Stingers outworked by Gee-Gees in 2-1 loss

Concordia loses second straight game at home against Ottawa

The Concordia Stingers women’s hockey team lost 2-1 against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees on Nov. 17 at the Ed Meagher Arena.

After a 4-3 loss to the McGill Martlets in their last game, the Stingers were looking to bounce back with a win. But they were outworked by a chippy Gee-Gees team that had already beaten the Stingers 3-1 in the first game of the season on Oct. 15.

“The Gee-Gees work hard and take away time and space,” said Stingers head coach Julie Chu. “When they do that, it makes it more difficult for us to get the flow that we want to.”

Neither team was able to score in the first period, with much of the game being played in the neutral zone. The Gee-Gees were able to wear the Stingers down by dumping the puck into the offensive zone and forcing Concordia’s defencemen to chase the puck.

As the game wore on, the Gee-Gees’ strategy paid dividends, as the Stingers became increasingly tired throughout the game.

Forward Keriann Schofield scored the only Stingers goal of the game. Photo by Alex Hutchins.

Despite the Gee-Gees’ dump-and-chase success, it was the Stingers who struck first. Stingers forward Keriann Schofield buried the puck past Gee-Gees goalie Maude Levesque-Ryan to give her team a 1- 0 lead halfway through the second period. Just four minutes later, the Gee-Gees tied up the game with a goal from forward Mélodie Bouchard.

The third period was fairly uneventful with both teams not generating many scoring chances. Gee-Gees forward Laurence Morissette eventually broke the deadlock to give her team a 2-1 lead with just under 10 minutes left in the game.

Morissette’s goal was all the Gee-Gees needed to pick up their third win of the season. With the Stingers on the power play with two minutes left, Chu pulled goalie Katherine Purchase for an extra attacker. This gave the Stingers a six-on-four advantage, but it wasn’t enough to tie the game.

“We had our chances, but it’s the little details we need to execute,” Chu said. “We’re almost waiting until the end to bury a game, and there were opportunities in the second period to score [that] we missed. We need to bury them.”

The Stingers’ next game will be away against the Université de Montéal Carabins on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Chu said she hopes her team can have a big bounce-back game after two straight losses.

“Right now, we just need to refocus mentally,” Chu said. “This is our first back-to-back loss, so the thing is for our team to stay strong and united.”

Main photo by Alex Hutchins.


Statistics: Hockey’s best friend

The importance of sports analytics were on full display at this year’s JMSM conference

Advanced statistics and hockey analytics were a hot topic at the John Molson Sports Business conference held on Nov. 4 at Hotel Bonaventure.

A panel, titled “Grit and Character: The Evolution of Analytics,” was moderated by Concordia journalism graduate Salim Valji, and featured four guests well-versed in the sports analytics world.

Panelists included Sportsnet writer Dimitri Filipovic; TSN, Sportsnet and Vice Sports contributor Andrew Berkshire; Stathletes co-founder Meghan Chayka; and hockey analyst Mike Kelly.

The talk began with each panelist discussing how hockey analytics have changed over the last few years. In the past, goals, assists and plus/minus were ways to track whether or not a player was performing well. However, new statistical measurements, such as Corsi, Fenwick and PDO, have created new ways to gauge a player’s effectiveness on the ice. Corsi and Fenwick are similar, as both measure how many shots a player takes in relation to everyone else on the ice, while PDO keeps track of a team’s shooting and save percentage.

However, one of the challenges with advanced stats is properly recording what is happening.

“A lot of it is going to come down to video player tracking,” Filipovic said. “Zone entries and loose pucks aren’t something we can quantify right now.”

Due to advanced stats being relatively new, the panelists said players don’t have much respect for advanced analytics. Valji referenced an article in which Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty said he can’t judge a player based on a pie chart.

Berkshire added that stats like Corsi can make people “roll their eyes,” but that doesn’t mean they should be dismissed. Filipovic agreed, saying a team’s management should care about the new analytics.

“You want to look at it from a manager and coach level,” he said. “Why bring it to the players if they don’t care that much?”

For players to understand their own advanced stats, Chayka suggested the use of visual elements be emphasized rather than the actual numbers.

“Heatmaps and visual maps of the ice are great for showing players their performance,” Chayka said. “You have to know your audience.”

The panel then talked about how a player’s grit and character is different from their stats. Kelly brought up former Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil, and how he isn’t an effective player on the ice, with 112 career goals in 1028 games, but his grit, character and presence in the locker room helped the Senators win games.

Chayka and Berkshire disagreed, with Chayka stating that because the Senators didn’t win the Stanley Cup with Neil on the team, it doesn’t matter that much. Berkshire added: “If character and leadership actually mattered that much, the Habs wouldn’t be terrible right now.”

The panel ended with each member giving some advice to students on how to make it in the industry and how to be effective at delivering analytics to an audience that might not otherwise know what you’re talking about.

“Make what you’re doing as relatable as possible to those consuming the information,” Kelly said. “The ones who are the most successful are the ones who text you at 10 p.m. with fresh ideas.”

Main photo by Alexander Cole


Marketing an NFL franchise

Digital media and the fan experience were the focus of the “4th and Goal” panel

The intricacies of marketing a National Football League (NFL) franchise were on full display at this year’s John Molson Sports Business conference held on Nov. 4.

A panel, titled “4th and Goal,” was moderated by TSN 690’s Joey Alfieri, and featured Tanya Dreesen, the vice-president of partnership activation and special projects for the Minnesota Vikings, and Vincent Pannozzo, the director of digital and social content for the Miami Dolphins.

Alfieri began the talk by asking about hosting a Super Bowl game. Dreesen and the Vikings will host the Super Bowl in 2018, while Pannozzo and the Dolphins will be hosting the game in 2020.

“It’s an interesting dynamic when your team is hosting the game,” Dreesen said. “It’s an incredible opportunity on the hospitality side and on the marketing side.”

Dreesen explained that hosting the Super Bowl is also unique because, as the host, you might not actually play in the game. However, it is still the best time to show off your arena and what kind of fan experience you can offer.

Both Pannozzo and Dreesen said the services offered at the stadiums immerse fans in a new experience, and bring them beyond what’s happening on the field.

“Stadiums are made to enhance the fan experience,” Dreesen said. “We’re the only team with suites down by the field. We want people to be able to be as close to the action as possible.”

Pannozzo echoed this sentiment, adding that the food experience is also an important part of the games. He said the Dolphins don’t just offer the classic sports foods, like hot dogs and burgers, but also fancier foods in certain sections of the stadium.

Pannozzo added that as a social media and digital content manager, he is already planning for the 2020 Super Bowl. He said the team’s marketing strategy will begin right after the 2019 Super Bowl finishes.

Pannozzo explained that social media is the best way to showcase your team’s brand, but in the past, social media was a bit of an enigma for people.

“Social media used to be the stepchild no one knew who it belonged to,” Pannozzo explained. He later added that the Dolphins now spend all of their digital advertising budget on social media rather than television because that’s where the people are.

For Pannozzo and Dreesen, the team’s performance on the field doesn’t affect the organization’s marketing strategy. Pannozzo said fans might not want to hear from the team on social media that much after a loss, but the team is always going to keep creating content for the web, regardless of the team’s performance.

“Only on the actual day of the game does performance dictate what we do on social media,” he said.

To end the panel, Pannozzo and Dreesen explained how their social channels and marketing strategies bring fans closer to the players. For them, it’s a way to extend past typical media coverage, and tell more meaningful stories.

“We’re not in the business of breaking news,” Pannozzo said. “We want to tell the story of our players in the best possible way.”

“You don’t sell wins and losses, you sell hope,” Dreesen added. “Hope is what brings fans through the door.”

Main photo by Alexander Cole


Stingers win overtime thriller against Montréal

Keriann Schofield was the hero for Concordia with the winning goal

A high-scoring game ended with an overtime goal by Concordia Stingers forward Keriann Schofield, propelling her team to a 5-4 win against the Université de Montréal Carabins on Nov. 10 at the Ed Meagher Arena.

“That’s a good example of an emotional game,” said Stingers head coach Julie Chu. “You never want to go down two goals and claw your way back, but that’s hockey. Everyone went out there and got the job done.”

The Stingers dominated the play in the opening 10 minutes, however, it was the Carabins that found the net first. Montréal took the lead after a shot by forward Estelle Duvin went right past the glove of Stingers goalie Katherine Purchase.

A few minutes later, the Carabins extended their lead when forward Laurie Mercier drove to the net and sent another shot past Purchase’s glove. The Carabins escaped the first period with a 2-0 lead.

After allowing two goals on seven shots, Purchase was pulled in favour of rookie goalie Alice Philbert, who started the second period.

Stingers forward Claudia Dubois attempts to score on a rebound. Photo by Alex Hutchins.

“There were a lot of reasons for changing Purchase that go beyond the two goals,” Chu said. “She’s been great for us this season and will continue to be great for us. It was great to see Alice play her first game, and she stepped up for us.”

In the second period, the Stingers found their offensive touch and scored three goals. The first goal came from a beautiful passing play from forward Sophie Gagnon to forward Claudia Dubois, who backhanded the puck past the glove of Carabins goaltender Maude Trevisan.

Just minutes later, on a Stingers power play, forward Lidia Fillion tipped home a shot from Dubois to tie the game at 2-2. Stingers forward Marie-Pascale Bernier then gave the team a 3-2 lead with just over three minutes to go in the second period.

In the third period, the Stingers extended their lead to 4-2 after a goal from forward Audrey Belzile, but the team quickly lost energy, and the Carabins stormed right back to tie the game. Montréal forwards Catherine Dubois and Annie Germain scored the two goals that tied up the game and sent it to overtime.

“We really try to focus on one shift at a time, and it’s really hard to do,” said Chu about her team losing energy near the end of the game. “We want to make sure we can reset after a good shift and reset after a bad one. That allowed us to continue to push in overtime.”

Despite an uneventful first four minutes of overtime, the Stingers found a way to win with Schofield scoring a nifty goal, sliding the puck past the left toe of Trevisan.

“I was on the offensive side of the puck just hoping to get a pass, and when I did, I just walked around the goalie and saw a small space and put it in,” Schofield said.

With the win, the Stingers improve to 4-0-1 and now stand alone in first place in their division. They will play the McGill Martlets on Nov. 12 at the McConnell Arena.

Main photo by Alex Hutchins.

Music Quickspins

21 Savage / Offset / Metro Boomin’ – Without Warning

21 Savage / Offset / Metro Boomin’ – Without Warning (Slaughter Gang, 2017)

Like the title suggests, the latest 21 Savage and Offset collaboration, completely produced by Metro Boomin’, dropped without warning on Halloween. From the opening track, “Ghostface Killers,” we get Metro Boomin’s signature dark, moody sound, while 21 Savage and Offset effortlessly flow over the beat. The album lives up to its Halloween release with eerie tracks, like “Nightmare” and “Ric Flair Drip,” that showcase why Offset might actually be the most talented member in Migos. The first five tracks are exciting and catchy, however, the second half of the album takes a more laid-back approach. By track six, “Mad Stalkers,” the novelty of the collaboration wears off until track 10. However, this is an incredibly tight album, with catchy flows and world-class production from one of the best young producers in the game. If you’re a fan of any of these artists, the album is a must-listen.

Trial Track: “Ghostface Killers” ft. Travi$ Scott

Score: 7.5/10

Music Quickspins

Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time

Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time (Multi Alumni, 2017)

Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T.’s new album, 4eva Is A Might Long Time, is one of the most soulful and lavishly produced rap albums of the year. At 22 tracks, the album is split into two disc. Disc one is filled with southern bangers, like “Big Bank” featuring T.I. and the song “Subenstein.” Each track is executed with meticulous detail. The live instrumentation enhances each track, as K.R.I.T.’s buttery smooth flow complements the string instrumentals. While the trend in southern rap has been edging towards trap music, K.R.I.T. resists this temptation by bringing clever and introspective lyrics to the table. Despite the album’s long runtime, listening doesn’t feel like a chore. Every song feels like K.R.I.T. put his heart and soul into it. 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time is a rap epic that feels like fine dining in a genre full of fast food.

Trial Track: “Subenstein (My Sub IV)”

Score: 9.5/10

Music Quickspins

Future and Young Thug – Super Slimey

Future and Young Thug  – Super Slimey (Epic, 2017)

Future and Young Thug’s collaborative mixtape, Super Slimey, is exactly what you would expect from trap music’s two most notorious rappers. Unlike his joint album with Drake, Future has found an artist he can flow with, as he and Young Thug possess a chemistry that only groups like Migos have. Future and Young Thug are pioneers when it comes to rap flow, and the way they trade verses over the album’s nocturnal yet fast-paced beats make it a must-listen for all rap fans. The melodies that project from their voices make each song sound unique and different, unlike many albums in the trap genre. Songs like “No Cap, Three” and “Patek Water” featuring Offset are certifiable bangers and standouts on the album. Super Slimey just goes to show how versatile Thugger and Future really are, cementing them as the two best artists in their lane.

Score: 8.8/10

Trial Track: “Three”


Is rock and roll dead?

In 1972, Roger Daltrey of the The Who belted the infamous lyrics, “rock is dead.” While the lyrics were powerful, rock was far from dead at the time. The 70s can even be considered the genre’s prime period. I mean, with bands like The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Rush, how can it not be?

In the 80s, rock grew and branched off into heavier sub-genres like heavy metal and death metal. This gave rise to bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden, who eventually found ways to break through to the mainstream and get substantial radio play. This heaviness eventually led to grunge, which was ushered in Seattle during the 90s.

It was here where rock finally became part of the mainstream pop culture landscape. While Kurt Cobain was notorious for hating mainstream culture, his sound resonated with young people, the very ones pushing pop culture forward. From there, Weird Al parodies and gags from The Simpsons cemented rock’s place as a dominant part of pop culture.

It’s interesting to speculate why this was the case. Why did rock become popular culture, and why has rap taken its place? Well, the answer is simple: young people. Wherever young people go, pop culture follows, and that is why rock is dead.

For example, when Nirvana got big in the 90s, it was the young people who were listening. Even now, when “Smells Like Teen Spirit” comes on in the car, my parents get annoyed by the sheer aggression and raspiness of Cobain’s voice. However, his lyrics resonated with young people. Cobain’s music spoke to a generation that was pissed off and needed a voice. With so many people connecting with the band’s art, it was just a matter of time before entertainers and shows that fed off pop culture, such as MTV, took notice and tried to appeal to a new demographic.

Eventually, grunge became post-grunge and bands like Creed and Nickelback were born. These bands are still ridiculed today for ushering in an era where rock was no longer seen as an anti-establishment genre. Instead, rock became a milked-to-death parody of itself that lacked artistic integrity and edge. Sure, punk artists and heavy metal acts still emerged to fill the gap, but the youth-driven mainstream moved on to something else – rap.

The early 2000s saw a hoard of new artists emerge in rap, such as 50 Cent, Ludacris and Lil Wayne. Gone were the days of politically charged rap, replaced by a more hedonistic approach. Rapping about women, cars, drugs and jewelry became the norm. By basing their lyrical content around these materialistic goods, rappers tapped into the male psyche and became better rockstars than actual rockstars.

Since then, rap has become less lyrical and has drifted towards a more “do it yourself” sound that resembles the punk and grunge bands seen in rock. This time, more drugs, more violence and more sex are pushing the genre forward, with those listening to it discovering a lifestyle they have never experienced.

Just to show how much rap has taken over, hip hop overtook rock as the highest selling genre in the United States this year, according to Pigeons and Planes. What was thought of as a niche genre is now a cultural tastemaker. It just goes to show how rock’s momentum has died off and how rap’s has taken off.

On the weekly late-night talk show Real Time with Bill Maher, former NWA rapper Ice Cube was asked about new acts like Playboi Carti, who barely pays attention to lyrics and instead focuses on hooks and beats. “Mainstream rap became escapism rap,” Ice Cube said. “The kids see that they want to emulate that, so that’s what we’ve been feeding off of for the last 20 years.” This is where Ice Cube hits the nail on the head. Escapism.

Rock is no longer an escape from daily life. Gone are the days of Motley Crue singing “Girls Girls Girls.” Now, we can listen to artists like Migos brag about how many women they’ve slept with to get that same escape young people were getting in the 80s. No one wants to be a rocker anymore—they want to be rappers. Somewhere along the way, rap harnessed a side of rock that was abandoned by the rock acts of the early 2000s—edge.

Anthony Fantano of TheNeedleDrop, a YouTube music critic with over one million subscribers, made the case in a video called “Lil Yachty: Rap’s Punk Phase” that rap is in the same place rock was when rock was at its peak. Rap is in, and even pop stars are jumping on that train. Just look at “Bon Appétit” by Katy Perry. The song features all three Migos members, and while it’s a song by a pop star, the song itself has blatant appeals to trap music by way of the beat, lyrics, tempo and hook.

Rock is dead because pop culture has simply forgotten about it. Sure, the genre will never be fully dead. There are plenty of rock artists to enjoy. However, in terms of mainstream attention, rock has simply been replaced. Instrumental music has been traded in for electronic means, such as 808 drum kicks and midi keyboards.

Don’t get me wrong, there are still interesting rock bands to be heard: Arctic Monkeys, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Tame Impala. These are all great options if you’re looking for a rock sound. But when it comes to the mainstream consciousness, rap has become the norm. With artists like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Migos and Big Sean dominating the charts, that isn’t going to change soon.

Graphic by Zeze Le Lin


Stingers defeat Martlets in home-opener

A pair of goals by Stephanie Lalancette helped propel the team to their first win of the season

After going down by an early goal in the second period, the Concordia Stingers women’s hockey team stormed back with three unanswered goals on their way to a 3-1 victory in their home opener against the McGill Martlets on Oct. 21.

For Stingers head coach Julie Chu, it was important for her team to stay focused after allowing McGill’s first goal just 70 seconds into the second period.

“I just told them to take it one shift at a time,” Chu said. “We were playing good hockey up until that point, and they scored a really good power-play goal. It was important for us to not dwell on a moment and to just take control of each shift.”

In the first period, both teams were unable to take control of the game offensively. The Stingers and Martlets traded shots on goal with both goaltenders standing their ground and playing solid.

Stingers goaltender Katherine Purchase made six saves in the opening period, while Martlets goalie Tricia Deguire made eight.

In the second period, the Stingers went on the penalty kill early which led to the Martlets’ goal by forward Kellyane Lecours. Immediately after the goal, the Stingers went on the attack and scored three straight goals to round out the period.

The first of those goals was scored by defencemen Brigitte Laganière on the power play nearly seven minutes into the second period. Less than two minutes later, Stingers forward Stephanie Lalancette gave her team the lead off of a wrist shot right after a faceoff in the Martlets zone. Lalancette added another goal late in the period following a give-and-go play with forward Sophie Gagnon.

Forward Stephanie Lalancette scored one of her two goals on a breakaway against McGill goalie Tricia Deguire. Photo by Kirubel Mehari.

Up by two in the third period, Purchase helped keep the Stingers in the game and steered aside multiple Martlets shots to secure her team the win. Purchase ended the game with 21 saves on 22 shots.

“She was really steady and solid,” Chu said. “She has been playing some great hockey for us, and she’s a great leader. She’s one of the captains on our team.”

The Stingers came into the game having lost their first game of the season against the Ottawa Gee-Gees. For Chu and the rest of the Stingers, a strong showing against their crosstown rivals was important to set the tone for the rest of the season.

“We did a great job today at playing shift by shift and not holding on to something that happened in the past,” Chu said. “We played a smart game, and we did the little things right and played start to finish which is what we need.”

The Stingers’ next game will be against the Carleton Ravens on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in Ottawa.



Back-to-back wins for the Stingers

Concordia defeated the Guelph Gryphons 4-2 on Saturday

Despite great goaltending from Guelph Gryphons netminder Jason Da Silva, the Concordia Stingers men’s hockey team cruised to a 4-2 win at Ed Meagher Arena on Oct. 21. They won their second game of the weekend after a 5-3 win against the Brock Badgers Friday night, and improved their record to 3-0-1 on the season.

“It was kind of a physical game again,” said Stingers head coach Marc-André Élement. “Couple of breakdowns, but we were good and it was a big weekend for us.”

The Stingers opened the scoring just two minutes into the game, after forward Charles-Éric Légaré threw the puck to the net from a weird angle. The puck trickled through Da Silva who never saw it.

Just a few minutes later, while the Stingers were on the power play, they gave up a breakaway to Gryphons forward Todd Winder, who slid the puck through the legs of Stingers goalie Marc-Antoine Turcotte to tie the game at 1-1.

To end the period, Stingers forward Anthony Beauregard scored on the power play to give the Stingers a 2-1 lead heading into the second period. All night, both the Gryphons and Stingers were given many power play chances. Overall, the Gryphons committed 10 minor penalties while the Stingers committed seven minors.

Forward Antoine Masson tries to score on a rebound against the Guelph Gryphons on Oct. 21. Photo by Alex Hutchins.

“We play with an in-their-head mentality,” Élement said. “We’re really disciplined, we really want to make them skate, and when we do that, they take penalties on us, and that’s exactly what we want.”

Nine minutes into the second period, Winder of the Gryphons scored his second goal of the game on a two-on-one rush up the ice to make the score 2-2. Turcotte was injured on the play and left the game. He was replaced by back-up goalie Antoine Dagenais, who went on to stop all 17 shots he faced in the rest of the game.

“He played really well in Lakehead [during the pre-season] so I wasn’t worried at all,” Élement said about Dagenais. “We have a lot of depth, and we’re happy about his performance tonight.”

With just over four minutes to go in the second period, Stingers forward Alexis Pépin scored on the power play thanks to a slick pass from linemate Scott Oke. The goal gave the Stingers a 3-2 lead, and it ended up being the game-winning goal.

“We caught them on a line change,” Pépin said while describing his goal. “I went around the defence and just took a shot. I thought it was the best play to do, and it went in so it was a pretty good goal.”

In the third period, Stingers defenceman Carl Neill scored his first goal as a Stinger just four minutes into the frame. The score would remain 4-2 as the Stingers went on to win their third game of the season.

The Stingers will now play the Carleton Ravens at home on Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Main photo by Alex Hutchins.


Stingers win 50th Shaughnessy Cup

Quarterback Adam Vance helped propel Concordia to a victory against McGill

With the help of some impressive passing at the hands of rookie quarterback Adam Vance, the Concordia Stingers football team took home the 50th Shaughnessy Cup against the McGill Redmen on Oct. 14 at Percival Molson Stadium with a score of 36-10.

For Stingers head coach Mickey Donovan, the game was a return after a disappointing loss to the Sherbrooke Vert et Or just two weeks ago.

“Our last performance against Sherbrooke was a disgrace,” Donovan said. “We’re a better team than what [we] showed that day. We had a statement to make today, and the guys all came together.”

The Stingers started the game off strong with two touchdowns on their first two possessions. The first touchdown was a 64-yard pass from Vance to wide receiver James Tyrrell. Just a few minutes later, Vance scored a touchdown with a nine-yard run to expand the team’s lead to 14-0.

This is Vance’s second game as a starting quarterback after quarterback Trenton Miller was injured in a game against the Laval Rouge et Or on Sept. 24. For Vance, getting more touches with the ball has made him more comfortable in games.

A McGill defender tackles running back Jean-Guy Rimpel in the 50th Shaughnessy Cup on Oct. 14. Photo by Alex Hutchins.

“I felt really good in my last start, but I’m feeling even better now,” Vance said.

The Stingers fumbled the ball in their end zone near the end of the first quarter, which led to a Redmen touchdown, making the score 14-7.

The Redmen started off the second quarter with a field goal, bringing the score to 14-10. However, that would be the closest the Redmen would come to tying the game. The Stingers finished off the half with two field goals and had a 20-10 lead at halftime.

Donovan said the defence was a big reason for the team’s win.

“The defence played amazing,” he said. “If you think about it, [we] should have gotten a shutout. [We] didn’t allow one single offensive touchdown.”

After a scoreless third quarter, the Stingers dominated the fourth quarter. Early on, Vance connected with wide receiver Yanic Lessard for a 12-yard touchdown pass which extended the team’s lead to 27-10. The Stingers would get a safety and add a touchdown late in the game to bring the score to 36-10.

The Stingers are now on their second bye week of the season, but will be back on Oct. 27 at home against the Laval Rouge et Or for their last game of the season.

Main photo by Alex Hutchins.


Stingers win season opener against McGill

A chippy performance by Concordia led the team to a 3-2 win

The Concordia Stingers men’s hockey team started their season off with a 3-2 win against their crosstown rivals, the McGill Redmen, at McConnell Arena on Oct. 13.

“We played a good game, but we made a lot of mistakes,” said Stingers head coach Marc-André Élement. “There were a couple of parts of the game I didn’t like, but it’s two points so we’re happy about that.”

The game started off with both goaltenders standing tall in their respective nets. Stingers goaltender Marc-Antoine Turcotte made some big saves early and was a difference maker for the Stingers. He made key saves to keep his team in the game.

Turcotte’s brilliant play was accentuated in the third period while the Stingers were up 3-2, trying to cling to their lead. Concordia took some late penalties, giving the Redmen a five-on-three powerplay with less than five minutes left in the game. However, Turcotte turned aside a barrage of shots, allowing his team to keep the lead and ultimately win the game.

“This is what you need from a goalie,” Élement said. “He played an awesome game.”

Alexandre Gosselin skates past a sprawling McGill defender on Oct. 13. Photo by Alex Hutchins.

“The guys played well in front of me,” Turcotte added. “They let me see the puck all night. I’m pretty proud of the guys today.”

In the first period, the Stingers were down 1-0 off a goal by Redmen defencemen Dominic Talbot-Tassi. Nine minutes after the opening goal, Stingers forward Scott Oke popped in a goal off a wrist shot to tie the game before the end of the first period.

The second period had both teams going back and forth with the Redmen taking an early lead. However, rookie forward Alexis Pépin scored the tying goal in his first game as a Stinger.

“Getting that first goal in the first game is always good for confidence,” Pépin said. “I had trouble getting points in the pre-season, and I got two tonight so it was pretty good.”

A few minutes after Pépin scored, Stingers forward Charles-Eric Légaré buried a cross-crease pass to give the Stingers a 3-2 lead. First-year forward Massimo Carozza and Pépin picked up the assists. The team never looked back and left McConnell Arena with the victory.

For Pépin and his teammates, beating a rival like McGill was important. “It’s a big two points for us to start the season with,” he said

The Stingers will play the Redmen three more times this season, but are now off to Ottawa to play the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

Main photo by Alex Hutchins.

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