This past weekend, the Queen’s Men’s Hockey team played a pair of home games at the Memorial Centre, with mixed results.
In the first game on Nov. 3, the Gaels lit up the scoreboard against the Nipissing Lakers with a final score of 8-1.
The first goal of the game was scored almost eight minutes in by forward Alex Robert, ArtSci ’24. The goal was assisted by forward Derek Hamilton, ArtSci ’27, and Cameron Tolnai, Comm ’27.
A little over a minute later, forward Nolan Hutcheson, ArtSci ’25, scored a power play goal, putting the Gaels up 2-0. Assists were awarded to defenseman Owen Lalonde, ArtSci ’25, and Robert.
Hamilton added to the Gaels’ lead with an unassisted goal to close out the first period at 3-0 for the Gaels.
Midway through the second period, the Gaels lead was further extended to 4-0 with a short-handed goal from Tolnai, assisted by defensive players Jacob Paquette, ArtSci ’24, and Jack Duff, ArtSci ’25.
Tolnai saw a second goal in the second period with assists from Hamilton and forward Daniel Michaud, ArtSci ’27.
The end of the second period saw the score at 6-0 for the Gaels after a late goal by Duff, assisted by Paquette and forward Dalton Duhart, ArtSci ’26.
Three minutes into the third period, Queen’s scored once again with a goal from forward Samuel Marbug, ArtSci ’27, assisted by defenseman Michael Renwick, ArtSci ’27, and Duff. This increased the lead to 7-0.
Nipissing scored their first and only goal of the game halfway through the third period.
After Nipissing’s lone goal, Queen’s saw their score increase one last time as Michaud scored. His goal was assisted by Hutcheson and forward Jonathan Yantsis, ArtSci ’24.
The final score was 8-1 for the Gaels.
The 20 total penalties awarded throughout the game were all minor penalties, with the exception of a 10-minute misconduct penalty against Paquette and a Nipissing player.
On Nov. 4, the Gaels couldn’t maintain their momentum and lost 4-3 in what was otherwise an even game against the McGill Redbirds.
With nothing but a few penalties on the scoresheet in the first period, the Gaels scored first early in the second period with a goal that just slid by McGill’s goaltender off Yantsis’ stick. McGill evened the score at 1-1 about five minutes later. Yantsis’ Queen’s goal was assisted by Duhart and Hutcheson.
After another goal from McGill and a second from Yantsis, the game was tied 2-2 going into the third period. Yantsis’ second goal was assisted by Hutcheson and defensive player Jakob Brahaney, ArtSci ’24.
Early in the third period, McGill scored again to put the score at 3-2, and then again to make it 4-2. With about a minute and a half left in the game, Gaels player Duhart scored with an assist from Lalonde and Hutcheson.
Despite pulling their goaltender, the Gaels couldn’t push the game into overtime, leaving the Gaels with a 4-3 loss.
Queen’s goaltender Christian Purboo, ArtSci ’25, made a total of 37 saves.
The Gaels are fourth in the OUA East division with a season record of 6-4, behind Concordia, uOttawa,and the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). They face off against the uOttawa Gee-Gees on Nov. 10.
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