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RECAP: Gee-Gees close out 2017 with overtime loss to Gaels

Sunday December 3, 2017
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Greg Mason

The Ottawa Gee-Gees men’s hockey team completed the 2017 portion of the regular season with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Queen’s Gaels on Dec. 2 in Kingston.

“It was a tough game. Obviously that’s a game where you want to come out with two [points] especially when you’re up 2-1 with five minutes left. But at the end of the day, taking a point on the road against a good team—got to be happy with that,” said Gee-Gees assistant coach Brent Sullivan following the game.

From the opening puck drop, the Gee-Gees appeared determined to not let a poor start cost them the contest, as it had the previous night against the Carleton Ravens.

Ottawa skaters forced turnovers and generated shot opportunities in hopes of building positive momentum. At the other end of the ice, Anthony Brodeur easily made timely saves and foiled all of the Gaels’ chances in the first period.

Queen’s was able to break the deadlock early in the second period when they converted on a two-on-one breakaway and elevated the puck into the top of the goal. The Gee-Gees wasted no time to reply. Just one minute later, Jonathan Bourcier collected a cross-ice pass and scored his first goal in a Garnet and Grey uniform.

Later, with three minutes remaining in the second period, Connor Sills collected a loose puck in the offensive end and quickly fired off a shot to give Ottawa its first lead of the night.

The Gee-Gees maintained strong defensive play over the course of the third in hopes of locking the game down. Gaels forward Slater Doggett quickly buried a loose puck to tie the game with six minutes remaining.

The Gee-Gees had their fair share of chances in the overtime period, but it was Queen’s that converted on theirs as Darcy Greenaway secure the win for the Gaels.

“I wasn’t overly pleased with our third period, I think our first two were solid. A lot of positives to build from going into the exam break,” Sullivan said.

Following the break, the Gee-Gees will return to action on Jan. 5 when they travel to Montreal to take on the McGill Redmen.