Posted: Nov 25, 2009
Two scoresheets were needed to register all the scoring plays in a performance that equaled the eighth-highest offensive output in McGill hockey history and the team's most goals scored since Feb. 3, 1989, when they skated to a 15-0 home-ice win over Royal Military College. The Redmen team record was established on Dec. 28, 1945 after a 20-4 victory against the Lachute Hockey Club.
McGill, which improved to 9-1 in league play, outshot the Gee-Gees 60-19, including a 23-6 edge in the final period. The Redmen led 4-1 after the opening stanza and 9-3 after two. They went 6-for-15 on the power-play and added a shorthanded goal against Ottawa's power-play unit, which connected on one of four opportunities.
Verreault-Paul, a 5-foot-10,178-pound right winger from the Innu community of Mashteuiatsh, in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, tallied a natural hat-trick in the first period alone, at 6:01, 10:45 and 14:56 to put McGill ahead 4-1. His seven-point night was three short of the team record established in 1939 by Russ McConnell, who accomplished it twice, a feat also matched by Reggie Sinclair in 1949. Verreault-Paul now sits sixth in the OUA scoring race with 11-10-21 in 11 games.
Gee-Gees forward Sean Smyth of Clarence Creek, Ont., opened the scoring with his first of two goals at only 2:16 of the game but McGill roared back with six straight goals, beginning with Alexandre Picard-Hooper's effort only 25 seconds later. Picard-Hooper, a finance sophomore from Boucherville, Que., also contributed five assists to finish with a six-point performance.
In the middle frame, freshman Patrick Belzile of St. Eloi, Que., and Jean-Francois Boisvert from Anjou, Que., made it 6-1 for McGill before Smyth netted his second of the contest for the Gee-Gees at 6:01.
McGill blueliner Marc-Andre Dorion of St. Hubert, Que., and forward Maxime Langelier-Parent (shorthanded) of Levy, Que., upped the lead to 8-2, followed by Gee-Gees left-winger Matthieu Methot at 18:26 of the second period.
The Redmen then responded with five in a row, beginning with rookie rearguard Sebastien Rioux of Chicoutimi, Que., and followed by Verreault-Paul's team-leading 11th of the season to make it 10-3, plus Guillaume Doucet of Anjou, Que., rookie Christophe Longpré-Poirier and Simon Marcotte-Légaré, both natives of Longueuil, Que.
Defenceman Bryan Nadeau of Granby, Que., replied for the Gee-Gees to narrow the gap to 13-4 but Swiss native Tim Drager and Doucet finally capped the high-scoring affair with just over six minutes remaining.
For Doucet, it was his ninth of the campaign. The 23-year-old physical education junior has 18 points in 10 games.
Both teams used two goaltenders in the wild affair. Hubert Morin, an engineering sophomore from St. Georges de Beauce, Que., started and was credited with the win, improving his record to 6-0. He kicked aside 10 of 13 shots, before being replaced after two periods by freshman Hunter Shaw of Penticton, B.C.
Riley Whitlock of Calgary started for the Gee-Gees and was credited with an assist before being saddled with the loss. His record fell to 4-10 as he was beaten six times on 20 shots before being replaced by under-study Jordan Martin at 5:22 of the middle period. Martin, a rookie from Ottawa, conceded nine goals on 40 shots.
The ninth-place Gee-Gees (4-9-1) travel to Kingston on Friday for a game at Queen's (5-6-1).
McGill (9-1) plays their second of nine consecutive road games at Nipissing (6-7-1) in Oshawa on Friday (7 pm) and then take on the Toronto Varsity Blues (5-7-2) at Varsity Arena, Saturday (7:30 pm).
REDMEN RAP: Verreault-Paul is the second Redmen player this season to register a four-goal game... Evan Vossen also managed to achieve that plateau in a 10-1 conquest over Queen's on Oct. 30... McGill, which entered the game with the league's 15th best power play (14.1 per cent), finished the affair with the ninth-best PP (19.0)... Aside from the aforementioned 20 goals against Lachute, the only other higher offensive explosions by McGill in single game are as follows: 17-2 vs Ottawa College (Mar. 2, 1912), 17-4 vs. Montreal Nationals (Feb. 5, 1920), 17-1 vs. RMC (Jan. 7, 1989), 16-0 at New York St. Nichols (Jan. 4, 1937), 16-4 vs. Montreal Carabins (Feb. 25, 1949), 16-7 vs. Lake Placid Roamers (Jan. 28, 1956), 16-4 vs. Sir George Williams (Jan. 18, 1961).
Source: McGill Redmen