Sports & PPT1 High Scorers for the Wing

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McGill edge RMC 3-2 Before Large Crowd.

Article by: Earl Zukerman, Communications Officer – Athletics & Recreation – McGill University

MONTREAL – Ryan McKiernan, a defenceman from White Plains, N.Y., scored the game-winner on a power-play at 13:49 of the second period as No.2-ranked McGill eked out a 3-2 victory over the Royal Military College Paladins, Friday, before 3,780 in men’s hockey at the Verdun Auditorium in a rare morning game.

The event was part of a successful “Score with School” promotion by Rooths Sports Events that drew 68 busloads of students from 15 elementary and high schools from the Lester B. Pearson and English Montreal school boards. It marked the second-largest crowd to see a university hockey game in Montreal since the national championship tourney in 1968 and the biggest since Oct. 21, 2007 when 5,406 watched McGill defeat Concordia for the Ronald Corey Cup at the Bell Centre.

McGill jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Andrew Wright, a senior from Toronto, and Montrealer Nicolas Biniek, a sophomore, scored at 6:55 and 12:37, respectively.

RMC’s Landon Lavictoire of Kirkland Lake, Ont., replied 56 seconds later to put the Paladins back in the game. After McKiernan made it 3-1 for the Redmen, the pesky Paladins narrowed the gap to 3-2 in the final period when Colin Cook of Halifax scored at 11:02.

It turned dicey for the Redmen in the dying moments when a minor scuffle resulted in an RMC powerplay with 74 seconds remaining. Paladins head coach Adam Shell, who played for McGill from 1999 to 2003, pulled netminder Matt Beirnes for an extra attacker.

McGill appeared to put the game out of reach with 35 seconds remaining when Maxime Langelier-Parent’s clearing pass deflected off a linesman along the boards and redirected down the ice into the vacated net. But referee Mathieu Bergeron disallowed what would’ve been a shorthanded marker, citing a rule (78.5.3) that nullifies a goal “when the puck has deflected directly into the net off an official.”

Other than the final score, McGill thoroughly dominated the game, holding a 43-20 advantage in shots against an under-manned RMC squad that dressed four players shy of a full 20-man lineup.

“RMC played a great strategic game against us, so full credit to Shell and his staff for getting the most out of a short bench,” said Redmen head coach Kelly Nobes. “They were opportunistic on their scoring chances, then sat back and defended very well using a 1-3-1 and 1-1-3 forecheck.”

Beirnes made 40 saves in a losing cause for the Paladins, while McGill goalkeeper Hubert Morin of St. George de Beauce, Que., stopped 18 pucks, improving his record to 7-2.

“Playing at 10:30 in the mornng was a bit of an adjustment for us,” admitted McGill team captain Evan Vossen of Swift Current, Sask., who set his alarm for 5:45 a.m. in order to make the team’s pre-game meal at 6:30 a.m. “But it was really loud and there was a lot of energy in the building which was good. It was great for us to promote the benefits of playing a sport at a high level while staying in school. I wish that I had had an opportunity to get a day off school to watch hockey when I was a kid. Everyone on the team was pretty pleased with how well run the event was.”

It was the final contest of the semester for the division-leading Redmen, who enter the exam break with a stellar 13-1-2 record. They are off until Dec. 29-30, when they host the Waterloo Warriors (10-4-2) in a pair of non-conference games. RMC, which fell to 2-12-1, resumes play on Jan. 3 when they play at Queen’s in the world’s oldest ongoing hockey rivalry, which began in 1886. The McGill-RMC series began in 1892 and is the second-oldest rivalry and the Redmen now own a 51-8-4 record against the Paladins, including 10 consecutive wins since their last setback, a 2-1 decision in Kingston on Jan. 26, 2008. McGill will play RMC one more time, on Jan. 13, in the Limestone City. Video

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PPT1 High Scorers for the Wing – 500 could be in the near future!

The Physical Performance Test (Fall) took place the first week of November. RMCC has two outstanding OCdts that deserve some recognition. The top score in the wing for the males was 6 Sqn 25154 (IV) Monette – Saillant achieving a 470 and the top female was 2 Sqn 26486 (I) Coe achieving a 466.

(IV) OCdt Monette-Saillant scores:

20 MSR – 132 laps = 89%

Push ups – 68 = 88%

Agility Run – 15.5 = 93%

Sit ups – 101 = 100%

Standing long jump – 278 = 100%

Total score = 470

Est-ce que vous vous entraîner spécifiquement pour le TAP? Si oui, quel type d’entraînement faites-vous pour vous préparer pour le TAP?

Oui je m’entraine pour le PPT. Ces types d’entrainement me font sentir bien dans mon corps et performant dans n’importe quel autre sport. J’investis environs 1h30 par soir dans mes entrainements, parfois même 2 heures et ce 5 à 6 fois par semaine. Pour me préparer pour les PPTs, je suis des entrainements rigoureux développés par le PSP Stéphane Robert. Il me supporte beaucoup dans mes entraînements en me donnant des conseils nutritionnels, des étirements et en ajustant les entrainements selon mes besoins. Bref il m’offre le matériel pour réussir; je n’ai qu’à avoir la discipline personnelle et la persévérance pour suivre à la lettre ses entrainements.

Cette année le TAP a été modifié à deux TAPs par année au lieu de trois comme les années passes. En plus, ils ont été cédulé en Novembre et Mars afin de donner l’opportunité aux élof de mieux s’entraîner pour acquérir de bons résultats. Comme élève 4e année, que pensez-vous de cette décision? Est-ce que ça vous a permis de mieux vous préparer pour le test suite à votre été dans le terrain?

Je crois personnellement que cette décision est bien pour les Élofs. Nous n’arrivions pas prêt après un entrainement d’été ou après Noël pour performer adéquatement au test. Par contre, le dernier test qui était plus loin en fin d’année, nous permettait d’avoir un score plus haut. Sous la nouvelle configuration, il est plus facile d’arriver préparer pour les deux. Par contre, le seul inconvénient, selon moi, serait que le dernier test est plus tôt à l’horaire que selon la dernière configuration. Nous ne pouvons donc pas performer au maximum de nos capacités. Pour optimiser le tout et remédier à cette situation, je garderais le test en novembre et placerais le dernier test le plus tard possible pour permettre aux personnes qui veulent se surpasser d’avoir un score encore plus haut.

En 2e année vous avez eu un score de 491. Même si vous êtes exemptés du TAP2 en printemps, est-ce que vous allez essayer d’acquérir un score de 500 avant votre graduation?

En effet, je vise un score de 500 au prochain test. Je m’entraine très fort pour y arriver due au fait que les standards se sont raffermis. Plus précisément, l’évaluation des pushups est plus rigoureuses et l’utilisation de chaises noires plus larges augmente d’en moyenne 0.5sec le temps sur la course d’agilité(selon ma petite base de données personnelles haha). En fait, je ne m’entraine pas pour avoir 500 au prochain, je m’entraine pour avoir théoriquement 550. Il ne me reste plus qu’un test pour réussir…je dois surpassé de beaucoup toutes les épreuves pour être sûr de ne pas manquer le bateau.

(I) OCdt Coe scores :

20 MSR – 114 laps – 100%

Push ups – 29 = 76%

Agility run – 16.3 = 98%

Sit ups – 97 = 97%

Standing long jump – 222 = 95%

Total Score = 466

You scored the highest score amongst females with 466 and the third highest overall score in the cadet wing. Beat only by two IV year males. How does this achievement make you feel?

I am really proud of my score of 466. I didn’t realize that I had scored that well. It surprised me when I was congratulated by my fellow officer cadets on my score for days following the PPT test.

How did you prepare for the PPT? is it what you expected?

In the week leading up to the PPT test I was mentally preparing myself to achieve a score of 400. This was a goal I had set for myself. I took part in a PPT test in Saint Jean Quebec during basic orientation, so I had an idea what may be involved in the testing.

As a first year scoring 466, is scoring 500 a goal you seek to achieve before you graduate?

Yes, 500 is a goal I would like to reach before graduation. I will try to advance my score each time I take the test, focusing on areas of improvement such as push-ups.