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.