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PREVIEW: Gee-Gees Visit Montreal in regular season finale

Thursday February 16, 2017
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Greg Mason

The University of Ottawa women’s hockey team will close out its 2016-17 regular season schedule on Friday night at the CEPSUM Arena in Montreal against the Carabins.

The Gee-Gees (9-9-1) will look to snap a four-game losing skid on Friday, while Montreal (10-8-1) will aim to secure home-ice advantage in round one of the RSEQ playoffs.

uOttawa has struggled offensively in recent outings, averaging just 1.5 goals-per-game during its losing streak. Head coach Yanick Evola and his staff will look to top scorer Melodie Bouchard (Sept-Iles, Que., 10-13—23) and her linemate, Marimee Godbout-Parent (Rouyn-Noranda, Que., 8-6—14), to jumpstart the stagnant attack.

Montreal is led offensively by clinical sniper Jessica Cormier (14-7—21), while the likes of Alex Labelle (5-12—17) and Laurie Mercier (7-5—12) provide strong secondary threats. While Isabelle Leclaire’s team has proven inconsistent over the course of the regular season, they are the defending national champions and still boast the talent you’d expect from a team with its resume.

The Gee-Gees will have to find ways to generate more offence on Friday night if they’re to avoid a repeat of last Friday’s 6-2 defeat. Their opponents are by no means a defensive juggernaut, having surrendered a pedestrian 50 goals (3rd on the five-team circuit).