Unable to pull off a late comeback, the Gee-Gees men’s hockey team fell to the Laurentian Voyageurs by a score of 4-3 at the Minto Sports Complex on Nov. 3.
“I don’t know what the shot total was—we dominated the game, point blank. Their goalie won the game for them,” head coach Patrick Grandmaître said following the game. “Turning point is the goal we got turned back, it’s a big turning point, a power play goal we could have had and it put us back to square one.”
The Gee-Gees jumped out to an early lead with a goal from Connor Sills just over two minutes into the game. Sills was able to use his body to screen the Laurentian goaltender and tip a low shot into the back of the net.
The Voyageurs would reply minutes later, as they converted on their first power play opportunity of the night. Laurentian would then strike again with a goal three minutes into the second to gain their first lead of the night.
Ottawa appeared to be regaining momentum following the goal, as Sills struck iron, then tallied seconds later to tie the game. However, the referees were quick to retract the goal, and assess Sills a high sticking penalty on the play. Laurentian wasted no time, as they converted on the power play for a second time to double their lead. The goal would spell the end of starting goaltender Anthony Brodeur’s night, as he was replaced in net by Graham Hunt.
With five minutes to go in the second period, Laurentian pounced on a rebound off the rush, and tapped it past Hunt to extend their lead to three goals.
The Gee-Gees opened the third period with a pair of goals from red-hot sniper Kevin Domingue to cut the deficit to a single goal. Despite several chances and a pair of power play opportunities, Ottawa was ultimately unable to find an equalizer and took their second regulation loss of the season.
“If we play this way against Laurentian or Nipissing we should win those games,” Grandmaitre said. “We’re facing two goalies tomorrow that are quite good and can steal a game. Last year, we played Nipissing, I think we had 60 shots and lost 2-1. It goes to show you need to bear down on your opportunities and keep the puck out of your net.”
Ottawa returns to action tomorrow night when they host the Nipissing Lakers at 7:30 p.m.
— Cameron Penney