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SPORTS ROUNDUP: Women's hockey team tumbles out of playoffs

[Gaels Women's Hockey]
Members of the Queen's Gaels and the Laurier Golden Hawks battle for the puck during Saturday's game at the Memorial Centre. (Photo by Michael Parkinson)

Women’s Hockey

The No. 6 Queen’s Gaels women's hockey team saw their 2014-2015 season come to an end as they were defeated by the Laurier Golden Hawks 3-2 Saturday night at the Memorial Centre, losing their best-of-three series 2-0.

The Gaels opened the scoring in the first frame on the powerplay as Danielle Girard tallied her first of the playoffs. The Golden Hawks evened the score in the second period on a goal from Jessie Hurrell. Queen's responded and regained their lead as Danielle Bishoff found the back of the net at the nine-minute mark.

The Gaels were unable to fend off Laurier's offence and preserve their advantage as the Golden Hawks registered back-to-back tallies to grab their first lead of the night. Queen's could not find the equalizer to force overtime as Laurier secured the victory.

Final shots were 29-27 in favour of Queen's. Caitlyn Lahonen made 24 saves.

Men’s Hockey

The season drew to an end for the Queen’s Gaels men's hockey team as they were defeated 3-1 by the No. 6 McGill Redmen in Game 2 of their OUA semifinal matchup Friday night at the Memorial Centre.

The series picked up right where it left off in Montreal as goalies Kevin Bailie and Jacob Gervais-Chouinard continued their dominant play between the pipes. After a scoreless first it didn’t take long for the Gaels to find the back of the net in the second period as Patrick McGillis tallied his first of the playoffs just 48 seconds in. 

However, penalties in the final frame cost the Gaels the series as Samuel Labrecque registered back-to-back powerplay markers in a 17-second span to give the Redmen their first lead of the night, while an empty-netter in the final minute of play rounded out the scoring. Bailie made 55 saves on the night.

Women’s Basketball

The Queen’s Gaels women’s basketball team (12-8) wrapped up their 2014-15 OUA regular season on Saturday with an 81-65 win over the Toronto Varsity Blues (10-10).

The Gaels were led by Jenny Wright with 18 points while Abby Dixon and Liz Boag added 13 points each.

On Friday, the Gaels tumbled 72-62 against the No. 7 Ryerson Rams (16-3). Boag put up a game-high 19 points while rookie Marianne Alarie contributed 12 points and Emily Hazlett added 11 points and six assists.

The Gaels now face the Laurentian Voyageurs (8-11) in the first round of the OUA playoffs Wednesday at the Athletics and Recreation Centre at 6 pm. The Gaels won 89-62 when the teams met in Kingston on Jan. 10.

The winner faces the Laurier Golden Hawks (17-3) on Saturday in Waterloo at 2 pm.

Men’s Basketball

The Queen’s Gaels men’s basketball team (5-14) was edged out of the OUA playoffs by the Toronto Varsity Blues (6-13), who won their final regular season game 87-79 Saturday.

The Gaels were led by Sukhpreet Singh who scored a game-high 20 points and Greg Faulkner who finished off his five-year university basketball career with 18 points. Tanner Graham grabbed a double-double performance with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

On Friday, the Gaels fell 94-67 to the No. 3 Ryerson Rams (17-2). Graham led the Gaels with 16 points and five assists.