Men’s Hockey(9-7-3 OUA)
Hosted McGill (17-0-2 OUA) January 8th, 7:00 p.m.
Chris Smerek (Foucher), 8:57 2nd; Matt Methot (Jalbert, Blain), 16:41 2nd – uOttawa
Evan Vossen (McKiernan, Biniek), 11:43 1st PP; Francis Verreault-Paul (Picard-Hooper, Morse) 4:56; Andrew Wright (Picard-Hooper, Doucet), 2:45 OT
After suffering an embarrassing 8-0 loss at the hands of the Carleton Ravens Friday night, the uOttawa men’s hockey team bounced back with a stellar effort against the McGill Redmen, the number three team in the CIS, only to fall 3-2 in overtime.
After McGill took a 2-0 lead, the Gee-Gees dug in their heels to tie things up going into the third period thanks to goals by first-year forward Chris Smerek, Calgary Alta., his first of the year, and third-year forward Matt Methot, Ottawa, Ont., his 12th.
“Today we had to redeem ourselves,” said Methot, “We knew we had to come out with a strong effort and I think it showed. Unfortunately we got the short end of the stick.”
The Gee-Gees were also buoyed by an athletic performance from first-year goalie Harrison May, Vancouver, B.C., stopping 34 of 37 shots. While the Gee-Gees cut their penalties significantly from last game, it was May who shut the door on any opportunities for McGill to run up the score.
Off the ice the Gee-Gees were treated to the largest home crowd ever this season, much in part made up of the university’s Jockey Club, who brought the atmosphere in the Sports Complex up to a fever pitch.
“We wouldn’t have had the success tonight without them,” said Methot.
Head coach Dave Leger was also pleased with how his team performed tonight.
“I was really proud of how the guys competed. We pinned a very good hockey team back on their heels.”
The Gee-Gees next game will be on Friday, January 14th when they take on the UQTR Patriotes (12-5-0 OUA) at the Sports Complex.