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