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Gaels edge Paladins in overtime to claim Carr-Harris Cup

Queen's Gaels men's hockey team celebrate
The Queen's Gaels men's hockey team celebrate after Darcy Greenaway scored in overtime for a 6-5 victory over the RMC Paladins in the Carr-Harris Cup, Thursday night at the Rogers K-Rock Centre. (Photo by Jason Scourse)

The No. 9 Queen’s Gaels men’s hockey team (17-5-3) defeated the RMC Paladins (6-14-5) in the 32nd installment of the Carr-Harris Cup at the Rogers K-Rock Centre on Thursday.

The teams treated the record crowd of 3,524 to an offensive explosion but Darcy Greenaway ended the game with a beautiful end-to-end rush at 1:21 of overtime to send the Gaels home with their third Carr-Harris win in the last four years.

Queen’s jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in the first period on goals by Ryan Bloom, Luke Edwards and Slater Doggett, while Riley Brandt netted his OUA-leading 18th goal of the season for RMC.

The Paladins would tie the score in the second period with goals from David Savery and Brandt, but as period closed out Alex Stothart found the back of the net to put the Gaels up 4-3.

RMC replied quickly after the restart through Rhett Wilcox to even the score. Doggett put Queen’s ahead once again only to see Dylan Giberson send the game to overtime

In a game that saw plenty of scoring chances, the overtime period did not disappoint as both teams were gunning for the game-winning goal. About a minute in, Greenaway took the puck behind his own net and darted up the ice. After skating past one Paladins defender and beating another with a nice move, he was able to score a spinning shot past Austin Hannaford to send the Gaels home with their 20th Carr-Harris Cup.

“It sure was great to watch for the fans. It wasn’t our prettiest effort, but this team never gives up, so we really showed that tonight and fortunately enough we were able to pull out the win,” Greenaway said after the game. “We want to solidify home ice, we also want to be peaking at the right time, and we have three more games to get ready for playoffs.”

Kevin Bailie earned the win in net for the Gaels, making 29 saves while Hannaford took the loss for the Paladins, recording 22 saves.

Doggett was named the Gaels MVP for his two-goal performance while Brandt earned the nod for the Paladins with his three-point effort.

The Carr-Harris Challenge Cup was initiated in 1986 by the International Hockey Hall of Fame in celebration of the oldest rivalry in hockey, now at 132 years.

The game is named in honour of the Carr-Harris family, which has a long-standing connection with both Kingston universities. Robert Carr-Harris was professor of civil engineering at Royal Military College of Canada in 1879 and afterward a professor of general engineering at Queen’s. All of his sons and two of his cousins were cadets at RMC.

The Carr-Harris Challenge Cup trophy features the “Lennie” sculpture by Kingston native Joan Belch.

It depicts Lennox Irving, the Queen’s player who scored the lone goal in the March 10, 1886 inaugural game between RMC and Queen’s.