UNB Varsity Reds Thread (Part 2)
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03-20-2013, 08:13 AM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Fredericton, NB
In my opinion the main reason UNB won the University Cup is because they have so many good players, that yes, often get taken for granted.
Opposing teams can't just focus on one player, or one line, or one defensive pairing, or one goaltender.
Because UNB plays such a team game, and the players play for each other, and have comparable skills, you don't have one or two players standing out dramatically from each other. This helps explain why so few UNB players picked up AUS honours, and no CIS honours (and the anti-Gardiner MacDougall thing too ...)
Tyler Carroll scored a bunch of goals. But would it have happened if Chris Culligan wasn't making plays for him? Everyone who played on Cully's right wing this season scored. You have similar factors on the other lines.
AUS and CIS stats don't track blocked shots, but Saskatchewan head coach Dave Adolph said after their game that they'd never played against a team that blocked as many shots with so many big bodies as UNB did in the third period of their game.
Without question UNB was the best team at this year's University Cup. Did they have the most stars? Does it matter? Results matter.
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