Friday, February 7, 2020

Reds Wrap Up Home Schedule With Rout

The University of New Brunswick Reds gave all of those who braved the nasty weather lots to cheer for tonight as they pounded the the UPEI Panthers 9-2 on Military Appreciation Night tonight at the AUC. UNB are now 25-4-0 on the season after their 13th straight win while the Panthers wrap up their regular season schedule with a 10-15-5 mark.

The Reds got on the board 3:17 into the contest when Mark Rassell (McIvor, Murphy) tipped a long pass from the far boards just inside the post as he skated across the front of the net. Stephen Anderson (Bennett, Watling) jumped on a loose puck in the slot for a power play goal that doubled the lead at 10:11, however the Panthers responded just 43 seconds later when Kameron Kielly got a step on the defence and went in on a breakaway, snapping the puck over the glove of Samuel Harvey. The two goal cushion was restored at 13:05 when Anderson fed Tyler Boland on a perfectly executed two-on-one rush. Patrick Watling added his second assist of the night on the goal. The 1st period would end with UNB holding a 3-1 lead and out-shooting the visitors 20-8.

The penalty killers added to the offensive fireworks 4:16 into the middle period when Alexandre Goulet forced a turnover at the Panthers blue line, springing him and Matthew Boucher on a two-on-none rush. Goulet slid the puck over to Boucher, who made no mistake rifling home a one-timer. A Riley Whittingham deflection at the top of the crease made it 4-2 at 8:26, but the Reds added three more goals before the end of the period. Watling (Anderson, Boland) made it 5-1 at 9:38 and this spelled the end of the night in goal for Matthew Mancina, who was seeing his first action of the season after battling injuries all year. Simon Hofley, who had played every minute in goal for the Panthers up until tonight, came on and surrendered a pair of goals before the end of the period. At 12:06 Goulet (Hawerchuk, Hall) skated through the neutral zone and down the right side before powering towards the net and essentially pushing the puck in as he went hard into the goal. He added another one, from Boucher and Rassell, at 15:57 to give the Reds a 7-2 lead after forty minutes. Shots in the period were 19-9 for UNB.

Although each team had eight shots on goal in the 3rd period it was UNB scoring both goals. Anderson (Watling, Boland) put a one-timer under the cross-bar from in tight for his second power play goal of the game at 6:35 and Oliver Cooper (Dove-McFalls) wrapped up the scoring with his 5th of the year on a two-on-one break at 18:42.

- Both Marcus McIvor and Oliver Cooper were back in the line-up tonight after missing the previous five and two games, respectively. Noah Carroll, Benjamin Gagne, James McEwan, and Dylan Seitz were the scratches.

- The Panthers were playing with only 15 skaters as they have battled a number of injuries recently.

- Shots on goal ended up 47-25 for the Reds.

- UNB was 2 for 3 on the power play. The Panthers were 0 for 5.

- Anderson, Watling, and Goulet were the game's three stars. Anderson was awarded the Fallen Soldier Award for being named the player of the game.

- UNB held a slight 38-34 advantage on face-offs. Samuel Dove-McFalls was the only Red to win over 50% of his opportunities, going 17 for 20 in the dot.

- Attendance was 2286 on what was the worst night weather-wise for any game this season.

- The Panthers have been out-scored 20-2 in their last two visits to the AUC.

- UNB went 5-0 versus UPEI for a second straight season, out-scoring the Panthers 32-8 in the process.

- The Reds are 46-3-1 in their last 50 games against the Panthers dating back to their final regular season meeting in the 2011-2012 season.

- UNB is 6-0-0 all-time in Military Appreciation games, out-scoring the opposition 38-10.

- This is the 3rd time in four seasons UNB have won 25 regular season games. They have eclipsed the 50 point mark for the 4th straight year.

- UNB went 14-1-0 at home this season with a goal differential of 84-24.

- It has been a week of blowouts around the conference. On Wednesday night the Moncton Aigles Bleus defeated UPEI 7-1 and then tonight Saint Mary's blasted St. FX 9-3 at home and Acadia beat Dalhousie 7-2 in Wolfville.

- With one night left in the regular season the final standings are set. UNB and Acadia are locked into the first two spots - and the 1st round bye that comes with it. Meanwhile, Saint Mary's has clinched 3rd place as they are two points up on Moncton, but hold the head-to-head tie-breaker. St. FX is locked into 5th place as they are five points behind the Aigles Bleus and two points up on UPEI, who have completed their schedule.

- The Reds finish out their regular season tomorrow night in Moncton when they face the Aigle Bleus at 7PM.