Saturday, October 27, 2018

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.