Sports in brief: Week 11

Around the world of Queen’s Athletics in four stories

The Teddy Bear Toss Game is happening this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Bring a bear, throw a bear, support a good cause.
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Men’s hockey snaps their losing streak, men’s rugby moves onto national semis, women’s hockey keeps winning at home, and men’s basketball’s weekend was a mixed bag.

Men’s hockey snaps losing streak, Teddy Bear Toss Game up next

Last weekend, the men’s hockey team faced off twice against the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes and split the outcomes.

On Friday, the Gaels fell to the Patriotes in a 5-2 game. The Patriotes jumped out to an early lead in the first, but Gaels freshman Matthew Hotchkiss scored his fourth on the season to equalize. 

The game kept going back and forth, as the Patriotes added another to close out the first frame, and the Gaels answered again early in the second. However, the Patriotes pulled away after that, scoring three unanswered goals to close out the game. 

On Saturday, the Gaels earned a different result, winning 4-3 in overtime. After the Patriotes struck first again, sophomore Jared Bethune retaliated, and the first ended in a 1-1 deadlock.

The teams traded goals in the second and third periods, too, and the game went to overtime tied 3-3. In overtime, forward Eric Margo played the hero with his second goal of the game, winning the Gaels their fifth game this season. 

The men’s team takes on RMC this Friday, and then Saturday is the annual Teddy Bear Toss game.

When the Gaels score their first goal against the visiting McGill, the crowd will throw teddy bears onto the ice that are then donated to sick children at local hospitals.

Tickets to the game will be sold at the ARC today for $5.

—Alina Yusufzai

No. 2 men’s rugby bests No. 7 McGill, rematch against Vikes in semis looms

The Gaels took care of business in Montreal this Wednesday, downing the Redmen 36-10 on the back of a dominant second half.

The first half was a terse affair. Will Matthews got things going with a try, and a Dylan Young conversion made it 7-0. McGill answered with a penalty kick. Another Queen’s try, this by Ruairidh MacPhail, rounded out the half, with Queen’s holding a 12-3 lead.

Connor Jaques made a great individual effort in the second half to kick the ball down the sideline and eventually recover his grubber in the try zone. Then Cully Quirke busted a run off of a scrum for a long try to put the Gaels up 22-3.

Jared Augustine touched one down, and Hussein Khadr muscled one over the line later in the half. A futile McGill try with the time dwindling spelled the end of the scoring, and the Gaels advanced past the quarterfinals.

For the second year in a row, the men are slated to take on the No. 3 Victoria Vikes in the semi-finals. Last year, the Gaels prevailed in a tight one, and this Friday’s game looks to be just as evenly matched. Whichever team comes out on top will face the winner of the University of British Columbia vs. Concordia University match for the title of national champions.

—Jack Rabb

Women’s hockey continues home dominance, beats Guelph, Brock

The women’s hockey team had a successful homestand against the Guelph Gryphons and the Brock Badgers.

Playing the Gryphons on Friday, the two teams had a scoreless first. In the second period, the Gaels netted two goals, one off the stick of fifth year Kaylie Dennis, and another by sophomore Hannah de Coutere as time was about to expire.

The Gryphons scored right off the bat in the third, but the Gaels countered shortly after. Then the Gryphons stormed back, scoring two goals in the final seven minutes to  force overtime.

In the extra frame, senior Hailey Wilson put away No. 7 Guelph with a fantastic falling spinning goal. 

On Saturday, the Gaels kept up their momentum against the Badgers. Alex Maw scored a powerplay goal in the first period, which stood to be the game-winner due to Kathryn Jalink’s shutout.

After a scoreless second, the Gaels put it away in the third period with a goal by Hannah de Coutere, ending the game with a 2-0 win for the Gaels, and improving their home record to 5-1.

The Gaels will take on Laurentian University and Nipissing University this weekend in two away games. 

—Alina Yusufzai

Men’s basketball falls to Western, pulls out OT win versus Lancers

This past Friday, the men’s basketball team fell to the Western Mustangs in an 81-76 contest. The Gaels got a lead early in the first quarter, and went into the second quarter with a 20-9 lead.

The Mustangs came back in the second, outscoring Queen’s by 10 points to make it a one point game heading into the half.

In the second half, Harry Range and Quinton Gray paced the Gaels but Western was able to pull ahead and stay ahead, and eventually come out with a five point win.

On Saturday, the Gaels won in an overtime battle against the Windsor Lancers. The Gaels won 91-88 to the Lancers to finish their weekend of away games. The game started with the Gaels leading the Lancers 19-14 in the first quarter, with contributions from Harry Range.

In the second quarter, Landon Brickendon and Quinton Gray poured it on. The Lancers fought back to tie up the game, but the Gaels still kept their lead at halftime.

The second half was a neck-and-neck battle with some crucial three pointers from Quinton Gray and Cole Syllas that ended the fourth quarter in a tie and took the game into overtime. The Gaels closed the game out with shots by Connor Keefe that made for a close 91-88 win for Queen’s.

Alina Yusufzai

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