Sunday, December 16, 2018

Reds Play Pivotal Role In Series Win

Five UNB players, along with head coach Gardiner MacDougall, participated in the annual series between U Sports all-stars and Hockey Canada's World Junior prospects this past week in Victoria, BC. It was an impressive showing for the Reds as they helped the U Sports team to a pair of victories following an opening game shoot-out loss.

In the series opener on Wednesday night, Christopher Clapperton scored early in the 2nd period and Alberta's Luke Philp tied the game with nine seconds remaining in regulation before Team Canada finally emerged with a 3-2 victory after a nine round shoot-out. U Sports out-shot Canada by a 38-30 margin.

The following night Team Canada held a 3-2 lead late in the 2nd period until Kris Bennett and Mark Simpson scored 57 seconds apart to give U Sports a 4-3 advantage through 40 minutes. Clapperton picked up assists on both goals. St. FX's Holden Cook scored an insurance goal midway through the 3rd period as U Sports picked up the 5-3 win. While they did not show up on the score-sheet, Marcus McIvor and Matt Murphy were both instrumental in helping kill off six out of seven Team Canada power plays. Shots in the game were 32-20 for U Sports.
 
The final game of the series went Friday afternoon and it was an impressive 5-1 victory for the U Sports squad with Bennett (2 goals), Clapperton (1 goal, 1 assist), and Simpson (2 assists) all registering multi-point games. Team Canada held a 33-28 advantage in shots on goal.

- Clapperton had a series-high five points in the three games while Bennett led everyone with his three goals.

- U Sports improves to 4-0-1 in the last two years against Team Canada.

- The five Reds representatives will try to keep the momentum going later this month when they - along with the rest of their teammates - play host to the Lethbridge Pronghorns on December 29th in the annual Pete Kelly Challenge.