Reds earn first round bye with 10th-straight victory

Reds earn first round bye with 10th-straight victory

The UNB Reds played to victories over the Dalhousie Tigers and StFX X-Men this weekend, allowing them to clinch a first round playoff bye and extend their win streak to 10. The Reds lead the AUS men's hockey standings, sitting with a 22-4 record on the season for 44 points. 

They kicked things off at home Friday night as Matthew Boucher had two goals and two assists to hand the Tigers a 5-1 loss. Boucher's four-point night earned him Subway Player of the Game honours. Mark Rassell also added two goals and an assist in the win, with Samuel Dove-McFalls also adding a tally for UNB. Michael Dill scored the lone goal for the Tigers, while Dalhousie goaltender Connor Hicks made a massive 43 saves in the loss.

Saturday night, Tyler Boland scored twice as the Reds beat X-Men 6-2 in Fredericton. Boland, who currently sits in second in the AUS scoring race, was named the Subway Player of the Game. Other UNB goals came from Boucher (SH), Brady Gilmour, Alexandre Goulet (PP), and Matt Murphy. Regan Spears and William Bower both put the X-Men on the board with power play tallies. StFX goaltender Joseph Raaymakers was busy in the crease, making 50 saves in the loss. 

The Saint Mary's Huskies earned back-to-back victories this week, first doubling the Acadia Axemen 4-2 Wednesday night. Anthony Repaci led the Huskies with one goal and two assists on the night, earning Subway Player of the Game honours. Keith Getson, Mitchell Balmas and Dawson Theede also found the back of the net in the win, while Cristiano Digiacinto and Owen MacDonald scored for Acadia.

The Huskies then earned two points over the UPEI Panthers Saturday night, with Balmas netting the overtime winner to lead Saint Mary's to a 5-4 victory. Both Balmas and Dawson Theede found the back of the net twice in the win, with teammate Repaci also recording a tally on the night. Kameron Kielly scored twice for the Panthers, with Owen Headrick and Filip Rydstrom both adding powerplay tallies in the loss.

The Axemen bounced back from their loss the Huskies Wednesday night, skating to an 8-5 victory over the Panthers in Charlottetown Friday evening. Digiacinto earned Subway Player of the Game honours, scoring a hattrick and adding an assist in the win. Owen MacDonald added two tallies for the Axemen, with teammates Johnny Corneil, Maurizio Colella (PP) and Mason McCarty also getting on the board. UPEI goals came from Rydstrom (2), Kameron Kielly (PP), Drake Pilon (SH) and Jordan Maher.

The X-Men split their weekend games, doubling the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus 4-2 at the J-Louis-Lévesque Arena Friday night. Jeremiah Addison, 45 seconds into the game, then Adam Holwell less than a minute later, gave the visitors a 2-0 lead early in the game. Adam Laishram and Sam Studnicka (EN) also recorded tallies for the X-Men, with Alexis Roy and Alexandre Jacob (PP) finding the back of the net for Moncton. 

The Aigles Bleus bounced back Saturday night, exploding with four goals in the second period to hand the Tigers a 6-1 loss. The win allowed Moncton to clinch a playoff berth. Roy recorded a hattrick in the win, earning Player of the Game honours. Other Aigles Bleus tallies came from Maxime St-Cyr, Ryan Chiasson and Joey Richard (PP). Campbell Pickard scored the lone goal for Dalhousie in the loss.


Wednesday, January 22
Acadia 2 at Saint Mary's 4

Friday, January 24
StFX 4 at Moncton 2
Acadia 8 at UPEI 5
Dalhousie 1 at UNB 5

Saturday, January 25
StFX 2 at UNB 6
Saint Mary's 5 at UPEI 4 (OT)
Dalhousie 1 at Moncton 6

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