Reid Murphy made it 6-2 with his second power play goal of the game at 12:07, just seconds after UNB had killed off the first half of a 5-on-3 disadvantage. Dalhousie then took the ensuing face-off, split the defence, and went right down the ice and scored again - just 5 seconds later, at 12:12 - to cut the lead to 6-3. The rest of the game was played without much fanfare as the Tigers out-shot the V-Reds 8-5 in the period.

- Mark Simpson and Trey Lewis were scratched.

- Shots in the game were 44-15 for UNB.

- Rylan Parenteau remained perfect on the season, improving to 7-0-0 in net.

- UNB went 1 for 4 on the power play. Dalhousie was 2 for 10.

- Willick, Bennett, and Reid Murphy were the game's three stars.

- The V-Reds held a slight 40-38 advantage in the face-off circle. Dylan Willick had the best night with 13 wins in 22 chances.

- Randy Gazzola had a game-high 6 shots on goal.

- Elsewhere around the conference, St. FX took care of UPEI 5-2 in Antigonish and Acadia used five power play goals to top Saint Mary's 6-2 on home ice.

- UNB is back at it Saturday night when they travel to St. FX to face the X-Men in what is the most important game of the season thus far. Game time is 7PM.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

UNB Rebounds With Win

In a game that was originally supposed to be played Friday night but was postponed due to weather, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds recovered from their first regulation loss of the season with a tidy 3-0 victory this afternoon over the visiting Dalhousie Tigers. UNB improves to 16-1-3 on the season, tied with St. FX for top spot in the conference.

- Randy Gazzola opened the scoring 6:53 into the game while on the power play when he went coast to coast, going forehand to backhand to beat Tigers goalie Corbin Boes with a goal that was similar to his tally last night.

- Alexandre Goulet (Cooper, LeBlanc) scored his first career AUS goal at 9:01 of the 2nd period to make it 2-0. After picking up a loose puck behind the Tigers net, Goulet "dipsy-doodled" around a couple of Tigers defenders on his way to the net and beat Boes with a backhanded shot.

- The V-Reds added to their lead at 12:41 of the 2nd period when Olivier LeBlanc found Cameron Brace with a cross-ice pass on a short 2-on-1 that Brace banged into a wide open net.

- Shots in the game were 47-12 for UNB. The period totals were 18-5, 17-5, 12-2.

- Rylan Parenteau continued his recent strong play with his first career AUS shutout. He is now 6-0-0 with a 1.67 goals against average and 0.907 save percentage on the season.

- The Tigers certainly had their opportunities in the 3rd period as UNB was shorthanded for 12 out of the first 16 minutes of the period, including a pair of four minute power plays. However, as was the case all afternoon, the V-Reds penalty kill generated better scoring chances than the Dalhousie man advantage.

- While UNB's power play once again struggled (1 for 8), their penalty kill was exceptional and a far cry from the night before when they surrendered three power play goals. They killed off all 8 of the Tigers opportunities today.

- Gazzola, Boes, and LeBlanc were the game's three stars.

- UNB won 41 out of 66 face-offs. Dylan Willick (11 out of 15) and Alexandre Goulet (10 out of 16) were both strong in the dot.

- Attendance was 1865.

- Although UNB and St. FX have the same record, the X-Men currently hold the tie-breaker based on their 2-1-0 head to head record.

- These same two teams will meet up again next Friday in Halifax. Game time is 7PM and it can be viewed at www.AUStv.ca.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

V-Reds Begin 2nd Half With Thud

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds opened the 2nd half of their schedule tonight with the 26th annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game and it was not the start they had hoped, as the visiting St. FX X-Men scored a crucial 5-2 victory in an intense and chippy affair at the AUC. The loss is UNB’s first in regulation this season.

- The visitors scored the only goal in the opening period with Adam Stevens connecting on the power play at 15:18.

- Almost exactly a period later - at 15:10 of the 2nd period - the Varsity Reds tied the game with a power play goal of their own with Kris Bennett (LeBlanc, Boland) tipping in a point shot to make it 1-1.

- The X-Men re-took the lead before the end of the frame however, with Michael Clarke banging in a loose puck at the side of the net after a wild scramble in front of Alex Dubeau at 19:31.

- If that last minute goal wasn't the turning point, the X-Men's next goal certainly was. With the V-Reds applying all kinds of pressure in the early going of the 3rd period, Nathan Pancel jumped on a bad turnover right in front of Dubeau and tucked it in at 5:21.

- St. FX added a pair of power play goals three minutes apart midway through the period to push the advantage to 5-1 before Randy Gazzola (Lewis) capped the scoring with a nice individual rush through the offensive zone.

- Shots in the game were 36-28 for UNB with period totals of 11-5, 13-17, and 12-6.

- Mark Simpson and Peter Trainor were both scratched.

- The X-Men's power play continues to operate at a ridiculous rate. They went 3 for 6 with the man advantage and are currently at 29% on the season. UNB went 1 for 4 on their chances.

- Attendance was 2586.

- Chase Marchand (34 saves), Santino Centorame (1 goal, 1 assist), and Bennett (1 goal) were named the game's three stars.

- Marchand continues his stellar play against UNB. He is now 5-2-1 with a 0.916 save percentage in his career against the V-Reds, including 4-0-0 with a 0.947 save percentage dating back to last year's AUS Final.

- St. FX won 34 out of 65 face-offs.

- Before the game 3rd year forward Chris Clapperton was presented with the Mark Jeffrey Memorial Scholarship.

- The V-Reds had won the previous 15 Mark Jeffrey Memorial Games. This was the first time St. FX provided the opposition.

- With the win St. FX (16-1-3) moves into 1st place in the AUS, two points up on UNB (15-1-3). The V-Reds have a game in hand.

- Entering the game UNB was 44-0-2 in their last 46 regular season games at the AUC. Their last loss in regulation time on home ice came on November 14th, 2014 when they fell 4-3 to Saint Mary's.

- UNB hadn't lost a home game by at least three goals since a 5-2 setback to Moncton on October 13th, 2012. Their previous 8 home losses had all been by a single goal.

- The Varsity Reds are back at it tomorrow afternoon when they host the Dalhousie Tigers at 2PM.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Tonight's Game Postponed Until Sunday

Due to the inclement weather that has hit the region, tonight's game at the AUC between the Varsity Reds and Dalhousie Tigers has been postponed. It has been rescheduled for this Sunday, January 7th at 2PM.

Tomorrow night's game versus the St. FX X-Men is expected to proceed as planned. Game time is 7PM.