Never say die, boys.
This has to be the mentality of the Concordia Stingers’ men’s hockey team at this point in the year.
At 7-8-1, they have climbed back into the playoff race after sitting deep in last place for most of the 2001-02 season.
Their 2-1 record last week helped bring them to within six points of the third-place Ottawa Gee-Gees, and are looking to overtake them in the coming weeks.
The loss came at the hands of UQTR early last week, while the two victories were against those same Gee-Gees and the McGill Redmen in this year’s Corey Cup game.
The Stingers now only have five conference games left this year, and they need to make some noise.
With the five players they added over the Christmas break, the team is looking less like a playoff hopeful, and more like a playoff contender.
Here’s a rundown of how the new guys are faring so far:
-Chris Wilcox: The 24-year-old goalie from Rockland, Ont. made his first start in the OUA a success, stopping 38 out of 40 shots when the Stingers beat the Gee-Gees at Ed Meagher Arena last Friday. Together with starter Philippe Ozga, Wilcox is one half of an excellent goaltending duo.
-Philippe Paris: Paris, a former captain of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League had a goal against the Gee-Gees and an assist the next day at the Corey cup match.
-Chris Lyness: He missed the first half of the year after working out with the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins. He was eventually sent down to the minor league Florida Everblades, before making his way back to Montreal to join the Stingers. He had four assists over the weekend, including three against the Gee-Gees.
-Derek Legault: After netting two goals in a game earlier this month, Legault has proven that he can be an impact player in the OUA. Formerly a top scorer at the Quebec junior AAA level, he added two assists last week.
-Steve Morency: The Beauport, Que. native got his first OUA point with an assist at McGill. He also has some QMJHL experience with the Sherbrooke Castors.
Never say die, boys.