The first half of the 2014-15 Atlantic University Sport season was a good one for the UNB Varsity Reds.
The Varsity Reds men’s hockey team finished the half in first while the men’s and women’s basketball teams and men’s and women’s volleyball teams all finished in second. On top of all that, the men’s and women’s soccer teams each made it to the AUS championship game with the men’s squad reaching nationals.
The strong first halves from UNB’s teams should bring an exciting second half. Here are some of the marquee home games on the Varsity Reds schedule over the next couple months.
Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. & Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. – Women’s basketball vs. SMU(RJCC)
The Huskies have won back-to-back AUS championships and went a perfect 20-0 in regular season play last year. Saint Mary’s is off to a 6-0 start this season, a record that includes 64-48 and 59-45 victories over the Varsity Reds in Halifax. This will be the only visit to Fredericton for Saint Mary’s this season.
Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. & Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. – Men’s volleyball vs. MUN (RJCC)
It’s only early January but the Varsity Reds will play their final home games of the regular season against the Sea-Hawks Jan. 10-11 at the Currie Center. UNB sits second in the AUS standings with a 4-6 record while MUN is third at 0-10.
Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. – Men’s hockey vs. SMU (AUC)
The Huskies manage to defeat the Varsity Reds twice in the first half but it was UNB finishing on top of the standings, one point ahead of Saint Mary’s. This will be the final meeting of the regular season between the two and possibly a preview of a playoff matchup down the road.
Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. – Men’s basketball vs. Dalhousie (RJCC)
After sitting atop the AUS standings for much of the first half, the Varsity Reds entered the break in second after dropping two road games. Dalhousie grabbed top spot, but first place could be on the line again when the Tigers and Reds meet in a four-point game.
Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. – Women’s volleyball vs. SMU (RJCC)
Saint Mary’s and UNB entered the break heading in opposite directions. The Huskies sit in first with a 6-3 record and won five straight. Meanwhile, the Varsity Reds slipped to second with a 4-4 record thanks to a four-game losing skid. This will be the first of two meetings between the two.
Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. – Men’s hockey vs. STU (AUC)
It’s been another tough AUS campaign for St. Thomas’s men’s hockey team, entering the holiday break with a 1-12-3 record. Against UNB this season, STU has lost both meetings by scores of 7-5 and 6-4. This will be the final Battle of the Hill of the year.
Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. – Men’s hockey vs. Acadia (AUC)
In another potential playoff preview, the Varsity Reds take on last year’s AUS champions for the final time in the regular season. Like Saint Mary’s, Acadia opens the New Year one-point back of UNB for first overall.
Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. – Women’s volleyball vs. Cape Breton (RJCC)
The V-Reds host the Capers in their final game of the regular season, meaning this will be their final tune-up before the playoffs. UNB will host the AUS Championships Feb. 13 – 15 at the Currie Center.
Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. – Men’s basketball vs. UPEI (RJCC)
The Panthers enter the second half in a tie for second with the Varsity Reds. This will be the final meeting of the regular season between the two and it will be a four-point game. This match could play a big factor in playoff positioning.