Hockey In Brief

Queen's 5, UOIT 2

After a disappointing weekend at home, women’s hockey bounced back in a big way on the road.

Entering a hostile road environment against the UOIT Ridgebacks, the Gaels (14-3-3) put on a dominating performance Thursday night, winning in a 5-2 rout.

Queen’s came away with only two points over last weekend’s two-game home stand. Their inconsistent play in a loss to the Guelph Gryphons and a shootout scare versus the Brock Badgers gave rise to a simple takeaway message, according to head coach Matt Holmberg: regroup and refocus.

They did just that against the Ridgebacks (6-13-1), coming hot out of the gate with a trio of first-period tallies.

Centre Chelsey Verbeek and wingers Addi Halladay and Michele Knecht all scored in the opening frame, chasing UOIT starting goaltender Cassie Charette. Halladay’s power play marker was her team-leading 10th goal of the season.

Queen’s put the game out of reach in the second period with a pair of power play goals by captain Shawna Griffin.

The Gaels’ penalty kill continued to struggle, though, as the Ridgebacks scored twice with the advantage. Gaels rookie goaltender Stephanie Pascal turned away 24 of 26 shots she faced.

With the victory, Queen’s grabbed sole possession of second place in the OUA.

The Gaels will look to carry the win’s momentum home this weekend for their final home games of the season. They host the Laurier Golden Hawks (11-4-4) on Saturday and the Waterloo Warriors (8-7-4) on Sunday.

— Dylan Yegendorf

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