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SPORTS ROUNDUP: Gaels advance after OT thriller

[Kelly Jackson]
Kelly Jackson scored the series-winning goal in overtime as the Queen's Gaels topped the Laurentian Voyageurs. (Photo by Max Materne)

The following is a roundup of the Queen's Gaels teams that were in action over the weekend:

Men’s Hockey

Kelly Jackson netted the overtime winner as the Queen's Gaels men's hockey team defeated the Laurentian Voyageurs 2-1 Sunday night to take their series 2-1 and advance to the OUA East semifinals.

The Gaels dropped the first game of the series at home but were able to rebound with a pair of road victories in Sudbury 3-1 Friday and 2-1 in overtime on Sunday. The Gaels now face McGill in their OUA East semifinal series.

The Voyageurs opened the scoring in a tight-checking first period but Gaels captain Corey Bureau netted the equalizer in the second with Kris Grant and Jackson picking up assists. Queen's then clinched the series victory at the 3:06 mark of overtime as Jackson registered his second of the playoffs. 

Women’s Hockey

The No .5 Queen’s Gaels women's hockey team wrapped up their OUA regular season Saturday night on the road, defeating the Windsor Lancers 5-2. With the win the Gaels clinched third place in the OUA and will start their playoffs against Laurier this week.

The Gaels picked up goals from Addi Halladay, Shawna Griffin (2), Nadia Larocca and Clare McKellar. Caitlyn Lahonen made 35 saves for the win.

The Gaels sit tied for third place in the OUA division as they finish the season with a 16-5-3 record. Queen's holds the tiebreaker with Toronto thanks to a 1-0-1 record this year against the Varsity Blues.

On Friday, the Gaels lost to the No. 3 Western Mustangs 4-1 with Halladay netting the lone marker for Queen’s.

Men’s Volleyball

The Queen's Gaels men’s volleyball team suffered a tough loss to the York Lions 3-1 to end their 2014-15 season on Sunday night at York University. Final set scores for the match finished 19-25, 25-22, 29-27 and 25-20.

On the night the Gaels were led by Mike Tomlinson, who finished with a team-high 18 kills and 22 points while Scott Brunet had five kills and five blocks.

Women’s Volleyball

The Queen's Gaels women’s volleyball team were outdone in straight sets 3-0 by the No. 3 Varsity Blues in Toronto on Saturday afternoon to finish their 2014-15 season. Set scores finished 25-12, 25-12, 25-17 in favour of Toronto.

The Varsity Blues were simply too much for the Gaels nearly doubling them in kills and finishing with nine more blocks. Queen's was led by Bret Hagarty who finished with 10 kills and 13 digs for the Gaels while libero Becky Wilson led the team with 21 digs.

Women’s Basketball

The Queen’s Gaels women’s basketball team (10-7) saw a slight halftime advantage slip away and lost 60-51 against the Ottawa Gee-Gees (11-5) on Saturday night at the ARC main gym in Kingston. Liz Boag and Abby Dixon led the Gaels with 11 points each while Emily Hazlett followed them with 10 points of her own. On the boards the Gaels had a big night from Robyn Pearson who grabbed 13 rebounds.

The Gaels honoured their three graduating players Boag, who hit the 1,000-point mark a night before, Gemma Bullard and Jenny Wright.

On Friday, the Gaels were 83-51 winners over the Carleton Ravens (7-9).

The Gaels will be on the road to Toronto on Feb. 20 when they take on the No. 7 Ryerson Rams.

Men’s Basketball

The Queen’s Gaels men’s basketball team (5-12) wrapped up their final regular season home game with a strong second half performance in their 91-81 loss against the No. 2 Ottawa Gee-Gees (16-1) Saturday at the ARC main gym.

Patrick Street led the Gaels with 22 points while Cy Samuels picked up a double-double performance with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Gaels had a big night from rookies Tanner Graham who scored 17 points and Sammy Ayisi who scored 10 points.

The Gaels honoured their graduating fifth-year athlete Greg Faulkner. Faulkner leads the Gaels with an average of 20.7 points a game ranking him sixth on the CIS charts. 

On Friday the Gaels tumbled to a tough 114-45 loss against the No. 1 Carleton Ravens (14-2).

The Gaels next play in Toronto on Friday when they face the No. 3 Ryerson Rams.