Serpico nets winner as hockey Martlets rally to rattle Gee-Gees

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McGill forward Alexandria Serpico fights for puck in front of Carabins net

Alexandria Serpico

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OTTAWA — Rookie Alexandria Serpico scored the game-winner and Gabrielle Davidson added three helpers as No.2-ranked McGill erased a two-goal deficit and skated to a 5-2 triumph over Ottawa in CIS women’s hockey at the Minto Sports Complex, Friday.

It marked McGill’s 42nd consecutive victory in regular-season play versus the Gee-Gees, since a 2-1 setback in the nation’s capital on Feb. 7, 2007, and improved the Martlets head-to-head record to 82-12-7 in 101 lifetime confrontations against Ottawa.

Goaltender Maude Levesque-Ryan, a 5-foot-8 freshman from Rimouski, Que., stood tall in the Gee-Gees net, making 53 saves in a losing cause as McGill had a 58-27 edge in shots.

Despite the lopsided shot differential, Ottawa actually led 2-0 with 25 minutes to go in the game on a pair of goals from Carol-Ann Upshall.

But McGill exploded for five unanswered goals, sparked by Kelsie Moffatt, who finally broke Levesque-Ryan’s bid for a shutout at 15:54 of the middle period, batting in a rebound on the power-play.

Tailing 2-1 after two periods, Leslie Oles connected on another power-play with her eighth of the season, evening the score at 5:07 of the third.  Less than three minutes later, Serpico tallied the winner., followed by an unassisted insurance marker from Erika Pyke to make it 4-2 with at 17:38.  Stefanie Pohlod added an empty-netter to round out the scoring.

The Martlets went 2-for-8 on the pwer-play, benfefitting from an undisciplined Gee-Gees squard that spent 12 minutes and 27 seconds in the penalty box. Ottawa replied on one of three manpower advantages.

McGill, which improved to 8-2 in league play, remained second in the RSEQ conference, two points behind the Montreal Carabins who improved to 9-2-0 with a 2-0 shutout over visiting Concordia (4-5-2).

The Martlets will stay in the nation’s capital overnight as they have a Saturday afternoon rendezvous at Carleton (2-7-0). The game is slated to be webcast at 2 p.m.

COMPLETE BOXSCORE

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SCORING SUMMARY
McGill 5 at Ottawa 2 (ENG)
(Friday, January 9, 2015 – uOttawa Sports Complex)

GOALS BY PERIOD:
McGill 0-1-4 — 5
Ottawa 1-1-0 — 2

1st Period-
1, Ottawa, Carol-Ann Upshall 5 (St-Laurent, Houle), 11:04 (PP).

Penalties-Paolucci Ott (bodychecking), 3:20; Cagianos Mcg (slashing), 9:48; Morissette Ott (hooking), 16:27.

2nd Period-
2, Ottawa, Carol-Ann Upshall 6 (Houle), 2:49.
3, McGill, Kelsie Moffatt 2 (Oles, Davidson), 15:54 (PP).

Penalties-Samson Ott (roughing), 1:50; Moffatt Mcg (hooking), 2:09; Whissell Ott (hooking), 3:31; Daigneault Mcg (bodychecking), 8:51; Whissell Ott (holding), 9:54; Upshall Ott (bodychecking), 15:31.

3rd Period-
4, McGill, Leslie Oles 8 (Fouracres, Davidson), 5:07 (PP).
5, McGill, Alexandria Serpico 3 (Davidson, Moffatt), 7:49.
6, McGill, Erika Pyke 2 (unassisted), 17:38.
7, McGill, Stefanie Pohlod 3 (Lavoie, Clement-Heydra), 19:40 (ENG).

Penalties-St-Laurent Ott (hooking), 4:53; Chown Ott (hooking), 15:01.

Shots on Goal-
McGill 21-18-19 — 58.
Ottawa 9-9-9 — 27.

Power Play Opportunities-
McGill 2 / 8;
Ottawa 1 / 3.

Goalies
McGill, Brittany Smrke (W, 5-1-0, 27 shots-25 saves; 60:00).
Ottawa, Maude Levesque-Ryan (L, 2-6-0, 57 shots-53 saves; 59:19).

Attendance-111

Start: 7:02 PM
End: 9:05 PM
Length: 2:03 PM

Referees-Brandy Dewar.
Linesmen-B. White, Pat Gagnon.

THREE STARS:
1. Maude Levesque-Ryan, Ottawa
2. Gabrielle Davidson, McGill
3. Leslie Oles, McGill
 

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