Friday, September 21, 2018

UNB Stifle Rams

UPDATE: According to Ryerson, this afternoon’s game will not be broadcast.

Goaltender Rylan Parenteau stopped all 22 shots he faced and the University of New Brunswick Reds receivedod in goals from three different players in a 3-0 win over the Ryerson Rams tonight in Toronto. The win came in front of a large crowd at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens) and spoiled Ryerson's heavily promoted ‘Back To School Bash'.

After a scoreless 1st period in which UNB held a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal, the Reds finally broke through with a pair of "dirty" goals in the middle stanza. Alexandre Goulet got a stick on a loose puck in the crease for his third goal in as many pre-season games to give the visitors a 1-0 lead and then Mark Rassell, playing in his first game as a Red after arriving from Los Angeles earlier in the day, had four whacks at the puck at the side of the net before finally finding the back of the cage. Shots in the period were 16-9 for UNB.

The Reds put the game in ice in the 3rd period when Stephen Anderson converted a Christopher Clapperton centring pass, beating Taylor Dupuis with a shot from the slot that the Rams goalie may have been screened on. Parenteau and the UNB defence did the rest, limiting Ryerson's time and space all night and giving up minimal quality scoring chances. Shots favoured UNB 12-9 in the period 12-9 and 38-22 in the game.

- Mark Rassell and Matthew Boucher both played their first game of the season. They played on a line with fellow rookie Samuel Dove-McFalls and they were buzzing all night as UNB's best trio of the night. 

- The Rams broadcast did mention some bad news for UNB, revealing defenseman Randy Gazzola has a broken hand. 

- Alex Dubeau also remained out with Luke-Lee Knight once again serving as the back-up.

- Of course Mark Simpson was also scratched due to his participation at Washington’s training camp.

- If not for Dupuis this game could have been much more lopsided. The Rams netminder stood on his head all night, making a number of sparkling saves on dangerous UNB chances. 

- UNB did not have a power play in the game, but their penalty kill was outstanding all night. They did not give up a shot on Ryerson's four power play opportunities. This included a 32 second 5-on-3 advantage in the 1st period when the game was still scoreless.

- The two teams are back at it tomorrow afternoon. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:15PM local time. It is unknown if the game will be web-cast.