The Gaels had a rough road trip last weekend, dropping a 4-3 decision in a shootout against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees before being demolished 4-1 in a heated affair on Saturday night in Montreal against the McGill Redmen.
In the game against Ottawa, Queen’s dominated the first two periods, going into the third with a 3-1 lead. They couldn’t hang on though, giving up two goals on 11 shots, the lead and ultimately the win. The Gaels’ David Chubb and Jon Lawrance capitalized on two of Queen’s seven power-play opportunities and the Gee-Gees went two for six. Clinton McCullough added the sole even-strength Tricolour goal.
Head coach Brett Gibson said the Gaels played a good game despite the result.
“I thought we played really well,” he said. “They got some momentum in the third with that early power play, but I thought we outplayed them the whole game.”
In Saturday’s game against McGill, the Gaels were outshot in every period, eventually giving up 41 shots and four goals evenly spread over 60 minutes to send them packing.
Queen’s managed to bring it close at the start of the second period as Matthew Hill scored the lone goal for the Gaels to bring it to 1-1, but the McGill scoring machine kept chugging as they notched a goal in the second and two in the third to ice the game.
Gibson said the team was at a disadvantage from the drop of the puck as four players were benched due to off-ice discipline issues.
“It was a short bench. I only dressed 15 players,” he said. “In the third the lack of players took its toll and they capitalized on our players being tired.” The rivalry aspect of the game certainly wasn’t lost on either team. The overworked referees doled out a total of 102 penalty minutes, and the game ended with four 10-minute misconduct penalties and two players, one from each team, thrown out of the game in the third period.
Last year’s corresponding home game was not a positive day out for the Gaels either, ending 6-2 in favour of the visitors.
Gibson said any game against McGill will be tough, given the quality of their program.
“It’s been a broken record against McGill the past few years,” he said. “The gap’s still there, they’ve got a great program.
Gibson said the passions stirred up by the matchup provide his players with all the boost they need to play their best, though.
“These games get the guys going,” he said. “There’s always scrums and fights. It’s two proud schools going against each other.”
The Gaels will face the University of Ottawa tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Centre. Tomorrow night, Queen’s will play host to the McGill Redmen for the annual Kill McGill matchup. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
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