After dropping two games in Nova Scotia the previous week, the UNB Varsity Reds men’s hockey team rebounded with two road wins in Antigonish and Halifax on Friday and Saturday night.
On Friday, Cam Brace, Adrian Robertson and Rob Mignardi scored to give the Varsity Reds a 3-2 win over the StFX X-Men. David Shantz made 15 saves in the victory.
On Saturday, UNB scored early and often in a 6-0 blowout win over the Dalhousie Tigers. Brace had a pair of goals in the game while singles came from Mignardi, Tyler Carroll, Jordan Murray and Francis Beauvillier. Chris Carrozzi got his first start of the season and stopped all 21 shots he faced in the victory.
UNB now has a record of 6-1-1, good for 13 points. They are tied with the Saint Mary’s Huskies for second place in the Atlantic University Sport standings. The Acadia Axemen sit in first with 14 points.
The Varsity Reds continue their stretch of five straight road games on Friday with a matchup against the Aigles Bleus at the Université de Moncton. UNB plays its first home game since Oct. 22 on Saturday when they host the UPEI Panthers.
In Friday’s game against the X-Men, Michael Kirkpatrick scored shorthanded just 3:16 into the game to give StFX a 1-0 lead. Then at 16:16 of the first, Adam Stevens scored to make it 2-0 for the home team. Shots were 10-8 UNB in the opening frame.
In the second, Brace scored just seven seconds in to make it a 2-1 game. Shots were 13-5 V-Reds in the period but the visitors were unable to register another goal.
At 11:09 of the third, Robertson scored to tie things up. Then at 14:26, Mignardi scored what proved to be the game-winner. Overall, shots in the game were 33-17 in favour of the V-Reds.
In Saturday’s contest at the Halifax Forum, Brace scored on a power play 6:37 into the game to make it 1-0. Mignardi then scored shorthanded at 13:37. Three minutes later, Carroll connected to give UNB a 3-0 lead after one period. Shots were 19-8 in favour of the Reds in the first.
In the second, things didn’t get much better for the Tigers. Just 54 seconds in, Murray scored on a man advantage to make it 4-0. Beauvillier scored midway through the period and Brace scored another power play goal with 1:29 left in the stanza to make it a 6-0 final. Shots in the second were 7-7 and 44-21 UNB overall.