(Photo of Maxime Langelier-Parent by Andrew
KINGSTON - Maxime Langelier-Parent of Lery,
Que., scored once and added two helpers as the visiting McGill
men's hockey team, ranked No.2 in the nation, coasted to a 5-1
victory over Queen's at the Kingston Memorial Centre, Friday. The
result, combined with Wednesday's 3-2 win, gave McGill a two-game
sweep in their OUA East best-of-three quarter-final series.
It was McGill's 21st consecutive conquest over Queen's dating
back to their last setback in 2004.
Langelier-Parent, a speedy, 6-foot-2, 225-pound centre, assisted
on the game-winner by Montrealer Nicolas Biniek
midway through the opening period. He then gave McGill a commanding
4-0 lead at 8:02 of the second stanza, followed by another assist,
on Marc-Andre Daneau's third-period marker to make
His younger brother, Guillaume
Langelier-Parent, a freshman forward, also tallied and
Christophe Longpre-Poirier of Longueuil, Que.,
rounded out the scoring for McGill.
Jordan Soquila spoiled Hubert
Morin's bid for a shutout with less than 15 minutes
remaining in the final period.
McGill had a 43-35 edge in shots as Morin, an engineering senior
from St. Georges de Beauce, Que., registered 34 saves to collect
the win, improving his career record to 74-26-2 overall, including
an 18-5 lifetime mark in post-season play.
Gaels netminder Riley Whitlock was credited
with 38 saves in a losing cause.
"We certainly had a much-improved look tonight than we did in
the series opener and it showed right off the bat. We were moving
our feet, getting the puck in deep, driving the middle lane and
that led to a 3-0 lead in the first period," said Redmen head coach
Kelly Nobes, who was especially pleased to get
goals from four of his five scorers, who combined for just seven
markers during the regular season. Over their two playoff games,
McGill has netted eight goals from seven different players.
"To win in the playoffs we need production from all 20 guys, so
it was great to see those guys rewarded for doing the little
details that need to get done to create scoring opportunities,"
It was a somewhat costly win for McGill, however, as they lost
5-foot-10 sniper Francis Verreault-Paul, a
three-time OUA leading goal-scorer, for the next two playoff
encounters after he was enticed into a scuffle with 6-foot-1
blueliner Patrick McEachen, who had provoked the
incident by slashing the McGill senior. It didn't appear that
either player threw more than a punch but nonetheless, referee
Ron Stakes assessed each a fighting major and an
automatic game misconduct. The infraction was Verreault-Paul's
second such major of the season and with a cumulative rule in
effect, he will have to sit out the next two games.
The game featured 72 minutes in penalties, including 51 to the
Gaels, who somehow managed to kill off all eight McGill
power-plays. Queen's went 0-for-3 with the man-advantage.
"I thought our guys played with class tonight," said Nobes, who
had a number of conversations with the referee and wasn't happy
with the style of play by the Gaels, who drew five of their eight
minor penalties for stick-work, to go along with a pair of
checking-from-behind infractions, a fighting major, a pair of
10-minute misconducts and a game misconduct.
McGill will now await the weekend results to determine who their
next opponent will be. The top-seeded Redmen, who finished atop the
standings with a 22-4-2 record, will play the lowest remaining seed
in a best-of-three divisional semifinal series. Should
seventh-seeded Ryerson win their series over No.2-seed UQTR, the
Rams would be McGill's next opponent, beginning with Game 1 in
Toronto on Wednesday or Thursday. However, should UQTR storm back
and capture both weekend contests against Ryerson, who won their
opener by a shocking 9-2 score, then McGill would host sixth-seeded
Ottawa (14-13-1), beginning with Game 1, most likely on Wednesday
at McConnell Arena.
REDMEN RAP: Among McGill's six lineup scratches was
Alexandre Picard-Hooper, last season's CIS player
of the year, who suffered a lower-body injury in Game 1 of the
series. His status for the next game is still uncertain... The
Redmen improved their lifetime record against Queen's to 115-50-2
in a long-standing rivalry that dates back to 1895.... The Redmen
are 61-5 in their last 66 games against the Gaels and 5-1 in
OUA EAST BEST-OF-THREE QUARTERFINAL
(Game 2, McGill wins series 2-0)
McGill 5 at Queen's 1
(Friday, February 17, 2012 - Kingston Memorial Centre)
GOALS BY PERIOD
McGill 3-1-1 -- 5
Queen's 0-0-1 -- 1
1, McGill, Christophe
Longpre-Poirier 2 (A.Wright, E.Vossen), 5:11.
2, McGill, Nicolas Biniek 1 (R.McKiernan, Max
3, McGill, Guillaume Langelier-Parent 1 (E.Vossen,
Kenway Qns (high sticking), 8:57;
McEachen Qns (high sticking), 11:35;
Dupont Mcg (high sticking), 16:57.
4, McGill, Max
Langelier-Parent 2 (Marc-Andre Daneau), 8:02.
Bureau Qns (checking from behind, 10-minute misconduct),
Levesque Mcg (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 9:18;
Munroe Qns (slashing), 11:09;
Ouellet Qns (cross checking), 15:28;
Verreault-Paul Mcg (slashing), 16:45;
Moore Qns (slashing), 17:20;
Perry Qns (checking from behind, 10-minute misconduct),
Verreault-Paul Mcg (major-fighting, game misconduct), 20:00;
McEachen Qns (major-fighting, game misconduct), 20:00.
5, McGill, Marc-Andre
Daneau 1 (Max Langelier-Parent, B.Levesque), 2:33.
6, Queen's, Jordan Soquila 1 (J.Mirwaldt),
Pianosi Qns (roughing), 8:48.
Shots on Goal-
McGill 17-15-11 -- 43.
Queen's 9-10-16 -- 35.
Power Play Opportunities-
McGill 0 / 8;
Queen's 0 / 3.
McGill 5 / 21;
Queen's 12 / 51.
Morin (W, 2-0-0, 35 shots-34 saves; 60:00).
Queen's, Riley Whitlock (L, 0-2-0, 43 shots-38
Linesmen-Justin Kuipers and Mr. Galaway.
1. McG: Max Langelier-Parent
2. McG: Christophe Longpre-Poirier
3. McG: Hubert Morin
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