Men’s Hockey (12-8-4 OUA)
The uOttawa men’s hockey team redeemed themselves from their Saturday afternoon loss, beating the Concordia Stingers 6-5 in a shootout at the uOttawa Minto Sports Complex just one day later. Goaltender François Lacerte stopped all Concordia shooters in the shootout and first-year forward Trevor Layton scored the only goal the Gee-Gees would need to put the Stingers away.
First star Guillaume Donovan had two goals and an assist while Matthieu Tanguay-Theriault had three assists, leading the Gee-Gees to their fourth win in their last eight games.
The win pulls the garnet and grey even with the Toronto Varsity Blues for fifth place in the OUA East division with four games remaining in the regular season.
“We needed the points tonight,” said Gee-Gees head coach Real Paiement. “We played well yesterday and didn’t get any points, but today we got enough offence to win the game.”
The Gee-Gees fell behind early after another slow start, allowing a Concordia goal just 1:03 into the first period. But this time the uOttawa men found a way to fight back, scoring just seven minutes later with a power play goal from the team’s leading scorer, Dominic Jalbert.
After a Concordia power play goal midway through the first, the Gee-Gees would go on to score three unanswered goals in the second period. Stephen Blunden and Donovan scored their seventh and sixth goals of the season, respectively, just 22 seconds apart.
The two teams would exchange late second period goals, sending the Gee-Gees into the third with a 5-3 lead. But the final frame saw the Stingers take their turn on the attack, scoring two goals less than two minutes apart in the early going and tying the game up.
Despite exchanging quality scoring opportunities, the overtime period would solve nothing and a shoot-out would be needed to settle the game.
Layton was the first and only goal scorer in the shootout, giving the Gee-Gees their third win in four opportunities when single shooters are called upon. Goaltender Lacerte remains perfect in the shootout, stopping all six shots he has seen since joining the club.
“[Lacerte] has done a very good job in the shootouts,” said Paiement. “We needed that performance to get the two points, and he did it.”
The garnet and grey power play continued to gain momentum on Sunday, scoring twice on four opportunities. Going into Sunday’s game, the Gee-Gees were scoring on 18.3% of their power plays.
“Our power play has been pretty good since the exam break,” said Paiement. “It’s encouraging because it keeps the other team honest and gives us the chance to get back in games or take leads.”
Three of the garnet and grey’s remaining four games will be against playoff teams. Through the month of January, the Gee-Gees have only defeated one playoff-positioned team.
While the uOttawa squad still sits in a playoff position, the team’s defensive play continues to hinder their play. In the eight games they have played since the exam break, the Gee-Gees have allowed 33 goals, averaging 4.125 goals against.
“What we need to do is improve defensively,” said Paiement. “We need all six guys on the ice to make a commitment. I’ve been at this game for a long, long time and right now I’m scratching my head because the last two weeks we’ve been trying to focus on defensive zone coverage and I don’t see the results.”
The Gee-Gees will now turn their attention to next weekend when they take to the road to take on the Queen’s Gaels and the RMC Paladins.
Gee-Gee goal scorers- Jalbert (Tanguay-Theriault) 8:40 1st period (PP); Blain (Jalbert, Blunden) 3:50 2nd period; Blunden (Blain, Touchette) 6:50 2nd period (PP); Donovan (Ouellette, Tanguay-Theriault) 7:12 2nd period; Donovan (Tanguay-Theriault, Ouellette) 16:12 2nd period;
Concordia goal scorers- Archambault 1:03 1st period; Archambault (Piette, Kabbaj) 12:43 1st period (PP); Potvin (Tanguay-Theriault, Ouellette) 16:12 2nd period; Bernard (Potvin, Hinse) 0:33 3rd period; Zafaris (Garland) 2:26 3rd period;