Monday, February 18, 2019

2018-2019: By The Numbers (Player Edition)

After looking at team stats, facts, and figures yesterday, today we turn our attention to the individual performances that stood out during the 2018-2019 regular season.

- Chris Clapperton led the AUS and finished 2nd in the country in scoring with 47 points (14 goals, 33 assists). Only Ryerson's Matt Mistele (50 points) had more.
- He joins Philippe Maillet (2014-2015, 2016-2017), Hunter Tremblay (2010-2011, 2009-2010), and Rob Hennigar (2007-2008) as recent UNB players to capture the conference scoring title.
- Clapperton's 33 assists were tied with Saint Mary's Hunter Garlent for most in the country.
- Clapperton now has 141 career points and 118 career regular season points, ranking 15th (tie) and 18th (tie) in UNB history.
- UNB had three other players that ranked in the top-6 scorers in the conference and top-20 in the country. Joining Clapperton were Tyler Boland (4th in the AUS and 11th in U Sports with 38 points), Kris Bennett (5th in the AUS and 15th in U Sports with 35 points), and Stephen Anderson (6th in the AUS and 19th in U Sports with 33 points).
- Tyler Boland's 19 goals this season ranked 2nd in the AUS and 7th in the country.
- Mark Rassell (13 goals, 16 assists) and Saint Mary's defenceman Nick Welsh tied for 2nd in the AUS and 3rd in U Sports in rookie scoring. Only Carleton's Jacob Smith (35 points) and Moncton's Maxime St-Cyr (32 points) had more.
- Fellow freshman Matthew Boucher wasn't far behind, posting 28 points this season.
- UNB had 8 players pot at least 10 goals this season - Boland (19), Bennett (15), Clapperton (14), Rassell (13), Boucher (13), Anderson (12), Cameron Brace (10), and Mark Simpson (10). The UPEI Panthers were the next highest with 4 players reaching the double digit mark.
- The Reds also had 10 players hit 20 points on the season with defencemen Olivier LeBlanc (25) and Randy Gazzola (20) joining the 8 players above. Saint Mary's was the next closest with 6 players hitting the 20 point plateau.
- Bennett's 33 goals are the most by a Reds player in his first two seasons since Ryan Walsh also had 33 in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001.
- LeBlanc (1 goal, 24 assists) trailed only Welsh (29 points) in scoring among all AUS blue-liners. His 24 assists led all defencemen and were 4th best in the conference overall.
- UNB had 4 of the top-9 scoring defencemen in the league. Joining LeBlanc (2nd) and Gazzola (5th) were Joe Gatenby and Matt Murphy (tied for 8th with 18 points apiece).
- Murphy's 7 goals were only behind the Huskies Dylan DiPerna (8) for most in the conference among defencemen.
- As is usually the case, the Reds dominated the league's +/- leaderboard. Boland led the league with a +28 rating and he was followed by 9 of his teammates. Overall UNB held the top 10, 13 out of the top 14, and 15 out of the top 19 spots.
- Samuel Dove-McFalls, who only played 19 games due to injury, was the only player not to finish with at least a +2 rating as he was even on the season.
- Defencemen Tristan Pomerleau (22 games) and Noah Carroll (19 games) were the only two players not to score a regular season goal this year.
- Clapperton, Brace, and Gazzola all notched their 100th regular season point this year. Stephen Anderson currently sits at 98.
- Clapperton (47 points), Boland (38), Anderson (33), LeBlanc (25), Simpson (22), Matt Boudens (18), Murphy (18), and Alexandre Goulet (14) all set career-highs in points.
- Bennett tied for the league-lead with 8 power play goals. Rassell and Boucher, with 6 apiece, also placed in the top-10.
- Boucher was 2nd in the AUS with two shorthanded goals.
- Murphy was 1 of 3 players to notch two empty net goals this year.
- Bennett and Clapperton tied for the conference lead with 5 game-winning goals each.
- Clapperton took a conference-high 125 shots on goal this year. Boucher (t-4th with 114), Boland (9th with 97), and Bennett (10th with 96) all found themselves in the top-10.
- Boudens led the league with 101 penalty minutes, which is tied for the 6th highest season total in UNB history. Clapperton (t-19th with 58 PIM) was the only other Reds players in the top-25.
- At the other end of the spectrum, Rassell and Andersn only had 6 and 8 PIM, respectively, while playing all 30 regular season games.
- Boudens now has a total of 357 career PIM, ranking 2nd in school history. His 309 career regular season PIM puts him 3rd all-time.
- UNB had a league-high 9 players - Clapperton, Boland, Bennett, Anderson, Gatenby, Rassell, LeBlanc, Simpson, and Oliver Cooper - play all 30 regular season games.
- After suiting up for 28 games this season, Matt Boudens now ranks 6th in school history with 135 career regular season games played. His 170 career games played is tied for 6th most with Chris Culligan.
- Rylan Parenteau (1.89) and Aleax Dubeau (1.97) both set career-bests in goals against average. They also ranked 1-2 in the AUS with those marks.
- Dubeau's 0.918 save percentage ranked 2nd in the league, behind only Moncton's Etienne Montpetit (0.923).
- Dubeau was 2nd in the league with 14 wins. Parenteau ranked 4th with 11.
- Parenteau led the league with 3 shutouts.

(Special thanks to www.vredshockey.com for help with career statistics and ranks)