The uOttawa men’s hockey team rebounded from their Friday night loss in a big way, defeating the Ryerson Rams 9-4 on Sunday afternoon at the uOttawa Minto Sports Complex.
Dominic Jalbert extended his goal scoring streak and led the offensive eruption for the Gee-Gees, scoring the game winning goal and adding another, while Guillaume Donovan contributed with three assists en route to the blow out.
Jalbert’s two goal afternoon earned him the game’s first star, and he now has four goals in the last three games while continuing to lead the team in points after the team’s top offensive forwards went down with injuries before the exam break.
“Coach Paiement talked to me about being more complete, being offensive and defensive, so I tried to do both and I think it’s worked well for me through this time,” said the veteran defenceman. “With the injuries, we have three of our best offensive players coming back, so we just need some time to readjust our game before the playoffs.”
The garnet and grey, who are 2-2-0 since returning from the exam break, boasted a balanced offensive attack from the beginning of the game, with eight different goal scorers getting involved on the score sheet. After all was said and done, the Gee-Gees exploded for 44 shots on goal.
Craig Moore, Mathieu Leduc, Stephen Blunden, Jean-Bernard Voyer, Jean-Sébastien Fournier, Marc-Antoine Lamoureux-Bisson and Alexandre Touchette all scored for the Gee-Gees, while Russell Abbott stopped 27 of 31 shots in his ninth win of the season. Donovan and Moore earned the second and third star honours, respectively.
The Gee-Gees stayed true to their name on Sunday, storming out of the gate and scoring just 2:22 into the first period. From there, the uOttawa men would score seven unanswered goals before reaching the halfway point of the game, chasing Ryerson starting goaltender Troy Passingham from the net in favour of backup Louie George.
“For the first 20 minutes, we really cycled hard and put a lot of pressure on their defence, causing turnovers where we were able to score goals,” said Gee-Gees head coach Real Paiement.
The third period was a different story all together though, with the Rams gaining the momentum and scoring three unanswered goals in just over six minutes. The Rams also managed to shut the Gee-Gees out in the final frame.
While the Ryerson surge came too late to mount a legitimate comeback, the Gee-Gees showed flashes of their poor defensive form that has cost them so far in 2013.
“We shortened the bench a bit in the third because of injuries, but there’s no excuse except the lack of desire to play defensively,” Paiement said after the game. “We have to develop a sense of urgency and take pride in being a plus-player on the ice and shutting down offensive chances for the other team.”
The next step in the Gee-Gees’ pre-playoff push comes next weekend when they host the McGill Redmen for their third matchup of the season on Friday night before travelling to Ryerson on Sunday for a rematch of this afternoon’s game.
Heading into next weekend’s matchups, coach Paiement made it known which area of his team’s game they need to step up the most.
“Defensively, it hasn’t been a very good season for us,” Paiement explained. “We give up a lot of goals that have nothing to do with talent. It’s about desire and effort to stop it, and we have to take more pride in our defensive play before the playoffs start.”
Gee-Gee goal scorers- Leduc (Lamoureux-Bisson, Forster) 2:22 1st period; Jalbert (Blunden, Blain)3:41 1st period; Touchette (Larocque-Marcoux, Donovan) 14:50 1st period; Moore (Leduc, Foucher) 17:24 1st period; Blunden (Jalbert, Fournier)0:31 2nd period (PP); Fournier (Ouellette, Moore) 2:55 2nd period; Lamoureux-Bisson (Foucher, Voyer) 4:33 2nd period; Voyer (Larocque-Marcoux, Donovan) 12:53 2nd period; Jalbert (Burns, Donovan) 15:19 2nd period (PP);
Rams goal scorers- Lansdowne (Alcock, Blaney) 7:48 2nd period; Alcock (Corbett, Blaney) 17:22 3rd period; Haines (Lombardi, McPherson) 15:39 3rd period; Lansdowne (Blaney, Willmott) 19:40 3rd period;