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HOME PREVIEW: Gee-Gees set for tough Concordia test

Thursday November 3, 2016
Back checking - uOttawa vs MCGill.
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Marc Bourget

GAME INFO:
Concordia (6-1-0-) at Ottawa (1-6-1)
Saturday, November 5
7 p.m.
uOttawa Minto Sports Complex
Tickets available online
Webcast live on OUA.tv

The University of Ottawa men's hockey team will hope to build on last weekend's positive strides this Saturday, when the Gee-Gees (1-6-1) will take on the U Sports no. 6 ranked Concordia Stingers.

Patrick Grandmaitre's uOttawa squad is coming off a pair of narrow defeats against the powerhouse McGill Redmen last weekend, and enters Saturday's game just two points back of a playoff spot. A three-goal performance against McGill last weekend has vaulted forward Mathieu Newcomb (Grand-Digue, N.B.) into the team's scoring lead (3-3-6), while Antoine Pouliot (Lévis, Que, 3-1-4) and Kevin Domingue (Laval, Que., 2-2-4) have provided some secondary scoring. On the physical side of things, two-way Gee-Gees forward Jacob Harris (Georgetown, Ont.) leads the OUA Conference in penalty minutes (38).

Saturday's visitors appear to have made the jump into the OUA East's upper echelon; the Stingers are second in the division in goals-per-game (4.42), first in goals-against (2.14), and most importantly off to a red-hot start with wins in six of their first seven outings. Forward Olivier Hinse (5-1-6) is once again one of the league's most dynamic offensive threats, while Scott Oke (5-5-10) and Dominic Beauchemin (3-5-8) are enjoying breakout seasons in their own right. Highly-touted rookies Anthony De Luca (4-5-9) and Philippe Sanche (1-6-7) have more than lived up to their billing. Between the pipes, fellow rookie Philippe Cadorette (5-0, 2.44, .922) has enjoyed an MVP-calibre start to the 2016-17 campaign.

Keys to the Game

Defensive Structure: Concordia has the talent to make teams chase the game and when they do the Stingers are clinical on their opportunities. The Gee-Gees will have to retain their shape and protect the slot in the d-zone to have success.

Special Teams: uOttawa's offensive success against McGill came largely on the powerplay -- and largely through Mathieu Newcomb. The Gee-Gees will have to stay hot on the man advantage, and clean up their penalty kill, to have success on Saturday.