Concordia 6, Carleton 0: Stingers Bounce Back in Big Home Win
After a Tough Loss to McGill, Stingers End Weekend on Positive Note
The Stingers proudly bounced back from their 5-1 defeat against McGill on Saturday, thrashing Carleton University 6-0 Sunday afternoon.
“We created the same opportunities against McGill, but we didn’t have that extra fire,” said Julie Chu, the team’s head coach. The Stingers sure did show that “extra-fire” against Carleton on Sunday.
The Stingers took a comfortable lead in the first period, which ended with them leading three to nothing. After 10 minutes of play, Audrey Belzile, the team’s leading scorer assisted Stéphanie Lalancette as she slipped the puck to the back of the net from behind the goal line.
Just two minutes later, Sophie Gagnon scored off of a heavy slap shot from the blue line that ended in the top right corner.
Belzile added another goal to her collection before the end of the period. After the first 20 minutes, the Stingers dominated their opponents with 11 shots on goal to only four for Carleton.
Katherine Purchase, the Stingers’ goaltender, had her first Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec start since sustaining an injury in the offseason. She made some vital saves on Carleton’s counter attacks, providing her teammates with the defensive confidence the team lacked against McGill. Coach Chu was satisfied with Purchase’s performance.
“[Purchase] had to come up with a great saves during the first period,” she said. “If she doesn’t make that save, it could have changed the flow of the game.”
Purchase stayed focused the entire game, and made breakaway saves in both the second and third periods. Goalkeeping is a solitary position on the ice, but Purchase had no lapse in attention.
“I just keep myself occupied by speaking to myself,” she said. “There’s never a time in the game when there’s nothing happening in my head. I’m just constantly speaking to myself and telling myself that it’s not over in order to never let my guard down.”
Melinda Prévost added another to the Stingers tally in the second.
The Stingers had three power plays during the game. One in the second period, of which they did not manage to take advantage, and two other in the third. During the last period, the Stingers scored their two remaining goals on both power plays.
Belzile added an assist to her point-count, allowing Lalancette to score her second goal of the game nine minutes into the third period. Amélie Lemay added one last layer of frosting on Concordia’s victory cake after 12 minutes of play in the final frame.
The Ed Meagher Arena resonated with applause after the game, as the players greeted the crowd.
Chu, happy with her team’s consistency during the game, hopes to see the same focus against Université de Montréal on Friday.
“The biggest thing is that we haven’t been completely happy with our ability to play 60 minutes,” she said. “It was great to see our girls knowing that we had a great first period but that we weren’t done.”
Belzile shared her coach’s opinion.
“Yesterday, against McGill, we were really up and down,” she said. “But today we found a way to put the puck at the back of the net, and we didn’t stop.”
Central to the team’s discussion before the Carleton game was the use of screens on Carleton’s goalkeeper.
“We really worked on that today,” said Belzile. “And it helped us because she didn’t see the puck coming.”
The Stingers hope to put this strategy to use once more, as they face off against U de M on Friday Jan. 18 at CEPSUM.
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