The men’s hockey team is on an early winning streak after defeating the Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks 7-2 and the York Lions 3-2 last weekend.
“When you sweep the West — that’s Brock, York and UOIT — in a three-game series, you’ve done something,” head coach Brett Gibson said.
The Gaels beat the Brock Badgers on Oct. 8 and lost to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Oct. 7 in their season opener. Queen’s is 3-1 this season, sitting at third place in the OUA East division.
The Gaels were tied 2-2 after the first period against the Ridgebacks on Friday at the Memorial Centre, but they scored five unanswered goals to secure the win.
“The score didn’t really indicate the game,” Gibson said. “7-2 might be a little glorified. It was more of a 4-2 game.”
Gibson said he gave a speech in the dressing room after the first period on Friday.
“A little kick in the butt doesn’t hurt sometimes,” he said. “They responded and that’s all you want as a coach.”
The Gaels were up against the York Lions on Saturday at the Memorial Centre. The two teams were tied 2-2 at the end of regulation and the shootout went eight rounds before Queen’s forward David Chubb scored to win. Goaltender Riley Whitlock made 27 saves in the game and seven more during the shootout.
“Thank God we got the [win], because we deserved [it],” Gibson said.
The team’s key scorer, Payton Liske, didn’t play on the weekend. Gibson said the forward is currently attending to a personal issue.
The Gaels will face the 2-2 Royal Military College Paladins at the Constantine Arena on Wednesday.
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