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Jan. 4, 2012 • Issue 15 • Volume 145 • 13

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Men’s hockey retains Pete Kelly Cup title

Christopher Cameron Editor-in-Chief Although winning the Pete Kelly Cup again this year may not seem like a major feat for the top-ranked team in the CIS, the Varsity Reds winning this series is always a big deal. Defeating the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees 7-4 and 8-4 was key in preparation for the second half of the season, but remembering those that used to be involved the Varsity Reds took centre stage. “You want to honour the tradition of Pete Kelly and what he brought to the program,” said UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall. “We also honoured Terry Shannon who was a really die hard and passionate Reds fan. We took a collection and at the end of the year we’re going to have a Terry Shannon award for the V-Reds unsung hero.” Finishing the first half of the regular season with an 11-2-1 record, the Varsity Reds are two points ahead of the Saint Mary’s Huskies, who currently have a 10-5-1. Although picking up a pair of wins in exhibition play over the break is nice, it is important to have competition over the break. “I think this series is important with the extended break,” McDougall said. “We had a great week of practice just before exams, but I think it’s just as important to have this game action so that you get yourself ready; we’ve got two important games coming up this week.” MacDougall says the biggest thing the coaching staff noticed over the weekend that needs to be worked on before the weekend is that the team needs to get their work ethic back. “Getting back the attributes that work best for our hockey club,” MacDougall said. “The foundation is our work ethic and working together as one unit. I think as the two games progressed we were better in the second than the first. In the second we were better in the second and third periods were better than the first game.” “I thought we established our forecheck which is the bread and butter of

Thomas Nesbitt puts the puck in the back of the net in exhibition action against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Friday night at the Aitken Centre. UNB would would win the game 7-4. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan our game. We’re a team that wants to play up-tempo and wants to play pressure hockey.” This weekend MacDougall will see if his team can continue to improve what they worked on this past weekend as they host the StFX X-Men and Saint Mary’s Huskies at the Aitken Centre Friday and Saturday nights. He knows StFX will be a tough first test in their first regular season game after the break. “StFX has on paper as good a team as

there is in the AUS and the thing about the AUS is that it (second half) is like a new season,” he said. “The first half you have to try to establish yourself and get some points and have a foundation, but the second half is really a sprint.” “We’ve got a worthy opponent in StFX Friday night and they’re going to be a team to be reckoned with in our league before it’s all said and done.” Although being at the top of the AUS and winning this weekend is important, building towards the March Cavendish

University Cup is the over arching background focus. “It’s the build,” MacDougall said. “If our teams tries to be better every single time (on the ice) and we take that philosophy or that motivation to our practices. We’re also fortunate to have the leadership we have on the ice and their drive to be better every time they get on the ice.” The Varsity Reds goaltending woes are also fixed for the time being, as both Travis Fullerton and Daniel LaCosta are both 100 per cent.

This weekend will also be the first time that Geordie Wudrick and Shayne Wiebe see AUS action after being added to the roster over the break. Wudrick played with the Kelowna Rockets last season, scoring 43 goals and 59 points in 71 games. Wiebe played with the Brandon Wheat Kings last season scoring 44 goals and 65 points in 72 games before spending 12 games with the St. John’s IceCaps team in the AHL this season. He picked up four assists in that time.

Men’s hoops go 1-2 over in holiday tournament Sean O’Neill The Brunswickan

The UNB men’s basketball team had a losing record over the break, but with Will McFee back in the lineup for the second half they hope to make a playoff push. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan

Just 32 days after the UNB men’s basketball team played its last competitive game, the Reds travelled to Montreal for the Tournoi Classique des Citadins at UQAM. Waiting for the team was its Christmas present from Santa as last year’s AUS rookie of the year Will McFee had rejoined the team from his native Australia from what head coach Brent Baker calls “personal reasons.” The three games against Quebec teams would prepare the V-Reds for the second half of the AUS season, where the team resides in fifth place with a 2-4 record and eight points. UNB first tipped-off three days after Christmas against RSEQ’s lastplace team, the Bishop’s Gaiters. A 25-8 second quarter was the difference as the Reds won 80-63. UNB shot a blistering 53.7 per cent from the field, and 47 per cent from three and held Bishop’s to 38 and six per cent, respectively. McFee jumped straight back into the starting lineup and scored 15 points on 6/8 from the field. Rookie Matt Daley led the team with 19 points and Alex DesRoches added a double-double of 17 and 10. On Dec. 29 the Reds faced the

McGill Redmen in a game that would go down in Canadian basketball lore if it wasn’t an exhibition. With 15 seconds left in regulation and McGill holding a 66-64 lead, UNB forward Michael Fosu hit a game-tying shot, and the Redmen couldn’t score on its final possession putting the game well into overtime. At the end of that period, it was Dan Quirion’s turn to extend the game as he hit a three with four seconds left to tie the game at 74 and send it to a second overtime. Quirion could have won the game in the next period but his jumper with nine seconds left hit the rim and the exhausted teams had another five minutes to play. In a game that had four lead changes in the third overtime alone, the pendulum swung to McGill in the end as the Reds missed four shots and two free throws giving the Redmen a 98-95 victory. Predictably, three Reds fouled out and five scored in double figures. Quirion scored 24 on just under 50 per cent shooting; DesRoches and McFee had 17 and 16 points, respectively; and Fosu and Robbie Linton had 14 apiece. Tristan Renaud-Temblay scored 30 points on a sizzling 66 per cent and 10 boards, and Winn Clark also shot the lights out with 22 on 10-16 for McGill.

Issue 15, Vol 145, The Brunswickan  

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