Saturday, December 28, 2019

Pete Kelly Cup Preview

The holiday break for the University of New Brunswick Reds officially comes to an end tomorrow afternoon when they host the OUA's Windsor Lancers in the 15th annual Pete Kelly Cup. Game time is scheduled for 4PM at the AUC.

- This will be the 7th meeting all-time between the two schools with UNB winning all six previous match-ups, including two at the University Cup (3-2 in overtime in 1998 and 6-2 in 2015). They swept a pair of exhibition games in the fall of 2013 (5-0, 5-4) and as part of the 10th Pete Kelly Cup in January 2015 (6-5, 7-1).

- After dropping the inaugural Pete Kelly Cup in 2005, UNB has won each of the last 13.

- UNB has an all-time record of 25-2-1 at the event. Both losses were to NCAA teams - 1-0 to Providence in 2010-2011 and 4-2 to Boston College in 2008-2009.

- The tournament has been played under a number of different formats over the years. This is the second straight year it will be a one game winner-take-all affair. They defeated the Lethbridge Pronghorns 8-3 last season.

- The Lancers are off to a great start to their season. They currently sit second on the OUA West division with a 12-4-1 record, three points behind the University of Toronto.

- However, despite their record, Windsor has only made one appearance in the top ten rankings this season, placing 10th in the November 26th poll.

- The Lancers rely on their defense to win games. They have only scored 52 goals in 17 games (3.06 goals per game) thus far, but have the best goals against average (2.33) and save percentage (.934) in the OUA. Not surprisingly, their power play has struggled this year (14.3%) while their penalty kill has been strong (85.5%). However, despite their overall success, they have been outshot this season by an average of 35.7 to 33.9 per game.

- Individually, the Lancers are led offensively by Ethan Skinner (25th in the OUA with 17 points in 17 games), rookie Anthony Salinitri (15 in 17), and defenceman Kody Gagnon (14 in 17).

- Goaltender Jonathan Reinhart has arguably been the best in the country thus far this season. He has played in 16 out of their 17 games, amassing an 11-4-0 record with a 2.03 GAA (5th in the country) and 0.942 save percentage (1st in the country).

- Windsor was scheduled to face the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus in Edmunston today, but the game was cancelled due to travel issues stemming from yesterday's storm.