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Reds Notebook: Bombers open season with loss; cross country off and running

Reds Notebook: Red Bombers lose season opener

The UNB Red Bombers lost their 2014 Atlantic Football League season opener on Saturday, falling 31-25 to the Dalhousie Tigers in Halifax.

UNB had a chance to make a comeback late in the game but an incomplete pass with 38 seconds remaining cost them ball possession and a chance to win the contest.

The Red Bombers are on the road again this weekend, taking on the Holland College Hurricanes on Sunday at 1 p.m. UNB’s home opener is on Saturday, Sept. 27 at BMO Centre against the UNBSJ Seawolves.

In other AFL action this past weekend, the Hurricanes defeated the Seawolves 36-13.

Cross Country Opens Season
The Varsity Reds had a solid outing in the first Atlantic University Sport cross country meet of the season.

At the Acadia Invitational on Saturday, the UNB women finished in second with 57 points while the men finished third with 81 points. StFX (16 points) won the men’s side while Dalhousie (22 points) won the women’s side.

Up next on the AUS cross country schedule is the UNB/STU Invitational which takes place this Saturday at noon at Odell Park.

Buccaneers Fall On Road
The UNB Buccaneers lacrosse team dropped both of their games this past weekend.

On Saturday, the Buccaneers lost a close one, falling 11-10 to the Acadia Axemen in Maritime University Field Lacrosse League action. UNB tied the game at 7-7 in the third quarter but Acadia would then score four straight to lead 11-7 in the fourth. The Bucs came close to completing the comeback but fell just short.

On Sunday at Saint Mary’s, the Buccaneers fell 15-13 to the Huskies. UNB opened the scoring and kept it close throughout the contest, even leading by three goals at one point in the third quarter.

The Buccaneers host the Dalhousie Tigers this Sunday at 2 p.m. at BMO Centre.

Hockey’s Back
The Varsity Reds men’s hockey team plays their first home exhibition game this Friday at 7 p.m. at the Aitken Centre. The Reds, who began pre-season play on Monday against St. Thomas, will play their first home contest against the Nipissing Lakers.

The Lakers finished eighth in Ontario University Athletics’ East Division last season with a 7-16-5 record.

UNB will also host the Université de Moncton on Sept. 26 in pre-season action and travel to Boston College on Oct. 4 and the University of Maine on Oct. 5.

Red Blazers Tryouts
The UNB Red Blazers women’s hockey team is gearing up for another season and they’re looking for players.

Tryouts will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 23, 25, 29, 30, and Oct. 2 at the Aitken Centre.

The Red Blazers are the defending Eastern Canadian Women’s Hockey League champions. Acadia University, Cape Breton University, and Holland College are also part of the league.

CIS Players at Panthers Camp
Keevin Cutting, who played with the Varsity Reds men’s hockey team last season and has since transferred to Ryerson, was one of a few CIS players invited to the Florida Panthers’ rookie camp. Acadia’s Liam Heelis, Saint Mary’s Stephen MacAulay, and Calgary’s Jacob DeSerres also received invites. Former UNB hockey coach Mike Kelly was hired as a Panthers assistant coach this summer.

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