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Men's hockey, synchro and rugby

Men’s hockey decimated in Game 1

The men’s hockey team was slaughtered last night in game one of their best-of-three first-round series with the Carleton Ravens.

Head coach Brett Gibson’s squad will go back to the drawing board after a 10-2 loss to the second-seed Ravens, who out-shot the Gaels 37-19.

Fourteen different Carleton skaters notched at least one point, handing Queen’s their biggest loss of the 2012-13 campaign.

The Ravens dominated thoroughly, opening the scoring just 12 seconds into the game and leading by two after 1:30.

Forward Jeff Hayes tallied points on four of Carleton’s first five goals, spurring the Ravens to a 5-0 lead midway through the second period.

Queen’s forward Joey Derochie got the Gaels on the board at 10:22 of the second — just seven seconds after Carleton’s fifth marker.

The Ravens promptly scored 11 seconds later, chasing Gaels netminder Riley Whitlock from the game.

Whitlock allowed six goals on 18 shots before being replaced by backup David Aime.

Forward Jordan Soquila added a late goal for the Gaels, but Carleton scored on two third-period power plays to seal the rout.

Ravens goaltender Ryan Dube made 17 saves to earn the victory, while Derochie led the Gaels with a goal and an assist.

Game two will happen tomorrow night in Kingston at the Cataraqui Community Centre. The Gaels can force a third and final contest with a victory, which would be played Sunday night at Carleton.

Nick Faris

Synchro nearly claims national medal

Queen’s Yellow synchro team finished just off the podium at nationals last weekend.

The Yellow team placed fourth in the team event at the Canadian University Synchro Swim League (CUSSL) National Championships, held in London.

The result was an improvement from their fifth-place finish at the CUSSL Eastern Canadian Divisional, which Queen’s hosted at the ARC pool last month.

McGill took home the overall team title at nationals, duplicating their championship performance at the Eastern Canadian Divisional. Calgary and UPEI claimed second and third place, respectively.

Queen’s Blue team placed ninth in the team event, while Queen’s Red team rounded out the Gaels’ overall results with a thirteenth-place finish.

Eight Queen’s swimmers received the All-Canadian Award following the national meet, while team captain Alex Cross was nominated for the Anne Smeeton Award, awarded annually for significant contributions to the CUSSL.

Nick Faris

Rugby Canada returns to Richardson

Richardson Stadium will play host to another international rugby fixture this summer.

Canada and Tonga will face off in Kingston on June 8 in round-robin play of the 2013 Pacific Nations Cup. The game at Richardson will be Canada’s third on home turf for the PNC, in addition to contests in Edmonton and Ottawa.

This year’s PNC features five countries — including the United States, Fiji and Japan — with all teams facing off once between May 25 and June 23.

The game against Tonga will be played nearly one year to the day after Canada topped the US 28-25 in a test match at Richardson.

Gaels fly-half Liam Underwood is currently a member of Canada’s senior men’s roster — a spot he held last June during Canada’s most recent trip to Kingston.

Underwood previously suited up for Canada at the U-20 level in 2010 and 2011. Last November, he scored 14 points in Queen’s 29-18 victory over the Western Mustangs in the OUA championship game, earning Man of the Match honours.

Nick Faris

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