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  • 2016 Canadian Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s Fleet Racing Nationals

  • Western falls to RMC in overtime

  • Gryphons Hold Off Late Charge From RMC, Win 4-3

  • OUA varsity results

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2016 Canadian Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s Fleet Racing Nationals

Article by NCdt Antworth (26885) – RMC Sailing Team Captain

This past weekend, from the 29th to the 30th of October, the RMC Sailing Team and RMC Yacht Club welcomed 11 universities from across Canada to the college for the 2016 Canadian Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s Fleet Racing Nationals. Schools from the east to the west of Canada gathered in Kingston to compete in 24 races conducted over 2 days for the top spot in Canadian collegiate-level sailing.

The Royal Military College of Canada was selected for the venue of this year’s fleet nationals because of the challenging sailing conditions often found in Kingston, a past history of successfully hosting national level sailing events, and the dedication of the RMC sailing team to the sport (who just two years ago won the CICSA volunteer of the year award).

The RMC Sailing Team not only hosted the event but also competed in it as well. Collegiate style racing is conducted in a 2-division rotational event in Club 420 class sailboats; this means that each school enters 2 boats with each boat crewed by 2 sailors. The RMC team submitted NCdt Lowrey (27822) with NCdt Ryan-Llyod (27693) and NCdt Webb (26974) with OCdt Muir (27380).

The first day of racing consisted of 20kt winds on average from the south with significant wave action and proved to be challenging for some competitors who had not sailed in these kinds of conditions before. A few competitors even choosing to retire from a race or two in order to recuperate.

The second day had lighter winds of about 5-10kts from the north which would have been easier if not for the significant temperature drop, presenting a whole new set of challenges to the sailors. Luckily, the warm boathouse and BBQ provided by the RMC yacht club at lunch time helped keep spirits high. At the end of the day when the results were tallied it was revealed that McGill finished in 1st place and RMC finished 6th out of 12. This concluded what was one of the most successful RMC sailing seasons in recent history.

This event would not have been possible without the efforts of the sailing team volunteers, the team head coach Capt Scott Fraser, the Race Officer OCdt Thomson (27443), the support of other local yacht clubs, and Steve Flaherty for providing a race committee boat for the weekend. RMC received thanks from many of the competitors for hosting the event and the RMC sailing team looks forward to inviting CICSA back to the college next season.



Western falls to RMC in overtime


LONDON, Ont. – A goal from Mathieu Lavallee at 1:24 of overtime led the RMC Paladins to a 2-1 win over the Western Mustangs on Friday night at Thompson Arena.

Despite controlling play for most of the game and outshooting RMC 45-25, Western had trouble beating RMC goalie Austin Hannaford, who stood on his head, allowing Lavallee to win the game in the extra frame.

“We had our chances just couldn’t convert. Their goalie had a great game, we knew he was gonna have a great game. I thought we did lots of great things – just couldn’t score,” said Mustangs head coach Clarke Singer.

A dominant first period did not yield anything on the scoreboard for Western, despite outshooting RMC 17-9.

The Mustangs brought the pressure again in the second period, peppering shot after shot on the Paladins, but Hannaford stood tall.

Finally, seven minutes into the period, the Mustangs were able to break through. Off a feed to the point from Connor Chartier, defenceman Jed Rusk wristed a shot through some traffic to solve Hannaford and give Western a 1-0 lead.

After Western failed to capitalize for the remainder of the period, RMC took advantage as Dylan Giberson scored the equalizer just two minutes into the third period off a faceoff win to the left of goalie Luke Peresinni.

The Mustangs managed a few good chances for the remainder of the period, including a Trent Ouellette breakaway, but Hannaford stood strong and almost singlehandedly forced the game into overtime

Western began overtime on the powerplay, but, once again, could not score. Then, the penalized Lavallee jumped out of the box and had the puck land on his stick on a 2-on-1. Lavallee kept it, shot it, and fired it past the goalie to give the Paladins the upset win.


Gryphons Hold Off Late Charge From RMC, Win 4-3


GUELPH, ON – There was a time when you could circle RMC on your calendar as a favourable matchup in which two points was a likely outcome. Those days are gone. One night after beating the Western Mustangs in London, the Royal Military College of Canada Paladins rolled into the Gryphon Centre and gave the Gryphons all they could handle. Despite a late charge from RMC, who have already upset Carleton, Toronto and Western this season, the Gryphons were able to hold on for a 4-3 victory. With the win, the Gryphons improve to 5-5-0 on the season while RMC falls to 3-7-0.

The Gryphons, who like RMC were playing for the second time in as many nights, got off to a tremendous start Saturday evening, jumping out to a 3-0 1st period lead. Midway through the 1st, it was Assistant Captain Seth Swenson opening the scoring after a nice give-and-go with Rob Lepine. Swenson was able to fire home his 4th goal of the season to give Guelph a 1-0 lead.

The Gryphons would extend their lead to 2-0 after some nice passing between the Stevens brothers, with Marc setting up Michael for his third of the campaign. With just over three minutes remaining in the 1st period, Tryg Strand would bury his 2nd of the season to cap off a dominant opening 20 minutes of play in which the Gryphons outshot RMC 21-1.

Thanks to some big saves from Gryphons goalie Scott Stajcer, the second period was scoreless. RMC was able to creat several good scoring chances in the 2nd and were even awarded a penalty shot midway through the period, but were unable to convert.

One minute into the 3rd period, RMC would get on the board as a bouncing puck took a deflection in front and found its way past Stajcer. Just over two minutes later, RMC would strike again with a power play goal from Mathieu Lavallee. Just like that, it was a 3-2 game with almost the entire 3rd period still to go. At the midway point of the 3rd, the Gryphons were able to breathe a bit easier after an insurance goal from rookie Nick Boyer pushed the lead back to two. A perfect pass from Andres Kopstals sent Boyer in all alone, and he would beat RMC goalie Matthew Murphy with a quick release, blocker side for his second goal of the season. The Gryphons weren’t breathing easier for long.

Just over a minute after Boyer had scored, RMC would respond once again, scoring on a 2-on-1 to make it a 4-3 game. The Paladins looked poised to tie the game at 4-4, but some key stops from Scott Stajcer during a Gryphon penalty kill helped preserve the one-goal lead. Stajcer made 25 saves on the night, 13 of which came in the final period, to help the Gryphons hang on to win it 4-3.


Varsity scores from last week


4 Nov RMC 2 Western 1 (O.T)

5 Nov RMC 3  Guelph 4

Volleyball (M)

4 Nov Toronto 3  RMC 2

5 Nov Ryerson 3  RMC 0

Volleyball (W)

4 Nov Toronto 3 – RMC 0

5 Nov Ryerson 3 RMC 0

Full OUA details – Here