By Gabriel Rodrigues
On Saturday, Oct. 25, Laurentian’s men’s hockey team fell short to McGill University, ending the game 3-2 at home, pushing the Voyageurs record to 4-3 on the season.
In the first period, McGill scored two power play goals, curtesy of Samuel Labrecque and David Rose, giving the Redman an early 2-0 lead after the period.
However, in the second, the Voyageurs capitalized on a scoring chance of their own, when forward Michael MacDonald rushed down the wing and let go a wrist shot, beating McGill’s goaltender Jacob Gervais-Chouinard and pulling Laurentian within one goal before the start of the last period.
After five minutes of third period play, Voyageurs captain Vincent Llorca would level the game at 2-2 when forward Marc-Alain Begin fired a quick pass for a one time shot.
Within two minutes of Laurentian tying the match, McGill’s Jerome Raymond scored and solidified a Redman’s win, 3-2.
Voyageurs’ goalie, Alain Valiquette, turned aside 33 of 36 shots thrown his way.
McGill’s goaltender, Gervais-Chouinard, made 20 saves out of 22 shots.
Craig Duncanson, Laurentian’s head coach, believed his team played a good game, but said his squad wasn’t able to capitalize on their chances.
“We had some positives happen,” he said. “We fell behind the eight ball early in the game, but we battled back. (McGill) jumped on us and were in our face, and earned themselves two points. We are responding well so far, but it has to translate into wins.”
The Voyageurs play next on Friday, Oct. 31 against the Waterloo Warriors and on Saturday, Nov. 1 against the Laurier Golden Hawks with puck drop beginning at 7:45 p.m. at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.