Sports briefs – Jan. 14

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Redmen Hockey

The Redmen (14-5-1) moved into a tie with the Queen’s Gaels (12-2-5) atop the OUA East Division with an impressive 4-3 win over the Gaels on Saturday at the Kingston Memorial Center.

After a slow, defensive struggle in the first period, McGill came out of the first intermission with a renewed sense of urgency, striking three times in the span of 72 seconds. The stunned Gaels called a timeout after a goal by second-year McGill winger Max Le Sieur made it 3-0 for the Redmen halfway through the second period. Queen’s came out of their huddle reignited, answering the barrage with two quick goals of their own. The rally was short-lived, however; the unfazed Redmen responded 61 seconds later when rookie defenceman Samuel Carrier connected on a power play goal to put McGill up for good.

McGill will host Queen’s for an anticipated rematch on Friday, Jan. 17 in the annual Management Carnival Game at 7:00 p.m. in McConnell Arena. The team will be looking to push their dominant streak over the Gaels to 25 consecutive victories.

 

Martlet Hockey

The CIS no. 1 ranked McGill Martlets (11-0-0) poured on five goals against the Carleton Ravens (1-9-3) in a lopsided 5-1 win in Ottawa on Saturday.  Led by sensational senior forward Leslie Oles, McGill jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first period and outshot the Ravens throughout the entire game.  After two quick unassisted goals in the first period, Oles scored again early in the second frame to complete her second hat trick of the season. Martlet goaltender Andrea Weckman continued her hot play in net, shutting out the Ravens until late into the third period.  The performance brought her Goals Against Average (GAA) to an impressive 1.82.

The Martlets play Carleton again next Saturday, Jan. 18 in Ottawa. McGill will look to stay undefeated on the season.

 

Martlet Volleyball

The McGill women’s volleyball team (9-4) had a strong winter break, winning five of seven exhibition games at a training camp in the Dominican Republic.  The Martlets started the camp off strong, winning a convincing three sets to one over the Dominican U-17 squad, who they would go on to sweep.  After winning their first four matches, the McGill squad fell twice to a taller Dominican U-20 team in close contests.  Highlights from the trip included spectacular offensive performances from sophomores Marie-Pier Durivage and Ashley Norfleet, who recorded a remarkable 15 digs in a tough loss to the U-20 national team.

The squad resumed regular season action on Sunday against the Sherbrooke Vert et Or (7-8), and pulled through in the fifth set of a thrilling matchup. It was a seesaw affair with McGill and Sherbrooke trading sets. The Martlets had the chance to put away the Vert et Or in the fourth set, but ended up falling 23-25. Norfleet, a sophomore power hitter, paced the squad with a game high 20.5 points, which included 19 kills. The team hosts the RSEQ leading Montreal Carabins on Friday Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Love Competition Hall.