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.