Gaels This Week Volleyball, basketball and hockey all hit the road

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: No.5 Gaels visit No.1 Marauders Saturday

The No.5 Gaels (10-0) will face their toughest challenge yet this season as they visit the Brock Badgers (4-6) on Friday night and follow up with a heavyweight tilt against Canada's No.1 ranked team the McMaster Marauders (10-1) on Saturday. Both games are set for tip-off at 6pm and can be seen live on OUA.tv.

Queen's is coming off a huge weekend where they defeated the then No.6 ranked Ryerson Rams at the ARC in an overtime thriller. Robyn Pearson (Toronto) sunk critical back-to-back jumpers with time running down to help maintain the Gaels lead in the final minute of overtime and securing the 79-75 victory. Abby Dixon (North Vancouver, B.C.) scored a season-high 21 points for the Gaels and was 5-of-11 from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line while picking up two steals and three assists. The following night the duo of Pearson and Andrea Priamo (Guelph, Ont.) combined for 34 points as the Gaels defeated Toronto 86-63 to improve to 10-0 on the season, their best mark in franchise history. Priamo was 8-of-15 from the field, 3-of-4 from the free-throw line, and recorded seven rebounds in the victory, while Pearson added a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Queen's remains the only undefeated team in all of the OUA and U SPORTS.

The Brock Badgers are coming off a trip to Thunder Bay where they played back-to-back games against Lakehead winning 92-84 and losing 71-47 the following night. Despite the 4-6 record, Brock has had a tough schedule to start the year losing to No.1 McMaster twice (once in overtime), No.4 Carleton, Ottawa, Laurentian and Lakehead. The game will be just the fourth at home for Brock who finish up a six-game road swing. The No.1 Marauders are winners of four straight to start 2017 after losing in their final game of 2016 at Carleton 77-51. Last week McMaster took down Laurier at home on Wednesday 82-56 and travelled to Guelph where they defeated the Gryphons 95-57 on Saturday. McMaster will meet York on Friday before challenging the Gaels Saturday, the Hamilton team is a perfect 5-0 at home heading into the weekend.

Be sure to watch the action this weekend live on OUA.tv.

MEN'S HOCKEY: Gaels reach highest national rank in team history at No.3 in Canada

The newly minted No.3 Queen's men's hockey team (15-4-1) hits the road for a pair of games this weekend starting with a Friday night game in Toronto against the York Lions (13-6-2) at 7pm then travel to St. Catharines to take on Brock (11-9-1) on Saturday with puck drop set for 7:15pm. Both games can be seen live on OUA.tv.

For Queen's it marks their final two games with head coach Brett Gibson, forwards Eric Ming (Williamstown, Ont.) and Slater Doggett (Oakville, Ont.), defenceman Spencer Abraham (Campbellville, Ont.) and goaltender Kevin Bailie (Belleville, Ont.) as the group heads to Kazakhstan to represent Canada at the FISU world university games.

Queen's heads into the weekend with their highest national ranking in program history at No.3 in Canada. The Gaels previous high was No.4 a mark they held on two occasions to close out the final two polls of the 1980-81 season. Queen's stole a 2-1 win at McGill last weekend defeating the then ranked No.3 Redmen on their annual Carnival night.

York is coming off a 1-0 loss at Windsor last weekend but still hold 2nd place in the OUA West. For Brock, they suffered a 6-2 loss at Ryerson but bounced back winning in London against Western 5-3.

Be sure to watch the action this weekend live on OUA.tv.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Gaels take six game win streak to Oshawa

The Gaels women's hockey team (8-2-6-0) will look to extend their six game winning streak this Friday when they travel to Oshawa to take on the UOIT Ridgebacks (4-3-6-3) at 7:30pm on OUA.tv.

Queen's played their first conference home games in Napanee this past weekend where they were able to pick up five of a possible six points. On Saturday, the Gaels took down Laurier in a shootout thanks to a laser shot from Addi Halladay (North Augusta, Ont.) then followed up Sunday with a 5-2 win over Waterloo. Five different Gaels finished with two or more points as Queen's extended their win streak to six games.

The UOIT Ridgebacks are coming off a pair of home losses to Guelph and York. The Ridgebacks have struggled at home this season sitting with just two wins at home losing three times in regulation and three times in a overtime/shootout.

Be sure to watch the action this weekend live on OUA.tv.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Cross-town Rematch

The Queen's women's volleyball team (4-6) visits cross-town rivals RMC (0-10) to finish of a home-and-home series against the Paladins on Saturday at 1pm in Kingston at RMC.

The Gaels started 2017 off on the right foot when they defeated RMC last Sunday at home in straight sets 3-0. Isabelle Korchinksi (Anmore, B.C.) finished with 10 kills, two blocks and two aces to lead Queen's who improve to 4-6 on the season as they look to close down a playoff spot.

The Paladins are still in search of their first win of the season and hope that a return home for the rematch will do the trick to pick it up.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Cross-town Rematch

The Queen's Gaels (6-4) will be looking to make it two straight against their cross-town rivals as they visit the RMC Paladins (2-8) on Saturday afternoon in Kingston at 3pm.

Having played 10 games already this season the Gaels are currently tied for 2nd in the OUA East with 12 points but with other teams holding games in hand a win over the Paladins is essential to stay in a playoff position as other teams catch up. Will Hoey (Brampton, Ont.) had 10 kills and three blocks making his return to the Gaels lineup leading them past the Paladins in straight sets 3-0.

For RMC every game is a must win should they plan on making a playoff appearance in 2017.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Hoping to snap a streak

The Gaels (6-4) hit the road hoping to snap a three game losing streak but will be in tough against the two top teams in the OUA central. Queen's visits the No.8 Brock Badgers (6-4) on Friday night and then the No.10 McMaster Marauders (6-5) on Saturday. Both games tip-off at 8pm and can be seen live on OUA.tv.

Queen's is coming off a pair of home losses falling to the Ryerson Rams and Toronto Varsity Blues last weekend. Sukhpreet Singh (Toronto) scored 38 points across the two games for Queen's as he inches closer to the Gaels all-time scoring record. Singh currently sits third on the Gaels all-time list.

Brock is coming off a 1-1 split weekend in Thunder Bay against the Lakehead Thunderwolves and are losers of two of their last three contests. The Marauders have won three of their last four games including a road victory at Guelph and home win over Laurier last week.

Be sure to watch the action this weekend live on OUA.tv.

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