RMC carved up at Carr-Harris

Gaels gain degree of redemption with decisive win over cellar-dwelling Paladins

Queen’s avenged last week’s 2-1 overtime loss to their cross-town rivals, potting three early goals on special teams to open up last night’s rout.
Queen’s avenged last week’s 2-1 overtime loss to their cross-town rivals, potting three early goals on special teams to open up last night’s rout.
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Queen’s triumphed last night in a matchup of the world’s oldest hockey rivals.

The Gaels blew out the RMC Paladins 7-2 to capture the 27th annual Carr-Harris Cup — their sixth consecutive title.

Held in a rowdy K-Rock Centre for the second straight year, Queen’s clinched a playoff berth in the OUA East Division with the blowout victory.

Gaels fifth-year forward Brock Ouellet netted two goals and took home the hardware for team MVP.

“This was a nice way to end my Queen’s career,” Ouellet said. “I was fortunate enough to get the MVP, but there were a lot of guys who stepped up tonight.”

The game’s first period featured a parade to the penalty box, with both teams combining for 18 total penalty minutes.

Power-play goals from Joseph Luongo and Brock Ouellet and a short-handed tally from Jordan Soquila sealed the game early on for Queen’s.

Gaels captain Corey Bureau wired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Paladins netminder Paul Dorsey in the second period for a second short-handed goal.

“We boxed out really well [on the penalty kill] and kept it really simple,” Gaels goaltender Riley Whitlock said.

Whitlock gave a stellar performance in his final Carr-Harris Cup, stopping 16 of 18 shots.

Whitlock wasn’t tested often, but made a point blank save on a Paladins first-period power play.

“[Getting the shutout] would have been nice, but right now in my career all I care about is just trying to win and get some momentum before playoffs,” Whitlock said.

Atmosphere was electric even before the opening faceoff in the K-Rock Centre. Both school’s fans came out in droves, packing the arena with 3,122 spectators.

Queen’s and RMC’s bands were also in attendance and kept the crowd lively, playing favourites ranging from the Hockey Night in Canada theme song to “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

“It’s really too bad you don’t get half of this at our home games,” Gaels head coach Brett Gibson said. “These kids enjoy it.”

“It was a fun game to play in and the crowd was amazing tonight.”

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