OUA M-HOCKEY ROUNDUP: REDMEN EDGE RAVENS

OTTAWA, Ont. - The McGill Redmen defeated the Carleton Ravens 4-3 at the CU Ice House. The Ravens OUA Far East record falls to 6-3-1 for 13 points, while McGill's record improves to 4-4-1 for 9 points.

The Ravens spotted McGill three first period goals before making a valiant attempt at tying the game in the dying seconds of the third period. Down 3-1 after one period, Carleton showed the grit that has become the "trade mark" of this second year team and scored a second and third period goal to get back into the game. The Ravens nearly tied the game with six skaters on the ice, but the Redmen where able to hold off the last Carleton rush to earn their 4th OUA Far East victory of the 2008-09 campaign.

In the first period, the Ravens spotted McGill two goals midway through the period on a short-handed effort by Evan Vossen (Swift Current, Sask.) at the nine-minute mark and Simon Marcotte-Legare (Longueuil, Que.) four minutes later. The Ravens continued to mount an attack on McGill's goaltender Danny Mireault (Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Que.) and after some excellent work in the corner by Carleton's Jared Cipparone (Tecumseh, Ont.) beating off two McGill defenders to find captain Andrew Gibbons (Oshawa, Ont.) for a one-time slap shot that beat Mireault and cut the Redmen lead in half with 90 seconds remaining in the period.

With one last rush, in the first period, McGill's Marko Kovacevic (Belgrade, Serbia) restored the Redmen two-goal lead with 30 seconds remaining in the first period.

The second period started with a McGill goal 90 seconds into the period by Alexandre Picard-Hooper (Boucherville, Que.) to give the Redmen a three-goal lead. That seemed to turn the Ravens jets on as they controlled the majority of the game the rest of the way, scoring a second period goal by Ryan Berard (Niagara Falls, Ont.) on the power play and a third-period goal by Brandon MacLean (Burlington, Ont.) in the third period.

Alex Archibald (Ottawa, Ont.) made 23 saves in the loss to McGill, while Mireault stopped 23 Raven shots as McGill out shot Carleton 27 to 26 for the game.

Source: Ravens Athletics

NO. 4 UQTR 3, RYERSON 0

TORONTO, Ont. - Despite a strong effort at both ends of the rink, the Ryerson Rams fell 3-0 to No. 4 UQTR Patriotes Saturday afternoon at George Bell Arena

The Rams played the Patriotes tough all afternoon, playing disciplined positional defence, while staying out of the penalty box. Ryerson survived a first-period siege to generate several chances of their own in the second and third periods despite being badly outshot. Although he battled rebound troubles all game, Paul Gibson was solid and made several big saves to keep the Rams within striking distance.

While the Rams did their best to keep pace, the speed and slick puck movement of the Patriotes proved to be too much. UQTR struck on a first-period Ryerson power play, when Alexandre Bellefleur whacked home a rebound after dancing in on a partial breakaway. Francis Charland added his fourth of the season two minutes later, giving UQTR a 2-0 lead they would never relinquish. The Patriotes outshot the Rams 28-8 in the first period, and 58-24 overall. Nicolas Caouette added an empty-netter in the final minute to ice the game for the visitors.

Jean-Christophe Blanchard was not called upon to make many saves, but was there when needed. He made 24 stops to earn his first shutout of the season. Gibson made 55 saves for Ryerson in the loss.

Source: Rams Athletics

BROCK 6, NO. 6 WILFRID LAURIER 3

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock Badgers (6-3-3) stunned the No. 6-nationally ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (9-2-1) with three goals in five minutes of the first period to go on to win 6-3 at the Seymour-Hannah Centre.

The last time these two teams met, Laurier handed the Badgers a 5-1 loss at the Waterloo Recreation Complex.

The Golden Hawks dug themselves a hole early starting with a short-handed marker by Brock's Nathan Hooper (Hamilton, Ont.). The Badgers would continue to capitalize on the visitors mistakes with Ryan Allen (Fort McMurray, Alta.) scoring just 50 seconds later to give the home team a 2-0 advantage.
Centreman Derek Brochu (Welland, Ont.) would add insult to injury and score as Hawk goalie Jeff MacDougald (Shallow Lake, Ont.) was chased from the net and replaced by Mike Thomson (Oro Station, Ont.). The Golden Hawks would get on the board with a power play goal from Jordan Bonneville (St. Agatha, Ont.). The purple and gold out shot the home team 12-8 in the period.

Gary Friesen (Niagara-on-the-lake, Ont.) scored in the second period to give the Badgers a three-goal cushion. The Badgers would score another marker coming from Brad Flynn in the 13 minute of the third period.

Laurier's Phillip Magistrale (Tsawwassen, B.C.) capitalized with the 5-on-3 advantage to cut the Badgers lead to three. The Hawks would continue to press and score another from Luke Dubbin (Midland, Ont.) to close the gap to two, but the effort would be too little to late as Brock's Ryan Stephenson scored an empty netter to secure the win for the home team. The purple and gold would out shoot Brock 14-3 in the final frame.

Brock netminder Kurt Jory (Brandon, Man.) faced a total of 32 shots and saved 29 for the win. Laurier's goaltenders saw 22 shots on net and saved 18.

Source: Golden Hawks Athletics

YORK 7, NO. 10 LAKEHEAD 6, OT

THUNDER BAY, Ont. - The CIS No. 10 Lakehead Thunderwolves men's hockey let another game slip away that they should have won; losing 7-6 in OT to the visiting York Lions Saturday night at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay.

The Wolves had a big edge in play and outshot York 43-23 on the night and had a lot of excellent scoring opportunities but they were denied repeatedly by Lions netminder Carlo di Rienzo who made about a dozen spectacular goal stopping saves in the game; including three within the span of about five seconds during a Lakehead power play.

Both Lakehead netminders Chris Whitley and Kyle Moir saw action with Moir coming in as relief after Whitley let in three goals on 11 shots. However Moir didn't fare much better; allowing four goals on 12 shots. It wasn't the stellar duo's best night between the pipes but, in their defence, Lakehead did not put on a very good display of team defence at all.

A case in point was York's third goal by Scott Restoule; a beautiful individual effort by the speedy Lions freshman that saw him skate through virtually every Lakehead forward on the ice before beating Whitley 5-hole with a shot from the high slot. None of the Wolves forwards were moving their feet and allowed Restoule to walk past them to score that goal.

York's other goals came from Tyler Harrison (the game winner), Jesse Grespan and Cassidy Prestion with a pair each and Vitaly Lanochkin.

There were two bright spots for Lakehead on the night; their power play and the play of junior forward Brock McPherson. Lakehead went 4-for-7 on the power play compared to York's 2-for-4 but Lakehead also allowed a shorthanded tally by the Lions.

McPherson played a very rugged game; battling hard in the corners and scored two goals to go along with two assists. Lakehead's other goals came from Andy Hyvarinen, Scott Dobben, Mark Soares and Dan Speer.

Mitch Maunu and Drew Kivell were solid defenders on the night and Bryan Wilson showed some offensive flash. Pierre-Marc Guilbault played a decent two-way game. Tobias Whelan also played very well defensively for the Wolves and also helped create a lot of offensive chances. Wilson and Whelan picked up two assists each.

Lakehead goes to 7-3-2 in OUA play and 9-5-2 overall while York goes to 5-5-1 in conference play and 7-6-1 overall.

Source: Thunderwolves Athletics

November 14, 2008
Windsor 5, UOIT 3
Lakehead 3, York 1
Queen's 2, Ottawa 1, SO
Carleton 8, RMC 2
Ryerson 3, Concordia 2
UQTR 5, Toronto 2
Waterloo 5, Brock 4, OT
Western 5, Guelph 0

November 15, 2008
RMC 7, Ottawa 6, OT
UQTR 3, Ryerson 0
Windsor 5, UOIT 4
Waterloo 4, Guelph 1
York 7, Lakehead 6, OT
McGill 3, Queen's 0
Toronto 4, Concordia 2
Brock 6, Laurier 3

November 16, 2008
McGill 4, Carleton 3