OTTAWA (from University of Ottawa) — The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Men’s Hockey team overcame an early deficit, but narrowly fell short in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Concordia Stingers on Sunday night.
“Big point, at times we were the better team, at times we fell asleep. But considering the opposition we had this weekend, we’re satisfied with that. ” Head Coach Patrick Grandmaître said following the game.
Within the first five minutes of the game, Ottawa found themselves already trailing by a pair of goals, forcing Grandmaître to use his timeout. Mathieu Newcomb kickstarted the comeback late in the frame, with a far-side shot beating goaltender Marc-Antoine Turcotte. Just two minutes into the second, Newcomb buried a blast from the top of the circle on the power play to tie the game.
Concordia managed to regain the lead midway through the frame with a quick passing play to get the puck past Graham Hunt. Animosities boiled between the two clubs as the game progressed, with special teams units hitting the ice often on both sides. For the second time in the game, Ottawa would rely on an early goal in the period to things up. This time, Kevin Domingue raced in uncontested and buried his 16th goal of the season with a quick snapshot.
Following a tightly contested third period, neither team was able to score a go-ahead goal, and the game progressed to overtime. In the extra frame, Domingue used his foot speed to outrace a defender and get a prime shot on goal. Concordia collected the puck, the went to other way searching for a chance of their own.
Hunt made the first save, then found himself out of position, but regained composure in time to make the second save. Hunt’s acrobatic efforts weren’t enough, however, as the Stingers found a way to convert on their next opportunity and take the win. “Our expectations are growing with this group,” Grandmaître said. “We’re showing we can play with anybody. Winning these types of games is not easy, so we’re doing a lot of good things, but to beat these top teams you probably need a full game. I would say ours was 75 to 80-percent full tonight.”
Earlier in the weekend, the Gee-Gees overcame a two-goal deficit, dropping the McGill Redmen by a score of 4-3 in a shootout. Domingue scored his 50th career regular season point, while Matt Dunlop’s first of the season was the game-winner. Up next, Ottawa heads to Trois-Rivières for a mid-week game against the UQTR Patriotes on Jan 24.