Dramatic thirds

Final frame leads to agony, joy for Gaels

Men’s hockey’s three losses this season have come by a combined five goals.
Men’s hockey’s three losses this season have come by a combined five goals.

Men’s hockey found themselves on both sides of comeback wins this weekend.

The Gaels led 3-1 against the UQTR Patriotes on Friday before giving up four goals in the third period to fall 5-3 on the road. A power play goal by UQTR forward Billy Lacasse with 62 seconds left capped off the late collapse.

Queen’s fared better on Saturday, rallying from an early 2-0 deficit to beat the Concordia Stingers 4-2.

Penalties were an issue in the Gaels’ (4-3-0) loss to UQTR (7-1-0), as they were shorthanded nine separate times in the contest. In addition to the winning goal, the Patriotes added a power play tally in the second period.

Gaels head coach Brett Gibson said the lack of discipline was uncharacteristic of his team, and isn’t a cause for long-term concern.

“Coming in, we’re one of the least penalized teams in the league,” Gibson said. “There were some questionable calls, it’s unfortunate when that happens but you still have to kill off the penalties.”

The Gaels gave up 48 shots against UQTR, but didn’t appear overmatched against the sixth-ranked team in the CIS. Much of the discrepancy in shot totals can be attributed to the Gaels’ time shorthanded.

Goaltender Kevin Bailie made 43 saves on 47 shots in the loss, with the other goal coming with an empty net.

“It was a great effort by us,” Gibson said. “I’d say we were the better team for much of the night.”

Saturday’s game against Concordia (3-7-0) was a different situation. After falling behind early in the second period, the Gaels battled back to tie the match.

First-year forward Darcy Greenaway was integral to the comeback, scoring Queen’s first goal and setting up forward Corey Bureau for the equalizer.

Brett Foy added a power play goal late in the second period, completing a rush of three goals in just over six minutes.

“Going down 2-0 on two nice goals by Concordia, we didn’t give up,” Gibson said. “We faced the adversity and we came through.”

Greenaway, who joined Queen’s this off-season after a stint with the Kingston Frontenacs, praised his linemates Bureau and Patrick McGillis for helping him adapt to the OUA. The trio has been one of the Gael’s most effective offensive units, especially on the power play, which was the source of Bureau’s goal on Saturday.

“We’ve been working well together in practice,” Greenaway said. “We’re working to develop our chemistry, especially at getting a strong entry into the offensive zone every time we’ve got the puck.”

Goaltender Chris Clarke earned his first victory of the season against Concordia, stopping 27 of 29 shots.

The Gaels now sit seventh in the OUA East. Greenaway said that while it’s early in the season, it’s important not to making losing a habit.

“You can’t look into the standings too much early on,” he said. “Most of the teams ahead of us that have played more games so they’ve got more points. But at the same time, you’ve still got to go out and win games to move up in the standings.”

Tomorrow, Queen’s will face one of its biggest rivals in a tough Carleton Ravens (6-2-0) team on the road. The Ravens knocked the Gaels out of the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.

The Gaels will then host the RMC Paladins (0-8-0) on Saturday. In the last meeting between the two squads, RMC captured the Carr-Harris Cup last February with a 2-1 upset victory.

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