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Gaels advance in women’s hockey playoffs

Addi Halladay celebrates a goal
Addi Halladay celebrates after scoring the opening goal in the Queen's Gaels 4-0 win over the Waterloo Warriors at the Memorial Centre on Saturday. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

A quick roundup of Queen’s Gaels teams and athletes competing over the weekend:

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 8 Queen's Gaels avenged their Friday night loss to the Waterloo Warriors with a dominating 4-0 triumph on Saturday night at the Memorial Centre to close out their OUA quarterfinal playoff series. The Gaels dominated from start to finish, outshooting the Warriors 38-19 on the way to their series-clinching victory. 

Stephanie Pascal turned aside all 19 shots she faced for her second shutout of the series. Queen's now advances to the OUA semifinals where they will face the Nipissing Lakers.

The Gaels got goals from Addi Halladay, Katrina Manoukarakis, Michele Knecht, and Brooklyn Bastarache.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 9 Queen’s Gaels lost an overtime heartbreaker to the Concordia Stingers 3-2 in the deciding Game 3 of their series on Sunday afternoon.

The Stingers’ Philippe Sanche scored 51 seconds into overtime to send the Stingers into the next round of the playoffs and eliminate the Gaels.

Slater Doggett scored the opening goal of the game for the Gaels but the Stingers went ahead 2-1 13 minutes into the third period. However, the Gaels quickly tied it up as Jaden Lindo found the back of the net a little over a minute later.

The two teams went into defensive mode from that point, but the Gaels were whistled for a tripping penalty with 1:05 remaining in the game. Concordia was unable to take advantage but would head into overtime with a 55-second power play.

It took hardly any time for the Stingers to take advantage of the power play as Sanche beat Bailie on an odd-man rush just 51 seconds into the extra frame to end the game and the Gaels season.

With this game comes the end of the best season in program history. Queen's set a program record for wins this year with 19.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen’s Gaels saw their season come to a close on Saturday night as the Ottawa Gee-Gees took a 74-63 win in OUA playoff action at the Queen's ARC.

The Gaels started slow and Ottawa took full advantage early.  The Gee-Gees were able to create space and knock-down their shots against the Gaels in the opening minutes building an 11-0 lead. The Gaels responded and scored the next 11 points to tie it up. However at the end of the back-and-forth first half the Gee-gees led 35-26.

In the third quarter, the Gee-Gees stretched their lead to 14 point before the Gaels battled back to close to 51-44.

In the end the gap was too much and the Gaels were eliminated. Abby Dixon led the Gaels with 16 points.

MEN’S VOLEYBALL

The Queen's Gaels beat the Trent Excalibur in a hard-fought four set match 18-25, 25-22, 25-14 and 25-15, giving head coach Brenda Willis a win in her final regular season game before retirement. The Gaels will now meet the Western Mustangs in the OUA playoffs Saturday in London.

After a slow start, losing the opening set, the Gaels found their grove on defence and offence to power past the hosts. Zac Hutchinson led the way with 16 kills. Julian Krygel had a pair of aces.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen’s Gaels were victorious in their final regular season game with a five-set win over the Trent Excalibur 25-16, 22-25, 25-11, 21-25 and 15-11. The Gaels will now meet the Western Mustangs in London on March 3 in the OUA playoffs.

Shannon Neville finished with 12 kills while Caroline Livingston had 10. Isabelle Korchinski and Danielle Corrigan finished with five blocks each.