The Gee-Gees will close out the regular season on a more relaxed note this weekend as they are set to welcome two teams with sub- .500 records to Montpetit Hall this weekend. The winless Nipissing Lakers (0-17) will be in town on Friday night while the Laurentian Voyageurs (7-10) will try their luck on Saturday.
uOttawa has had a remarkable season thus far and this weekend will be the final stepping stone before the start of the playoffs for the Gee-Gees. The team had a great playoff run last season but will have the opportunity to host all of their OUA playoff games this year so long as they win the last two games this weekend.
The garnet and grey will salute its two fifth-year players this weekend, recognizing the careers of Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue and Johnny Berhanemeskel. Gonthier-Dubue will leave as one of the program’s top eight rebounders of all time while Berhanemeskel has etched his name all over the program record book.
“After these two are gone, when I talk about them I will say that they are two of the best players that have ever played for this program. And more importantly two great guys and two great leaders. Every rookie should follow their blue print,” says Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin, who began his tenure during the pair’s rookie season.
Johnny Berhanemeskel was named uOttawa Male Athlete of the Week this week for his performance last weekend. In two games he scored 51 points to boost his season average to 23.3 points per game (3rd CIS). He stands at 1,955 career points and is now the OUA’s all-time scoring leader among guards and third overall.
Nipissing is averaging a league low 58.3 points per game and has struggled to stay competitive in the OUA this season. Laurentian has struggled this season in comparison to past years after losing their leading scorer, Alex Ratté to the Gee-Gees during the off season. Ratté has yet to suit up for the garnet and grey after being held out this season due to a nagging knee injury.
Both games are scheduled for 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live on OUA.tv.