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Men’s hockey split weekend matchups

The Dalhousie Tigers men’s hockey team went .500 in their weekend games, beating the Moncton Aigles Bleus 4-2 on Oct. 31, but getting shutout 6-0 Nov. 1 to the UNB Varsity Reds.

The Tigers came into Friday night’s game with a 1-5 record after beating St. Thomas 6-4 in Fredericton for their first victory of the season.

Alex Cote opened the scoring in the first period with assists from Matt English and Pierre Vandall. Moncton answered right back, however, scoring the equalizer only nine seconds later.

Special teams became the difference maker in Dal’s victory as the team tallied twice on eight chances, including Colton Parsons’ goal in the second period and JP Harvey’s insurance goal late in the third.

The Tigers also held off all six of Moncton’s power play opportunities thanks in part to excellent goaltending by Corbin Boes who stopped all but two of the 28 shots he faced in the contest.

Moncton’s Jean-François Plante scored shorthanded in the final minute of the game, but by then it was well out of reach, resulting in Dal receiving their second win of the season.

It was a different story Saturday night, however, as the CIS third-ranked UNB Varsity Reds routed the Tigers for a 6-0 shutout win. UNB’s goalie Chris Carrozzi stopped all 21 shots he faced on the night, while the Varsity Red’s offence peppered Dal throughout the game with 44 shots on goal. UNB used the power play to score three of their six goals and added a short-handed tally by Rob Mignardi in the first period.

The Tigers were on their heels for most of the game, playing much of the first forty minutes in their own end, attempting to stave off UNB’s unyielding offensive pressure.

Dal managed to tighten up defensively in the third, keeping the Varsity Reds off the score sheet for the contest’s final 20 minutes. Tigers’ netminder Wendell Vye stopped all 18 shots he faced in the period, but the team’s offense was unable to rally against UNB’s relentless start to the game.

The Tigers leave the weekend sitting next to last in the league at 2-6.

Dal is back in action Nov. 5 at the Halifax Forum against their rivals down the road, the St. Mary’s Huskies. They then travel to Antigonish Nov. 7 to take on the 3-5 St. FX X-Men.

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