SUDBURY, Ont. (from Queen’s Gaels) — The No. 10 Queen’s Gaels (16-5-3) took their second consecutive victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs (7-16-1) with a 3-1 win Saturday night.
The Gaels were quick to strike in their lone game of the week as defenceman Spencer Abraham (Campbellville, Ont.) opened the scoring on a near end-to-end rush. The Gaels captain circled back into his own zone then rushed the puck past two Voyageurs in the neutral zone. He skated over the Laurentian blue-line and fired a wrist shot through the legs of Mackenzie Savard to put the Gaels on the scoreboard.
Moments later Laurentian got caught for too many men on the ice and the Gaels headed to the power play.
Darcy Greenaway (Wilton, Ont.) potted his 12th goal of the season on the man-advantage, and the Gaels were quickly up 2-0.
In the second, both teams had their chances, but it was Laurentian that was finally able to beat Gaels starting goaltender Kevin Bailie (Belleville, Ont.). At the 17:39 mark Luke McCaw struck for his third of the season to make it a one-goal game.
After 40 minutes the Gaels were still clinging to their 2-1 lead.
The third period saw both teams clamp down on defence as Queen’s only had seven shots on goal and Laurentian just four.
The Gaels were able to extend their lead to 3-1 as Alex Row (Elizabethtown, Ont.) scored his third of the season.
Queen’s held on for the victory and improved to 16-5-3 on the season while moving into sole possession of second place in the OUA East.
By the numbers
16 – Wins for the Gaels just two shy of their all-time record set last year with four games still to play
95 – Career points after his goal tonight for Abraham
4 – Straight wins for the Gaels
The Gaels will host the RMC Paladins at the annual Carr-Harris Cup game Thursday at the Rogers K-Rock Centre. Puck-drop is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.