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.