OTTAWA – Ann-Sophie Bettez of Sept Iles, Que., and Alyssa Cecere
of Brossard, Que, each tallied twice as No.1-ranked McGill rallied
for three unanswered goals in the final 10 minutes to outlast
Ottawa 6-4 in women’s hockey, Saturday.
It was McGill’s 27th consecutive win against Canadian university opponents but the most goals allowed by the Martlets in 80 games against CIS teams, dating back to a 4-1 loss to Laurier on March 11, 2006.
The Martlets led 2-0 on goals by defenceman Chantal Gauvin, a native of Dollard des Ormeaux, Que., and Cecere, but Ottawa came to life when Erika Pouliot beat McGill netminder Gabrielle Smith at 12:29 of the opening period. That goal snapped McGill’s regular season shutout sequence at 258 minutes and 40 seconds. The CIS record, held by McGill, is 363:09.
Three minutes after Pouliot had narrowed the gap to 2-1, Vanessa Davidson re-established the two-goal cushion with a shorthanded effort, which appeared to snuff out any chance of a Gee-Gees comeback. However, Ottawa exploded to go ahead 4-3 on goals by Joelle Charlebois at 12:11 and Jodi Reinholcz at 14:45 of the middle period and Kayla Hottot at 2:30 of the final stanza.
Cecere tied the contest at 4-4 before the midway mark of the final period, then Bettez sealed the deal, putting pucks past goalkeeper Jessika Audet at 10:38 and 18:17.
McGill has now won 13 consecutive games over the Gee-Gees, dating back to a 2-1 loss at Ottawa on Feb. 10, 2007 and own a 27-2-1 record in their last 30 meetings versus Ottawa.
The win also catapulted McGill (4-0) ahead of Ottawa (3-1-0-1) and into the division lead for the first time this season. McGill is off until Nov. 8, when they will make a return trip to the nation’s capital, to take on the Carleton Ravens. They have won 27 consecutive games over Carleton and own a 39-0-1 lifetime record against the Ravens with 24 shutouts.
MARTLET MURMURS: The McGill women were once missing the services of goaltender Charline Labonté and rearguard Catherine Ward, plus head coach Peter Smith, who were with the Canadian national team at a three-day training camp in Pierrefonds, Que. The trio will be heading to Lake Placid, N.Y., later this week for the Four Nations Cup tourney, Nov. 4-9. Assistant coach Amey Doyle handled the team in his absence and upped her career record to 19-1-1 when filling in for Smith behind the McGill bench.
McGill 6 at Ottawa 4
(@ uOttawa Sports Complex)
1. McGill, Chantal Gauvin (1) 6:01
2. McGill, Alyssa Cecere (1) (C. Hill) 9:16
3. Ottawa, Erika Pouliot (1) (F. Desforges, D. Smith) 12:29
4. McGill, Vanessa Davidson (5) (A.S. Bettez, J. Sheehan) 15:46 (SH)
D. Smith Ott (hooking) 1:32,
C. Chartrand Mcg (hooking) 15:33,
A. Burrill Ott (bodychecking) 19:06
5. Ottawa, Joelle Charlebois (3) (K. Hottot, C. Allen) 12:11
6. Ottawa, Jodi Reinholcz (2) (K. deWit, T. Brown) 14:45
C. Hill Mcg (holding opp. stick) 6:12,
E. Pouliot Ott (cross checking) 17:11
7. Ottawa, Kayla Hottot (1) (F. Desforges, B. Jones) 2:30
8. McGill, Alyssa Cecere (2) (A. Soberano) 9:21
9. McGill, Ann-Sophie Bettez (4) (V. Davidson, L. Zane) 10:38
10. McGill, Ann-Sophie Bettez (5) (V. Davidson, M. Leclerc-Auger) 18:17
J. Reinholcz Ott (slashing) 6:21,
V. Davidson Mcg (cross checking) 15:42
SHOTS BY PERIOD:
McG: 14 4 7 -- 25
OTT: 4 8 4 -- 16
GOALS BY PERIOD:
McG: 3 0 3 -- 6
OTT: 1 2 1 -- 4
POWER PLAY CONVERSION:
Gabrielle Smith (W, 2-0, 60:00, SV: 12, GA: 4)
Jessika Audet (L, 2-2, 58:44, SV: 19 GA: 6)
Start : n/a
End : n/a
Attendance : n/a
McGill LINEUP SCRATCHES
G: Kalie Townsend (dressed but DNP)
G: Charline Labonte (on loan to Canadian national team)
D: Catherine Ward (on loan to Canadian national team)
D: *Stacie Tardiff (injd)