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Stingers finish weekend with two home wins

by Anthony Abbondanza November 27, 2012
Stingers finish weekend with two home wins

The Stingers rallied back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Nipissing Lakers 6-5 at Ed Meagher Arena on Friday night. Photo by Marie-Josée Kelly

With seconds remaining in the game, forward Etienne Archambault flew down the ice on a breakaway and backhanded a shot past diving Lakers goalkeeper Daniel Spence.

After the game, Stingers head coach Kevin Figsby described the atmosphere in the team’s locker room.

“They’re in there playing air guitars, jumping up and down to our theme song,” said Figsby.

The Stingers began the game in ninth place in the Eastern Conference of the Ontario University Athletics League with five points in the team’s first 16 games of the season.

Forward Mathieu Dubuc got the Stingers off to a good start with his second goal of the season when he corralled a rebound in front of the net and fired it into a gaping net.

The lead was short-lived however, when Lakers captain Andrew Marcoux shot a stoppable puck past Stingers goaltender Antonio Mastropietro.

Nipissing carried momentum into the second frame, outshooting the Stingers 17-13 and scoring three goals in the process.

With the Stingers down 5-3 to start the third, the men in maroon and gold never lost hope. Stingers forward Kyle Kelly cued the comeback.

Seven minutes into the third, the captain banked in a sloppy rebound past a sprawled out Lakers goalkeeper.

And minutes later, Olivier Hinse’s nifty pass from behind the net found linemate Dubuc in front of the net. Dubuc potted his second of the game.

The ice tilted in Concordia’s favour for the remainder of the game. With seconds remaining, Stingers forward Archambault blew past his marker and deked past Spence, backhanding his shot into a gaping net.

“I was just thinking ‘if I score this, we don’t have to go to overtime,’” said Archambault. “Luckily I scored and it felt great.”

The Stingers won 6-5, but more importantly, they put an end to a dreadful 10-game losing streak. And it didn’t take long to commence a little streak of their own.

Twenty-four hours later the Stingers, hosting the Ryerson Rams, took advantage of a strong second period to win 4-0.

Ben Dubois, Dany Potvin, Kyle Armstrong and Archambault each had a goal.

 

The win moved Concordia into eighth place, three points behind Queen’s University, which they’ll face on Friday night, Nov. 30 at Kingston Memorial Centre.

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