MONTREAL - Left winger Evan Vossen of Swift Current, Sask., scored twice and set up another as No.5-ranked McGill cruised to a 6-2 victory over Carleton, Sunday, winning their OUA East best-of-three semifinal series 2-1.
The Redmen, who spent part of their pre-game warm-up watching McGill grad Mike Babcock (and his lucky McGill tie) guiding Canada to a 3-2 gold medal victory over the USA at the Vancouver Olympics, came out firing on all cylinders. They outshot the Ravens 28-22, leading 3-1 after the first period and 5-1 after two.
Vossen, a third-year industrial relations major, assisted on defenceman Yan Turcotte's power-play goal to open the scoring at 8:52 of the first period. He made it 3-1 with just 16 seconds remaining in the first frame, a goal that proved to be the game winner. The 23-year-old forward rounded out the scoring with his fourth in five playoff games at 15:06 of the final period.
Sniper Francis Verreault-Paul, a sophomore from Mashteuiatsh, Que., also tallied twice, snapping a 1-1 tie at 18:49 of the first and making it 4-1 with a power-play marker at 5:18 of the second. The feisty 5-foot-10, 178-pound left-winger, who won the OUA scoring crown, leads all playoff scorers with six goals and eight points in five contests.
Rounding out the scoring for McGill was Maxime Langelier-Parent of Levy, Que., who made the score 5-1 at 6:59 of the middle stanza. Teammates Alex Picard-Hooper, Guillaume Doucet and Simon Marcotte-Légaré each picked up a pair of assists in the game.
Scoring for the plucky Ravens, who dropped two straight after winning the opener 5-2 last Wednesday, was defenceman Mark Smith of Stittsville, Ont., and forward Mike Byrd of Kemptville, Ont.
Redmen netminder Hubert Morin, a sophomore from St. Georges de Beauce, Que., improved to 4-1 in post-season play, making 22 saves. Carleton sophomore Alexander Archibald, an Ottawa native, made 32 saves and took the loss, evening his playoff record at 3-3.
McGill advances to the OUA East final series, a best-of-three affair, and will meet UQTR for the fifth-time in six years for the right to win a berth at both the Queen's Cup final and the CIS championship tourney.
The Redmen have split their four meetings with the Patriotes this season, winning 7-3 at Trois-Rivières in pre-season play and 2-1 at home on Jan. 15, then losing 8-2 at UQTR (Jan. 20) and 5-4 at McGill (Feb.8).
The upcoming series is slated to open at Le Colisée on Wednesday (March 3), then shift to McConnell Arena on March 5 and move back to Trois-Rivières if a deciding game is needed.
The opening contest will mark the 135th anniversary of the first organized hockey game, which featured a number of McGill students playing Montreal's Victoria Skating Rink on March 3, 1875.
REDMEN RAP: McGill is expected to be without the services of team captain Yan Turcotte for the entire UQTR series due to a borderline spearing penalty called by referee Dominic Bedard at 12:55 of the first period, which calls for an automatic three-game suspension. Turcotte was the third-leading scorer among OUA rearguards during the season with a career-best 9-16-25 in 27 games and has a 2-2-4 record in five post-season games... The Redmen power-play is operating at 14.7 per cent in playoffs (5/34) and their penalty-killing unit is plodding along at an 80.0 clip (28/35) after leading the league during the regular season.
McGill University Athletics & Recreation
(OUA East Best-of-Three Semifinal, Game 3)
Carleton 2 at McGill 6
(Feb 28, 2010 at McConnell Arena)
1, McGill, Yan Turcotte 2 (Vossen, Doucet), 8:52 (pp).
2, Carleton, Mark Smith 2 (Wells, Byrd), 17:42 (pp).
3, McGill, Francis Verreault-Paul 5 (Doucet, Picard-Hooper), 18:49.
4, McGill, Evan Vossen 3 (Dorion, Marcotte-Legare), 19:44.
BENCH Mcg (too many men), 2:44;
Gazdic Mcg (slashing), 4:54;
Self Car (cross checking), 7:10;
Self Car (roughing), 9:28;
Gazdic Mcg (holding), 11:35;
Turcotte Mcg (match penalty, automatic game misconduct), 12:55;
Longpre-Poirier Mcg (checking to the head, 10-minute misconduct), 15:22.
5, McGill, Francis Verreault-Paul 6 (Picard-Hooper, Gazdic), 5:18 (pp).
6, McGill, Maxime Langelier-Parent 5 (Verrilli, Daneau), 6:59.
Medel Car (holding opp. stick), 4:43;
Byrd Car (tripping), 8:51;
Berard Car (checking from behind, game misconduct), 12:04.
7, Carleton, Mike Byrd 2 (MacLean, Halstead), 7:21.
8, McGill, Evan Vossen 4 (Marcotte-Legare, Belzile), 15:06.
Halstead Car (interference), 2:03;
Bakker Car (high sticking), 7:59;
Medel Car (roughing), 16:13.
GOALS BY PERIOD:
Carleton 1-0-1 -- 2
McGill 3-2-1 -- 6
Shots on Goal-
Carleton 7-7-8 -- 22.
McGill 8-15-15 -- 38.
Power Play Opportunities-
Carleton 1 of 5;
McGill 2 of 8.
Carleton, Alexander Archibald (L, 3-3-0, 38 shots-32 saves; 60:00).
McGill, Hubert Morin (W, 4-1-0, 22 shots-20 saves; 60:00).
Start: 7:02 PM
End: 9:08 PM
MOLSON CUP THREE STARS:
1. MCG - 11 Evan Vossen
2. MCG - 18 Francis Verreault-Paul
3. MCG - 25 Simon Marcotte-Legare