1999/00 Year End Write-up and Stats
The resulting nickname of "Cardica Kids" was well earned, with seemingly constant overtime action for the boys in red'n black and the amazing success that came with it. The Varsity Reds won the silver medal at the CIAUs. The Reds has an 11-10 record in late January. At that point, the Reds started a road swing to Wolfville and Halifax which resulted in a pair of shootout victories. Two weeks later the Reds took a giant step toward that goal when Colin Beardsmore - in a brilliant foreshadowing act - scored with 12 seconds left in a 3-2 win over Moncton. That victory paved the way to second place and an opening round date with the Blue Eagles.
In Game 1 of the best-of-three series, Colin was up to his old tricks with the overtime winner in a 6-5 triumph. That was a major victory, which paved the way for a cautious, yet effective approach in Game 2. The Reds swept the series with a 3-0 shutout for fourth year veteran goalie, Ken Carroll.
Then came a showdown with cross-campus rival St. Thomas in the MacAdam Division final, a series, which opened on a sour note. The Reds fell behind early and eventually lost 6-2. In game 2, Ryan Naismith netted the overtime winner resulting in sending the teams to the Lady Beaverbrook Ring for a thrid game. UNB, thanks to a pair of early goals from Peter MacKellar, routed the Tommies 7-0.
Up next on the docket were the Acadia Axemen, the same team head coach Tom Coolen led to the 1993 CIAU title and the same school UNB defeated to claim their 1998 national trophy. The teams split the first two games in Fredericton before UNB won a pair of thrilling double overtime tilts in Wolfville.
UNB won the third game on a goal by Joe Bouvier and then Colin clicned the series - and the Atlantic University Athletic Association hockey title banner - with another overtime tally in the forth game.
Suddenly airfare was being line dup for the Saskatoon and a return trip to the Nationals. As it turned out, the Atlantic Championship was a fitting preview of the Nationals where drama, emotion, suspence and spine-tingling excitment dominated.
UNB was seeded fourth in the tournament and that meant a first round matchup with Western Ontario, which, of course, went to overtime. Colin scored the winning goal in the 5th minute of overtime. Then came another date with overtime, but one that wasn't required until Coling tied the game 4-4 with 27 seconds remaining in regulation to silence the home U. Saskatchewan crowd. Darren Shakotko won it on a powerplay 24 minutes into overtime which now allowed the team to contend for the national title. It was the UNB Varsity Reds against the Alberta Golden Bears, unfortunately overtime was unkind to the Cardiac Kids as they suffered their only overtime loss of the year. However, the V-Reds took home the silver medal from the CIAUs.
Two members of the Reds were named to the tournament all-star team - defenseman Darren Shakotko and forward Colin Beardsmore. Prior to the nationals, fourth-year winger peter MacKellar was selected the MacAdam Division all-star team and was also named the Atalntic Conference Most Sportsmanlike Player of the year.
Earlier in the season, three members of the Reds - Colin, Peter MacKellar and team captain Daryl Rivers - were selected to the Atlantic Conference all-star team which took on Team Canada in two games at Acadia Arena. Colin was the AUAA Player of the game in the openning game, scroing one goal and setting up another in a 5-4 OT loss.
The fans and supporters of the VReds will never forget the "Cardiac Kids" of the 1999-2000 season.
Daryl Rivers - Captain Craig Minard - Assistant Captain Colin Beardsmore Joe Bouvier Jeff Peddigrew Ken Carroll Adam Redmond Eric Demers Daryl Rivers Jay Doyle Graham Schlender Tyson Flinn Greg Scott Dave Geris Darren Shakotko Rob Hegberg Craig Soke Peter MacKellar Brian Stewart Darryl McArthur Ryan Walsh Ryan Naismith Calvin Watson Head Coach: Tom Coolen Assistant Coaches: Mark Francis and Doug Reynolds Trainer: Joe Glenn Manger: Jamie MacDonald Team Doctor: Dr. Ross Myers