Thursday, March 12, 2020

University Cup Cancelled

It is being reported that due to increasing COVID-19 concerns, the remainder of the 2020 University Cup has been cancelled. Here is the official statement from U Sports:

This is obviously very disappointing news for the Reds and their fans as UNB was the odds on favourites to repeat as champions, especially after the #2 seeded Saskatchewan Huskies were upset on Thursday afternoon. The Reds sent out a couple of tweets in wake of the news:

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

U Sports Hands Out Hardware

The annual U Sports All-Canadian gala was held tonight in Halifax and a pair of Reds players were honoured.

Forward Tyler Boland was named a first team all-star while goaltender Samuel Harvey was named to the all-rookie team.

Here is the complete list of honourees:

Player of the Year (Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy): G Taran Kozun, Saskatchewan
Goaltender of the Year: G Taran Kozun, Saskatchewan
Rookie of the Year (Clare Drake Award): F Mitchell Balmas, Saint Mary's
Defenceman of the Year: D Nikolas Brouillard, McGill
Most Sportsmanlike Player (R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award): F Levi Cable, Saskatchewan
Student-Athlete Community Service Award (Dr. Randy Gregg Award): Liam Maaskant, Acadia
Coach of the Year (Father George Kehoe Memorial Award): Ryan Medel, Toronto

First Team All-Stars
G - Taran Kozun, Saskatchewan
D - Nick Welsh, Saint Mary's
D - Nikolas Brouillard, McGill
F - David Thomson, Toronto
F - Tyler Boland, UNB
F - Grayson Pawlenchuk, Alberta

Second Team All-Stars
G - Logan Flodell, Acadia
D - Owen Headrick, UPEI
D - Adam Henry, Manitoba
F - Mitchell Balmas, Saint Mary's
F - Chris Paquette, RMC
F - Matt Alfaro, Calgary

All-Rookie Team
G - Samuel Harvey, UNB
D - Dawson Davidson, Alberta
D - Jordan Sambrook, Brock
F - Mitchell Balmas, Saint Mary's
F - Chris Paquette, RMC
F - Jared Dmytriw, Saskatchewan

The 2020 University Cup gets underway tomorrow with games at 2PM (Saskatchewan vs. Western) and 7PM (Saint Mary's vs. Guelph). If you can't make it to Halifax, you watch the entire tournament online here.

Monday, March 9, 2020

UNB vs. UBC: Preview, Prediction, Poll

If someone had said at the beginning of the season that the University of New Brunswick Reds would open the 2020 University Cup against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, you probably would have thought they were crazy.

But here we are.

The two teams will meet for the first time ever at 2PM on Friday afternoon in the third of four quarter-final match-ups. For the #1 ranked Reds, this is old hat of course. This will be their 12th appearance at the national tournament in the last 14 seasons with seven of those ending with a championship. But for the 8th seeded Thunderbirds, this marks their first trip to nationals in 42 years.

UBC struggled through an inconsistent regular season. They were winless through their first five games (0-3-2) and were 4-9-3 at the Christmas break. They would eventually fall to 4-11-5 before winning five out of their last eight games to finish 9-14-5, which was good enough for 5th place in the Canada West conference and a quarter-final match-up against the Mount Royal Cougars, a team that finished 15 points ahead of them in the standings. UBC would take the first game 4-2 before falling 5-3 in the second contest to send the series to a winner-take-all game three, where perhaps the turning point for the Thunderbirds season came. They held a 4-1 lead late in the 2nd period only to see the Cougars storm back to tie the game with two seconds remaining in regulation. With all of the momentum in their favour, it would not have come as any surprise if the Cougars completed the comeback. The T-Birds had other ideas though as Austin Vetterl scored 12:52 into overtime to send UBC to the Canada West semi-finals for the first time since 2007.

Waiting for them were the top ranked 23-5-0 Alberta Golden Bears, who had enjoyed a first round playoff bye. Even after the Thunderbirds shocked the Bears with a 3-2 overtime win in game one, many did not give UBC a chance at finishing the job, largely due to the fact they were out-shot 53-17 in the game. It seemed the pundits would be correct after Alberta walloped UBC 6-1 in the second game to even the series. However, the T-Birds once again had other plans and, in the process, turned the U Sports hockey world on its head. In one of the biggest upsets in recent memory, UBC stunned the Bears with a 2-1 victory, despite being out-shot 41-19, in the deciding game. The win locked up a University Cup berth and sent the Thunderbirds to the Canada West championship in search of their first conference crown since 1978.

Unfortunately, the magic ran out in Saskatoon against the #2 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies (22-4-2). Although they played the Huskies tough, UBC were swept by scores of 3-2 and 3-1.

On the season the Thunderbirds were one of the most offensively-challenged teams in the country, ranking 32nd (out of 35 teams) with only 2.57 goals per game and 26th with 30.5 shots per game. They rely heavily on their power play, which posted a respectable 21.7% success rate, good for 9th best in the nation. However, they will be in tough against a Reds team that led the country in goals against average (1.86) and shots allowed per game (20.7) and were 5th best at killing penalties (86.8%). Additionally, Samuel Harvey and Rylan Parenteau combined for a 0.910 save percentage, which ranked 10th in the nation.

Individually, UBC is led by forwards Tyler Sandhu (12 goals, 23 points), Austin Vetterl (19 points), Jake Kryski (18), and Carter Popoff (16). Jerret Smith (15) was their only defenceman to crack double digits in points. Overall, the T-Birds only had nine players notch at least ten points. By comparison, UNB had two 40 point scorers, seven 30 points scorers, and 11 20 point scorers.

Defensively, the Thunderbirds ranked 18th in the country with a 2.99 GAA and 26th with a 0.892 save percentage. They did feature an above average penalty kill, coming in at 14th overall with an 82.5 success rate and were one of the better teams at limiting shots on goal, only giving up 28 per game. Rylan Toth is their go-to-guy between the pipes as he played in 23 out of their 28 regular season games, putting up a 2.78 GAA and 0.902 save percentage in a conference-leading 1379 minutes. Of course, they will be trying to contain a UNB offense that paced the country in most categories, including goals per game (5.33), shots per game (41.7), and power play goals (47). The Reds also placed second in power play percentage (30.5%) and shorthanded goals (8), proving that you can't take a break against their line-up, even when you are up a man.

PREDICTION: Any team that goes into Clare Drake Arena in Edmonton and knocks off the Golden Bears deserves to be taken seriously. Rylan Toth showed that he can steal a series, let alone a single game - and the T-Birds played two close games against a very good Saskatchewan team in the CW Final - so nothing is guaranteed. Having said that, he will likely need to turn in another all-world performance to give the Thunderbirds a chance in this game. I know we seem to say this every year, but the Reds depth and skill will prove to be too much over 60 minutes for an inexperienced UBC squad. Ultimately, while Toth and the T-Birds keep it close for awhile, UNB pulls away for a comfortable victory to move on to semi-final Saturday.

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UNB At The University Cup

The University of New Brunswick Reds are scheduled to head to Halifax, Nova Scotia Tuesday for the 2020 University Cup. The 58th edition of the event begins on Thursday afternoon and wraps up with the Gold Medal game on Sunday night.

This will be their 19th appearance all-time at the tournament, including their 17th in the last 24 years, and 14th in 20 seasons under head coach Gardiner MacDougall.

Here is how they have made out at the previous 18 tournaments:

1964 (Kingston): 1-1 (Lost in semi-final)
1984 (Fredericton): 0-2 (Lost in Atlantic regional)
1997 (Toronto): 1-1 (Lost in final)
1998 (Saskatoon): 3-0 (Won championship)
2000 (Saskatoon): 2-1 (Lost in final)
2003 (Fredericton): 1-2 (Lost in semi-final + bronze medal game)
2004 (Fredericton): 2-1 (Lost in final)
2007 (Moncton): 3-0 (Won championship)
2008 (Moncton): 2-1 (Lost in final)
2009 (Thunder Bay): 3-0 (Won championship)
2011 (Fredericton): 3-0 (Won championship)
2012 (Fredericton): 1-1 (Lost in semi-final)
2013 (Saskatoon): 3-0 (Won championship)
2015 (Halifax): 2-1 (Lost in final)
2016 (Halifax): 3-0 (Won championship)
2017 (Fredericton): 3-0 (Won championship)
2018 (Fredericton): 2-1 (Lost in semi-final, Won bronze medal game)
2019 (Lethbridge): 3-0 (Won championship)

Some notes of interest:

- The Varsity Reds 8 championships rank 3rd to Alberta (16) and Toronto (10).

- Their 13 appearances in the championship game is tied with Toronto for second most all-time. Only Alberta (22) have appeared in more.

- Their 5 championship game losses are tied with Saint Mary's for 2nd most all-time. Both Alberta and Saskatchewan hold the dubious distinction of losing 6 championship games.

- The V-Reds have won 7 titles and appeared in 9 title games in the last 13 years.

- They have reached the gold medal game in 13 out of their last 16 appearances at the tournament.

- Interestingly, the three times they failed to reach the final, the tournament was held in Fredericton. The last ten times they have had to travel to the University Cup, the Reds have played in the championship game.

- UNB have won their opening game at the tournament in each of their previous 16 appearances.

- The Reds will be playing in their 6th straight tournament for the first time in school history.

- With three titles in the last four seasons, seniors Stephen Anderson and Marcus McIvor will looking to become the first UNB players to win four championships.

-  The Reds have played in a medal game in each of their previous six appearances at the tournament.

- UNB is 38-12 all-time at the University Cup, which equates to a 0.760 winning percentage. They are 31-7 (0.816) under Gardiner MacDougall.

- This includes 28 wins in their last 32 games.

- In the 50 games they have played at the University Cup, UNB have have out-scored the opposition 208-121 for an average of 4.16 goals per game and 2.42 goals against per game.

- UNB has recorded 7 shut-outs at the University Cup. They have never been shut-out.

- They are 7-3 all-time in games decided in overtime.

- In their previous two appearances at the University Cup in Halifax they won a silver medal (2015) and gold meda (2016).

- The Reds have never played a University Cup game against UBC. Their all-time University Cup record against the other participating schools is 6-0 against Saskatchewan, 4-1 against Western, 2-0 against Acadia, 2-0 against Saint Mary's, 1-1 against Guelph, and 1-0 against Ottawa. 

- Next season the University Cup will head to Charlottetown, PEI.

Harvey Takes Weekly Award

Goaltender Samuel Harvey has been named the UNB Reds/Papa John's Pizza male Athlete of the Week after backstopping the Reds to a 3rd consecutive AUS championship this past week.

The freshman followed up an impressive rookie season with an even better playoff, going 4-1 with a 1.21 GAA and a 0.946 save percentage on route to being named MVP. He was especially brilliant during the most important games of the year as he gave up only three goals on 73 shots during the three game series victory over the Acadia Axemen.

After winning a Memorial Cup as a member of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at the Scotiabank Centre last season, Harvey will look to replicate that feat this weekend as the Reds head to Halifax for the University Cup. They open the tournament at 2PM on Friday afternoon against the UBC Thunderbirds.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

University Cup Seeds/Schedule Announced

The seedings and quarter-final match-ups for the upcoming 2020 University Cup have been announced and the University of New Brunswick Reds have been deemed the team to beat, entering the tournament as the top seed.

Although many predicted UNB would face the OUA bronze medal-winning Western Mustangs in their first game, the Reds will instead meet the Canada West runner-up, and #8 seeded, University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in their opening game on Friday afternoon. The rest of the schedule looks like this (all times are AST):


2PM - #2 Saskatchewan Huskies vs. #7 Western Mustangs
7PM - #3 Guelph Gryphons vs. #6 Saint Mary's Huskies


2PM - #1 UNB Reds vs #8 UBC Thunderbirds
7PM - #4 Ottawa Gee-Gees vs #5 Acadia Axemen


2PM - Semi-Final #1 (Thursday Winners)
7PM - Semi-Final #2 (Friday Winners)


2PM - Bronze Medal Game
7PM - Gold Medal Game

Unfortunately, none of the games will be broadcast on television this year. Instead, all games will be streamed live on, CBC Gem, and the CBC Sports App.

Tournament passes are now available online. Single game tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

University Cup Field Set

The Western Mustangs kept their unlikely postseason run alive this afternoon with a 5-2 victory over the Concordia Stingers in the OUA bronze medal game.

With the victory the Mustangs - who finished 8th in the OUA West division with an 11-13-4 record this season - also earn the 8th, and final, berth at next week's University Cup in Halifax. They will most likely draw the #1 ranked and defending champion UNB Reds in their opening game at the tournament.

The OUA Champion will be determined tonight as the Guelph Gryphons host the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the 109th Queen's Cup.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Reds Get It Done

(Photo credit - UNB Athletics Twitter)

The road to the 2020 University Cup will go through the defending champions.

The University of New Brunswick Reds captured their third straight AUS title with a 5-1 victory over the Acadia Axemen before a sold-out crowd in the deciding game of the AUS Final tonight at the Aitken Centre. The win almost certainly ensures UNB will enter next week's University Cup as the number one seed and the team to beat.

It was a tight-checking and tentative first period as both teams seemed to be feeling out the other and weary of making a costly mistake. The Reds out-shot the Axemen 9-6 over the scoreless opening twenty minutes as neither side was able to generate much in the way of offense.

UNB stormed out of the gate in the 2nd period and started to assert control of the game. They were rewarded at the 2:51 mark when an extended shift in the offensive zone ultimately led to the puck coming out from behind the net to Oliver Cooper (Dove-McFalls, Rassell), who was all alone in the slot. Cooper fired a wrist shot that beat Axemen goaltender Logan Flodell, bringing the sold-out crowd to its feet with the game's opening goal. After a pair of unsuccessful power plays mid-way through the period the Reds were able to extend their lead at 15:48. Alexandre Goulet (Pomerleau, Simpson), who somehow missed a wide open net earlier in the period after Flodell had lost track of the puck, got the puck out near the blue-line and let a shot go that eluded traffic in front and found the back of the net. UNB would take the 2-0 lead into the final period.

Down to their final twenty minutes of the series, the Axemen came out strong in the 3rd period as they not only limited the Reds to a single shot over the first eight minutes, but also got back into the game when Ross MacDougall's point shot along the ice beat Samuel Harvey, ending Harvey's shut-out streak at 145 minutes. The goal, which came at the 1:08 mark, quieted the crowd and created some nervous energy in the building. This was heightened a few shifts later when the Axemen came perilously close to tying the game on a goalmouth scramble. The Reds power play would again get back to back chances - their 4th and 5th straight power play of the night - to extend their lead, but once again it came up empty. They were finally able to add some insurance at 14:27 with Goulet (Pomerleau, Boucher) hammering home a one-timer. Only five seconds later the Axemen got an opportunity to get that one back when they were given a power play of their own. As the man advantage ticked down Acadia elected to pull Flodell for an extra attacker, however this quickly backfired when Mark Simpson (McIvor) won a race for a loose puck and guided the puck into the empty net. The back-breaking goal gave the Reds a 4-1 lead with 3:37 remaining. After the goal frustrations started to boil over for the Axemen as Cristiano Digiacinto, who is no stranger to playing on the edge, cross-checked Connor Hall. The cheap-shot cost the Axemen's leading scorer two minutes in the penalty box and the Reds power play finally came through when Goulet (Simpson) pounced on a rebound to complete his hat-trick and make it 5-1 at 16:52. That's how the game would end as UNB held a 14-8 shot advantage in the period.

- After a one game absence Ben Hawerchuk was back in the line-up, replacing James McEwan, and Noah Carroll saw his first postseason action, taking the spot of Olivier LeBlanc. Benjamin Gagne and Dylan Seitz both remained out.

- Shots ended up 44-19 for UNB.

- The Reds got the late power play goal and were 1 for 6 on the night, but for the most part it still looked disorganized and sloppy. The Axemen went 0 for 2 on the night and were 0 for the series with the man advantage.

- UNB won 51 out of 88 face-offs. Mark Simpson (15 out of 20) was the top performer.

- Alexandre Goulet and Ross MacDougall were named the player of the game for their respective teams.

- Attendance was 3374.

- Samuel Harvey was named the AUS Playoff MVP. He was 4-1 with a league-leading 1.21 GAA and 0.946 during the postseason. He was at his best with UNB's back to the wall as he only gave up one goal on 55 shots over the last two elimination games.

- A strong MVP case could have also been made for both Stephen Anderson (2 goals, 7 assists) and Alexandre Goulet (9 goals, including two hat-tricks, +6).

- This is the first time since Gardiner MacDougall's very first playoff series at UNB - the 2001 quarter-finals - that the Reds rallied to win a series. Coincidentally, that series was also against Acadia. UNB lost the first game 5-1 in on the road before taking game two (4-3) and three (3-1) on home ice.

- The four goal victory is UNB's largest in a deciding game since 2006 when they beat St. FX 9-3 in game three of the quarter-finals.

- With the Reds entering the University Cup as the number one seed they will likely face the OUA bronze medalist in their opening game. That team will be determined tomorrow afternoon when the Western Mustangs host the Concordia Stingers.

- For Acadia, they will probably be seeded fifth and face the OUA runner-up in their first game, which has already been announced as taking place on Friday night. The OUA Championship will be determined tomorrow night as the Guelph Gryphons host the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the Queen's Cup.

- Up next for UNB is the 2020 University Cup in Halifax. The on-ice action gets underway at 2PM on Thursday. The seedings and full schedule are usually announced on Sunday so stay tuned.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

UNB In Deciding Games

The 2020 AUS champion will be crowned tomorrow night at the Aitken Centre as the University of New Brunswick Reds and Acadia Axemen play a third and deciding game to determine conference supremacy. 

This will be the 18th winner-take-all game UNB has participated in since 1984. Here is the full list:

1984 (semi-finals) - defeated Acadia 8-2 at home
1990 (quarter-finals) - lost to UPEI 6-2 at home
1994 (semi-finals) - defeated Moncton 8-4 at home
1995 (quarter-finals) - lost to St. Thomas 9-3 at home
1996 (quarter-finals) - lost to UPEI 1-0 at home
1998 (quarter-finals) - defeated UPEI 5-4 at home
1998 (finals) - defeated Acadia 3-2 at home
1999 (quarter-finals) - lost to Moncton 5-4 OT2 at home
2000 (semi-finals) - defeated St. Thomas 7-0 on the road
2001 (quarter-finals) - defeated Acadia 3-1 at home
2001 (semi-finals) - lost to St. FX 5-4 OT2 on the road
2003 (semi-finals) - defeated St. Thomas 4-1 on the road
2006 (quarter-finals) - defeated St. FX 9-3 at home
2009 (finals) - lost to Saint Mary's 5-1 at home
2011 (finals) - defeated St. FX 5-4 OT at home
2013 (finals) - defeated Saint Mary's 2-0 at home
2015 (semi-finals) - defeated St. FX 6-3 at home

- UNB is 11-6 all-time in deciding games.

- 14 of the previous 17 games have been played on home ice. They are 9-5 in those games.

- This will be the 5th time they have played a winner-take-all game for the AUS Championship. They have won three of the previous four games with all of them occurring at the AUC.

- They have won all three previous games against Acadia - in 1984 (semi-finals), 1998 (finals), and 2001 (quarter-finals). 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Reds Stave Off Elimination

There will be one final game played at the Aitken Centre this season.

With their backs to the wall, Samuel Harvey stopped all 36 shots he faced and the offense scored twice in each period as the University of New Brunswick Reds silenced a sell-out crowd in Wolfville with a 6-0 victory over the Acadia Axemen tonight in game two of the AUS Final. The championship will now come down to game three, which takes place on Friday night back in Fredericton.

- The Reds did exactly what they needed to do in the 1st period by scoring early in the game and then adding another before the end of the frame to take the energy out of the building. Samuel Dove McFalls (Watling, Anderson) opened the scoring at the 3:52 mark when Patrick Watling drove to the net and got pushed into Logan Flodell. The puck popped out into the slot and Dove-McFalls found the empty net before Flodell could get back to his feet. UNB would extend the lead at 12:28. Moments after failing once again to score with an extended two man advantage - 1:57 this time - Mark Rassell (Boucher, Murphy) jumped on a rebound in front and swept it under Flodell. While the goal was technically an even strength goal, neither penalized player had gotten back into the play yet. The Reds would take the 2-0 lead into the dressing room after out-shooting Acadia 13-11 in the period.

- The 2nd period was controlled basically from start to finish by Acadia and they held a 16-6 shot advantage over the twenty minutes. However, Samuel Harvey and the Reds penalty killers - who had to kill a 1:57 two man disadvantage of their own - were huge in keeping the buzzing Axemen off the board. To make matters worse for Acadia, despite their limited chances the Reds were able to score twice more, with both goals the result of breaks they couldn't take advantage of on Monday. At 7:12 Stephen Anderson forced an Axemen defender to make an ill-advised pass right to Patrick Watling in front of the net. Watling worked the puck from his left to right before tucking the puck around Flodell's left leg. Then, at 13:15, Kris Bennett's hard dump-in into the left corner came off the boards and directly to Anderson. His shot was stopped, but the rebound found the stick of a charging Tyler Boland and the AUS scoring champion was able to get just enough of the puck to re-direct it in.

- The Reds power play finally came to life in the 3rd period, accounting for both goals. At 10:16 Matt Murphy (Gatenby, Anderson) picked the far top corner to make it 5-0 and then Alexandre Goulet hammered home a Oliver Cooper pass at 18:41 to cap the scoring on the night. Shots in the period were 13-9 for UNB.

- UNB made one line-up change as James McEwan dressed in place of Ben Hawerchuk.

- Shots in the game were 36-32 for Acadia. It is the first time all year the Reds have been out-shot and the first time since October 19th, 2018 they were out-shot by an AUS team, a span of 66 games.

- As mentioned, Samuel Harvey was an absolute rock in net tonight, preventing the Axemen from getting any momentum with numerous clutch stops.

- The Axemen won 37 out of 70 face-offs. Tyler Boland (12 out of 17) had the best night of anyone on UNB.

- While UNB's power play got off the schneid, scoring on their last two opportunities to finish 2 for 5, the Axemen continue to struggle with the man advantage, going 0 for 7 on the night.  They are now 0 for 13 in the series.

- Harvey, Cristiano Digiacinto, and Murphy were the game's three stars.

- A sell-out crowd of 2362 was on hand.

- Hockey is a funny game. The Reds out-shoot the Axemen 53-19 in game one and lose and then get out-shot 36-32 and win. The difference being tonight they had the locked in goaltender, got some breaks and puck luck, and won the special teams battle.

- UNB will be playing in their first winner-take-all AUS playoff game since defeating St. FX 6-3 in game five of the 2015 semi-finals.

- It will be their first time playing a winner-take-all game in the AUS Final since 2013. They defeated Saint Mary's 2-0 in game three that season to claim their 3rd straight AUS title.

- In the consolation series, Saint Mary’s clinched their berth at the University Cup with a 4-3 triple overtime win in Moncton. It gives the Huskies a two game sweep over the Aigles Bleus.

- Game three goes Friday night at 7PM. Get your tickets early as it should be close to a sell-out. If you can't make it to the AUC, watch live at

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

U Sports AUS/OUA Playoff Schedule

While the Saskatchewan Huskies claimed the Canada West crown last weekend with a two game sweep of the UBC Thunderbirds, there is still lots to be settled as both the AUS and OUA championship and 3rd place finishers - which will determined the final two University Cup berth - are still up for grabs. Here are the schedules for the rest of the U Sports playoffs:

- Three berths at University Cup: Host (Acadia) + Finalist (UNB) + Consolation Winner (SMU/Moncton)

#1 UNB Reds (26-4-0) vs. #2 Acadia Axemen (19-9-2)

Game 1 - Monday, March 2nd at UNB
Game 2 - Wednesday, March 4th at Acadia
Game 3 - Friday, March 6th at UNB (if necessary)

#3 Saint Mary's Huskies (17-12-1) vs. #4 Moncton Aigles Bleus (13-11-6)

Game 1 - Monday, March 2nd at Saint Mary's
Game 2 - Wednesday, March 4th at Moncton
Game 3 - Friday, March 6th at Saint Mary's (if necessary)

- Three berths at University Cup: OUA East Winner (Ottawa) + OUA West Winner (Guelph) + Bronze Medal Winner (Concordia/Western)

#3 Ottawa Gee-Gees (17-7-4) at #3 Guelph Gryphons (17-6-5)

Saturday, March 7th (8PM AST)

#5 Concordia Stingers (13-10-5) at #8 Western Mustangs (11-13-4)

Saturday, March 7th (4PM AST)

U Sports Playoff Update: Huskies Take CW, Queen's Cup Set

With another week of U Sports playoff action in the books, the field for the University Cup is beginning to come into focus. Out west the Saskatchewan Huskies swept the UBC Thunderbirds to capture their first Canada West championship since 2016. Meanwhile, in the OUA the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Guelph Gryphons advanced to the Queen's Cup, earning a berth at the University Cup in the process. The rest of the field, as well as the seedings, will be determined this week as both the AUS and OUA playoffs conclude.

NOTE: Both AUS series' are best 2-of-3, the Queen's Cup and OUA Bronze Medal are winner-take-all

- Three berths at University Cup: Host (Acadia) + Finalist (UNB) + Consolation Winner (SMU/Moncton)

#2 Acadia Axemen (19-9-2) lead #1 UNB Reds (26-4-0) 1 game to 0 (3-1)

#3 Saint Mary's Huskies lead #4 Moncton Aigles Bleus 1 game to 0 (4-2)

- Three berths at University Cup: OUA East Chmapion (Ottawa) + OUA West Champion (Guelph) + Bronze Medal Winner (Concordia/Western)


#3 Ottawa Gee-Gees (17-7-4) defeated #5 Concordia Stingers (13-10-5) 2 games to 0 (3-2, 7-2)


#3 Guelph Gryphons (17-6-5) defeated #8 Western Mustangs (11-13-4) 2 games to 1 (2-1 OT, 3-4, 4-3)

- Two berths at University Cup: Saskatchewan (Champion) + UBC (Runner-Up)

#2 Saskatchewan Huskies (22-4-2) defeated #5 UBC Thunderbirds (9-14-5) 2 games to 0 (3-2, 3-1)

Monday, March 2, 2020

Reds On The Ropes

A 52 save performance from AUS MVP Logan Flodell, at least three hit posts, some puck luck, and a power outage by the Reds usually-explosive power play added up to a 3-1 victory for the visiting Acadia Axemen in game one of the best 2-of-3 AUS Final tonight at the AUC. The victory - Acadia's first at the Aitken Centre since the fall of 2015 - means they can clinch the AUS Championship Wednesday night in Wolfville.

- The Axemen jumped out to a 2-0 lead after twenty minutes thanks to goals by Cristiano Digiacinto at 5:53 and Rodney Southam, while shorthanded, at 15:10.

- Matthew Boucher (Bennett, Boland) finally got UNB on the board at the 12:09 mark of the second period with a snap shot off the post and in, cutting the lead to 2-1.

- That's how the game would stand until Alexander Lepkowksi found an empty net with 80 seconds remaining, sealing the win.

- Shots in the game were 53-19 for UNB with period totals of 17-4, 15-11, and 21-4.

- The Reds went with their usual line-up as Noah Carroll, Benjamin Gagne, Jame McEwan, and Dylan Seitz were the scratches.

- As mentioned, the Reds power play was shut down all night and was probably the biggest factor in the loss. UNB went 0 for 8 with the man advantage, which included over two and a half minutes of 5-on-3 time. They are now 3 for 28 on the power play against Acadia this season.

- The Axemen were 0 for 6 on the power play.

- UNB won 52 out of 81 face-offs with both Mark Simpson and Tyler Boland winning 15 out of 21.

- Attendance was 3124.

- Flodell and Boucher were the players of the game.

- After giving up two goals on the first six shots he faced, Samuel Harvey settled down and kept his team in it.

- The loss snaps UNB's AUS playoff winning streak at 13 games.

- In game one of the consolation series, Saint Mary's doubled up Moncton 4-2 in Halifax. That series resumes Wednesday night in Moncton.

- Game two of this series also takes place on Wednesday with the Axemen looking to claim their first AUS Championship since the 2014-2015 season. Game time is 7PM.