Sunday, December 5, 2021

Reds Earn Weekend Split, Limp Into X-Mas Break

The Christmas break couldn't be coming at a better time for the number one ranked team in the country. The University of New Brunswick Reds earned a 3-1 home win over Moncton on Friday night before turning around and falling by the same score the next night Charlottetown against the UPEI Panthers. However, their line-up continues to be ravaged by injuries, making the upcoming three and a half week layoff a very welcome sight for the 16-2-0 Reds.

- On Friday night the Reds hosted the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus at the AUC for the 5th Annual Teddy Bear Toss game, which doubled as Elementary School Night. Thomas Casey (Nurse, McEwan) made sure the sold-out crowd of 3374 fans didn't have to hold on to their stuffed animals too long as he potted the opening goal 1:53 into the contest, prompting the throwing of 1577 stuffies to the ice, all of which will be donated to the less fortunate this holiday season. Nicolas Guay (Dove-McFalls, Keating) added UNB's second goal on a backhander at 8:58 and it seemed like the Reds were off to the races. That proved not to be the case, though. The Aigles Bleus played a strong game the rest of the way, cutting the lead on a Mika Cyr breakaway goal at 3:17 of the 2nd period. It wasn't until Mark Rassell (Dove-McFalls, Landry) swatted the puck in just as a UNB power play expired at 14:10 of the 3rd period that the victory felt secured.

- The Reds out-shot Moncton 30-21 on the night with period totals of 11-6, 11-6, and 8-9.

- UNB was 0 for 4 on the power play. Moncton was 0 for 2.

- Rylan Parenteau improved to 10-0-0 with the win in goal. 

- The Reds got the services of Noah Carroll back, but were missing Griffen Outhouse, Tyler Boland, James Phelan, and Brady Gilmour to injury. Gilmour underwent surgery to repair a fractured foot earlier in the week and is out long term. Benjamin Gagne served the final game of his suspension. 

- Unfortunately, Joe Gatenby left the game in the 1st period and never returned. Mark Rassell was shaken up as well in the 2nd period. He finished the game but missed Saturday's game along with Gatenby.

- Playing on the island is never easy. It is always a tough, physical battle and especially so if you have less than a full line-up. It was a valiant effort on Saturday night from a Reds squad that finished the game with only 12 skaters going against a rested UPEI team, but they ultimately fell 3-1 with the Panthers not being able to put the game away until a last minute empty netter.

- The Panthers opened the scoring 13:31 into the game when Drake Pilon picked the top left corner over Parenteau's blocker. The goal would stand until Carson McKinnon scored on a slap shot while coming down the left wing 46 seconds into the 3rd period. Nicolas Guay (Gagne, McEwan) gave the Reds some life, cutting the deficit in half at 11:14, but Flip Rydstrom ended the comeback hope with an empty net marker with 45 seconds remaining. 

- The Reds got Gagne back from his suspension but were missing Outhouse, Boland, Phelan, Gilmour, Gatenby, and Rassell. They also lost both Connor Hall early in the game and Austen Keating in the 2nd period, neither of whom returned. This meant UNB finished the game with only eight forwards and four defencemen.

- Even with the lack of available bodies, the Reds out-shot the Panthers 31-20 on the night.

- The difference in the game might have been UNB's inability to score on any of their eight power play opportunities, which wasn't necessarily surprising given six of the guys who were/got injured get significant minutes with the man advantage. 

- The loss was the first in 16 games against UPEI, dating back to a 3-2 loss in January 2018.

- It is the first time since January 12th, 2002 UNB has failed to score at least two goals in a game against the Panthers. They had done so in each of the last 99 matchups between the two. 

- While losing the last game before an extended break always leaves a sour taste, the fact of the matter is the Reds have won 16 out of their first 18 regular season games for the first time since going 18-0-0 in 2009-2010. 

- With a 16-2-0 record UNB is well positioned to capture a 14th consecutive regular season title. The current standings, with all teams having played 18 games, look like this:

UNB = 32 points

St. FX = 25

Dalhousie = 19

UPEI = 19

Saint Mary's = 16

Acadia = 12

Moncton = 11

- The biggest key over the break will to be to get as many players healthy as possible. Plus, they still have three open roster spots to work with for possible reinforcements should the right opportunity arise. 

- As most have probably heard my now, the 2021 FISU Winter Universiade, which were slated to be held from December 11th-21st in Lucerne, Switzerland, have been cancelled due to COVID concerns. This impacts a number of Reds as head coach Gardiner MacDougall, Tyler Boland, Austen Keating, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Joe Gatenby, and Rylan Parenteau were all picked to represent Canada. Additionally, women's head coach Sarah Hilworth and goaltender Kendra Woodland had been named to the women's squad.

- UNB is now off until Thursday, December 30th when they host the McGill Redbirds in the 2021 Pete Kelly Cup. Game time is 7PM.


Saturday, November 27, 2021

Gutsy Win Caps Perfect Weekend

An already-undermanned University of New Brunswick Reds squad saw two more of their key players sustain injuries and not return, yet they endured for a gritty, hard-earned 4-1 victory over the Saint Mary's Huskies tonight in Halifax. UNB's 8th consecutive victory pushes their record to 15-1-0 on the season, seven points clear of the idle St. FX X-Men.

It was a costly 1st period for the Reds as they lost both James Phelan and Brady Gilmour to potentially serious injuries within 18 seconds of one another. After not being able to convert on a four minute high sticking penalty given to the Huskies early in the game, Dawson Theede was assessed a five minute major at 12:44 for a hard check on Phelan into the boards/glass that left the Reds player crumpled on the ice. Phelan was eventually able to get to his feet under his own power and was escorted off the ice with some help. Only 18 seconds into the lengthy man advantage the Reds were dealt another blow when Brady Gilmour got tangled up with a defender and appeared to get his left leg twisted under him as he fell to the ice. He attempted to get up but immediately collapsed to the ice in obvious discomfort. After laying on the ice for a couple of minutes he was helped off the ice, but clearly was avoiding putting any weight on his leg. The period was almost a complete disaster for the Reds when they failed to score on the major penalty, but only four seconds after it expired Joe Gatenby (Landry, Guay) took a cross-ice pass and one-timed a low shot back against the grain and into the far corner. The goal came at 17:48 and was the only marker of the period as UNB out-shot SMU 9-5.

The rest of the game's goals came in the middle period. Perhaps the turning point came in the early minutes when UNB was given a too many men on the ice penalty at 3:09. The Huskies came close to evening the score when they hit the post behind Rylan Parenteau, but with the power play winding down the Reds forced a turnover in the neutral zone and transitioned the puck up the ice to Samuel Dove-McFalls, who just came off the bench. The captain had a step on the defence and despite being hounded from behind, he was able to to go forehand to backhand and slide the puck under Matthew Welsh for the Reds second goal of the night at 5:10. The Huskies cut into the lead seven seconds into their third straight power play of the period - and fourth straight in the game - when Andrew Coxhead tucked the puck in from in tight at the 10:00 mark. The momentum proved to be short lived, however. Just 48 seconds later Austen Keating shook free from a defender behind the net, came out front, and while falling to ice, swung a pass across the slot right on the tape of Nicolas Guay, who found the back of the net for a 3-1 lead. Dove-McFalls was awarded the secondary assist on the insurance marker. UNB completed the scoring at 14:17 when Keating accepted a long Kade Landry pass in the Huskies zone. Dove-McFalls rushed into the zone to create a two-on-one and Keating put the puck on a platter for him with Dove-McFalls putting a wrist shot into the top left corner, sending the water bottle flying. The Reds would take the 4-1 lead into the 3rd period after out-shooting Saint Mary's 11-5 in the period. 

With UNB utilizing a short bench all night one might have expected the Huskies to have a strong final twenty minutes against a tired Reds team. That did not prove to be the case as UNB was clearly the better team in the 3rd period, out-shooting SMU 16-4 and being in control throughout, leaving little doubt as to the outcome. 

- The shots in the game were 36-14 for UNB.

- The Reds were missing Noah Carroll, Benjamin Gagne, Tyler Boland, and Griffen Outhouse. They began the game with only 16 skaters and ,after the early injuries, played the rest of the night with only 14 skaters - four short of a full line-up.

- UNB was 0 for 6 on the power play. SMU was 1 for 5. 

- The Reds did struggle on face-offs all night, only winning 26 out of 61. Dove-McFalls was a workhorse, taking 29 draws and winning 15 of them.

- While we mentioned last night UNB's recent struggles in Wolfville, surprisingly the opposite has been the case for the Reds in Halifax, especially at the Huskies new home. UNB has now posted eight straight road wins over SMU. This includes a 4-0-0 mark at the new Dauphinee Centre, where the Reds have out-scored the Huskies 26-6.  

- UNB has given up two or fewer goals in all but one game this season - their lone loss, 4-3 to St. FX on October 30th. 

- It was a fruitful night on the out of town scoreboard as the lower ranked team won each of the other two games on the docket. UPEI got a late power play goal to upend Dalhousie 4-3 on the island and Acadia moved past Moncton and into the final playoff spot with a crucial 4-3 road win. 

- Not only is UNB seven points up on the second place X-Men, they are now 15 points ahead of the 3rd place teams (SMU, UPEI, Dalhousie), meaning they have essentially already clinched a first round playoff bye.

- The final home game of the first half comes next Friday and it's an important one as it is the 5th Annual Teddy Bear Toss against the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus. Bring your new or gently used stuffed toys and throw them on the ice after UNB's first goal. If over 1500 stuffies  are collected ticket holders will receive 40% off their bill at the Snooty Fox directly after the game. Game time is 7PM.


Friday, November 26, 2021

Reds Pick Up Road Win

The #1 ranked University of New Brunswick Reds played a solid road game and were rewarded with a 5-1 victory over the now-last place Acadia Axemen tonight in Wolfville. The Reds run their record on the season to 14-1-0, five points ahead of the second place St. FX X-Men with two games in hand.

The Reds have done an exceptional job so far this season and getting on the board first, and that was the case again tonight as they struck for a pair of goals in an entertaining, fast-paced opening twenty minutes. At 10:43, just after an Axemen penalty expired, Joe Gatenby threw the puck from the blue line towards the goal. The puck was blocked in front, but James Phelan located the loose puck in the slot and slid it past Logan Flodell. Adam McCormick also picked up an assist on the game's opening goal. The Axemen had a chance to respond when they received a power play opportunity late in the period, however it was the penalty killing unit that came through to extend the lead. Isaac Nurse took the puck from behind his own net the and went the length of the ice, putting a sharp angled shot on Flodell that dropped in behind the netminder. Samuel Dove-McFalls jumped on the loose puck and put it in. Connor Hall was awarded the secondary assist on UNB's second shorthanded goal of the season. The period would end 2-0 with each team generating 14 shots on goal.

The Reds opened the 1st period with 2:10 of power play time due to a double minor for high-sticking given to Acadia's Nick Deakin-Poot towards the end of the 1st period and it only took them 31 seconds to convert. Austen Keating got the puck along the goal line at the side of the net and his pass out to Phelan in the slot was fanned on. Unfortunately for Acadia, it went right to Nicolas Guay and he slapped the puck into the top of the net. The Axemen got that one back at 11:10, responding with an Eric Henderson power play goal to pull back within 3-1, which is how it would remain for the remainder of the period. Shots were 13-9 for UNB in the frame. 

Holding a two goal lead, the Reds did a good job limiting scoring chances over the final twenty minutes. Acadia had their chance when Hall and Phelan took penalties at 12:32 and 13:09 of the period, giving their league-leading power play a golden opportunity to get the Axemen back in the game. It was the Reds league-leading penalty kill that came out on top in this matchup though, killing off both penalties without too much trouble. Phelan then turned the lights out on the home side with an empty net goal - from below his own goal line nonetheless - with 24 seconds remaining. Jason Willms (MacDougall, McEwan) poured it on with another goal with less than a second left to make it a 5-1 final.  

- Shots in the 3rd period 11-10 for Acadia. UNB held a 37-34 advantage in the game.

- UNB was without Noah Carroll, who was serving the second game of his two game suspension stemming from his fight last weekend against St. FX, and Benjamin Gagne, who was given a three game suspension after a "Standards of Conduct Review" following the game against Dalhousie last Saturday. The biggest question coming out of the game might be the status of Tyler Boland, who left early in the first period and never returned. 

- UNB went 1 for 5 on the power play. Acadia was 1 for 6. 

- Rylan Parenteau improved his stat line on the season to 8-0-0 with a ridiculous 0.99 GAA and 0.955 save percentage. 

- The Reds won 35 out of 59 face-offs. Phelan was 16 out of 21 in the circle to lead the way.

- Phelan was named the player of the game with Acadia's Peyton Hoyt being the second star and Parenteau the third. 

- UNB has now given up only 20 goals on the season. Everyone else in the conference has surrendered between 50 (Saint Mary's) and 66 (Acadia) goals. 

- The Reds have had their fair share of struggles in Wolfville prior to the Christmas break over the last decade plus. After losing nine straight times in that situation between 2010 and 2017 they won three in a row, before then dropping both contests in 2019. Even with tonight's win, UNB is only 4-7-4 in their last 15 pre-Christmas games in Wolfville. 

- In other AUS action tonight, the St. FX X-Men turned the tables on the UPEI Panthers. After being embarrassed 9-1 two weeks ago, the X-Men exploded for seven 2nd period goals on route to a 8-3 win in Antigonish. The other game produced an upset with Moncton going into Halifax and besting the Saint Mary's Huskies 5-3.

- UNB is back at it tomorrow night against Saint Mary's, who will no doubt be in a sour mood and looking to salvage their weekend. Game time is 7PM. As always, if you can't be there in person you can watch on AUStv.ca.


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Winning Streak Hits Six

The U Sports #1 ranked University of New Brunswick Reds scored two goals in each period and Rylan Parenteau notched his second shutout of the season as they rolled to a 6-0 victory over the visiting Dalhousie Tigers in a rare Saturday afternoon game. UNB is now 13-1-0 on the season, five points clear of second place. 

The Reds opened the scoring at 6:34 of the opening period when Kade Landry cut from the side boards to the slot and sent a deft backhanded pass to Brady Gilmour at the bottom of the face-off circle that Gilmour one timed past Tigers goalie Connor Hicks. James Phelan also got a helper on the goal. Samuel Dove-McFalls then made it a 2-0 game at 15:38, taking a MacAuley Carson pass from below the goal line out front and making a quick move from his forehand to backhand to put the puck into the far side of the net. Mark Rassell continued to make an impact since his return from injury with the other assist on the marker. The period would end with UNB holding a 2-0 lead while out-shooting the Tigers 10-3.

The home side turned it up a notch in the 2nd period, holding a 20-3 advantage in shots on goal and doubling their lead. At 3:27 Rassell (Willms, Carson) was somehow left all alone in front of the Tigers net with no one within 10 feet of him. Jason Willms fired a pass from the corner to the former WHL 50 goal scorer and the sniper made no mistake to push the lead to 3-0. Then, at 12:03 while on the power play, Landry walked the blue line before passing down to Nicolas Guay at the top of the right face-off circle. Guay then bumped the puck over to Phelan in the high slot for a quick slap shot that beat Hicks glove side. 

Entering the 3rd period with a 4-0 lead the final twenty minutes were merely a formality. It was the Tigers best period of the game, putting 11 shots towards Rylan Parenteau (to the Reds 12), and getting a few decent scoring chances, but it was UNB scoring two goals, both courtesy Isaac Nurse. At 7:55 Nurse (Phelan, Gilmour) speared at a loose puck that was sitting in the crease between Hicks legs to make it 5-0. He then followed up the greasy goal with one that showed off his skill, outracing a defender for the puck at the Tigers blueline and then sniping the puck into the top right corner. The final goal of the game came at 18:02 and was assisted by Joe Gatenby and Gilmour.

- Shots in the game were 42-17 for the Reds.

- Benjamin Gagne was back in the line-up on defence as Noah Carroll serves his suspension for being assessed a fighting major against St. FX.

- UNB was 1 for 6 on the power play. Dalhousie was 0 for 2.

- The Reds won 32 out of 59 face-offs with Dove-McFalls (13 out of 22) having the best day at the dot. 

- Phelan was the player of the game. Landry was second star and Gilmour was third.

- Rylan Parenteau now has 11 career shut-outs, which moves him past Reg Bourcier for second in school history. He only trails Travis Fullerton, who had 21 over his five year career.

- This is the first time UNB has won 13 out of their first 14 games since going 14-0-0 to begin the 2009-2010 season.

- Elsewhere around the conference, St. FX rebounded to pick up a 4-2 road win in Moncton and Saint Mary's won their third straight game with a decisive 6-1 win in Wolfville over Acadia. 

- The Reds are back on the road next weekend with games against Acadia on Friday night and Saint Mary's the following evening. Game time for both is 7PM and will be available on AUStv.ca.


Saturday, November 20, 2021

3rd Period Barrage Lifts Reds

The #1 ranked University of New Brunswick Reds broke open a close game with four goals in the 3rd period to pull away from the rival St. FX X-Men in what was a chippy and intense 6-2 victory tonight at the AUC. The 12-1-0 Reds have now opened up a five point lead over the second place X-Men with a game in hand. 

The start couldn't have been any better for the Reds as they grabbed a 1-0 lead before much of the large crowd, who are required to show proof of vaccination at the door, even had a chance to get into the rink. Tyler Boland got ahold of the puck behind the goal and quickly fed Nicolas Guay out front, who wasted no time one timing it past Joseph Raaymakers. Connor Hall also picked up an assist on the goal, which came only 42 seconds into the game. UNB carried the momentum throughout the period, out-shooting the X-Men 13-5, but the game would head into the intermission tied as the AUS scoring leader Liam Hawel pounced on a turnover in front of the net and beat a screened Rylan Parenteau with a wrist shot. 

It appeared the Reds were playing with fire when they handed the X-Men's dangerous power play their third opportunity of the game just over a minute into the 2nd period. However, it was Austen Keating forcing a turnover in the corner of the offensive zone and then finding James Phelan, who put the puck off the far post and in for UNB's first shorthanded goal of the season. This was the only goal of a more evenly played period with the shots being 8-7 in favour of the Reds. 

UNB put the game out of reach in the first 8+ minutes of the 3rd period, connecting three times to turn a nail-biter into a laugher. At 3:24 Keating received a Connor Hall pass in front of the visitors bench, drew three defenders to him as he skated deep into X-Men territory, and then sent a pretty backhand pass back to Guay, who was all alone in the slot and had a wide open net that he didn't miss. Only 55 seconds later Mark Rassell (Gatenby, Dove-McFalls) - returning to the line-up after missing ten games - brought the puck out from behind the goal and used his long reach to slide it past Raaymakers for his first goal of the season . Tyler Boland (Guay, Phelan) capped the outburst with a power play goal at 8:16, just getting enough of his stick on the puck at the side of the net to get it over the goal line. The Reds would pile it on with another power play goal at 14:48 when Brady Gilmour (Dove-McFalls, Rassell) deposited the puck during a scramble in front of the net. The game had been physical and chippy from the opening puck drop and it finally boiled over at the 17:32 mark after Noah Carroll took exception to a hit by William Bower. The two started jawing at each other before dropping the gloves and engaging in one of the better fights you will see in the AUS with both combatants throwing some solid punches before being broken up by the refs. Meanwhile, some of the other players who were standing around during the fight started having some words. Connor Hall saw this and skated over and cross-checked a St. FX player, which led to more fireworks. After it was all said and done the Reds were down two men for a full two minutes. On the ensuing 5-on-3 power play Zack Trott scored to make it 6-2 at the 18:09 mark. UNB would kill off the other penalty and the rest of the game was played without incident. Shots in the period were 11-4 for the Reds.     

- UNB got the services of both Mark Rassell and Rylan Parenteau back tonight. Benjamin Gagne was the lone scratch while Tanner Somers was the back-up goalie with Griffen Outhouse still injured.

- Shots were 32-16 for the Reds.

- UNB was 2 for 5 on the power play. The X-Men went 1 for 8.

- The Reds won 38 out of 58 face-offs. Both Dove-McFalls (16 out of 23) and Phelan (14 out of 18) had stand-out nights.

- Guay was named the player of the game for a second straight time. Boland and Rassell were the other two stars.

- Brady Gilmour was shaken up late in the 1st period after losing his balance and going hard into the end boards back first. After laying on the ice momentarily he was able to get up and skate off under his own power.

- Attendance was a solid 2365.

- Carroll will have a suspension coming his way. He will get at least one game for the fighting major and will most likely get more as he was also assessed an instigating penalty.

- As previously mentioned, X-Men head coach Brad Peddle missed the game due to a one game suspension he was given after last weekend's game against UPEI. 

- This was St. FX's first game at the AUC since a 6-2 loss on January 25th, 2020 - a span of 665 days.

- In fact, things have not gone well for the X-Men in Fredericton in recent years. Since the beginning of the 2018-2019 season they are now 0-7-0  and have been outscored 47-12 at the Aitken Centre. They haven't held UNB below five goals in any of those games. 

- In other AUS action tonight it was Moncton picking up a much needed 5-3 home win over Dalhousie and Saint Mary's going on the road to defeat UPEI 4-1. 

- UNB is back at home tomorrow afternoon against the Dalhousie Tigers. Please note that game time is scheduled for 4PM. 


Thursday, November 18, 2021

MacDougall, Five Reds Heading To FISU Games

Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall has been tabbed to lead Team Canada at the FISU Winter Universiades, to be held in Lucerne, Switzerland from December 11-21. This is his third time coaching at the games, already having led Team Canada to a gold medal as head coach at the 2013 games in Trentino, Italy and a gold medal as assistant coach in 2007 in Turin, Italy.  

The 23 player team will feature players from across the country, including five Reds - the most of any team. Those selected to participate are forwards Tyler Boland, Samuel Dove-McFalls, and Austen Keating, defenceman Joe Gatenby, and goaltender Rylan Parenteau. 

Other AUS player attending are F - Mitchell Balmas (SMU), D - Garrett McFadden and G - Logan Flodell (Acadia), F - Liam Hawel and F - Matthew Struthers (St. FX), and F - Kyle Maksimovich and D - Owen Headrick (UPEI).

Notably absent from the team are any players from the University of Alberta. It is expected they will participate in the annual exhibition games against the Team Canada world junior hopefuls. 

It should be noted that this is a large academic and financial commitment for these players, two factors which may have prevented otherwise strong candidates from being selected. While the games aren't overlapping with any regular season games, like they have in the past, they are taking place during the exam period. Also, it is up to each individual school to decide if they want to help their players financially.

The team is in a pool with Estonia - whom they play in their opener on December 10th, Latvia, Slovakia, and the United States. 

The women's team will include Reds head coach Sarah Hilworth in an assistant role and goaltender Kendra Woodland. 


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

U Sports Top Ten (#5): Reds On Top...Again

The Reds are once again the top ranked men's hockey team in the land, according to the latest top ten rankings released earlier today. 

The Reds posted a pair of convincing home wins over the weekend, topping Acadia 6-1 and Saint Mary's 4-1 despite missing their top two goaltenders due to injury, to run their record to 11-1-0. 

The top three remained unchanged with undefeated Saskatchewan and British Columbia staying put at number two and three. 

The Alberta Golden Bears moved up to 4th and the Ottawa Gee Gees up to 5th while the UQTR Patriotes enter the rankings for the first time since February of 2020. 

The bottom of the top ten feature Carleton, St. FX, Guelph, and Mount Royal.

Special shout-out (again) to the UNB women's hockey team who are up to 3rd in the latest rankings, behind only McGill and Saint Mary's.

Kelly Cup Returning

The University of New Brunswick Reds will resume their holiday tradition of hosting the Pete Kelly Cup this season with the McGill Redbirds providing the opposition.

The one game winner-take-all format will take place on Thursday, December 30th at 7PM at the AUC.

This will be the 16th event since the first one was held in 2006. The format has undergone a number of changes over the years, but one thing has remained constant - a UNB victory. After failing to capture the inaugural event, the Reds have won each of the last 14.

The meeting between the intra-conference foes is a significant one as it marks the first time an AUS team has played a non-conference game since the 2019 University Cup.

This will be the 15th match-up all-time between the two storied hockey programs with UNB dominating the series, winning 13 out of the previous 14 games. The biggest one, of course, was a 4-0 victory in the 2011 University Cup final at the AUC. 


Saturday, November 13, 2021

Top Line Leads Reds Over Huskies

The trio of Tyler Boland, Austen Keating, and Nicolas Guay combined for three goals and six assists as the #1 ranked University of New Brunswick Reds defeated the visiting Saint Mary's Huskies 4-1 tonight at the AUC. The victory caps an impressive weekend for UNB, who out-scored perennial contenders Acadia and SMU 10-2 despite being down their top two goaltenders, and improves their record to 11-1-0.

The Huskies showed more offense in the 1st period than the Axemen did the entire game the night before as they tested Tanner Somers with nine shots in the first twenty minutes. The Reds had ten shots of their own and scored the lone goal late in the period. With 1:29 remaining Austen Keating (Guay, Landry) picked up the puck in the left face-off circle, skated behind the net, and whipped the puck along the ice and into the far corner, past Huskies goalie Matt Welsh. 

After a fairly even opening period, the Reds started to tilt the ice and take control of the game in the 2nd period. UNB out-shot SMU 14-6 and scored another goal to pad their lead, but not before the Huskies had two great chances in the opening minutes of the period that Somers had to be sharp on. At 11:16, moments after Guay left the penalty box he joined the rush with his line-mates and they executed a three-on-two to perfection, working the puck from left to right across the offensive zone. Keating skated into the Huskies zone and passed back to Boland, who was the trailer on the play, and he drew the attention of the defenceman. This left Guay all alone on the right side and Boland fed him a perfect pass, with Guay finishing the sequence by snapping a shot into the top of the net. The goal gave UNB a 2-0 lead, which they would take into the intermission.

The Reds broke the game open in the opening minutes of the 3rd period. Shortly after an unsuccessful power play Guay (McCormick, Keating) got his second of the night just 19 seconds into the period, taking a pass from Keating between the hash marks and wristing it in. UNB pushed it to 4-0 at 6:11 when Boland drew three defenders to him behind the net before spotting a pinching Kade Landry out front. The rookie defenceman one-timed the puck into the far side for his first career AUS goal. The Huskies only needed 30 seconds to get that one back as Mitchell Balmas got the visitors on the board with a slap shot from about twenty feet out that beat Somers. UNB then took a pair of penalties 1:40 apart to give SMU a sliver of life, but a Huskies penalty 42 seconds later cut the second power play short and effectively ended any hope Saint Mary's had at getting back in the game. Shots in the period were 12-4 for UNB.

- The Reds went with the same line-up as the night before with Mark Rassell, who is supposedly getting very close to returning, Rylan Parenteau, and Griffen Outhouse were all scratched. Former Junior A goalie Jack Ryan was once again dressed as Somers back-up. 

- UNB out-shot SMU 36-19 on the night. 

- Both teams failed to convert on the power play. The Huskies had five chances while the Reds had two.

- Guay was named the player of the game. Keating and Somers were the other two stars.

- The Reds had a very strong night at the face-off circle, winning 45 out of 70 draws. Samuel Dove-McFalls (19 out of 26) was the stand-out, but Boland (12 out of 17) and James Phelan (10 out of 17) also had good showings. 

- Attendance was 1903.

- Neither of the other two games tonight were particularly close either. Dalhousie picked up a 5-2 win over the UPEI Panthers in Halifax and Moncton added to Acadia's rough season with a 5-1 home victory.

- The Reds are back on home ice next weekend when the St. FX X-Men and Dalhousie Tigers visit the AUC for the first time this season, on Friday night at 7PM and Saturday afternoon at 4PM respectively. The X-Men will be without forward Matthew Philip, defenceman Roddie Sandilands, and head coach Brad Peddle for their role in last night's fireworks near the end of their game against UPEI.   

Friday, November 12, 2021

Reds Trounce Axemen

If you know you are going to have to start your third string goaltender, some good strategies may be to possess the puck for the majority of the game and try to and score more goals than the opposition has shots on goal. The number one ranked University of New Brunswick Reds achieved the former and, for the first 57 minutes of the game, the latter until a late "flurry" by the visiting Acadia Axemen - which included a power play goal with 1:01 remaining to spoil Tanner Somers shutout bid. Nonetheless, the Reds skated away with a dominating 6-1 victory tonight at the AUC. 

The Reds relentless forecheck and transition game was on full display from the opening face-off as they hardly gave the shorthanded Axemen a chance to catch their breath. UNB out-shot Acadia 13-1 over the first twenty minutes and built a 2-0 lead. The game's ice-breaker came at 8:04 when Jason Willms (Casey, Carroll) got the puck just below the left face-off dot and beat reigning AUS MVP Logan Flodell with a wrist shot short side. It only took 67 seconds for the Reds to add to the lead, and essentially put the game out of reach for the offensively-challenged visitors. Tyler Boland stickhandled around a defender on his way towards the net, where he had his shot attempt stopped. However, the rebound trickled into the crease behind Flodell and Nicolas Guay was right there to pounce on the loose puck and put it in. 

The 2nd period was much of the same with UNB holding a 16-2 edge in shots on goal and adding another three goals. At 4:11 Noah Carroll - who may have played his best game in a UNB uniform tonight - skated the puck down the right boards to the goal line before making a beautiful cross-ice pass to Benjamin Gagne, who was all alone at the back door for an easy-tap in. Willms picked up the secondary assist on Gagne's first career AUS goal. Brady Gilmour (Nurse) showed off his silky mitts to make it 4-0 at 12:02, capping a lengthy shift in the Axemen zone with a perfectly placed backhanded shot off the cross-bar and in. MacAuley Carson (Gilmour, Landry) added a power play goal at 14:57 for his first career AUS goal to give the Reds a five goal cushion heading into the 3rd period.

The biggest storyline over the final twenty minutes was whether Reds goaltender Tanner Somers could complete the shut-out in his first career AUS start - and his first game action of any kind since playing for the Miramichi Timberwolves in 2018-2019. The result of the game wasn't in doubt, especially after another power play goal at 7:42 made it 6-0. After a wild sequence around Flodell that had many fans wondering "how did that not go in?!" Tyler Boland (Guay) decided to take matters in his own hands as he picked up a loose puck in the corner, curled off the boards and into the slot, and wired a hard wrist shot into the top corner. With three minutes remaining the Axemen trailed 6-0 and only had five shots on goal, but a late "outburst" generated three shots and their lone goal, a power play marker off the stick of Jack Flaman with 1:01 left in the contest that proved to be the last goal of the night. Shots in the period were 10-5 for UNB.

- Shots in the game were 39-8 for the Reds.

- UNB was still without Mark Rassell and Rylan Parenteau, who are both "week to week" according to Gardiner MacDougall. Griffen Outhouse is also injured. As a result, Jack Ryan was dressed as the emergency back-up goalie. 

- The Axemen only dressed 14 skaters as they are also ravaged with injuries. 

- UNB's much maligned power play had a good night, converting on two out of three opportunities. Acadia was 1 for 2.

- The Reds won 37 out of 58 face-offs with James Phelan (12 out of 19) leading the way. 

- Carson was named the player of the game. Carroll and Gilmour were the second and third stars respectively.

- Before the game Mark Rassell was named the recipient of this year's Rod Pike Memorial Scholarship, which is given annually to the player who shows outstanding leadership and compete level and is willing to go the extra mile for his teammates and team.

- Attendance was 2003 on a rainy night in the provincial capital. 

- Since losing to the Axemen in game 1 of the 2020 AUS Final, the Reds have gone 5-0 with a 25-3 goal differential versus Acadia. 

- After finishing in second place in 2019-2020 with a 19-9-2 record (and ending the season with a 2-5-2 stretch), the Axemen are off to a very disappointing start this season, sitting in 6th place with a 4-8-0 record. 

- Meanwhile, UNB has won 10 of their first 11 games for only the second time since 2009-2010. They started 11-0-1 in 2017-2018.

- In other conference action tonight, Saint Mary's bested Moncton 3-1 on the road and UPEI shellacked St. FX 9-1 in Charlottetown in a game that featured some fireworks in the third period, something that we never, ever see when the X-Men are getting blown out (insert sarcasm here).

- The Reds will look to replicate tonight's performance tomorrow night when they welcome the Saint Mary's Huskies to the AUC. Game time is 7PM. 


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

U Sports Top Ten (#4): Record Ranking For Reds

The University of New Brunswick Reds once again find themselves at the top of the men's hockey rankings, which were released earlier today. While that is nothing out of the ordinary given they have  topped the last 17 polls, it marks a historic ranking for the UNB program. This is the 277th consecutive poll they have appeared in, breaking the previous record held by the Alberta Golden Bears, who were ranked in every poll from November 5th, 1996 until October 18th, 2011. 

The then-Varsity Reds streak began with a 6th place ranking in the first poll of the 2005-2006 season on October 18th, 2005. Since then they have been ranked first (130 times), second (67 times), third (27), fourth (20), fifth (12), sixth (8), seventh (5), eighth (5), ninth (2), and tenth (1). Remarkably, they have only been ranked lower than 5th nine times since that 2005-2006 season.

The Reds streak isn't in immediate jeopardy. The Saskatchewan Huskies, who are ranked 2nd in the latest poll, own the next longest active streak with 22 consecutive appearances in the top ten.

The rest of the current top ten sees UBC ranked 3rd followed by St. FX, Mount Royal, Alberta, Calgary, Carleton, Ottawa, and Western.



Saturday, November 6, 2021

Reds Escape Island With Two Points

Much like their first visit to Charlottetown this season, the #1 nationally ranked University of New Brunswick Reds surrendered a late game-tying goal only to ultimately emerge victoriously. Tonight they needed a shoot-out to come away with a 3-2 victory over the UPEI Panthers, running their first place record to 9-1-0 in the process.

It was a typical PEI-style game - rough-and-tumble, physical, and not pretty at times. The home side got on the board first with Jaden Peca tipping a point shot past Griffen Outhouse 3:51 into the contest. The goal held up until the final minute of the period when, while on the power play, James McEwan got the puck along the boards deep in UPEI territory before bumping it out to Samuel Dove-McFalls, who ripped a shot into the top corner. The goal was also assisted by Kade Landry and came at the 19:09 mark. 

The Reds have struggled a bit thus far getting goal scoring production from their blue-line, entering the game with only two goals in nine games from their defenders - and one of those was an empty netter. Ross MacDougall got their third at 11:05 of the 3rd period, throwing a shot on net from the side boards near the players bench that somehow eluded Jonah Capriotti to give the visitors their first lead of the night. The Reds then had a great chance to ice the game when James Phelan had his stick slashed in half while going in on a breakaway with 2:52 remaining. He was awarded a penalty shot, but Capriotti flashed the leather to deny the potential insurance goal. That save loomed even larger when Filip Rydstrom was able to tie the game with only 1:04 remaining while Capriotti was on the bench. Connor MacEachern's point shot was blocked in front by a UNB player, but the puck deflected right on to the stick of Rydstrom, who had a wide open net to shoot at. 

The game would remain tied through the end of regulation and a fairly uneventful overtime period. In the shoot-out the Panthers elected to shoot first. Kaleb Pearson was denied by Outhouse while Tyler Boland beat Capriotti with a shot just inside the right post. Matt Brassard and James McEwan both missed their opportunities and, needing a goal to extend the game, Kyle Maksimovich had the puck roll off the end of his stick before getting a shot off, giving the Reds the victory. 

- The Reds were once again without Mark Rassell. Goaltender Rylan Parenteau also missed his fourth consecutive game. 

 - Shots in the game favoured the Panthers 31-26 with period totals of 9-9, 7-10, 12-5, and 3-2 in overtime. 

- It is rare the Reds are out-shot in a game, but we almost never see them beaten on both the shot clock and in the face-off circle. UPEI won 36 out of 70 face-offs, despite James Phelan winning 13 out of his 21 attempts. 

- UNB went 1 for 5 on the power play. The Panthers were scoreless on six opportunities with the man advantage. 

- Outhouse was named the player of the game. He is now 4-1-0 on the season with a 1.98 GAA and 0.917 save percentage.

- Attendance was 711.

- By comparison, UNB had 18 goals come from their defencemen during the 2019 - 2020 season. 

- The Reds have failed to score more than three goals in any of their last four games on the island, yet have won all four - three of them by a single goal. 

- There was only one other AUS game tonight and it saw St. FX pick up their fourth win in a row with a 7-5 home victory over the Saint Mary's Huskies. 

- Every team has now played at least 1/3 of their schedule and right now it is a two horse race at the top of the standings. The Reds are 9-1-0 for 18 points, one point ahead of the 8-2-1 St. FX X-Men. Dalhousie (11 points), UPEI (10), Saint Mary's (9), and Acadia (8) are all bunched up in the middle with Moncton (5) struggling to keep pace.

- After three straight weeks on the road, the Reds are finally back on AUC ice next weekend. They host the Acadia Axemen on Friday night and Saint Mary's Huskies the following evening. Both games are set for a 7PM start.

Offense Breaks Out In Rout

The #1 ranked University of New Brunswick Reds haven't been as dangerous offensively thus far compared to previous seasons, but they looked like their old selves last night in a 7-1 beating against the last place Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus in the hub city. The Reds improve to 8-1-0 on the season and maintain a one point lead atop the AUS standings. 

The Reds have been getting off to strong starts over their last few games and last night was no different. However, unlike last Saturday night when they out-shot St. FX 17-0 in the 1st period but were unable to score, they found the back of the net twice against Moncton. They opened the scoring at 6:26 when the top line came in on a 3-on-2. Austen Keating skated the puck down the left side, gave Tyler Boland a behind the back pass, and then Boland found a streaking Nicolas Guay, who had a wide open short side of the net to work with. He made no mistake, beating Emile Samson for the game's first goal. UNB quickly doubled their lead, needing only 69 seconds to make it 2-0 after Isaac Nurse (Gilmour, Phelan) beat Samson far side from a sharp angle. Although the shots in the period were 16-7 for UNB, the Aigles Bleus had a couple of great odd-man chances thanks to some questionable passes and decisions by the Reds at Moncton's blue line. Fortunately, Griffen Outhouse was up to the task and kept the game 2-0 after twenty minutes. 

The trio of Keating/Boland/Guay only needed 3:10 of the 2nd period to strike again. This time it was Boland getting the goal after he collected a rebound at the side of the net and shoveled it in. The Aigles Bleus responded quickly, narrowing the lead back to two at 5:55 with a power play goal off the stick of Nathael Roy, just eight seconds after the Reds were assessed a too many men on the ice penalty. It was the first power play goal UNB had given up this season after 41 consecutive successful kills. Moncton went right back to the power play after the goal, but the Reds were able to kill that one off and then restored the three goal advantage at 13:28 with James Phelan (Nurse, Gilmour) banging in the puck at the side of the net. UNB would take a 4-1 lead into the 3rd period after out-shooting the home side 14-5 in the period.

Phelan (Gagne, Gilmour) added his second of the game 2:52 into the final period with a wrist shot from 15 feet out that just got through Samson. At 5:05 Thomas Casey (Willms, Gagne) got his first career AUS goal after the puck came to him at the side of the net during a goal-mouth scramble. A big scorer in junior, Casey celebrated by pantomiming removing the "monkey off his back". Samuel Dove-McFalls (Gilmour, Nurse) concluded the scoring 1:01 later with a pretty re-direction from the slot. Shots in the period were 12-3 for UNB.

- UNB is still without Mark Rassell as the veteran sniper missed his 7th straight game. 

- Shots in the game were 42-15.

- The Reds power play continues to struggle, going 0 for 4 against the league's worst penalty killing unit. They are operating at a meager 13.6%, 6th in the league. Moncton was 1 for 3 with the man advantage.

- UNB won 39 out of 68 face-offs. Phelan (13 out of 24) and Dove-McFalls (11 out of 16) got the majority of the assignments.

- Attendance was 651.

- In other AUS action the St. FX X-Men rebounded from blowing a 3-1 lead to the Acadia Axemen to emerge with a 5-3 victory in Antigonish. In Halifax, the Dalhousie Tigers followed up a 6-3 win over Acadia on Wednesday with a 6-4 win against Saint Mary's.

- The Reds wrap up their stretch of six straight road games with a date with the UPEI Panthers Saturday night in Charlottetown. Game time is 7PM and it can be seen at AUStv.ca.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

U Sports Top Ten (#3): Despite Loss, Reds Remain #1

Despite suffering their first loss of the season - 4-3 against St. FX on Saturday night - the University of New Brunswick Reds retained the number one spot in the latest top ten rankings. It is the 16th straight poll the Reds have topped dating back to the 2019-2020 season. 

The Saskatchewan Huskies, who are off to a 3-0-0 start in Canada West play, are ranked second for the third straight week while their conference-mates, the UBC Thunderbirds, are up a spot to third. This is UBC's highest ranking in program history.

St. FX, fresh off of handing UNB their first loss of the season, re-enter the rankings at 4th. 

Guelph hold at five as they await their first regular season game. 

The bottom half of the rankings feature the Mount Royal Cougars, Alberta Golden Bears (who had a 53 game winning streak versus the Regina Cougars snapped with a 3-0 home loss on Saturday), Saint Mary's Huskies, Carleton Ravens, and Ryerson Rams. 

A special shout-out to the Reds women's hockey team, who were ranked 9th in the initial women's rankings of the season. It is the first time they have appeared in the rankings since the team was re-launched. 

Thursday, October 28, 2021

U Sports Top Ten (#1 and #2): Reds Begin Season In Pole Position

The undefeated University of New Brunswick Reds have began the season as the top men's hockey team in the country, topping the inaugural poll last week as well as the most recent one, published on Tuesday.

The Reds have reeled off nine straight victories to start the season - including six in regular season play - to top the rankings for the 148th and 149th time in program history. They are followed by a trio of Canada West teams - the traditional powers from Saskatchewan (1-0-0) and Alberta (1-1-0) as well as the 4-0-0 UBC Thunderbirds, the team UNB was set to face in the 2020 University Cup quarter-finals before it was canceled. 

Guelph and Western, neither of whom have begun their regular season schedule yet, are ranked 5th and 6th. The OUA isn't scheduled to begin playing games that count until November. 

Mount Royal (3-1-0) and Saint Mary's (3-3-0) are in the 7th and 8th spots while Carleton and Ottawa round out the rankings.

This season U Sports is using a combination of the computer ELO ratings and the rankings from select media members. 

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Reds Win Another Tight One

After defeating the Dalhousie Tigers by a 7-0 score in the pre-season, the University of New Brunswick Reds probably didn't expect tonight's game in Halifax to come down to the wire. Yet that was exactly the case as the Reds needed to survive a late flurry to pull out a 2-1 victory over the pesky Tigers. UNB runs their record to 6-0-0 while the Tigers fall to 3-3-0. 

- The way the opening twenty minutes played out it appeared UNB was going to be well on their way to a comfortable win. Just 46 seconds into the contest Tyler Boland (Gilmour, Guay) got the last whack at a loose puck at the side of the net, slamming it past Tigers netminder Connor Hicks. They doubled the lead at 17:57 while on a 5-on-3 power play. Kade Landry attempted to make a cross-seam pass, but Samuel Dove-McFalls, who was camped out in the slot, fooled Hicks by intercepting the puck. Hicks, who moved aggressively from his left to the right post anticipating the pass going the width of the ice, found himself out of position and Dove-McFalls put the puck into the wide open net. James McEwan picked up the secondary assist on the goal. 

- The game was marred by a number of penalties - 80 minutes on 28 infractions between the two teams - and post-whistle scrums. It wasn't until the 11:47 mark of the 3rd period that the game saw its next goal. The Tigers won an offensive zone face-off and moments later Logan Johnston backhanded a loose puck past Rylan Parenteau and into the top right corner. 

- The Tigers pulled Hicks with 80 seconds remaining in the game and were able to generate lots of zone time, but the Reds got some big shot blocks in the dying seconds to secure the victory.

- Shots in the game were 43-20 for UNB with period totals of 17-7, 14-5, 12-8.

- The Reds were without the services of Mark Rassell (lower body injury) and Noah Carroll, who was on the receiving end of a boarding penalty the night before against St. FX.

- There were plenty of power plays in the game. UNB was 1 for 7 while the Tigers were 0 for 9.

- UNB won 42 out of 78 face-offs. Dove-McFalls was 17 for 26 to lead the Reds.

- Hicks and Dove-McFalls were the players of the game. 

- Attendance was 246.

- The Reds have won 40 straight games against the Tigers dating back to 3-2 shootout loss on February 4th, 2012. UNB had scored at least three goals in each of the previous 22 meetings.

- Through the first six games of the season it is apparent that this isn't the same explosive offense we have become accustomed to. The Reds have only scored 19 goals thus far, the fewest they have ever scored through six games in any season under Gardiner MacDougall. By comparison, they scored 30, 25, 25, 33, and 27 goals through their first six games over the previous five seasons. 

- On the flip side, the seven goals they have surrendered so far is the fewest through six games since MacDougall became head coach in 2000.

- All told, we are seeing way fewer total goals per UNB game than we are used to. 

- So far this season it is looking like the conference is tight as ever with teams 2 through 7 separated by six points. In addition to this game the previously winless Moncton Aigles Bleus stormed back from a 2-0 3rd period deficit to stun the 2nd place St. FX X-Men 4-2 in Antigonish. The other game saw the UPEI Panthers shut-out the Acadia Axemen 3-0 on home ice. 

- In a rarity, the Reds are back in Halifax for another game against the Tigers Friday night. Game time is 7PM.

Winning Streak Hits Five

For the second time on the young season the University of New Brunswick Reds failed to hold a late one goal lead, but once again they were able to escape with an overtime victory as Austen Keating's goal was the difference in a 2-1 win over the St. FX X-Men tonight in Antigonish. UNB remains perfect with a 5-0-0 record while the X-Men sit alone in second place at 4-1-1 on the season.

- The first meeting between these two rivals since January of 2020 produced a blistering 1st period that took less than half an hour to complete and featured a level of intensity and pace that we haven't experienced thus far this season. There were no goals in the period as UNB held a slight 8-7 shots on goal advantage. 

- The Reds were awarded a five minute power play early in the 2nd period after William Bower was assessed a major penalty for boarding Noah Carroll, but despite all kinds of zone time they were unable to generate any real dangerous scoring chances and the X-Men killed it off without too much issue. 

- A second, abbreviated, power play late in the period yielded different results, however. Just five seconds after Connor Hall exited the penalty box to turn a four-on-four into a Reds man advantage. Brady Gilmour carried the puck over the X-Men blue-line and dished the puck off to Austen Keating. Keating then dropped the puck back to a charging Samuel Dove-McFalls, who threaded a pass to Gilmour at the side of the net that the second year forward redirected past Joseph Raaymakers. This was the only goal in the period as UNB out-shot St. FX 9-4.

- The Reds largely controlled possession in the 3rd period despite being out-shot 7-4. They did a great job of limiting the X-Men's league-leading offense by clearing the puck out of their zone in a timely matter. The strategy worked flawlessly until the 18:36 mark when Matthew Philipps took a pass just inside the Reds blue-line, eluded a defender, and ripped a hard, low shot from the high slot that beat Rylan Parenteau to tie the game at one, which is how it would remain after 60 minutes. 

- UNB had both shots in the 3-on-3 overtime period with the winner coming at 3:36. Keating (Boland, Carroll) got the puck behind the net and shook off a defender as he circled out front before putting a backhander on net that somehow squirted through Raaymakers' legs, giving the Reds a huge road win over the conference's second place team. 

- UNB went with their usual line-up with Mark Rassell remaining the lone scratch due to an injury.

- Shots were 23-18 for the Reds.

- UNB went 1 for 3 on the power play. Their penalty kill remains perfect on the season, killing off all five of St. FX's opportunities with the man advantage. 

- The Reds narrowly won the face-off battle, taking 27 out of 51 draws. Jason Willms (7 out of  9) had the best night at the dot.

- Attendance was 812. 

- Parenteau was named the player of the game with X-Men William Thompson and Raaymakers the other two stars.

- League leading scorer Liam Hawel, who entered the game with 11 points through St. FX's first five  games, was held to two shots on goal and a -1 rating on the night. 

- No player had more than three shots on goal.

- UNB had scored 5+ goals in eight of their last nine meetings with St. FX.

- They've won nine out of their last 10 games against the X-Men.

- 23 shots on goal is the fewest in a game by UNB since also having 23 in a 6-2 playoff win over SMU in February 2018.

- The 41 combined shots is the fewest in a UNB game since Alberta out-shot the Reds 24-9 in the 2015 University Cup final. 

- In other AUS action tonight, the Saint Mary's Huskies won their third in a row with a 5-3 win in Wolfville over Acadia and Dalhousie improved to 3-2-0 with a 6-1 rout of the winless Moncton Aigles Bleus in Halifax.

- The Reds travel to Halifax for a game against the surprising Tigers tomorrow night. Game time is 7PM. 


Friday, October 15, 2021

UNB Remains Undefeated

The University of New Brunswick Reds overcame a slow start to pull away from the Saint Mary's Huskies in an entertaining 5-2 victory tonight at the AUC. UNB runs their winning streak to seven straight games to begin the season, including a 4-0-0 record in regular season play. 

- A fast-paced first period that took less than 30 minutes to play produced a goal for each side. Cedric Ralph got the visitors on the board first at 12:21 only for the Reds to square things up at 15:01. Tyler Boland created a turnover in the neutral zone and quickly reversed Saint Mary's attempted rush up the ice with a pass to Brady Gilmour, who, along with Nicolas Guay were just exiting the offensive zone. The sudden transition caught the Huskies and created an odd man rush with Gilmour feeding Guay with a perfect pass that the rookie fired past goaltender Matthew Welsh and into the top of the net. Shots in the period were 13-9 for Saint Mary's, who appeared more than capable of keeping up with the Reds style of play.

- The Huskies continued their success into the 2nd period, holding their own, if not carrying the play for the first  12 or so minutes of the period as they did a good job of stifling the Reds attack. However, as we have saw many times over the years, UNB can turn it on in a hurry and that's what exactly happened in this one. The Reds out-shot SMU 11-3 over the last five minutes - 15-8 overall in the period.- and scored a pair of goals to take control of the game. At 15:15 Samuel Dove-McFalls gave UNB their first lead of the night (Keating, McEwan) when he was the trailing man on the rush and jumped on a loose puck that popped out into the slot, putting it past Welsh. The Reds may have caught a break as Welsh had to contend with a number of bodies around his crease and may have been interfered with prior to the puck going in. Less than two minutes later the Reds struck again with a power play goal when Tyler Boland (McEwan, Dove-McFalls) dipsy doodled around the defence on his way toward the goal and beat Welsh with a backhander.

- Entering the final period with a two goal lead the Reds locked it down defensively for the first half of the frame before Benjamin Gagne took an undisciplined four minute roughing penalty. The Huskies peppered Griffen Outhouse with shots, but the Reds were able to kill off the double minor and would eventually add to to their lead at 16:59 when Austen Keating (Phelan, Guay) converted his own rebound from in tight. Saint Mary's responded 53 seconds later to make it 4-2, but it was too little and much too late. McEwan (Hall, Keating) guided the puck into an empty net at 19:05 to finish the scoring on the night. Shots in the period were 14-9 for UNB. 

- The Reds went with the same line-up as Wednesday with Mark Rassell being the lone scratch due to a lower body injury.

- In a rarity in the early going, both teams played with a full complement of 18 skaters

- UNB out-shot the Huskies 38-30.

- Dove-McFalls was the player of the game with Outhouse, who was solid all night in his AUS regular season debut, and McEwan named the other two stars. 

- UNB was 1 for 3 on the power play. SMU went 0 for 5.

- The Reds owned the face-off circle, winning 30 out of 47 draws. Dove-McFalls led the way with 11 wins in 14 opportunities.

- Attendance was a solid 1926 on what was the first weekend home game of the season. Their previous two home games came on Wednesday nights. 

- Saint Mary's entered the night having won three of their last five games at the AUC.

- UNB has surrendered at least 30 shots on goal in two of their last three regular season home games. Prior to that they had given up 30+ shots at home twice over the previous 73 games (30 vs. SMU on January 4th, 2019 and 31 vs. St. FX on October 16th, 2015).

- Elsewhere around the conference tonight, it was Acadia getting past Moncton 3-2 in Wolfville and UPEI handing St. FX their first loss by a 4-3 count on the island. 

- With the X-Men's loss tonight UNB is now the lone undefeated team in the conference. 

- The Reds next game is against those same X-Men next Friday night in Antigonish. This begins a stretch of six consecutive road games for UNB. Their next home game isn't until November 12th.  


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Reds Wear Down Axemen

The visiting Acadia Axemen, playing with a short bench, nursed a one goal lead through forty minutes, but the University of New Brunswick Reds took over the game in the 3rd period to come away with a 4-1 victory tonight at the AUC. UNB moves to 3-0-0 with the win while Acadia drops to 1-2-0.

- The Reds out-shot Acadia 9-5 and 14-5 and had four power plays over the first two periods but had nothing to show for it as a combination of some bad luck, defenders getting sticks and bodies in passing and shooting lanes, and stellar play from reigning AUS MVP goaltender Logan Flodell kept UNB's offence off the board.

- For the first time in five games this season the Reds surrendered the first goal of the game. Mason McCarty rushed the puck up the right side of the ice and found Peyton Hoyt with a cross-ice pass through the slot. The Fredericton native beat Rylan Parenteau with a quick snap shot to give Acadia a 1-0 lead at 13:35 of the first period. 

- The Reds put the pedal to the metal in the final twenty minutes, out-shooting Acadia 21-4 and scoring four times to secure the victory. James Phelan (MacDougall, Guay) got the home side on the board at 7:08 when he raced down the left side, using his speed to beat a defender wide before cutting towards the net and getting the puck past Flodell. Just over four minutes later, at 11:11, James McEwan (McCormick, Hall) gave UNB the lead with an almost identical play. Then, at 12:02, Jason Willms (Carson, Carroll) provided some insurance, picking up a loose puck in the slot and beating Flodell five-hole. The Axemen had a chance to get back into the game when they were awarded a four minute power play at 13:57, but the Reds killed it off and just over a minute later Nicolas Guay hit the empty net for the final goal of the night. 

- Shots in the game were 44-14.

- Connor Hall was back in the line-up while Mark Rassell was out. Benjamin Gagne moved up from defence to forward to take Rassell's place.

- The Axemen began the game with only 16 skaters and then saw Jack Flaman leave the game in the 2nd period after taking a puck to the face. He did not return.

- McEwan was named the player of the game. Flodell and Kade Landry were the game's other stars. 

- UNB went 43-19 on face-offs. Samuel Dove-McFalls (14 out of 23), Willms (9 out of 12), and Tyler Boland (9 out of 13).

- Both teams were 0 for 4 on the power play. 

- Attendance was 1710.

- UNB has won 14 out of their last 15 meetings against Acadia at the AUC. The lone loss came in game 1 of the 2020 AUS Finals. 

- This is the Reds 17th straight conference win.

- St. FX defeated Dalhousie 5-2 on home ice in the only other game on the schedule tonight. 

- UNB is back at the AUC on Friday night against the Saint Mary's Huskies. Game time is 7PM. Please note that this game was originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon before being moved up to Friday.  

Friday, October 8, 2021

Reds Best Panthers In OT

The University of New Brunswick Reds gave up a last second tying goal, but were able to recover to spoil the UPEI Panthers season opener with an entertaining 3-2 overtime win tonight in Charlottetown. UNB moves to 2-0-0 on the young season.

- For the 5th time in as many games this season, UNB struck first. A turnover by the Panthers at the offensive blue line led to a three-on-one the other way. James Phelan fed the puck up to Nicolas Guay, who fed Austen Keating with a cross ice pass. Keating's shot was stopped, but UPEI goalie Jonah Capriotti left the rebound in the crease as his momentum carried him out of position. Guay continued to the net and jumped all over the loose puck, stuffing it in for his first career AUS goal. The goal came at 17:08 and was the only marker of the opening period. UNB out-shot UPEI 9-8 in the frame. 

- The Panthers got the equalizer early in the 2nd period, ending the Reds shutout streak at 263:27. Rylan Parenteau kicked out a big rebound to his right, but Danil Antropov collected the puck and was able to slip it between Parenteau's out-stretched right leg and the post. The two teams headed to the 3rd period tied at 1 after a period in which the Reds held 15-10 advantage in shots.

- UNB started to tilt the ice in their favour as the game wore on as they out-shot the Panthers 15-8 in the period. However, it wasn't until the 18:06 mark that they were able to break through. Joe Gatenby got the puck up to Samuel Dove McFalls and the captain drove down the left side before dropping the puck back to James McEwan just inside the Panthers zone. McEwan took a few strides towards the net and fired a wrist shot from the top of the face-off circle, which hit the post and caromed behind Capriotti. Dove-McFalls, who was camped out at the top of the crease was able to reach around the goaltender and poke the puck in for the go-ahead goal. Trailing by a goal the Panthers pulled Capriotti with 79 seconds remaining. Despite some close calls around the open net UNB couldn't get the insurance marker and it would cost them when Kyle Maksimovich crashed the crease and tied the game with only eight seconds left.

- The game headed to overtime and the Reds were awarded an early four-on-three power play when Maksimovich was sent off for tripping 24 seconds into the period. After failing on their first five opportunities with the man advantage, the sixth time was the charm. Kade Landry laid the puck over to Tyler Boland and the reigning AUS scoring champion one-timed the puck from the top of the right face-off dot that beat Capriotti short side. Nicolas Guay picked up the other assist on the game-winning goal that came at 1:33. UNB had the only two shots of the period.

- Connor Hall was out of the line-up. Mark Rassell left the game in the 2nd period and never returned. 

- Shots in the game were 41-26 for the Reds.

- UNB went 1 for 6 on the power play while UPEI was 0 for 6. For the second straight game the Reds had to kill off a two man disadvantage when they took penalties 1:19 apart halfway through the 1st. 

- The Reds held a slight 38-36 advantage in the face-off circle. James Phelan had the best night, winning six out of eight draws. Troy Lajeunesse was a force for the Panthers, going 20 for 28.

- Boland was named player of the game.

- Attendance was 569.

- Somewhat surprisingly, this is only the 3rd time in five seasons UNB has started 2-0-0.

- UNB has now won 14 straight games against UPEI since the beginning of the 2018-2019 season. 

- This is UNB's first regular season overtime win since a 3-2 win against SMU on October 20th, 2018. Since then they have lost two games in shootouts, lost a game in overtime, and won two in a shootout.  

- They didn't have a single one of their 41 games during the 2019-2020 season decided in overtime.

- Tonight was the first full night of AUS action. Acadia defeated Dalhousie 5-2 in Wolfville and St. FX scored a 5-4 win over Saint Mary's in Halifax.

- UNB's next game action is Wednesday night at the AUC against the Acadia Axemen. Game time is 7PM.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Reds Get Defensive In Opener

EDIT - The UNB Athletics site has posted their recap.

The University of New Brunswick Reds strong defensive play in the pre-season carried over to their season - and home - opener tonight against Moncton as they posted their fourth straight shutout to begin the campaign with a 3-0 victory over the Aigles Bleus in what was a tight checking, defensive-minded contest.

- The Reds dominated the early going and got rewarded 7:28 into the game while on their second power play. Brady Gilmour worked the puck to Austen Keating below the blue-line, who quickly found Isaac Nurse in the slot. Aigles Bleus goaltender Emile Samson had no chance as Nurse one-timed the puck just inside the far post for his first career AUS goal. That would be the lone goal of the period with UNB holding a 14-7 advantage on the shot-clock.  

- The Aigles Bleus were the better team in the 2nd period - out-shooting the Reds 12-6 - but it was James Phelan scoring the lone goal at 12:45. Phelan (Casey, Gagne) picked up a loose puck in the high slot and put the puck through a maze of bodies in front of the net traffic to increase the lead to 2-0 and give UNB some breathing room heading into the final twenty minutes.

- Moncton had a great chance to get back in the game when they were awarded a 56 second two-man advantage in the opening minutes of the 3rd period. However, the Reds penalty killers and goaltender Rylan Parenteau held the fort to preserve the two goal cushion. UNB secured the victory when Nurse (Willms) hit an open net with 1:20 remaining for his second of the night. Shots in the period were 15-12 for the Reds.

- Shots in the game were 35-31 for UNB. 

- The Reds did not allow 30 shots in a regular season game during the entire 2019-2020 season. 

- Rylan Parenteau is obviously locked in thus far. He made a number of big stops among his 31 saves on route to his 3rd shutout already this season.

- Defenceman Connor Hall was the lone scratch. Moncton was without their two best players in goaltender Etienne Montpetit and forward Vincent Deslauriers. 

- UNB was 1 for 5 on the power play. Moncton was 0 for 5.

- Parenteau, Samson, and Nurse were the game's three stars. 

- Attendance was 1743.

- This was UNB's 32nd consecutive home opening win dating back to 1989.

- They have won ten straight season openers with a 4-2 loss to UPEI in 2010 their last setback.

- The Reds have won 21 games in a row against Moncton at the AUC. Their last loss came in October 2012 by a 5-2 score.

- UNB is back in action on Friday when they provide the opposition against UPEI in the Panthers home opener. Game time is scheduled for 7PM and will be streamed at AUStv.ca.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Season Previews

With the curtain going up on the 2021-2022 regular season tomorrow night when UNB hosts Moncton, there have been lots of stories posted throughout the day. 

- The AUS website has posted their conference preview.

- Ben Steiner of 49-sport.com talks with both Gardiner MacDougall and Tyler Bolan about the upcoming season. 

- MacDougall made a couple of appearances on local radio this morning, appearing on both Bounce 105.3 and Move 106.9.

- Of course, the gold standard of AUS hockey previews once again comes courtesy of the Daily Gleaner's Bruce Hallihan (subscription required). Reading Hallihan's "bible", in which he runs down each team, player by player, will be even more important this year, as he notes "there are only 78 players back from the 2019-2020 season, 88 departures and 88 new faces." 

Dove-McFalls Named Captain

Fourth year forward Samuel Dove-McFalls has been named the newest captain of the University of New Brunswick Reds, the team revealed earlier today. The announcement comes on the eve of the 2021-2022 season opener, which goes tomorrow night versus Moncton at the AUC. 

Dove-McFalls has established himself as one of the top two-way forwards in the conference during his first two seasons in the red and black. He is arguably the best face-off man in the league, a stalwart on the penalty kill, and increased his offensive output from nine points in his rookie season to 26 in 2019-2020.

Fellow veterans Tyler Boland, Mark Rassell, and Joe Gatenby will serve as the alternate captains this season. Goaltender Rylan Parenteau will also be part of the leadership contingent. 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Tonight's Game Cancelled

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Reds Pull Away Late Against Tigers

The University of New Brunswick Reds remained perfect in the pre-season, exploding for five goals in the 3rd period to break open a close game in a 7-0 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers tonight at the AUC. It is UNB's third straight shutout to begin the season.

- For the second time this weekend the Reds got on the board in the opening minute. Joe Gatenby fed the puck down low to Austen Keating, who deftly stickhandled the puck around Tigers goalie Reilly Pickard. Samuel Dove-McFalls picked up the secondary assist on the goal, which came just 17 seconds into the contest.

- Isaac Nurse (Keating, Dove-McFalls) continued his hot start when he collected a loose puck in front of the net and flipped it in at 4:43.

- It looked like it would be easy sailing for the Reds after quickly going up 2-0, but credit the Tigers - and especially Pickard - for keeping the game close despite being out-shot 23-5 in the 1st period and 23-8 in the 2nd period. 

- Although they only had 13 shots, Dalhousie did generate some quality scoring chances over the first forty minutes, including a pair of breakaways. However, Reds goalie Griffen Outhouse was up to the task in his first career start to keep the game 2-0.

- UNB finally broke through again 49 seconds into the 3rd period when Ross MacDougall picked off a pass in the offensive zone and sniped the puck into the top right corner. 

- That goal opened the floodgates for the Reds as they would strike four more times in the period. Mark Rassell (Phelan, Casey) scored what is probably the Reds nicest goal thus far when he finished off a nice passing play with a tap-in at the side of the net at 2:21. He added another at 6:49, jumping on a rebound at the top of the crease and putting it home for a power play marker to make it 4-0. James Phelan (Rassell), at 12:16, and Tyler Boland (Dove-McFalls, McCormick), on the power play at 15:39, completed the scoring on the night. 

- Shots in the period were 15-11 for the Reds. They out-shot the Tigers 61-24 on the night.

- UNB once gain only dressed 15 skaters. Benjamin Gagne, Jason Willms, and MacAuley Carson all missed their second game of the weekend and Connor Hall was also out of the line-up.

- As mentioned, Griffen Outhouse made his first start as a Red and helped extend UNB's shutout streak to three games in a row. 

- Face-offs favoured UNB 44-25.

- The Reds were 2 for 4 on the power play while the tigers were scoreless on three attempts. 

- Attendance was 1424.

- UNB last recorded back-to-back-to back shutouts during the last three games of the 2013-2014 regular season. Coincidentally, those shut-outs also came against Moncton, Acadia, and Dalhousie with Charles Lavigne playing all three games.  

- The Reds wrap up their pre-season schedule next Saturday night when they host Moncton at 7PM. 


Friday, September 24, 2021

Reds Top Axemen

For the first time since March 6th, 2020 the University of New Brunswick Reds played a competitive hockey game at the AUC. Although the stakes were not as high as they were that night, the result was the same - a convincing four goal victory over the visiting Acadia Axemen. 

- The rough stuff started right away in this one as both centres were sent to the box after tussling before the puck was even dropped.

- Perhaps the rough stuff inspired the Reds as they got on the board with the game less than a minute old. Isaac Nurse (Hall, McCormick) skated the puck down the right side and snapped a shot past Max Paddock, seeing his first taste of AUS action. The goal came at 0:57.

- UNB added a second goal at 9:23 when James Phelan's (Hall) attempted pass across the low slot hit a defender and the puck re-directed between Paddock's legs. 

- The Reds took a 2-0 lead into the locker room after a dominant 1st period that saw them out-shoot the Axemen 17-4.

- UNB added another pair of goals in the middle frame while holding a 15-10 advantage in shots on goal. The period was fairly evenly played, with the Reds having multiple instances of sustained pressure in the offensive zone and Acadia being awarded a 94 second two man advantage. 

- However, it wasn't until the 17:52 mark that the Reds were able to add to their lead with Austen Keating (Gatenby), stationed just below the left face-off dot, finding the far corner. 

- An Axemen penalty 29 seconds later would pay dividends at 19:37 when James McEwan (Landry) beat Paddock from just above the left face-off dot.

- The 3rd period was uneventful outside of a 5-minute major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking that was assessed to Acadia defenceman Merrick Rippon late in the game. Shots over the final twenty minutes were 16-8 for UNB.

- Shots in the game were 47-22 for the Reds.

- Rylan Parenteau played the entire game in net and picked up his second consecutive shut-out.

- The Reds got the services of Austen Keating, Thomas Casey, and Adam McCormick back following their involvement at NHL development camps.

- They still played shorthanded though, as only 16 skaters dressed. Jason Willms and Benjamin Gagne did not dress while MacAuley Carson is still away after being invited to the San Jose Sharks main training camp. Further, Connor Hall got in a scuffle at the end of the 2nd period, picking up a couple of penalties in the process, and never played in the 3rd period. 

- The Axemen only played with 15 skater themselves. They were missing a number of their top forwards as well as reigning AUS MVP Logan Flodell in net.

- The Reds were 1 for 4 on the power play. Acadia was 0 for 5.

- Reds defenceman Ross MacDougall played his first game against his former team.

- Attendance was 1454.

- UNB is back on home ice tomorrow night, hosting the Dalhousie Tigers at 7PM.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

UNB Hockey Is Back...On The Ice And In The Win Column

At times the University of New Brunswick Reds not only looked like a team that hadn't played a competitive game in over 18 months, but one that was also missing four players out of their line-up. Nonetheless, they did enough to defeat the University de Moncton Aigles Bleus 3-0 in their pre-season opener this afternoon in the Hub City.

- Samuel Dove-McFalls opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 5:25 of the opening period. Dove-McFalls skated the puck down the left side on a partial 2-on-1 break. The Moncton defender did a nice job taking away any possible pass so Dove-McFalls opted to fire a wrist shot that ended up beating Aigles Bleus rookie goaltender Emile Samson up high.

- UNB doubled their lead at 8:12 of the 2nd period thanks to a power play goal by James McEwan. The Reds had a 3-on-1 rush from the Moncton blue-line and, after Samson made a nice save going to his left after a cross-ice pass, McEwan was right there to deposit the rebound into an open net.

- The Reds wrapped up the scoring 12:27 into the 3rd period after a hardworking shift that ended with Jason Willms putting the puck in after a goalmouth scramble.

- Shots in the game actually favoured Moncton 28-26 with period total of 7-7, 13-10 for UNB, and 11-6 for Moncton.

- Rylan Parenteau played the entire game in net.

- As expected, the Reds were missing Austen Keating, Thomas Casey, MacAuley Carson, and Adam McCormick due to their participation at NHL development camps. Moncton was without rookie Mika Cyr, who is attending Montreal's camp. 

- As a result, UNB played with only 15 skaters. They had a full complement of six defencemen, but only iced nine forwards.

- The jersey numbers for the new players are as follows: Adam McCormick (#8), Austen Keating (#9), Jason Willms (#18), Thomas Casey (#20), MacAuley Carson (#23), Ross MacDougall (#28), Griffen Outhouse (#34), Kade Landry (#53), James Phelan (#81), Isaac Nurse (#88), and Nicolas Guay (#90).

- While no one was wearing the "C", they had four veterans wearing an "A" - Samuel Dove-McFalls, Tyler Boland, Joe Gatenby, and Mark Rassell.

- For two teams filled with a number of players without much history with one another, the game was a chippy affair right from the start with a number of post-whistle scrums. Both Connor Hall and Isaac Nurse seemed to find themselves in the middle of multiple dust-ups over the course of the contest.

- The Reds will now look forward to Friday night when they host the team they last played at the AUC - the Acadia Axemen. Game time is 7PM.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

News And Notes: Pre-Season Begins, Saigeon, NHL Camps

Tomorrow afternoon, for the first time in 562 days, the University of New Brunswick Reds will be in game action as they head to Moncton to face the Aigles Bleus. Game time is scheduled for 3PM and, according to the Times and Transcript, "spectators are welcome at all weekend hockey games at UdeM. Face masks are required."

- This will be the first time fans get to see what is going to be a very different looking team from the one that last played in March 2020. A whopping 14 players who suited up in game three of the AUS Final - Stephen Anderson, Patrick Watling, Kris Bennett, Matthew Boucher, Oliver Cooper, Ben Hawerchuk, Mark Simpson, Alexandre Goulet, Matt Murphy, Marcus McIvor, Olivier LeBlanc, Tristan Pomerleau, and Samuel Harvey - have moved on.
- Granted, all of the AUS teams have turned over upwards of half of their roster over the last 18 months. This means there are going to be lots of new faces to learn on every team around the league. 
- One player that will not be suiting up for the Reds is highly touted recruit Brandon Saigeon. The former 92 point scorer in the OHL has signed an ECHL contract with the Wheeling Nailers. 
- Saigeon joins defenceman Nathan Larose as recruits who have moved on to the professional ranks before ever suiting up for the Reds in game action.
- UNB will also most likely be without forwards Austen Keating (Arizona), Thomas Casey (Buffalo), MacAuley Carson (San Jose), and defenceman Adam McCormick (Las Vegas), all of whom are currently at NHL development camps. 
- For those who can't make the trip to Moncton, the game should be streamed on AUStv.ca. For those of you who may have missed it, the AUS has entered into a three year agreement with Visaic to broadcast games on their YARE tv platform. In addition to the website getting a refresh, users will now to need to register (for free) prior to being able to watch games.  
- The AUS pre-season officially got underway Friday night with St. FX taking down Dalhousie 3-1 in Antigonish. Moncton had an impressive start to their schedule, routing Saint Mary's 5-1 Saturday afternoon in Halifax.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Training Camp Begins

Hockey is back folks! 

The 2021-2022 season officially got underway this morning as the Reds held their first practice of the new campaign at the AUC.

The Reds kick off their schedule with an exhibition game in Moncton against the Aigles Bleus on Sunday, September 19th at 3PM. They then play three exhibition games on home ice - September 24th vs. Acadia, September 25th vs. Dalhousie, and October 2nd vs. Moncton. 

Season Ticket Info Released

The Reds have finally announced the details regarding season tickets for the 2021-2022 athletics season - and they are pretty similar to what we have seen the last number of years. 

The key points:

- Season ticket holders from 2019-2020 can renew their passes between September 7th and September 21st.
- Beginning September 22nd, passes will be open to everyone. 
- You can only renew your passes at the AUC box office.
- The cost of a pass remains unchanged - $225 for adults, $200 for seniors/UNB faculty and staff, and $75 for youth and students. 
- UNB students, with a valid student ID, can attend all events for free.
- Season passes can be used for all regular season, tournament, exhibition, and AUS playoff home games.
- Seating for men's hockey will once again be reserved.
- Single game ticket for men's hockey is $12 (adult), $10 (senior/UNB faculty/staff), $5 (youth/student), and free for UNB students/children 5 and under.
- Although the AUC will operate with no capacity restrictions, it seems as though some COVID protocols will be in place. These include masking at all times (unless eating or drinking while in your seat), physical distancing, and the no gatherings in the concourse area.  

Larose Signs Pro Deal

It appears the Reds have lost one of their key recruits to the professional ranks as defenceman Nathan Larose has reportedly signed with the San Diego Gulls, the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.

The defender had signed a U Sports Letter of Intent with the defending University Cup champions earlier this summer after concluding a five year QMJHL career.

Even with the loss of Larose the Reds still have seven defencemen on the roster so it will be interesting to see if they look to add someone before the season begins, or wait until the Christmas break when more players may be available. 


Saturday, July 31, 2021

D-Man MacDougall Transferring To Reds

Acadia Axemen defenceman Ross MacDougall has decided to continue his education and playing career with the team he grew up cheering for as the Reds announced yesterday that the veteran defender will be joining the team for the upcoming 2021-2022 season. After three years in Wolfville, MacDougall will enroll in the Sport and Recreation Management MBA program.

MacDougall is a 5'11", 181 pound native of St. Stephen, New Brunswick who played 182 games across four seasons in the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. He amassed 28 goals and 81 assists during his junior career with his best season coming in 2016-2017 when he posted 10 goals and added 29 assists in 63 games.

After his time in the 'Q', the defenceman joined the Axemen prior to the 2018-2019 season. He tallied 7 points in 27 games in his rookie season before improving to 15 points in 29 games in his second campaign. He was Acadia's lone goal scorer in the deciding game of the 2020 AUS Final, a game in which the Reds won 5-1 to claim the conference title. 

Head coach Gardiner MacDougall says Ross is "an experienced, veteran defender and has been one of the most improved players in the AUS. He has great puck-moving skills, is a top-notch skater and he's got a very high hockey IQ. He's been one of the top defenceman in our league."

MacDougall and his new teammates open the regular season on October 6th at the AUC against Moncton. 

 

Friday, July 30, 2021

2019 UCup Retrospective

In case anyone missed this from a couple weeks ago...the UNB Alumni association sat down with head coach Gardiner MacDougall for an excellent piece in which he gives an in-depth breakdown of the 2019 National Championship game against the Alberta Golden Bears. He also discusses the recent season-that-wasn't and looks ahead to the Reds return in the 2021-2022 season. Check it out below:



Monday, July 12, 2021

Komets Claim Kelly Cup

The ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets - featuring five recent Reds graduates - captured their first Kelly Cup Championship on July 2nd after defeating the South Carolina Stingrays three games to one in the final.

Like they had all postseason, the former Reds players played an integral part in the Komets series victory.

In game 1, a 7-2 Komets win, Marcus McIvor recorded a goal and an assist, Oliver Cooper scored a goal, and Matt Boudens, Randy Gazzola, and Matt Murphy all chipped in with an assist each. 

After dropping the second game 4-2, Fort Wayne took game three by a 6-4 score. While Murphy and Cooper did not play, Boudens scored a goal and McIvor and Gazzola each had an assist.

With all five former Reds in the line-up for game four, the Komets wrapped up the championship with a 2-1 win. Gazzola and McIvor picked up assists in the clinching victory.

Former Acadia Axemen forward Stephen Harper was named recipient of the June M. Kelly Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award.

Congratulations go out to the Komets, and especially to the five former Reds players. This result should only help bring more attention to the quality of players being produced at the U Sports level - and especially by the UNB program.