The Gee-Gees had a good start to their second game of the season against the RMC Paladins. Ottawa started off strong with the Gee-Gees putting pressure on RMC and forcing them to play a defensive game, as the play was predominately in the Paladins zone.
However excessive penalties against Ottawa once again hurt the team and it was evident that the penalties had a negative impact on Ottawa’s game. RMC scored in the first period and the Gee-Gees managed to tie it up when first year forward Pierre Bergeron (Drummondville, QC) scored. A poor line change by Ottawa at the end of the second period left third year goaltender Riley Whitlock (Calgary, Alt.) all alone, as three RMC players attacked and the Paladins were back ahead at 2-1. The Paladins carried on with the momentum and scored another goal in the second period and then again in the third.
By the end of the third period both teams became more physical after the whistle. The Gee-Gees had many scoring chances in the third period, but were unable to capitalize on their power plays, as RMC goaltender Brendan Boyle (Comox, B.C.) kept the puck out of the RMC net.
Head coach Dave Leger said, “It’s an emotional game [and we need to] find a balance,” regarding the numerous penalties, “[We] can’t be too passive [and we] can’t be too foolish.” Second year captain Matthieu Methot (Ottawa, On) commented that his team is “Working hard,” and that tonight they “Got the short end of the stick.”
The Gee-Gees play next on October 16th against Carelton at the Sports Complex at 7:00 pm.