The V-Reds put together a 16-3 run at the start of the second quarter to build a 20 point halftime lead to coast to a win over the listless Panthers, who had their playoff hopes severely hampered with the loss. Unlike last night's defensive struggle, both teams came out firing and UNB was able to make a mini-run late in the first quarter to lead by 7 then took over early in the second, culminated by an emphatic, "where did that come from" slam hammered home in traffic by 6'5" Alex Desroches. The Reds, led by 6'1" Dustin Anthony and 5'11" Andy Wright, started making long 3's, pulling the Panthers out of their zone and then the Reds went to work, finding the right matchups to build the large halftime lead. UNB (8-9) was able to keep the Panthers at bay in the second half to move into sole possession of fourth place in the AUS with 20 points on the season. UPEI (7-11) remains tied with Saint Mary's with 18 points and have 2 games remaining (at Cape Breton (4) and at St. FX (2)). UNB has a similarily difficult remaining 3 games as they host Cape Breton (4) and then travel to St. FX (2) and Cape Breton (4) on the final weekend of the season. Saint Mary's finishes at Dalhousie (2 pointer Wednesday night), at Acadia (2 pointer next weekend) and then another at Dalhousie (2 pointer).
Tonight in the AUS, Acadia (4-10, 12 points and in seventh place) travels to Antigonish to face St. FX X-Men (10-5, 26 points) in third place. X will face the sixth place finisher in the first round of the AUS tournament.