Fredericton, NB - It was a rough night at Scotiabank Park South, both on the field and on the scoreboard for the Tommies as the UNB Ironmen took them down 29-10.
The undefeated Ironmen had yet to allow double digit scoring to an opponent in regular season play, and from the opening kick it was a hard hitting, raucous affair between these two rivals.
Oliver Larson (Saint John, NB) got the Tommies on the board 7 minutes into the game, when he converted on a penalty kick, giving the Tommies a 3-0 lead.
Kyle Patterson answered for the Ironmen, with the conversion from Andrew Peppard.
That was all the scoring for the first half as it was a staunch defensive effort from both squads.
"We came out very strong and we stuck our tackles throughout the game," said head coach Curtis Lauzon.
The second half was much of the same, hard hitting and great defensive play.
Steve MacPhail pushed the UNB lead to 12-3, but second year player Zach Klassen (East Dalhousie, NS) drove through for a try, his third straight game scoring for the Tommies. Larson converted for the Tommies to make it a 2-point Ironmen lead.
That's as close as the Tommies would get as Nick Woods, Peppard and Patterson would score second half tries, and Peppard converted 1 of those tries to leave the final at 29-10.
"I don't think any other team has put up that many points against their A-side this season," said Lauzon about UNB's defensive play. "So, I would say that was their toughest game this season."
Klassen and Patterson were named Men of the Match for their respective sides.
Next action for the Tommies is October 14 when they travel to UPEI to face the Panthers.