(HALIFAX, NS) Stephen Anderson scored twice to lead the UNB Reds in a 5-1 win over the Dalhousie Tigers on Saturday night.
The Reds held the puck deep in the Tigers zone for the majority of the first period, and it was clear that Tigers goaltender Reilly Pickard (Halifax, NS) would have to have a solid game to give the Tigers a chance against the top-ranked Reds.
Anderson's first of the night came in transition, off a rebound from a Dal shot that created a two-on-one counter attack. Anderson beat Pickard with a quick wrist shot over the shoulder to give the Reds a 1-0 advantage.
Tigers Kelly Bent (Halifax, NS) and Mike Evelyn (Ottawa, ON) both picked up penalties late in the first period, to give the Reds a full two minute five on three advantage. Pickard came up huge for the Tigers, shutting the door on multiple dangerous attacks by the Reds and killing the entire penalty.
Pickard's 40 saves through the first two periods were pivotal in keeping the Tigers in this game.
Two minutes into the third, Cam Brace (Etobicoke, ON) put a wrist shot over Pickard's left shoulder to put the Reds up 2-0.
A miss-fired Dal pass then took a bad bounce off Evan Scott (Montreal, QC) and got past Pickard, giving UNB a 3-0 lead. The goal was awarded to Tyler Boland (St. John's, NL).
The Tigers efforts were clearly deflated in the next few minutes of play. Tristan Pomerleau (Riviere-du-Loup, QC) carried the puck across the blue line, made an decisive fake shot and found Anderson for the easy tap in to give the Reds their third goal in less than six minutes of play.
With five minutes left in the game, fifth-year defender Randy Gazzola (Thorold, ON) took advantage of a power play, bagging in the fifth of the game for the Reds.
Dillon Boucher (Head Chezzetcook, NS) spoiled Alex Dubeau's (Mascouche, QC) shut-out bid, ripping a goal from high in the slot with only nine seconds remaining in the game.
Anderson's two goals earned him the Subway Player of the Game.
The Tigers continue their home stand as they face Moncton on Wednesday.
The Reds are next in action against the Huskies at home this Friday.
RECAP BY: Nathan Cooper/for Dal Athletics
PHOTOS BY: Trevor MacMillan/for Dal Athletics