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.  

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Acadia To Host 2022 UCup

It had long been rumoured, but it was finally confirmed last week that Acadia will host the 2022 University Cup at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. The event will run from March 16th-20th.

Acadia, of course, was the host of the 2020 event that was ultimately canceled after one day of competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This is great news for the Reds as it means the AUS will have three berths at the tournament, with two other squads joining the Axemen. UNB has participated in every University Cup since it moved to the eight team format in 2015. Furthermore, Halifax has been kind to UNB in recent years, with the Reds capturing a silver medal at the 2015 tournament, a gold the following year after a 3-1 win over St. FX, and were the heavy favourites before the 2020 tournament was cut short. 

UPEI, who was originally scheduled to hold the 2022 University Cup, is now expected to be named the host of the 2023 tournament.