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.