Men thrive while women struggle in first games of the season
Danny Brasco | Fulcrum Contributor
Men dominate against UQTR in first home game
ON OCT. 13, the U of O men’s hockey team schooled the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes (UQTR) in front of a packed crowd on their home ice.
The Gee’s had a slow start to Saturday’s game, allowing UQTR to take the lead. Patriote forward Louis-Michel Lafreniere scored on goaltender Russell Abbot after only 32 seconds of play.
But the Gees came storming back seven minutes later when second-year forward Matt White scored on the Patriotes net off a rebound. The Gees then scored three consecutive goals, put in the net by forward Alexandre Touchette, and defenders David Foucher and Maxime Latraverse.
One more goal from the Patriotes didn’t faze the shorthanded Gee-Gees, who got two more goals in the third period of the game, scored by forward Matthieu Tanguay-Theriault and Alexandre Touchette.
The Gee’s also won their first game of the season in Montreal against the McGill University Redmen with a score of 4-2. The double victory over the weekend starts the Gee-Gees off with a 2-0-0 season, significant especially because UQTR and McGill were ranked 3rd and 6th place, respectively, in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Top 10.
The Gee-Gees will travel to Montreal to take on the Concordia University Stingers on Oct. 19. Their next home game will be played on Oct. 21 against their cross-town rivals, the Carleton University Ravens.
Ladies lose to rival Ravens, McGill
The women’s hockey team—despite having home-ice advantage and a nearly sold out crowd during their first game of the regular season—lost to the Carleton Ravens by a score of 6-3.
The Gees outshot their competitors 32-20 and got the first goal of the game—scored by forward Dominique Lefebvre—but fell far behind in the second period after failing to keep up with the Ravens and accidentally scoring on their own net.
A powerplay goal from Lefebvre in the third period closed the score gap, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Raven’s three-goal lead.
The Gee’s second match of the season, at McGill University in Montreal, fared no better for the U of O who lost 5-1 to the Martlets in a game full of penalty minutes for the visiting team. Forward Jessica Bouchard scored the lone goal for the Gee-Gees.
The Gee’s have a long rest before traveling to Montreal to take on the Université de Montréal Carabins on October 21. Their next home game is Oct. 27 against the Concordia University Stingers.