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.