Sophomore Goalkeeper Max Leblond was in fine form as he parried away five shots en route to the shutout and Man of the Match honours during a 0-0 draw as the McGill Redmen (3-4-4) played the UQAM Citadins (5-2-2). Although the Redmen played well defensively, they were unable to translate their offensive chances into goals despite the efforts of the RSEQ’s leading goalscorer Massimo Di Ioia.
On Sunday, in what was undoubtedly the Redmen’s most important game of the season, the squad was finally able to put the pieces together to trounce the UQTR Patriotes (3-6-2) with a final score of 4-0 in Trois-Rivieres on Sunday. Heading into the game, the Redmen were sitting in fifth place in the RSEQ with 10 points, just one point behind the last playoff spot, held by UQTR. McGill was unfazed by the importance of the game and netted goals from Redmen Alexander de Santis, Mohammed Kleit, Mawuena Mallet and Valentin Radevich. All four players are in their first season with McGill, and are a part of an enormous group of 16 rookies. However, as evidenced by McGill’s play during the second half of the season, the young squad has grown up following the rigours of RSEQ play and are ready to make a run at the post-season.
The Redmen currently have 13 points and are two points clear of UQTR, who are now fifth following Sunday’s outcome. If the Redmen either draw or win against Laval (5-1-4) on Sunday Oct. 27, they are almost certainly assured of reaching the playoffs as UQTR needs to beat the no. 4 ranked Montreal Carabins (6-2-2). In their previous matchup, McGill was able to sustain a lead until the 89th minute before settling for a draw. However, the team is on the rise, and looks primed and ready to fulfill its potential