Shut out on road

Forward suffers injury before Friday’s loss to Patriotes

David Chubb is the newest addition to the men’s hockey team’s injured list.

The fourth-year forward suffered an upper body injury in Thursday’s 4-1 win over the Royal Military College Paladins and is out indefinitely. He missed Friday’s 3-0 road loss to the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes.

Chubb joins forwards Payton Liske, Brock Ouellet, Joey Derochie and defenceman Rob Stellick on the list of injured players with no timetable to return.

“It’s comical,” head coach Brett Gibson said. “But really, it’s just frustrating seeing this kind of thing happen.”

Gibson compared the current situation to late November, when the team experienced a similar breakout of injuries. But he said there’s too much at stake right now to dwell on missing players. There are only two games remaining in the regular season.

“I have to go with the mentality that there’s no time to worry about these injuries,” Gibson said. “We’ve got no choice.”

The surge of injuries in late November led to the Gaels’ 10-1 loss to the Patriotes in Kingston on Nov. 26. The Gaels fared better in Trois-Rivières on Friday, but still lost 3-0.

“We stuck with them right until the end, played a full game, but it wasn’t enough,” Gibson said.

The Gaels only trailed by two goals until the Patriotes scored an empty-net goal in the final minutes.

The recent injuries have forced the Gaels to attempt new line combinations and certain players have assumed bigger roles. Rookie forward Keenan Murray took Chubb’s place on a line with team forward Scott Kenway and captain Jon Lawrance.

If the Gaels remain in seventh place, they’ll face the second-place Patriotes in a best-of-three playoff series.

“Any team can beat another at any given time in this league,” Gibson said.

Last weekend, the eighth-place Concordia Stingers beat the first-place McGill Redmen 4-2 and the Patriotes 4-3. But the Gaels haven’t beaten either of the top two teams this season.

“The difference with these top teams is that they’ve got depth all the way through.” Gibson said. “They’re staying healthy and rolling with four [forward] lines.

“Right now we’re mostly playing with three.”

The Gaels visit the ninth-place Ryerson Rams on Thursday. The Rams only trail the Gaels by three points.

“It’s a must-win,” he said. “We’re in a deadlock with a few other teams and Thursday’s a great opportunity to move ahead.”

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