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.