by Ankur Kumar
The Lance – Sports Intern
As menacing of an opposition the McGill Redmen are known to be, they have become an admired competitor of the Windsor Lancers. The rematch of the Queen’s Cup was a 60-minute journey inspired by heartbreak and built up by thrills, spills and plenty of skills. The Blue and Gold – le bleu et or – encountered le rouge et blanc for the fourth time in 2014 and had their winning streak stopped at 11 games.
“Hopefully we’ll have another opportunity to play them again. On that particular day they had one more bounce than we did,” said head coach Kevin Hamlin.
The last time the McGill Redmen won on Lancer ice was Jan. 14, 1989 by a score of 3-2 and the Lancers previously hosted the Redmen in a 9-6 win on Oct. 26, 1991. Since then, the Redmen had won four of five regular season meetings in Montréal. In their 11th regular season rendez-vous since 1987, the McGill Redmen returned to South Windsor and trumped the Lancers 2-1.
“At this time of year, we want to continue to move forward and get better… this is the adversity we need to start another nice stretch,” continued Hamlin.
As the 5-on-3 dwindled to the final second, Matt Beaudoin and Kyle Hope helped Julian Luciani nab his first goal of the season at 10:44 in the first period. Mathieu Pompei avoided all kinds of sticks and shoves to net his third goal of the season in the second period. Patrick Delisle-Houde tipped an Etienne Boutet point shot in the third to earn the Redmen a vengeful seventh win in the lifetime series against the Lancers.
The numbers favour the Redmen over the Lancers during regular season conference play, but the Lancers have won the game that elevated the rivalry – the Queen’s Cup. The Redmen returned with a merciless presence after a lengthy eight-month interlude – 62 minutes on 15 infractions. But the Lancers managed just one goal on the man advantage through nine opportunities.
“They certainly gave us enough opportunity to score. We would’ve liked to get a little more flow to the game, but it was very difficult with the special teams play,” said Hamlin about the team’s power play.
Despite the loss, the Lancers remain the best in the entire OUA with an 11-1-0 record. The Redmen returned to first place of the East division with a 9-3-0 record after hustling 839 kilometers to Thunder Bay for a 5-1 win against the Lakehead Thunderwolves. The fantastic pursuit demonstrated by both teams 12 games into the season has many hopeful that a future meeting in the post-season is not out of question.
“Take one game at a time and see if our best is better t than the other team’s best and we’re confident on most nights it will be.”