The University of Ottawa men’s hockey team lost a 3-2 heart-breaker in Game 1 of its OUA East quarter-final against the Queen’s Gaels in Kingston on Wednesday night.
Connor Sills (Thunder Bay, Ont.) and Jacob Harris (Georgetown, Ont.) had the goals in the loss for uOttawa, which reversed a two-goal deficit before falling at 17:19 of the second overtime on a Dylan Anderson dagger for the hosts.
“It was a tough one,” said uOttawa head coach Patrick Grandmaitre, whose team came within inches of ending Wednesday’s contest just moments before conceding Anderson’s winner. “We had our chances, but they’re the ones that buried on the last one.”
Brock Edwards opened the scoring for Queen’s at the 11:30 mark of the first period, when he threw a puck on net off the rush that snuck under uOttawa starter Anthony Brodeur’s arm and in.
Peter Angelopolous doubled the hosts’ lead at 6:56 of the second period, when he beat Brodeur with a wrist shot from a bad angle. The goal chased Brodeur from the Gee-Gees net, with Graham Hunt (Concord, Mass.) being brought off the bench.
The move seemed to wake the Gee-Gees up, and Sills’s marker less than three minutes later — a pretty finish on a breakaway — cut the Queen’s lead back down to one.
Harris then brought uOttawa level at the 13:20 mark on a quick backhander which surprised Gaels netminder Kevin Bailie.
Both teams had their fair share of chances through the third period and first overtime, but both Hunt and Bailie stood tall in their respective creases to push the game past 10:30 p.m.
Anderson’s winner deep in double overtime, a one-timed effort off an Eric Ming feed, sent the Queen’s faithful home happy and put the Gee-Gees in a 1-0 hole heading home for Friday’s Game 2 — now a must-win.