With wins over the UPEI Panthers, Acadia Axemen and Saint Mary's Huskies, the UNB Reds extended their win streak to eight, allowing them to take sole possession of first place in the AUS men's hockey standings.
The Reds visited the Panthers in Charlottetown Thursday night, edging the home team 3-1. Mark Rassell, Kris Bennett and Matthew Boucher each scored a goal in the win. Rassell also added an assist for a two-point night to earn the Subway Player of the Game nod, while Tristan Pomerleau had two assists. Filip Rydstrom (PP) scored the lone goal for the Panthers.
The U SPORTS No. 1 UNB Reds scored a 2-1 shootout win over the No. 6 Acadia Axemen, in an exciting game at UNB's Aitken Centre, on Friday night. Bennett scored the Reds' shootout winner, and was named the Subway Player of the Game. In regulation, Samuel Dove-McFalls scored a short-handed tally for the home team, while Jordy Stallard found the back of the net for Acadia. Despite the loss, Acadia goaltender Logan Flodell made a massive 37 saves in the game.
The Reds then hosted the Huskies Saturday afternoon, in which Patrick Watling scored a goal and two assists to lead the Reds to a 4-1 victory. Watling's efforts earned him the Subway Player of the Game nod. Watling's linemates, Tyler Boland and Stephen Anderson each added two points in the win as well. Anderson, Dove-McFalls and Alexandre Goulet all found the back of the net in the win, while Connor McGlynn scored a power play tally for the Huskies in the loss.
Despite their loss Saturday afternoon, the Huskies split their weekend games, earning a 3-2 overtime win over the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus Friday night. A goal by Subway player of the game Nick Welsh at 21 seconds of the overtime period, lifted Saint Mary's to victory. In regulation, Mitchell Balmas (PP) and Logan DeNoble scored for the Huskies, with Joey Richard and Maxime St-Cyr getting on the board for Moncton.
The Aigles Bleus bounced back Saturday night, snapping their losing streak to edge the second place Axemen 2-1. Goals just 33 seconds apart in the first frame from Vincent Millette and St-Cyr allowed Moncton to take a 2-0 lead early on. Cristiano Digiacinto put Acadia on the board in the third, but it would not be enough as the Aigles Bleus held on for the win.
The StFX X-Men held on for a 4-3 win over the the Dalhousie Tigers Wednesday night at the Charles V. Keating Centre in Antigonish. The X-Men got out to a 3-1 first period lead thanks to a pair of goals by Matt Graham and a power play marker by Jeremiah Addison. Jonathan Cyr scored in the first for the Tigers. After a scoreless second period, Lane Cormier put the home team ahead by three. A pair of goals from Chandler Yakimowicz late in the third but the Tigers within one, but it would not be enough as StFX earned the victory.
The X-Men began making a push in the standings, as they captured their third win in four games after edging the Panthers 4-2 Saturday night. X-Men Bryson Cianfrone and Regan Spears scored goals 14 seconds apart late in the second period to lead their team to victory. Matthew Graham and Jeremiah Addison also found the back of the net, while goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon was solid between the pipes. Conor MacEachern and Troy Lajeunesse recorded tallies for the Panthers in the loss.
Tuesday, January 14
UNB 3 at UPEI 1
Wednesday, January 15
Dalhousie 3 at StFX 4