Gaels weekend road round-up: week 16

Men’s hockey splits games; men’s, women's volleyball sweep Nipissing and York

The men’s hockey team is closing in on second place in the OUA after a win and a loss this weekend.
The men’s hockey team is closing in on second place in the OUA after a win and loss this weekend.
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Men’s hockey has comeback win against Nipissing, falls to Laurentian

The men’s hockey team (18-8-0) pulled within a point of second in the OUA East after a win and loss against the Nipissing Lakers (8-17-0) and Laurentian Voyageurs (8-16-1) this weekend.

On Friday against Nipissing, the Gaels found themselves down 2-0 at the end of the first period. Going scoreless in the second, Queen’s pulled together a string of late goals. Defenseman Patrick Sanvido scored just under 10 minutes into the third period, while forward Slater Doggett potted his 20th goal of the season with 2:47 left.

With the game speeding towards an overtime frame tied at 2-2, fifth-year defenseman Spencer Abraham shocked Nipissing with the game-winning goal with 13 seconds remaining.

On Saturday against Laurentian, the Gaels couldn’t sustain the momentum. Queen’s entered the third period down 4-1, and despite pulling their deficit down to a 5-4 score with three goals on 19 shots, Laurentian closed out the Gaels with an empty net goal to seal the win.

This Thursday, the Gaels are set to play the RMC Paladins in the 133rd Carr-Harris Cup on Thursday night at the Leons Centre.

Women’s volleyball topples Nipissing and York

The women’s volleyball team (9-6) flew into the final portion of their season on Saturday and Sunday, defeating the Nipissing Lakers (4-9) and York Lions (7-6).

Despite beating the Lakers in straight sets, the Gaels had trouble with the OUA East’s third-last team. After winning the first two sets 25-21 and 25-18, Queen's ran into a revived Nipissing team in the final frame, with neither side holding a lead greater than three points. However, two straight aces from outside hitter Arielle Palermo gave the Gaels a 27-25 victory.

Sunday’s win over York also saw strong play from Queen’s, as they pulled off a 3-1 win. The Gaels dominated the first two sets 25-19 and 25-12. After losing the third 25-15, the team rebounded in the fourth to take the match 25-22.

The win separated the Gaels’ 18 points from York’s 14, but York has played two less games than Queen’s. Both are currently chasing the University of Toronto (10-5), who is second in their conference with 20 points.

Next weekend, the Gaels will play one game at RMC (0-15) across the La Salle Causeway against their hometown rivals.

Men’s volleyball ekes out wins against Nipissing, York

Over the weekend, the men’s volleyball team (12-3) extended their lead on first place in the OUA East with wins against the Nipissing Lakers (4-8) and York Lions (5-7). Despite going up against lower-ranked opponents, Queen’s beat Nipissing in four sets on Saturday and pulled out a five-set win over York on Sunday.

Against Nipissing, the two teams held tight with each other across numerous statistics. Queen’s finished with 46 kills to Nipissing’s 42, and had 41 digs to their opponent’s 36. However, the Gaels showed their dominance on the scoresheet, winning the final two sets 25-23 and 25-19 after splitting the first two.

On Sunday against York, the Gaels ran into more difficulties. Despite winning the first set 25-20, they dropped the next two 25-23 and 25-20. On the brink in the third and fourth, the Gaels banded together to win the final two sets 25-19 and 15-11.

The reality of the men’s volleyball team securing first in the OUA East before the postseason is near-imminent, with their final three games against RMC (1-14)—who they’ll play twice—and Trent (0-13). Both teams currently sit at the bottom of the OUA East standings.

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