MONTREAL — Team captain and fifth-year forward Katia Clement-Heydra racked up four points and was one of seven different marksmen en route to a 7–1 victory over Ottawa in RSEQ women’s hockey at McConnell Arena, Saturday.
The win was McGill’s second in less than a week against the Gee-Gees, follwing a much closer 4-3 win in the nation’s capital on Oct. 26.
McGill’s offensive juggernaut came out blazing with all four lines contributing as they notched a pair of power-play goals and a shorthanded effort. After rookie forward Cora Constantinou opened the scoring three minutes in, Clement-Hydra added her only goal of the game, a shorthanded marker, just before the end of the period.
The Martlets kept rolling in the second, potting another two goals to extend their lead to 4-0. Fifth-year forward Logan Murray struck early, while blueliner Brittney Fouracres added one with the man-advantage and ended up with three points in the contest.
“Having seven different goal scorers is something we didn’t get a lot of last year, so having that this year is huge,” said McGill head coach Peter Smith. “Every line scored and I thought our power-play was good, so there were a lot of little positives in the game.”
Despite that, Smith felt that, while his team took advantages of some opportunities, the possibility existed for his team to be more dominant through the first two periods.
“I thought we didn’t really dictate the pace of the game in the first 40 minutes,” explaine Smith. “In the third period, we played fast, we played with good-tempo.”
McGill added three more in the third, including a power-play goal from forward Gabrielle Davidson, who also collected a pair of assists. Forwards Marie-Philip Lavoie and Stefanie Pohlod rounded out the scoring.
Gee-Gees forward Carling Chown scored Ottawa’s only goal on a power-play early in the third.
McGill had a 38-28 advantage in shots and starting goaltender Stephanie Mercier collected the loss, surrendering two goals on 10 shots. Mercier was replace in the second stanza by Maude Levesque-Ryan who was beaten five times on 28 shots.
Martlets goaltender Brittany Smrke, meanwhile, stopped 14 shots for her second win of the early season.
“She was solid, made the saves when we needed them, and was good on the penalty kill,” Smith said.
Ottawa (1-3-0) returns on Nov. 7 to take on the Montreal Carabins (3-1-0), while first-place McGill (3-0-0) will return to the friendly confines of McConnell Arena that same day to take on Concordia (0-1-1) in a rare morning affair for the annual “Score With School” game, which promotes combining school with sports, which is expected to be a sellout. Puck drops at 10:30 a.m.
Ottawa 1 at McGill 7
(Saturday, November 1, 2014 – McConnell Arena @ McGill)
GOALS BY PERIOD:
Ottawa 0-0-1 — 1
McGill 2-2-3 — 7
Penalties – St-Laurent Ott (check to the head), 16:03; McGill (too many men, served by Constantinou), 17:35.
Penalties – Murray Mcg (bodychecking), 8:25; Morissette Ott (tripping), 13:29; Levesque Ott (roughing), 16:59.
5, Ottawa, Carling Chown (Morissette), 3:51 (PP).
6, McGill, Gabrielle Davidson (Clement-Heydra, Fouracres), 10:53 (PP).
7, McGill, Marie-Philip Lavoie (Clement-Heydra, Davidson), 11:43.
8, McGill, Stefanie Pohlod (Oles), 13:11.
Penalties – Constantinou Mcg (tripping), 3:29; St-Laurent (holding), 10:23; Levesque Ott (holding), 15:37.
Shots on Goal-
Ottawa 7-3-5 — 15
McGill 10-12-16 — 38
Power Play Opportunities – Ottawa 1/3; McGill 2/5.
Ottawa, Stephanie Mercier (L, 0-2-0, 10 shots-8 saves; 20:00), Maude Levesque-Ryan (1-1-0, 28 shots-23 saves; 40:00).
McGill, Brittany Smrke (W, 2-0-0, 14 shots-14 saves; 60:00).
Referees – Vanessa Morin
Linesmen – Marie-Claude Belisle, Anne-Marie Berube