Source: Andy Campbell/UNB Athletics
(FREDERICTON, NB) The UNB Varsity Reds scored three times in the third period to tie Dalhousie… and then beat the visiting Tigers in a shootout.
In a most remarkable comeback, Philippe Maillet (Terrebonne, QC) needed just 7:58 to score three times.
That hat-trick erased a 4-1 deficit.
Maillet and Cam Brace (Markham, ON) scored in the shootout, capping UNB's amazing rally and give the VReds a 5-4 victory.
The Tigers looked ready to hand the Varsity Reds their first loss in regulation this season.
Jordan Murray (Riverview, NB) trimmed Dal's lead to one goal before the end of the first period.
The Tigers scored two more goals in the second period.
UNB's comeback didn't start until 11:21 of the third period.
Working with the man advantage, Maillet converted a Murray feed to make it 4-2.
With 1:16 left on the clock, and with UNB again on the power-play, Maillet connected again.
Then, at 19:23, with the Varsity Reds net empty, Maillet scored to tie it.
Tigers head coach Chris Donnelly said his team let one get away.
"You don't give national champion guys extra time or extra guys on the ice to beat you," he said. "We're more of a pressure team. We don't like to be back on our heels, and that last three minutes was just that, guys hanging on and playing the clock, not playing the game."
"Full credit to our opponent," said Varsity Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall. "I thought they played an outstanding game. I don't think we were as ready as we needed to be, but all is well that ends well."
The Tigers visit Charlottetown on Saturday, to take on the UPEI Panthers.
The Varsity Reds are back in action at the Aitken Centre.
They'll host the StFX X-Men, who beat the Varsity Reds in overtime last Saturday.
Game time is 7:00PM.