Concordia complete a perfect weekend, winning both home games
The Concordia Stingers finished off their home-stand this weekend with a convincing 10-4 win over the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Paladins on Saturday, Oct. 11. The Stingers improved to 2-2 on the season.
The first period began as both teams pushed hard to try and get the first goal of the game. Six minutes into the game, RMC got the first penalty of the game when forward Frederic Thouin was called for hooking. The Stingers jumped on the board early when Stingers forward Domenic Beauchemin buried a shot past RMC goaltender Paul Mazzolin to give Concordia a 1-0 lead.
After an intense four minutes, RMC got on the board when forward Alexander Pym got a shot past Stingers netminder Robin Billingham.
Concordia quickly took control of the game late in the first period. With two minutes left, forward Ben Dubois scored on a wrist shot to give Concordia the lead, but the Stingers were nowhere near finished. Fifty seconds later, veteran defenceman Youssef Kabbaj got a pass from forward Jessyko Bernard and scored to give the Stingers a 3-1 lead heading into the second period.
In the second period Concordia continued to dominate the game. Two minutes into the period, captain Olivier Hinse got the puck and went in alone and put it past Mazzolin for a 4-1 lead.
After a Stingers penalty, the Paladins got on the board again when forward Jake Bullen beat Billingham to make it 4-2. However, this game belonged to the Stingers from the get-go.
They quickly responded when Domenic Beauchemin sent a shot past Mazzolin for a 5-2 Stingers lead. After Victor Provencher and Dany Potvin scored late in the second period, the Stingers went into the final period with a 7-2 lead. By then, it was clear that Concordia’s commanding momentum would not be stopped.
The third period was no different as Concordia continued to dominate the game. Four minutes in, the Stingers added to their huge lead when Hinse fired another wrist shot past Mazzolin. The final goal scorers for the Stingers were Kieran O’Neil and Matt Boudreau.
The back-to-back wins this weekend were impressive performances by the home squad. The Stingers outshot the Paladins 37-31 and were successful on two out of the four times that they were on the powerplay.
“We played really well, I could honestly call it solid hockey,” said Concordia’s head coach Kevin Figsby. “Great defense this weekend, [it] was a great building block for the season and a good foundation. We dominated from start to finish and we had stellar goaltending.”
Much like his head coach, Concordia’s leader and captain was pleased with the two wins at home.
“I feel good, it was a great weekend [and] we played really well. Every line produced [today] and it was a great team effort,” said Hinse.