Saturday, October 12, 2019

Reds Pick Up Tough Win

For the second straight night the University of New Brunswick Reds found themselves in a tight game into the 3rd period. Once again they emerged victorious, hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the UPEI Panthers in a physical affair tonight in Charlottetown.

The visitors opened the scoring on the power play 7:57 into the game. Mark Rassell's attempted wrap around rolled off the end of his stick, but Tyler Boland was right there to pick up the puck at the opposite side of the net and fire it past Simon Hofley. Brady Gilmour was credited with the other assist on the goal. The Panthers didn't take long to respond. At 10:04 Samuel Harvey kicked a juicy rebound out in to the slot to Darian Pilon, who hammered a one timer into the net to knot the game at one. It was the first goal UNB had surrendered in over seven periods of hockey, going back to the 2nd period last Saturday against Boston College. The game would remain tied as UNB held a slight 10-9 shot advantage in the opening period.

After a fairly uneventful 2nd period in which UNB out-shot the Panthers 15-6 and each team came up empty on a power play opportunity, the game headed to the final frame still deadlocked 1-1.

The Reds would finally break through again 8:58 into the 3rd period. Samuel Dove-McFalls won an offensive zone face-off back to a defenceman, who put a shot off the end boards. The puck bounced hard off the boards and towards the side of the net where Oliver Cooper was camped out. Cooper pounced on the loose puck and jammed it in, giving UNB the lead with his first goal of the season. Although Marcus McIvor was given credit for the primary assist, on the webcast it looked to be Noah Carroll who made the play. At 11:16 the Reds made it a two goal game. Matt Murphy carried the puck down the left side and deep into Panthers territory before sending a sharp angle shot towards the net, where Tyler Boland was able to deflect the puck past Hofley before the goaltender was able to glove it down. However, the breathing room evaporated at 15:22 when Jesse Sutton tipped the puck from just outside the crease and into the far corner late in a Panthers power play to pull the home side back within a goal. UPEI applied all kinds of pressure late in a desperate attempt to tie the score, but Harvey and the Reds held on during a last second scramble in front of the net to preserve the victory. Shots in the period were 9-7 for the Panthers.

- The Reds dressed a full complement of players with Mark Rassell back in the line-up after serving a one game suspension. Mark Simpson remained out with an injury while Tristan Pomerleau left in the 2nd period favouring his right leg and never returned.

- UNB out-shot the Panthers 32-24 overall.

- Each team scored a power play goal with UNB going 1 for 3 and UPEI 1 for 4.

- Face-offs were almost even with UNB holding a slim 35-34 advantage. Boland (10 for 17) and Alexandre Goulet (10 for 18) were the best on the night for the Reds.

- Attendance was 733.

- Boland was named the player of the game. Cooper and Hofley were the game's other two stars.

- UNB has now won nine straight games over the Panthers and are on a 26-1-1 run against UPEI since the beginning of the 2015-2016 season.

- In other conference play tonight Saint Mary's posted a convincing 6-2 road win over Dalhousie and Acadia recovered from allowing two late goals - including the tying one with 8 seconds remaining in regulation - to beat St. FX 5-4 at home on a Stephen Harper penalty shot goal in overtime.

- Next weekend UNB is at home for a pair of games for the first time this season. They host the St. FX X-Men on Friday night and then the Dalhousie Tigers are in town the next night. Game time is 7PM for both match-ups.