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09-18-2008, 07:03 AM
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Some impressions from the UNB-STU game

Some impressions from last night's UNB-STU exhibition game:

UNB didn't look like they were ready to play to start the game, and although Yeomans looked bad on two of the first three goals, the whole team was sleepwalking. STU looked like a team that had one exhibition game under their belt and UNB like a team playing their first game. After Yeomans got the hook UNB woke up and then the contest was effectively over as they reeled off six straight goals and completely dominated play ...

First impressions on the rookies:
- Travis Fullerton: solid in nets, although he only had to make a couple of tough saves
- Jonathan Harty: clearly got the memo that UNB d-men are expected to pinch in as he did just that all night. His goal was a beaut as he walked into a open lane while the energy line had all the Tommies sucked into a cycle vortex in the corner.
- Dion Campbell: fits the energy line well
- Jordan Clendenning: lots of pressure on him as his family were the principle organizers of this benefit game. Played well ... Looks to be a third liner for now.
- Bretton Stamler: very smooth, effective, top-4 d-man
- Jimmy Cuddihy: like with Dal, he knows what to do around the net. Should be at least a point-a-game guy this season.

Overall the two new D were more impressive than the forwards, i.e. they look to be top-4 guys before the end of the season. Only after one game Clendenning and Campbell look to be interchangeable with Ryan Seymour and Josh Hepditch. Cuddihy is centring the top line until Daine Todd gets back from camp, and certainly doesn't look bad there.

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