Thursday, February 27, 2020

UNB In The AUS Final

Another season. Another AUS Final appearance for the University of New Brunswick Reds.

For the 6th straight year - and 9th time in ten seasons - the Reds will be participating in the conference final thanks to a three game sweep of the Moncton Aigles Bleus in the semi-finals.

The best 2-of-3 AUS Final kicks off Monday night at the AUC against the second place Acadia Axemen, who dispatched Saint Mary's in four game in the other semi-final. The series shifts to Wolfville for game two on Wednesday night before returning to Fredericton for game three, if necessary, on Friday. Saint Mary's and Moncton will follow a similar schedule for their consolation series, which will determine the AUS' third berth at next month's University Cup.

Overall, this will mark UNB's 20th appearance in the conference championship since 1984.

Here is how they have fared in those series:

1984 - Defeated Moncton 2 games to 0
1993 - Lost to Acadia 2 games to 0
1994 - Lost to Acadia 2 games to 0
1997 - Defeated Acadia 2 games to 0
1998 - Defeated Acadia 2 games to 1
2000 - Defeated Acadia 3 games to 1
2003 - Defeated St. FX 3 games to 1 
2006 - Lost to Acadia 3 games to 0
2007 - Lost to Moncton 2 games to 0
2008 - Defeated Saint Mary's 2 games to 0
2009 - Lost to Saint Mary's 2 games to 1
2011 - Defeated St. FX 3 games to 2
2012 - Defeated Moncton 3 games to 0
2013 - Defeated Saint Mary's 2 games to 1
2015 - Defeated Acadia 2 games to 0
2016 - Lost to St. FX 2 games to 0
2017 - Lost to St. FX 2 game to 0
2018 - Defeated St. FX 2 games to 0
2019 - Defeated St. FX 2 games to 0

- UNB will be looking for their 17th AUS Championship. In addition to the 12 mentioned above, they also captured the title in 1934, 1960, 1962, and 1964.

- Only St. FX (26) have won more conference titles in history.

- This is the longest streak of finals appearances in school history.

- The Reds have now reached 13 out of the last 15 AUS Finals. The only exceptions being 2010 and 2014.

- Since current head coach Gardiner MacDougall took the reigns before the 2000-2001 season, UNB have made the final 14 times in 20 years. They have won eight AUS titles under his watch.