McNicoll and Labrecque lead the way as hockey Redmen drown Lakers

Samuel Labrecque celebrates goal with McGill teammates in 8-1 win over Nipissing (PHOTO BY WENDY CHEN)

Samuel Labrecque celebrates goal with McGill teammates in 8-1 win over Nipissing (PHOTO BY WENDY CHEN)

Box Score
MONTREAL — Cedric McNicoll of Thetford Mines, Que., collected four points and defenceman Samuel Labrecque of Granby, Que., tallied twice as McGill overwhelmed the visiting Nipissing University Lakers 8-1 to kick-off Homecoming Week festivities in men’s university hockey at McConnell Arena, Friday.


The Redmen led 3-0 after one period and 6-0 late in the middle stanza before Nipissing’s Jaret Smith  of Red Deer, Alta., broke the goose-egg at 16:13 on the power-play. McGill had a 44-34 margin in shots. They were highly-productive on special teams, going 3-for-6 on the power-play. McGill also killed off five of six manpower disadvantages and added a shorthanded goal.

McNicoll, an accounting junior in his second-year player with the Redmen who merited all-conference honours last season, was one of seven McGill goal scorers, scored the game-winner and added three helpers.

Rounding out the scoring for McGill was rookie defenceman Dominic Poulin, along with forwards David Rose, Simon Tardif-Richard (shorthanded), Max Le Sieur and Jonathan Bonneau, a first-year transfer from St. Thomas University.

Goaltender Jacob Gervais-Chouinard kicked aside 33 of 34 shots for the win, improving his record to 2-0 on the season. The Lakers deployed two puck-stoppers. Kirk Rafuse started and took the loss, allowing four goals on 17 shots before being yanked after being beaten at the 57-second mark in the middle frame. Cole Holowenko played the remainder on the game and also conceded four goals, on 27 shots.

The contest featured 78 minutes in penalties, including 40 of which were doled out in a fracas after the final whistle. Nipissing’s Doug Harvey, who received a whopping 33 penalty minutes, including 29 in the post-game melee, including a minor for instigating a fight and a gross misconduct for removing his helmet to engage with McGill defenceman Hugo Laporte. As per CIS rules, the penalties called will result in an automatic minimum five-game suspension for Harvey but a new rule adopted in the off season will allow Laporte to play without suspension because of the instigator infraction.

Earl Zukerman
McGill Sports Info Office

Nipissing 1 at McGill 8
(Friday, October 17, 2014 – McConnell Arena)

Nipissing 0-1-0 — 1
McGill 3-3-2 — 8

1st Period-
1, McGill, David Rose 2 (McNicoll, Delisle-Houde), 2:53.
2, McGill, Cedric McNicoll 1 (Rose, Poulin), 8:42.
3, McGill, Dominic Poulin 1 (McNicoll), 10:30.

Penalties-Harvey Nip (hooking), 3:35; served by Rose Mcg (too many men), 4:53; Robichaud Nip (hooking), 17:37; Delisle-Houde Mcg (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 17:37; Levesque Mcg (roughing), 19:27.

2nd Period-
4, McGill, Simon Tardif-Richard 1 (unassisted), 0:57 (SH).
5, McGill, Samuel Labrecque 2 (McNicoll, Brunelle), 11:56 (PP).
6, McGill, Max Le Sieur 2 (Barnard, Laporte), 14:37.
7, Nipissing, Jaret Smith 1 (Shannon, Deacon), 16:13 (PP).

Penalties-Deacon Nip (interference), 4:30; Morrison Nip (checking from behind, 10-minute misconduct), 11:20; Levesque Mcg (high sticking), 15:57; Harvey Nip (slashing), 16:20.

3rd Period-
8, McGill, Samuel Labrecque 3 (Delisle-Houde, Brunelle), 3:32 (PP).
9, McGill, Jonathan Bonneau 1 (Poulin, Boutet), 9:39 (PP).

Penalties-Deon Nip (slashing), 2:38; Paton Nip (cross checking), 9:16; Raymond Mcg (slashing), 10:21; Rose Mcg (hooking), 16:22; Prokop Mcg (interference), 18:11; Harvey Nip (instigator, removing helmet, major-fighting, game misconduct, gross misconduct for removing helmet to engage in a fight), 20:00; McNeill Nip (cross checking), 20:00; Laporte Mcg (high sticking, slashing, major-fighting), 20:00.

Shots on Goal-
Nipissing 4-18-12 — 34.
McGill 16-16-12 — 44.

Power Play Opportunities-
Nipissing 1 / 6 (1 SHG against);
McGill 3 / 6.

Kirk Rafuse (Start, L, 2-3-0, 17 shots-13 saves; 20:57);
Cole Holowenko (ND, 27 shots-23 saves; 39:09).

Jacob Gervais-Chouinard (W, 2-0-0, 34 shots-33 saves; 60:00).

Attendance: 729
Start: 7:01 PM
End: 9:15 PM
Length: 2:14

Referees-Peter Moraitis, Rémi Gibeau.
Linesmen-Jean-Francois Losier, Cedrick Nantel.

1. MCG – 11 Cedric McNicoll
2. MCG – 6 Samuel Labrecque
3. MCG – 23 Dominic Poulin