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The week that was for McGill Athletics: January 27th

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Athletes of the week

Samuel Labrecque

Labrecque led the Redmen over the Queen’s Gaels this past weekend with a spectacular three-goal night, becoming the first McGill defenceman to score a hat trick in 19 years. In his first year with the Redmen, Labrecque has had an immediate impact, leading all CIS blueliners with nine goals in 22 games, all while playing All-Star-calibre defence. He should provide stability to McGill’s defence over the next few years as he matures and develops on both ends of the ice.

Leslie Oles

Oles capped off the Martlets’ wild come-from-behind win over Concordia on Sunday night, scoring the overtime winner with 44 seconds remaining. She also added an assist for good measure. Oles has been her usual dominant self over the past five games, tallying 10 points on five goals and five assists. The Martlets have gone 4-1 over that span. Oles last earned Athlete-of-the-Week honours back in September, when she single-handedly willed the Martlets past Wilfrid Laurier 7-6, scoring a hat trick and dishing six assists.

Beyond the box score

Martlet Hockey 

With a 3-2 overtime win over Concordia on Sunday, the Martlets put the final nail into the Stingers’ coffin, effectively turning the RSEQ title into a two-horse race between McGill and Université de Montréal. After being held scoreless for the first two periods, the Martlets came back from a 1-0 and then a 2-1 deficit in the third on goals from Katia Clement-Heydra and Gabrielle Davidson to force an overtime period. With under a minute left, speedy forward Leslie Oles sliced through the Stinger defence and snapped in the game-winner. The Martlets have six games left on their schedule, and will take on the first-place Montreal Carabins on Friday in what should be an exciting showdown. 

Martlet Volleyball

The Martlet volleyball team dug deep and came away with perhaps their biggest victory of the season thus far, defeating the CIS No. 3 ranked Université de Montréal 3-2 on the road. The match featured gruelling points and marathon sets, but after two hours and five minutes, the Martlets emerged with an upset win by set scores of 25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 20-25, and 17-15. This marked only the sixth win McGill has managed against the Carabins in their last 45 meetings. Juniors Ashley Norfleet and Catherine Amyot led the way on offence, scoring 14.5 and 14 points, respectively. Also notable was rookie middle Myriam Robitaille, who contributed 12 digs, seven kills, and an ace in the win. After this weekend, a mere one and a half games is all that separates last place from first in the tightly packed RSEQ. 

By the numbers

31 – The positive difference in shot total between the Martlet ice hockey team and the Concordia Stingers in McGill’s 3-2 overtime victory.

63 – Points scored by the Martlet volleyball team in their 3-2 victory over the Montreal Carabins.

3599 – The new McGill record in the pentathlon set by Dylan Golow, a senior neuroscience major from Barrie, ON, during the annual McGill Team Challenge.  

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