A controversial overtime loss on Saturday overshadowed Friday’s hard fought Gaels’ victory last weekend.
The Gaels defeated the Brock Badgers 6-4 on Friday night, with six different skaters scoring. Forward Tyler Moore netted the game winner at 15:36 into the first period, the fifth goal of the period for his squad.
Saturday night saw the Gaels take a 2-0 first period lead over the Nipissing Lakers only to squander the rest of their chances, allowing the Lakers to claw back for a 3-2 victory in overtime.
“I thought we played fairly well [against Nipissing],” said assistant coach Andrew Haussler. “I think in order for us to make the next step, we’ve got to find a way to win these close games. Being there in a moral victory isn’t going to get us up the standings any faster.”
The Lakers scored the OT winner after forward Lucas McKinley appeared to snap a Gaels defender’s stick with his own, creating a turnover that led to the game-winner.
Haussler acknowledged the blown call, but made no excuses for his team’s inability to win in regulation.
“It’s a tough break, but we should have found a way to not give up a two-goal lead and not been in that situation to begin with,” he said.
The loss drops the Gaels’ to 3-2-2 on the season, sitting in seventh place in the OUA East.
Forward Kelly Jackson believes his team can climb back to a top-four spot in the division.
“The [scoring] chances are great and its good that [they are there], but shore up things in the defensive zone and it’ll all happen.”
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