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PREVIEW: Gee-Gees Visit Concordia

Friday January 20, 2017
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Ellen Bond

The red-hot University of Ottawa men's hockey team will travel to Montreal on Saturday night for a marquee matchup against the in-form Concordia Stingers. The Gee-Gees and Stingers enter the weekend as two of the hottest teams in Canada, boasting identical 6-0-1 records in their respective last seven games.

The Gee-Gees head to Montreal on the back of a strong performance in a 4-2 win over the UQTR Patriotes at the Minto Sports Complex on Wednesday. uOttawa forward Mathieu Newcomb (Grande-Digue, N.B.) had a pair of pretty goals in the victory, and has posted seven points (3G, 4A) since returning from Christmas break. Gee-Gees top scorer and OUA rookie-of-the-year candidate Kevin Domingue (Laval, Que.) has posted eight points (3G, 5A) in the same timeframe.

On the blue line, Adam Beveridge (Ottawa, Ont.) has provided some unexpected offensive punch for uOttawa. The former Pembroke Lumber King has points in all five of uOttawa’s games since the calendar turned to 2017, most notably an absolute cannon of a game-winning goal against Laurentian (01/15).

The Concordia Stingers have emerged as one of the country’s best offensive teams this season, thanks in no small part to the contributions of two rookies: sniper Anthony De Luca (16-12—28) and bona fide set-up man Philippe Sanche (5-16—21). Of course, having regular all-star Olivier Hinse (17-10—27) helps Concordia’s cause too.

In a similar, if somewhat smaller-scale grain to Gee-Gees head coach Patrick Grandmaitre’s rebuild, Concordia head coach Marc-André Élément’s first recruit class has taken the Stingers from OUA East also-rans to legitimate contender in one season.

The two will meet on Saturday night in Montreal at the Ed Meagher Arena (7:30 p.m.), with uOttawa looking to sweep the season series. The Gee-Gees took the first meeting between the two back on Nov. 5 in a 2-1 decision which kickstarted uOttawa’s rise from the bottom of the OUA East.