by John Austen
The Concordia Athletic Complex is a little quieter these days, since the
mens hockey team succumbed to the same fate as both the womens
and mens basketball squads and was bounced from playoff contention.
Coach Kevin Figsby and his hockey Stingers knew that beating the powerful
Trois-Rivières Patriotes in a best-of-three playoff series would
be difficult, but figured they had a chance after only losing game one
2-1 on the road. Playing back at the Ed Meagher Arena on March 2, the
Stingers were obliterated 8-2 by the Pats, who scored five goals on the
We were down 4-0 early in the first period and three of their goals
were with the man advantage, said Figsby. We didnt exactly
benefit from good calls.
Referee Eric Charron gave out 50 minutes in penalties overall, 34 minutes
When you play those guys, you cant get behind the eight-ball
like that and expect to come back, Figsby said. Overall, our
season has been very satisfying, though. When we started, we said it would
take a couple of years to rebuild the hockey program, and Id say
were on track to doing that.
Defenceman Patrick Pelchat and Geoff Comeau scored the only goals for
Concordia in front of 450 boisterous fans.
The mens basketball team may have a lot of talent in 2001 but it
didnt translate into victories at the right time. The Stingers were
upset 70-65 by the Laval Rouge et Or in the Quebec Conference sudden-death
basketball final, played March 1 at Concordia Gym.
What makes the loss even more disappointing is the fact that Concordia
had handled Laval 70-58 and 68-65 in two regular season matches.
Its great to beat Concordia its definitely an
upset, said Laval coach Jacques Paiment. I have a lot of respect
for Concordia and their coach [John Dore]. Our players played very well
and deserve it I think.
The Stingers led through much of the game and held a 38-34 lead at halftime.
Laval eventually went ahead 66-60 and the Stingers never recovered.
Réal Kitieu led Concordia with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked
shots. James Aubourg followed up with 13 points, while Shawn Critchlow
chipped in with 12 points.
For the second straight year, the womens basketball team were dumped
in the semifinals of the Quebec Conference championships. The Bishops
Gaiters played spoilers, beating Concordia 51-42 in the sudden-death match
on February 28.
Allstar guard Marie-Pier Veilleux scored 10 points and had four boards
in a losing cause for the Stingers.
The Stingers had split with Bishops during the regular season, losing
66-64 on November 10 and winning 50-46 on January 27. Both the Stingers
and Gaiters had losing records during the regular season.
Cagers receive honours
In the good news department, representatives of the Stingers mens
and womens teams took six all-star spots and both the top defensive
player awards when the QSSF announced its annual honours earlier this
On the womens side, Veilleux was a first team all-star and the conferences
best defensive player. Centre Kristina Steinfort and forward Jessica Manchester
were named to the second all-star team.
Three members of the mens team were also acknowledged. Kitieu, the
leading rebounder and shot blocker in the CIAU, was a first-team all-star.
Forward Wayne Alexander was a first team all-star and the conferences
outstanding defensive player. Guard Gavin Musgrave was named to the second