OTTAWA (from Ottawa Gee-Gees) — On Sunday afternoon, the Gee-Gees faced off against the U Sports seventh-ranked Concordia Stingers at the Minto Sports Complex, in their fourth matchup of the RESQ regular season.
The Gee-Gees were able to kill off an early penalty in the first half of the opening period, which was pivotal in establishing confidence in the game.
The Gee-Gees finished off the opening period with a two-man advantage, but the Stingers were able to keep the Gee-Gees off the board. It was not long before the Stingers ended up in the penalty box again, a shot by Alyssa MacMillan beat the Stingers’ keeper and gave the Gee-Gees the lead.
Concordia answered back quickly scoring two goals less than one minute apart to take the lead 2-1. However, the Gee-Gees were on the verge of an offensive onslaught.
A mere two minutes and eight seconds after the Stingers scored their second goal, Roxanne Rioux found Melissa Gregoire at the top of the crease who buried the puck in the Stingers net, tying the game at 2-2.
The Gee-Gees were not content with a tie game however and at the 11:18 mark of the second period, Meaghan McGaughey, a second-year health sciences student from Sudbury, Ont., scored their third goal of the game. The Gee-Gees held their lead for the remainder of the period and went into the final frame with a 3-2 lead.
The Gee-Gees kept their strong offensive performance going into the third period as they scored two goals within two and a half minutes to take complete control of the game. The fourth goal was scored on a blast by Sara Lachance, while Jocelyn Ballantyne snapped the team’s fifth goal past the bewildered Stingers keeper to seal the win.
Concordia scored another goal to narrow the Gee-Gees lead to 5-3, but it was too late, as the game was already in hand for the host Gee-Gees.
After the game coach Yanick Evola spoke highly of the team’s performance but expressed the reality of important games looming before playoffs.
“Today’s game was a great win, and it was fun, but at the end of the day we’ve got to prepare for our next game,” he said. “We’ll enjoy this one today, but starting tomorrow, it’s a new week.”
The Gee-Gees will be in action next Sunday against the U SPORTS eighth-ranked Montreal Carabins in Montreal. The Carabins currently sit atop the RSEQ and are the only team the Gee-Gees have yet to defeat this season.