Two men’s basketball players honoured
Despite missing out on the post-season, a pair of Gaels received provincial recognition.
Fifth-year guard Greg Faulkner was named an OUA First-Team All-Star and first-year swingman Tanner Graham was named to the All-Rookie Team.
Faulkner’s 19.6 points per game this year were fifth-best in the province, and he also averaged 6.5 rebounds. He was named an OUA East Second-Team All-Star the last two seasons.
Faulkner underwent shoulder surgery last year — prematurely ending his 2014 campaign — and played this season with residual effects. Despite this, he was a leader on the court for a young Queen’s team and led them offensively. He averaged 32.8 minutes per game, more than any other Gael.
Faulkner’s highest-scoring game came on Nov. 22, when he rained down 40 points on the Brock Badgers during a 98-89 overtime loss.
Graham, a Kingston native, played in all 19 regular season games this year, averaging 7.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He also led the team with 0.8 blocks per game.
Graham’s standout game came in a 91-81 loss to the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Feb. 14 where he scored 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and picked up two steals.
— Brent Moore
Griffin, Pilon All-Stars, while two teammates make All-Rookie Squad
A quartet of women’s hockey players were honoured by the OUA for their performances this season.
Captain Shawna Griffin and winger Taryn Pilon earned spots on the OUA’s Second All-Star team. In addition to Griffin’s polished defensive game, the fifth-year centre racked up the third-highest point total in the OUA this season with 26 points.
Pilon added 25 points and made the OUA All-Star Team for the first time in her career, having been named to the All-Rookie team in 2011-12.
In addition to Pilon and Griffin’s accomplishments, two Gaels made the All-Rookie Team: defenceman Amber Sealey and winger Addi Halladay.
Their selection marked the fifth time in six years that a Queen’s player was named to the All-Rookie squad. Halladay’s 23 points were tops among all first-years, while Sealey provided additional depth on an already impressive Gaels’ blueline.
While Griffin is graduating, Pilon, Halladay and Sealey will all be returning to a Queen’s team that was knocked out of the playoffs by the Laurier Golden Hawks in the OUA quarterfinals earlier this month.
— Sean Sutherland
Men’s hockey racks up end-of-season awards
Two talented Ontario Hockey League (OHL) graduates won a slew of awards as Gaels rookies this season.
Defenceman Spencer Abraham joined Queen’s this year after four seasons split between the OHL’s Brampton Battalion and Erie Otters. He posted 28 points in 25 games with the Gaels, the highest total among all OUA defencemen.
His success this year allowed him to pick up several accolades, as he was named both OUA East Rookie of the Year and OUA East Defenceman of the Year. Abraham also grabbed spots on the division’s First All-Star and All-Rookie Teams.
Abraham’s Rookie of the Year nod marked the second straight season a Gael claimed the award, as goaltender Kevin Bailie won it last season.
Forward Darcy Greenaway joined Abraham on the All-Rookie Team and also earned a spot on the OUA East Second All-Star Team. The former Kingston Frontenac posted a team-high 16 goals this season and added 10 assists.
For the second season in a row, the Gaels were bounced from the post-season in the second round, losing to the McGill Redmen in two games this year.
— Sean Sutherland
Wrestler falls just shy of CIS podium
The only Queen’s wrestler to earn a spot at the CIS championships ended up just short of a medal.
Peter Shannon finished fourth in the men’s 61 kg division at the national tournament in Edmonton last weekend.
Shannon lost to McMaster’s Jason Buckle in his opening match of the championships, before defeating Saskatchewan’s Nathan Galan to earn a spot in the bronze medal match. He lost that match and the bronze medal to Brock’s Zack Falconi.
Buckle and Falconi were the only two wrestlers to finish ahead of Shannon at the OUAs in February.
The 61 kg weight class was won by the University of Alberta’s Michael Asselstine, the two-time CIS wrestler of the year.
In February, the OUAs were held at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Queen’s men’s team placed eighth and the women placed 10th.
Shannon was the only Gael to achieve a podium finish at the provincial level.
— Brent Moore
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