Sunday, December 29, 2019

Reds Retain Pete Kelly Cup

Samuel Harvey turned aside all 26 shots he faced and UNB opened up a close game with three 3rd period goals to defeat the visiting Windsor Lancers 4-0 in the 15th annual Pete Kelly Cup this afternoon at the AUC.

- After a scoreless opening period that saw UNB out-shoot the Lancers 17-7, the Reds got on the board with a power play goal 4:35 into the 2nd period. Mark Rassell got the puck to Brady Gilmour, who then found Matthew Boucher with a cross-slot pass at the back door for a tap-in. This would be the only goal through the first 40 minutes as Lancers goalie Jonathan Reinhart showed why he is one of the country's best goalies, making 29 saves in the process.

- UNB was able to add a much-needed insurance goal early in the 3rd period when Rassell (Cooper, Dove-McFalls), with a defender all over him, took a pass from behind the net and somehow beat Reinhart with a shot along the ice.

- The Reds extended their advantage at 10:48. A turnover just outside the Lancers blueline led to a two-on-one break with Tyler Boland finding Stephen Anderson, who finished the play with a nice deke to make it 3-0. Patrick Watling also picked up an assist on the goal.

- The Lancers pulled Reinhart with just under two minutes remaining, but it didn't take long for Matt Murphy (Watling) to dance through the defense and find the empty net. The goal came at 18:25 and capped a successful day for the defending champions. 

- UNB dressed their entire line-up, including newcomers Ben Hawerchuk (wearing #12) and Connor Hall (#77).

- Both additions came as advertised. Hawerchuk showed flashes of his grit and skill while Hall brought a big, physical presence on the back-end.

- Shots in the game ended up 49-26 for the Reds with period totals of 17-7, 14-10, and 18-9.

- UNB went 1 for 5 on the power play. The Lancers came up empty on two chances.

- Samuel Harvey continued his run of strong play and earned the game's first star for his efforts. Rassell and the Lancers Sean Olson were the other two stars of the game.

- Windsor held a slight 37-36 advantage in the face-off department. Samuel Dove-McFalls (12 out of 18) had the most success on the afternoon for the Reds.

- Attendance was 2318.

- UNB has now captured the last 14 Pete Kelly Cups.

- The Reds finish their 2019-2020 exhibition schedule with a 3-1 record. They also had another game (versus York) cancelled after a period of play due to ice issues.

- Since losing to UQTR on home ice at the 2003 University Cup, UNB is 39-1-0 against OUA teams at the AUC. The lone loss was a 3-2 setback to Western at the 2012 University Cup.

- They have won 38 straight exhibition games against OUA competition on home ice, dating back to an 11-2 loss to UQTR in 1995.

- The regular season resumes on Friday night when UNB travels to Nova Scotia. They face Dalhousie on Friday night and then St. FX the next evening. Game time is 7PM for both contests.