WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Gaels look to make it eight straight on Senior Night
The Gaels women's hockey team (8-3-6-0) will look to extend their seven-game winning streak this Friday when they host the Laurentian Voyageurs (9-0-8-1) at 7:30pm at the Kingston Memorial Centre.
The Gaels are one of the hottest teams in not just the conference, but the nation having won seven straight games to put themselves in the hunt for one of the top playoff positions in the OUA. One of those seven victories was against the Laurentian team they will face Friday. Queen's took down the Voyageurs in Sudbury on January 7 skating away with a 4-3 win, Jessica Wakefield (Lucan, Ont.) led the charge for Queen's with a pair of goals and will be looking for more on Friday.
Friday night's game will also mark the final regular season game at the Kingston Memorial Centre and is the team's Senior Night. Three Gaels, Danelle Bishoff (Calgary), Kyla Crouse (Mount Brydges, Ont.) and Nadia Larocca (Mississauga, Ont.) will be honoured in their final home game in the rink they've played the better part of four seasons in. Queen's will host two more home games that will be played in Napanee at the Strathcona Paper Centre.
Laurentian also plays just the lone game this weekend and are riding a three-game win streak of their own after losing their first three contests to start 2017. The Voyageurs have allowed just three goals over their last four games with wins over Western, Ryerson and Toronto.
MEN'S HOCKEY: Gaels begin stretch without FISU Team Canada members
The No.5 Queen's (16-4-2) men's hockey team is set to begin their final stretch of the regular season but they will have to do it without four key players and head coach Brett Gibson. The Gaels visit No.6 Ryerson (17-4-1) on Friday night at 7:15pm and follow up with a clash against Old Four rival Toronto (4-17-2) on Saturday night at 7pm.
The Gaels will be without 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 is in Kazakhstan representing Canada at the FISU world university games.
Queen's is coming off a weekend that saw them pick up three of a possible four points on the road. The Gaels lost in a shootout to the York Lions before shutting out the Brock Badgers last Sunday with a 5-0 effort. Jacob Brennan (Halifax) was in between the pipes for the Gaels in the 5-0 win and sits with a perfect 8-0 record on the season, leading the OUA in GAA with a 1.68 mark.
Ryerson leads the OUA in team scoring with 101 goals for and enters the weekend riding a four-game winning streak in which they've averaged 7.5 goals per game over that stretch. Toronto, despite just having four wins on the season, has won two games in a row and will take on UOIT on Thursday night before welcoming Toronto Saturday.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: No.4 Gaels return home to ARC
The No.4 Gaels (12-0) return to the Queen's ARC this weekend as they welcome Nipissing (1-12) on Friday night and Laurentian (3-10) on Saturday, both games are set for 6pm tip-offs.
Queen's reached the No.4 spot in the national rankings this week which is their program best as the previous high was held last week at No.5. The Gaels had a great weekend on the road starting off with a win at the Brock Badgers last Friday. The real test came the following night where Queen's was able to take down the then No.1 ranked McMaster Marauders 70-68. Abby Dixon (North Vancouver, B.C.) came up huge for the Gaels with 16 points, six rebounds and four steals to lead the Gaels. With all four of the other nationally ranked OUA teams facing off against one-another this weekend, the Gaels will have a chance to continue to pull away from the pack to ensure home court throughout the OUA playoffs.
Nipissing has lost six straight heading into the weekend with their only win of the season coming on the road at Waterloo in December. For Laurentian, they will visit York Friday before meeting the Gaels Saturday and have won just once on the road this season also defeating Waterloo.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Singh closing in on 2nd All-Time in points
After starting the season out 6-1 Queen's (6-6) has lost five straight and will look to get back in the win column this weekend when they host Nipissing (5-8) Friday and Laurentian (4-9) Saturday at the Queen's ARC. Both games are set for 8pm tip-offs.
For fifth-year guard Sukhpreet Singh (Toronto) the weekend could prove to be a historical one as he closes in on second overall on the Gaels men's basketball all-time scoring list. Singh currently sits with 1,261 points trailing second place holder Derek Richardson by 18 points as he stands at 1,279. The Gaels career points leader is Mitch Leger who finished his career with 1,337 points.
Laurentian enters the weekend having lost three straight and four of their last five games. They have won just once on the road this season. Nipissing defeated Laurentian 69-66 last weekend and will visit York on Friday before heading to Kingston to take on the Gaels. The Lakers have won three road games this season beating Laurentian, Laurier and Waterloo.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Caroline and Veronica Livingston meet again in battle of sisters
The Queen's women's volleyball team (5-6) are very much alive in the playoff race in the OUA East division but will face a tough test this weekend when they visit Ryerson (8-3) on Friday night and No.2 Toronto (9-0) on Saturday night. Both games are set to start at 6pm.
Queen's has played just two games in 2017 winning both ends of a home-and-home series across two weeks with the RMC Paladins. The Gaels were led by strong serving throughout their win last weekend over RMC. Sierra Hardy (Oakville, Ont.), Danielle Corrigan (North Vancouver, B.C.), Caroline Livingston (Kelowna, B.C.) and Isabelle Birchall (Ottawa) led the way with six, five, four and three aces respectively.
The match Friday night will also mark the second meeting this season between the Livingston sisters Veronica of Ryerson and Caroline of the Gaels.
The Rams enter action this weekend having won three straight and eight of their last nine. They also defeated Queen's back in November in Kingston in straight sets. The Varsity Blues boast one of the top squads in the nation and sit at a perfect 9-0 on the season. The defending national champion Varsity Blues will host RMC on Friday before the Gaels arrive Saturday.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Playoff-like battle
The Queen's Gaels (7-4) enter the weekend tied for the second spot in the OUA East division but will meet Ryerson (7-4) the team they are tied with in Toronto on Friday night. The Gaels then make the trek to visit the Varsity Blues (3-5) on Saturday night with both matches set to start up at 8pm.
The Gaels are winners of two straight taking down RMC in back-to-back weekends. The match with Ryerson will be pivotal as the two teams jockey for playoff positioning and boast identical 7-4 records on the season. The Gaels only home loss of the season came at the hands of Ryerson in a 3-1 match. The Gaels have since gotten middle Will Hoey (Brampton, Ont.) back into the lineup to start 2017 and are hoping for a different result this time around with the Rams.
Ryerson enters the weekend fresh off a loss to Nipissing in straight sets and is just 2-2 at home this season. The Varsity Blues occupy the fifth place spot in the OUA East and are winners of just one of their last four games.