March 12, 2004  
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SPORTS

Ottawa Gee-Gees

RECORD: 17-3-3-1
(First Place in Far East Division)
PLAYOFFS: Defeated Université du Québec à Trois-Rivière in divisional championship 2-1.

The Ottawa Gee-Gees come into the Queen’s Cup as a virtual unknown to Ontario University Athletics fans in southern Ontario. Playing out of the Far East Division with three teams from Québec, the Gee-Gees did not play any regular season games against Western or the entire Far West Division.

However, if they are looking to prove they are for real, they did so last weekend when they knocked off the reigning national champions and four- time defending Queen’s Cup champions, UQTR.

“We’re happy — but not satisfied yet,” says Ottawa head coach David Leger. “[UQTR] has been our big nemesis, so it’s very rewarding. We’ve finally got beyond the dragon.”

Ottawa finished with a 13-9-2 record a year ago, but Leger says the teams’ turn around is not entirely his work.

“My predecessor did an outstanding job of recruiting this team. We have 13 first-year players and I think we have a good mix of new and returning players.”

Ottawa has a balanced attack from the net out, and has a number of OUA West All-Stars.

“We’re led by our goaltenders Jordan Watt and Mathieu Blanchard,” Leger explains. “They split the workload this season and have been very consistent. We have excellent goaltending.”

On defense, the Gee-Gees are led by first team All-Star Chris Boucher and Nathan Tennant, who racked up 13 and 16 points respectively from the blue line. Up front, Ottawa has high scoring forwards in first team All-Stars Jean-Luc Martin and Rob Rideout, who were both among the league’s leaders in points.

“We’ve benefited from a balanced offensive attack from all four lines.” Leger says. “We’re a good skating team that relies on our high work ethic and disciplined play.”

Ottawa will play on Saturday against the winner of Friday’s Western-Toronto game. Leger says that not knowing who the opponent will be does not change their game plan.

“Our approach all year has been not paying attention to who our opponent is. We focus on the things that are in our control.”

—Ian Denomme

 

 

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