Gee-Gees Beat Stingers In Shootout
The Stingers Lose Ground In Race For Third
Fans at the Ed Meagher Arena were treated to a thrilling match on Sunday afternoon as the Stingers and University of Ottawa Gee-Gees needed overtime and a shootout to decide a winner. The Gee-Gees prevailed in the shootout, securing a 2-1 victory over Concordia.
This was the fourth consecutive loss for the Stingers and the team has been held to only three goals over this span.
Forward Devon Thompson scored the Stingers lone goal in the second period. The goal was her team leading sixth of the season.
“We didn’t come out with the result we wanted, but you win some and you lose some,” Thompson said when asked about her team’s recent struggles. “When the game doesn’t turn out the way you want it to, you learn from it, and we’re just going to come out ready for Friday’s game.”
“We aren’t capitalizing on the chances we get,” said Stingers defenseman Caroll-Ann Gagné. “Maybe we’re saving all our goals for the playoffs but I think next weekend everything will start to workout.”
Despite the loss, Stingers coach Les Lawton is not worried about his team’s current losing streak.
“I’m not really concerned about the four loses in a row. It’s more the lack of offense that bothers me,” said Lawton. “We’ve had some real close games. The team played well defensively, we’ve just had trouble scoring goals.”
This was Concordia’s fifth game against the Gee-Gees this season. The Stingers lost three of those games and won two. Two goals or less were the deciding factors in each one, with two of those games going to shootouts.
“Both teams have great goaltending and their goalies are tough to beat,” said Lawton when asked about his team’s close games with Ottawa. “The game went into a shootout and they just scored one more than us.”
Concordia and Ottawa are battling for third spot in their division. Concordia currently has a three point lead with two games remaining and are 13 points behind second place McGill.
The Stingers next game will be at Carleton University on Feb. 20, before finishing up the regular season at home on Feb. 22 against the Université de Montreal Carabins.