Men's Hockey (12-7-1 OUA)
Hosted Toronto (9-6-3 OUA) on Sunday, January 8th, 2:00 p.m. at the Minto Sports Complex (SSN Canada)
Gee-Gees goal scorers – Burns (Chamberland, Jalbert) 11:13 1st period; Ireland (Jalbert, Blain) 12:13 1st period;
Toronto Goal scorers- Halloran (Preston, Yolevski) 13:21 2nd period;
In their first home game in over a month, the uOttawa Men’s hockey team reminded their home fans why they should be excited for the remainder of the 2012 season as they emerged victorious from a penalty-filled affair against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Sunday afternoon.
Great offensive zone penetration and cycle play by the Gee-Gees squad in the early going resulted in a frustrated Toronto team taking numerous penalties which the Garnet & Grey would take advantage of. Perfect execution of a 5-on-3 by the Gee-Gees saw defenseman Patrick Burns (Ottawa, Ont.) finish off a great passing play by the power play unit.
Maintaining their pressure, the Gee-Gees would score only one minute later with another power play tally from Kyle Ireland (Rosetown, Sask.), giving the Gee-Gees a two-goal lead heading in to the second period.
The bad blood between the two teams was evident in the second period, which saw many scrums and penalties called on both teams. This time though, it was the Varsity Blues who made the most of the situation as Toronto defenseman Tim Halloran was able to capitalize on a rush for the Varsity Blues.
“When we took some bad penalties we started to make some bad decisions, with and without the puck,” explained Gee-Gees head coach Réal Paiement. “But, it was important that we got those first two goals.”
A controversial disallowed goal for the Varsity Blues caused much conversation and deliberation, but in the end, the visiting Toronto team was able to dictate the tempo and pace of the second period.
The third and final instalment of the afternoon saw much of the same type of action, with plenty of chippy altercations that resulted in the teams exchanging power play opportunities once again.
The Varsity Blues applied relentless pressure for the last half of the third period, but a power play wrist shot off the post was the closest the Toronto team would come to drawing even with the Gee-Gees.
In total, there were 30 infractions and 99 minutes of penalties called during the game, something coach Paiement reflected on after the game: “It’s hard when there are that many penalties in the game. It’s tough for everyone to find their rhythm, and you find yourself with a lot of tired units out there, whether it be power play of penalty kill.”
The Gee-Gees will look to carry the momentum from their win on Sunday afternoon on the road with them as they travel to UQTR on January 13 at 7:00 p.m.