Thursday, March 22, 2012

Redmen Too Much For Aigles Bleus In Opener

The McGill Redmen showed why they have been one of the highest scoring teams in the CIS the last few years with a 6-3 victory over the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus in the first game of the 2012 Cavendish Farms University Cup.

McGill took control of the game early when they scored on both ends of a 5-on-3 advantage. Francis Verreault-Paul scored 3:50 into the game and that was followed by a goal from Alexandre Picard-Hooper at 5:37. Moncton got on the board with their first of the tournament at 15:11 when Christian Gaudet beat Redmen netminder Hubert Morin from in close. The momentum was short lived, however, as Nicolas Biniek restored the two goal lead only 86 seconds later with a nice deke in front of Moncton goalie P-A. Marion. That was all of the scoring in a period that seen the Redmen hold an 8-6 shot advantage.

Moncton came out strong in the second period looking to get back within one but the Redmen took advantage of a bad giveaway by a Aigles Bleus defender, who had his pass from behind the net intercepted by Verreault-Paul, who quickly slapped it into the net for a 4-1 lead at 12:26. This seemed to deflate Moncton as Andrew Wright would pick the top left corner only 19 seconds later for a four goal lead. Shots in the period were 9-7 for Moncton in the period.

With their chances of winning slim Moncton entered the third looking to get a little closer in an effort to improve their goal differential in case of any tie-breakers later in the tournament. Marc-Andre Cote made it a 5-2 game at 6:13 with a power play goal. Biniek responded for McGill with his second of the game just over 6 minutes later before Moncton captain Dean Ouellet rounded out the scoring with 2:23 left. Shots in favoured Moncton 9-4 in the period and 24-19 in the game.

The players of the game were Eric Faille for the Aigles Bleu and Verreault-Paul for the Redmen.

Moncton will now play Saskatchewan tomorrow afternoon at 2PM in a game that they need to win by atleast 3 goals to have any chance at moving on. McGill has the day off before facing the Huskies on Saturday at 11:30AM. With a win they will play in Sunday's championship game.

Tonight the hometown UNB Varsity Reds play the UQTR Patriotes at 7PM.