Guelph Gryphons grounded as hockey Redmen extend win streak to five

Patrick Delisle-Houde (#28)

Box Score
GUELPH, Ont — Patrick Delisle-Houde of Quebec City tallied twice and added a helper as visiting McGill skated to a 5-2 triumph over Guelph in men’s university hockey, Friday.

It was the fifth straight victory for the Redmen, who improved to 7-2-0 in OUA play and 28-13-5 in 46 lifetime meetings with the Gryphons, including an 11-3-1 mark in their last 15 matchups.

The game featured 74 minutes in penalties, including 50 to Guelph, who went 1-for-6 on the power-play, compared to McGill’s 1-for-10 effort.

Delisle-Houde, who had the same 2-1-3 production when the teams last crossed paths, in a 3-2 Redmen victory almost exactly a year ago, on Nov. 8, 2013. This time, the kinesiology junior set up linemate Cedric McNicoll on the first shift of the game, at the 40-second mark.

Carlos Amestoy connected at 13:30 for Guelph to send the teams into the first intermission knotted at 1-1. 

But Delisle-Houde sparked a three-goal rally in the middle stanza. His power-play marker at 49 seconds regained the lead for the visitors and he struck again with the eventual game-winner at 14:39. Just 16 seconds later, Redmen team captain Benoit Levesque scored to give McGill a stranglehold 4-1 advantage after two.

The teams traded goals in the final stanza, with rookie Jonathan Bonneau giving the Redmen a 5-1 advantage at 13:05, followed three minutes later by Nicklas Huard‘s sixth of the season, on the power-play.

“This wasn’t our best effort… it was one of those road games where pucks didn’t always bounce our way, passes weren’t as sharp as they could be and we were giving up scoring chances that we don’t normally do,” said acting head coach David Urquhart, now 3-0 in the absence of bench boss Kelly Nobes, who is coaching for Canada at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia, Ont.

“But we were opportunistic when we did get our chances. We scored on our first shot of the first shift in both the first and second periods. That was the difference today.”

Redmen goaltender Karel St. Laurent of Ste. Catherine, Que., turned aside 25 of 27 shots for the win, improving to 3-1-0 on the season and 7-2 lifetime in OUA play. Guelph rookie Andrew D’Agostini was beaten five times on 25 shots and took the loss, dropping to 2-3-0.

The game was preceded by a moment of silence in memory of Guelph rookie Cole Hamblin, a former Western Hockey League player who passed away on Nov. 5 less than two months after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  He was 21. In a touching gesture at the end of the game, both teams gathered around Hamblin’s jersey.  The Gryphons have dedicated the season to fundraise in his name, on behalf of Cole’s family. 

Guelph, which tumbled to 3-5-2, are off until next week when they host Nipissing on Nov. 14.

McGill (7-2-0), tied with Carleton for second-place in the nine-team OUA East Conference, travels to London on Saturday to confront Western, which sits third in the 10-team OUA West with a 5-3-0 record. The long-time rivals currently lead the OUA in power-play percentage, with the Mustangs operating at 32.4 per cent (12/37) and McGill operating at 27.9 (12/43). The McGill-Western game will be webcast HERE at 7 p.m.

REDMEN RAP: Cedric McNicoll, who was one of four McGill players in the game to collect at least two points, leads the team and is ranked fifth in the OUA scoring race with a 2-14-16 record in eight games… David Rose, who leads the Redmen in goals with seven, is tied for sixth among OUA leaders in that department… Samuel Labrecque is ranked second among all OUA blueliners in goals and sits fourth in points with a 5-6-11 dossier in 11 games.

McGill 5 at Guelph 2
(Friday, November 7, 2014 – Gryphon Centre Arena)

McGill 1-3-1 — 5
Guelph 1-0-1 — 2

1st Period-
1, McGill, Cedric McNicoll 2 (Rose, Delisle-Houde), 0:40.
2, Guelph, Carlos Amestoy 3 (Neuber), 13:30.

Penalties-Monast Mcg (hooking), 1:36; Neuber Gph (tripping), 4:21; Simmonds Gph (checking from behind, 10-minute misconduct), 8:23; Laporte Mcg (slashing), 13:56; Kohler Gph (cross checking), 19:51.

2nd Period-
3, McGill, Patrick Delisle-Houde 2 (Brunelle, Labrecque), 0:49 (PP).
4, McGill, Patrick Delisle-Houde 3 (Rose, McNicoll), 14:39.
5, McGill, Benoit Levesque 2 (Boutet), 14:55.

Penalties-Laporte Mcg (holding), 6:40; Fabbri Gph (high sticking, dble minor), 10:33; Delisle-Houde Mcg (hooking), 11:53; Kopstals Gph (high sticking), 15:20; Bench Gph (too many men; served by Morbeck), 18:12.

3rd Period-
6, McGill, Jonathan Bonneau 2 (Levesque, Barnard), 13:05.
7, Guelph, Nicklas Huard 6 (De Fulviis), 16:09 (PP).

Penalties-Boutet Mcg (interference), 2:51; Mock Gph (slashing), 8:49; Neuber Gph (checking to the head, 10-minute misconduct), 9:55; Brunelle Mcg (slashing), 13:46; Monast Mcg (checking from behind, 10-minute misconduct), 14:23; Amestoy Gph (checking from behind, 10-minute misconduct), 18:30.

Shots on Goal-
McGill 10-9-6 — 25.
Guelph 10-8-9 — 27.

Power Play Opportunities-
McGill 1 / 10;
Guelph 1 / 6.

McGill, Karel St-Laurent (W, 3-1-0, 27 shots-25 saves; 60:00).
Guelph, Andrew D’Agostini (L, 2-3-0, 25 shots-20 saves; 60:00).

Attendance: 200
Start: 7:33 PM
End: 9:38 PM
Length: 2:05

Referees-Mike Guardiero, Chris Thornton.
Linesmen-Josh Ackworth, Michael Daltrey.

1. MCG – 28 Patrick Delisle-Houde
2. MCG – 11 Cedric McNicoll
3. MCG – 27 Benoit Levesque