Friday, October 8, 2021

Reds Best Panthers In OT

The University of New Brunswick Reds gave up a last second tying goal, but were able to recover to spoil the UPEI Panthers season opener with an entertaining 3-2 overtime win tonight in Charlottetown. UNB moves to 2-0-0 on the young season.

- For the 5th time in as many games this season, UNB struck first. A turnover by the Panthers at the offensive blue line led to a three-on-one the other way. James Phelan fed the puck up to Nicolas Guay, who fed Austen Keating with a cross ice pass. Keating's shot was stopped, but UPEI goalie Jonah Capriotti left the rebound in the crease as his momentum carried him out of position. Guay continued to the net and jumped all over the loose puck, stuffing it in for his first career AUS goal. The goal came at 17:08 and was the only marker of the opening period. UNB out-shot UPEI 9-8 in the frame. 

- The Panthers got the equalizer early in the 2nd period, ending the Reds shutout streak at 263:27. Rylan Parenteau kicked out a big rebound to his right, but Danil Antropov collected the puck and was able to slip it between Parenteau's out-stretched right leg and the post. The two teams headed to the 3rd period tied at 1 after a period in which the Reds held 15-10 advantage in shots.

- UNB started to tilt the ice in their favour as the game wore on as they out-shot the Panthers 15-8 in the period. However, it wasn't until the 18:06 mark that they were able to break through. Joe Gatenby got the puck up to Samuel Dove McFalls and the captain drove down the left side before dropping the puck back to James McEwan just inside the Panthers zone. McEwan took a few strides towards the net and fired a wrist shot from the top of the face-off circle, which hit the post and caromed behind Capriotti. Dove-McFalls, who was camped out at the top of the crease was able to reach around the goaltender and poke the puck in for the go-ahead goal. Trailing by a goal the Panthers pulled Capriotti with 79 seconds remaining. Despite some close calls around the open net UNB couldn't get the insurance marker and it would cost them when Kyle Maksimovich crashed the crease and tied the game with only eight seconds left.

- The game headed to overtime and the Reds were awarded an early four-on-three power play when Maksimovich was sent off for tripping 24 seconds into the period. After failing on their first five opportunities with the man advantage, the sixth time was the charm. Kade Landry laid the puck over to Tyler Boland and the reigning AUS scoring champion one-timed the puck from the top of the right face-off dot that beat Capriotti short side. Nicolas Guay picked up the other assist on the game-winning goal that came at 1:33. UNB had the only two shots of the period.

- Connor Hall was out of the line-up. Mark Rassell left the game in the 2nd period and never returned. 

- Shots in the game were 41-26 for the Reds.

- UNB went 1 for 6 on the power play while UPEI was 0 for 6. For the second straight game the Reds had to kill off a two man disadvantage when they took penalties 1:19 apart halfway through the 1st. 

- The Reds held a slight 38-36 advantage in the face-off circle. James Phelan had the best night, winning six out of eight draws. Troy Lajeunesse was a force for the Panthers, going 20 for 28.

- Boland was named player of the game.

- Attendance was 569.

- Somewhat surprisingly, this is only the 3rd time in five seasons UNB has started 2-0-0.

- UNB has now won 14 straight games against UPEI since the beginning of the 2018-2019 season. 

- This is UNB's first regular season overtime win since a 3-2 win against SMU on October 20th, 2018. Since then they have lost two games in shootouts, lost a game in overtime, and won two in a shootout.  

- They didn't have a single one of their 41 games during the 2019-2020 season decided in overtime.

- Tonight was the first full night of AUS action. Acadia defeated Dalhousie 5-2 in Wolfville and St. FX scored a 5-4 win over Saint Mary's in Halifax.

- UNB's next game action is Wednesday night at the AUC against the Acadia Axemen. Game time is 7PM.