OTTAWA — Gabrielle Davidson of Pte. Claire, Que., netted a natural hat-trick and added an assist as No.1-ranked McGill skunked Carleton 7-0 in RSEQ women’s hockey at the CU Ice Palace in the nation’s capital, Sunday.
McGill had a 43-13 advantage in shots, including a 17-1 margin in the final period. It was the Martlets’ first response after suffering a stunning 1-0 loss to Concordia, Thursday. McGill has defeated Carleton in 15 consecutive regular-season matchups, dating back to a 4-3 overtime shootout loss on Jan. 22, 2012. The Martlets now own a 78-1-1 lifetime record against Carleton, outscoring them 424-54 since the Ravens joined the Quebec conference in 1999.
Davidson, a third-year finance student, scored the game’s first three goals, including a power-play marker early in the second period. McGill captain Katia Clement-Heydra, who tallied three assists, provided helpers on each of Davidson’s goals. The Martlet duo is now 1-2 atop the league leaderboard with 10 and nine points, respectively.
McGill needed their big guns to provide an offensive spark following an anemic performance against Concordia. Head coach Peter Smith felt the team lacked structure in their previous matchup, which didn’t allow his snipers to get going.
“We did talk about playing with more structure to our game,” Smith explained. “Even though we got out front in this game, I felt we stuck with our structure and the results showed. Certainly, the players were happy with their performance. I thought we played with good tempo, so good things were bound to happen.
“Gabby (Davidson), specifically, just has that second gear – she just blew by (the Carleton) defenders a couple of times. It’s certainly nice to watch (when she is in that gear).”
Third-year forward Pamela Psihogios continued the scoring at the end of the second, potting her first of the season to make it 4-0. Leslie Oles, who had three points to give her eight in three contests, registered back-to-back goals before the final period was four minutes old. Forward Erika Pyke rounded out the scoring with the man-advantage.
McGill goalie Brittany Smrke wasn’t overly busy but was huge when called upon, brushing aside all 13 shots to post her second shutout in three games to maintain a perfect 3-0 record on the season. The 5-foot-8 sophomore from Oakville, Ont., improved her career record to 11-2 lifetime in 19 appearances overall since joining the team last year.
“Brittany had to make a couple of good saves,” said Smith “So all in all, it was another good performance.”
Ravens counterpart Tamber Tisdale turned aside 36 of 43 shots and took the loss.
McGill (4-1-0) and Carleton (1-5-0) won’t have to wait long for a rematch, as the two teams face-off Friday night at McConnell Arena. Puck drops at 7 p.m.
McGill 7 at Carleton 0
(Sunday, November 9, 2014 – CU Ice House @ Ottawa)
GOALS BY PERIOD:
McGill 1-3-3 — 7
Carleton 0-0-0 — 0
1, McGill, Gabrielle Davidson 4 (Clement-Heydra, Crampton), 13:16.
Penalties – Lowry Car (boarding), 7:18; Benacquista Car (delay of game),12:44; Oles Mcg (interference),13:08; Levesque Car (tripping),16:39.
Penalties – Dow Car (bodychecking), 1:45; Davies Mcg (check to the head), 2:29; Crampton Mcg (interference), 5:41; Wegner Car (bodychecking), 5:52.
Penalties – Dow Car (tripping), 7:19; Dow Car (slashing), 9:44; Davies Mcg (interference), 11:52; Bianconi Car (bodychecking), 11:52; Coney Car (tripping), 18:45.
Shots on Goal –
McGill 9-17-17 — 43.
Carleton 5-7-1 — 13.
Power Play Opportunities –
McGill 2 / 8;
Carleton 0 / 3.
McGill, Brittany Smrke (W, 3-0-0, 13 shots-13 saves; 60:00).
Carleton, Tamber Tisdale (L, 1-4-0, 43 shots-36 saves; 60:00).
Start: 2:01 PM
End: 3:56 PM
Referees – Jim McEvoy.
Linesmen – B. White, Alanna Mar.