Theyre not out of the woods yet, but the Concordia Stingers mens
hockey team made a pair of giant steps towards a playoff spot in the OUA
Far East division last weekend. Wins over the Ottawa Gee-Gees (5-2) and
the McGill Redmen (3-1) moved the Stingers to within six points of third-place
Ottawa and just seven points behind the second-place Redmen. Both the
Gee-Gees and Redmen beat first-place Trois-Rivières on the weekend
to tighten up the race considerably.
I knew if we kept working hard in practice that things would eventually
come together, said Stinger coach Kevin Figsby.
The Stingers have eight games remaining to try and climb past one of the
other teams in the league. Three of the four squads make the playoffs.
Last Sundays big win at McGills McConnell Arena also gave
the Stingers the 15th Corey Cup, played annually between the two Montreal-based
universities. Stinger goaltender Philippe Ozga was the star of the day,
turning aside 42 of the 43 shots McGill fired his way. The Stingers mustered
only 22 shots, but three of them went in with Luc Messier, Edin Burazerovic
and Chris Page doing the scoring.
The Stingers lost the shutout when McGills Bruno Lemire scored with
just 18 seconds left in the third period.
I must admit Im surprised the Stingers pulled it off,
said Stinger fan Luc Latendresse. The goalie was the difference.
Concordia gained revenge for an 8-5 loss to McGill the week before at
the Ed Meagher Arena.
Coach Figsby is in his second year behind the Stingers bench. The noted
motivator has more than 15 years of coaching experience at the provincial,
national and international levels. He is probably best known for coaching
the Lac St. Louis Midget AAA Lions from 1993-98.
In 1995, Figsby was head coach of the Quebec entry at the world under-17
championship, winning a bronze medal. Other coaching experience includes:
working as a guest coach at evaluation camps for the Canadian national
team, in 1995 and 97, running up a 26-2 record while at the helm
of the summer hockey program for Lac St. Louis Midget AAA Selects and
six years with the John Abbott College program.
Figsby was also a respected player. He played his minor hockey with the
Ville Emard Hurricanes. He went on to play with the LaSalle Cyclones in
the junior B ranks, the John Abbott Islanders and the Bishops Gaiters.