The Varsity Reds men’s hockey team picked up a pair of wins on home ice last weekend and extended their winning streak to seven games.
The V-Reds kicked off the weekend with a 5-3 win over StFX in a highly anticipated matchup that saw the two top ranked teams in the AUS standings face off for the first time this season.
UNB dominated the early portions of the game with Chris Caissy scoring the first goal of the game less than two minutes in and captain Dylan Willick added another to make it 2-0 at 7:64 in the first period. StFX forward Bryson Cianfrone managed to get his team on the board late in the period, but UNB finished the opening frame with a 18-5 advantage in shots and appeared to hold the momentum heading into the second.
There was no scoring in the second period, despite the V-Reds again having a large advantage in shots on goal. UNB scored a pair of goals early in the third to give themselves a commanding 4-1 lead. However, they allowed StFX back in the game by giving up a pair of powerplay goals .
With the score at 4-3 and the visiting team pushing hard, Varsity Reds goaltender Alex Dubeau came through when his team needed him most by robbing StFX forward Kristoff Kontos with a save to prevent the tying goal. Peter Trainor scored his first goal of the season shortly thereafter to seal the victory for UNB.
The V-Reds followed up the win against StFX with a narrow 3-1 victory over the seventh ranked Dalhousie Tigers on Saturday.
Despite dominating much of the action, UNB trailed 1-0 heading into the second period largely due to the stellar play of Dalhousie netminder Joe Gladnick. It wasn’t until midway through the second that UNB was able to get on the board thanks to a shorthanded goal from Cam Brace.
UNB defenceman Tristan Pomerleau was able to break the deadlock late in the third period on a goal assisted by fellow rookies Tyler Boland and Kris Bennett and Cam Brace added an empty net goal to secure the victory for his team.
After this weekend’s results, UNB is now three points ahead of StFX for first in the AUS men’s hockey standings. The Varsity Reds will now head to Nova Scotia next weekend where they will face both StFX and Dalhousie again. Their next home game will take place on Nov. 24, against the UPEI Panthers.
Photos: Andy Campbell Varsity Reds