Concordia 5, McGill 3: Stingers Women’s Hockey Beats Rivals in Crunchtime

Stingers Win Season Series With McGill 3-1

  • The Stingers beat the Martlets in chrunchtime. Photo Elisa Barbier

  • Concordia is and McGill split their season series at a win apiece. Photo Elisa Barbier

With just three games left in the regular season, it was critical for the Stingers women’s hockey team to enter the postseason with a full head of steam.

After consecutive wins over McGill and Carleton, the Stingers once again faced their cross-town rival, the Martlets, Saturday afternoon. Entering the final frame, the two teams were tied at three goals apiece and seemed destined for overtime. On par with their other meetings, the game was tight.

“With McGill, it’s a big rivalry,” said Concordia forward Claudia Dubois, who picked up a goal and two assists in the game. “No matter what, it’s a close game with them.”

The two teams exchanged goals for most of the contest.

Following a four-goal performance against the Carleton Ravens on Feb 4, Stingers forward Audrey Belzile scored one of those goals and extended her point streak to five games.

Forward Marie-Pascale Bernier scored another one of those goals and added an assist, registering her first points in three games in the process.

Through the ebbs and flows of the game, Concordia looked very comfortable being in such a tight battle.

The Stingers extend their win streak to three games. Photo Elisa Barbier

“We always kept the energy high,” said Concordia forward Stéphanie Lalancette. “We controlled our energy, and it’s always good to have a feeling like that if [McGill] tied the game at some point.”

With a bit over five minutes to play, Lalancette received a pass from Belzile and scored to give the Stingers a late lead. Forward Devon Thompson added an empty-netter, and Concordia was able to hang on.

More importantly for Concordia head coach Julie Chu, it gave them a win in a crunchtime situation.

“This was huge, this was a playoff atmosphere,” she said. “Every game matters right now for us hopefully getting a chance to work towards ending first in the conference at the end of the season.”

“But, there’s still [Université de Montréal Carabins] to focus on, and that’s our next focus,” she continued.

The Stingers and Carabins are in the thick of a tight race for first place in the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec—so close that the two teams are separated by a single point in the standings.

The Carabins are set to face McGill Sunday afternoon, and if they were to lose, Concordia would be in prime position to make the jump into first place should they beat UdeM when they face off on Feb. 16.

“We know it’s going to be a big game,” said Dubois. “Against UdeM, it’s always a tight game. But we’re going to prepare like every other game and try to have a great week of practice.”

Their meeting with the Carabins is Friday, 7:00 p.m. at the CEPSUM. They’ll round out their season with a home game against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees two days later.

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