The University of Ottawa men’s hockey team skated with the powerhouse McGill Redmen for 68 minutes on Saturday night at the Minto Sports Complex, where the Gee-Gees ultimately fell to a 3-2 double-overtime defeat.
Mathieu Newcomb (Grand-Digue, N.B.) and Mitchell Gibson (Cobourg, Ont.) had the goals in the loss for uOttawa, which earned its first point since Oct. 14.
“The positive is that we get a big point against a top contender, the negative is not being able to close down a game,” said uOttawa head coach Patrick Grandmaitre. “We had the lead late, we had a few scoring chances, then a turnover — you get to overtime, and you never know.”
Newcomb opened the scoring at 7:35 of the first period on a pretty drive-by deflection which was canceled out three minutes later by a Christophe Lalonde goal for the visitors.
Gibson fired uOttawa back on top early in the second period on a wicked wrist shot, giving the Gee-Gees a 2-1 lead that it appeared would hold up.
After absorbing a ton of pressure late, uOttawa finally cracked inside the final two minutes. Capitalizing on a turnover, McGill’s Dan Milne wired a wrist shot past Ottawa goaltender Graham Hunt (Concord, Mass.).
Both teams traded chances in overtime, with John Deacon (Port Williams, N.S.) coming close for uOttawa, before Lalonde ended things for McGill at the 68:14 mark with a fantastic solo effort.
“It’s a very positive weekend for us,” summarized Coach Grandmaitre. “It’s two games that we’ve played the way we want to play. We got a big point against a very, very good team.”