Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Aigles Bleus Rally Falls Short

The #2 ranked University of New Brunswick Reds raced out to a 4-0 2nd period lead, but needed an empty net goal to seal their 22nd victory of the season - a 5-3 nail biter against the Moncton Aigles Bleus tonight in the 'Hub City'. UNB, having already clinched first place, improves to 22-2-3 on the season while Moncton (13-10-4) misses out an a chance to tie or pass St. FX for third place.

The Reds got on the board first late in the opening period. Noah Carroll threw a point shot into a crowd in front of the net that Oliver Cooper found and deposited behind Etienne Montpetit. Matt Boudens was awarded the secondary assist on the only goal of the period, which came at 18:46. UNB out-shot Moncton 17-9 in the period.

The 2nd period was a wild one with each team trading three goal bursts. At 9:06 Tyler Boland slid a short pass to Chris Clapperton as he slipped out of the corner. Clapperton drove to the net and beat Montpetit with a backhand to make it 2-0. Just 67 seconds later - at 10:13 - a Mark Simpson (Rassell, Anderson) wrist shot from the slot hit Montpetit up high and the puck bounced up and over the Aigles Bleus goaltender and into the net. It appeared the rout was on 2:15 later when Matt Boudens (Gatenby, LeBlanc) put the puck into the top corner off of a shorthanded rush to push the lead to 4-0. However, Moncton would respond, and in a big way, with goals by Vincent Deslauriers at 13:35, Alexandre Bernier at 16:40, and Danick Crete at 19:57. The first and third goals came just moments after UNB had finished killing off a penalty. After everything was said and done, the Reds exited the period how they begun it - with a one goal lead. Shots in the period were 12-10.

Entering the 3rd period nursing a one goal lead, UNB didn't give Moncton much breathing room in the final twenty minutes. They held a 14-2 shot advantage, but needed a Boudens (Clapperton) empty net goal with 81 seconds remaining to finally exhale.

- UNB went with the same line-up as Friday night with Alexandre Goulet, Samuel Dove-McFalls, and Tristan Pomerleau all still out.

- Shots on goal in the game were 43-21 for the Reds.

- Alex Dubeau got the start in goal and earned his 12th win of the season.

- Moncton went 0 for 5 on the power play. UNB came up empty on their only chance.

- For the first time this season UNB has failed to score a power play goal in consecutive games and they only have one in their last four games, although they have only had nine total opportunities in that span.

- The Reds have had fewer power play chances than their opponent in each of the last seven games. In that time UNB has had 22 opportunities to their opponents 38.

- Matt Boudens (2 goals, 1 assist) was named the player of the game.

- UNB had a rare rough night in the face-off circle, winning only 28 out of 61 draws. Oliver Cooper was the only player to win more than 50% of his attempts, going 1-0.

- Attendance was 605.

- The game was played in a relatively brisk 2 hours and 8 minutes.

- UNB finishes the road portion of their season schedule with a 12-2-1 record.

- The Reds won the season series against the Aigles Bleus 4-0-1, the 12th consecutive year they have done so. The venue certainly played a big role in the outcomes this year with UNB winning 5-1 and 10-0 at the AUC while each game in Moncton was tight (5-4 win on a last second goal, 4-3 shootout loss, and tonight's 5-3 win).

- The Alberta Golden Bears - on a blistering 16-0-1 run - overtook UNB in the latest top ten rankings, which were released yesterday. The Bears accumulated a total of 282 points (132 media + 150 ELO) to knock the Reds (272 points from 137 media + 135 ELO) out of the top spot for the first time this season. Saint Mary's were the only other AUS team to crack the top ten, moving up a spot to 4th.

- There was one other game in the conference tonight and it ultimately decided the 6th and final playoff team as the Acadia Axemen defeated Dalhousie 5-2 in Wolfville to officially eliminate the Tigers from playoff contention. The Axemen are locked into the 6th spot and will play the 3rd seed in the best 2-of-3 quarterfinals.

- UNB now finishes the season with three straight home games. That will begin on Saturday night when they welcome the UPEI Panthers to the AUC for a 7PM puck drop.

Last Chance For Camo Jerseys

Just a reminder, if you are interested in purchasing a game worn 'Winter Camo' jersey, the current ebay auction for the last remaining jerseys ends this upcoming Monday night. Bidding begins at $75 or you can purchase it now for $125.

The following players are still available:

#26 Oliver Cooper
#22 Matt Murphy
#79 Marcus McIvor
#12 Peter Trainor
#91 Alexandre Goulet
#18 Rob Mignardi
#27 Stephen Anderson
#3 Olivier LeBlanc
#8 Tristan Pomerleau
#10 Tyler Boland
#15 Chris Caissy

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Slow Start Dooms Reds

For the second consecutive meeting, the St. FX X-Men jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the visiting University of New Brunswick Reds - this time in the game's first 6:36 - and were able to hold on for a 3-2 win tonight in Antigonish. The loss sends UNB to 21-2-3 on the season with both losses coming at the hands of their rivals in the last two weeks. The X-Men are now 14-9-3 and maintain their one point lead over Moncton for 3rd place.

It was a nightmarish start for Alex Dubeau and the Reds with St. FX connecting for goals by William Bower at 3:51, Mark Tremaine on the power play at 4:36, and Holden Cook at 6:36 of the opening period. Chris Clapperton (Gatenby, Anderson) cut into the deficit at 11:02 but the 3-1 score would hold up until the 3rd period, even though each team had four power play opportunities in the 2nd period. The Reds threw everything they had at goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon in the final twenty minutes, but a Kris Bennett (Simpson, Brace) wrist shot at 4:53 was the only shot to beat him, allowing the X-Men to escape with the two points.

- Patrick Watling replaced Alexandre Goulet in the line-up. Samuel Dove-McFalls and Tristan Pomerleau remain out injured.

- Shots in the game were 40-18 for UNB with period totals of 13-8, 12-7, and 15-3. However, as we have saw too many times to count, the shot clock very rarely means anything against the X-Men.

- Mann-Dixon, Clapperton, and Bower were named the game's three stars.

- UNB won 44 out of the 87 face-offs.

- The Reds went 0 for 5 on the power play. The X-Men were 1 for 7.

- Attendance was 1338.

- Alex Dubeau suffered his first regulation loss of the season. His record now stands at 11-1-2.

- Elsewhere around the conference tonight, Moncton picked up a 3-1 home win over Acadia and UPEI rallied from a 4-1 3rd period deficit to post a 5-4 shootout win over Dalhousie in Halifax.

- The Reds try to get back into the win column on Wednesday night when they travel to Moncton for a date with the Aigles Bleus. Game time is 7PM.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Hicks' Big Night Goes For Naught

Dalhousie Tigers goaltender Connor Hicks was bombarded with shots all night from the visiting University of New Brunswick Reds, but his 60 saves weren't quite enough in a 4-0 loss tonight in Halifax. With the win UNB moves to 21-1-3 and have clinched 1st place in the conference. The Tigers, on the other hand, have now dropped six in a row and are slowly fading out of the playoff picture.

The Reds were relentless to begin the game, hemming the Tigers into their own end for long stretches during the opening ten minutes. However, it wasn't until their 25th shot of the period with 3 seconds left that they finally beat Hicks. With the clock winding down defenceman Matt Murphy (Boucher, Simpson) knew he couldn't get caught out of position so he pinched in from the blue line and jumped on a loose puck just outside the crease to give UNB a well-deserved 1-0 lead. The Reds out-shot the Tigers 25-5 in a dominating opening twenty minutes.

Incredibly, it wouldn't be until their 53rd shot of the night that UNB would strike again. At 6:15 of the 3rd period Chris Clapperton fired a stretch pass from his own end that found Tyler Boland behind the Tigers defense. Boland went in on a breakaway and made a nice move to go left to right before sliding the puck around Hick's left pad, getting the puck across the goal line moments before he crashed into the net and knocked it off its pegs. The Reds made it 3-0 at 16:35 when Mark Rassell's drive to the net was denied, but Alexandre Goulet was right there to pot the rebound. Cameron Brace also picked up an assist on the insurance tally. Boland (Clapperton, Bennett) then rounded out the scoring with a pretty power play marker at 18:28. After finding Clapperton with a cross-ice pass, the favour was returned and Boland one-timed the puck into the top corner, sending the water bottle flying. The Tigers had a chance to break the goose egg with a late power play opportunity but came up empty to make the final 4-0.

- UNB was once again without Samuel Dove-McFalls, Tristan Pomerleau, and Patrick Watling.

- Shots in the 2nd period were 24-11 and were 15-5 in the 3rd period for a game total of 64-21. Unlike their visit two weeks ago, when it seemed the shot total was a bit generous, this total appeared to be pretty accurate.

- Although he went long stretches without seeing much action - especially early in the game - Rylan Parenteau needed to be sharp given how long the game remained close. He was and earned his third shutout of the season, including his second versus the Tigers. This was a much needed bounce back game for Parenteau as he had surrendered seven goals on 38 shots over his last two games.

- Dalhousie was 0 for 4 on the power play. UNB connected once on three tries.

- Boland, Murphy, and Hicks were named the game's three stars.

- Although Mark Simpson won 15 out his 24 face-offs, the Tigers held a 41-40 edge overall.

- Attendance was 123.

- In their four games against Dalhousie this season, UNB has put up shot totals of 59, 54, 65, and 64.

- In other AUS action tonight Saint Mary's defeated Acadia 2-1 in overtime in Wolfville. The single point earned by the Axemen gives them a five point advantage over Dalhousie for the 6th and final playoff spot with five games remaining for each squad. In Antigonish, the St. FX X-Men moved into sole possession of 3rd place with a 5-1 victory over the UPEI Panthers. They are one point clear of the idle Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus.

- The Reds are back at it tomorrow night when they travel to Antigonish to face the X-Men. Game time is 7PM and you can catch it at

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

U Sports Top Ten (#13): Bears Gaining Ground

The University of New Brunswick Reds are again the number one ranked team in the country, but the defending University Cup champions from Alberta are not far behind.

In the latest top ten rankings, which were released earlier today, UNB (20-1-3) garnered 14 out of the 15 first place media votes (and were second on the other ballot) for 149 points to go along with 135 ELO points for a total of 284. The Golden Bears (18-3-1) earned the other first place media vote - and 130 media points - and took the top spot in the ELO rankings with 150 points for a combined total of 280. The Saskatchewan Huskies (19-3-0) had 244 total points to place third in the rankings.

The rest of the top ten is made up of the Ottawa Gee-Gees (17-1-4, 198 points), Saint Mary's Huskies (16-7-1, 189), McGill Redmen (14-5-4, 116), Calgary Dinos (14-6-2, 110), Brock Badgers (15-5-2, 107), Queen's Gaels (15-6-0, 51), and Ryerson Rams (15-5-2, 37).

The St. FX X-Men (10 points) and Moncton Aigles Bleus (4) were among five teams that received honourable mention.

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Goals Keep Coming

After putting ten goals on the board on Wednesday, the University of New Brunswick Reds kept up their torrid offensive pace tonight in Charlottetown, blasting the UPEI Panthers 9-4 in a wide-open, back and forth game. UNB improves to 20-1-3 on the season and have now clinched a 1st round playoff bye. The Panthers fall to 11-9-2 and remain in 5th place, missing out an opportunity to jump up into 3rd.

UPEI actually opened the scoring in this one with Gabe Guertler putting the puck into a tight spot just above Alex Dubeau's left shoulder and into the top corner at 7:13. Tyler Boland (Gazzola, LeBlanc) knotted the game at 13:09 when a shot from the point trickled down to the goal and Boland got just enough on the puck to sneak it through Matt Mancina's legs. With his assist, 5th year defenceman Randy Gazzola reached a milestone as it marked his 100th career point. The Reds would then take their first lead of the night in the final minute of the period. Mark Rassell (Carroll, Goulet) raced down the left side of the offensive zone to track down a loose puck and beat Mancina from a sharp angle. The goal came with 54 seconds remaining in the period and made it a 2-1 game heading into intermission. UNB out-shot UPEI 19-16 in the frame.

It didn't take long for the Reds to extend their lead in the 2nd period. After receiving a spin-o-rama pass from Stephen Anderson, Chris Clapperton backhanded the puck in at the side of the net just 61 seconds into the period. Gazzola picked up his second assist of the night on the goal. After the goal the two teams traded a number of high quality chances back and forth, but neither could find the back of the net until 13:37 when Boland (Bennett, Gazzola) got his second of the night, taking a pass from Bennett just as he entered the Panthers zone and having all day to skate in and wrist a shot into the top corner. This set off a flurry of goals as the two teams would trade four more goals in the next 3:59. Rassell one-timed a James McEwan rebound 35 seconds after the Boland goal to push the lead to 5-1 only to see Brett Andrews counter for the Panthers 69 seconds after that. It only took UNB 24 seconds to respond as Alexandre Goulet (Rassell, Boudens), who has had a number of quality chances the last couple of games with nothing to show for it, finally getting one to go, snapping the puck in as he cut across the slot at 15:45. Finally, Luke Kirwan was able to power a slap shot between Dubeau's legs at 17:36. The goal capped a wild four minutes and cut the deficit to 6-3, which is how the 2nd period would end. Shots in the period were 17-8 for UNB.

The Reds would add a trio of goals in the 3rd period. At 6:46 Goulet took a hit just inside the Panthers blue line to get the puck to Stephen Anderson, who beat Mancina with a wicked wrists hot short-side. Just under five minutes later Rassell (McEwan, LeBlanc) completed his hat-trick, getting the puck all alone down low. He made a quick move to his right before flipping the puck up and over Mancina's left pad to make it 8-3. Then, at 15:11, James McEwan (Gatenby) used his speed to cut through the neutral zone before going wide around a defenceman down the right side and then cut across the front of the net and roofed the puck. The highlight reel goal pushed the lead to 9-3. The final goal of the night came off the stick of Kirwan at 18:05 as he put the puck past a down and out Dubeau, who had a pile of players in his crease. The Panthers almost added another one shortly afterwards, but Dubeau made his second ridiculous glove save of the night to put an exclamation point on the victory. UPEI out-shot UNB 15-5 in the period despite getting out-scored 3-1.

- The Reds went with the same line-up as Wednesday night as Tristan Pomerleau, Samuel Dove-McFalls, and Patrick Watling were the scratches.

- Shots in the game were 41-39 for UNB. The 39 shots against mark a season-high while they tied a season-high by surrendering four goals.

- There weren't many power plays in the game, which is surprising for a game played on the island. UNB went 0 for 1 and UPEI went 0 for 2.

- UNB won 47 out of 77 face-offs. Mark Simpson won 18 out of 23.

- Attendance was 773.

- While he made a number of big saves, Dubeau also had some luck on his side. The Panthers hit the post at least three times, including twice within seconds of one another.

- Matthew Boucher had a game-high six shots on goal with a couple of really good looks, but couldn't buy a goal tonight.

- Gazzola is the 3rd Reds player to hit 100 career regular season points this season, joining Cameron Brace and Chris Clapperton.

- The Reds have now taken exactly 1000 shots on goal this season for an average of 41.9 per game, far and away the most in the league. The next closest team is Saint Mary's with 846 shots on goal (35.25 per game).

- This is the 12th straight season UNB has won at least 20 games. It is the 14th consecutive year they have earned a first round playoff bye.

- Incredibly, Mark Simpson did not register a point in either of the last two games. Oliver Cooper was also held off the scoresheet in both games. Meanwhile, their teammates combined for 19 goals and 32 assists in those games.

- The last time UNB scored 19 goals over a two game span was the opening two games of the 2009/2010 season - and it was against the same two teams. They beat UPEI 10-0 and Moncton 9-3 that year.

- This is the most goals UNB has scored on the road against UPEI since a wild 13-9 win on January 26th, 1980.

- In other conference action tonight, the Acadia Axemen got a much needed win with a 5-0 whitewash of the St. FX X-Men in Wolfville. The Axemen, who broke a six game losing streak, out-shot the X-Men 51-20 on the night, including 41-9 through 40 minutes. In Halifax, the Saint Mary's Huskies blanked the Dalhousie Tigers 4-0.

- UNB is off tomorrow night. They are back to Nova Scotia next weekend to face Dalhousie on Friday night and St. FX on Saturday night. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM start and can be seen at

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Admittedly, the University of New Brunswick Reds have not been playing their best hockey so far this month. Well, they took out that frustration this evening. The Reds received goals from ten different players in a 10-0 thrashing of the the visiting Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus in the 27th annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game tonight at the AUC. UNB's emphatic victory puts them at 19-1-3 on the season, ten points up on 2nd place Saint Mary's. The Aigles Bleus drop to 11-9-3 and fall into a tie for 3rd place with the 11-8-3 St. FX X-Men.

The game got off to a tentative start with only three total shots on goal through the first seven minutes. The action then began to really pick up and it was all UNB. The Reds were given their first power play of the night at the 8:00 mark and it only took 45 seconds for them to cash in with Kris Bennett (Boland, Clapperton) redirecting a pass at the side of the net past goaltender Etienne Montpetit, who was making his first career start at the Aitken Centre. Montpetit was the primary reason the Aigles Bleus upset the Reds 4-3 in Moncton back in the fall, but it was not his - or his team's - night tonight. Matthew Boucher (Clapperton, McIvor) finished off a 2-on-0 shorthanded rush at 13:47 to make it 2-0 and then a pair of goals late in the period - by Mark Rassell (Gazzola) from the high slot at 18:45 and by Joe Gatenby (Bennett, Murphy) 29 seconds later on an off-balance wrist shot from near the Moncton bench - essentially ended the game before the 1st period was over. Shots in the period were 15-6 for UNB and Montpetit was done after only twenty minutes.

The Reds didn't let up with back-up goalie Alexi Thibaudeau in net to start the 2nd period, matching their 4 goals and 15 shots from the 1st period in less than 13 minutes of action. The goals came from Marcus McIvor (Clapperton, Anderson), with his first of the season on a one-timer at 5:47, Cameron Brace (LeBlanc, Bennett) on an absolutely filthy deke on a breakaway at 9:16, a floater by Stephen Anderson (Goulet, Rassell) at 11:11, and Chris Clapperton (Boland, Gazzola) at 12:57. There was no more scoring in the period as the Reds took an 8-0 lead into intermission. Shots favoured UNB 22-7.

With the game well out of reach tempers started to rise in the 3rd. After Matt Boudens (Boucher, Dubeau) scored at 8:40 to make it 9-0 a dust-up followed behind the Moncton net that led to off-setting penalties. Two minutes later Boudens once again found himself in the middle of a scrum and he was the recipient of at least three blatant, intentional spears from Maxime St-Cyr, the nations leading goal scorer. Boudens was given a two minute roughing penalty while St-Cyr was assessed a five minute match penalty. On the ensuing three minute power play Randy Gazzola (Boudens, LeBlanc) beat Thibaudeau with a wrist shot from the hashmarks to get UNB into double digits on the night. For good measure, Boudens picked up a double minor late in the period - his 5th and 6th minor penalties of the game - to cap a productive 1 goal, 1 assist, 12 PIM game. UNB out-shot Moncton 15-4 in the period.

- Tristan Pomerleau (lower body), Samuel Dove-McFalls (upper body) and Patrick Watling were out of the line-up tonight.

- Shots in the game were 52-17 for UNB.

- While he wasn't tested much, Alex Dubeau came up with a big save on a Moncton breakaway late in the game to preserve his first shutout of the season. He has now won his last seven decisions and currently leads the league in both goals against average (1.62) and save percentage (0.934).

- UNB went 2 for 4 on the power play. Their penalty killers rebounded from a tough game against St. FX, killing off all six on Moncton's opportunities and contributing a shorthanded goal.

- Among a number of standout performances tonight, Chris Clapperton (1 goal, 3 assists, +3) was named the game's first star. Bennett (3 points, +3) and Gazzola (3 points, game high +4) were the other two stars.

- 16 different players registered points.

- UNB won 51 out of 85 face-offs. Alexandre Goulet was the stand-out with 18 wins in 23 chances. James McEwan also had a good night, winning 10 out of 16.

- Before the game 5th year defenceman Randy Gazzola was presented with the Mark Jeffrey Memorial Award, which is regarded as the most prestigious award given out each season to a UNB hockey player.

- Attendance was 2147.

- Montpetit entered the game tied for the conference lead with a 0.929 save percentage.

- This is the first time UNB has scored at least 10 goals in a game since hanging 11 on St. Thomas on November 4th, 2015.

- It is their biggest margin of victory since beating the Nipissing Lakers 11-1 in an exhibition game on September 19th, 2014.

- This also ties for the biggest margin of victory UNB has ever had under Gardiner MacDougall. This is the 4th time he has led them to a 10 goal victory.

- It is their biggest shutout win since opening the 2009 regular season with a 10-0 whitewashing of UPEI.

- The only other game in the AUS tonight saw Saint Mary's defeat St. FX  in Halifax by a 4-3 score in overtime.

- The Reds are back on the road for their next three games, including this Friday in Charlottetown against the UPEI Panthers for their only game of the weekend. Game time is 7PM and it can be viewed at Their next home game is not until Saturday, February 2nd against those same Panthers.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

X-Men Hand Reds First Loss

The #1 ranked University of New Brunswick Reds fell behind early and were never able to recover as they were downed 4-2 by the St. FX X-Men tonight in Antigonish. It was the first regulation loss of the season for the 18-1-3 Reds. The X-Men are now 11-8-2 and remain tied for 3rd place with the UPEI Panthers.

The X-Men used a familiar recipe to defeat the Reds, one we have witnessed a number of times in recent years.

- Score the first goal of the game and force UNB to play catch-up? Check. Matthew Graham scored just 1:17 into the game and Holden Cook doubled the lead four minutes later.

- Quickly answer a UNB goal? Check. A Kris Bennett (Gazzola, LeBlanc) power play goal at 9:01 of the 2nd period got the Reds on the board and made it 3-1, but Bryson Cianfrone snuffed out any potential momentum and restored the X-Men's three goal advantage 4:06 later.

- Get out-shot? Check. After out-shooting the Reds 10-9 in the 1st period the X-Men were out-shot 12-5 in the 2nd period and 8-1 in the 3rd period. Shots were 29-16 for UNB in the game.

- Win the special teams battle? Check. The X-Men connected three times in five opportunities against a Reds penalty kill that had only surrendered eight power play goals all year entering the game. Meanwhile, UNB went 1 for 6 with the man advantage, coming up empty on all four of their chances in the 3rd period (including what turned into a 6-on-3 advantage in the final minutes) as they tried to get back into the game.

- Win the goaltending battle in decisive fashion? Check. Chase Marchand shook off a couple of recent subpar outings against UNB and looked every bit like the reigning AUS MVP, stopping 27 out of the first 28 shots sent his way before Matthew Boucher (Brace, Gazzola) got one by him with only 21 seconds left in the game. At the other end of the ice Rylan Parenteau stopped only 12 out of 16 shots as he suffered his first career regulation loss (18-1-1).

- UNB will now look to rebound on Wednesday night when they host the Moncton Aigles Bleus in the 27th annual Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game. Game time is 7PM.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Reds Slip Past Tigers

The 1st place University of New Brunswick Reds had their hands full all night against the last place Dalhousie Tigers, but were able to escape with a 3-1 victory tonight in Halifax. UNB moves to 18-0-3 on the season while the Tigers are now 6-15-0.

- Mark Simpson (Gatenby, Bennett) opened the scoring 16:31 into the game. A point shot deflected off of something in front of the net and came out to Simpson, who was all alone at the opposite face-off circle. The lanky centre quickly converted the rebound into a wide open net for his 9th goal of the season.

- At 10:09 of the 2nd period the Tigers knotted the game when defenceman Evan Scott got the puck just as he skated into the offensive zone and ripped a wrist shot past Alex Dubeau.

- For the second time this season UNB found itself in a tight game late against the Tigers and once again they got the job done in the final twenty minutes. Just 53 seconds into the 3rd period the line of Matthew Boucher, Alexandre Goulet, and Kris Bennett were persistent in the Tigers zone, generating lots of pressure and scoring chances. After Connor Hicks came up with a couple of big saves Boucher was finally able to beat the Tigers goaltender after a scramble in the slot.

- Each team came up empty on back to back power play chances with UNB receiving opportunities at 6:13 and 8:14, and the Tigers at 13:39 and 15:50, before Stephen Anderson (Clapperton, Boland) finally gave the Reds some breathing room by closing out the scoring with an empty net goal with 1:54 remaining.

- Tristan Pomerleau, Samuel Dove-McFalls, and James McEwan were out of the line-up.

- According to the box score the shots were 65-28 for UNB with period totals of 22-11, 24-10, and 19-7. It is highly unlikely those numbers are correct as there is no way there were that many shots in the game.

- UNB had a rare off-night on the power play, coming up empty on four chances. However, their penalty kill was once again exceptional, snuffing out all six of the Dalhousie's opportunities.

- Alex Dubeau picked up his 9th win of the season in goal.

- The Reds won 37 out of 68 face-offs. Simpson was 18 out of 28 on the night.

- Hicks, Simpson, and Scott were named the game's three stars.

- Attendance was 222.

- With his 3rd period assist, Christopher Clapperton reached 100 career regular season points (41 goals, 59 assists). It comes in only his 77th game.

- This is UNB's 31st straight win over the Tigers. They haven't allowed more than one goal in any of the last seven games.

- In other AUS action tonight the St. FX X-Men doubled the UPEI Panthers 6-3 in Antigonish and the Moncton Aigles Bleus shutout the Acadia Axemen 2-0 in Wolfville.

- The Reds continue to their road trip tomorrow night with a game against St. FX. Game time is 7PM.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Dubeau Named Athlete of the Week

Men's hockey goaltender Alex Dubeau has been named the UNB Reds/Papa John's Pizza male athlete of the week after a stellar outing in Friday night's crucial win over the 2nd place Saint Mary's Huskies. Dubeau stopped 29 out of the 30 shots directed his way in the 3-1 victory and was named the game's first star, helping UNB open up a 12 point lead in the standings over the Huskies.

The 4th year former Moncton Wildcat is having the best statistical season of his AUS career thus far, leading the conference with a 0.926 save percentage and sitting second in both wins (8) and goals against average (1.85). 

Dubeau and the Reds are on the road this weekend with games at Dalhousie on Friday night and at St. FX on Saturday.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Reds Take Close One

For the second straight night the University of New Brunswick Reds found themselves in a tightly contested affair and once again they emerged victorious, holding on for a 4-3 win over the Acadia Axemen tonight at the Aitken Centre. UNB is now 17-0-3 on the season and maintain their 12 point advantage over the 2nd place Saint Mary's Huskies. Meanwhile, the Axemen fall to 5-12-2 and remain tied with Dalhousie for 6th place.

- Much like last night the opening period saw few shots and a goal from the visitors. At 15:02 Ryan Foss pounced on a bad giveaway behind the Reds net and beat Rylan Parenteau up high for an unassisted marker. The Axemen had a great chance to double their lead later when their newest addition Jordy Stallard - fresh off of a 44 goal, 91 point campaign last year in the WHL and half a season playing pro this year - was awarded a penalty shot however Parenteau stood his ground and came up with the clutch save to keep the deficit at one. That proved to be one of the few good scoring chances in the period as UNB held a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal. 

- The Reds took the lead with a pair of quick goals in the opening minutes of the 2nd period. At 2:07 Stephen Anderson (Clapperton, Boland) gained control of a bouncing puck at the Axemen blue line, gained a step on an Axemen defender, and beat Dawson Carty at the side of the net. Acadia then took a penalty 47 seconds later and Cameron Brace (Anderson, Rassell) quickly made them pay, wiring a wrist shot from the face-off circle into the top corner on the short side. The goal came at 3:18 and gave UNB a 2-1 lead that would take into the final 20 minutes. Shots in the 2nd were 13-9 for the Reds. 

- UNB came out strong in the final period but it was Ryan Foss scoring his second of the night on Acadia's first chance of the period at 5:27 to knot the game at two. After the Reds came up empty on what was their fifth straight power play in the game, the Axemen would get their chance. With Tristan Pomerleau leaving the game after a hard hit along the boards earlier in the period, fellow defenceman Marcus McIvor (tripping) and Joe Gatenby (delay of game) were sent to the penalty box within 12 seconds of one another. Down to only three available defenceman, the Reds stood tall and killed off the 1:48 two man disadvantage to keep the game tied. The game would only remain tied for 12 seconds though as Gatenby exited the penalty box and picked up a loose puck after an Axemen blew a tire in the UNB zone. Coming down the ice on an odd-man rush, the defenceman elected to shoot and beat Carty with a wrist shot to give UNB a 3-2 lead. The Reds quick-strike offense was on display again as just 2:39 later Mark Simpson dangled through a couple of defenders before feeding Oliver Cooper across the slot for a one-timer goal to make it 4-2. The Axemen wouldn't quit though. Stephen Harper's goal at 15:07 cut the lead back to a goal at 4-3. However, the Reds clamped down defensively over the final minutes, not allowing any really high-quality scoring opportunities even with Carty pulled in favour of the extra attacker to polish off another victory. 

- Shots in the period were 12-7 for UNB who held a 32-21 advantage in the game.

- Marcus McIvor and James McEwan were back in the line-up, replacing Samuel Dove-McFalls (unsurprisingly, after taking a big hit last night) and Matt Murphy. Matthew Boucher missed his second straight game.

- UNB went 1 for 5 on the power play. Acadia was 0 for 3.

- Anderson, Foss, and Gatenby were named the game's three stars.

- The Reds won 39 out of 64 face-offs. Once again it was Mark Simpson (15 out of 21) and Tyler Boland (10 out of 16) leading the way.

- Rylan Parenteau stopped 18 out of 21 shots. He is now 9-0-1 on the season with a league-leading 1.84 GAA. He is 2nd in wins (9) and 5th in save percentage (0.904).

- Before the game Alex Dubeau and Matt Murphy were honoured as this year's recipients of the Ross "Punch" Walker Memorial Award.

- Attendance was 2338.

- The Reds swept the season series versus the Axemen for the first time since 2009/2010, out-scoring Acadia 24-6 in their five meetings. They went 10/23 on the power play and 21/22 on the penalty kill in those games.

- UNB have won their last 10 home games against Acadia and are now 32-0-3 in their last 35 games against the Axemen at the AUC. Their last regulation loss came in game 3 of the 2006 AUS Final.

- Over the last 13 years the Axemen have beaten Alberta more times in regulation at the AUC (Once, 4-1 at the 2017 University Cup) than they have UNB (0).

- This is the second best start to a regular season in UNB history, tying the 2007/2008 team with 37 points through their first 20 games. That year's team was 18-1-1 compared to 17-0-3 this year. Of course their best start was in 2009/2010 when they won their first 26 games en route to a 27-1-0 regular season record.

- Elsewhere around the conference tonight, the Saint Mary's Huskies blew open a close game with five unanswered goals in the 3rd period to top the UPEI Panthers 9-2 in Charlottetown and Moncton got a 36 save performance from Etienne Montpetit to blank Dalhousie 3-0 on home-ice.

- UNB is on the road next weekend for a pair of games in Nova Scotia. On Friday night they are in Halifax to play the Dalhousie Tigers and then travel on to Antigonish to face the St. FX X-Men the next night. Both games are scheduled for a 7PM puck drop and can be viewed at

Friday, January 4, 2019

Reds Tighten Grip On Top Spot

There hasn't been much separating the Saint Mary's Huskies and University of New Brunswick Reds in their head to head meetings thus far this season. Tonight was no different. In their fifth and final regular season match-up the league-leading Reds came back from an early deficit to top the 2nd place Huskies 3-1 at the AUC. UNB is now 16-0-3 on the season and have opened up a commanding 12 point lead on the 11-7-1 Huskies with 11 games remaining in the regular season.

- The Huskies opened the scoring with the lone goal of the 1st period 15:11 into the contest when Calder Brooks was in front of the net and stretched out to backhand the puck just past the left pad of Alex Dubeau. Shots were 11-7 for UNB in the opening 20 minutes.

- The Reds tied the game at 9:16 of the 2nd period as Randy Gazzola (Rassell, Dove-McFalls) let a wrist shot go from the high slot that grazed goaltender Eric Brassard up high before fluttering into the net. After the goal the Huskies really took the play to the Reds and ended up out-shooting the home side 16-12 in the period.

- Saint Mary's kept up their strong play in the early parts of the final period, pushing their shots advantage to 29-24 on the night before the Reds started to turn the tide. UNB would take 12 out of the next 13 shots on goal and were rewarded with a pair of goals. The eventual game-winning goal came at 6:28 on a bit of a strange play after some nice fore-checking helped keep the puck in the offensive zone. Matt Murphy's attempted shot hit a defender in front of the net in the helmet and amid the confusion of everyone trying to locate the puck Alexandre Goulet was the first to spot it. His shot was denied by Brassard, but Kris Bennett was right on the door step there to swipe in the rebound.

- The Huskies had a great opportunity to square the game when UNB took a pair of penalties 52 seconds apart with less than eight minutes remaining. However, the penalty killers not only killed both off successfully, they didn't allow a shot.

- For the most part the evening was pretty tame in terms of physical play, but that all changed with 3:12 remaining when Samuel Dove-McFalls was forced to leave the game after being laid out with a hard hit in the offensive zone. This set off a melee near the benches that resulted in Matt Boudens and Alexander Peters both picking up 10-minute misconducts. After laying on the ice for several minutes Dove-McFalls was helped off the ice and headed to the locker room.

- The Reds had hit the post twice earlier in the game - on a Boudens shorthanded chance and then on a Noah Carroll point shot - with the puck staying out both times. The bounce finally went their way at 18:51 and it essentially put the game away. With the Huskies net empty Matt Murphy (Anderson, Rassell) floated a shot through traffic from the blue line that clanked off of the post/cross-bar and into the top right corner for the important insurance marker.

- Shots in the 3rd period were 13-7 for UNB. They held a 36-30 advantage in the game.

- Marcus McIvor - who got banged up during the U Sports/Team Canada series, Matthew Boucher, and James McEwan were the three scratches for the game.

- Saint Mary's was 0 for 5 on the power play. UNB was 0 for 2.

- Alex Dubeau was fantastic all night in net for the Reds, turning aside 29 out of 30 shots. He also picked up his second roughing penalty in as many games. He is now 2nd in the league with eight wins and a 1.85 GAA and leads the conference with a 0.926 save percentage.

- For his efforts Dubeau was named the player of the game. Brassard and Gazzola were the second and third star, respectively.

- UNB won 42 out 68 face-offs with Mark Simpson (16/26) and Tyler Boland (10/16) both having good nights in the dot.

- Attendance was 2172.

- Prior to the game 4th year forward Stephen Anderson was honoured as this year’s recipient of the Don MacAdam Leadership Award.

- With the win UNB has officially clinched a playoff berth.

- Due to the ridiculous composition of the AUS schedule this year, these two teams have already played their five regular season games against each other this year and will not see each other again unless they meet in the playoffs. With the win UNB clinches the season series, going 3-0-2 against the Huskies. SMU was 2-2-1 in the five meetings.

- It was a tight, low scoring night around the conference. UPEI moved within a single point of Saint Mary’s - with a game in hand - by virtue of a 2-1 home win over Acadia. The Panthers and Huskies meet tomorrow night in Charlottetown with 2nd place on the line. The other game tonight saw Dalhousie hold on for a 1-0 victory against St. FX in Halifax. The Tigers are now tied with the Axemen for the 6th and final playoff spot with 12 points, although Acadia has a game in hand.

- Speaking of Acadia, they are in town tomorrow night for a match-up with the Reds. Game time is 7PM.