MONTREAL – Melodie Daoust of Valleyfield, Que., and Gabrielle Davidson of Pointe Claire, Que., scored two goals apiece as the No.1-ranked McGill Martlets trounced Concordia 7-1 to cap an unblemished season in Quebec university women's hockey at McConnell Arena, Saturday.
The Martlets extended their win streak over CIS opponents to 26 games, including a 20-0 mark in the RSEQ conference, to register the fifth perfect regular season in team history.
McGill dominated from start to finish, outshooting the Stingers 42-8, including a 16-1 margin in the opening period. They led 4-0 after the first stanza and 6-0 after two.
"I know it's a bit of a cliché but I really thought we had great contributions from all 18 skaters and good goaltending today," said McGill head coach Peter Smith. "We moved the puck well, created a lot of scoring chances and our transition game was good. That's the type of performance you want going into the playoffs, coming off a high note and working on the habits that will serve us well down the road."
Daoust, a sophomore forward who won the CIS rookie-of-the-year honours last year, captured the CIS scoring crown with 54 points, including 21 goals, in only 20 games. Her point total matched the RSEQ single-season conference record set by former teammate Ann-Sophie Bettez in 2008-09. Daoust, who finished with 33 helpers, also broke the league assist record of 30 set by Bettez the same year. It was a bitter-sweet weekend for Bettez, now an assistant coach at McGill, as her league record for most goals (24) was matched on Friday by Martlets forward Katia Clement-Heydra.
After Stephanie Pohlod of Calgary opened the scoring just 11 seconds into the contest, Daoust made it 2-0 at 1:53 with what proved to be the game-winner. She also struck pay-dirt at 4:52 of the final period to make it 6-0 but Stingers captain Mallory Lawton replied just 68 seconds later to ruin Andrea Weckman's bid for a shutout. Weckman, a senior from Kitchener, Ont., needed just seven saves to record the win, improving her record to 7-0 on the season and 22-7-2 lifetime.
Rounding out the scoring for McGill was Kim Ton-That from Beaconsfield, Que., and Logan Murray, also from Calgary.
Carolanne Lavoie-Pilon started between the pipes for the Stingers and conceded seven goals on 39 shots. She was temporarily replaced in the first-period by rookie Chelsea Hodges, who saved all three shots she faced before Lavois-Pilon returned to the net.
It also marked McGill's 47th consecutive conquest over Concordia, which finished last in the five-team Quebec league at 2-17-1.
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