MONTREAL — Leslie Oles of Beaconsfield, Que., registered a hat-trick as No.2-ranked McGill rallied for a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Concordia in CIS women’s university hockey at the Ed Meagher Arena, Sunday.
The Martlets are now 69-37-3 in 109 lifetime meetings against their cross-town rivals since the CIS formally adopted women’s hockey in 1997-98.
It was the 10th career hat-trick for Oles, a fifth-year physical education education senior who now has seven goals in her last five games after being blanked over the first four league contests.
“We had a number of good performances today and Leslie was definitely one of those,” said Peter Smith, head coach of the Martlets. “She got her shots and the puck went in. We need to have that shot mentality and she really had it today.”
Concordia took 1-0 and 2-1 leads on goals by Kerianne Schofield and Tracy-Ann Lavigne but Oles replied each time, knotting the score at 1-1 on a power-play at 11:06 of the first period and 2-2 on a shorthanded effort at 19:38 of the second. She reloaded her arsenal with the game-winning shot at 4:56 of the final stanza.
McGill, which had a 35-23 edge in shots, was 1-for-3 on the power-play and killed off one of two PK situations to go along with the shorthanded goal by Oles.
“We had a lot of shots but one of the things that Concordia did very well today was getting to the rebounds and clearing them away,” noted Smith. “That’s one of the areas we want to improve on.”
Martlet goaltender Brittany Smrke turned aside 21 of 23 shots to collect the victory, improving her record to 4-1 on the season.The 5-foot-8 arts sophomore from Oakville, Ont., now owns a 12-3 record overall during her two years with the Martlets.
Briar Bache made 32 saves in a losing cause for the Stingers, dropping to 2-3.
Third-place Concordia (4-4-2) resumes league play on Jan. 9 with a road game against the Montreal Carabins. The second-place Martlets head into the December exam break with a 7-2 record, two points in arrears of the Carabins (8-2-0), with a game in hand. McGill returns to action just after celebrating New Year’s with a pair of road games against NCAA teams. They play at Cornell on Jan. 2 and Clarkson on Jan. 3 before resuming RSEQ play in Ottawa, Jan. 9.
McGill 3 at Concordia 2
(Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Ed Meagher Arena @ Concordia)
GOALS BY PERIOD:
McGill 1-1-1 — 3
Concordia 1-1-0 — 2
1, Concordia, Kerianne Schofield 2 (Sherrard, Morand), 5:41.
2, McGill, Leslie Oles 5 (Clement-Heydra, Davidson), 11:06 (PP).
Penalties-Thompson Con (hooking), 10:29.
3, Concordia, Tracy-Ann Lavigne 1 (Lalande-Lajeunesse), 14:11 (PP).
4, McGill, Leslie Oles 6 (Clement-Heydra, Moffatt), 19:38 (SH).
Penalties-Cloutier Con (tripping), 6:00; Daigneault Mcg (interference), 12:14; Sutter Mcg (cross checking), 18:43; Morand Con (interference on goaltender), 19:54.
5, McGill, Leslie Oles 7 (Lavoie, Davidson), 4:56.
Shots on Goal-
McGill 7-15-13 — 35.
Concordia 6-7-10 — 23.
Power Play Opportunities-
McGill 1 / 3;
Concordia 1 / 2.
McGill, Brittany Smrke (W, 4-1-0, 23 shots-21 saves; 60:00).
Concordia, Briar Bache (L, 2-3-0, 35 shots-32 saves; 58:56).
Start: 3:03 PM
End: 4:55 PM
Linesmen-Stephanie Gagnon, Martine Charron.