MONTREAL -- Andrew Wright, a sophomore forward from Toronto, scored a hat-trick and goaltender Hubert Morin posted his third shutout as the No.5-ranked McGill men's hockey team celebrated the 133rd anniversary of their founding with an 11-0 rout over Concordia at Ed Meagher Arena, Sunday.
It was quite a birthday party, one that was similar to their 12-3 Carnival Week victory over Concordia 18 days ago. The only thing missing this time was the co-ed streaker that made a surprise appearance at the last rendez-vous.
The Redmen, who played their first-ever game on Jan. 31, 1877, led 3-0 after the opening period and exploded for seven goals in the second frame to lead Concordia 10-0 after two. It marked the second time that McGill had accomplished that feat this season. The other seven-goal period was also in the second stanza and happened in McGill's 12-3 conquest over Concordia on Jan. 13. The school record for most goals scored in a period is 10 in a 16-4 decision over the Montreal Carabins on Feb. 25, 1949.
The Redmen have now won their last six meetings with Concordia, outscoring the Stingers 44-9 during that stretch.
McGill outshot the Stingers 42-33, including a 24-13 margin in the middle stanza. The Redmen went 3-for 8 on the power play and tied a school single-game record with a pair of shorthanded goals as they snuffed out all 13 Concordia power-play opportunities, including a pair of two-man advantages. McGill has now scored eight times in OUA play while shorthanded, a single-season school record.
Francis Verreault-Paul, a sophomore forward from Mashteuiatsh, Que., and linemate Alexandre Picard-Hooper of Boucherville, Que., were each credited with a goal and three assists. Verreault-Paul leads all OUA snipers in goals (20), points (43) and game-winners (6). Picard-Hooper leads the league in assists with 32 in 23 contests.
Rounding out the scoring for the Redmen was senior Leonard Verrilli of Dollard des Ormeaux, Que., who had a pair, plus juniors Guillaume Doucet of Anjou, Que., and Simon Marcotte-Légaré of Longueuil, Que., in addition to rookie Maxime Langelier-Parent of Levy, Que., and Ben Gazdic, a veteran defenceman from Toronto.
The eighth-place Stingers sit precariously in the final playoff berth with a 7-15-2 record, two points ahead of RMC and three ahead of Ottawa, who holds a game in hand. Concordia hosts division-leading UQTR on Feb. 3,
McGill travels to third-place Carleton (13-8-3) on Feb. 5. The Redmen have dropped two of their three meetings with the pesky Ravens this season and a win would clinch second-place in the 10-team OUA East for McGill, which owns an 18-5 record, two points behind UQTR (18-3-2) with five games remaining before playoffs. The Redmen and Pats have split their season series and will meet for a rubber match on Feb. 8 in a rare Monday night affair.
REDMEN RAP: The Redmen penalty-killing unit is second-best among all 19 OUA teams, erasing 130 of 146 PK situations for a stellar 89 per cent success rate... They trail Guelph, who leads with 89.9... Concordia leads the all-time series between the two clubs but the Redmen are closing in with an 77-89-14 overall record... The Stingers had previously racked up a once insurmountable 36-1-1 lead after the first 38 confrontations... The cross-town rivals will meet one more time in regular-season play when they hook-up at Meagher Arena on Feb. 12 for the 23rd annual Corey Cup game... McGill leads the nation with 130 goals, the fourth-highest offensive output in team history... The school record is 173 goals established over 26 contests in 1988-89... The Redmen have registered two other impressively potent campaigns, scoring 146 times in 1982-83 (30 games) and matching that total in 1999-00 (26 games)... Speedy rookie Christophe Longpre-Poirier leads the OUA in shorthanded points scored with three SHGs and a pair of helpers... Despite missing three games, sophomore Marc-Andre Dorion, who collected three helpers in the game, now leads all OUA rearguards in scoring with a 6-22-28 record in 20 games... He has a six-point lead on Brendan Sherrard of Queen's... McGill team captain Yan Turcotte has achieved career bests in goals, assists and points (7-12-19) with 100 penalty minutes in 23 games... The rugged rearguard, who last year became McGill's all-time penalty king, has reached the century mark in PIMs for the second straight year.
McGill 11 at Concordia 0
(Jan 31, 2010 - Ed Meagher Arena)
1, McGill, Ben Gazdic 2 (Belzile, Verrilli), 5:27.
2, McGill, Andrew Wright 8 (Verreault-Paul, Picard-Hooper), 6:28.
3, McGill, Andrew Wright 9 (Dorion, Verreault-Paul), 19:15.
Vossen Mcg (holding), 6:43;
Wright Mcg (tripping), 9:11;
Element Con (slashing), 10:35;
Turcotte Mcg (holding), 10:45;
Gazdic Mcg (hooking), 14:28;
Van Wieren Con (high sticking), 17:11.
4, McGill, Francis Verreault-Paul 20 (Picard-Hooper, Turcotte), 0:13.
5, McGill, Simon Marcotte-Legare 7 (Vossen, Doucet), 1:05.
6, McGill, Guillaume Doucet 17 (Dorion, Marcotte-Legare), 2:37 (pp).
7, McGill, Maxime Langelier-Parent 7 8:09 (sh).
8, McGill, Andrew Wright 10 (Picard-Hooper, Dorion), 9:46.
9, McGill, Alexandre Picard-Hooper 8 (Wright, Verreault-Paul), 11:31 (pp).
10, McGill, Leonard Verrilli 1 (Belzile, Longpre-Poirier), 12:14 (pp).
Michalsky Con (roughing), 2:06;
Lovatsis Con (high sticking), 5:20;
Gazdic Mcg (roughing), 6:22;
Rizk Con (inter. on goaltender), 10:35;
Palombaro Con (slashing), 11:31;
Verreault-Paul Mcg (holding), 18:37;
Turcotte Mcg (slashing), 19:19.
11, McGill, Leonard Verrilli 2 (Gazdic, Longpre-Poirier), 2:57 (sh).
Morse Mcg (tripping), 1:08;
Morse Mcg (interference), 7:16;
Turcotte Mcg (charging), 9:01;
Kelly Con (tripping), 11:20;
Turcotte Mcg (slashing), 13:28;
Gazdic Mcg (roughing), 14:10;
Dorion Mcg (roughing), 14:52;
Gager Con (elbowing), 19:27;
Goyens Con (10-minute misconduct), 19:27;
Turcotte Mcg (roughing), 20:00.
GOALS BY PERIOD:
McGill 3-7-1 -- 11
Concordia 0-0-0 -- 0
Shots on Goal-
McGill 11-24-7 -- 42.
Concordia 5-13-15 -- 33.
Power Play Opportunities-
McGill 3 of 8;
Concordia 0 of 13 (plus two SHGs against)
Penalties (No / Mins):
McGill 14 / 28;
Concordia 9 / 26.
Hubert Morin (W, 14-2-0, 33 shots-33 saves; SHO; 60:00).
Macime Joyal (start; L, 4-8-2, 33 shots-25 saves; 38:55);
Mike Shrider 2-0-0 (9 shots-6 saves; 21:05).
Start: 3:01 pm
End: 5:18 pm
Referee- Gavin White.
1. Andrew Wright, McGill
2. Alex Picard-Hooper, McGill
3. Hubert Morin, McGill