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.