(PHOTO BY BRIAN SMITH)
MONTREAL - Maxime Langelier-Parent of Lery, Que., scored twice as the No.3-ranked McGill Redmen skated to a convincing 5-0 win over Concordia to capture the 25th annual Ronald Corey Cup hockey game before a near-capacity crowd of 631 at the Ed Meagher Arena, Wednesday.
The win avenged a 4-2 loss to the Stingers at McConnell Arena last week and clinched first place in the OUA East for McGill, which improved to 21-4-2 and finished atop the standings for the third consecutive year. It also marked the 10th consecutive Corey Cup win for the Redmen, who own a 14-6-3 record in the annual challenge match for university hockey supremacy in Montreal.
McGill, which dominated from start-to-finish, outshot Concordia by a lopsided 50-23 margin. They led 2-0 after the opening period and 4-0 after two. The speedy Redmen forced Concordia into taking nine penalties and went 2-for-8 on the power play. McGill, by contrast, was only penalized twice and killed off the only shorthanded scenario.
Three things stood out for me," said Kelly Nobes in his second season as head coach of the Redmen. "We were moving our feet wide with speed, our power play was effective, especially early on, and we played for a full 60 minutes. All four lines played well and our defence was solid. It was a total team effort and I was very pleased with outcome."
Forward Francis Verreault-Paul opened the scoring with an extra-strength marker before the six-minute mark. It was the 20th goal of the campaign for the psychology senior from Mashteuiatsh, Que., who now shares the league lead in that department and is one shy of leading the CIS for the third straight year.
Christophe Longpre-Poirier of Longueuil, Que., made it 2-0 with his seventh, also on the power-play, at 19:19 of the period. Marc-Andre Daneau of Daveluyville, Que., tallied his first of the season to put the game out of reach at 16:58 of the middle frame and Langelier-Parent, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound centre, drove the final nail in the coffin, scoring late in the second period and early in the third.
Benoit Levesque, a sophomore winger from Vaudreuil, Que., added three helpers.
Redmen netminder Hubert Morin of St. Georges de Beauce, Que., making his fourth consecutive start between the pipes, improved his record to 13-4. He kicked aside 23 shots to post his CIS-leading fourth shutout of the season. Morin is now ranked second among all OUA goalies in goals-against average (2.02) and is fourth in save percentage (.921).
At the other end of the ice, Nicholas Champion was credited with 45 saves in a losing cause for the Stingers, who dropped to 13-12-2 and are slated to meet McGill in the divisional quarterfinal series next week, if they hang on to the last playoff berth.
With a tough game at Carleton (13-10-3) remaining on their agenda, Concordia sits precariously perched in the eighth and final playoff berth, only one point ahead of ninth-place Ryerson (12-11-3), which has a game in hand. The Rams will host Queen's (13-11-2) on Thursday and travel to Nipissing (15-7-4) on Friday.
McGill closes out their schedule on the road against the Ottawa Gee-Gees (14-11-1), Friday, in a 7 p.m. start that will be webcast on SSN. The OUA best-of-three quarterfinals are slated to begin at McConnell Arena on Feb. 15, unless Ryerson finishes eighth, In that case, McGill would open at Ryerson, then host Games 2 and 3 at home next weekend.
REDMEN RAP: All-Canadian defenceman Marc-Andre Dorion, who leads the Redmen in scoring, picked up one assist and now leads all CIS blueliners in points with a 7-30-37 record in 27 games...The Redmen, who split their four-game series with Concordia this season, improved their lifetime record against their Sherbrooke Street rivals to 83-91-14 overall, including an 8-2 record in the last 10.
McGill 5 at Concordia 0
(25th annual Corey Cup Game; Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - Ed Meagher Arena)
GOALS BY PERIOD:
McGill 2-2-1 -- 5
Concordia 0-0-0 -- 0
1, McGill, Francis Verreault-Paul 20 (A.Picard-Hooper, M.A.Dorion), 5:51 (PP).
2, McGill, Christophe Longpre-Poirier 7 (E.Vossen, H.Genest), 19:19 (PP).
Van Wieren Con (hooking), 4:47;
Begin Con (tripping), 14:53;
Piette Con (interference), 18:01.
3, McGill, Marc-Andre Daneau 1 (B. Levesque, H.Genest), 16:58.
4, McGill, Maxime Langelier-Parent 11 (B.Levesque, M.A.Daneau), 18:55.
Dubuc Con (tripping), 11:54.
5, McGill, Maxime Langelier-Parent 12 (A.Picard-Hooper, B.Levesque), 2:35.
Picard-Hooper Mcg (hooking), 0:25;
Jannard Con (high sticking), 5:51;
Messier Con (interference), 7:29;
Longpre-Poirier Mcg (slashing), 12:43;
St. Germain Con (roughing), 12:43;
Blundon Con (hooking), 13:50;
St. Germain Con (slashing), 16:46.
Shots on Goal-
McGill 16-19-15 -- 50.
Concordia 5-8-10 -- 23.
Power Play Opportunities-
McGill 2 / 8;
Concordia 0 / 1.
McGill 2 / 4;
Concordia 9 / 18.
McGill, Hubert Morin (W, 13-4-0, 23 shots-23 saves, 60:00).
Concordia, Nicholas Champion (L, 8-9-0, 50 shots-45 saves; 60:00).
Start: 7:30 PM
End: 9:35 PM
Linesmen-Frederic Desjardins, Maxime Chaput.
1. MCG - 16 Max Langelier-Parent
2. MCG - 1 Hubert Morin
3. CON - 31 Nicholas Champion
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