MONTREAL — Rookie Carl-Antoine Delisle of Laval, Que., scored the game-winner on a penalty shot and Marc-Olivier Mimar of Rosemere, Que., added a pair of goals as the No.8-ranked UQTR Patriotes skated to a 3-0 road win over No. 6 McGill in the opening game of the OUA East men’s hockey best-of-three final series at McConnell Arena, Wednesday.
It was UQTR’s first playoff win over the Redmen since March 4, 2011, snapping a five-game losing streak to McGill, which had won 14 of the previous 15 post-season encounters with the Pats.
Freshman goalkeeper Francis Desrosiers, a native of St. Eustache, Que., who snatched the starting role late in the season for the Pats, made 34 saves to earn his first career shutout at the CIS level, improving to 5-0 in playoffs. The last team to blank McGill in the post-season was UNB, a 4-0 decision in the CIS gold medal final on Mar. 27, 2011, some 29 games ago. The last time that it occurred in the OUA playoffs was a 2-0 setback to Toronto on Feb. 23, 2007.
The Redmen, who had a 34-33 edge in shots, spent much of the game in the penalty box, collecting a disproportionate 35 of 41 minutes dished out by the officials. UQTR went 1-for-6 on the power-play, compared to McGill, which was 0-for-3.
After a scoreless but thrilling opening period, the momentum clearly shifted just 61 seconds into the middle stanza when Delisle was awarded a rare penalty shot after being partially tripped from behind by McGill defenceman Francis Lambert-Lemay. Delisle, who ended with a shot on net during the initial play, made the best of his second chance, deking Redmen netminder Jacob Gervais-Chouinard of Sherbrooke, Que., through the legs for a 1-0 Patriotes lead.
Delisle then set up a wide-open Mimar from behind the net for a 2-0 lead at 12:01 and Mimar added his fifth post-season marker, unassisted, on the power-play to make it 3-0 at 18:48. The teams played a scoreless third period.
When the Redmen needed goals, they ended up losing a couple of snipers for long segments in the penalty box. David Rose, who ranked third on the team in goals with 10 in 20 regular season games — and has added two more in playoffs — was called for a checking-from-behind minor and automatic 10-minute misconduct midway through the first period.
Shortly after he returned in the final period, McGill defenceman Hugo Laporte was handed a five-minute major for charging, The officials huddled together and a linesman convinced one of the two referees to change the call to a checking-to-the-head major, which is accompanied by an automatic game misconduct and one-game suspension.Mathieu Pompei, another sniper, was called upon to serve the major.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Saturday at Le Colisee in Trois-Rivieres. The contest is slated to be webcast on Patriotes TV at 7 p.m. If a rubber match is needed, it will be played on Sunday back at McConnell at 7 p.m.
The winner of this series will advance to the OUA gold medal game for the Queen’s Cup, against the winner of the OUA West final between sixth-seeded Guelph and top-seeded Windsor. Guelph surprised the heavily-favoured Lancers 3-1 in their opener on Wednesday night. The loser of both series will play for the bronze medal game on Mar. 7, which is accompanied by the OUA’s third berth to the CIS Final Eight in Halifax (Mar, 12-15).
REDMEN RAP: McGill, which has won each of their last seven post-season series against UQTR (after losing the first 11), is 19-26 in 45 lifetime playoff games against their bitter rivals… Among the many former Redmen spotted in the crowd was Paul Grech (1987-91) who drove in from London, Ont., just to see the game… Other ex-Redmen in attendance included Charlie Lafontaine (1948-49), Alain Robichaud (1983-86), Barry Ross (1977-79), Mike Farmer (1976-79), Ken Covo (1976-81), Pierre-Antoine Paquet (2001-06), Dan Gubiani (1981-84), Dr. Jay McMullan (1981-84) and Mike Nelson (1978-84)… Dr. Bob Brodrick, the former Montreal Expos team physician who captained McGill to the Queen’s Cup championship in 1946 and graduated in 1947, died on Feb. 22… Visitation is Feb. 26-27 at the Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home, 5610 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, followed by a funeral service on Feb. 27 at St. Richard’s Parish, 7070 Guelph, Cote St-Luc, Que. More details available online.
SEE COMPLETE BOXSCORE
UQTR 3 at McGill 0
(OUA East Final, Game 1; Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – McConnell Arena)
GOALS BY PERIOD:
UQTR 0-3-0 — 3
McGill 0-0-0 — 0
Penalties-Lacasse Uqtr (interference), 5:21.
1, UQTR, Carl-Antoine Delisle 3 (PENALTY SHOT) , 1:01.
2, UQTR, Marc-Olivier Mimar 4 (Delisle, Verret), 12:01.
3, UQTR, Marc-Olivier Mimar 5 (unassisted), 18:48 (PP).
Penalties-Lambert-Lemay Mcg (tripping; PENALTY SHOT), 1:01; Levesque Mcg (slashing), 4:30; Tremblay Uqtr (slashing), 12:49; Rose Mcg (checking from behind (served by Prokop), 10-minute misconduct), 13:09; Brunelle Mcg (tripping), 17:45; Delisle-Houde Mcg (roughing), 19:43.
Penalties-Quevillon Uqtr (boarding), 12:55; Laporte Mcg (major-checking to the head (served by Pompei), game misconduct), 15:22; Boutet Mcg (cross checking), 17:55.
Shots on Goal-
UQTR 10-13-10 — 33.
McGill 11-15-8 — 34.
Power Play Opportunities-
UQTR 1 / 6;
McGill 0 / 3.
UQTR 3 / 6;
McGill 9 / 35.
UQTR, Francis Desrosiers (W, 5-0-0, 34 shots-34 saves; 60:00).
McGill, Jacob Gervais-Chouinard (L, 4-2-0, 33 shots-30 saves; 60:00).
Start: 7:03 PM
End: 9:10 PM
Referees-Jonathan Alarie, Olivier Gouin.
Linesmen-Maxime Chaput, Nicolas Piche.
MOLSON CUP THREE STARS:
1. UQTR – 30 Francis Desrosiers
2. UQTR – 23 Marc-Olivier Mimar
3. UQTR – 18 Carl-Antoine Delisle