NORTH BAY, Ont — Jonathan Brunelle netted the game-winner and rookie Simon Tardif-Richard added an insurance marker, shorthanded, as the visiting McGill men’s hockey team skated to a 5-2 victory over the Nipissing Lakers, Friday.
Redmen right-winger David Rose opened the scoring just 52 seconds into the game, snapping a shot by Lakers goalie Kirk Rafuse. Nipissing tied things up midway through the period on a power-play marker from Colin Campbell, before Neal Prokop answered just two minutes later, putting McGill back in front 2-1.
Prokop’s goal was the first of three in a row for McGill, including Brunelle’s winner, the lone goal in the second period. Simon Tardif-Richard would later score shorthanded and Benoit Levesque popped McGill’s fifth goal into an empty net. Nipissing defenceman Jim McDowell scored the other goal for the Lakers.
Three McGill players led the way with two points, including Rose, Tardif-Richard and assistant captain Cedric McNicoll, who piled on a couple of helpers to extend his team lead to 12 points.
McGill goaltender Karel St-Laurent made 28 saves to collect his first win of the young season. Rafuse, meanwhile, stopped 32 of 36 shots he faced in a losing effort for the Lakers.
In addition to scoring the game-winner, Brunelle also finished with 12 penalty minutes after being assessed a two-minute penalty for a hit to the head and 10-minute misconduct. Three players finished with double-digit penalty minutes, including Lakers defenceman Chad Thibodeau with 15 — also for a hit to the head — and forward Mitch Deacon with 12.
The two teams had previously faced each other a week earlier on Oct. 17, with McGill coming out on top 8-1 in front of a home crowd at McConnell Arena.
McGill 5 at Nipissing 2
(Friday, October 24, 2014 – Memorial Gardens)
GOALS BY PERIOD:
McGill 2-1-2 — 5
Nipissing 1-0-1 — 2
1, McGill, Rose 3 (McNicoll, Delisle-Houde), 0:52.
2, Nipissing, Campbell 4 (Shannon, Mcdowell), 11:42 (PP).
3, McGill, Prokop 1 (Tardif-Richard, Boutet), 13:33.
Penalties-Thibodeau Nip (major-checking to the head, game misconduct), 1:05; Chenevert Mcg (boarding), 7:56; Le Sieur Mcg (roughing, inter. on goaltender), 10:58; Conrad Nip (roughing), 10:58.
4, McGill, Brunelle 3 (McNicoll, Rose), 12:57.
Penalties-Gleason Nip (tripping), 0:51; Deacon Nip (checking from behind, 10-minute misconduct), 2:51; Rose Mcg (roughing), 4:26; Bailey Nip (hooking), 16:27; Prokop Mcg (inter. on goaltender), 16:53.
5, McGill, Tardif-Richard 2 (Le Sieur, Chenevert), 7:43 (SH).
6, Nipissing, Mcdowell 2 (Morrison, Gleason), 12:16. 7, McGill, Levesque 1 18:55 (EN).
Penalties-Mitchell Nip (cross checking), 3:04; Millette Mcg (holding), 4:47; Brunelle Mcg (checking to the head, 10-minute misconduct), 7:25; Levesque Mcg (interference), 14:32.
Shots on Goal-
McGill 13-13-11 — 37.
Nipissing 11-12-7 — 30.
Power Play Opportunities-
McGill 0 / 5;
Nipissing 1 / 7.
McGill, St-Laurent (W, 1-1-0, 30 shots-28 saves; 60:00).
Nipissing, Rafuse (L, 3-4-0, 36 shots-32 saves; 59:55).
Start: 7:04 PM
End: 9:22 PM
Referees-Andrew Jackson & (not available).
Linesmen– (not available)