Labrecque nets record sixth game-winner as hockey Redmen skate past Paladins to clinch OUA East pennant

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Samuel Labrecque celebrates goal with McGill teammates in 8-1 win over Nipissing (PHOTO BY WENDY CHEN)

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MONTREAL — Defenceman Samuel Labrecque tied a school record with his sixth game-winning goal as No.6 ranked McGill clinched the OUA East pennant with a 5-1 victory over the visiting RMC Paladins at McConnell Arena, Saturday.

It marked the first regular season divisional title since 2011-12 for the Redmen and their fifth since 2004-05. McGill, which finished atop the nine-team OUA East with a 21-5-0 record, will open a best-of-three quarterfinal series against eighth-place Concordia (8-17-1) on Wednesday at McConnell Arena (7 p.m.).

Labrecque, a 22 year-old native of Granby, Que., led all CIS blueliners this season with 13 goals in 26 games. The first-year physical education transfer from Clarkson University equaled a 27-year-old McGill regular season record for game-winners set by centre Tim Iannone, who tallied six in 25 league games during 1987-88. That mark was matched in 2009-10 by Redmen forward Francis Verreault-Paul who accomplished the feat in 27 contests. Labrecque needs three more in the post-season to match the Redmen single-season overall record of nine set by Iannone (38 games, 1987-88).

COMPLETE BOXSCORE

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OUA EAST STANDINGS GP W L OTL Win % Last 10 Streak GF GA PTS
McGill 26 21 5 0 0.808 8-2 Won 8 102 51 42
Carleton 26 20 5 1 0.769 8-2 Lost 1 108 58 41
UQTR 25 18 4 3 0.720 7-3 Lost 1 113 74 39
Laurentian 25 13 9 3 0.520 5-5 Won 1 86 94 29
Queen’s 26 13 12 1 0.500 5-5 Won 4 88 73 27
Nipissing 25 12 12 1 0.480 4-6 Lost 3 82 90 25
UOIT 26 10 15 1 0.385 3-7 Won 1 73 106 21
Concordia 26 8 17 1 0.308 3-7 Lost 3 97 119 17
RMC 25 0 22 3 0.000 0-9 Lost 25 61 164 3

SCORING SUMMARY
RMC 1 at McGill 5
(Saturday, February 7, 2015 – McConnell Arena)

GOALS BY PERIOD:
RMC 1-0-0 — 1
McGill 1-3-1 — 5

1st Period-
1, McGill, Cedric McNicoll 11 (Antonelli, Brunelle), 2:43.
2, RMC, Deric Boudreau 1 (Bullen, Domenico), 5:48.

Penalties-Deviller Rmc (delay of game), 15:18.

2nd Period-
3, McGill, Samuel Labrecque 13 (Vachon, Brunelle), 11:28 (PP).
4, McGill, Max Le Sieur 9 (Boutet, Langelier-Parent), 14:05.
5, McGill, Neil Prokop 5 (Levesque), 14:50.

Penalties-Chenevert Mcg (interference), 6:34; Thouin Rmc (roughing), 10:41; Pym Rmc (tripping), 10:57.

3rd Period-
6, McGill, Pietro Antonelli 2 (Tardif-Richard, Bonneau), 5:28.

Penalties-Quinlin Rmc (elbowing), 6:16; McDonald Rmc (slashing), 10:14; Livingston Rmc (roughing), 16:03.

Shots on Goal-
RMC 5-5-12 — 22.
McGill 13-15-17 — 45.

Power Play Opportunities-
RMC 0 / 1;
McGill 1 / 6.

Goalies-
RMC, Evan Deviller (L, 0-18-0, 45 shots-40 saves; 60:00).
McGill, Karel St-Laurent (W, 8-2-0, 22 shots-21 saves; 60:00).

Attendance: 173
Start: 7:02 PM
End: 9:08 PM
Length: 2:06

Referees-Alexandre Garon, Jonathan Alarie.
Linesmen-Pierre-Luc Huot, Maxime Chaput.

MOLSON CUP THREE STARS:
1. MCG – 17 Pietro Antonelli
2. MCG – 18 Jonathan Brunelle
3. MCG – 6 Samuel Labrecque