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St. Thomas 1 at New Brunswick 9 - Pete Kelly Cup Game
Source: Maureen Sparks, UNB Sports Information
FREDERICTON: In today's exhibition hockey action at UNB's Aitken
University Centre the Varsity Reds defeated their cross-campus
rivals the St. Thomas Tommies 9-1 in the Pete Kelly Cup
The defending CIS Champions were quick to get on the scoreboard putting one past Tommies goaltender Alex St. Arnaud at 4:02 – an even strength goal by UNB senior Tim Priamo. Mike Thomas and Cam MacLise were credited with the assists.
UNB took a tripping penalty which forward Mike Thomas worked hard to kill and managed to get a pass off to line-mate Philippe Maillet. Maillet shot low to the back of the net and added one to UNB's tally with the short-handed goal at 7:50 - Thomas again with the assist. This would prove to be the game winning goal for the V-Reds.
The deficit quickly spread to three as UNB's Jordan Murray made it happen and V-Reds Critchlow and latest recruit Ben Duffy had the assists at the 14:12 mark.
The Tommies tried hard to get on the scoreboard when they went on the power-play as Critchlow took two for tripping. UNB's Charlie Lavigne denied the Tommies turning back a couple of quick shots. UNB killed the penalty and headed into the dressing room up 3-0.
The shots on goal at the end of 1st period were 13 for UNB while STU had 7.
As the second period began the Varsity Reds were quick to control the play in the STU zone and suddenly it was 4-0 with a top corner shot by Critchlow assisted by Maillet.
UNB continued the scoring fest as they made it five on a V-Reds power-play; MacLise moved the puck over to Thomas who banged it home into a wide open net.
STU again tried to create some energy on a 5 on 4 and then 5 on 3 power-plays but were unable to get past the versatile UNB defense.
UNB kept up the pressure and with just 2.4 seconds left on the clock Thomas Nesbitt banged home a snap shot from Cam Braes to complete the second period 6-0.
Midway through the second UNB changed goaltenders as Lavigne and Vienneau changed places between the pipes.
Shots on goal at the end of the second were 22 for UNB and 17 for STU.
In the third four more goals were scored - the Tommies finally managed to put one on the scoreboard at 8:44 with a goal from Randy Cameron assisted by Spencer MacDonald and Colin Martin.
Just 25 seconds later UNB's Nesbitt answered with number seven for UNB. With six minutes and change left on the clock Shea Kewin grabbed a rebound off a Nesbit shot to make it 8-1. Less than a minute later Critchlow fired one into the top corner to make it 9-1.
Shots on goal after the third were 32 for UNB and 23 for STU.
Prior to the games' opening faceoff congratulations were extended by the more than 1,500 fans to the players and staff of the Gold Medal AUS All-Stars team who won Gold at the World University Games earlier in December.
"It's exciting to get back and to play hockey in December," said UNB bench boss Gardiner MacDougall who, along with associate coach Todd Sparks, has been away for three weeks at the WUG.
"It's a great time with the World Juniors on and we just finished up the FISU games; the guys were excited to get back."
Winning the Pete Kelly Cup is important to the Varsity Reds. "It's the ninth annual – an important tradition here at UNB to honour a former NHL player, a great coach and former athletic director," continued MacDougall.
"It's exciting to get back, there's a foundation set but we've got a lot of work to do. Full credit to them but we have a big week of practice coming up and a big weekend."
UNB will resume AUS regular season play on January 3rd as they travel to Halifax to take on the Saint Mary's Huskies followed by St. FX on January 4th.
Guelph 1 at St. Francis Xavier 4
Source: Krista McKenna, StFX Manager, Varsity Athletics & Communications
The X-Men hockey team hit the ice Sunday evening in CIS non-conference exhibition action, defeating the visiting Guelph Gryphons 4-1 after a month lay-off from game action.
StFX had a balanced attack with four different scorers contributing to the win and Drew Owsley and Morgan Clark splitting the time in nets for a combined 17 saves.
The X-Men established a 2-0 lead after the first period of play with goals from Bronson Maschmeyer and Rob Slaney. Maschmeyer’s goal came at 6:56 on the power play as his screen shot from just inside the blue line beat Gryphons netminder Keith Hamilton. Jason Bast and Slaney assisted.
Slaney then scored StFX’s second goal at 10:50 as he skated into the slot and Michael Kirkpatrick found his stick with a nifty pass for the one-timer.
Shots were a lopsided 17-5 in favor of the X-Men after the first period over their opponents from the OUA conference. The Gryphons are in sixth place in the OUA west division with a 7-6-2 regular season record.
Third year forward Jarrad Struthers scored StFX’s third goal of the game at the 14:32 mark of the second period, as he picked up the puck in the slot and made no mistake beating Hamilton. Cory MacIntosh and Zack MacQueen assisted on the play.
The 3-0 X-Men advantage held after 40 minutes as shots were 14-6 in favor of StFX in the second frame.
Cole Grbavac expanded the X lead to 4-0 with a goal six minutes into the third period. He picked up a Jason Bast pass on a three-on-one rush that came at the tail end of a StFX penalty kill, almost scoring shorthanded. Defenseman R.D. Chisholm was also in on the rush with an assist.
The lone Gryphons goal was scored by defenseman Daniel Broussard at 7:42. He capitalized on a StFX giveaway after a clearing attempt and beat StFX goalie Morgan Clark. Teal Burns and James Merrett had the assists.
Final shots in the game were 39-18 for the X-Men.
The AUS third place X-Men (7-6-1) resume regular season action on January 3rd and 4th when they host the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus (7-5-0) on Friday night and the CIS ranked No. 4 UNB Varsity Reds (11-2-1) on Saturday. Game time is 7:00 pm both evenings at the StFX Keating Centre.
Toronto 1 at Carleton 6
Source: Mike Beasley, Carleton Sports Info
The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team skated to a 6-1
victory over the visiting Toronto Varsity Blues in exhibition
action on Sunday afternoon as both teams prepare to resume regular
season play on January 3, 2014.
Linden Bahm (Kinburn, ON) led the Ravens with a three goal performance. Mitch Zion (Manotick, ON) and Ryan MacLean (Burlington, ON) chipped in with a goal and an assist. Owen Werthner (Ottawa, ON) had the other Carleton marker.
Francis Dupuis (Ottawa, ON) and Ryan Dube (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) split the goaltending duties for the Ravens. Dupuis earned the win stopping 12 of 13 Toronto shots while Dube was perfect with 9 saves on as many shots.
The Ravens outshot the Varsity Blues 36-22. Carleton’s power play connected on 2 of 5 opportunities while Toronto capitalized once on four chances.
Carleton’s next game will be played at home this Friday, January 3, against McGill.
Puck drop at the Carleton Ice House is scheduled for 7:00PM.