The Ottawa Gee-Gees men’s hockey team took a loss in heart-breaking fashion to the Nipissing Lakers (2-2-1) on Friday night at the Minto Complex, peppering Nipissing goaltender Domenic Graham with 43 shots but ultimately dropping a 1-0 decision.
uOttawa (1-5-0) dominated the final 25 minutes of play on home ice, but were unable to solve the agile Graham and succumbed to a second-straight loss.
“There were positives and negatives,”said Gee-Gees head coach Patrick Grandmaitre, whose team outshot Nipissing 43-17 on the night. “It was a game that we should’ve had at least one, probably two, points from —we had the advantage most of the game, shots and scoring chances tell that.”
The visiting Lakers took their chance inside the opening minute of the second period, pouncing on a turnover at the Gee-Gee blueline. Brock Morrison wound up roofing a shot to the short-side from a tight angle past uOttawa netminder Anthony Brodeur (Morin-Heights, Que.) to put Nipissing in front.
Try as they might, with a series of near-misses and superb saves from Graham throughout the final 30 minutes, the Gee-Gees were unable to solve the Nipissing netminder.
“Tip your hat to Domenic Graham, he had an excellent game,”admitted Coach Grandmaitre. “I’m happy with the way we bounced back from a bad performance on Wednesday, (but) the negative is we come out of this with no points against a team we’d like to pass to make playoffs.”
Ottawa’s new line of Connor Sills (Thunder Bay, Ont.), Jacob Hanlon (Mississauga, Ont.) and Brendan Jacome (Caledon, Ont.) was energetic throughout Friday’s contest, creating a series of opportunities both off the rush and down low on the cycle.
The Gee-Gees will have a week off to rest and recuperate during reading week before a home-and-away series with the high-flying McGill Redmen (3-1) next weekend.