Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Reds Get Defensive In Opener

EDIT - The UNB Athletics site has posted their recap.

The University of New Brunswick Reds strong defensive play in the pre-season carried over to their season - and home - opener tonight against Moncton as they posted their fourth straight shutout to begin the campaign with a 3-0 victory over the Aigles Bleus in what was a tight checking, defensive-minded contest.

- The Reds dominated the early going and got rewarded 7:28 into the game while on their second power play. Brady Gilmour worked the puck to Austen Keating below the blue-line, who quickly found Isaac Nurse in the slot. Aigles Bleus goaltender Emile Samson had no chance as Nurse one-timed the puck just inside the far post for his first career AUS goal. That would be the lone goal of the period with UNB holding a 14-7 advantage on the shot-clock.  

- The Aigles Bleus were the better team in the 2nd period - out-shooting the Reds 12-6 - but it was James Phelan scoring the lone goal at 12:45. Phelan (Casey, Gagne) picked up a loose puck in the high slot and put the puck through a maze of bodies in front of the net traffic to increase the lead to 2-0 and give UNB some breathing room heading into the final twenty minutes.

- Moncton had a great chance to get back in the game when they were awarded a 56 second two-man advantage in the opening minutes of the 3rd period. However, the Reds penalty killers and goaltender Rylan Parenteau held the fort to preserve the two goal cushion. UNB secured the victory when Nurse (Willms) hit an open net with 1:20 remaining for his second of the night. Shots in the period were 15-12 for the Reds.

- Shots in the game were 35-31 for UNB. 

- The Reds did not allow 30 shots in a regular season game during the entire 2019-2020 season. 

- Rylan Parenteau is obviously locked in thus far. He made a number of big stops among his 31 saves on route to his 3rd shutout already this season.

- Defenceman Connor Hall was the lone scratch. Moncton was without their two best players in goaltender Etienne Montpetit and forward Vincent Deslauriers. 

- UNB was 1 for 5 on the power play. Moncton was 0 for 5.

- Parenteau, Samson, and Nurse were the game's three stars. 

- Attendance was 1743.

- This was UNB's 32nd consecutive home opening win dating back to 1989.

- They have won ten straight season openers with a 4-2 loss to UPEI in 2010 their last setback.

- The Reds have won 21 games in a row against Moncton at the AUC. Their last loss came in October 2012 by a 5-2 score.

- UNB is back in action on Friday when they provide the opposition against UPEI in the Panthers home opener. Game time is scheduled for 7PM and will be streamed at