Five and counting:
UQTR wins the Queen's Cup
By Ryan Hickman
|OH MAN, I LOST
HIM. UQTR's Simon Tremblay slips a backhand past York goalie Derek
Paré to Tremblay from
Piché all day.
Jean-Phillipe Paré, the University of Quebec at Trois Rivire Patriotes
centre and point machine, teamed up with Alexandre Tremblay and Alexandre
Piché to dismantle York 7-4 at Thompson Arena on Sunday en route to their
fifth consecutive Queen's Cup Championship.
York went down early in the contest when Jonathan Bealieu opened the scoring
for the Patriotes less than three minutes into the match. Paré, who assisted
on the first score, put the Yeomen in a two-goal hole with a power play
marker shortly thereafter. Tremblay took a pass from Piché for his first
point of the game and a three goal lead going into the first intermission.
"They [got] off to a great start with three quick goals and put us
behind the eight ball," said York head coach Graham Wise regarding
UQTR's quick lead.
THAT OVER. UQTR has a championship session after winning the Queen's
Cup, the symbol of OUA hockey supremacy.
In the second period,
York's Sal Lettieri wired a shot from just inside the blue line into the
UQTR net, giving the Yeomen their first goal and some short-lived momentum.
With York on the power play shortly after the Lettieri goal, the Yeomen
were looking to cut the lead. However, UQTR's Simon Tremblay took a stray
puck out of the neutral zone and dropped the hammer, utilizing a break-away
and a nice drag to his back hand to put the puck past York goalie Derek
The Patriotes continued to show their superior speed, making the score
5-1 as Paré laid a crossing pass through the crease to Simon Tremblay
on a two on one with three seconds left in the second period.
"Our speed is definitely our best quality," UQTR head coach
Jacques Laporte said after the awards presentation following the game.
UQTR's fleetness is highlighted when Paré and Alexandre Tremblay step
on the ice together. Paré made an unbelievable pass to Alexandre Tremblay
in the third period to make the score 6-2 and put the game out of reach,
even though York did score twice more in the third.
Paré and Tremblay combined for eight points on Sunday, with Tremblay turning
the hat trick after an open net goal in the game's dying minutes.
Paré who many Western hockey fans remember from his shirt tugging
and flexing antics in last year's Queen's Cup final, notched a goal and
three assists, but kept his flare to a minimum against York.
"I try to play with a lot of emotion that's my style of game,"
said Paré after receiving a tournament All-Star nod.
Paré, who attended the Minnesota Wild's training camp earlier this year,
said he was disappointed the Mustangs were not participating in the weekend
"We were anxious to come back here and [get] our revenge," Paré
said, regarding Western, who beat UQTR to win last year's National Championship
game. "It's not the same this year without the crowd."
Although the Patriotes are known for their quickness, they upgraded their
size this year on the blue line, a few of whom are among the 11 freshmen
the team boasts.
"We have a better team than last year," Paré said. "We
saw Western was bigger than us last year and we got some big rookies to
help us with our speed."