Men's hockey opens playoffs with road win

Gaels lead Ravens 1-0 in best-of-three series

The men’s hockey team picked up a crucial first win Wednesday night in Ottawa, beating the fourth-place Carleton Ravens 4-3 in double overtime.

The game was a goaltender’s battle for the first two periods, with the only goal going to Gaels’ forward Scott Kenway in the second period. The Gaels were held to 13 shots and the Ravens took 21.

The offence exploded in the third period for both teams, though. Forward Brock Ouellet put the Gaels up two goals and, after a goal from Carleton defenceman Chad Loikets, Gaels blueliner Stephane Chabot put Queen’s up 3-1.

With a comfortable lead, the Gaels allowed Carleton forward Justin Caruana to score with a little under two minutes left on the clock.

The Ravens tied the game when forward Ryan Berard scored with 50 seconds left.
The Gaels took over in overtime, outshooting their counterparts 6-3 in the first extra frame and 4-2 in the second.

Nearly six minutes into the second overtime, rookie forward Payton Liske notched the Gaels’ winner.
Goaltender Steele De Fazio stopped 40 of 43 Carleton shots for the win.

The Gaels host the Ravens at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Centre on Friday night for Game Two of the best-of-three series.

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