(CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI) The UNB Varsity Reds will move on to play for fifth place at the CIS national championship after topping the University of Alberta Golden Bears 3-0 at UPEI.
It was a bit of good news for the team who moved to the tournament's consolation side after losing to McMaster in penalty kicks yesterday.
UNB came out with a few notable absences. Oliver Jones, Steve Miller and Matt Mountney all sat out the game due to injuries sustained in the match against McMaster and likely will not play again for the rest of the tournament.
The game got off to a feisty start as the referees handed out two yellow cards and a red in the first half. The first card went to UNB captain Alexandre Haiart around minute 33. Just one minute later, Alberta's Jermele Campbell followed with a yellow card of his own. The red card went to Golden Bear David King at the 45th minute, and the first half would end with at 0-0 tie.
Both teams came back into the second half ready to shake off their earlier scuffles and get down to business. UNB got their first goal up around minute 68, when Marcus Lees got one past Golden Bear keeper Myles Grunling.
Patrick Cormier had the second goal for UNB at around minute 80 - what seemed like seconds after he had been subbed in. It's Cormier's first goal as a Varsity Red.
It wouldn't be long before the V-Reds would seal the deal with a third goal. Kenneth Van Aarle drove that one home with an assist from Lees.
UNB head coach Miles Pinsent says the team was a little heartbroken after yesterday's loss but that a team meeting made it clear they were ready to move forward and put up the strongest performance they could in their remaining games.
"Just so pleased and so proud of them as a coach that that's their attitude," he said. "And then they go out the next day and execute that on the field. It's just a great feeling."
"I guess it speaks to the depth and the quality of some of the young players we do have in that here they are taking the stage at the national competition and doing well," Pinsent said. "Pat Cormier comes on and scores a goal. He did everything right on the goal so that was nice to see."
"Eric Frey is from Alberta so he knows a lot of these boys, and we knew he could step in as needed and get the job done," Pinsent added. "It was good we could use our bench today because the guys really laid it out there yesterday, so they were pretty tired. Being able to put some subs in and keep the quality high and bring some new energy to the field helped us in the second half."
In the net for the shutout with Brandon Eagle.
The Varsity Reds play next for fifth place tomorrow at 11am. They will meet the winner of the Montreal Saskatchewan game today.