SPORTS IN BRIEF: Redmen vanquish Lakers, reclaiming first place in OUA East

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The McGill men’s hockey team scored four special-team markers on Sunday in a 5-3 win over Nipissing University at McConnell Arena.

The result snapped the Redmen’s two-game win streak and improved their record to 17-4-0, reclaiming first place in the OUA East, one point ahead of idle UQTR (16-3-1).

McGill freshman Christophe Longpre-Poirier of Longueuil, QC, scored the Redmen’s first goal, netting his fifth of the season – a shorthanded effort at 19:10 of the first period. It was the third time in OUA play that Longpre-Poirier had scored while killing off a penalty.

The Redmen penalty-killing unit registered a clean slate, erasing all six Lakers’ power play chances. McGill has snuffed out 110 of 124 shorthanded situations in regular-season play this season.

McGill now embarks on a four-game road trip, with games at Carleton, Concordia, and Ottawa.