Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Aigles Bleus End Lengthy Streak

The Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus entered tonight's game against the #1 ranked University of New Brunswick Reds having lost their previous 14 meetings between the two teams - and 26 out of 27 - but they were able to exercise some demons in a back and forth 4-3 shootout victory this evening in Moncton.

- Cameron Brace (Boucher, Gatenby) had the lone goal of the opening period when he pounced on a rebound at the lip of the crease and slid it in for a power play goal at 9:53.

- Moncton knotted the game at 2:42 of the 2nd period on a Robbie Graham marker that UNB unsuccessfully argued should have been goaltender interference as Alex Dubeau was bumped and lost his helmet on the play. They took the lead at 9:16 with Marc-Anthony Therrien finishing off an odd-man rush.

- Shortly after the Therrien goal UNB went back to the power play and appeared to tie the game when Tyler Boland's slap shot cleanly beat Aigles Bleus goaltender Etienne Montpetit, but Kris Bennett was called for interference in front of the net mere moments before the puck went it, negating the goal. At 18:34 they got a power play goal that counted though, with Mark Rassell (Boucher, Brace) re-directing a hard pass at the side of the net into the top corner to tie the game at 2 after two periods of play.

- Moncton gained the lead back 4:33 into the 3rd period after Edouard Michaud undressed a defender on a one-on-one play before finding sniper Maxime St. Cyr in the slot for the go-ahead tally. The lead was short-lived however, as Matt Murphy (Boucher, McIvor) found the top right corner off of a rush 30 seconds later to quiet the home crowd.

- After a scoreless final 15 minutes of regulation and 5 minute 3-on-3 overtime session - in which UNB held a slight edge in play - the game headed to a shootout where the first 9 shooters failed to convert before Carl Marois finally netted the game winning goal. 

- Shots in the game favoured UNB 47-27 with period totals of 20-4, 17-14, 7-7, and 3-2.

- Marcus McIvor was back in the line-up after serving a two game suspension for a hit on Saint Mary's forward Anthony Repaci two weekends ago. He replaced Noah Carroll on the blue line. Forwards Patrick Watling and James McEwan remained out.

- UNB went 2 for 5 on the power play. Moncton was 0 for 8, which included a four minute advantage late in the game.

- The Reds won 47 out of 76 face-offs.

- This was UNB's first look at Aigles Bleus standout rookie netminder Etienne Monpetit and he did not disappoint. After missing the first two meetings of the season due to injury Montpetit certainly lived up to the billing as a potential game changer by stopping 44 out of 47 shots plus all five shoot-out attempts. 

- At the other end of the rink Alex Dubeau had a solid night in his own right, turning aside 24 out of 27 shots directed his way.

- Attendance was 484.

- While UNB drops to 7-0-2 on the season the Aigles Bleus improve to 5-3-2, giving them more wins and points than they had all of last season.

- It was another night of closely contested games around the AUS tonight. St. FX won their 5th in a row with a 2-1 home victory over Saint Mary's and Acadis snapped their recent slide with a 2-1 win in Wolfville against Dalhousie. 

- UNB will look to break a very rare two game losing streak on Saturday night when they host the visiting UPEI Panthers to the AUC. Game time is scheduled for 7PM.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Reds Drop First Game Of Season In OT

Aaron Berisha’s second goal of the game - 3:34 into overtime - lifted the visiting Saint Mary’s Huskies to a 2-1 win tonight at the AUC, handing the University of New Brunswick Reds their first loss of the season.

Tyler Boland (Clapperton, Anderson) scored the lone UNB game, answering Berisha’s first of the game (on the power play 8:26 into the contest) at 15:51 of the 1st period to knot the game.

UNB out-shot SMU 40-25 on the night.

This is UNB’s first home loss against a team other than St. FX in almost three years (3-2 in a shootout against Acadia on October 30th, 2015).

The Reds are back at it with a rare Tuesday night game when they travel to Moncton this week for a game with the Aigles Bleus. Game time is 7PM.

UN"B" Offense Gets Healthy In Rout

The #1 nationally ranked University of New Brunswick Reds' talent and depth were on full display tonight in an impressive 7-0 dismantling of the visiting Acadia Axemen at the AUC. Scoring for the Reds were Boucher, Boland (2), Brace, Bennett (2), and Boudens. UNB is now 7-0-0 on the season while the Axemen drop their 3rd straight to fall to 2-5-0.

The Reds were all over the Axemen from the get go, pinning the visitors in their own end for the first couple of minutes of the game. A Christopher Clapperton offensive zone penalty briefly slowed the onslaught, but UNB killed it off without issue and when they got a power play chance of their own mid-way through the period Matthew Boucher (Rassell, Anderson) opened the scoring by whacking the puck into a wide open left side of the net after it appeared goaltender Logan Flodell momentarily lost track of it. The power play struck again 4:12 later when Tyler Boland (Bennett, LeBlanc) found an opening on the far side with a low wrist shot from the face-off circle. A dominating opening 20 minutes ended with UNB up 2-0 and holding a 16-4 advantage on the shot clock.

The 2nd period was Acadia's best of the game - but that isn't saying much on this night as they still surrendered two goals and were out-shot 15-8. At 5:39, seconds after an Axemen penalty was killed off, Cameron Brace (Rassell, Boucher) took what looked to be a harmless shot after loads of offensive zone pressure that got through Flodell to make it 3-0. UNB extended the lead to four at 16:24 with yet another power play goal. This time it was Kris Bennett (Clapperton, Boland) pouncing on a rebound right in front of the net and banging it home.

You probably could have forgiven the Reds if they just put it in cruise control and played out the final 20 minutes without much intensity. Unfortunately for the Axemen, this did not happen. UNB out-shot Acadia 17-1 in the period and added goals from Boland (Gazzola, Clapperton) at 3:32 which chased Flodell from the net as he was replaced with Dawson Carty, Bennett (Gazzola, Boland) on the power play at 10:44, and Matt Boudens (McEwan, Gazzola) at 13:43.

- Shots in the game were 48-13 for UNB.

- Randy Gazzola (3 assists) made a successful return to the line-up after missing the first 6 games of the regular season with an injury. James McEwan also drew into the line-up for the first time this season and contributed his first career AUS point. Defenceman Marcus McIvor was serving the first game of a two game suspension for a hit on SMU forward Anthony Repaci last Saturday. Forwards Alexandre Goulet and Patrick Watling were the scratches tonight.

- Rylan Parenteau made a couple of nice glove saves but otherwise was not tested much in picking up his first shut-out of the season. He is now 4-0-0 on the season with 2.04 GAA and .908 save percentage.

- UNB had a big night on the power play, going 4 for 7. They also had a big night on the power play, killing off all 6 shorthanded situations. The last time they connected 4 times on the power play was in a 5-1 victory over Dalhousie on Januray 7th, 2017.

- The Reds won 41 out of 68 face-offs. Mark Simpson was 16 out of 24 and Samuel Dove-McFalls was 9 out of 12.

- Boland (4 points) was named the player of the game. Gazzola and Bennett were the other two stars.

- Attendance was 2253.

- This is UNB's biggest shutout victory since a 9-0 whitewash of Moncton October 7th, 2016.

- The last time UNB beat Acadia by such a lopsided margin was January 10th, 1975 (10-0).

- To say that the AUC has not been kind to the Axemen in recent years would be a massive understatement. UNB is now 30-0-3 in their last 33 games overall on home ice against Acadia. Their last regulation time loss came in game 3 of the 2006 AUS Final.

- With the Ottawa Gee Gees 4-3 overtime loss to the Brock Badgers tonight UNB is the last remaining unbeaten team in the country.

- Elsewhere around the league tonight, Saint Mary's got back in the win column with a 6-1 road victory over UPEI. In Antigonish, St. FX erased a two goal 3rd period deficit to get past Moncton 5-4 in a shootout.

- The Reds will look to keep the momentum going tomorrow night when they host the Saint Mary's Huskies. Game time is 7PM at the AUC.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

U Sports Top Ten (#4): Reds Unanimously #1

The weekly U Sport's men's hockey ranking have been released and once again the University of New Brunswick Reds are the top ranked team in the country, but for the first time this season they take the honour unanimously. 

The Reds - who scored road wins over Acadia and Saint Mary's this past weekend to improve to 6-0-0 - picked up all 140 media votes and 130 ELO points for a total of 270. The Alberta Golden Bears are back in 2nd after a one week hiatus with 223 points, flipping spots with the Saskatchewan Huskies (221 points). The Ottawa Gee Gees - the only remaining unbeaten team in the country after UNB - received 171 points to earn their highest ranking since the 2003/2004 season while the Saint Mary's Huskies (143) dropped a spot to 5th after losing their first two games of the season.

The rest of the top ten is made up of the Queen's Gaels (118), Brock Badgers (79), Ryerson Rams (58), Guelph Gryphons (52), and Calgary Dinos (38).

Honourable mention went to the Concordia Stingers (33), St. FX X-Men (32), McGill Redmen (29 points, ending a streak of 37 appearances in the top ten), UBC Thunderbirds (17), and UPEI Panthers (1).

UNB is back on home ice this weekend for a pair of big games. On Friday night they welcome the Acadia Axemen and then the Saint Mary's Huskies are in town on Saturday evening for a top-5 showdown. Game time for both contests is 7PM.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Murphy Sends Reds Into 1st

For the second straight night the University of New Brunswick Reds came out on the right side of a tightly contested game against a tough opponent. Defenceman Matt Murphy scored 30 seconds into overtime to give the visiting Reds a 3-2 victory over the Saint Mary's Huskies, which moves them to 6-0-0 on the season and into sole possession of 1st place with a game in hand. The Huskies are now 5-1-1.

The pace was great from the beginning in this one as both teams went back and forth with minimal whistles in the opening minutes. The Reds dented the scoreboard first at 15:28 while on the power play. Cameron Brace fed Joe Gatenby at the point and his ensuing shot was deflected in front by Mark Rassell for his 3rd goal of the season. That would prove to be the only goal of the period as UNB out-shot Saint Mary's 11-7.

The Reds carried the momentum over into the 2nd period and started to slowly take over the play, but this was halted abruptly at 13:18 when Bronson Beaton threw a nice saucer pass from the half boards to Hunter Garlent at the far side of the net. The always dangerous Garlent didn't miss, re-directing the pass into the corner for a power play goal to tie the game. UNB got the goal back less than four minutes later with yet another power play goal. With the teams skating 4-on-4, Kris Bennett forced a turnover at the Huskies blue line and fed it to Matthew Boucher at the top of the face-off circle, who whipped a wicked one-timer into the top left corner just seconds after the Reds penalty expired. Boucher's first career AUS goal gave UNB a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. Shots in the period were 13-5 for UNB.

The Reds got the lone power play of the 3rd period in the opening five minutes, but were unsuccessful in extending their lead. The Huskies then pushed hard for the tying goal and, after being held off the scoreboard for most of the period, finally broke through at 16:01. After an offensive zone face-off win, Huskies good-looking rookie defenceman (and AUS leading scorer) Nick Welsh got the puck, made a nice to-drag to get around a defender, and beat Alex Dubeau with a wrist shot. The two teams played out the final four minutes without any more scoring and headed to overtime. Shots in the period heavily favoured SMU 16-6.

It didn't take long for the game to be decided in the extra session. Each team only had one shot on goal but UNB made theirs count. After a face-off win in their own zone Matt Murphy found Mark Simpson with a pass as the centre was skating through the neutral zone. Simpson gained the Huskies zone before dropping the puck back to Murphy, who proceeded to skate in and beat Eric Brassard between the legs with a shot from the hash marks to give the Reds a big two points.

- Alexandre Goulet replaced Patrick Watling in the line-up. Once again, Randy Gazzola and James McEwan were out.

- Shots in the game were 31-29 for UNB.

- Alex Dubeau improved to 3-0-0 on the season with a 1.93 GAA and 0.924 save percentage.

- It was a strong weekend overall for the goaltending as Dubeau and Rylan Parenteau combined for 0.949 save percentage in the two games.

- UNB was 2 for 5 on the power play. Saint Mary's, who entered the game with a power play that operated at over 41%, went 1 for 6.

- Attendance was 450.

- Matt Murphy was named the player of the game after scoring his second career OT goal. He also provided the game winning goal in a 3-2 win in Acadia last December 2nd.

- For the first time in three years UNB swept a road weekend against Acadia and Saint Mary's. They had dropped at least one of the games in each of the last five weekends playing those two.

- UNB is now 5-3-2 in their last 10 regular season games on the road against SMU. They have out-scored the Huskies 34-33 in those games.

- This is the first time since the 2013/2014 season UNB has started 6-0-0.

- The 4-0-0 University of Ottawa Gee Gees are the only other unbeaten team in the country.

- This is already UNB's 7th one goal game of the season (out of 11 total games). They are 6-1-0 in those games so far. By comparison, they didn't play their 7th one goal game of the season last year until their 21st game of the season.

- More evidence of this season being tighter than ever? A night after all three games were decided by one goal, St. FX defeated Dalhousie 2-1 in Antigonish and UPEI needed an empty net goal to salt away a 5-3 road win over Acadia.

- UNB is back at the AUC next weekend for rematches against this weekend's opponents. They face Acadia on Friday night and Saint Mary's on Saturday night. Puck drop for both games is 7PM.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Reds Notch Big Road Win

The #1 nationally ranked University of New Brunswick Reds passed their biggest test of the early season as they went into Wolfville this evening and escaped with a nail biting 2-1 victory over the Acadia Axemen. UNB moves to 5-0-0 on the season and are now the lone unbeaten team in the conference. Acadia is now 2-3-0.

After a scoreless first period in which Acadia held a 12-6 shot advantage it was the visitors getting on the board first by way of a shorthanded goal 6:14 into the 2nd period. Moments after the Axemen missed on a good chance at one end, Noah Carroll fired the puck up the ice to Matt Boudens who took it hard to the net. While the initial attempt was unsuccessful, the puck sat in the crease where Samuel Dove-McFalls pounced to push it in for the 1-0 lead. The Axemen struck back 5:33 later on a fortunate bounce to tie the game. Ryan Foss entered the offensive zone and took a hard shot that missed the net, but the puck bounced hard off the end boards to Rodney Southam at the side of the net who promptly stuffed it past Rylan Parenteau. The teams would remain tied after a period in which UNB out-shot Acadia 13-11.

The Reds entered the 3rd period with 45 seconds of power play time that carried over from the 2nd and they wasted little time in taking advantage. Kris Bennett (Clapperton, LeBlanc) streaked down the right side and beat Logan Flodell with a short side shot that went under Flodell's blocker to restore the lead only 17 seconds into the period. After the goal UNB started to clamp down defensively, not allowing the Axemen to do anything once they got the puck into the offensive zone. This changed midway through the period when Acadia had back to back glorious chances to tie the game. The first chance came when Kyle Farrell went in all alone and had his shot trickle through Parenteau only to have Patrick Watling clear the puck off the goal line. Moments later Parenteau read a nice cross-ice pass through the slot, going right to left to make a beautiful glove save. The Axemen kept pushing and received a power play with five minutes remaining, but the Reds penalty killing was up to the task. They then pulled Flodell in the final minutes and, despite spending most of it in UNB's zone, were unable to find the equalizer as the Reds hung on for a big two points. Shots in the period were 8-7 for UNB.

- Cameron Brace was back in the line-up, replacing Alexandre Goulet. Randy Gazzola and James McEwan were both out once again.

- UNB was out-shot for the first time this season (30-27).

- Both teams received three power play opportunities in the contest with UNB converting once.

- Parenteau and Flodell were both exceptional in their respective nets, stopping a combined 54 out of 57 shots.

- Parenteau, Southam, and Bennett were named the game's three stars.

- The Axemen won 38 out of 64 face-offs although Mark Simpson still managed to win 19 out of his 33 chances.

- Attendance was 1877.

- UNB improves to 7-6-5 in Wolfville since the beginning of the 2010-2011 season.

- After losing 9 consecutive "pre-Christmas" games in Wolfville (4 in overtime), UNB has now won their last two. Matt Murphy's overtime goal gave them a 3-2 win in the teams final game of the first half last season to break what had been a lengthy streak.

- It was a night of tight games in the AUS. Moncton scored in the final minutes to send their game against St. FX to overtime, but it was rookie Adam Holwell scoring for the X-Men to give them a 2-1 road win. In Halifax, UPEI held off Saint Mary's 3-2 to hand the Huskies their first loss of the season.

- The 5-0-0 Reds will look to keep their winning ways going tomorrow night as they travel to Halifax to face the 5-1-0 Saint Mary's Huskies in what is arguably the marquee U Sports match-up of the night. Game time is 7PM and like usual the game can be viewed at www.AUStv.ca.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

U Sports Top Ten (#3): Reds On Top For Another Week

For a 3rd consecutive week the University of New Brunswick Reds are the top ranked men's hockey in the country, according to the latest top ten rankings released Tuesday.

UNB, who are 4-0-0 on the young season, picked up nine out of a possible fifteen first place votes and 143 points total from the media to go along with 140 ELO points for a combined total of 283 points. That total was enough to remain ahead of new #2 Saskatchewan (230 points), Alberta (one first place votes, 224 points), and Saint Mary's (five first place votes, 202 points).

Rounding out the top ten are Queen's (152), Ottawa (128), UBC (ranked for only the 2nd time in three years with 94 points), McGill (93), Ryerson (71), and Brock (ranked for only the 5th time in nine seasons with 45 points).

Another nine teams received honourable mention including St. FX (20 points), Acadia (12), and Moncton (3).

Simpson Named Athlete Of The Week

Forward Mark Simpson is the latest recipient of the UNB Reds/Papa John's male Athlete of the Week the school announced earlier this week.

Simpson played a pivotal role in UNB's two victories last weekend. On Friday night he scored a goal and won 23 out of 35 face-offs in a 5-1 win over Moncton. He followed up that performance with a pair of goals in UNB's 6-3 win at UPEI the next night.

The 3rd year alternate captain is off to a blistering start to his season. He now has a league-leading five goals - to go along with two assists - in four games played. His seven points rank 4th in the conference.

He will look to continue his solid play this weekend when UNB is on the road to face the Acadia Axemen on Friday night and the Saint Mary's Huskies on Saturday.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

UNB Blitz Panthers Early, Roll To Win

The visiting University of New Brunswick Reds scored 21 seconds into the game and then added four more goals in the opening period, cruising to a 6-3 win over the UPEI Panthers tonight at the MacLauchlan Arena in Charlottetown. UNB improves to 4-0-0 on the young season while the Panthers slip to 1-3-0.

Shortly after the opening face-off the Reds broke in on a 2-on-1 and executed it to perfection with Matthew Boucher feeding Mark Simpson for a one-timer that beat Matthew Mancina, who was seeing his first action of the season in the Panthers goal. Kris Bennett also factored into the goal by picking up the secondary assist. It only took 160 seconds for UNB to make it 2-0 when Patrick Watling (Boudens, Bennett) came out from behind the net and backhanded the puck in between the post and Mancina's arm. The Reds added their third of the night at 11:36 when Christopher Clapperton got the puck to Tyler Boland who then made a nice pass across the slot to a pinching Matt Murphy who had a wide open net to deposit the puck into. The onslaught continued just under five minutes later with two more strikes. At 16:25 Boland took a hit in the offensive zone to make a play on the puck and get it over to Clapperton whose weak shot along the ice beat Mancina. Stephen Anderson was also credited with an assist on the goal, which ended Mancina's night pre-maturely. Matt Murphy (Boudens, Watling) then greeted newly summoned netminder Simon Hofley with a shot off the post and in just 11 seconds later, his second of the night making it 5-0 less than 17 minutes into the contest. The Panthers were able to get one back before the end of the period when a long Doug Blaisdell shot eluded Alex Dubeau a couple of minutes later. Despite the score, shots in the period were 15-12 for UNB.

Much like the opening period, Mark Simpson (Boland, LeBlanc) found the back of the net early in the 2nd period, sweeping in a rebound for a power play goal 54 seconds into the stanza to make it 6-1. Kameron Kielly got the one back with a power play goal of his own at 17:41 and the two teams would head to the intermission with UNB holding a 6-2 lead. Shots in the period were 14-7 for the Reds.

The Panthers had their best period of the night in the 3rd, out-shooting UNB 9-8 and scoring the only goal on a Sam Aulie marker at 11:53. Unfortunately, it was much too little much too late for the Panthers as the Reds wrapped up a convincing 6-3 victory.

- UNB went with the same line-up as last night with Cameron Brace, Randy Gazzola, and James McEwan all remaining out.

- Shots in the game were 37-28 for UNB.

- Both teams went 1 for 3 with the man advantage.

- Attendance was 578.

- UNB won 47 out of 90 face-offs with Patrick Watling (10 out of 17) finding the most success.

- Alex Dubeau made his first start of the season. His only other action thus far came two weeks ago when he came on in relief of Rylan Parenteau to pick up the win against Moncton.

- Olivier LeBlanc was a game-high +4.

- Mark Simpson now has an AUS-leading 5 goals on the season.

- The only other game tonight saw the Saint Mary's Huskies break open a close game with four 3rd period goals in an 8-3 victory over Dalhousie.

- Meanwhile, 1611 people witnessed history at the AUC tonight as the UNB Reds women's hockey team made their return to AUS and U Sports action. In what appeared to be a very evenly matched game against Mount Allison - shots were 34 apiece - the Mounties eked out a 2-1 overtime win.

- UNB is back on the road next weekend for their two biggest tests of the season so far. On Friday night they are in Wolfville to face the 2-2-0 Acadia Axemen and on Saturday night they travel to Halifax for a date with the 5-0-0 Saint Mary's Huskies. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM start and can be seen at www.AUStv.ca.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Reds Skate Past Moncton

The #1 ranked University of New Brunswick Reds played their most complete game of the season tonight, taking down the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus 5-1 at the AUC in a game marred by a rash of penalties. UNB moves to 3-0-0 on the regular season while Moncton falls to 2-3-0 after their second straight setback.

After a fairly slow start in terms of shots on goal - only three apiece halfway through the opening period - things picked up in the latter half of the stanza. UNB got on the board on a bit of a controversial goal at 14:46 when Alexandre Goulet (Murphy, Parenteau) took a long pass coming down the right side, got a step on the defenceman, but was then upended into goaltender Alexi Thibaudeau while driving towards the net. The puck crossed the line during the pile up and it was ruled a good goal despite the interference to give the Reds a 1-0 advantage. They doubled their lead in the final minute of the period after Moncton failed multiple times to clear the puck out of their own zone. It eventually landed on the stick of Samuel Dove-McFalls (Boudens, Murphy) in the slot and he snapped it into the left corner for his first career AUS goal at 19:35. Shots in the period were 11-8 for UNB.

The Reds played arguably their best stretch of hockey of the season in the opening minutes of the 2nd period as they hemmed the Aigles Bleus into their own end for multiple shifts at a time. They were rewarded at 2:32 when Mark Rassell (Pomerleau, Boucher) slid the puck along the ice and just out of reach of Thibaudeau into the corner for a 3-0 lead. Rassell's first career AUS goal was the only one of the frame as UNB out-shot Moncton 16-8.

UNB put the game away with a pair of power play goals in the 3rd period sandwiched around Moncton's lone marker of the night. At 1:50 Mark Simpson (Bennett, Clapperton) banged a loose puck in from the side of the cage to push the lead to four goals. After Edouard Michaud got Moncton on the board just after a power play expired at 6:35 Rassell (Goulet, Watling) rounded out the scoring by netting his second of the night at 8:20 when his attempted pass from behind the net banked off something in front and into the net. Shots favoured UNB in the period 14-6.

- Patrick Watling saw his first regular season action of the season, replacing Cameron Brace in the line-up. Randy Gazzola and James McEwan remained sidelined.

- Shots in the game were 41-22 for UNB.

- As mentioned earlier, there were a lot of penalties in the game. The two teams combined for 78 minutes on 27 infractions. UNB was 2 for 10 on the power play and Moncton was 0 for 5.

- Rylan Parenteau was solid in net, making 21 stops on 22 shots although not many were of the larcenous variety.

- UNB dominated the face-off circle, winning 49 out of 75 draws. Mark Simpson won 23 on a ridiculous 35 attempts. Dove-McFalls won 10 out of 15.

- Attendance was 2435.

- Rassell was named the player of the game with Matthew Boucher, and Parenteau the other two stars.

- The Reds introduced their sharp new retro jersey for the game. The jersey features the old UNB Red Devils logo on the front with the new Reds logo on one shoulder and the new Reds stylized 'R' on the other shoulder.

- This was UNB's 14th straight win over Moncton at home as well as overall. Moncton hasn't won at the AUC since a 5-2 win on October 13th, 2012.

- UNB has started the year 3-0-0 for the 5th time in 6 seasons.

- In other games around the conference tonight, the St. FX X-Men fell to 1-2-2 with a 4-3 loss in Halifax to the 4-0-0 Saint Mary's Huskies and the Acadia Axemen doubled Dalhousie 6-3 in Wolfville.

- UNB hits the road tomorrow night for a match-up with the UPEI Panthers in Charlottetown. Game time is 7PM and can be viewed at www.AUStv.ca.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

U Sports Top Ten (#2): UNB Maintain Top Spot

Despite getting shellacked 8-1 in their lone game last week - albeit an exhibition game against the NCAA's Boston College Eagles - the University of New Brunswick Reds remain the number one ranked team in the country according to the latest rankings, released on Tuesday.

UNB, 2-0-0 in conference play, garnered a combined total of 282 points (142 media + 140 ELO) to edge Alberta (257) for the number one spot. The rest of the top ten includes Saskatchewan (197), Saint Mary's (193), McGill (183), Queen's (108), Guelph (71), Ryerson (51), Ottawa (47), and Concordia (42).

Moncton (30), Acadia (19), St. FX (11), and UPEI (2) were among the thirteen teams that earned honourable mention by virtue of accumulating points in at least one of the rating methods.

The Reds are back at the AUC tomorrow night, where they will unveil their brand new retro jersey against the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus. Game time is 7PM.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Eagles Score Early, Often In Rout

Things did not go well for UNB tonight in Boston. The Boston College Eagles scored 18 seconds into the game, added another a minute later, and rolled to a dominating 8-1 win over the University of New Brunswick Reds.

Once again, updates from the UNB Twitter account were severely lacking so we had to follow via other sources. All we know is that BC led 4-0 after a period and 6-1 after two with Christopher Clapperton (Boland, Gatenby) getting the loan goal, on the power play, for UNB. Rylan Parenteau started the game with Alex Dubeau coming in after the two early goals. Shots in the game actually favoured UNB 29-24.

In what has become a bit of a disconcerting early trend, UNB fell behind by multiple goals for the 4th time in 7 games so far this season. The absence of defenceman Randy Gazzola and his steady presence on the blue line is undoubtedly being felt as the defence and goaltending have been shaky at times in the early going.

UNB will look to rebound from their worst loss since a 10-3 drubbing at the hands of St. Thomas on February 10th, 2006 when they host the Moncton Aigles Bleus Friday night back at the AUC. Game time is 7PM.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

MacDougall Named Assistant For U Sports All-Star Series

Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall has been announced as an assistant coach on Mark Howell's (Calgary) staff for the 2018 U Sports Men's Hockey All-Star Series in December in Victoria, BC. Joining MacDougall as an assistant will be Patrick Grandmaitre (Ottawa) and Todd Johnson (Regina).

The event will once again pit the U Sports all-star team playing against a squad made up of Team Canada World Junior Prospects who will be looking to earn a roster spot at the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship, which will be held in Vancouver and Victoria. For the first time it will be a three game series with games scheduled for Wednesday, December 12th (10 PM AST), Thursday, December 13th (10PM AST), and Friday, December 14th (6PM AST) at the Q Centre in Victoria.

Defenceman Randy Gazzola and forward Stephen Anderson took part in last year's event in St. Catharine's as the U Sports team swept both games for the first time ever. Philippe Maillet and Jordan Murray participated in the 2016 showcase.

The U Sports roster is expected to be announced in November.

U Sports Top Ten (#1): Reds Top Inaugural Poll

U Sports released their first top ten rankings of the season yesterday and UNB has earned the top position in the initial poll.

It appears the rankings this year are going to be based on a combination of two separate metrics. As usual there is the media panel, of which UNB received 132 total points, including six first place votes. They also received 140 points from the ELO Rating System for a total of 272 points. This outpaced the defending University Cup champion Alberta Golden Bears, who earned a total of 245 points from 119 media points (five first votes) + 126 ELO points.

Rounding out the top ten are Saskatchewan (196), McGill (176), Saint Mary's (112 points, including the other three first place votes from the media), Concordia (100), St. FX (90), Guelph (71), Ottawa (56), and Brock (38).

As usual with the first rankings of a new season, a large number of teams received votes but not enough to crack the top ten. The honourable mentions include Ryerson (34), Mount Royal (33), Calgary (24), UBC (23), Moncton (19), Acadia (15), UQTR (15), Queen's (8), Lakehead (6), York (3), and Western (1).