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Rough weekend for Reds hockey

The UNB Varsity Reds men’s hockey team suffered their first losses of the season this past weekend in Nova Scotia.

The Reds fell 4-3 in overtime to the Acadia Axemen on Friday in Wolfville and 2-0 to the Saint Mary’s Huskies on Saturday in Halifax.

The losses dropped UNB’s record to 4-1-1 and into a tie for third in the Atlantic University Sport standings, one point back of first place Acadia and Moncton.

Peter Trainor had two goals for the Varsity Reds on Friday while Matt Petgrave also scored. Cameron Brace and Jordan Murray each had two assists. Goaltender David Shantz got the start in net and made 28 saves in the loss.

Trainor opened the scoring on a power play at 16:44 of the first period but Acadia’s Liam Heelis tied it less than two minutes later on a man advantage. Shots in the opening frame were 8-7 in favour of the Axemen.

Michael Clarke gave the Axemen their first lead at 2:54 of the second and then took a 3-1 lead at 15:18 when Sam Fioretti scored. Trainor’s power play goal at 18:39 got the V-Reds within one heading into intermission. Shots were 15-12 Acadia in the second.

With 1:03 remaining in the game, Petgrave tied it up. But just 1:43 into overtime, Matthew Pufahl scored to give the Axemen the win and the extra point.

Shots in the game ended at 32-32.

On Saturday, Saint Mary’s goaltender Anthony Peters once again stole the show with a 39-save shutout performance to give the Huskies a 2-0 victory.

Bradley Greene opened the scoring at 13:58 of the first period. It would be the only goal of the frame despite the Varsity Reds throwing 18 shots on the Saint Mary’s net.

In the third, Greene scored again at 17:15 to make it 2-0 and give the Huskies some insurance.

Shots in the game ended at 39-20 in favour of UNB. Shantz made 18 stops in the loss.

Saint Mary’s has now won three straight against UNB going back to last year’s semifinal playoff series. Peters was dynamite in those games as well and has allowed just one goal in his last three starts against the Varsity Reds.

UNB will look to get back on track this weekend. The team travels to StFX to battle the X-Men on Halloween night and then move on to Dalhousie to battle the Tigers on Saturday.

The Varsity Reds return to the Aitken Centre on Saturday, Nov. 8 to battle the UPEI Panthers at 7 p.m.

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