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Gaels fourth at women’s basketball nationals; Lose men’s hockey OUA final

[Gaels Women's Basketball]
Abby Dixon of the Queen's Gaels is defended by Stephanie Carr of the Carleton Ravens during the bronze medal game at the U Sports women's basketball championship Sunday, in Vicotria, B.C. (Photo by Armando Tura)

A quick roundup of Queen's Gaels teams in action on the weekend: 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The Queen’s Gaels women's basketball team was unable to solve the Carleton Ravens for a third time this season, falling 53-43 in the U Sports bronze medal match Sunday in Victoria, B.C.

Andrea Priamo led the Gaels in scoring with eight points along with five rebounds. Robyn Pearson and Veronika Lavergne each had six points.

The Ravens’ Catherine Traer led all scorers with 18 points.

The Ravens beat the Gaels in all three matchups this season, including handing Queen’s their only loss in the regular season and in the OUA final.

On Saturday, the Gaels lost their semifinal matchup with the Laval Rouge et Or 78-67.

Gemma Bullard led the Gaels with 17 points while Pearson grabbed 13 rebounds.

On Friday, Queen’s opened the Final 8 tournament with a 60-51 win over the Cape Breton Capers.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 5 Queen’s Gaels lost a thrilling 4-3 battle to the No. 6 York Lions in the Queen’s Cup final Saturday night at Canlan Ice Sports in Toronto.

Despite the loss, the Gaels still advance to the U Sports final in Fredericton, N.B.

After a quiet first, the game picked up in the second. Slater Doggett opened the scoring seven minutes into the frame and Eric Ming put the Gaels up 2-0 two minutes later. However, the Lions hit back with a pair of goals of their own before the period was over.

York went ahead just 23 second after the restart but Doggett tied it up with his second of the game about three minutes later. However, Steven Janes netted the winner at 15:26 to give the Lions the title. 

Gaels goalie Kevin Bailie made 30 saves. The silver-medal is the best result for the Queen’s program in 36 years, since last winning the championship in 1981.

“We made mistakes we don’t normally make, and we weren’t as sound as we normally are,” said Gaels head coach Brett Gibson. “Unfortunately when you get to this point, you have to buy in and do all the little things well, but we were one goal short tonight. We’ve done a lot of good things this year, and we can’t lose that perspective after losing one hockey game. We’ve got to go there (University Cup) focused, and we will probably be the underdog, but we like that title.”

The national tournament starts Thursday at the University of New Brunswick.