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Reds dismantle Lakers

The Nipissing Lakers may want to choose a different destination the next time they decide to venture east.

The Lakers were dumped 11-1 by the UNB Varsity Reds men’s hockey team on Friday night at the Aitken Centre. The Lakers had as many shots as the V-Reds had goals in the exhibition contest.

UNB’s Taylor MacDougall had three goals while Adrian Robertson, Jordan Murray, and Cameron Brace added two goals each. Matt Boudens and Peter Trainor added one goal apiece. Alex Wall registered four assists.

Goaltender Chris Carrozzi, a former Atlanta Thrashers prospect, made his UNB debut in net.

UNB scored three straight power play goals in the first period with Trainor opening the scoring and Murray adding a pair. The Reds were up 3-1 after 20 minutes with shots 16-4 in their favour.

Things didn’t get any better for the Lakers in the second stanza. UNB scored six times in the period and with shots 18-3 in their favour. Nipissing didn’t record a shot in the frame until the final five minutes.

In the third, UNB took their foot off the gas pedal a bit and scored just twice. Shots in the game ended at 40-11.

Nipissing, who finished the 2013-14 Ontario University Athletics season with a 7-16-5 record, also played St. Thomas on Saturday night and fell 5-2.

The Lakers travelled all the way from North Bay, Ont. to take on the two Fredericton schools. The team does feature a familiar name in second-year defenseman Zach Shannon, who is the son of UNB hockey general manager Roger Shannon.

It was the second exhibition contest of the season for UNB. Last Monday, goaltender David Shantz recorded a shutout in a 4-0 victory over the St. Thomas Tommies at Grant-Harvey Centre.

UNB’s next pre-season game is on Friday night against the Université de Moncton at the Aitken Centre. It’s the Varsity Reds’ final home game until their regular season home opener on Oct. 17 against Dalhousie.

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