Offence heats up

Gaels score nine against Concordia

The men’s hockey team celebrates a goal during Friday’s win over the Concordia Stingers.
The men’s hockey team celebrates a goal during Friday’s win over the Concordia Stingers.
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Rookie forward Corey Bureau scored a goal and an assist against the Concordia Stingers on Friday.
Rookie forward Corey Bureau scored a goal and an assist against the Concordia Stingers on Friday.
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The men’s hockey team got some revenge on Friday night.

They hadn’t seen the Concordia Stingers since a 6-1 loss on Nov. 5 in Montreal, but used seven different scorers in a 9-2 redemption at the Memorial Centre.

Queen’s forward Kelly Jackson admitted the Gaels were trying to reach double digits at the end of the third period.

“We definitely weren’t giving up, they embarrassed us 6-1 last time,” said Jackson, who scored twice and earned an assist for the Gaels.

Jackson’s first goal was re-directed three times before reaching the Stingers’ net.

“The goalie clearly got tricked by a couple bounces,” Jackson said. “But they all count.”

The victory puts the ninth-place Gaels within two points of the Ryerson Rams for the final playoff spot in the OUA East. Only six points separate the Gaels from the third-place Ottawa Gee-Gees with 10 regular-season games remaining.

“That’s our goal for the second half of the season — to catch the teams in front of us,” Gibson said.

So far, the Gaels have earned three wins in their first four games of 2012. Friday’s game was the first time that each of the four forward lines contributed at least one goal. Rookie forward Keenan Murray scored his first two goals of the season in the first period.

“[Murray] has come in here and earned his spot,” Gibson said. “He’s played great for us, from day one.” Having played two fewer games than the other teams in the East division, the Gaels have three games this week — starting with tomorrow’s tilt with the last-place RMC Paladins at Constantine Arena.

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