|1st – 7:49||Jean-Philippe Mathieu (McGill)|
|1st – 19:59||Timothy Billingsley (Carleton)|
|2nd – 2:05||PP – Patrick Deslisle-Houde (McGill)|
|2nd – 7:27||David Rose (McGill)|
|3rd – 3:42||Joey West (Carleton)|
| G: 2 Players (#19, #25 – 1)
A: Timothy Billingsley – 1
Sh: Linden Bahm – 6
Sv: Francis Dupuis – 35
| G: 3 Players (#2, #7, #28 – 1)
A: Neal Prokop – 2
Sh: Jean-Philippe Mathie – 7
Sv: Jacob Gervais-Chouin – 34
|Power Plays||0 for 3||1 for 4|
|Penalties (min)||5 (10)||4 (8)|
|Shots on Goal||36||38|
|Face Offs Won||0||0|
Courtesy of host organizing committee / Photo creditJosh Schaefer
SASKATOON (CIS) – The fourth-seeded McGill UniversityRedmen used a pair of second-period goals to power past the No. 6seeded Carleton Ravens 3-2 in Pool A action at the CIS men’shockey championship Friday afternoon in front of 8,304 fans atCredit Union Centre.
First place in Pool A and a spot in Sunday’s national finalwill be on the line Saturday at 2 p.m. Saskatchewan Time whenMcGill (1-0) faces the top-ranked Alberta Golden Bears (1-0), liveon Sportsnet 360 and on www.cis-sic.tv.
Carleton sees its season come to an end after going 0-2 in itsfirst-ever appearance at the University Cup tournament. The Ravenslost by an identical 3-2 score against Alberta on Thursday.
The Redmen, who edged Carleton in three games two weeks ago in thebest-of-three OUA East final, took a 2-1 lead at 2:05 of the secondperiod on a Patrick Delisle-Houde power-play marker. RyanMcKiernan, the CIS defenceman of the year, received a cross-icepass and quickly centered the puck for Delisle-Houde, who deflectedit past Carleton netminder Francis Dupuis.
McGill extended its advantage to 3-1 five minutes later whenDavid Rose pounced on a rebound and slid the puck through Dupuispads.
Carleton came out strong in the third period with their backsagainst the wall. Joey West cut the Redmen’s lead in halfwhen he potted home a Jacob Gervais-Chouinard rebound.Unfortunately, for the Ravens, two late penalties dampened theirchances of tying the game.
Jean-Philippe Mathieu opened the scoring at 7:49 of the firstperiod when he caught Dupuis out of position after his goal stickwas knocked out of his hands. Dupuis tried to recover his stickafter making a kick save on a Neal Prokop attempt, the puck went tothe corner where Mathieu collected it and fired a wrist shot overthe shoulder of the Ravens goalie.
Carleton tied the game in the closing seconds of the openingstanza. The 7,000 school kids in attendance counted down the final10 seconds of the period, but unfortunately for the Redmen, theywere a second too fast. Timothy Billingsley took a shot from theblue line that got past Gervais-Chouinard, who appeared to let upas the kids counted “zero.” The officials went upstairsto look at the replay and confirmed the puck crossed the red linewith 0.3 seconds remaining.
Kelly Nobes, head coach of the Redmen, preferred to see the humourin Carleton’s first goal in the post-game pressconference.
“We played the kids count and not the clock but we came outin the second and I thought the second was our best period. Ithought we were good, we had a good start today, we weathered thestorm a bit at the end of the first and in the third.”
The Redmen know they will be in tough against the Golden BearsSaturday but they are prepared for the challenge.
“They are a good team they proved it throughout the year, wewill need to stick to our game tomorrow, said Rose. “We needto play hard and be on the puck all the time. For us we approach itlike a semi-final, it’s a single game and we need to be readyfor it.”
The loss officially eliminated the Ravens but their bench boss wasproud of his troops.
“I’m happy with how our guys worked. We lost to tworeally good hockey teams, they have a rich history and I think thatshowed,” said head coach Marty Johnston.
Gervais-Chouinard celebrated his 22nd birthday with 34 saves in thewinning effort, while Dupuis made 35 saves.
“It’s pretty special to get my first University Cupwin on my birthday. The guys gave me a great gift today,”said Gervais-Chouinard, who played in the AHL before joining theRedmen this season.
Rose was named player of the game for McGIll while West claimed thehonour for Carleton.
The PotashCorp University Cup, presented by Co-op resumes Friday at7 p.m. local time with Pool B action between the host and No. 5University of Saskatchewan Huskies (0-0) and the No. Acadia Axemen(0-1).
1. McG Jean-Philippe Mathieu (1) (Neal Prokop, BenoitLévesque), 7:49
2. CAR Tim Billingsley (1) (unassisted), 19:59.
Mathieu (McG) roughing, 3:49;
McKiernan (McG) tripping, 14:28.
3. McG Patrick Deslisle-Houde (1) (Ryan McKiernan, CedricMcNicoll), 2:05 PP
4. McG David Rose (1) (Jean-Philippe Mathieu, Neal Prokop),7:27
Durocher (CAR) holding, 1:20;
Laporte (McG) hooking, 3:59;
Cardwell (CAR) high sticking, 5:17.
5. CAR Joe West (1) (Tim Billingsley), 3:42.
Durocher (CAR) slashing, 17:33;
Werthner (CAR) cross checking, 19:10;
Stanisz (CAR) slashing, 20:00;
Deslisle-Houde (McG) slashing, 20:00.
GOALS (by period)
McG 1-2-0: 3
CAR 1-0-1: 2
SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
McG 12-15-11: 38
CAR 17-10-9: 36
McG – Jacob Gervais-Chouinard (W, 1-0, 36 shots, 34 saves, 2GA, 60:00)
CAR – Francis Dupuis (L, 0-2, 38 shots, 35 saves, 3 GA,59:46)
CAR – Empty net (0 GA, 0:14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
McG: David Rose
CAR: Joe West
REFEREES: Pascal St. Jacques, Derek Zalaski
LINESMEN: Nick Bilko, Kelsey Mahoney
POOLSTANDINGS, SCHEDULE & RESULTS (LOCAL TIME)
Pool A standings (after 2 of 3 games)
GP W L GF GA PTS
1. ALB 1 1 0 3 2 2
1. McG 1 1 0 3 2 2
3. CAR 2 0 2 4 6 0
Pool B standings (after 1 of 3 games)
1. WSR 1 0 0 4 2 2
2. SSK 0 0 0 0 0 0
3. ACA 1 0 1 2 4 0
Thursday, March 20
13:00 Pool A #1: Alberta 3, Carleton 2
19:00 Pool B #1: Windsor 4, Acadia 2
Friday, March 21
13:00 Pool A #2: McGill 3, Carleton 2
19:00 Pool B #2: No. 2 Acadia vs. No. 5 Saskatchewan (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Sunday, March 23
13:30 Final (Sportsnet & www.CIS-SIC.tv)
* The webcasts of the 3 televised games will be on pay-per-viewbasis.
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