Friday, 1 February 2013

It's All About The Positives!!!


Most of you would think I would start with the score of the game?? Maybe the shots on goal?? How about short bench?? Nope not going to start my post with any of these items.

I'm going to start my post with how the Tommies came out of the gate looking like a team that wanted a to show the Squirrels they were not to be messed with. The Tommies looked to set the pace of the game by playing dump and chase, which slowed the pace of the game but narrowed the playing field.

The Tommies hung in the entire first period holding the V-Reds off the score board and keeping the shots on goal to. A manageable level 9-5. Also I'm going to mention that the first period was penalty free for both squads.

The second period started with the Squirrels putting lots of pressure on Tommies goal keeper Jonathan Groenheyde, they had 15 shots on goal to 1 from the Tommies. The period also started with the game's first penalty with UNB going to the box for roughing, this opened the flood gates for the steady path to the sin bin for the Squirrels. At the end of the second period the the V-Reds lead the game 1-0. This is another positive for the Tommies, holding the V-Reds to one goal.

The third period started with the Tree Rats scoring early and adding four more in, in the period. Felix Poulin scored the Tommies first goal of the game very late in the period which snapped the scoreless streak against the Reds, at 119 minutes. The goal which was a beauty of a backhand by Poulin was assisted by Randy Cameron and Stephen Sanza. Also another positive, the guys didn't give up and kept driving to the net. At the end of the third period UNB had 10 shots to STU's four.

The final score of the game was 5-1 for UNB, the final shots on goal were 34 to 10, the penalties were certainly in the Tommies favour with UNB having 8 penalties totalling 16 minutes (including an un-sportsmanlike call for Cam Braes for Diving and a double minor for Nick MacNeill for Roughing) to the Tommies 5 penalties totalling 10 minutes.

The Tommies were only missing Colin Martin and Christian Morin from the line-up, the Squirrels started two guys that normally watch from the stands in Chad Denny and Stefan Salituro.

The Tommies have one more home game this season against the UdeM Aigles Bleu on Sunday at 2pm at the G/H Centre for the annual Lou Chabot game. C'mon out and support your STU Tommies.

Murph

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