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Men’s hockey downed in debut

Despite a late comeback from two goals down, Queen’s men’s hockey team couldn’t earn a victory on opening night against one of the top teams in the country.

The Gaels started their season with a 3-2 overtime loss to the nationally fifth-ranked Waterloo Warriors last Saturday.

Queen’s fell behind 2-0 as Waterloo’s Justin Larson scored two goals early in the third period, before storming back with goals from second-year defenseman Joseph Luongo and fourth-year forward Kelly Jackson to tie it up.

However, Waterloo’s Chris Chapell potted the winner for the Warriors 2:32 into the overtime period.

The game’s first two periods were relatively uneventful from an offensive standpoint, as both teams were unable to score.

Rookie Kevin Bailie was in net for the Gaels, making 24 saves in the loss — his first regular season start at Queen’s.

Bailie joined the Gaels after a five-year Ontario Hockey League career, in which he played for the Oshawa Generals and the London Knights.

Meanwhile, Mike Morrison made 36 saves for the Warriors as they improved to 2-0 on the season.

The Gaels play a weekend home series tonight and tomorrow against York and Brock, respectively. 7:30 p.m. is the start time for both games.

Adam Laskaris

Women’s hockey notches three wins

Shawna Griffin’s last-second goal helped keep women’s hockey on a three-game winning streak.

The fourth-year centre’s tally with two seconds left gave the Gaels a 2-1 victory over the visiting Laurentian Voyageurs last Saturday, one day after Queen’s blanked the Nipissing Lakers 1-0.

Goaltender Mel Dodd-Moher stood tall against Nipissing, stopping all 18 shots she faced for the shutout. Rookie Clare McKellar’s first career goal provided all the scoring the Gaels needed to win the game.

In their second game, Queen’s trailed 1-0 after two periods, until Taryn Pilon’s second goal of the season tied the game. Captain Morgan McHaffie added an assist on the goal, setting up Griffin’s late-game heroics.

Netminder Caitlyn Lahonen made 16 saves to earn the win against Laurentian.

Lahonen stood tall again last night, stopping 27 of 28 shots as the Gaels demolished the Brock Badgers 6-1. 10 players contributed points, including five who had multi-point games.

After four games, Queen’s record sits at 3-0-1. The Gaels’ next game comes against the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday in Napanee at the Strathcona Paper Centre.

The last time the two teams met was in last year’s playoffs, when Queen’s knocked Guelph out in the semi-finals.

Sean Sutherland

Women’s soccer primes for post-season

Women’s soccer had a relatively successful week, though they remain in fourth place in the OUA East Division.

Last Wednesday, the Gaels (7-2-5) drew 2-2 with the Carleton Ravens (8-2-4) in Ottawa. The first half ended 1-0 for Carleton, with Ravens forward Adrianna Ruggiero scoring the lone goal.

In the second half, midfielder Riley Filion scored her sixth goal this season, tying the game in the 60th minute.

In the 86th minute, Gaels striker Tara Bartram scored, but Ravens forward Andrea Way tied the game just two minutes later

On Saturday, the Gaels drew 1-1 with the Toronto Varsity Blues (9-2-3). Toronto striker LaShaunna Harper scored the game’s first goal in the second minute.

Gaels defender Melissa Jung netted an equalizer in the 38th minute. Goalkeeper Madison Tyrell kept the score to a draw with eight saves.

Queen’s defeated the Ryerson Rams (3-9-2) the following day by a score of 2-1. Rams midfielder Karena Evans scored early, in the ninth minute, but the Gaels responded forcefully.

Midfielder Alexis McKinty scored her first goal of the season in the 31st minute. Midfielder Rachel Radu then added her sixth of the season in the 55th minute, clinching the win for the Gaels.

The Gaels finish the regular season with two home games this weekend, tomorrow against the Laurentian Voyageurs (5-3-6) and on Sunday against the Nipissing Lakers (3-7-4). Both games start at noon on West Campus.

Chloe Sobel

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