The Concordia Stingers women’s hockey team hopes to cash in on some late season momentum when it opens a best-of-three RSEQ semifinal series versus the Montréal Carabins on the road tonight at 7 p.m.
It will be the third straight year that these two teams meet in the opening round of Quebec conference playoffs. Montréal won both previous series in two straight games.
But this year the Stingers have enjoyed a strong second half, posting a 7-3 win-loss record. The record includes a 4-3 overtime victory over the Carabins on Jan. 13. During the same period Montreal won five of 10 games.
Concordia finished in third place in the RSEQ with a 10-9-1 record and 21 points. Montreal wrapped up the regular season in second place with an 11-8-1 record and 23 points.
Concordia has advanced to the conference playoffs 12 times in the last 15 years. However, the Stingers have had trouble picking up wins. The last time Concordia won a playoff game was on Feb. 24, 2006 when it took a 5-2 victory in a semifinal game from the Ottawa Gee-Gees. The Stingers lost the series two games to one.
The last time Concordia won a playoff series was in 2005. The Stingers took two of three games from the McGill Martlets in the conference final to earn a berth at the national championship.
Here’s the rundown on the Concordia-Montreal games.
- Thursday – 7 p.m. – Concordia @ Montréal (Away – CEPSUM arena)
- Saturday - 1:30 p.m. – Montréal vs. Concordia (Home)
- Sunday – 2 p.m. – Concordia @ Montréal (Away – CEPSUM arena)
Home Arena: Concordia’s Ed Meagher Arena, 7200 Sherbrooke St. W.
Cost: Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors
Concessions: Beer, hotdogs, chips and more
Home Webcast: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/cumo/
Road Webcast: https://www.youtube.com/user/CarabinsUdeM