Gaels This Week No.7 UQTR at Queen's



The Gaels men's hockey team (11-4-1) hosts the Laurentian Voyageurs (7-7-2) at 7:30 PM on Friday before battling the No.8 UQTR Patriotes (11-4-1) at the same time on Saturday in the Game of the Week. Queen's and UQTR are tied atop the OUA East.

Last weekend, the tricolour suffered a 6-3 loss to Ottawa before shutting out No.6 McGill 4-0. The win over McGill broke a 31 game losing streak against their longtime rivals dating back to 2004. Gaels goaltender Jacob Brennan (Halifax) made 27 saves to secure the shutout victory, and hasn't lost a game this season. Brennan is also second in OUA goals against average and save percentage. Slater Doggett (Oakville, Ont.) had four points over the weekend, including two goals and an assist against McGill. Eric Ming (Williamstown, Ont.) also had a three-point night against McGill with three assists.

Ming had two points when Queen's beat Laurentian 3-0 earlier this year. The Voyageurs enter this weekend after losing 6-3 to Western and 4-3 in overtime to Guelph. Darcy Haines scored against the Mustangs and added an assist against the Gryphons to remain the Voyageurs leading scorer with 12 points on six goals and six assists this year.

UQTR are winners of their last five games, including a 5-2 win over Queen's and a pair of wins against RMC and Carleton. Ming and Doggett scored for Queen's against the Patriotes, but three-point nights from Pierre-Olivier Morin and Guillaume Asselin gave UQTR the win. Asselin missed seven games this season, during which the Patriotes were 3-4, but is second in OUA scoring with 12 goals in nine games played. Heading into this weekend, UQTR is 8-0-1 when Asselin is in the lineup. Tommy Giroux is coming off a five point weekend with a combined four assists and one goal against RMC and Carleton.

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No.6 Queen's (5-0) is at home to finish their 2016 schedule with a single game against the Algoma Thunderbirds (1-6) in the ARC on Saturday at 6:00 PM.

The Gaels also played one game last weekend, beating Lakehead 68-61 on the road. Marianne Alarie (Sudbury, Ont.) tied a career-high with 22 points in the tricolour victory, including seven of Queen's 12 points in the first quarter. Abby Dixon (North Vancouver) contributed a season-high 14 points for the Gaels, while Veronika Lavergne (Kingston, Ont.) and Andrea Priamo (Guelph, Ont.) scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Emily Hazlett (Fredericton) directed the Gaels offence with a game-high seven assists.

Algoma's only win on the year came against a Carleton team ranked at No.1. Last weekend, the Thunderbirds lost 59-49 to Ryerson and 85-52 to Toronto. Against Ryerson, Sydney Resch led her team with 16 points. Karly Fracalanza contributed 10 points against both Ryerson and Toronto.

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The Gaels (4-1) are at home for another single game to finish the 2016 calendar, hosting the Algoma Thunderbirds (1-6) on Saturday at 8:00 PM in the ARC.

Queen's was at Lakehead for one game last weekend, staging an incredible comeback to beat the Thunderwolves 76-75 and win their fourth straight game. With just over three minutes left in the third quarter, the Gaels were down by 27 points at 65-38. The tricolour outscored Lakehead 27-6 in the fourth to win the game, with a pair of free-throws from Sukhpreet Singh (Toronto) late in the game sealing the victory. Singh scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the final frame to help the Gaels complete he comeback. Isse Ibrahim (Toronto) contributed 17 points, while Tanner Graham (Kingston, Ont.) and Jesse Graham (Kingston, Ont.) had 12 points each. Ibrahim and both Graham brothers also had seven rebounds, and Tanner recorded three more blocks--including one on a dunk attempt--to continue to lead the league with 14.

Algoma has one win so far this season, and suffered losses against Ryerson and Toronto last weekend. In the 111-61 loss to Ryerson, Damian Okungbowa recorded a team-high 17 points. Adam Benrabah netted 24 points against Toronto, but Algoma lost their fourth straight game 83-70.

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