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.