Women win Pink the Rink game; men rack up two more wins
The Gee-Gees took down the Carleton Ravens while fighting breast cancer to raise $1,000 in their Nov. 9 game. Both teams were able to bring out a large crowd to support their breast cancer fundraiser.
Students and fans from all over the city came to cheer on the cross-town rivals, including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.
“Having both women’s hockey teams from different sides of the city creates a real community feeling,” said Watson.
“This game allows the ladies to go out there and battle for all those who survived and are still battling cancer,” said Gees’ head coach Yanick Evola.
With pink tape on the players’ sticks, pink laces on their skates, and pink all around the arena, the fundraiser’s cause was obvious. The first period began with both teams coming out of the gates strong. Defence was tight, and the score remained 0–0 for the entire first period.
The Gee-Gees scored a quick goal to start the second period from second-year general arts student Cindy Laurin with the assist from second-year communication student Maude Laramée. With four minutes left on the clock in the second, third-year social sciences student Carling Chown scored the Gee-Gees’ second goal.
In the third, the tempo finally picked up for the Ravens. Three minutes in, Carleton got their first goal from Ainslee Kent. The Ravens took out their goalie in the final minutes of the game in an attempt to tie up the game but failed to capitalize. Gees’ second-year linguistic student Carol-Ann Upshall scored an empty-net goal and finished the game finished with a final score of 3–1 for the Gees.
Double win weekend for men’s hockey
The Gee-Gees men’s hockey team took on the Western Mustangs on Nov. 8 and the Guelph Gryphons on Nov. 9, and came out of the weekend with two wins.
The Gees’ first game against Western opened with strong offence and with six minutes left in the first quarter, second-year engineering student Trevor Layton scored the first goal of the game with an assist from first-year environmental science student Taylor Colins. Right before the period ended, fourth-year history student Stephen Blunden scored the next goal for the Gee-Gees and put the Gees up by two.
In the second period, Western scored the team’s first goal and began the third with another. The game was tied at 2–2 when the Gees fought back with another goal from Blunden to the top corner from the hash mark. Gee-Gees third-year social sciences student Mathieu Leduc scored the final empty-net goal and ended the game with a 4–2 victory.
On Nov. 9, the Gee-Gees dominated the entire game and racked up five goals in the third period alone. Ottawa came out on top with a final score of 8–3 over Guelph. The game ended with 50 shots for the Gees compared to 24 for the Gryphons. Each team had 22 penalty minutes.
Third-year human kinetics student Mathieu Ouellette played a great game with two goals and two assists. Third-year social sciences student Alexandre Touchette also had a strong game with two goals. According to Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) statistics, the Gee-Gees are second in the country for shots overall, third for power play opportunities, and sixth for power play goals. Head coach Réal Paiement said the team is playing better with every game.
“Our team is playing with more and more confidence and it showed,” he said.