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.