RSEQ update: Into the playoffs

With nationals berths on the line, league MVP Mélodie Daoust looks to guide McGill over Ottawa and Coach of the Year Julie Chu aims to upset Montreal.

Last week closed the regular season of RSEQ hockey and solidified the standings heading into the postseason. McGill (16-4-0), ranked No.4 nationally, will face Ottawa (9-10-0-1), while eighth-ranked Montreal (11-8-1) will take on Concordia (10-9-1). Two teams from each of the four conferences advance to the U Sports championship tournament. In RSEQ, this means that winner of each semi-final series will earn a berth to nationals before moving on to play for the conference crown.

The match-ups are the same as last year, though the rankings that led to them have changed. This may be tough luck for the first-place Martlets, who found fourth-seed Ottawa to be their biggest challenge throughout the campaign. McGill came away with a 3-2 edge in the season series, but fared better with a 5-0 record against Montreal and 4-1 over Concordia. Montreal has the clear edge over the Stingers with a 4-1 record in the regular season, though the Carabins have shown some inconsistency this year.

Semi-Final Schedule

McGill (1) v. Ottawa (4)
Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at McGill (LIVE STREAM)
Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at Ottawa (LIVE STREAM)
*Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at McGill (LIVE STREAM)

Montreal (2) v. Concordia (3)
Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Montreal (LIVE STREAM)
Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. at Concordia (LIVE STREAM)
*Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at Montreal (LIVE STREAM)

*if necessary

The best-of-three final series will be held between the two winners on March 2, 4, and 5 (if needed).


Prior to the playoffs the conference also released its list of award winners and all-stars. Concordia boasts seven different honourees, while five McGill players combined for eight total awards.

Major Awards
Athlete of the Year: Mélodie Daoust - McGill
Rookie of the Year: Tricia Deguire - McGill
Leadership & Community Engagement Award: Vickie Lemire - Ottawa
Coach of the Year: Julie Chu - Concordia

First All-Star Team
Goalkeeper: Tricia Deguire - McGill
Defence: Caroll-Ann Gagné - Concordia
Defence: Bryanna Newald - Ottawa
Forward: Mélodie Daoust - McGill
Forward: Mélodie Bouchard - Montreal
Forward: Jessica Cormier - Montreal

Second All-Star Team
Goalkeeper: Katelyn Steele - Carleton
Defence: Maude Laramée - Montréal
Defence: Marie-Joëlle Allard - Concordia
Forward: Olivia Atkinson - McGill
Forward: Claudia Dubois - Concordia
Forward: Marie-Philip Lavoie - McGill

All-Rookie Team
Goalkeeper: Tricia Deguire - McGill
Defence: Alexandra Nikolidakis - Concordia
Defence: Brigitte Laganière - Concordia
Forward: Delaney Ross - Carleton
Forward: Jade Downie-Landry - McGill
Forward: Audrey Belzile - Concordia