Mélodie Daoust (centre) scores one of her three goals against Stingers. PHOTO BY DEREK DRUMMOND
MONTREAL - Freshman Mélodie Daoust of Valleyfield, Que., netted a hat-trick as the No.2-ranked McGill University women's hockey team skated to a 3-0 whitewash over visiting Concordia to close out the regular season at McConnell Arena, Sunday.
It marked McGill's 42nd consecutive victory over their cross-town rivals and put a damper on a milestone day for Concordia head coach Les Lawton, who was behind the Stingers bench for the 1,000th time in his 30 seasons. Fifth-place Concordia will miss the playoffs with a 4-15-1 record.
Daoust, also a member of the Canadian national under-22 squad, won the RSEQ conference scoring crown with 43 points, including 18 goals, in just 18 contests. Despite playing significantly fewer games than most of the top scorers in the CIS, the 5-foot-6 rookie centre ended up fifth in the nation in goals and fourth in points. After a "slow" start to her university career, with six points in her first five games, Daoust has finished with a flurry, exploding for 19 points over her last six.
"At the beginning the season (the adjustment to playing university hockey) was difficult because I had (a couple of injuries) which affected my ability to train hard," said Daoust, a 20-year-old physical and health education freshman. "That combined with starting university (in a new language), forced me to focus more on school and less on hockey. But after the first semester, my English really improved and I just worked hard in practice, especially on my skating and a lot on my positioning. I think I improved a lot in those areas."
Charline Labonté, the Canadian Olympian from Boisbriand, Que., kicked aside 20 shots to register her CIS-leading eighth goose-egg in 18 starts and extended her CIS career record shutout mark to 45. The four-time all-Canadian also registered her ninth career assist (a school record) and improved her win-loss record to 82-3 in conference action, including a 16-2 mark this season.
The Martlets, who finished atop the RSEQ standings with an 18-1-1 record, will meet the Ottawa Gee-Gees in a best-of-three semifinal series, scheduled to begin on Wednesday in the nation's capital. McGill was supposed to open at home but head coach Peter Smith graciously agreed to open their series on the road because the hockey Redmen are also slated to host Ottawa in their semifinal on Wednesday.
Concordia 0 at McGill 3
(Sunday, February 19, 2012 - McConnell Arena)
GOALS BY PERIOD:
Concordia 0-0-0 -- 0
McGill 0-2-1 -- 3
Tardif Mcg (hooking), 13:49;
Lawton Con (hooking), 18:50.
1, McGill, Melodie Daoust 16 (L.Oles, C.Chartrand), 2:14 (PP).
2, McGill, Melodie Daoust 17 (C.Labonte), 7:11.
MacNeil Con (interference), 1:20;
Laramee-Paquette Con (bodychecking), 2:29;
Lawton Con (cross checking), 10:54;
D'Ambrosio Con (high sticking), 16:57;
Ton-That Mcg (slashing), 18:46.
3, McGill, Melodie Daoust 18 (K.Ton-That, C.Chartrand), 17:36 (PP).
Sherrard Con (bodychecking), 1:00;
Cagianos Mcg (hooking), 5:21;
Rancourt Con (tripping), 16:31;
Roper Con (roughing), 18:17;
Oles Mcg (roughing), 18:17;
Peroff Mcg (cross checking), 18:17.
Shots on Goal-
Concordia 5-7-8 -- 20.
McGill 8-15-9 -- 32.
Power Play Opportunities-
Concordia 0 / 4;
McGill 2 / 7.
Concordia, Marie-Pier Remillard (L, 4-15-0, 32 shots-29 saves; 60:00).
McGill, Charline Labonte (W, 16-2-0, 20 shots-20 saves; 60:00).
Start: 2:03 PM
Finish: 3:58 PM
Linesmen-Pascal Ouimet, Gabrielle Cyr.
1. MCG - 17 Melodie Daoust
2. MCG - 54 Charline Labonte
3. MCG - 8 Cathy Chartrand
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