Sunday, February 17, 2019

2018-2019: By The Numbers

While we wait for the Reds semi-final opponent to be determined, here is a look at some interesting stats and facts about the 2018-2019 regular season.

- The Reds went 25-2-3 on the season, marking the 12th straight season they have won 20+ games. They have also finished atop the AUS standings in each of those dozen years.
- They tied the Saskatchewan Huskies for most wins in the country this season. The Huskies (25-3-0) had a slightly better points percentage (0.893 vs. 0.883). The only other teams to crack the 20 win barrier this season were the Alberta Golden Bears (24-3-1), Ottawa Gee-Gees (22-4-2), and Ryerson Rams (20-5-3).
- Over the last 13 seasons UNB has compiled a staggering 301-44-25 regular season record, which equates to a 0.847 points percentage. By comparison, the next best AUS team over that stretch is Saint Mary's with a 228-116-26 record.
- UNB won the conference by 14 points. This barely edged the 2009-2010 squad (13 points) for their largest margin ever.
- UNB went 13-0-2 at home. They are 79-3-5 in regular season games at the AUC in the last six years.
- Their 12-2-1 road record is the best since 2013-2014 (12-2-0).
- The Reds were undefeated in the first half of their schedule (13-0-2) for the second consecutive year and for only the 3rd time ever (15-0-0 in 2009-2010).
- UNB scored 150 goals this season, leading the conference for a 10th straight year. They also topped the country. It was their most in a season since potting 167 in 1997-1998.
- Their 5.00 goals scored per game was the highest in the AUS since the 2006-2007 Moncton Aigles Bleus scored 5.07 per contest.
- They led the AUS in goals against average (1.97) for a 5th straight year and 11th time in 12 years. Only Saskatchewan, at 1.75, was better nationwide this season.
- The Reds accumulated a goal differential of +91, their highest since a +99 mark in 1997-1998. Alberta at +79 was the next closest team this year.
- Since the beginning of the 2006-2007 season, UNB has a +831 goal differential. Saint Mary's is the next closest AUS team at +367.
- UNB out-scored teams 84-23 at home this season.
- Their offense got better as the season went on, notching 71 goals in their first 15 games and 79 in their last 15.
- They also got better as the game went along. They outscored teams 42-19 in the 1st period this year, 50-22 in the 2nd period, and 57-15 in the 3rd period.
- However, their 1-3 overtime record was their worst in the last 13 years. In fact, after only posting one losing overtime record in 11 years, they have now done it in back to back seasons (2-4 last year).
- The Reds averaged 43.2 shots per game, the highest in the AUS (for a 5th straight season) and their most in the last 13 years, topping the 39.5 shots per game the 2008-2009 team averaged.
- They led the conference in fewest shots allowed per game (22.0) for a 12th straight year.
- Despite the volume of shots they generated, they also made them count as they led the conference in shooting percentage (11.6%) for the 3rd time in 4 years.
- The Reds had another strong year in the face-off circle, winning 55.8% of their draws. This is their 4th highest mark in the last 10 seasons and just a tick below last year's 55.9%.
- UNB led the conference with 37 power play goals. This is their second highest total in past 9 years (51 in 2016-2017).
- After finishing 3rd or lower in the AUS in power play percentage in 7 out of the last 8 seasons, the Reds clicked at 25.3% this year, behind only Saint Mary's.
- For the 4th time in 5 years, UNB surrendered only one shorthanded goal.
- The Reds gave up a league-low 16 power play goals, leading to a conference-best 89.7% penalty kill. This is the fewest power play goals they have given up and their highest percentage since 2010-2011, when they were at 14 and 90.5%, respectively.
- In one of the oddest statistical quirks with this program, despite their recent dominance and puck possession numbers, they have been in the top half of the league in the number of times they have been shorthanded in each of the last 8 seasons. This trend continued this year as they were shorthanded 155 times, 2nd most in the conference.
- However, their 155 times shorthanded only equated to 563 penalty minutes, 3rd fewest in the conference.
- In fact, their 18.8 penalty minutes per game this year was their lowest in the last 10 seasons.
- UNB scored 5 shorthanded goals this season, 2nd most in the AUS. They have scored at least 4 shorthanded goals in each of the previous 13 seasons.
- With 5 shorthanded goal scored and only 16 power plays goals allowed, the Reds only had a -11 goal differential when the opponent had a power play. This was their best performance since putting up ridiculous -5 (2010-2011) and -4 (2009-2010) marks in back to back seasons.
- For a 4th straight season - and 5th time in 6 years - UNB did not give up an empty net goal. The only one they have given up in that span was on January 24th, 2015 in a 4-1 loss at Acadia.
- Alex Dubeau and Rylan Parenteau combined for a 0.912 save percentage this season, which ranked 2nd in the league. This is UNB's 2nd best showing in the last 8 years, only behind the 0.914 they posted in 2015-2016.
- Dubeau and Parenteau combined for a league-leading 4 shutouts, the 12th time in 13 years UNB paced the conference in that category.
- Once again, UNB led the country in attendance with an average of 2450 fans per game. This places only behind last year (2585) for the highest in the last 6 seasons.