Volume 96, Issue 84
Tuesday, March 11, 2003

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Five and counting: UQTR wins the Queen's Cup

By Ryan Hickman
Gazette Staff

Dave Picard/Gazette
OH MAN, I LOST HIM. UQTR's Simon Tremblay slips a backhand past York goalie Derek Dolson

Paré to Tremblay from Piché all day.

Jean-Phillipe Paré, the University of Quebec at Trois Rivire 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.

Dave Picard/Gazette
HERE... PASS 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 Dolson.

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 tournament.

"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."


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