(Rookie Melodie Daoust is the
third-leading scorer in the nation. Photo by Derek
OTTAWA - Rookie Melodie Daoust continued her
torrid scoring rampage with two goals and a pair of assists as
No.2-ranked McGill exploded for six unanswered goals en route to a
6-1 road victory over the Carleton Ravens in women's university
hockey action at the CU Ice House, Saturday.
The Martlets, who improved their lifetime record against the
Ravens to 65-1-1, outshot Carleton 39-19 and went 0-for-3 on the
power-play. Carleton was 1-for-3.
Daoust, a 5-foot-6 forward from Valleyfield, Que., has amassed
16 points in her last five contests. She scored 20 seconds
after Carleton had taken an early 1-0 lead on Kristen
MacDonald's power-play tally, igniting a six-goal rally by
the Martlets, five of them taking place in the second period.
Daoust, a physical education freshman, set up the winning tally by
Kim Ton-That of Beaconsfield, Que., at 1:06 of the
middle stanza. Six minutes later, she helped McGill extend their
lead to 3-1, assisted on Katia Clement-Heydra's
18th goal of the season. Minutes later, Daoust made the score 4-1
with a shorthanded effort at 9:14
"She been playing great and has a great handle on the puck,"
said head coach Peter Smith, who improved to
320-114-32 lifetime behind the McGill bench. "The improvement in
her skating from the beginning of the year until now is just
phenomenal. She really distributes the puck well, plays within the
system and doing a good job. I'm really happy for her."
Daoust, a member of the Canadian national under-22 program has
emerged as the leading candidate for CIS rookie-of-the-year
honours. She now leads the Quebec conference scoring race and ranks
third in the nation, with a whopping 40 points, including 15 goals,
in just 17 contests. It is the third highest single-season points
total in school history, behind the 54 racked up in 2008-09 by
Ann-Sophie Bettez and the 46 scored that same
season by then rookie Marie-Andree Leclerc
Rounding out the scoring for McGill was defenceman
Adrienne Crampton (2nd) of Toronto and centre
Leslie Oles of Beaconsfield, Que., who connected
for her 16th of the season.
Goaltender Charline Labonte made 18 saves and
improved her record to 15-2 with a stingy 1.12 goals-against
average and a .941 save percentage. The fifth-year veteran, who
recently began a master's degree in sports psychology, now owns an
81-3-0 lifetime record in 84 career regular season starts.
Tamber Tisdale, the beleaguered Ravens
netminder, registered 33 saves in a losing cause as her record
dropped to 6-8-0.
The Martlets improved to 17-1-1 and will close out the regular
season at home agianst Concordia (3-13-1) on Feb. 19 in a 2 p.m.
MARTLET MURMURS: McGill's exhibition game
against the Montreal Stars of the NWHL, slated for Feb. 17 has been
cancelled due to injuries and scheduling issues. Based on the
intensity of previous meeting between the two clubs, a 4-1 win for
Montreal on Jan. 18, and an injury to team captain Cathy Chartrand,
combined with some nicks and bruises, Coach Smith decided that it
was too risky to have an exhibition game the week before
McGill 6 at Carleton 1
11, 2012 - CU Ice House)
GOALS BY PERIOD:
McGill 1-5-0 -- 6
Carleton 1-0-0 -- 1
1, Carleton, Kristen
MacDonald 7 (S.Seiler, S.Wegner), 4:49 (PP).
2, McGill, Melodie Daoust 14 (K.Clement-Heydra,
Daoust Mcg (high sticking), 3:01;
Moffatt Mcg (tripping), 10:12;
VanderVeen Car (hooking), 12:07.
3, McGill, Kim
Ton-That 7 (M.Daoust, G.Ferrari), 1:06.
4, McGill, Adrienne Crampton 2 (unassisted),
5, McGill, Katia Clement-Heydra 18 (M.Daoust),
6, McGill, Melodie Daoust 15 (K.Clement-Heydra),
7, McGill, Leslie Oles 16 (A.S.Bettez, J.Peroff),
Monuk Car (roughing), 10:28;
VanderVeen Car (bodychecking), 18:11.
Shots on Goal-
McGill 13-15-11 -- 39.
Carleton 6-9-4 -- 19.
Power Play Opportunities-
McGill 0 / 3;
Carleton 1 / 3.
Labonte (W, 15-2-0, 19 shots-18 saves; 60:00).
Carleton, Tamber Tisdale (L, 6-8-0, 39 shots-33
Start: 7:04 PM
Finish: 8:52 PM
Referee: Jeff Demers.
Linesmen: Alanna Mar, Pat Gagnon.
1. MCG - 17 Melodie
2. MCG - 54 Charline Labonte
3. CAR - 17 Sara Seiler
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