Tigers weekend recap (Jan 10-12)

Duncan Forbes - January 13, 2014

The women's hockey team suffered a close loss to the Saint Mary's Huskies while, the men's hockey team broke their losing streak by defeating the StFX X-men.

Men's Hockey

The Tigers squandered a 3-2 third period lead against Saint Mary’s on January 8, allowing two late third period goals.  Patrick Daley had a goal and an assist to lead the Tigers, and Bobby Nadeau made 32 saves in the loss.

Then, they found themselves in an unfamiliar place on Friday: in the win column. Down 3-1 after the first period, the Tigers scored four unanswered goals against the StFX X-Men to earn a rare win.

Patrick Daley scored twice and added an assist to lead the Tigers, while Fabian Walsh, Andrew Wigginton and Brad McConnell all added two points of their own.

Bobby Nadeau made 24 of 27 saves for the Tigers, who are back in action on Friday as they head to UNB for a 7:00pm game.

Women’s Hockey

The Tigers (4-9-1) remain in the basement of the AUS with a loss against the Saint Mary’s Huskies on Thursday.The first period saw both the Tigers and Huskies score twice, with a score of 2-2 heading into the first intermission. The Huskies score two unanswered goals in the second and with no scoring in the third, the Tigers fell 4-2.

On Saturday, it was the Tigers who struck first as Sarah Robichaud scored a power play goal late in the first period to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead going into the intermission. The teams traded goals in the second period, setting the stage for a huge third period.

It was a 2-2 at the end of regulation time, sending the game into overtime. Still tied at the end of OT, the Mounties won the shootout, giving them the victory.The Tigers will be on the road on Friday to take on the St. Thomas Tommies in Fredericton on Friday at 7:00pm.

Women’s Basketball

The women’s basketball team began 2014 with a pair of victories on the road against the last place UNB Varsity Reds. The wins move the Tigers above .500 and cements their spot in third place in the AUS.

On Friday, the Tigers came out slow in the first quarter, but stormed back to take charge of the game the rest of the way, winning 65-55. Four starters finished in double figures, led by Rebecca Nuttall who had 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Tessa Stammberger went on a tear Saturday, leading the Tigers with a double-double, dropping 18 points and 11 boards. The Tigers defense hounded the Varsity Reds all day, forcing 24 turnovers. After only allowing seven points in the fourth quarter, the Tigers came away with an easy 81-61 win.

The Tigers will host StFX on Friday in a crucial four-point game at 6:00pm.

Men’s Basketball

The Tigers travelled to Fredericton for a two-game set against the Varsity Reds this weekend without star forward Kashrell Lawrence, who was out with injury.

They stumbled out of the gate in the first quarter but rallied back to cut the lead to one going into halftime. The Tigers offense only managed nine points in the third quarter and couldn’t recover as the first place Varsity Reds went on to win 74-66.

The trio of Devon Stedman, Ritchie Kanza Mata and Simon Marr led the Tigers with a combined 38 points and 24 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers lost yet another close game.

On Saturday, the Tigers finally found themselves on the winning side of a close game. They played arguably their best game of the season, out-rebounding the Varsity Reds 41-23. The Tigers defense came alive, limiting UNB to 35.0% shooting from the field.

Marr had 17 points and six rebounds to pace the Tigers, while Kanza Mata had 12 points and eight rebounds. Derek Norris played well in a rare start, adding 12 points.

The Tigers are back in action Friday when they host the StFX X-Men on Friday at 8:00pm at the Dalplex.

Women’s Volleyball

The Tigers hosted the Memorial Sea-Hawks for a two-game set this weekend, and Anna Dunn had ten kills to help them win 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-17) on Saturday night. Katherine Ryan had seven kills and added eight digs.

On Sunday, it was the Sea-Hawks who struck first as they took the first set 25-17. The Tigers took the second set 25-18, setting the stage for thrilling third and fourth sets. Neither team would give an inch but it was the Tigers who came out on top, winning the last two sets 26-24 and 25-23.

The dynamic duo of Maggie Li and Desiree Nouwen combined for 24 kills and 28 digs to lead the Tigers, who improve to 7-4 and sit atop the AUS standings.  They will be back on the court on Friday when they face the Cape Breton Capers in Sydney at 7:00pm.

Men’s Volleyball

Dominating. Relentless. Powerful.

All three words could be used to describe the Tigers efforts against the Memorial Sea-Hawks this weekend.

They won easily on Saturday 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-15), pounding the ball past the Sea-Hawks and playing fantastic defense of their own.

The trio of Kristen O’Brien, Connor Maessen and Bryan Duquette combined for 16 kills and 26.5 points to lead the charge for the surging Tigers.

The second match saw more of the same, with the Tigers taking their game to the next level and limiting the Sea-Hawks to only 30 points all match long.

Bryan Duquette had a team-high nine kills and seven digs in the win.

Glenn Lassaline played well, filling in for Alex Dempsey in the starting lineup. He had seven kills and three digs for the Tigers.

The Tigers will face Laval, Montreal and Sherbooke next weekend in the third AUS-RSEQ interlock event of the season.


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