Sunday, 21 September 2008

Pre-Season: Tommies split weekend series vs. Redmen.

In an early afternoon game at Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal, the McGill University Redmen repaid the Tommies for the previous night's loss by posting a 5 to 3 win. Goal scorers for the Tommies were Devan Praught, Jason Rinzler, and Justin Roy. Matt Davis played the first 2 periods and allowed 4 goals while Ben MacFarlane played the third.

McGill press release by Earl Zukerman :

MONTREAL – McGill exploded for four first-period goals en route to a 5-3 win over the St. Thomas University Tommies in men’s preseason hockey at the Maurice Richard Arena, Sunday.

Simon Marcotte of Longueuil, Que., Evan Vossen of Swift Current, Sask., and Alexandre Picard-Hooper, a freshman from Boucherville, Que., each scored once and set up another as the Redmen avenged Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Tommies. Benoit Arsenault notched the game-winner in the first period and Eric L’Italien added the insurance goal with 1:28 remaining.

The Redmen, who outshot St. Thomas 30-28, led 4-2 after the first period and 4-3 after two.

Jason Rinzler, Justin Roy (shorthanded) and Devan Praught replied for the Tommies, who went 0-for-4 on the powerplay, and fell to 1-3 in preseason play.

The Redmen penalty-killing unit looked in mid season form as they snuffed out a two-man disadvantage for two full minutes while ahead 4-2 early in the middle stanza.

McGill went 2-for-4 on the powerplay, with Vossen making it 2-0 in the ninth minute of play and Arsenault giving the Redmen a 4-2 lead late in the opening period.

Both teams took advantage of the exhibition nature of the game, dressed extra players and used two goaltenders. Hubert Morin, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound freshman out of St. Lawrence College a Jr. AAA team, near Quebec City, got the start between the pipes for McGill and was credited with the victory. He saved 15 of 17 shots before being replaced midway through the second period by freshman Danny Mireault, who came from Joliette of the Quebec Jr. AAA league. Mireault allowed one goal on 11 shots.

The Tommies started senior Matt Davis in nets and he played the first two periods, He was beaten four times on 18 shots and took the loss. Freshman Ben Macfarlane of Woodstock, N.B., played the final frame and kicked aside 11 of 12 shots.

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