Friday, November 30, 2018

Reds Strengthen Hold On First

A week after being dealt a 4-3 overtime loss on home ice, the #1 nationally ranked University of New Brunswick Reds exacted a measure of revenge on their rivals from Saint Mary's, posting an emphatic 7-4 win in Halifax tonight. UNB moves to 14-0-3 on the season and now lead the 11-5-1 Huskies by eight points for top spot in the conference.

Although it was a high scoring game, the opening twenty minutes was an evenly played, scoreless period with UNB holding a slight 12-9 advantage in shots on goal.

The offense finally broke through early in the 2nd period on an abbreviated power play with Tyler Boland (LeBlanc, Gazzola) getting in behind the defence and picking up a rebound before flipping the puck over Eric Brassard's out-stretched right leg at 3:05. Just under two minutes later Cameron Brace (Boland, Clapperton) doubled the lead with a sharp angled shot from the corner that found the top shelf. The Huskies got on the board and cut into the lead at 12:06 when Calder Brooks got his own rebound and found Bradley Latour for a shot into a wide open net, past goaltender Alex Dubeau. It only took 2:04 for the Reds to respond and restore their two goal lead. While on the power play Cameron Brace worked the puck down to Mark Rassell near the goal and he quickly found Matthew Boucher at the far face-off circle for a one timer into the top of the net. UNB would take the 3-1 lead into the 3rd period after a period in which each team had eight shots apiece.

Last week UNB came out flat in the 3rd period and allowed the Huskies to tie the game before eventually falling on overtime. This was not the case in this one as the Reds out-shot SMU 18-6 and found the back of the net four more times to close it out. At 2:20 Stephen Anderson (LeBlanc, Dubeau) gathered a bouncing puck and went in on a partial breakaway, beating Brassard blocker side to make it 4-1. Moments later UNB thought they had another goal, but it was waved off due to a high stick. However, they were able to extend their lead at 4:28 with another power play marker with Mark Rassell (Boucher, Gatenby) getting the tip-in at the side of the net. The Huskies got that one back 37 seconds later with Nick Welsh sifting a shot from the point that found the back of the net for a power play goal. At 8:31 Boland (LeBlanc, Bennett) added his second of the night - and the team's 4th power play goal - when he worked a nice give and go, getting in behind a defender and flipping a backhander over Brassard's shoulder, ending the night of the Huskies goaltender. After some scrambled play in the Huskies zone that resulted in goaltender Marc Terriault losing his stick, Joe Gatenby (Goulet, Boudens) made it a 7-2 game at 13:39 with a wrist shot from the point. Saint Mary's added a pair of goals in the final 103 seconds to round out the scoring.

- Patrick Watling, James McEwan, and Noah Carroll were all out of the line-up.

- Shots were 38-23 for UNB.

- The Reds had another big night on the power play, connecting 4 times on 10 opportunities. Saint Mary's was 1 for 4.

- UNB is 8 for 16 with the man advantage in their last two games and are operating at a 28.6% clip for the season.

- The two teams split the 86 face-offs in the game, each winning 43. Tyler Boland (13 out of 20) had the best night for the Reds.

- Alex Dubeau improved to 7-0-2 on the season with the win.

- Attendance was 950.

- UNB has scored 5+ goals in 7 of their last 8 games. They outscored opponents 48-13 in 8 November games.

- In other action around the conference, Acadia picked up a much-needed win with a 5-2 decision over UPEI on home ice and Moncton defeated Dalhousie 4-1 in Moncton in a game that featured 96 shots on goal.

- The Reds wrap up the first portion of their schedule tomorrow night with a game against the Acadia Axemen in Wolfville. Game time is 7PM.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Reds Split Weekend Games

After letting a 3-1 lead disappear, leading to a 4-3 overtime loss to the Saint Mary’s Huskies on Friday night, the University of New Brunswick Reds used four power play goals to dump the visiting Acadia Axemen 6-1 this afternoon at the 3rd Annual Teddy Bear Toss game. UNB is now 13-0-3 on the season.

Scoring for UNB last night were Cameron Brace, Samuel Dove-McFalls, and Christopher Clapperton. Clapperton (2), Tyler Boland (2), Dove-McFalls, and Boucher found the back of the net this afternoon.

Rylan Parenteau was charged with the overtime loss with Alex Dubeau getting the win today.

UNB out-shot both opponents - 29-23 versus Saint Mary’s and 48-27 against the Axemen.

The Reds close out the first half of their schedule next weekend with rematches on the road. They are in Halifax on Friday night to face the Huskies and Wolfville on Saturday evening to square off with the Axemen. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM start.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Reds Pull Away Late, Topple Tigers

The University of New Brunswick Reds blew open a tight game with four 3rd period goals on their way to a 5-1 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers tonight in Halifax. UNB moves to 12-0-2 and maintain their firm grip on the top spot in the AUS while the Tigers bring up the rear with a mark of 2-11-0.

Although they out-shot the Tigers 23-7 in the 1st period and 18-12 in the 2nd, the Reds only held a 1-0 lead through 40 minutes and the goal was the result of a fortunate bounce. Late in the opening period a Tigers rush into the offensive zone ended up with a hit crossbar and the puck ricocheted all the way out the neutral zone, where Stephen Anderson picked it up and found himself on a breakaway. The forward streaked down the left wing and beat goaltender Reilly Pickard with a quick snap shot for an unassisted tally at 15:12. UNB had a golden opportunity to strike again just after the goal when Dalhousie took two penalties on the same play to hand the Reds a full two minute 5-on-3, but Pickard and the Tigers defense were up to the challenge and kept it a one goal game.

Despite continuous offensive pressure, the Reds were unable to extend their lead until the 3rd period and that is when the flood gates would open. At 2:05 Cameron Brace (McIvor) chased down a loose puck in the neutral zone before scoring with his patented move - a laser beam of a wrist shot into the top right corner - to double the lead. Just over two minutes later Tyler Boland (Boucher, Bennett) made it 3-0 when his shot from the left face-off circle hit a defenders stick on its way towards the net, fooling Pickard. The barrage continued at 5:54 with Anderson getting his fourth of the weekend. Samuel Dove-McFalls found Tristan Pomerleau pinching in from the blue line and the defenceman, after moving in towards the goal thanks to a wide open lane, fed Anderson to his right for a one-timer to push the lead to 4-0. Randy Gazzola (Clapperton, Boland) sifted a wrist shot through traffic for a power play goal at 15:50 to pad the stats. Unfortunately, the Tigers were able to spoil Alex Dubeau's shutout bid on a Dillon Boucher goal with only nine seconds remaining. Shots in the period were 13-8 for UNB.

-  James McEwan and Alexandre Goulet were back in the line-up. Noah Carroll, Patrick Watling, and Matt Boudens were all out with Boudens most likely serving a suspension after picking up a fighting major towards the end of Friday night's game against St. FX.

- Shots in the game were 54-27 for UNB as the Tigers were able to generate much more offense against the Reds than most teams have recently.

- Face-offs were 56-37 in favour of UNB. Tyler Boland led the way with 19 wins in 26 chances.

- UNB scored once on six power play chances. The Tigers came up empty on five opportunities.

- Stephen Anderson added to his Subway gift card collection by being named the player of the game for a third straight game. Pickard and Brace were the other two stars.

- Attendance was 235.

- Clapperton had a game-high nine shots on goal.

- Boland was +4 on the night and is now tied for 2nd in the league with a +15. UNB players currently hold 14 out of the top 18 +/- marks in the conference.

- In other AUS play tonight, UPEI scored a big 5-3 road win over St. FX and Saint Mary's overcame a four goal performance by Maxime St-Cyr to defeat Moncton 6-5 in overtime in the hub city.

- UNB is back at the AUC next weekend for their last two home games before the Christmas break. On Friday they host Saint Mary's at 7PM and then on Saturday they welcome the Acadia Axemen to to town for the 3rd annual Teddy Bear Toss in a game that is scheduled for 4PM. As an added incentive for fans to bring stuffed animals, if more than 1000 are collected every ticket holder will get 40% off their bill at the Snooty Fox following the game.


Twice Is Nice

For the second consecutive Friday night the #1 nationally ranked University of New Brunswick Reds and rival St. FX X-Men met - this time in Antigonish - and once again the final result was a dominating performance for UNB, this time to the tune of a 5-1 final score. The win allows the Reds to tighten their grip on 1st place as they improve to 11-0-2 on the season, five points clear of 2nd place Saint Mary's. The X-Men remain in 3rd place with a 7-4-2 mark, 8 points back.

The X-Men were in penalty trouble right from the get-go in this one, taking five minor penalties in the first nine minutes of the game, and Stephen Anderson made them pay twice. His first came as a 5-on-3 was winding down, converting a nice passing play with Christopher Clapperton and Olivier LeBlanc at 3:41. Then, at 9:59, Anderson (Boland, Bennett) struck again, pouncing on a rebound in front and easily depositing it around X-Men goalie Blade Mann-Dixon. After surrendering the first nine shots on goal of the game, St. FX were finally credited with their first of the night with 5:21 left in the period. A couple late power plays tilted the momentum in favour of the home side, but the Reds maintained their 2-0 lead through twenty minutes, holding a 10-7 advantage in shots.

Despite another five power plays handed out in the second period - three to St. FX and two to UNB - the game remained 2-0. Shots in the period were 10-3 for the Reds.

It only took 78 seconds for the Reds to extend their lead in the 3rd period and it was a beauty. Cameron Brace found Mark Simpson with a cross-ice pass on a 3-on-2 rush and, after the puck bounced off Simpson's stick while trying to corral the pass, he spun around and let loose a no-look backhand that found the back of the net. Clapperton picked up his second assist of the night on the goal. Exactly six-and-a-half minutes later Brace (Clapperton, Gazzola) finally got one of his own after being snake bitten the last couple of games. Clapperton had the puck along the half boards when he fed Gazzola who was rushing into the offensive zone. The veteran defenceman waited as Brace crossed from the near side of the goal to the far side before feeding the puck down low where Brace had plenty of time and space to lift the puck past the sprawling X-Men goaltender. The only hiccup of the night for UNB came at 9:23 when St. FX got their only goal of the night thanks to a 2-on-0 shorthanded rush that resulted in Sam Studnicka chipping the puck past Rylan Parenteau. The X-Men's frustration started to percolate late in the period after X-Men forward Anthony Difruscia - who went after Mark Rassell late in last week's game and was also assessed a double minor for butt-ending earlier in this game - was called for tripping at 11:06 after a dangerous play on Patrick Watling that should have been a kneeing penalty. The Reds didn't do anything on the ensuing power play but they did add their fifth of the night shortly after it expired at 13:28 with Rassell (Dove-McFalls, Anderson) digging a loose puck out a crowd in front of the net and firing it home. With the outcome no longer in doubt the X-Men's frustration finally reached it's boiling point in the final minute - which seems to be their MO - and once again it was Difruscia going after Watling, this time leveling the Reds forward from behind in front of the the St. FX goal. Matt Boudens took exception to the play and went after Difruscia with the two dropping their gloves and getting into a fight. They were both assessed 5 minute fighting majors with Difruscia also receiving an instigating and aggressor minor penalty. The remainder of the game was played without incident. Shots in the period were 9-2 for UNB.

- Patrick Watling saw his first action since October 19th, replacing James McEwan in the line-up. Alexandre Goulet and Noah Carroll remained out.

- Shots in the game were 29-12 for UNB.

- There were plenty of power plays in the contest. UNB went 2 for 11 while the X-Men were stymied on their six opportunities. Special teams continue to be a major strength for the Reds recently. They have scored a power play goal in 10 out of their last 11 games and killed 40 out of their last 42 shorthanded situations.

- Stephen Anderson was named the player of the game. Mark Rassell and Sam Studnicka were the other two stars.

- Face-offs were almost dead even with the X-Men winning 36 out of 71. Samuel Dove-McFalls had the best game for UNB, winning 13 out of 21.

- Rylan Parenteau improves to 7-0-0 on the season and 16-0-0 in his career. He leads the AUS with a sparkling 1.51 GAA and is 3rd with a 0.916 save percentage.

- Cameron Brace picked up his 100th career point with his assist on Mark Simpson's goal. He now has 101 points (43 goals, 58 assists) in 112 career regular season games. He now has 10 points in his last five games.

- Christopher Clapperton has 12 points in his last four games to take over the conference scoring lead with six goals and 14 assists for 20 points.

- Attendance was 574.

- Since Randy Gazzola returned from his injury, the Reds have given up only eight goals and 16.57 shots/game in seven games. In the six contests they played in his absence, they surrendered 14 goals and 21.83 shots/game.

- UNB has out-scored their opposition 27-3 in their last four games.

- They have won their last two games in Antigonish by a combined 10-1 score.

- The other two games scheduled for last night - UPEI at Dalhousie and Acadia at Moncton - were both postponed.

- The Reds travel to Halifax on Saturday night for a 7PM tilt against the Dalhousie Tigers.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Tigers Mauled By Reds

The torrid offensive pace the #1 nationally ranked University of New Brunswick Reds have been on recently continued this afternoon as they picked apart the visiting Dalhousie Tigers to the tune of 7-0 at the AUC in the 4th annual Rod Pike Memorial Game. It is the 3rd straight game - and 4th time in six game - the Reds have lit the lamp at least seven times. UNB improves to 10-0-2 on the season while the Tigers fall to 2-10-0.

The first five minutes of the game actually favoured the Tigers as they out-shot the Reds 3-0 in the early going. However, that did not last. UNB finally got their first shot on goal at 8:09 and it ended up in the back of the net and they never looked back. Kris Bennett opened the scoring with an unassisted marker after he picked a pass basically off of a Tigers defenceman's stick right in front of the net, made a move to his right to get goaltender Connor Hicks down, and then brought the puck back to his left and slid it between Hicks' out-stretched leg and the post. The Reds took advantage of another defensive zone turnover to extend the lead at 11:57. An attempted pass out of the zone landed on the stick of Christopher Clapperton just inside the blue line and he one-timed the puck past an unsuspecting Hicks and into the right corner of the net. Just 38 seconds later Samuel Dove-McFalls (Anderson, McIvor) roofed the puck just under the cross-bar from in tight to make it 3-0. UNB then capped a successful opening twenty minutes while on the power play at 17:19 when Stephen Anderson spotted Cameron Brace pinching in from the blue line. Brace out-waited Hicks to get him down and then circled behind the net before finding Mark Rassell camped out in the crease for a tap-in into an empty net. Shots in the period were 17-3.

The Reds would eventually make it 23 straight shots on goal in the early going of the 2nd period and also added another goal in the process at 1:06. Tyler Boland (Anderson, Pomerleau) grabbed a loose puck behind the net and wrapped it in on his backhand to push the advantage to 6-0. That proved to be the only goal of the period as Hicks held the fort the rest of the way despite seeing his team out-shot 22-7 in the stanza.

UNB put a bow on this one with a pair of goals 46 seconds apart in the 3rd period. At 6:37 James McEwan (Murphy) knocked down the puck at the centre line and skated down the left side, beating Hicks with a hard wrist shot on the far side for his first goal in a Reds uniform. Clapperton (Simpson, Brace) picked up his second of the night at 7:23 with a one-timer from the hash marks that just grazed the post on its way in. Considering the score the game was not overly chippy, but there was an odd moment after the final whistle when Alex Dubeau - serving as the back-up for this one - came off the bench and confronted Tigers forward/agitator Kelly Bent at centre ice. The two were quickly separated and the two teams shook hands like usual without any further incident. Shots in the period were 20-3 for UNB.

- Alexandre Goulet was out of the line-up in favour of James McEwan, who got into his second game of the regular season. Noah Carroll and Patrick Watling remained out.

- Shots in the game ended up 59-13 for UNB. They have out-shot their last three opponents 59-13, 55-19, and 46-8 (in 51 minutes) for an insane total of 160-40. They have out-scored those opponents 22-2.

- The Reds also hit the post at least three times during the game.

- After being held to 11 shots on goal in the 1st period against St. FX on Friday night, UNB registered 20+ shots on goal in four of the next five periods this weekend. They have also accomplished that feat five times in their last four games.

- UNB received the first two power plays of the game, scoring on one. Dalhousie then had the next six opportunities. The Reds improved their league-leading penalty kill to 92.1%.

- Rylan Parenteau wasn't tested much this afternoon but did what he had to do to pick up his second shutout of the season. After surrendering seven goals in his first two starts of the season, Parentau has only allowed three goals in his last five games. He is now 6-0-0 with a 1.59 GAA and 0.916 save percentage on the year.

- Stephen Anderson (3 assists), Christopher Clapperton (2 goals), and Tristan Pomerleau (assist, +4) were named the game's three stars.

- The Reds won 44 out of 69 face-offs despite Mark Simpson only winning 11 out of 24. Samuel Dove-McFalls (13 out of 19) and Tyler Boland (10 out of 13) picked up the slack to make up for Simpson's off-night.

- Joe Gatenby was +5 on the afternoon.

- Matt Boudens was the only UNB player not to record a shot on goal.

- Prior to the game Boudens - an alternate captain - was awarded the 2018 Rod Pike Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a UNB player "who has special leadership abilities, a high compete level, and goes the extra mile for the team and his teammates."

- Attendance was 1726.

- The last time UNB scored 7+ goals in three straight games? 1997, when they did it four straight times between November 9th and 16th. This is the first time they have done it under Gardiner MacDougall.

- UNB has now beaten Dalhousie 25 consecutive times at the AUC and 29 consecutive times overall.

- There was one other game in the AUS today and it saw the Acadia Axemen righting their ship a bit with a 5-1 home victory over Moncton.

- The Reds are on the road next weekend for rematches against this weekends opponents. On Friday night they are in Antigonish to face the St. FX X-Men and then on Saturday they travelt o Halifax to face the Dalhousie Tigers. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM start time.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Tonight's Game Rescheduled

Tonight's game at the AUC between the UNB Reds and Dalhousie Tigers has been postponed due to the Tigers being unable to make it across the Confederation Bridge because of high winds. It will now be played tomorrow afternoon at 3PM.

The St. FX/UPEI game has also been postponed with a make-up date planned for the second half of the season.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Reds Blast X-Men

While nothing will ever wipe away the bitter taste from their 5-4 overtime loss to the rival St. FX X-Men in last season's University Cup semi-final, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds made a big statement in the first chapter of the 2018-2019 rivalry, eviscerating the X-Men 8-1 tonight at the AUC. UNB remain unbeaten in regulation on the year, improving to 9-0-2 while St. FX (7-3-2) has their six game winning streak come to an end with a thud.

After a choppy opening few minutes that featured a number of icings and face-offs, the game settled into a fast-paced, back and forth affair which, at one point, saw the two teams play over seven minutes of uninterrupted hockey. The Reds got the only goal in what was a pretty evenly played period when Tyler Boland, who rang one squarely off the post earlier in the frame, finished a nice tic-tac-toe passing play with Christopher Clapperton and Stephen Anderson. Boland received a pass from the bottom of the face-off circle across the slot and easily deposited the puck into a wide open net at 17:22. Shots in the period narrowly favoured UNB 11-9.

Much like last Saturday night, the Reds came out for the 2nd period and blew the doors off the rink, playing one of the best periods of hockey you will ever see. They out-shot the X-Men 24-5 and pumped four goals past reigning U Sports goaltender of the year and AUS MVP Chase Marchand - and could have had more as their offensive pressure was relentless. At 6:08 Clapperton (LeBlanc, Brace) corralled a bouncing puck while also getting around a defender at the hash marks before beating Marchand on the backhand to make it 2-0. UNB took complete control of the game in the latter half of the period with three goals in 83 seconds. Matthew Boucher (Bennett, Murphy) pushed the lead to 3-0 at 13:50 when he took a pass across the neutral zone and went in for a breakaway goal. They then struck for two goals in 11 seconds with Mark Simpson (Bennett, Gazzola), after taking a nifty spin-o-rama pass from Kris Bennett at 15:02, and Boland (Anderson, Clapperton), with his second of the night on a rebound at 15:13, finding the back of the net. The latter goal ended the evening for Marchand as he was replaced in the X-Men goal by Blade Mann-Dixon.

The Reds let up a bit in the 3rd period with the game under control - they only out-shot the X-Men 20-5 and out-scored them 3-1. Kris Bennett (Goulet, Brace) joined the scoring party at 4:35 when he cut through the slot and slid a backhanded shot just inside the post to make it a 6-0 game. Almost exactly seven minutes later Boucher (Clapperton, Brace) one-timed the puck past Mann-Dixon just 15 seconds into a 5-on-3 man advantage. In what has become a common occurrence in recent seasons, once St. FX starts to have a game get away from them they tend to start gooning things up and try to goad the opposition into doing something unwise and tonight was certainly no exception. At 13:53 defenceman Aaron Hoyles (league-leading 120 PIM last season) went at it with Matt Boudens, handing the Reds a power play that turned into a two man advantage one second after the ensuing face-off when Sam Studnicka took a slashing penalty. While UNB didn't convert on the power play - and Matt Needham broke Alex Dubeau's shut-out bid shortly afterwards at 16:18 - the Reds did make the X-Men pay after the next scuffle they started at 18:00. With Regan Spears taking an undisciplined double-minor for continually harassing Alexandre Goulet and Anthony Difruscia mugging Mark Rassell, UNB went back on the power play and Oliver Cooper (LeBlanc, Gazzola) put the finishing touches on the laugher by tipping in a point shot at 18:16. That would make it 8-1 and that is how the game would end.

- UNB went with the same line-up as the last few games as Noah Carroll, Patrick Watling, and James McEwan all sat out.

- The final shots were 55-19. They were 9-9 at one point late in the 1st period.

- The Reds went 2 for 7 on the power play with the X-Men being held scoreless on five opportunities.

- St. FX was assessed 40 out of the 56 penalty minutes in the contest. UNB has been by-far the least penalized team in the conference thus far, accumulating 156 penalty minutes compared to 194 for the next lowest team. This is in stark contrast to recent history as they have ranked in the upper half of the league in penalty minutes in each of the last six seasons.

- Face-offs were 41-27 for UNB with Samuel Dove-McFalls leading the way with 14 wins in 18 attempts.

- Alex Dubeau was steady all night in goal in improving to 4-0-2 on the season with a 1.92 GAA and 0.919 save percentage.

- Clapperton (1 goal, 3 assists) was named the player of the game. Boland and Boucher (2 goals apiece) were the other two stars.

- Attendance was 2830.

- The X-Men were clearly missing top defenceman Cole MacDonald as the Reds carved up the X-Men defence all night, generating a pile of odd-man chances.

- This is UNB's biggest win over St. FX since a 9-2 victory in Antigonish on November 27th, 1994. They have not defeated the X-Men by more than six goals on home ice since before the 1968-69 season (as far back as the records go).

- In other AUS action tonight the Saint Mary's Huskies kept pace with a 4-2 home win over the Acadia Axemen and the Dalhousie Tigers snapped their nine game losing streak with a 4-3 shootout win against the UPEI Panthers in Charlottetown.

- The Reds are back on home ice tomorrow night when they welcome the Dalhousie Tigers to the AUC for the annual Rod Pike Memorial Game. Game time is scheduled for 7PM.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Reds Lights Out Versus Panthers

The number one ranked University of New Brunswick Reds, mired in a rare two game losing streak, took out their frustration on the visiting UPEI Panthers with a lopsided 7–1 victory last night at the AUC. The game was delayed due to a power outage caused by high winds in the Fredericton area with 8:30 left in the 3rd period and then eventually called off as both coaches agreed to make it official. The win puts UNB at 8-0-2 on the season and all alone in 1st place, two points clear of St. FX with a game in hand.

Much like their previous game against Moncton, UNB had an impressive opening twenty minutes as they out-shot the Panthers 18-4 and jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The opening goal came at 4:42 when Matt Boudens got the puck to Alexandre Goulet for an uncontested wrist shot that was stopped by Panthers netminder Simon Hofley. The hard shot generated a rebound that came out to Oliver Cooper, who was all alone in front of the net, and the big forward made a quick move to his right before backhanding the puck past the goaltender. The Reds doubled their lead at 10:48 with a goal that showed just how funny hockey can be. After just missing a tap-in after a beautiful three way passing play, Christopher Clapperton (Boland, Anderson) found himself with the puck on the side wall. With no other option available, Clapperton decided to throw what appeared to be an innocent-looking shot towards. The puck bounced off of Hofley and into the net for a goal that the Panthers goalie would no doubt like to have back.

If the 1st period was impressive, the 2nd period was total domination. UNB held an 18-1 shot advantage and struck for four unanswered goals to effectively put the game away. At 2:54, while on the power play, freshman Mark Rassell (Boucher, Gatenby) notched his 5th of the season when he batted a juggling puck past Hofley before he could re-secure it in his glove. Oliver Cooper (Goulet, McIvor) scored his second of the game at 7:55 with the prettiest goal of the night. After stepping out of the penalty box, Cooper took a long stretch pass and went in all alone, turning Hofley inside out with a deke before sliding the puck into the left side of the cage. With the score now 4-0 the Panthers changed goalies, bringing in Matthew Mancina to try and stop the onslaught. However, it wouldn't make a difference on this night. Less than a minute later Clapperton took a centring pass from behind the night from Tyler Boland and quickly deposited it past Mancina. Mark Simpson (Brace, Rassell) capped the 2nd period outburst at 14:12 when he poked in a loose puck in the crease before it could be covered. For those scoring at home, after 40 minutes of play UNB had more goals (6) than UPEI had shots (5).

The Panthers got on the board 45 seconds into the 3rd period with Filip Rydstrom connecting on a 5-on-3 power play. This came as a result of the Reds bench being assessed an unsportsmanlike penalty after Matthew Boucher was given a cross-checking penalty. It didn't take long for UNB to respond with Tyler Boland (Anderson, Clapperton) finishing off a 2-on-1 rush with a one timer into an empty net.This would ultimately be the last goal of the night as the lights went out during play with 8:30 left in the game. Fortunately no one was injured during the few moments of darkness before the emergency lights came on. With their being no timetable for full power restoration - plus the fact that the result was not in doubt - both coaches decided to call the game and make it official.

- Shots in the game ended up being 46-8 for UNB.

- Noah Carroll, Patrick Watling, and James McEwan were all out of the line-up.

- UNB was 1 for 4 on the power play while the Panthers were 1 for 6.

- The two teams split the 76 face-offs in the game. Samuel Dove-McFalls had the best night for UNB with 11 wins on 16 draws.

- 12 different players had points for UNB.

- Rylan Parenteau got the start in goal and obviously was not tested very often, finishing with 7 saves on 8 shots.

- Attendance was 2028 on a nasty night in the capital region.

- The Reds have beaten the Panthers 16 straight times at the AUC.

- This was the lone game in the conference on Saturday night.

- Up next for UNB (8-0-2) is a 1st place showdown with the suddenly hot St. FX X-Men (7-2-2) - winners of 6 in a row - on Friday night at the AUC. They then host the Dalhousie Tigers the next night. Both contests are scheduled for 7PM.