Sunday, November 21, 2021

Winning Streak Hits Six

The U Sports #1 ranked University of New Brunswick Reds scored two goals in each period and Rylan Parenteau notched his second shutout of the season as they rolled to a 6-0 victory over the visiting Dalhousie Tigers in a rare Saturday afternoon game. UNB is now 13-1-0 on the season, five points clear of second place. 

The Reds opened the scoring at 6:34 of the opening period when Kade Landry cut from the side boards to the slot and sent a deft backhanded pass to Brady Gilmour at the bottom of the face-off circle that Gilmour one timed past Tigers goalie Connor Hicks. James Phelan also got a helper on the goal. Samuel Dove-McFalls then made it a 2-0 game at 15:38, taking a MacAuley Carson pass from below the goal line out front and making a quick move from his forehand to backhand to put the puck into the far side of the net. Mark Rassell continued to make an impact since his return from injury with the other assist on the marker. The period would end with UNB holding a 2-0 lead while out-shooting the Tigers 10-3.

The home side turned it up a notch in the 2nd period, holding a 20-3 advantage in shots on goal and doubling their lead. At 3:27 Rassell (Willms, Carson) was somehow left all alone in front of the Tigers net with no one within 10 feet of him. Jason Willms fired a pass from the corner to the former WHL 50 goal scorer and the sniper made no mistake to push the lead to 3-0. Then, at 12:03 while on the power play, Landry walked the blue line before passing down to Nicolas Guay at the top of the right face-off circle. Guay then bumped the puck over to Phelan in the high slot for a quick slap shot that beat Hicks glove side. 

Entering the 3rd period with a 4-0 lead the final twenty minutes were merely a formality. It was the Tigers best period of the game, putting 11 shots towards Rylan Parenteau (to the Reds 12), and getting a few decent scoring chances, but it was UNB scoring two goals, both courtesy Isaac Nurse. At 7:55 Nurse (Phelan, Gilmour) speared at a loose puck that was sitting in the crease between Hicks legs to make it 5-0. He then followed up the greasy goal with one that showed off his skill, outracing a defender for the puck at the Tigers blueline and then sniping the puck into the top right corner. The final goal of the game came at 18:02 and was assisted by Joe Gatenby and Gilmour.

- Shots in the game were 42-17 for the Reds.

- Benjamin Gagne was back in the line-up on defence as Noah Carroll serves his suspension for being assessed a fighting major against St. FX.

- UNB was 1 for 6 on the power play. Dalhousie was 0 for 2.

- The Reds won 32 out of 59 face-offs with Dove-McFalls (13 out of 22) having the best day at the dot. 

- Phelan was the player of the game. Landry was second star and Gilmour was third.

- Rylan Parenteau now has 11 career shut-outs, which moves him past Reg Bourcier for second in school history. He only trails Travis Fullerton, who had 21 over his five year career.

- This is the first time UNB has won 13 out of their first 14 games since going 14-0-0 to begin the 2009-2010 season.

- Elsewhere around the conference, St. FX rebounded to pick up a 4-2 road win in Moncton and Saint Mary's won their third straight game with a decisive 6-1 win in Wolfville over Acadia. 

- The Reds are back on the road next weekend with games against Acadia on Friday night and Saint Mary's the following evening. Game time for both is 7PM and will be available on AUStv.ca.