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Top Ten Update: Hockey Joins Rankings

Tuesday November 24, 2015
Gee-Gees in action.
Richard A. Whittaker

The Gee-Gees women’s hockey team cracked the national Top Ten this week, entering at no. 10, while the men’s basketball team remains at the top of the poll in no. 1 for the fourth straight week.

Ottawa joins RSEQ conference foes McGill (no. 2) and Montreal (no. 3) in the Top Ten for the first time since January of 2009. The Gee-Gees have had a strong start to the regular season and are first in the RSEQ with a 6-3 record. Ottawa has scored 23 goals along the way and has defeated both McGill and Montreal. Ottawa ranks sixth in the nation for power play efficiency, and rookie forward Melodie Bouchard ranks fifth in the nation in points with 13 in eight games. The Gee-Gees will close out the fall schedule on home ice this Friday when they take on Carleton (2-6) at 7 p.m., before travelling to McGill on Sunday.

The men’s basketball team will also be at home this weekend, hosting the no. 6 ranked Western Mustangs (3-2) and the Windsor Lancers (4-1). Windsor has yet to be ranked this season but are considered among the top programs, making this weekend one of the most meaningful for Ottawa. The Gee-Gees are 5-0 in regular season play and handled the Algoma Thunderbirds easily in an 85-49 win on Saturday. Ottawa has taken care of the glass early on this season, out-rebounding opponents by 12 per game which stands as the second best mark in the CIS. The Gee-Gees have averaged 87.8 points per game and are shooting 49.5 per cent from the floor as a team.