Friday, November 29, 2019

Struggles In Wolfville Continue

The University of New Brunswick Reds suffered their 11th loss in their last 14 pre-Christmas games in Wolfville as the Acadia Axemen held on for a 3-2 win tonight.

UNB, who never led in this one, received goals from Olivier LeBlanc (Anderson, Simpson) to tie the game 1-1 at 14:02 of the 1st period and Matthew Boucher (Goulet, Gilmour), who connected for a power play goal at :12 of the 2nd period to pull the Reds to within 3-2. However, that would be as close as they would get as Logan Flodell (40 saves) out-dueled Rylan Parenteau (24 saves) to send Acadia into 1st place. The Axemen are now 13-4-0 on the season while UNB is 12-4-0.

- Noah Carroll was the only scratch for UNB.

- It was another frustrating missed opportunity for the Reds as the Axemen were playing a man short and were missing their top forward (Stephen Harper), top defenceman (Garrett McFadden), and another top-6 forward in Rodney Southam. Harper also missed the first meeting this year, a 6-4 Axemen victory. 

- UNB went 1 for 4 on the power play. Acadia scored once on three chances.

- The Axemen won 34 out of 65 face-offs.

- The Reds held a 42-27 shot advantage with period totals of 11-9, 19-11, and 12-7.

- Despite holding a slight edge in play, UNB gave up way too many odd-man rushes, including a goal on a shorthanded breakaway that proved to be the game winner. Acadia, for their part, didn't give up any odd-man rushes and did a good job at keeping most of the Reds shots to the outside.

- In other AUS action, Saint Mary's picked up a solid 5-2 home victory over Moncton and UPEI edged St. FX 6-5 in a wild game in Antigonish that featured 85 shots on goal.

- UNB will look to regroup tomorrow night as they face the Saint Mary's Huskies in their final game before the Christmas break. Game time is 7PM.