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Big wins for Gaels women's hockey

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Shawna Griffin of the Queen's Gaels scores the overtime winner on Saturday against the Western Mustangs at the Memorial Centre. (Photo by Robin Kasem)

Women’s Hockey

The Queen’s Gaels women’s hockey team (10-2-2) head into the winter break with a pair of big wins, including a CIS top-10 clash with Western on the weekend.

Captain Shawna Griffin buried the overtime winner as the No. 6 Gaels edged the No. 4 Western Mustangs 2-1 Sunday afternoon at the Memorial Centre a day after the home side topped the Windsor Lancers 3-2 in a shootout. Fiona Lester netted the game-winning goal in the fourth round.

Micaela Smith scored in regualtion against Western while Mary Coughlin and Taryn Pilon found the back of the net against Windsor.

The Gaels return to action January 2 in the exhibition Theresa Humes Tournament.

Men’s Hockey

The Queen’s Gaels men's hockey team (8-6-1) earned a weekend split at home with a 4-1 win over the Nipissing Lakers on Friday and a 3-1 loss to the Laurentian Voyageurs on Saturday.

Darcy Greenaway, Eric Ming, Kelly Jackson and Braeden Corbeth scored against the Lakers and Spencer Abraham had the lone marker against the Voyageurs. Kevin Baillie was in net for both games.

The Gaels return to action on Jan. 2 when they travel to North Bay, to battle the Nipissing Lakers (9-7-1).

Women's Volleyball

The Queen's Gaels volleyball team (8-3) stretched their win streak to five with a pair of road victories over the Nipissing Lakers (3-7) and the York Lions (4-5).

On Saturday, the Gaels topped Nipissing in straight sets 3-0 with set scores of 25-21, 25-17 and 25-22. A day earlier the squad beat York in four sets 25-18, 27-25, 19-25 and 26-24.

Against Nipissing, Niki Slikboer led the way with 12 points, which included three aces, and Shannon Neville added 11 points. Danielle Blumentrath controlled the game against York with 36 assists while Brett Hagarty had 16 kills to go along with 20 digs.

The Gaels are back in action on Jan. 10 when they host Nipissing at the ARC.

Men's Volleyball

A pair of road wins put the Queen’s Gaels men’s volleyball team (6-4) over .500 on the season heading into the winter break. The Gaels topped the York Lions (5-4) and Nipissing Lakers (2-8) in four sets each.

On Sunday in North Bay, the Gaels took down Nipissing 25-23, 22-25, 25-21 and 25-19. Mike Tomlinson and Philippe Goyer combined for 31 points while Ivo Dramov had a game-high 20 digs.

Against York, Jamie Wright served a solid game finishing with 45 assists while five Gaels finished with double-digits in points as they won 25-21, 25-21, 23-25 and 25-15.

The Gaels return to the court on Jan. 10 when they host Nipissing at the ARC.

Men's Basketball

The Gaels (2-5) won their second game of the OUA season 72-62 against the visiting Algoma Thunderbirds (0-6) on Friday night at the ARC. 

Greg Faulkner led all scorers with 26 points and seven rebounds. Cy Samuels put up 10 points, while Ryall Stroud and Tanner Graham dominated the backboard with 10 rebounds apiece.

The Gaels are back in action on Jan. 9 as they host Nipissing University. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 pm in the ARC.

Women's Basketball

Abby Dixon had her strongest performance of this OUA season leading the Queen’s Gaels women’s basketball team (4-3) with 20 points in their 72-38 win against the Algoma Thunderbirds (0-6).

Along with her 20 points, Dixon had seven steals. Jenny Wright followed with 11 points and rookie guard Marianne Alarie chalked up nine points and four rebounds.

The Gaels will participate in exhibition play over the winter break when they head to Montreal for the Concordia University Reebok Tournament. After the break they will return to regular season action on Jan. 9 when they host Nipissing University at 6 pm in the ARC Main Gym.