OTTAWA (from Ottawa Gee-Gees) – The Gee-Gees women’s hockey team played their final home game of the regular season Thursday night against their cross-town rivals, the Carleton Ravens. While the teams entered the game with very different records, the matchup was an intense battle throughout, resulting in a 3-2 double-overtime win for the Gee-Gees.
Despite the Gee-Gees leading the season series 3-1, the teams had played three one-goal games, one of which had to be settled in a shootout. Their final matchup of the season ended up being no different than it’s predecessors in terms of excitement. First-year defender Christine Deaudelin’s goal in the second overtime period finally broke a 2-2 deadlock, capping a victorious comeback effort for Ottawa.
The Gee-Gees were first to get on the scoreboard in the second period thanks to a powerplay goal by third-year forward Mélodie Bouchard. The Sept-Îles, Que. native netted her team-leading eighth goal of the season in the win. The Ravens answered late in the second period on a powerplay of their own, sending the game into the second intermission tied at one.
Another power-play goal early in the third period by the Ravens put the Gee-Gees in a tough position, however they rallied and tied the game at the 11:32 mark in the third period. Julie Levesque scored her third goal of the season off a great pass from Veronik Samson to force overtime.
The score remained tied for the first overtime period despite end-to-end action. In the second overtime period, with only three skaters on the ice for each team, the game got even more intense as Gee-Gees goalie Maude Lévesque-Ryan was forced to make a save on a penalty shot after a Carleton player was taken down on a breakaway. With more open ice and a faster pace, Deaudelin was able to score the game-winner on an unassisted rush to cap off the night.
“This win was nice heading into the playoffs because it essentially locks us into the third seed, which is tough in such a great league,” said Gee-Gees Head Coach Yannik Evola following the game.
He also added that the team’s powerplay, which went one-for-three on the night and is currently ranked second in the country at 21.4 per cent, will be very important for the team if they wish to make a successful playoff run.
The Gee-Gees will play their final game of the regular season on Feb. 18 in Montreal against the Concordia Stingers.