Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Reds Edge Panthers

Coming off of an 11-0 loss to the University of New Brunswick Reds on Friday night, the UPEI Panthers put forth a much better effort tonight at home, but ultimately it still wasn't enough as the Reds skated to a 3-1 victory in a hard-hitting physical affair in Charlottetown. UNB improves to 18-4-0 on the season, two points clear of the 2nd place Acadia Axemen. The Panthers are now 8-11-3 and tied for 5th place with St. FX.

- The opening ten minutes looked like more of the same as UNB jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Mark Rassell (Dove-McFalls, Pomerleau) struck for the game's first goal at 2:09 when he cleaned up a rebound in front of Simon Hofley. At 10:12 it was Kris Bennett (Gilmour, Pomerleau) jamming the puck in at the side of the net to double the visitors advantage. 

- The two teams played through a scoreless 2nd period, thanks in large part to the Panthers penalty killing. Darian Pilon's high, hard hit on Tyler Boland at the 10:57 mark not only knocked the Reds star temporarily out for the rest of the period, but put UNB on a five minute power play that they could not cash in on. Then, at 18:44, Troy Lajeeunesse was assessed a double minor for high-sticking that UPEI also killed off. 

- The Panthers got an opportunity with the man advantage early in the 3rd period and they were able to convert with Filip Rydstrom's shot getting through a screen in front and past Rylan Parenteau who, otherwise, was excellent on the night. 

- With UPEI back within a goal and gaining momentum the Reds power play finally came through with a big insurance tally courtesy Matthew Boucher (Rassell, Goulet) at 9:26.

- Just after the Boucher goal UNB took two quick penalties, which gave the Panthers a 53 second 5-on-3. The Reds were up to the task and killed it off. 

- The Panthers pulled Hofley with 2:09 remaining in search of the necessary offense, however neither team was able to score.

- Shots in the game were 34-25 for UNB with period totals of 12-8, 15-9, and 7-8.

- Olivier LeBlanc, Benjamin Gagne, James McEwan, and Dylan Seitz were the scratches.

- UNB went 1 for 4 on the power play. The Panthers went 1 for 5.

- UPEI's power play goal snapped the Reds streak of 29 consecutive successful penalty kills dating back to November 29th (7 games ago).

- Parenteau picked up his 8th win of the season. He turned aside 46 out of 47 shots in his last two games - both against the Panthers. 

- Rassell was named the player of the game.

- The Reds only won 37 out of 78 face-offs in the game. Samuel Dove-McFalls had the best night with 14 wins on 26 draws.

- Boucher had a game-high eight shots on goal.

- As mentioned above, Tyler Boland left the game in the 2nd period after being on the receiving end of a high hit into the glass. Fortunately, he returned at the beginning of the 3rd period. 

- Attendance was 615.

- UNB is at home this weekend for two big games. On Friday night (7PM) they face the Acadia Axemen. They turn around and take on the Saint Mary's Huskies at 4PM on Saturday afternoon.