The Gee-Gees women’s hockey team earned a key victory on Friday night over the McGill Martlets but were unable to complete the difficult weekend sweep, falling to the Montreal Carabins on Sunday afternoon. The Carabins scored three times in the second period, powering the visitors to a 5-2 victory.
With the weekend split Ottawa remains in the mix at the top of the RSEQ standings with a 5-2-0-1 record and is just three points back of Montreal who holds onto first place.
Both Gee-Gees goals came on the power play in the third period as the team showed energy and resiliency after the tough second stanza. Taylor McGaughey got the Gee-Gees on the board with her first goal of the regular season at the 1:34 mark of the third. The second-year forward from Sudbury, Ont., scored from close range and veteran Shanie Deschatelets followed up with her first goal of the season on a marker from the side of the net midway through the final period.
The Gee-Gees power play continues to be a strength, operating at 23.3 per cent efficiency to rank fourth in U SPORTS. Ottawa also now leads the nation in penalty kill percentage after killing both penalties against Montreal to sit at 96.4 per cent this season.
Montreal already had a 1-0 lead heading into the second period following a thoroughly entertaining first period. Ottawa generated plenty of pressure on the Carabins in the first, causing turnovers with a vigourous forecheck from all lines. Two Gee-Gees set up camp in front of Montreal tender Marie-Pier Chabot on most possessions, relying on the defence to shoot.
At the other end of the rink, Maude Lévesque-Ryan made strong saves in the early-going both low and with the glove, and the Gee-Gees were able to limit the rebounds. Montreal’s crisp cross-ice passing lead to game’s opening goal while second chances became an issue in the second period.
Montreal’s second goal was a great individual effort by Catherine Dubois to fight through two Gee-Gees defenders and follow up her own chance to stuff it through the pads of Lévesque-Ryan.
A pair of power plays directly following the second Montreal goal provided Ottawa with a chance to respond but the well-organized power play was not able to break through.
The third Carabins goal was also scored on a rebound chance, this time after a giveaway at the side of the net. Sarah-Maude Labreque entered the game following the third Montreal marker and the Carabins continued to pressure, resulting in a goal from the point.
Five different players scored for Montreal, including all three of the top scorers on the season. The five goals is the most allowed in a game by Ottawa this season.