Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Reds Wear Down Axemen

The visiting Acadia Axemen, playing with a short bench, nursed a one goal lead through forty minutes, but the University of New Brunswick Reds took over the game in the 3rd period to come away with a 4-1 victory tonight at the AUC. UNB moves to 3-0-0 with the win while Acadia drops to 1-2-0.

- The Reds out-shot Acadia 9-5 and 14-5 and had four power plays over the first two periods but had nothing to show for it as a combination of some bad luck, defenders getting sticks and bodies in passing and shooting lanes, and stellar play from reigning AUS MVP goaltender Logan Flodell kept UNB's offence off the board.

- For the first time in five games this season the Reds surrendered the first goal of the game. Mason McCarty rushed the puck up the right side of the ice and found Peyton Hoyt with a cross-ice pass through the slot. The Fredericton native beat Rylan Parenteau with a quick snap shot to give Acadia a 1-0 lead at 13:35 of the first period. 

- The Reds put the pedal to the metal in the final twenty minutes, out-shooting Acadia 21-4 and scoring four times to secure the victory. James Phelan (MacDougall, Guay) got the home side on the board at 7:08 when he raced down the left side, using his speed to beat a defender wide before cutting towards the net and getting the puck past Flodell. Just over four minutes later, at 11:11, James McEwan (McCormick, Hall) gave UNB the lead with an almost identical play. Then, at 12:02, Jason Willms (Carson, Carroll) provided some insurance, picking up a loose puck in the slot and beating Flodell five-hole. The Axemen had a chance to get back into the game when they were awarded a four minute power play at 13:57, but the Reds killed it off and just over a minute later Nicolas Guay hit the empty net for the final goal of the night. 

- Shots in the game were 44-14.

- Connor Hall was back in the line-up while Mark Rassell was out. Benjamin Gagne moved up from defence to forward to take Rassell's place.

- The Axemen began the game with only 16 skaters and then saw Jack Flaman leave the game in the 2nd period after taking a puck to the face. He did not return.

- McEwan was named the player of the game. Flodell and Kade Landry were the game's other stars. 

- UNB went 43-19 on face-offs. Samuel Dove-McFalls (14 out of 23), Willms (9 out of 12), and Tyler Boland (9 out of 13).

- Both teams were 0 for 4 on the power play. 

- Attendance was 1710.

- UNB has won 14 out of their last 15 meetings against Acadia at the AUC. The lone loss came in game 1 of the 2020 AUS Finals. 

- This is the Reds 17th straight conference win.

- St. FX defeated Dalhousie 5-2 on home ice in the only other game on the schedule tonight. 

- UNB is back at the AUC on Friday night against the Saint Mary's Huskies. Game time is 7PM. Please note that this game was originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon before being moved up to Friday.