OTTAWA, Ont. (from Ottawa Gee-Gees) – Following two tightly contested period, the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees men’s hockey team broke open the game in the third period, scoring four uncontested goals to take the win over the UQTR Patriotes. The 4-0 victory helped extend the Gee-Gees’ recent win streak to three games.
“We stuck to the way we were playing through the first forty minutes. We reminded the guys if you play the right way you’ll get rewarded,” assistant coach Brent Sullivan said following the game. “I think it shows how the guys have bought in. At the end, Quinn [O’Brien] gets an empty net goal in a 3-0 game where he blocks a shot. Some guys would have sold out for that shot, but we’ve got a good group of character guys and we’re happy they’re getting rewarded,” he said.
The first forty minutes of the game were reminiscent of a chess match, with both teams looking to generate chances on the breakaway, but neither able to get past an air-tight defence. Anthony Brodeur was stellar in goal for the Gee-Gees, making 25 of his 33 saves in the first two frames.
With UQTR beginning to show signs of fatigue in the early portions of the third, Ottawa looked to capitalize. Mitchell Gibson opened the scoring seven minutes into the frame, picking up a loose puck and burying it. From the following puck drop, the Gee-Gees continues their relentless attack and nearly scored another one seconds later.
Ottawa’s tenacity would soon be rewarded, as Kevin Domingue scored his 18th of the season minutes later to extend the lead. With four minutes remaining in regulation, Quinn O’Brien would add an insurance marker to create a comfortable lead. The goal also marked his third in as many games.
UQTR would respond by pulling their goaltender in hopes of getting back in the game, but O’Brien’s would tally on the empty net to clinch the win.
Earlier in the weekend, the Gee-Gees overcame an early two goal deficit to take down the Concordia Stingers by a score of 3-2 on the road. O’Brien was the hero, scoring a shorthanded breakaway goal with three minutes to go to clinch the victory. Graham Hunt made 22 saves in the game. Heading into the final weekend of the season, the Gee-Gees will host a pair of home games against Queen’s and UOIT on Feb. 9-10. There’ll still be plenty of playoff implications on the line, with Ottawa able to rise as high as fourth in the standings with a pair of wins.
“We want to ensure we finish off strong here,” Sullivan said. “With our last two games against Queen’s and UOIT, we want to obviously finish with momentum. So we’re going to put the pedal to the floor and see what happens.