Some timely scoring and stellar goaltending helped the uOttawa men’s hockey team to a 6-3 win over the Queen’s Gaels on Friday night in Kingston.
Six different Gee-Gees found the scoresheet for uOttawa (6-6-2), which absorbed its fair share of pressure in the win against Queen’s (10-4-1).
“We were lucky to come away with the lead after a slow first period,” said Gee-Gees assistant coach Ryan Lauzon. “We just have some confidence and have learned how to close out games.”
Kevin Domingue (Laval, Que.) opened the scoring with his team-leading 7th goal of the year at 14:31 of the first period, and uOttawa was somewhat lucky to escape the first period with the lead.
John Deacon (Port Williams, N.S.) doubled the Gee-Gees’ lead just 23 seconds into the second period. Ryan Bloom and Marc Beckstead (Morrisburg, Ont.) traded goals for Queen’s and uOttawa to bring the score to 3-1 entering the second intermission.
Queen’s defenceman Cory Genovese cut his team’s deficit to one just 2:11 into the third period on a point shot through traffic, but uOttawa blueliner Adam Beveridge (Ottawa, Ont.) restored the two-goal lead on a one-timer some six minutes later.
The hosts got back to within a goal just 65 seconds later, when Warren Steele wired a point shot past Hunt.
Late insurance markers from Jacob Hanlon (Mississauga, Ont.) and Mike Poirier (Moncton, N.B.) sealed the win for uOttawa.
“Early on (this season), we’d have leads in the third period and couldn’t close it out,” continued Lauzon. “I think we got a big win against Concordia, and we’re on a nice little roll right now.”
The Gee-Gees will be back in action on Saturday afternoon in Oshawa, where they will face the UOIT Ridgebacks at 3:30 p.m.