Saturday, February 1, 2020

Another Win

The University of New Brunswick Reds ran their winning streak to 12 straight games with a 5-1 victory over the Saint Mary's Huskies tonight in Halifax. They are now 24-4-0 on the season heading into the final week of the season.

Unfortunately there aren't many details available for this one as the web-cast was unwatchable all evening.

The game was scoreless until the back half of the 2nd period when the Reds struck for three goals. Ben Hawerchuk broke the ice at 11:13 with an unassisted tally for his first AUS goal. UNB then connected twice in the final minutes - first by Mark Simpson (Goulet, Hawerchuk) at 18:23 and then by Mark Rassell (Boucher, Dove-McFalls) 41 seconds later - to give the visitors a comfortable 3-0 lead through two periods.

A Keith Getson power play goal 4:02 into the 3rd period gave the Huskies a bit of life, but that was quickly snuffed out 1:05 later when Matt Murphy (Hawerchuk, Goulet) restored the three goal lead. Alexandre Goulet (Boland, Pomerleau) rounded out the scoring at the 13:00 mark.

- With Goulet and Tristan Pomerleau back in the line-up after serving their one game suspensions, Benjamin Gagne and Dylan Seitz were out. Marcus McIvor and Oliver Cooper remained sidelined.

- The Huskies were missing star rookie Mitchell Balmas. The conference's leading scorer is expected to miss four weeks due to a knee injury suffered Friday night against Moncton.

- Shots in the game were 34-15 for UNB. The period totals were 9-6, 13-6, and 12-3.

- There were only three power plays in the game. UNB was 0 for 1. SMU was 1 for 2.

- The Reds won 44 out of 71 face-offs. Tyler Boland (14 out of 23) and Samuel Dove-McFalls (13 out of 22) saw the most action.

- Attendance was 807.

- Hawerchuk was named the game's first star. Goulet and Getson were the second and third star, respectively.

- Rylan Parenteau had a fairly light net in goal, turning aside 14 out of 15 shots to improve his record to 11-2-0 on the season. His 1.85 GAA ranks 1st in the conference while his 0.907 save percentage is 3rd.

- UNB went 4-1-0 versus Saint Mary's this season, out-scoring the Huskies 27-9 (9-3, 1-3, 8-1, 4-1, 5-1).

- SMU haven't won a season series against UNB since the 2008-2009 season.

- Both of the other games in the AUS tonight went to a shoot-out. The Moncton Aigles Bleus beat the Acadia Axemen for the 4th time this season with a 4-3 win while UPEI rallied from a two goal 3rd period deficit to upend St. FX 6-5.

- Despite their loss, the Axemen clinched 2nd place and the other 1st round bye by virtue of the Huskies loss.

- With two games left in the regular season, playoff positioning is far from settled. Here is how the standings look:

UNB: 24-4-0 = 48 points
ACA: 18-8-2 = 38
SMU: 16-12-0 = 32
UdeM: 12-10-6 = 30
SFX: 11-12-5 = 27
UPEI: 10-13-5 = 25
DAL: 7-18-3 = 17

- It's hard to believe, but next weekend represents the final games of the regular season. UNB is home to the UPEI Panthers on Friday night for Military Appreciation Night before heading down the highway to Moncton to face the Aigles Bleus on Saturday evening. Both games are set for 7PM starts.