Mar. 22, 2012 - 6:00 PM
Redmen Hockey vs Moncton (CIS championship; Away)
Won 6-3 vs Moncton
Aitken University Centre (Fredericton, NB) .
Power-play proves painful as McGill masters Moncton
FREDERICTON, N.B. -- The second-seeded McGill Redmen scored a pair of power
play goals in the first six minutes and never looked back as they doubled the
No. 5 Moncton Aigles Bleus 6-3 in the opening game of the 50th CIS men's hockey
championship in front of 3,750 fans at the University of New Brunswick's Aitken
Centre, Thursday afternoon.
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The OUA champion Redmen (1-0) take the early lead in Pool B at the Cavendish
Farms University Cup, presented by The Home Depot, and earn a one-day bye before
playing next on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Atlantic when they'll face the No. 3
Saskatchewan Huskies (0-0) in their second and final round-robin match-up.
For their part, the AUS finalist Aigles Bleus (0-1) will face a must-win situation
when they take the ice again versus Saskatchewan Friday at 2 p.m.
McGill, which scored six times on only 19 shots against goaltender Pierre-Alexandre
Marion, took advantage of some undisciplined play by Moncton to jump into a
quick 2-0 lead.
Three minutes and 21 seconds in, Christopher Guay was called for high-sticking
McGill sniper Francis Verreault-Paul to put the Redmen on the power play. As
he was skating back to his bench, Charles Bergeron butt-ended the McGill star
and Moncton was slapped with an extra double-minor which put the Redmen on a
four-minute power-play, beginning with a two-men advantage.
Verreault-Paul, a fourth-year forward from Mashteuiatsh, Que., who led his
team in scoring this season with 21 goals in 23 games, made the Aigles Bleus
pay only 39 seconds into the power-play when he wired a one-timer past Marion
after taking a pass from Marc-André Dorion, the CIS defenceman of the
year from St. Hubert, Que.
Less than two minutes later, with Bergeron still in the penalty box, Verreault-Paul
set up Alexandre Picard-Hooper with a perfect backhanded pass and the native
of Boucherville, Que., made no mistake, doubling the lead just 5:37 after the
"We have the experience," said Verreault-Paul, who was named as McGill`s
game MVP and is one of nine seniors on the Redmen roster. "Our first year
(at Nationals) we didn't win a game, our second year we won one... and last
year we (won two and) were in the final and this year we're focusing on the
game-by-game. We'll focus on Saturday's game (against Saskatchewan) and we'll
see after that. But we have the experience so obviously we try to work with
The Redmen scored twice on six power play opportunities, while Moncton went
"Our penalty-kill is something that's been good for us, especially in
the playoffs and part of killing penalties is blocking shots," said Kelly
Nobes, in his second season as head coach of the Redmen, who were credited with
18 blocked shots in the game. "So we did a great job of getting into shooting
lanes. That's a lot about positioning... and technique as well. Certainly it
was a big part of our PK tonight."
Verreault-Paul (2-1-3) and Picard-Hooper (1-2-3), last year's CIS most outstanding
player, both ended the game with three points, while Nicolas Biniek, a sophomore
left-winger from Montreal, scored twice for the winners. Senior right-winger
Andrew Wright of Toronto rounded out the scoring for McGill.
Moncton received goals from forwards Christian Gaudet of Memramcook, N.B.,
Marc-André Côté of Montreal and Dean Ouellet of Edmunston,
N.B. Côté and Ouellet each added an assist.
McGill goalie Hubert Morin, a senior from St-George-de-Beauce, Que., made 21
saves for the win, while Marion, a native of Gatineau, Que., was saddled with
the loss following a 13-save performance.
"One of my good friends told me that you can't buy experience," said
Moncton bench boss Serge Bourgeois. "You could tell in the first period
that McGill had it. They way they played, they were really used to (the pressure).
A few of our guys were really nervous and I tried to calm them down but dealing
(with the pressure) is part of hockey and part of life."
"It's the little bounces that (make the difference) and tonight we didn't
get our bounces," said forward Éric Faille of Lachine, Que., who
earned player-of-the-game honours for the Aigles Bleus. "McGill got theirs
and put the puck in the net. It's part of hockey and part of what happened today."
Following McGill's early goals, Gaudet cut the lead to 2-1 with 4:49 to go
in the first period when he took a perfect pass from behind the net from Côté.
Biniek quickly restored McGill's two-goal advantage however. After the Aigles
Bleus failed to clear their zone -- and the last Moncton defender skated off
on a bad line change -- Biniek pounced on the loose puck in the slot and beat
Mario with a nifty move to the backhand at 16:37.
In the second frame, Moncton dominated the play early on until McGill exploded
for two goals in 19 seconds, all but putting the game away.
Verreault-Paul made it 4-1 at 12:26 when he intercepted a pass in the high
slot and fired a hard slapshot low on Marion's glove side.
Another clearing mistake by Moncton led to Wright's marker moments later. The
puck bounced off Picard-Hooper's skate along the boards and went straight to
Wright, whose high wrister left no chance for Marion.
Team captain Evan Vossen of Swift Current, Sask., had a chance to make it 6-1
but was stoned on a breakaway with four minutes remaining.
In the final stanza, the Aigles Bleus capitalized on a 5-on-3 when Côté
pushed a rebound past Morin off a point shot by Ouellet at 6:13.
Biniek killed any chance of a Moncton comeback with his second of the afternoon
at 12:40 following a bad line change by the AUS finalists.
Ouellet rounded out the scoring with 2:23 left on the clock.
GAME NOTES: With six goals, the Redmen tied their single-game team record at
the University Cup. They beat Alberta by an identical 6-3 score in pool play
McGill 6, Moncton 3
1. McG Francis Verreault-Paul (1) (Marc-André Dorion, Alexandre Picard-Hooper),
2. McG Alexandre Picard-Hooper (1) (Francis Verreault-Paul, Maxime Langelier-Parent),
3. MCT Christian Gaudet (1) (Marc-André Côté, Charles Bergeron),
4. McG Nicolas Biniek (1) (Hugo Laporte, Christophe Longpré-Poirier),
Charles Bergeron (MCT) butt ending, double minor, 3:21;
Christopher Guay (MCT) high sticking, 3:21;
Francis Verreault-Paul (McG) goaltender interference, 9:45;
Alex Quesnel (MCT) checking from behind, 10-minute misconduct, 9:50;
Nicolas Therrien (McG) hooking, 10:32;
Team (McG) too many men, 12:56;
Nicolas Therrien (McG) holding, 18:52.
5. McG Francis Verreault-Paul (2) (unassisted), 12:26
6. McG Andrew Wright (1) (Alexandre Picard-Hooper), 12:45
Francis Verreault-Paul (McG) slashing, 1:09;
Samuel Groulx (MCT) kneeing, 15:50.
7. MCT Marc-André Côté (1) (Dean Ouellet, Samuel Groulx),
8. McG Nicolas Biniek (2) (Patrick Belzile), 12:40
9. MCT Dean Ouellet (1) (Éric Faille, Simon Jodoin), 17:37
Nicolas Therrien (McG) checking from behind, 10-minute misconduct, 4:25;
Francis Verreault-Paul (McG) tripping, 5:11;
Francis Rochon (MCT) checking to the head, 10-minute misconduct, 7:40;
Hugo Laporte (McG) checking to the head, 10-minute misconduct, 8:05;
Benoit Lévesque (McG) tripping, 14:02.
GOALS (by period)
McG: 3-2-1: 6
MCT: 1-0-2: 3
SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
McG: 8-7-4: 19
MCT: 6-9-9: 24
McG - Hubert Morin (W, 1-0, 24 shots, 21 saves, 3 GA, 60:00)
MCT - Pierre-Alexandre Marion (L, 0-1, 19 shots, 13 saves, 6 GA, 60:00)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
McG: Francis Verreault-Paul
MCT: Éric Faille
REFEREES: Sean Reid, Mario Maillet
LINESMEN: Andy Flick, Brett Boyce
POOL STANDINGS & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)
Pool A standings
GP W L GF GA PTS
1. UNB 0 0 0 0 0 0
1. Western 0 0 0 0 0 0
1. UQTR 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B standings (after 1 of 3 games)
1. McGill 1 1 0 6 3 2
2. Sask 0 0 0 0 0 0
3. Moncton 1 0 1 3 6 0
Thursday, March 22
14:00 Pool B #1: McGill 6, Moncton 3
19:00 Pool A #1: UNB vs. UQTR (ssncanada.ca)
Friday, March 23
14:00 Pool B #2: Moncton vs. Saskatchewan (ssncanada.ca)
19:00 Pool A #2: Loser Pool A #1 vs. Western (ssncanada.ca)
Saturday, March 24
11:30 Pool B #3: McGill vs. Saskatchewan (ssncanada.ca)
16:30 Pool A #3: Winner Pool A #1 vs. Western (Rogers Sportsnet / ssncanada.ca)
Sunday, March 25
20:00 University Cup Final (Rogers Sportsnet / ssncanada.ca)
Note: The last game of pool play (Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ATLANTIC) will air live
on all Sportsnet stations, except on Sportsnet West, which will air the game
on a tape delay at 8 p.m. Mountain.
For more information:
Earl Zukerman, McGill (514) 398-7012
Michel Bélanger, CIS, (613) 447-6334
Maureen Sparks, UNB, (506) 470-5578