MONTREAL — Nick Esposito scored the game-winner midway through the final period and the visiting Laurentian University Voyagueurs added a pair of empty-net goals enroute to a surprising 5-2 triumph over McGill at McConnell Arena, Saturday.
It was Laurentian’s first victory over the Redmen since Nov. 17, 1996 — when they skated to an 8-4 triumph in Sudbury — snapping an 0-4-1 winless streak as the Voyageurs improved to 5-11-2 lifetime in head-to-head meetings with McGill.
The teams traded goals in the first period with Christopher Smith striking first, only 1:50 after the opening whistle. McGill evened the count when Mathieu Pompei found the net at 7:22.
The scenario reversed in the middle stanza when Jonathan Brunelle connected on the power-play to put McGill ahead at 1:21. But the Voyageurs replied with a PP goal by Dylan Fitz at 6:05 to even the score, setting the stage for Esposito’s winning tally.
The third period was a titanic struggle, with both sides getting chances. As the clock wound down, McGill head coach Kelly Nobes pulled goaltender Jacob Gervais-Chouinard for an extra attacker. The ploy failed, with Jamie Haines and Brian Nanne both adding empty-net markers.
Alain Valiquette made 27 saves to collect the win in the Voyageurs net, while Gervais-Chouinard made 22 saves and took the loss for McGill.
The Redmen, who had a 29-27 edge in shots, went 1-for-3 on the power-play, while Laurentian was 1-for-4.
McGill, which dropped to 2-2-0 in OUA play, split their two weekend games with an 8-1 win over Nipissing and the setback to Laurentian. They will have return matches with a long road trip against the same teams, respectively, next weekend, travelling to Parry Sound, Ont., (Oct. 24) and Sudbury (Oct. 25).
McGill Sports Info Office
Laurentian 5 at McGill 2
(Saturday, October 18, 2014 – McConnell Arena)
GOALS BY PERIOD:
Laurentian 1-2-2 — 5
McGill 1-1-0 — 2
1, Laurentian, Christopher Smith 1 (Leroux, Haines), 1:50.
2, McGill, Mathieu Pompei 1 (Bonneau, Boutet), 7:22.
Penalties-McNicoll Mcg (hooking), 8:30; Bonneau Mcg (hooking), 16:41.
3, McGill, Jonathan Brunelle 2 (McNicoll, Labrecque), 1:21 (PP).
4, Laurentian, Dylan Fitze 3 (Dionne, Davis), 6:05 (PP).
5, Laurentian, Nick Esposto 4 (Williams-Orser, Haines), 11:23.
Penalties-Horic Lu (checking from behind minor, 10-minute misconduct), 0:21; Poulin Mcg (checking from behind minor, 10-minute misconduct), 3:16; Raymond Mcg (high sticking), 6:01; Williams-Orser Lu (holding), 14:44; Davis Lu (interference), 17:30.
6, Laurentian, Darcy Haines 4 (Eddy, Llorca), 19:07 (EN).
7, Laurentian, Brian Nanne 1 (unassisted), 19:56 (EN).
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Laurentian 1 / 4;
McGill 1 / 3.
Alain Valiquette (W, 4-1-0, 29 shots-27 saves; 60:00).
Jacob Gervais-Chouinard (L, 2-1-0, 25 shots-22 saves; 58:38).
Empty-net: (2 shots – 2 goals against; 1:22)
Start: 7:01 PM
End: 9:07 PM
Referees-Alexandre Garon, Jonathan Trudel.
Linesmen-Jean-Francois Losier, Christopher Provost.
MOLSON CUP THREE STARS
1. LU – 29 Alain Valiquette
2. LU – 24 Jamie Haines
3. MCG – 19 Mathieu Pompei
McGill Sports Info Office