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Reds Notebook: MacDougall named top coach

Gardiner MacDougall was named the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey coach of the year last week at the University Cup in Halifax.

It’s the second time MacDougall has won the Father George Kehoe Memorial Award, having received the honour in 2010 as well. He was also nominated for the award in 2004.

Meanwhile, Varsity Reds forward Phil Maillet and defenceman Jordan Murray were first team all-Canadians. Also, UNB defenceman Randy Gazzola was named to the all-rookie team.


Braes, Halley tie CIS record

Cam Braes seems to enjoy playing the Windsor Lancers.

Braes registered two goals and two assists in UNB’s 6-5 exhibition win over the Lancers on Jan. 4 at the Aitken Centre. Last Thursday, Braes tied a University Cup record by scoring four goals in UNB’s 6-2 semifinal victory over Windsor.

“With the ice conditions here, we want to put a lot of pucks on net,” said Braes after the game. “Obviously they have a great goalie — he’s up for goalie of the year. We wanted to put lots of pucks on him and I was fortunate enough that four of mine went in.”

The third-year V-Red finished third in team scoring but recorded just seven goals in the regular season, making his offensive production against Windsor all the more impressive.

“I pride myself as a playoff performer. When the chips are down I elevate my game.”

Less than 48 hours after Braes’ offensive outburst, Phil Halley scored four in UNB’s 5-2 semifinal win over the Guelph Gryphons.


Familiar face on Sportsnet

Former Varsity Reds men’s hockey forward Colby Pridham was part of Sportsnet’s Championship Weekend coverage, providing studio analysis for men’s and women’s hockey games.

Pridham played one season with UNB, recording 12 goals and 18 assists in 28 games in 2012-13 and helped UNB win a national championship. Before joining the V-Reds he played four seasons at Saint Mary’s University.

Pridham covered CIS hockey for Sportsnet.ca last year.


CIS basketball awards

Varsity Reds men’s basketball guard Javon Masters was named a first team CIS all-Canadian last week in Toronto.

Masters, in his second year at UNB and winner of the AUS MVP award, led the entire country in scoring during the regular season with an average of 25.1 points per game.

Meanwhile, the Dalhousie Tigers, the AUS representative at the national men’s basketball championship, finished the tournament 0-2.


Reds compete at track nationals

Sarah Myatt and Luke Dillman set new UNB records at the CIS Track and Field Championships last weekend in Windsor.

On the track, Myatt finished ninth in the 1000m race, recording a personal best and school record. Meanwhile, Dillman set a school record in the weight throw competition, throwing 14.63m and finishing 12th.

The Varsity Reds were also represented by Daniel Brown who finished 12th in the 300m.


Curling nationals coming up

The CIS-CCA Curling Championship begins this Wednesday, March 18 in Waterloo.

The Varsity Reds will represent the AUS on the men’s side. They’ll open the tournament on Wednesday with games against Laurier and Toronto.

The national championship ends on Saturday with the semifinals along with the bronze and gold medal games.


Upcoming Red Blazers games

The UNB Red Blazers have two games remaining in their East Coast Women’s Hockey League schedule.

The Red Blazers host Acadia University on Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. Both games will be played at the Aitken Centre.

UNB currently sits second in the four-team league with a 5-3-2 record. The ECWHL Championships will take place March 28-29 in Cornwall, P.E.I.


Culligan’s goal goes viral

Former Varsity Reds men’s hockey captain Chris Culligan had a goal go viral a couple weeks ago.

Culligan, in his first season with the Elite Ice Hockey League’s Cardiff Devils, went in on a breakaway but was interfered with. Stopped just above the crease, he spun around on one knee and then swept the puck in while falling down. Video of the goal, titled “Cardiff Devils goal of the year by Chris Culligan” on Vimeo, made Deadspin, CTV, Sportsnet and TSN’s Bar Down blog.

Culligan played five seasons at UNB, captaining the team in 2012-13 and 2013-14.


This and that

UNB was one of many schools to air a nationally televised commercial on Sportsnet during Championship Weekend … Halifax Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme took in last Thursday’s game between the V-Reds and Lancers. Ducharme coached UNB’s Randy Gazzola and Cam Critchlow during their time with the Moose … Lights, glass and ice conditions all caused delays during UNB’s semifinal win over Guelph … Halifax mayor Mike Savage performed the ceremonial faceoff for the UNB-Guelph game.

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