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February 12, 2018 | Hockey (M)

High scoring stars Carl Neill (left) and Anthony Beauregard.High scoring stars Carl Neill (left) and Anthony Beauregard.

Stingers Beauregard, Neill win U SPORTS scoring races

Two members of the Concordia Stingers men’s hockey team wrapped up the regular season as the top scorers in the nation.

Second-year forward Anthony Beauregard won the overall scoring title in U SPORTS men’s hockey. He was the runaway winner with 19 goals and 41 assists for 60 points in 28 games. His closest competitor was Stephen Harper from the Acadia Axemen who collected 14 goals and 32 assists totalling 46 points in 30 games.

The 22-year-old native of St. Damase, Que. joined the Stingers in January of 2017. Previously, he played four seasons with the Val d’Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).Over the course of his junior career, Beauregard scored 223 points in 207 games for an average of 1.08 points. With the Stingers this season he averaged 2.14 points a game.

Very few Concordia players have reached the 60-point mark in regular season play. He joins an elite group of Stingers that includes: Doug Feasby, 71 points in 1979-80; Mark Mahon, 64 points in 1988-89, and Richard Laplante with 61 points, also in 1988-89.

The second Stinger to win a university scoring title is rookie Carl Neill of Lachute, Que. He is the top scoring defenceman in U SPORTS. He had five goals and 26 assists for 31 points in 28 games.

He also comes out of the QMJHL where he spent five seasons with the Sherbrooke Phoenix and the Charlottetown Islanders. In the junior ranks, he collected 201 points in 302 games for an average of 0.63 points a game. With the Stingers he averages 1.11 points a game.

“These are big accomplishments,” said Concordia head coach Marc-André Element. “I don’t know if there’s ever been a team that had the leading scorer in both these categories.”

Both Beauregard and Neill are currently enrolled in Concordia’s certificate of Arts and Science program.

The dynamic duo will lead the Stingers in the opening round of the playoffs this week. Concordia will play a best-of-three series versus the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Ridgebacks. Game 1 is in Oshawa on Wednesday night, while Game 2 is at Concordia’s Ed Meagher Arena on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Game 3, if necessary, will be on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., also at home.