MONTREAL — Melodie Daoust of Valleyfield, Que., registered a hat-trick as top-ranked McGill coasted to a one-sided 7-2 victory over the No.2-ranked Université de Montréal Carabins to capture the Dr. Ed Enos Trophy as RSEQ women’s hockey champions before a crowd of 361 at McConnell Arena, Sunday.
The Martlets had opened the best-of-three league championship series with a 6-2 victory on home ice last Thursday but dropped a 5-1 decision in Game 2 at U de M on Saturday. McGill, which outscored the Carabins 14-9 in the three-games, has now confronted Montreal nine times this season, winning five of them. They could meet again at Nationals.
It was the 14th conference title since 1985 for the Martlets who avenged losing to the Carabins in the Quebec final during each of the last two years. Despite the result, both RSEQ finalists will advance to the CIS Final Eight tournament in Calgary, March 12-15, since McGill won the national championship last year, which automatically earned a second berth for the Quebec league.
The Martlets, who are slated to fly out west late Monday afternoon, got off to a rocky start when Carabins forward Jessica Cormier opened the scoring at 2:27 of the opening period but a red-hot Leslie Oles scored her first of two at 12:57 to knot the score at 1-1.
U de M forward Marion Allemoz regained the lead at 16:07 but it was to be their last marker, as the Martlets responded with six unanswered goals, including another in the first by Daoust to make it 2-2, followed by three in the middle period (Daoust, Gabrielle Davidson and Olivia Sutter) and two more in the final stanza (Daoust and Oles).The seven-goal outburst was the most by McGill in their last 25 meetings against the Carabins since an 8-3 on Nov. 17, 2012.
The last goal by Oles, her sixth in five playoff games, chased all-star goaltender Elodie Rousseau-Sirois — for the second time in the series — who saved only 17 of 24 shots and took the loss. Marie-Pier Chabot played the final 12 minutes and turned aside both shots faced.
Collecting the win between the pipes for McGill was Taylor Hough (1-0), who was a surprise starter in place of Brittany Smrke (3-1) and only recently returned from injury but hadn’t played since Jan. 31. Hough was credited with 18 saves as McGill held a 26-20 advantage in shots on goal.
The Martlets clicked on special teams, going 1-for-4 on the power-play and erasing all three shorthanded scenarios.
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Montreal 2 at McGill 7
(RSEQ BEST-OF-3 FINAL SERIES, GAME 3; Sunday, March 8, 2015 – McConnell Arena (@ McGill)
GOALS BY PERIOD:
Montreal 2-0-0 — 2
McGill 2-3-2 — 7
1, Montreal, Jessica Cormier 2 (Legault), 2:27.
2, McGill, Leslie Oles 5 (McDonell), 12:57.
3, Montreal, Marion Allemoz 3 (Charlebois), 16:07.
4, McGill, Melodie Daoust 1 (Fouracres, Davidson), 18:41 (PP).
Penalties-Lavoie Mcg (hooking), 9:40; Charlebois Mtl (hooking), 17:50.
Penalties-Delorme Mtl (bodychecking), 7:17; Duval Mtl (bodychecking), 13:52.
Penalties-Fouracres Mcg (interference), 3:44; Cagianos Mcg (bodychecking), 11:30; Barker Mtl (slashing), 13:21.
Shots on Goal-
Montreal 7-8-5 — 20.
McGill 12-8-6 — 26.
Power Play Opportunities-
Montreal 0 / 3;
McGill 1 / 4.
Montreal 0 / 3;
McGill 1 / 4.
Elodie Rousseau-Sirois (Start, L, 3-2-0, 24 shots-17 saves; 47:59);
Marie-Pier Chabot (ND, 2 shots-2 saves; 12:01).
Taylor Hough (W, 1-0-0, 20 shots-18 saves; 60:00).
Start: 3:00 PM
End: 5:01 PM
Linesmen-Joelle Champoux, Genevieve Lavoie.
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