(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,
“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
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
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.”