Saturday, September 28, 2019

Reds Let One Slip Away

The University of New Brunswick Reds rebounded from a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 lead early in the 3rd period, but the Acadia Axemen stormed back with a trio of goals to emerge with a 6-4 victory tonight in a back and forth affair in Wolfville.

With all of the webcasts down tonight, there isn't a lot of information to go off of. Tristan Pomerleau (Anderson, Watling) opened the scoring 4:41 into the 2nd period before Acadia struck for three goals in 90 seconds midway through the period. UNB then answered with three consecutive goals of their own - by Mark Rassell (Murphy, Boucher) at 12:45, Alexandre Goulet (Watling) with 0.8 seconds left in the 2nd period, and Tyler Boland (Anderson, Gatenby) 4:23 into the 3rd period - to restore the Reds one goal lead at 4-3. However, the Axemen responded again. Garrett McFadden tied the game on the power play at 6:23 and they struck again with the man advantage at 12:50 to re-take the lead. A Jordy Stallard marker just over a minute later gave Acadia some insurance and they would hold on for the 6-4 win.

- Benjamin Gagne was once again the lone scratch.

- Shots were 33-29 for UNB.

- Samuel Harvey made his first regular season start between the pipes.

- The Reds were 1 for 3 on the power play. Acadia scored twice on seven opportunities.

- Through two games UNB has surrendered 15 power play chances, which is way too many. 

- Additionally, UNB was assessed 48 penalty minutes on 12 infractions. Mark Rassell was given a game misconduct late in the game for arguing with an official.

- To add to the frustration, the Axemen were playing with a short bench, including being without their top scorer in Stephen Harper.

- UNB's struggles in Wolfville continue. They have won only 10 of their last 23 games there.

- The six goals surrendered tonight are the most UNB has allowed against a U Sports team since a 7-4 loss to Moncton on November 25th, 2015.

- In other AUS action tonight, Stephen Johnson's overtime winner gave Saint Mary's their first win of the season in a 3-2 decision against Moncton and St. FX blasted UPEI 9-2 in the X-Men's home opener.

- UNB will now take a break from AUS action and will head across the border next weekend for a pair of exhibition games against NCAA competition. They face Boston College on Saturday and Maine on Sunday.