Saturday, November 16, 2019

Game Postponed

The game tonight between UNB and UPEI in Charlottetown has been cancelled due to high winds on the Confederation Bridge.

A make-up date will be announced at a later time.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Reds Roll To Win

The University of New Brunswick Reds scored three 1st period goals and cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Moncton Aigles Bleus tonight at the AUC. UNB improves to 10-3-0 on the season to keep pace with the Acadia Axemen atop the standings.

The Reds received goals in the opening twenty minutes from Patrick Watling (Boland, Pomerleau) at 1:06, Stephen Anderson (Boland, Bennett) on the power play at 14:58, and Samuel Dove-McFalls (Cooper) at 16:25. Matt Murphy (Harvey) added another 9:45 into the 2nd period to make it 4-0.

A Gabriel Vanier power play goal at 17:42 of the middle frame broke Samuel Harvey’s shutout bid.

- Matthew Boucher was out of the lineup while Benjamin Gagne drew in.

- UNB out-shot Moncton 40-23 on the evening.

- The Reds went 1 for 6 on the power play while Moncton went 1 for 5.

- UNB held a 41-20 advantage in the face-off circle.

- Attendance was 3374 on Northside/Francophone Elementary School Night.

- The Reds are on the road tomorrow night to face UPEI.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

U Sports Top Ten (#7): Reds 2nd After Shake Up

As expected, after a week which saw eight top ten teams drop at least one game the latest men's hockey top ten rankings have a drastically different look.

The Alberta Golden Bears, who were the only team to go undefeated last week, moved back into the top spot with 1821.13 ELO points. This moved them past UNB and their 1780.13 points. 

The Carleton Ravens were the only team to hold steady as they come in 3rd with 1696.22 points. The Ottawa Gee Gees (1618.05) move from outside of the rankings to 4th and the Saskatchewan Huskies (1617.07) are up a spot despite enjoying a bye week. 

The big story this week are the Toronto Varsity Blues (1614.50), who are ranked for the first time since the 2012/2013 season. Their 6th place ranking is their highest since 1992/1993. 

Rounding out the top ten are the Saint Mary's Huskies (1604.96), who are up a spot after their win over UNB, Brock Badgers (1595.45), Ryerson Rams (1594.93), and Acadia Axemen (1593.79), dropping six spots after losses to Moncton and UNB last weekend. 

Here are the notable games this week:

#7 Saint Mary's at St. FX

#10 Acadia at St. FX
#4 Ottawa at #3 Carleton
Guelph at #8 Brock

Boland Is Athlete Of The Week

Reds 3rd year forward Tyler Boland has been named the UNB Reds/Papa John's Pizza male athlete of the week after his performance in a pair of games last weekend.

On Friday night Boland scored UNB's lone goal in a 3-1 setback to the Saint Mary's Huskies. The next afternoon, in a first place showdown against the Acadia Axemen, he scored twice - including the game winning goal with 47 seconds remaining - to give UNB a crucial 4-3 win.

The Newfoundland native is currently tied for 4th in AUS scoring with 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 12 games. His + 12 rating is 2nd in the conference.

Boland and his teammates are on home ice tomorrow night to face the Moncton Aigles Bleus. They travel to the island to face the UPEI Panthers Saturday night.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Boland's Late Heroics Lifts Reds

The 1st place Acadia Axemen erased a two goal 3rd period deficit and looked on their way to sending their game against the University of New Brunswick Reds to overtime, but Tyler Boland's second goal of the game with 47 seconds remaining gave the home team a thrilling 4-3 win this afternoon at the AUC. The win pulls UNB into a tie atop the conference with the Axemen as both teams have identical 9-3-0 records.

- After a disappointing performance the night before against Saint Mary's, today was a much more inspiring effort from UNB, although still probably not up to their high standards.

- The Reds were rewarded for their hot start when the 4th line of Brady Gilmour, Oliver Cooper, and James McEwan combined for the game's first goal at 8:29. The puck came out front to McEwan and, after his first attempt was stopped by Axemen goaltender Logan Flodell, he stuck with the play and batted in the rebound.

- The Axemen got the equalizer on the power play at 14:53. Jordy Stallard sent a pass from the blueline to Cristiano Digiacinto, who was all alone at the side of the net for an easy re-direction past Rylan Parenteau.

- It only took 56 seconds for UNB the respond. Kris Bennett threw the puck on net from the point, which Flodell kicked out, but Boland scooped up the rebound just outside the crease and was able to get the puck just past Flodell's out-stretched left leg. Matt Murphy also picked up an assist on the marker.

- The Reds added to their lead at 15:37 of the 2nd period as Joe Gatenby patiently waited before throwing a puck from the point into traffic in front of the net. Mark Simpson was able to get a piece of it and deposit it into the net for a 3-1 lead. Tristan Pomerleau was credited with the secondary assist on the insurance goal.

- Acadia got some life early in the 3rd period as Alexandre Goulet was sent off for elbowing 11 seconds into the period and they took advantage. The Reds penalty kill, which struggled all weekend, left Maurizio Colella all alone in the right face-off circle and he blasted a slap shot that beat Parenteau clean glove side.

- The Reds power play had back to back power play opportunities at 7:51 and 9:59 that came up empty, and it looked like they would get another crack with the man advantage at 11:49 when Digiacinto was whistled for boarding. However, the penalty was wiped out when Noah Carroll gave Digiacinto a nudge on his way to the penalty box that dropped the Axemen forward like a bag of bricks. Unfortunately, the referee bought the impressive acting job and sent Carroll off as well for unsportsmanlike conduct.

- After a few minutes of tense play the game began to settle down again and Acadia was able to tie it up at 16:30 after a nice end to end rush by defenceman Garrett McFadden, who rushed down the right side, drove towards the goal, and slid the puck past Parenteau.

- This set the stage for Boland. With under a minute to play two Reds brought the puck up the ice and into the Axemen zone. Boland (Bennett, Murphy) got the puck at the right face-off dot and his wrist shot found the inside of the far post to give UNB the lead with 47 seconds remaining. The Reds forecheck did the rest as they kept the puck hemmed in the Axemen zone for the rest of the game, not giving Flodell a chance to leave for the extra attacker. 

- Shots in the game were 35-21 for UNB. Period totals were 13-6, 13-5, and 9-10.

- Benjamin Gagne was the only scratch.

- Acadia went 2 for 5 on the power play. UNB was 0 for 4 on the afternoon - and 0 for 9 on the weekend.

- The Reds were definitely much more engaged today as they forced Flodell into making a number of big saves - including a point blank glove save off Bennett after a cross-ice pass - and were able to create a lot more chaos and chances around the net. For his part, Rylan Parenteau was solid as well with his best stop coming on a desperation stick save on a shot that looked like a sure game-tying goal midway through the contest.

- A hard hit on Bennett in the 2nd period caused the UNB bench - and head coach Gardiner MacDougall in particular - to give the officials an ear full. It was about as animated as you will ever see the Reds bench boss as he gave the referees his opinion on the play. After going down the tunnel for a few moments Bennett was back on the ice and didn't look the worse for wear. 

- UNB won 40 out of 69 face-offs. Samuel Dove-McFalls (15 out of 26), Tyler Boland (10 out of 18), and Mark Simpson (9 out of 15) all had good showings in the face-off circle.

- Tyler Boland was the game's first star followed by Bennett and McFadden.

- Attendance was 2174, a respectable showing for the uncommon start time.

- Acadia's struggles at the AUC continue. They are now 0-33-3 against UNB at the Aitken Centre since the beginning of the 2006-2007 season. However, they have won a game in regulation at the AUC since then - a 4-1 win over Alberta at the 2017 University Cup.

- The other two AUS games go tonight. Saint Mary's looks to match Acadia and UNB at the top of the standings when they travel to Moncton to face the Aigles Bleus and UPEI is in Halifax for a match-up against Dalhousie.

- UNB is back on home-ice next Friday night when they host Moncton on Home Depot night at the AUC. Game time is 7PM.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Reds Lackluster In Loss

The Saint Mary's Huskies were blown out by the University of New Brunswick Reds in the season opener. Tonight they turned the tables, stunning the top ranked and defending champions 3-1 at the Aitken Centre to hand UNB their first regulation loss on home ice in 22 months.

- The game never saw its first goal until the latter stages of the 2nd period. A hard point shot ricocheted off the end boards and came out the other side, right to Mitchell Balmas who backhanded it past Samuel Harvey. The power play marker was the only one through 40 minutes.

- Trailing 1-0 heading into the 3rd period the Reds came out with a lack of urgency as they didn't generate their first shot on goal until just under seven minutes into the frame. They then had a power play opportunity snuffed out only 14 seconds in when Patrick Watling took an offensive zone penalty.

- The Huskies power play struck again at 13:13 to extend their lead when Connor McGlynn put in the puck from a sharp angle from the goal line.

- Tyler Boland got that one right back and gave UNB some life 25 seconds later when he weaved through the slot and wired a wrist shot past Erik Brassard.

- The Reds pulled Harvey with two minutes remaining, but didn't get a shot on goal. An empty net goal from Fredericton native Noah Zilbert at 19:52 salted the win away for the Huskies.

- Shots in the game were 30-26 for UNB with period totals of 10-5, 12-13, and 8-8.

- Although they had 30 shots on goal, the Reds didn't force Brassard to make nearly enough tough saves. Outside of hitting a couple posts and a few scrambles in front of the net, the high-powered UNB offense was stifled.

- Special teams were the difference. UNB entered the game with the league's top ranked penalty kill and power play, but SMU went 2 for 5 on the power play while the Reds were 0 for 5, which included a 65 second two man advantage midway through the game.

- Benjamin Gagne was the lone scratch.

- The Huskies were without three of their top players in Dawson Theede, Logan DeNoble, and Alex Peters.

- Attendance was reported as a generous 1972. Fredericton was hit with their first storm of the season, which no doubt kept many away. As a result, the atmosphere in the rink was almost non-existent.

- Samuel Dove-McFalls won 14 out of 19 face-offs, helping UNB to a 37 for 64 night in the dot.

- Zilbert's goal was the first empty net goal UNB has allowed in conference play since January 24th, 2015 against Acadia.

- UNB's last regulation loss on home ice came on January 6th, 2018 in a 5-2 setback against St. FX.

- Before tonight they had gone 33-0-3 at the AUC since that loss.

- Interestingly, Saint Mary's have now won three of their last four games at the AUC. They won 2-1 in OT and 4-3 in OT in their first two trips to Fredericton last season. UNB took the third meeting by a 3-1 count.

- The Huskies have done as good a job as any team at stifling UNB's attack at the AUC. The Reds have only scored 15 goals in their last seven home games versus SMU.

- In three of those games UNB have been held to one goal. By comparison, in the 41 home games they have played against non-SMU teams since the beginning of the 2017-2018 season the Reds have averaged 5.51 goals per game and never scored fewer than two goals.

- If there is a silver-lining to the evening it is that the 1st place Acadia Axmen saw their nine game winning streak end with a 4-2 loss in Moncton to the Aigles Bleus. The UPEI Panthers doubled up St. FX 6-3 in Charlottetown in the other contest on the schedule.

- The Reds will need a much better effort tomorrow when they face Acadia with first place on the line. A reminder that the game is scheduled for a 4PM start.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

UNB Holds Ring Ceremony

The 2018-2019 University Cup champion Reds were celebrated one last time last evening. During a special ceremony at Kingswood Lodge, members of the team were presented with their championship rings. This capped off arguably the finest season in school history, in which UNB posted a 37-4-3 record - including a perfect 8-0 mark in postseason play - en route to their 8th national championship.

Here are a few pictures from the night (courtesy @UNBMHockey):

Watling Named Athlete Of The Month

Reds forward Patrick Watling has been named the UNB Reds/Valley Graphics male Athlete of the Month for October.

Watling posted four points in two exhibition games and another seven in regular season action, helping UNB to a 6-1 regular season record (and a 7-2 record overall) during the month.

Watling and the Reds will look to continue their success this weekend with a pair of home games versus top ten competition. They face the #8 Saint Mary's Huskies at 7PM on Friday night and then turn around for a 4PM puck drop against the #4 ranked Acadia Axemen Saturday afternoon.

U Sports Top Ten (#6): Reds Hold At #1

The University of New Brunswick Reds have held on to the top spot for another week in the latest men's hockey rankings, which were released yesterday.

The top five spots all remained unchanged with UNB (1814.14 ELO points), Alberta (1790.57), Carleton (1700.76), Acadia (1652.31), and Calgary (1618.29) holding their positions.

The Saskatchewan Huskies (1617.07) and McGill Redmen (1615.10) both moved up three spots to 6th and 7th respectively. Saint Mary's (1608.82) re-enter the rankings at number eight with Mount Royal (1598.21) and Guelph (1576.23) - also back in the top ten - rounding out this week's rankings.

Dropping out of the rankings are the St. FX X-Men (6th) and UQTR Patriotes (7th).

Here are the notable match-ups this coming week:

#8 Saint Mary's at #1 UNB
#2 Alberta at #5 Calgary
#3 Carleton at #7 McGill

#4 Acadia at #1 UNB
#5 Calgary at #2 Alberta
#7 McGill at Ottawa

#3 Carleton at Ottawa

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Boucher's Big Night Paces Reds

Matthew Boucher scored four goals as the University of New Brunswick Reds won their third consecutive game with a 6-3 victory over the UPEI Panthers tonight at the Aitken Centre. UNB improves to 8-2-0 on the season, pulling back within two points of the idle Acadia Axemen (9-1-0).

A dominating opening period effort for the Reds - who out-shot the Panthers 18-5 in the game's opening twenty minutes - was rewarded at 14:39 with a power play goal. Mark Rassell sent a pass from the bottom of the right face-off circle to Boucher, who was all alone at the back door for the tap-in. Brady Gilmour also picked up an assist on the goal, which was UNB's league-leading 17th power play marker of the season.

A sloppy first couple of minutes of the second period cost the Reds their lead as Owen Headrick's point shot was deflected in the high-slot and got past Rylan Parenteau to tie the game 1-1 just 17 seconds into the period. After a couple of early penalties, which put the Panthers on a brief 5-on-3 advantage, were killed off the Reds got back to their game and broke it open. Boucher (LeBlanc, Gatenby) restored the lead at 7:28, taking a pass while cutting through the neutral zone, and snapping the puck past Simon Hofley's blocker and into the far side of the net. He completed the hat-trick at 11:02 when he pounced on a loose puck in the crease and helped it across the goal line. Samual Dove-McFalls and Patrick Watling were awarded the assists on the insurance goal. The onslaught continued just over two minutes later as Olivier LeBlanc's (Goulet) wrist shot snuck through Hofley to make it 4-1 at 13:20. Tyler Boland (Bennett, Anderson) put a one-timer under the cross-bar for another power play goal at 16:06 to finish a 8:38 stretch in which the Reds erupted for four unanswered goals. A Doug Blaisdell shot through traffic at 18:38 briefly stopped the bleeding for the Panthers, but Boucher (Watling, Simpson) got his fourth of the night on a scramble around the goal with 18 seconds remaining in the period to give UNB a 6-2 lead heading into intermission. The Reds out-shot UPEI 19-9 in the period.

Although UNB once again controlled play in the 3rd period, it was the Panthers scoring the lone goal with Conor MacEachern navigating the puck through a number of bodies and past a screened Parenteau, cutting the lead to three at 13:38. In search of his 5th goal of the night Boucher put a shot off the cross-bar, but that would be as close as UNB would come to scoring in the period as the game would end 6-3. Shots in the period were 15-5 for the Reds.

- Benjamin Gagne was the lone scratch for UNB.

- Shots were 52-19 for the Reds.

- UNB went 2 for 5 on the power play. UPEI came up empty on four chances.

- The Reds won 44 out of 75 face-offs with Dove-McFalls doing the most damage with a 19 for 24 night.

- Boucher (obviously) was named the player of the game. Watling (2 assists) and LeBlanc (1 goal, 1 assist) were the other two stars.

- 12 different players had a point for UNB.

- The Reds are operating at 31.6% on the power play so far this season, scoring 18 times on 57 chances.

- UNB have now won 19 straight home games versus the Panthers.

- This is the first four goal game by a UNB player in a conference game since Kyle Bailey also had four against St. Thomas on January 10th, 2010.

- Remarkably, the last five occurrences have been in post-season play - Philippe Maillet vs. Acadia in the 2015 AUS playoffs, Cam Braes (vs. Windsor) and Philippe Halley (vs. Guelph) in back to back games at the 2015 University Cup, Braes again in the 2017 University Cup final against Saskatchewan, and Kris Bennett against St. FX in last year's UCup semi-final.

- There was only one other game on the docket this evening and it saw Saint Mary's down St. FX 2-1 in a shoot-out.

- The Reds are back home next weekend for a doubleheader. They face the Saint Mary's Huskies on Friday night (7PM) and then take on the Acadia Axemen in a rare Saturday afternoon (4PM) tilt.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Reds Clip Aigles Bleus

The University of New Brunswick Reds never trailed as they played a solid puck possession and puck pressure game in a 4-2 victory tonight in Moncton against the Aigles Bleus. UNB moves to 7-2-0 on the season.

The two teams traded goals in a 1st period that was dominated by the Reds. UNB had the first eight shots of the game and opened the scoring on the power play when Stephen Anderson (Watling, Boland) banged the puck in during a scramble in front of goaltender Etienne Montpetit at 6:13. The Aigles Bleus quickly struck back with Joey Richard depositing a rebound past Samuel Harvey on Moncton's first chance of the game 83 seconds later. However, the UNB power play once again came through to restore the lead. At 17:32 Patrick Watling (Bennett, Anderson) stepped into a loose puck in the slot and wired a shot into the top corner. Penalties were the story of the period as UNB was given four power play opportunities to Moncton's one chance. Shots were 17-4 for the Reds.

UNB extended their lead at 9:45 of the 2nd period with Oliver Cooper and Mark Rassell executing a flawless two-on-one. Cooper carried the puck down the right side and the veteran fed the sophomore with a nice pass that was promptly one-timed past a helpless Montpetit. With the game seemingly under control a late Marcus McIvor penalty would prove costly. Maxime St-Cyr. - arguably the league's most dangerous sniper - took a pass from behind the net and found himself all alone in front. He made no mistake, beating Harvey glove side to make it 3-2 with 42 seconds left in the period. UNB out-shot Moncton 13-6 in the frame.

The final twenty minutes may have been the least exciting of the night with only 11 shots combined - six for Moncton and five for UNB - and the Reds easing some of the tension with an insurance goal 37 seconds into the period. It was a bit of a strange goal. The play was around the Moncton net when, all of a sudden, the Reds players on the ice put their hands in the air and started celebrating. Confusion ensued as it didn't appear anyone else knew where the puck was, but after some investigating it was found lodged inside the net. A quick conference amongst the four officials determined it was indeed a good goal with Rassell (Cooper, Dove-McFalls) getting credit for his second of the game. Trailing by two Moncton pulled their goalie with three minutes remaining, but neither team was able to generate much, making the final 4-2.

- UNB went with their usual line-up, meaning Benjamin Gagne was the lone scratch.

- Shots were 35-16 for the Reds.

- UNB went 2 for 5 with the man advantage. All of their chance came within the first 22 minutes of the game.

- Moncton was 1 for 4 on the power play as they had the last three opportunities in the game, including both chances in the 3rd period.

- Samual Harvey out-dueled Etienne Montpetit in a battle of the two best goaltenders to come out of the QMJHL in recent years.

- It was a rough night in the face-off circle for the Reds, losing 34 out of 66 draws.

- Rassell was named the player of the game.

- Attendance was 523.

- With the win UNB (7-2-0) moves to within two points of the 1st place Acadia Axemen (8-1-0).

- Saint Mary's and St. FX also played tonight, making up a game that was canceled earlier this month. Stephen Johnson netted a hat-trick as the Huskies blanked the X-Men 4-0 in Antigonish.

- UNB is now off until Saturday night when they welcome the UPEI Panthers to the AUC for a 7PM start.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Reds Rebound

Coming off of a loss the night before, the University of New Brunswick Reds needed a big effort to salvage a weekend split and they responded, skating to a dominant 6-0 win over the Dalhousie Tigers tonight in Halifax.

Since the webcast was down for the entire 1st period all we know is UNB jumped out to a 2-0 lead  thanks to a goal from Matt Murphy (Simpson) at 4:29 and a power play marker off the stick of Mark Rassell (Murphy, Goulet) at 5:51. Shots in the period were 22-5.

It wasn't until late in the 2nd period that the Reds would strike again as Tigers goaltender Connor Hicks once again did his best to keep his team in the game. At 18:15 a shot up high on Hicks rattled the Tigers netminder, sending him to the ice in pain. Kris Bennett (Boland, Anderson) was right there to take advantage, tapping a loose puck into the empty net for the power play goal to make it 3-0. It proved to be the most evenly played period of the game with the shots favouring the visitors by a 15-10 margin.

The Reds closed out the game with a trio of goals in a physical and chippy 3rd period. At 9:49 Mark Simpson (Boucher, Watling) jammed the puck in during a scramble at the side of the net to push the lead to 4-0. Tyler Boland then forced a turnover behind the Tigers net, finding Brady Gilmour in front who slid the puck under Hicks for his first career U Sports goal at 16:44. A Marcus McIvor (Carroll, Dove-McFalls) slap shot through a screen with two minutes remaining capped the scoring. Shots were 21-3 in the period.

- Kris Bennett was back in the line-up after missing last night's game. Benjamin Gagne was out.

- Shots in the game were 58-18.

- Samuel Harvey picked up his first career shutout.

- UNB also dominated in the face-off circle, winning 55 out of 79 draws. Dove-McFalls saw the most action, winning 16 out of his 22 draws. Alexandre Goulet (13 out of 18) and Simpson (12 out of 18) also had standout performances.

- The Reds were 3 for 5 on the power play. Dalhousie came up empty on their five opportunities.

- Matt Murphy was named the player of the game. 

- Attendance was 160.

- There was only one other game in the conference tonight. The Acadia Axemen pushed their winning streak to eight games, scoring three unanswered goals in the 3rd period to stun UPEI 3-2 in Charlottetown.

- The 8-1-0 Axemen continue to lead the conference with UNB (6-2-0) and St. FX (4-2-1) in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.

- The Reds are back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Moncton for a mid-week date with the Aigles Bleus. Game time is 7PM.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Reds Drop A Close One

The St. FX X-Men scored two quick goals early in the 3rd period to build a 3-1 lead and then held on for a 3-2 victory over the University of New Brunswick Reds tonight in Antigonish.

Alexandre Goulet and Tyler Boland scored power play goals for UNB, who travel to Halifax for a date with the Dalhousie Tigers tomorrow night.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

U Sports Top Ten (#4): Back On Top

For the 132nd time in school history, the University of New Brunswick Reds are the top ranked men's hockey team in the nation.

In the latest rankings released on Tuesday, UNB - coming off of a 2-0-0 weekend - gained 1825.12 ELO points. This out-distanced the former #1 ranked Alberta Golden Bears (1779.69) after the Bears suffered their first loss of the season, a 7-3 home loss to the Mount Royal Cougars on Friday night.

The 5-1-0 Carleton Ravens (1648.30) jumped two spots to 3rd, which pushed Ottawa (1643.10) down a spot to 4th. Guleph (1626.48) also gained two positions, coming in at 5th this week to edge Calgary (1619.21). The 5-0-1 Dinos are the only team in the country without a regulation loss.

Rounding out the top ten are Acadia (1592.89), Saskatchewan (1589.48), St. FX (1585.24), who drop five positions to 9th, and Mount Royal (1582.24).

Here is a look at some notable games for the week ahead:

#1 UNB at #9 St. FX
Saint Mary's at #7 Acadia
McGill at #4 Ottawa
#6 Calgary at #8 Saskatchewan

#6 Calgary at #8 Saskatchewan

Goulet Named AotW (Again)

For the second time already this young season, forward Alexandre Goulet has been named the UNB Reds/Papa John's Pizza male athlete of the week. A day later he was named the Subway AUS male athlete of the week.

The 3rd year forward had a big weekend to help the Reds to two crucial wins. On Friday night he was named the player of the game in a 6-3 victory over St. FX. He scored what would stand as the game winning goal and also had an assist. The next night against Dalhousie he had two assists in regulation time before scoring the game winning goal in the shootout in a 4-3 win over the Tigers.

Goulet is currently third in the conference with 10 points, including five goals, in six games.

UNB will face the same two teams this weekend - X-Men on Friday and Dalhousie on Saturday - but this time on the road. Game time is scheduled for 7PM for both tilts.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Reds Survive Scare

The visiting Dalhousie Tigers played the defending National Champion University of New Brunswick Reds even through 65 minutes of play, but the home side ultimately prevailed with a 4-3 shootout victory tonight at the Aitken Centre. UNB moves to 5-1-0 after their first trip through the league this season. The Tigers fall to 2-4-2, picking up an important point in a game they weren't expected to.

The two teams traded goals in each of the three periods with UNB holding three one goal leads only to see Dalhousie tie it up each time. Mark Simpson (McIvor, Goulet) opened the scoring at 9:27 when he got the puck in the right face-off circle with his back to the net, spun around, and beat Connor Hicks on the near side. The Tigers responded at 16:32 with a lucky one. Dillon Boucher's shot was kicked out by Samuel Harvey, but the puck hit the skates of the UNB defenceman coming back towards the net and deflected in. The score would remain 1-1 after twenty minutes of playw ith teh Reds holding a 14-7 advantage in shots.

UNB regained the lead at 6:25 of the 2nd period. Alexandre Goulet dug the puck out from behind the Tigers goal and made a short pass to Mark Rassell at the side of the net. Rassell managed to roof the puck from a sharp angle in tight to make it 2-1. Tristan Pomerleau picked up the other assist on the goal. Dalhousie evened the game once again, this time with a power play goal at 15:42. After UNB had a good chance shorthanded, the Tigers turned the puck back up the ice with Andrew Shewfelt finishing off a nice rush to knot the game at 2, which is how things would stay for the remainder of the period. Shots in the period were 16-7 for the Reds.

Dalhousie had an incredible chance to take the lead in the 3rd period when they picked off an errant clearing pass up the middle of the Reds zone, giving them a 2-on-0 down low. Somehow Harvey kept the puck out with a couple of big stops in quick succession. UNB would grab their third lead of the game with a power play strike at 14:04. After Olivier LeBlanc's point shot went wide Kris Bennett tried to jam the puck in at the side of the net. Hicke denied him, but Patrick Watling was right there to jump on a loose puck at the lip of the crease, giving UNB a 3-2 lead. Clinging on to the lead the Reds would surrender the tying goal with 47 seconds left in regulation and Hicks on the bench for an extra attacker. Shewfelt was all alone in front of the net when he received a pass out of the corner and made no mistake in putting it off the iron and in for his second of the night, this one tying the game 3-3. Shots favoured UNB 13-4 in the period.

The 3-on-3 overtime period was dominated by the Reds, who out-shot the Tigers 10-2 and had numerous glorious chances to end the game over the five minutes. However, Hicks held the fort to send the game to a shootout. In the shootout Goulet was up first and he used his patented move - coming in wide, cutting across the top of the crease, and patiently waiting until the goalie goes down before putting the puck under the cross bar - to get UNB on the board. After Connor Welsh came up empty on the Tigers first attempt Matthew Boucher put the pressure on when he beat Hicks with a quick snap shot. Needing a goal to stay alive Aiden Jamieson's deke attempt was easily snuffed out by Harvey to give UNB a tougher-than-expected 4-3 win.

- UNB went with the same line-up as last night as Benjamin Gagne was the lone scratch.

- Shots in the game were 53-20 for the Reds.

- UNB was 1 for 6 on the power play. Dalhousie was 1 for 5.

- The Reds dominated the face-off dot, winning 46 out of 77 face-offs. Mark Simpson had a big night, going 19 out of 25.

- Attendance was 1984.

- The game's three stars were 1) Alexandre Goulet 2) Connor Hicks 3) Matthew Boucher.

- Before the game Kris Bennett was awarded the annual Rod Pike Memorial Scholarship, which is given to the player "who has special leadership abilities, a high compete level, and goes the extra mile for the team and his teammates."

- In his last four games against UNB, Hicks has faced a whopping 231 shots. He has turned aside 219 of them for a sparkling 0.948 save percentage.

- This is UNB's 34th straight win over Dalhousie. However, this is only the third game in that span to go beyond regulation.

- It is their 27th consecutive victory over the Tigers at the AUC.

- In other AUS action tonight, the first place Acadia Axemen maintained their two point lead over UNB (albeit having played one extra game) with a 4-3 home victory over the UPEI Panthers. Meanwhile, in Moncton the Aigles Bleus handed the St. FX X-Men their second loss of the weekend with a 6-3 decision.

- The Reds are on the road next weekend for rematches against this weekend's opponents. They are in Antigonish on Friday night to face St. FX and then travel to Halifax to take on Dalhousie the next evening. Game time for both is slated for 7PM.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Big 1st Period Propels Reds

The University of New Brunswick Reds scored four times in a dominant opening period on their way to a 6-3 victory over their rival St. FX X-Men before a large crowd tonight at the AUC. UNB improves to 4-1-0 on the season while the X-Men suffer their first loss in regulation, dropping to 3-1-1.

The Reds got off to a quick start, taking advantage of a couple of fortunate bounces to build a 2-0 lead just over five minutes into the game. Kris Bennett got the scoring started at 3:12 when Joe Gatenby skied the puck from his own end, over the X-Men defencemen, and had it land in the slot. Instead of the puck hitting the ice and rolling harmlessly toward the net, it had some english on it and spun back towards the blue line where Bennett almost overskated it, but was able to corral it and go in all alone on Joseph Raaymakers, beating the freshman goalie with a quick deke to make it 1-0. The lead was extended at 5:23 thanks to another fortuitous bounce after Matt Murphy (LeBlanc) let a wrist shot go from along the boards just inside the blue line. Raaymakers attempted to blocker the puck into the corner, but instead he sent it straight up in the air, eventually landing behind him in his crease and rolling into the net. Murphy was also involved in UNB's third goal at 13:45. Oliver Cooper picked up the rebound off of a Murphy point shot and tried a wrap around. While his shot was stopped, Raaymakers wasn't able to hold the post with his left leg and James McEwan pounced on the loose puck, jamming it in. Less than a minute later St. FX did what they tend to do when getting blown out, resorting to physical play and cheap shots. In this case it was Lane Cormier hitting Patrick Watling late and from behind in front of the UNB bench. It was the beginning of a rough night for Watling, who was also the victim of a hit to the head later in the game. In the ensuing skirmish Reagan Spears lived up to his name, spearing Joe Gatenby and earning a four minute double minor penalty. The extended power play meant UNB had a golden chance to put the game away early, but it was St. FX getting on the board. Two X-Men forced a turnover at their own blue line, which sent Matthew Graham away on a shorthanded breakaway. Graham snapped a shot past Rylan Parenteau's blocker to cut the lead to 3-1 at 15:32. The momentum proved to be short-lived, however. Later in the power play some nice passing got the puck to Matthew Boucher (Rassell, Goulet) in the left face-off circle and he put the puck in the far corner at 17:31 to restore UNB's three goal lead. The Reds would take a 4-1 lead into the intermission, out-shooting the X-Men 19-3 in the process.

The 2nd period saw St. FX use a couple lucky bounces of their own to get back in the game. At 3:41, while on the power play, an uncovered Bryson Cianfrone had the puck ping-pong off of some traffic in the slot right to him at the left of the net. He didn't miss a wide open cage, cutting the lead to 4-2. UNB got that one back at 7:02 thanks to a full two minute 5-on-3 advantage. After failing on their first two attempts at setting up Alexandre Goulet for a one timer the third time proved to be the charm as Goulet (Boland, Anderson) ripped a shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle into the top corner. As is often the case, the X-Men would not go away and at 16:10 they once again made it a two goal game. The goal was similar to Murphy's in that the puck got knocked up into the air and came down near Parenteau's crease. A scramble ensued around the blue paint and it was Anthony Difruscia getting the last touch on the X-Men's third goal of the night, which once again cut the deficit to two. The shots in the period were 10-5 for UNB.

Although the X-Men did not generate much offense in the 3rd period - they were out-shot 9-2 - it wasn't until Matthew Boucher's second power play goal of the night at 13:38 that UNB finally got some breathing room. Boucher got the puck in almost the exact same spot as is first goal, but instead of going far side he put the puck off the near post and in to make it 6-3. An X-Men power play a few minutes later proved to be uneventful and the two teams skated out the UNB victory without any further incidents.

- Mark Simpson was back in the line-up. Benjamin Gagne was the lone scratch.

- The X-Men were missing their two best rookies as both Jeremiah Addison and and Declan Smith were out.

- Shots in the game were 38-10.

- Although two of the goals he allowed were the result of some unfortunate puck luck, Rylan Parenteau seemed to be fighting the puck most of the game. Nonetheless, he improves to 3-0-0 om the young season.

- On the other hand, Joseph Raaymakers - who was rumoured to be a target of UNB's this past summer - settled down nicely after the rough 1st period. The Reds had a number of great chances that he was able to turn aside to keep his team in it.

- UNB was 3 for 7 on the power play, but also gave up a shorthanded goal. The X-Men were 1 for 5.

- The Reds won 39 out of 66 face-offs with Boland (11 of 17) and Samuel Dove-McFalls (9 of 12) leading the way on this night.

- The box score can be found here, but it is full of errors. For example, it has St. FX scoring to tie the game 1-1. In reality they were already down 3-0 when they scored. Hopefully it gets updated/fixed shortly.

- Attendance was 3074, which is exceptional for a game this early in the season. For comparison, they drew 2435 in their second home game last season.

- UNB have out-scored St. FX 35-8 in winning the last five meetings between the two.

- St. FX hasn't had more than 20 shots on goal in any of their last nine games against UNB. They have averaged only 15.1 shots per game in that span.

- It was the second straight game where the Reds blitzed the X-Men right out of the gate. In last year's national semi-final UNB had a 4-0 lead and out-shot St. FX 24-8 in the opening period.

- Elsewhere around the league tonight, Nick Welsh had six assists in Saint Mary's 8-2 road win over the UPEI Panthers and Dalhousie scored a 3-2 overtime decision in Moncton against the Aigles Bleus.

- The Reds are back on home ice tomorrow night when they host the Dalhousie Tigers in the annual Rod Pike Memorial Game. Puck drop is 7PM.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

U Sports Top Ten (#3): Reds Remain 2nd

The Alberta Golden Bears and University of New Brunswick Reds continue to lead the way in the latest men's hockey top ten rankings.

Alberta improved to 4-0-0 on the season with two wins over Saskatchewan in Edmonton so it comes as no shock they stay in the top spot with 1822.19 ELO points. UNB has 1800.64 after two weekend wins of their own.

After the clear-cut top two, there are two clusters of four teams that make up the rest of the top ten.

Ottawa (1686.68) leapfrogged St. FX (1664.62) to move up to third while Carleton (1657.78) and Calgary (1639.38) stayed put at 5th and 6th, respectively.

The rankings are rounded out by Guelph (1594.44), Queen's (1564.39), Ryerson (1561.97), and Saint Mary's (1556.95), who are making their first appearance of the season.

Interestingly, the Acadia Axemen, who lead the conference with a 4-1-0 record and have victories over both UNB and St. FX, are nowhere to be seen while Queen's (2-2-0) and Ryerson (1-1-0) are both ranked.

The Reds and X-Men face each other Friday night at the AUC in the marquee game of the weekend. UNB then hosts Dalhousie the next night. Game time for both is 7PM.

Watling Nabs Weekly Awards

Reds forward Patrick Watling was named both the UNB Reds/Papa John's Pizza male Athlete of the Week and Subway AUS male Athlete of the Week for his efforts in a pair of victories this past weekend.

Watling earned first star honours in UNB's home opening 4-0 win over Moncton on Friday night as he had two goals, including a shorthanded marker, and an assist. He was held off the score sheet, but was a +1, in Saturday's 3-2 road win against UPEI.

The former AHLer is off to a strong start in his 5th year of eligibility, racking up five points through four games.

UNB is at home this weekend for games against St. FX on Friday and Dalhousie on Saturday. It should be noted that the 50/50 pot for Friday night will be starting at $2579 due to a previously unclaimed prize.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Reds Pick Up Tough Win

For the second straight night the University of New Brunswick Reds found themselves in a tight game into the 3rd period. Once again they emerged victorious, hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the UPEI Panthers in a physical affair tonight in Charlottetown.

The visitors opened the scoring on the power play 7:57 into the game. Mark Rassell's attempted wrap around rolled off the end of his stick, but Tyler Boland was right there to pick up the puck at the opposite side of the net and fire it past Simon Hofley. Brady Gilmour was credited with the other assist on the goal. The Panthers didn't take long to respond. At 10:04 Samuel Harvey kicked a juicy rebound out in to the slot to Darian Pilon, who hammered a one timer into the net to knot the game at one. It was the first goal UNB had surrendered in over seven periods of hockey, going back to the 2nd period last Saturday against Boston College. The game would remain tied as UNB held a slight 10-9 shot advantage in the opening period.

After a fairly uneventful 2nd period in which UNB out-shot the Panthers 15-6 and each team came up empty on a power play opportunity, the game headed to the final frame still deadlocked 1-1.

The Reds would finally break through again 8:58 into the 3rd period. Samuel Dove-McFalls won an offensive zone face-off back to a defenceman, who put a shot off the end boards. The puck bounced hard off the boards and towards the side of the net where Oliver Cooper was camped out. Cooper pounced on the loose puck and jammed it in, giving UNB the lead with his first goal of the season. Although Marcus McIvor was given credit for the primary assist, on the webcast it looked to be Noah Carroll who made the play. At 11:16 the Reds made it a two goal game. Matt Murphy carried the puck down the left side and deep into Panthers territory before sending a sharp angle shot towards the net, where Tyler Boland was able to deflect the puck past Hofley before the goaltender was able to glove it down. However, the breathing room evaporated at 15:22 when Jesse Sutton tipped the puck from just outside the crease and into the far corner late in a Panthers power play to pull the home side back within a goal. UPEI applied all kinds of pressure late in a desperate attempt to tie the score, but Harvey and the Reds held on during a last second scramble in front of the net to preserve the victory. Shots in the period were 9-7 for the Panthers.

- The Reds dressed a full complement of players with Mark Rassell back in the line-up after serving a one game suspension. Mark Simpson remained out with an injury while Tristan Pomerleau left in the 2nd period favouring his right leg and never returned.

- UNB out-shot the Panthers 32-24 overall.

- Each team scored a power play goal with UNB going 1 for 3 and UPEI 1 for 4.

- Face-offs were almost even with UNB holding a slim 35-34 advantage. Boland (10 for 17) and Alexandre Goulet (10 for 18) were the best on the night for the Reds.

- Attendance was 733.

- Boland was named the player of the game. Cooper and Hofley were the game's other two stars.

- UNB has now won nine straight games over the Panthers and are on a 26-1-1 run against UPEI since the beginning of the 2015-2016 season.

- In other conference play tonight Saint Mary's posted a convincing 6-2 road win over Dalhousie and Acadia recovered from allowing two late goals - including the tying one with 8 seconds remaining in regulation - to beat St. FX 5-4 at home on a Stephen Harper penalty shot goal in overtime.

- Next weekend UNB is at home for a pair of games for the first time this season. They host the St. FX X-Men on Friday night and then the Dalhousie Tigers are in town the next night. Game time is 7PM for both match-ups.

Anderson's Goal

In case you missed it, here is Stephen Anderson's beauty from last night:

Friday, October 11, 2019

Watling, Anderson Lead Reds In Opener

The University of New Brunswick Reds celebrated their 2019 University Cup victory one last time by raising their 8th National Championship banner to the Aitken Centre rafters and then went out and won their 31st straight home opener, shutting out the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus 4-0.

Before the game began the 2019-2020 Reds were introduced, along with representatives from each of UNB's previous seven championship teams. The last two members announced were 5th year forward Stephen Anderson, who brought out the AUS trophy, and 5th year defenceman - and team captain - Marcus McIvor, who skated out with the University Cup. After placing the trophies on a table at centre ice that had the AUS and U Sports championship banners draped over it, McIvor helped pull down a black curtain that unveiled the 2019 National Championship banner hanging from the rafters.

Once the ceremony was over it was business as usual. The two teams skated through a scoreless opening twenty minutes, despite UNB out-shooting Moncton 15-3.

The Reds finally broke through early in the 2nd period while shorthanded. Tristan Pomerleau worked the puck up to Tyler Boland, who was joined by Patrick Watling on a two-on-one break. Boland patiently waited for the defender to commit to going down before sending a saucer pass over to Watling, who one-timed the puck past reigning U Sports rookie of the year Etienne Montpetit. It would be the only goal of the period as UNB took a a slim 1-0 lead into the final frame. Shots in the period were 11-3 for the Reds.

UNB got some breathing room in the early parts of the 3rd period, connecting for a pair of goals. At 3:53 Watling got his second of the night on an almost carbon-copy of his first goal, only it was Alexandre Goulet finding him on the two-on-one rush. Matthew Boucher also picked up an assist on the goal. Less than two minutes later it was Stephen Anderson (Watling, Gatenby) picking up a loose puck during a scramble in the slot and snapping it in, extending the lead to 3-0 at 5:32. Anderson added another at 13:26, joining Kris Bennett's goal last weekend against Boston College as an early contender for goal of the year. The PEI product out-muscled three defenders just inside the Aigles Bleus blue-line to go in all alone on Montpetit, turning the netminder inside out with a backhand-to-forehand deke to make it 4-0. The highlight reel goal would prove to be the final one of the night as UNB out-shot Moncton 10-6 in the period.

- The Reds were playing with a short bench tonight. Mark Rassell was serving a one game suspension stemming from an ejection late in last Saturday's game against Acadia. Mark Simpson was not originally listed as a scratch, but didn't play as he continues to nurse an injury.

- Moncton was also playing shorthanded as they only had 16 skaters dressed. Justin Guenette is serving a four game suspension for an incident last weekend against St. FX.

- UNB out-shot Moncton 36-12 on the night.

- Neither team was particularly great on the power play, going scoreless on five opportunities each.

- Rylan Parenteau picked up his 6th career shut-out. His five shut-outs in league play only trail Travis Fullerton (14), Reg Bourcier (7), and Alex Dubeau (6) in UNB history.

- The Reds won 35 out of 59 face-offs. Alexandre Goulet (13 out of 18) and Samuel Dove-McFalls (10 out of 16) led the way.

- Tristan Pomerleau was +4 on the night.

- Kris Bennett is a newly appointed alternate captain this season.

- Attendance was 2766, a solid number considering it was a Friday heading into a long weekend.

- UNB unveiled new white jerseys for the game, featuring black shoulders and black numbers, a red nameplate on the back, and a New Brunswick flag on the left shoulder. They are a definite step up from last season's look.

- Patrick Watling had one goal and three assists in 14 games last year. Playing on the top line alongside Tyler Boland and Stephen Anderson so far this year, the 5th year forward already has two goals and three assists in three games. He was undoubtedly the best player on the ice tonight for either team, creating a number of chances throughout the game.

- The Reds have now won 16 straight home games versus Moncton.

- UNB hasn't dropped a home opener since a 6-5 overtime loss to Saint Mary's on November 5th, 1988.

- In the only other AUS game tonight it was Acadia going on the road and beating Dalhousie 4-1.

- The Reds are back at it tomorrow night with a game in Charlottetown against the UPEI Panthers. Game time is 7PM and it can be viewed at

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

U Sports Top Ten (#2): Leaders Unchanged

The top four teams stayed put in the latest U Sports men's hockey top ten rankings released earlier today.

The Alberta Golden Bears, fresh off a win over the NCAA #1 ranked Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, remained in the pole position with 1799.88 ELO points. UNB (1786.64), St. FX (1693.88), and Ottawa (1660.21) also held onto their position.

Meanwhile, teams five through ten all saw movement. Carleton (5th) and Calgary (6th) swapped spots. Ryerson (7th) jumped two spots and Saskatchewan re-entered the ranking at #8 despite not playing a game last weekend. Rounding out the top ten were Queen's (down one spot to 9th) and McGill (down three to 10th).

UNB resume their AUS schedule this weekend with their home opener and banner raising ceremony Friday night against Moncton at the AUC. They then head to Charlottetown for a Saturday night tilt against the UPEI Panthers.

Bennett's Filthy Goal

In case you haven't saw it yet, here is Kris Bennett's ridiculous between-the-legs goal against Boston College on Saturday.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Reds Bury Bears

The University of New Brunswick Reds received goals from five different players and Samuel Harvey turned aside everything directed his way in an impressive 5-0 victory over the University of Maine Black Bears this afternoon in Orono.

- UNB got the scoring started 5:36 into the contest when Mark Rassell found Matthew Boucher with a cross-ice pass at the back door for a power play marker. Brady Gilmour received the secondary assist on the goal.

- Black Bears goaltender Stephen Mundinger stood on his head for the first half of the game. He was replaced by 2018 Vancouver draft pick and freshman Matthew Thiessen just past the midway mark of the 2nd period.

- The Reds gave Thiessen a rude welcoming. Moments after coming into the game Alexandre Goulet's attempted pass to a driving Kris Bennett hit a stick of a Maine defender and deflected in to the net. After originally waving the goal off due to the puck being kicked in, the refs went to video review and quickly corrected the call when it was clear it hit a stick instead. The goal came at 10:48 and made it 2-0.

- UNB extended the lead on the power play 36 seconds later with Olivier LeBlanc (Boland, Bennett) unleashing a blast from the point.

- Just over two minutes later the Reds got their prettiest goal of the night. Bennett got the puck to Alexandre Goulet in the slot and Goulet quickly spotted Patrick Watling to his left who had gotten in behind the defence. Goulet found the streaking Watling, who chipped the puck past Thiessen for a 4-0 advantage.

- The Reds lethal power play added another goal 48 seconds into the 3rd period. Tyler Boland (Watling, Bennett) had time and space at the left face-off circle and beat Thiessen clean with a wrist shot on the short side.

- With the outcome no longer in doubt the game featured some rough stuff in the final half of the period. Marcus McIvor and Maine's Brady Gaudette were both given five-minute majors plus a 10-minute misconduct for facemasking, a strange penalty that is enforced in NCAA that we don't see in U Sports.

- Mark Simpson was out of the line-up for UNB. Instead of going with 11 forwards and seven defenceman, Gardiner MacDougall instead chose to play defenceman Benjamin Gagne up front.

- Shots in the game were 32-14 for UNB with period totals of 12-5, 13-5, and 7-4.

- While the Reds had a number of high quality chances they didn't convert, the Black Bears offense was stymied all night as they were unable to generate much in the way of dangerous opportunities.

- Special teams play is usually a big advantage for NCAA teams during these games, however UNB had a great weekend in that regard. After going 2/4 on the power play and 3/3 on the penalty kill against Boston College yesterday afternoon, the Reds went 3/5 with the man advantage and 3/3 on the PK today.

- UNB won 39 out of 62 face-offs.

- The Reds have now won their last two meetings with Maine. They won 5-1 in the fall of 2015. They improve to 7-19-2 all-time versus the Black Bears, but are 4-5-1 in the last ten meetings.

- This is the first shutout UNB has recorded against an NCAA team since extensive game by game records have been kept (starting in 1967).

- Oddly, UNB was the only AUS team to travel to the US this weekend. Usually Acadia, St. FX, and UPEI make annual treks south of the border as well, but they all decided against it this season.

- Perhaps the biggest headline of the weekend has been the Alberta Golden Bears defeating the two-time reigning NCAA champions - and current #1 ranked - University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs 5-3 last night.

- As a result, there were a pair of conference games last night. St. FX handled Moncton 6-1 in Antigonish and Saint Mary's held off Dalhousie by a 4-3 score on home ice.

- Up next for UNB is (finally) a game at the AUC. They will raise their 2019 National Championship banner prior to the home opener on Friday against Moncton. Game time in 7PM.

UNB/Maine Webcast

For those of you who can't make it to Orono this afternoon for the exhibition game between the Black Bears and Reds, it appears the game will be streamed here. Game time is 5PM AST.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Eagles Double Up Reds

The University of New Brunswick Reds headed south of the border this weekend for their annual trip against NCAA competition. Up first for UNB was a date with the Boston College Eagles, who enter the season as Hockey East favourites. Despite being heavily out-shot it was the Eagles coming away with a 4-2 victory.

- Kris Bennett (Boland) opened the scoring with a nifty between-the-legs power play goal from in tight 13:54 into the game, beating the highly-touted Spencer Knight in the Eagles net.

- BC would grab the lead before the end of the 1st period with two late goals - from David Cotton at 17:53 and then by Jack McBain at 19:22.

- The Eagles added another two goals in the 2nd period, getting goals from Matt Boldy at 4:53 and Mike Hardman at 13:18.

- An Olivier LeBlanc (Anderson, Boland) power play goal 3:59 into the 3rd period rounded out the scoring.

- Shots were 37-21 in favour of the visitors with period totals of 12-8, 9-9, and 16-4.

- Rylan Parenteau went the distance in goal.

- UNB went 2 for 6 on the power play while doing a nice job on the penalty kill, snuffing out all three BC man advantages.

- The Reds won 32 out of 59 face-offs.

- The Eagles line-up features three 2019 1st round NHL draft picks in F Matt Boldy (12th overall, Minnesota), G Spencer Knight (13th overall, Florida), and Newfoundland native F Alex Newhook (16th, Colorado).

- UNB drops to 2-8-1 all-time versus the Eagles. Their last win came in 2015 (5-2).

- The Reds travel north to face the Maine Black Bears tomorrow afternoon. The Black Bears, who are pegged to finish 8th in the 11 team Hockey East conference, were blasted 7-0 by Providence College today. Puck drop is 5PM AST.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

U Sports Top Ten (#1): Defending Champs Ranked Second

The Alberta Golden Bears topped the inaugural men's hockey top ten rankings which were released earlier today. Meanwhile, the team that defeated them in the University Cup final - the UNB Reds - were close behind in second place.

This season the rankings will be determined exclusively by the ELO Rating System, instead of the 50/50 split between the ELO system and media members from across the country like last year.

In the initial poll the Golden Bears received 1799.88 points while UNB had 1786.64. The only other AUS team to make the rankings was St. FX, who came in 3rd with 1675.86 points.

The rest of the top ten includes Ottawa, Calgary, Carleton, McGill, Queen's, Guelph, and Ryerson.

Perhaps the biggest news to come out of these rankings is the omission of the Saskatchewan Huskies, who opened the regular season with a pair of losses last weekend. Not only are they out of the rankings for the first time since the end of the 2014-2015 season, but their streak of 77 straight weeks in the top-five had been the longest in the country.

Goulet Named UNB Athlete Of The Week

With the departure of high scoring forwards Christopher Clapperton and Cameron Brace, UNB will be relying on a number of returning players to help offset that offense. Third year forward Alexandre Goulet is one of those players and after two games he has more than done his part thus far, which earned him UNB/Papa John's Pizza male athlete of the week honours.

In a season opening 9-3 win over Saint Mary's on Friday night, Goulet paced the offense with a hat-trick and an assist. He added another goal on Saturday - with less than a second left in the 2nd period that tied the game - in an eventual 6-4 loss to Acadia.

Goulet and the Reds are back on the road this weekend for exhibition games against Boston College and Maine.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Reds Let One Slip Away

The University of New Brunswick Reds rebounded from a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 lead early in the 3rd period, but the Acadia Axemen stormed back with a trio of goals to emerge with a 6-4 victory tonight in a back and forth affair in Wolfville.

With all of the webcasts down tonight, there isn't a lot of information to go off of. Tristan Pomerleau (Anderson, Watling) opened the scoring 4:41 into the 2nd period before Acadia struck for three goals in 90 seconds midway through the period. UNB then answered with three consecutive goals of their own - by Mark Rassell (Murphy, Boucher) at 12:45, Alexandre Goulet (Watling) with 0.8 seconds left in the 2nd period, and Tyler Boland (Anderson, Gatenby) 4:23 into the 3rd period - to restore the Reds one goal lead at 4-3. However, the Axemen responded again. Garrett McFadden tied the game on the power play at 6:23 and they struck again with the man advantage at 12:50 to re-take the lead. A Jordy Stallard marker just over a minute later gave Acadia some insurance and they would hold on for the 6-4 win.

- Benjamin Gagne was once again the lone scratch.

- Shots were 33-29 for UNB.

- Samuel Harvey made his first regular season start between the pipes.

- The Reds were 1 for 3 on the power play. Acadia scored twice on seven opportunities.

- Through two games UNB has surrendered 15 power play chances, which is way too many. 

- Additionally, UNB was assessed 48 penalty minutes on 12 infractions. Mark Rassell was given a game misconduct late in the game for arguing with an official.

- To add to the frustration, the Axemen were playing with a short bench, including being without their top scorer in Stephen Harper.

- UNB's struggles in Wolfville continue. They have won only 10 of their last 23 games there.

- The six goals surrendered tonight are the most UNB has allowed against a U Sports team since a 7-4 loss to Moncton on November 25th, 2015.

- In other AUS action tonight, Stephen Johnson's overtime winner gave Saint Mary's their first win of the season in a 3-2 decision against Moncton and St. FX blasted UPEI 9-2 in the X-Men's home opener.

- UNB will now take a break from AUS action and will head across the border next weekend for a pair of exhibition games against NCAA competition. They face Boston College on Saturday and Maine on Sunday.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Reds Spoil Dauphinee Centre Debut

The University of New Brunswick Reds proved not to be gracious visitors in the inaugural game at Saint Mary's new home as they began their AUS and U Sports title defense with a 9-3 blitzing against the Huskies in the 2019 - 2020 season opener.

The Reds got off to a blistering start by scoring three goals on their first five shots to build a 3-0 lead just under 10 minutes into the contest. Kris Bennett (LeBlanc) picked up right where he left off in March, taking advantage of a collision and miscommunication at the Huskies blue line to jump on a loose puck and go in all alone, beating Eric Brassard on the backhand for a power play goal at 4:47. Alexandre Goulet (Dove-McFalls) was rewarded for some aggressive fore-checking work on the penalty kill and made it 2-0 with a wrist shot from the slot at 7:11 - one second after a UNB penalty expired. The Reds extended their lead just 2:25 later after a nice passing play. Bennett got the puck to Goulet near the hash marks and he slipped it down low to Mark Simpson who beat Brassard five-hole, making it 3-0 just like that. Saint Mary's got their first goal at their new home at 16:08 after Dawson Theede forced a turnover behind the UNB net and found Stephen Johnson with a cross-crease pass. The Reds would take a 3-1 lead into the locker room after out-shooting the Huskies 9-8.

A Matthew Boucher (Cooper, Carroll) snipe off of a 2-on-2 rush two minutes into the 2nd period restored UNB's three goal lead and it looked like they would cruise from there, especially after killing off a full two minute two man disadvantage thanks to some timely saves from Rylan Parenteau. However, the Huskies played their best period of the night and their persistence finally paid off in the form of a pair of goals before the end of the period. Moments after the Reds failed to convert on a 3-on-1, newly minted Huskies captain Anthony Repaci turned a defender inside out with a nice move before putting the puck past Parenteau at 9:48. Saint Mary's then crawled back within a goal when Theede scored on their 7th power play of the night with 18 seconds left in the frame. SMU out-shot UNB 13-9 in the period.

The final twenty minutes was all UNB as they turned the game into a blowout with five unanswered goals on 13 shots. The Reds got some breathing room 26 seconds into the period when Goulet (Bennett) converted off the rush with a goal that was very similar to Boucher's earlier in the game. The dangerous UNB power play then went to work to put this one out of reach. Olivier LeBlanc (Boland, Anderson) at 5:11 and Bennett (LeBlanc, Boland) at 13:02 scored PP markers and then, after Goulet (Watling) completed his hat-trick at 15:31, Mark Rassell (Carroll) capped the scoring by adding the Reds 4th power play goal of the night at 16:18.

- This was head coach Gardiner MacDougall's 600th career victory. This includes 110 exhibition wins + 100 playoff/University Cup wins + 390 regular season wins.

- Defenceman Benjamin Gagne was the lone scratch for UNB.

- Shots were 31-29 for the Reds.

- Special teams were a big factor in this one. UNB went 4 for 7 with the man advantage while SMU was only 1 for 8.

- There were a total of 20 penalties called in the game.

- Rylan Parenteau made a number of outstanding over the latter part of the 1st period and entire 2nd period to preserve the lead.

- Goulet, Bennett, and Theede were the game's three stars.

- UNB went 44 for 79 in the face-off circle with Mark Simpson (13 for 20) and Tyler Boland (12 for 15) leading the way.

- Attendance was 792. Seating capacity for the Dauphinee Centre is 800.

- The Huskies previous home - the Halifax Forum - was notorious for having the nets come off their pegs. It appears that frustrating feature has also migrated to their new digs as there were a number of instances where the goal came off its moorings, causing a stoppage of play.

- Gagne is wearing #44 this season (last worn by Colin Suellentrop), Brady Gilmour is wearing #19 (last worn by Cameron Brace), and Samuel Harvey is wearing #1 (last worn by Travis Fullerton).

- The AUS has adopted the hybrid icing rule this season. While it wasn't prominent tonight, this rule change should benefit UNB given how often they attempt stretch passes. Now instead of having a missed attempt automatically be called icing they will still have a chance to retrieve the puck.

- The Reds have scored 18 goals in 7 periods of play so far this season.

- Goulet's hat-trick is the first by a UNB player in a season opener since way back in...2017, when Stephen Anderson did it in a 6-2 victory over Moncton.

- UNB has now won nine straight season opening games, although this is only the second road game during that span. Their last setback was a 4-2 defeat in PEI to open the 2010-2011 season.

- The last time UNB played SMU in their season opener was 1989 (1-1 tie).

- This is the most goals the Reds have scored against the Huskies since a 10-3 win at the 2010 Fall Classic. In terms of regular season games, it is their most since January of 1995 (13-6 win).

- Interestingly, Saint Mary's defeated UNB 10-2 in the first game played at the AUC in 1976. Of course, UNB went 1-19-0 that season. Needless to say, times have changed.

- According to @VRedsHckyStats, this matches UNB's most goals (9) and largest margin of victory (6) in a season opening road game. They defeated Mount Allison 9-5 in 1987 and Cape Breton 8-2 in 1993.

- It was a perfect night for the road teams tonight. Moncton grabbed a 5-2 win over Acadia in Wolfville and Dalhousie rebounded from a wild 7-6 shootout loss to St. FX in the AUS opener on Wednesday night to pick up a 5-4 shootout victory against UPEI in Charlottetown.

- The Reds travel to Acadia tomorrow night for a 7PM date with the Axemen. As usual, you can watch the game live on

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Season Begins Tomorrow

The curtain will rise on the 2019-2020 AUS season tomorrow evening when the Dalhousie Tigers welcome the University Cup bronze medal-winning St. FX X-Men to Halifax. In the meantime, here are some previews to get you ready for the start of a new campaign:

- The good news: Bruce Hallihan of the Daily Gleaner is once again back with another edition of his indispensable conference outlook. The bad news: It is behind a paywall. If you have a subscription you can access his overview and team breakdowns at the links provided.

- Dwayne Tingley at also provides a look at the season ahead.

- For the first time, a pre-season coaches poll was conducted. Each head coach was asked to rank the other six teams in the conference and UNB received all six 1st place votes for a total of 36 points. St. FX followed with the other 1st place vote (from Gardiner MacDougall) plus all six 2nd place votes. Saint Mary's (3rd) and Dalhousie (6th) were the only other two teams to get ranked the same across the board.

- Glenn MacDonald of the Halifax Chronicle Herald takes a look at the league's four Nova Scotia based squads.

Friday, September 20, 2019

UNB/York Game Called Off

File this under "things you don't see every day". After playing through a scoreless first period - despite UNB controlling the majority of play - this afternoon's exhibition game between the Reds and York Lions was called off due to an "ice malfunction", which was apparently a hole in the ice.

It has certainly been a strange beginning to the season for UNB. Their first scheduled exhibition game against Acadia on Monday was cancelled and now they only get four periods of play in against the Lions.

Next up is the season opener against Saint Mary's next Friday. It is scheduled to be the first game played at the newly-built Dauphinee Centre, but even that isn't a sure thing at the moment due to construction delays.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Reds Get Offensive In Opener

The visiting University of New Brunswick Reds started their 2019-2020 season with a bang, scoring the first nine goals of the game in a 9-2 pummeling over the York Lions tonight in Toronto.

As is the case with any game that isn't broadcast, details are a bit scarce. Matthew Boucher paced the offense with a hat-trick while Patrick Watling (2), Kris Bennett, Stephen Anderson, Samuel Dove-McFalls, and Joe Gatenby also found the back of the net. Noah Carroll chipped in with two assists while Rylan Parenteau went the distance in goal to pick up the win.

UNB held period leads of 2-0 and 5-0. They were 0 for 2 on the power play, but killed off all five of York's man-advantages and scored a pair of shorthanded goals in the process.

The two are back at it tomorrow at 6PM AST.

Hockey Is Back

The 2019-2020 pre-season gets underway tonight with the defending national champion University of New Brunswick Reds in Toronto to face the York Lions. Game time is 7PM AST.

This will be the 4th meeting all-time between the two schools. UNB has won all three previous encounters - 9-1 at the Lakehead Bell Cup in 2003 and then 6-3 and 6-1 victories at the 2016 Pete Kelly Cup in Fredericton.

So far there has been no mention of the game being web-cast, although you may be able to follow along at the OUA website. Updates will most likely be available via the UNB Men's Hockey and York Lions Hockey Twitter accounts as well.

The two teams will play again tomorrow with puck drop scheduled for 6PM AST.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Lauzon Retires

Recently recruited defenseman Zachary Lauzon - a 2017 2nd round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins - has been forced to retire from competitive hockey due to post-concussion syndrome.

After missing all of last season while with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Lauzon participated in the Penguins development camp earlier in the summer. However, his symptoms returned in August while preparing for training camp with UNB. Although he was invited to play in Pittsburgh's prospect camp earlier this month, he did not suit up. He made the difficult decision to hang up his skates for good earlier this week.

While the loss of Lauzon hurts, leaving UNB with only 12 forwards and 7 defenceman to begin the season, you can never fault any player for prioritizing their health first, especially with what we now know about concussions. We wish Zach all the best in his future endeavours.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Pre-Season Game Cancelled?

As a couple of astute observers over at the U Sports Hockey forum have pointed out, it appears that UNB's first pre-season game, scheduled for Monday, September 16th against Acadia in Truro, has been cancelled as it no longer appears on either team's schedule. The Axemen are now showing a game against Dalhousie the next day.

Ever since the AUS implemented the rule which caps the number of exhibition games teams are allowed to play per year, UNB have never played fewer than the maximum allowed of six. For this reason, it seems unlikely they will not schedule another exhibition game - either during pre-season or over Christmas - to bring them back up to a full slate again.

Webcast To Get "New" Voices This Season

The Reds will have a new team calling their home games in 2019-2020, but both names should be familiar to fans.

It was announced late last week that Michael Bourgeois and David Kilfoil will be taking over from Brad Janes and Perley Brewer, who both stepped down at the conclusion of last season, to serve as the team's play by play announer and colour commentator, respectively, on home webcasts this season. They will also be heard on UNB's campus radio station CHSR 97.9 FM.

Bourgeois had previously served as a regular fill-in on webcasts, as well as calling play-by-play for CHSR, over the last handful of years. Meanwhile, Kilfoil has been part of Reds radio broadcasts and webcasts for several years.

The duo will begin their era on October 11th when UNB will raise their 8th national championship banner to the Aitken Centre rafters before facing Moncton in the home opener.

Friday, September 6, 2019

MacDougall Issues Statement On Nobes' Passing

The hockey world was dealt a devastating blow yesterday when it was reported McGill head coach Kelly Nobes had tragically passed away at the age of 45. UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall released the following statement earlier today expressing his condolences:

"It's a sad time for U SPORTS Hockey, the historic McGill men's hockey program, and mostly for Kelly's family. Kelly was an almost-annual member of the national championship club each March, and always brought well-coached and competitive teams to the U SPORTS Championship tournaments. Kelly was a staunch supporter of university hockey, as a coach and a former elite player. Our teams played against each other on a regular basis, and you always knew you'd face a well-prepared and highly-competitive squad. As a friend, we swapped drills and ideas over the years, and it was a pleasure to see him get much deserved recognition when Kelly was name U SPORTS Coach of the Year, right here in Fredericton, in 2018. On behalf of UNB and the Reds men's hockey program, I want to extend my sincere sympathies to the Nobes family, Kelly's friends, and the McGill community"

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Gilmour Joining Reds

A frustrating summer which saw the Reds miss out on a number of their top forward targets appears to have taken a turn for the better as former Detroit Red Wings 7th round draft pick Brady Gilmour has opted to forgo his final season of CHL eligibility to join the defending University Cup champions. Gilmour later confirmed the move himself.

It is rare to see a player join UNB as a 20 year old, but the Reds were in desperate need of a forward as they currently only have 11 on the roster - less than two weeks before their first exhibition game - and almost every notable CHL overager has either turned pro or committed elsewhere for the upcoming season.

In Gilmour they get a 5'10", 181 pound centre who scored 134 points (57 goals, 77 assists) and accumulated only 28 penalty minutes in 231 career OHL games, all with the Saginaw Spirit. He elevated his game in the postseason, putting up 21 points in 21 career playoff contests. His best season came in 2016-2017 when he contributed 26 goals and 21 assists while playing alongside current Reds forward Kris Bennett. He served as the Spirit's alternate captain each of last three years.

Gilmour is known as a "skilled, tenacious centre that competes every game and has a high hockey IQ....he's a very good skater...more of a pass-first player... always seems to be in the right place at the right time...sees the ice very well...strong on the draws and good defensivley."

Gilmour and his new teammates play their first exhibition game of the 2019-2020 season on Monday, September 16th in Truro, Nova Scotia against the Acadia Axemen.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Training Camp Gets Underway

The defending University Cup champion University of New Brunswick Reds were back on the ice this morning for their first official practice of the 2019-2020 season.

Here are some moving pictures to prove it (video courtesy the UNB Reds YouTube channel):

Lauzon Announced

In a summer that has been very quiet regarding recruiting news, the University of New Brunswick Reds finally made official one rumour that has persisted over the last few months, announcing the addition of former Pittsburgh Penguins second round draft pick Zachary Lauzon earlier today.

Lauzon, who describes himself as a "mobile defenceman who is hard to play against", will be looking to get his career back on track after a number of injuries forced him to miss most of the last two seasons, including all of last year when his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies captured the Memorial Cup.

Barring any unexpected departures, the addition of Lauzon - to go along with Benjamin Gagne - gives UNB eight defenceman on the roster for the first time in a number of years. It will be interesting to see how things play out, especially considering the fact there have been no forwards recruits announced to replace the departing Chris Clapperton, Cameron Brace, and Matt Boudens.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Anderson, McIvor Returning

The 2019-2020 University of New Brunswick Reds got a boost to their line-up as it was announced today that defenceman - and team captain - Marcus McIvor and forward Stephen Anderson will both be returning for their fifth season.

The slick skating Anderson is coming off of the best season of his UNB career, finishing 6th in the league with 33 points while playing in all 30 regular season contests. He will be looking to improve on his career totals of 39 goals and 59 assists in 102 games.

Meanwhile, the steady, but perhaps unheralded, play of Marcus McIvor was on full display at the University Cup, where he was named a tournament all-star. His shot blocking ability and penalty kill play were key components during UNB's championship run, especially in the national championship game against Alberta.

Both players will be looking for a school-record 4th University Cup championship this season, which gets underway with an exhibition game against Acadia on September 16th.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Harvey, Gagne Commit

EDIT (2): The committment of Gagne is now team-official.

EDIT: The Reds have announced the commitment of Harvey. A pair of French articles discussing the move can be found here and here.

According to Victor Findlay - and the U Sports Letter of Intent Registry - the defending University Cup champion University of New Brunswick Reds have received a commitment from goaltender Samuel Harvey and defenceman Benjamin Gagne.

With the departure of Alex Dubeau the Reds were in need of a goaltender to pair with the returning Rylan Parenteau, and in Harvey they land arguably the most sought after CHL netminder on the market.

The 6', 185 pound product of Alma, Quebec spent his entire five year junior career with the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, posting a career record of 129-46-9. He was especially spectacular in his final two seasons. He went 30-9-2 with a 2.10 GAA and 0.930 save percentage in 2017-2018 before going 35-8-0 with a 2.08 GAA and 0.926 save percentage this past season, backstopping the Huskies to their first Memorial Cup championship. Harvey recently attended the Florida Panthers development camp.

Benjamin Gagne - a 6', 183 pound native of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Quebec - split his five year QMJHL career between the Drummondville Voltigeurs, Quebec Remparts, and Saint John Sea Dogs, amassing 28 goals and 77 assists in 299 games. Much like Harvey, his final two seasons were by far his best. He put up 10 goals and 28 assists in 66 games for the Remparts in 2017-2018. He then entered the 2018-2019 season as the Remparts captain (after former and future teammate Matthew Boucher graduated) and contributed 6 goals and 13 assist in 35 games before being dealt to a rebuilding Sea Dogs squad, where he ended his junior career with 4 goals and 12 assists in 30 games.

With Harvey, Gagne, and fellow defenceman Zachary Lauzon committed for the upcoming season the Reds will now most likely focus on bolstering their forward ranks over the coming months.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

News And Notes: Development Camps, Lauzon, Maillet, Murray, Tickets

Some tidbits as the off-season creeps past the halfway mark:

- A number of Reds players participated in NHL development camps last week. Stephen Anderson and Mark Simpson joined former star Christopher Clapperton at Ottawa Senators camp while Matthew Boucher was attending the Pittsburgh Penguins camp.

- Head coach Gardiner MacDougall was also busy as he was invited to the Detroit Red Wings camp as a guest coach.

- Defenceman Zachary Lauzon, who has reportedly committed to play at UNB next year pending a pro offer, was also at Pittsburgh's camp. The big defenceman is a former 2nd round draft pick of the Penguins, but went unsigned after suffering several injuries. He has only played 25 games for the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies over the last two years - including none this past year - due to a concussion and a foot injury. He is a former QMJHL Defensive D-Man of the Year and is the younger brother of Boston Bruins defenceman Jeremy Lauzon.

- Former UNB forward - and U Sports Player of the Year - Philippe Maillet has signed a two-year, two-way, 1.4M contract with the Washington Capitals. Maillet has spent the last two years with the AHL's Ontario Reign (Los Angeles), posting 94 points in 140 games. He had a career high 54 points in 68 games last year. Maillet joins Darryl Boycs, Rob Hennigar, Kevin Henderson, and Hunter Tremblay as former UNB players who have signed NHL deals in the past 13 years.

- Maillet's former teammate Jordan Murray has agreed to a one year contract to return to the Belleville Senators, Ottawa's AHL affiliate. Murray contributed 26 points in 54 games last season and is the franchise leader in goals (17), assists (32), and points (49) for a defenceman.

- All-sport season passes for the 2019 - 2020 season went on sale earlier today. New purchases can be made at the box office or online while renewals can only be done in person. There doesn't appear to be much of a change from previous years in terms of prices (Adults - $225, Seniors/Staff - $200, Youth/Student - $75) or accessibility (tickets are valid for all Reds home exhibition, tournament, conference, and playoff games). Please note that season pass holders from last year have until September 30th to renew their past season's seats.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Exhibition Schedule Released

The University of New Brunswick Reds have announced their 2019 - 2020 exhibition schedule and, for the first time since 2001, it does not feature any pre-season games at the AUC.

The defending University Cup champions will open their schedule on Monday, September 16th with a neutral site game in Truro, Nova Scotia against the 2020 University Cup host Acadia Axemen. This will be the teams first exhibition tilt since 2007 and only the 3rd all-time.

The Reds will then return to Toronto for a second straight year, this time to face the York Lions for games on Thursday, September 19th and Friday, September 20th. This returns the favour as the Lions visited Fredericton for a pair of games in 2016, providing the opposition for the 2016 Pete Kelly Cup.

The Reds regular season schedule gets underway on September 27th and 28th, but they will take a break the following weekend to make their annual trip to the US for games against Boston College on Saturday, October 5th and Maine the following afternoon.

The exhibition schedule wraps up on Sunday, December 29th with a game against the OUA's Windsor Lancers in the 15th edition of the Pete Kelly Cup. The Lancers have previously visited the AUC in September of 2013 and January of 2015, dropping all four games to UNB during those two appearances.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

2019 - 2020 Regular Season Schedule Released

The AUS has announced the regular season schedule for the upcoming 2019-2020 men's hockey season. 

The Reds will begin their University Cup title defence on the road as they will face Saint Mary's on Friday, September 27th in the Huskies first regular season game at the new Dauphinee Centre. 

UNB's home opener - and National Championship banner raising - will not come until Friday, October 11th when they host the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus.

Here is the complete schedule:

Friday, September 27th - at Saint Mary's
Saturday, September 28th - at Acadia
Friday, October 11th - vs. Moncton
Saturday, October 12th - at UPEI
Friday, October 18th - vs. St. FX
Saturday, October 19th - vs. Dalhousie
Friday, October 25th - at St. FX
Saturday, October 26th - at Dalhousie
Wednesday, October 30th - at Moncton
Saturday, November 2nd - vs. UPEI
Friday, November 8th - vs. Saint Mary's
Saturday, November 9th - vs. Acadia
Friday, November 15th - vs. Moncton
Saturday, November 16th - at UPEI
Friday, November 22nd - vs. Dalhousie
Saturday, November 23rd - vs. St. FX
Friday, November 29th - at Acadia
Saturday, November 30th - at Saint Mary's

Friday, January 3rd - at Dalhousie
Saturday, January 4th - at St. FX
Friday, January 10th - vs. UPEI
Saturday, January 11th - at Moncton
Friday, January 17th - vs. Acadia
Saturday, January 18th - vs. Saint Mary's
Friday, January 24th - vs. Dalhousie
Saturday, January 25th - vs. St. FX
Friday, January 31st - at Acadia
Saturday, February 1st - at Saint Mary's
Friday, February 7th - vs. UPEI
Saturday, February 8th - at Moncton

*All games are scheduled for 7PM*