MONTREAL — The first-place McGill University women’s hockey team dominated the RSEQ all-star teams but came up empty in the voting for the major awards as the best-of-three League Championship Series for the Dr. Ed Enos Trophy, gets underway this week.
The No.1-ranked Martlets, who posted a 16-4 record and then swept their semifinal series over Ottawa, will battle the Carabins from l’Université de Montréal (15-4-1), who swept the other semifinal over Concordia. The cross-town rivals will meet in the opener this Thursday at 7 p.m. at McConnell Arena. Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday at UdeM’s CEPSUM Arena. If a rubber match is needed, it is slated for Sunday at 3 pm back at McConnell.
The Martlets placed a combined five players on the two all-star squads, while the Carabins had four, followed by Concordia (2) and Ottawa (1).
McGill forwards Gabrielle Davidson of Pointe Claire, Que., and Katia Clement-Heydra of St. Bruno de Montarville Que., made the first team along with defenceman Kelsie Moffatt of Pickering, Ont.
Also honoured was forward Marie-Philip Lavoie of Pokeneganook, Que., who was the only Martlet to make the all-rookie team.
Davidson, a finance junior who has made the first team in each of the last two seasons, won the league scoring crown and finished second in the nation with 19 goals and 39 points in 20 games. She scored or assisted on a whopping 45.8 per cent of McGill’s 85 goals, tallying six power-play markers, a pair of game-winners and two hat-tricks.
Clement-Heydra, who earned first-team status for the third consecutive season, potted nine goals and collected 35 points in 20 games, while drawing only four minutes in penalties. Her 26 assists was tops in the CIS despite the fact that the Quebec league plays eight fewer games than the other conferences. The fifth-year industrial relations major also led the nation with three shorthandes goals, in addition to three game-winners and a pair of power-play markers.
Moffatt, a physical education senior and first-time all-star, was the top-scoring blueliner in the RSEQ and tied for third-best in the country with 17 points, including a CIS-leading 14 assists for defencemen in 20 contests.
Oles, a fifth-year physical education major who is arguably the fastest skater in the CIS women’s hockey, finished fourth league scoring and eighth in the the country with a 14-17-31 record in 18 outings. She racked up a conference-leading five game-winners, to go along with four power-play goals, a shorthanded effort and also registered a hat-trick,
Fouracres, a chemical engineering senior, is a three-time all-star who made the first team last year and the second squad in her sophomore campaign. She was the second-highest scoring defender in the RSEQ, despite missing four games while helping Canada win a silver medal at the FISU world university games in Granada, Spain last month. Fouracres tallied a dozen points, including four goals in just 16 games.
Lavoie, also a PhysEd major, ranked second among freshmen in scoring and was 10th among league leaders overall with a 3-12-15 record — and no penalty minutes — in 20 games.
Ariane Barker of the Carabins was voted as the conference’s player of the year, while Concordia goaltender Katherine Purchase merited rookie-of-the year honours and Ottawa Gee-Gees goaltender Stéphanie Mercier won the Marion Hilliard award nomination for leadership, academics and community service. Stingers bench boss Les Lawton was selected coach of the year after leading a much improved Concordia squad to an 8-7-5 third-place record, including wins over both McGill and Montréal, who were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the CIS respectively.
Barker finished third in the scoring race — behind Davidson and Clement-Heydra — with 32 points in only 17 games, including 16 goals. The native of Napierville, Que., missed three contests while skating for Canada at the FISU games.
Purchase, an 18-year-old from Halifax, led the CIS with a stingy 1.07 goals-against average and a save percentage of .959. She played 11 of her team’s 20 regular season games and posted a 5-6 record with a pair of shutouts. Purchase is an accounting major and had a perfect 4.3 GPA in her first semester.
Mercier, a native of Smooth Rock Falls, Ont., volunteered for the Learn to Skate program, attended weekly practices offered to community youth at an outdoor rink, as well as volunteering for a girls’ hockey festival in Ottawa and many more practices with the Ottawa Ice midget hockey program. She joined with other varsity athletes to help build a counsel for student-athletes and planned social activities and meetings to bring together the University`s athletes. She also found time to help with the training program for her team.
2014-15 RSEQ WOMEN’S HOCKEY ALL-STARS AND MAJOR AWARDS
Position, Name, University, Academic Program, Hometown
Goalkeeper, Élodie Rousseau-Sirois, Montréal, Architecture, Pohénégamook, Que.
Defence, Kelsie Moffatt, McGill, Physical Education, Pickering, Ont.
Defence, Marie-Joëlle Allard, Concordia, Athletic Therapy, Victoriaville, Que.
Forward, Ariane Barker, Montréal, Communication, Napierville, Que.
Forward, Gabrielle Davidson, McGill, Finance, Pointe Claire, Que.
Forward, Katia Clement-Heydra, McGill, Industrial Relations, St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que.
Goalkeeper, Katherine Purchase, Concordia, Accounting, Halifax, N.S.
Defence, Janique Duval, Montréal, Adaptation scolaire, Val d’Or, Que.
Defence, Brittney Fouracres, McGill, Chemical Engineering, Calgary, Alta.
Forward, Leslie Oles, McGill, Physical Education and Health, Beaconsfield, Que.
Forward, Audrey Gariépy, Montréal, Industrial Relations, Mascouche, Que.
Forward, Carol-Ann Upshall, Ottawa, Human Kinetics, Trois-Rivières, Que.
ALL- ROOKIE TEAM
Goalkeeper, Katherine Purchase, Concordia, Accountancy, Halifax, N.S.
Defence, Robyn Belland, Carleton, Génie Criminology, Barrie, Ont.
Defence, Alexandra Paradis, Montréal, Arts & Science, Saint-Gilles, Que.
Forward, Jessica Cormier, Montréal, Administration, Cap-aux-Meules, Que.
Forward, Marie-Philip Lavoie, McGill, Physical Education, Pokeneganook, Que.
Forward, Devon Thompson, Concordia, Psychology, Châteauguay, Que.
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER: Ariane Barker (Napierville, Qué.) Université de Montréal
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Katherine Purchase (Halifax) Concordia Stingers
RSEQ LEADERSHIP & CITIZENSHIP AWARD (CIS Marion Hilliard Award nominee): Stéphanie Mercier (Smooth Rock Falls, Ont.) Ottawa Gee Gees
COACH OF THE YEAR: Les Lawton Concordia Stingers
McGill Sports Info Office