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.