York Lions win Queen’s
By Ian Denomme
BABY! OH YEAH! WHERE’S RUDY AT? York Lions players
take part in a spirited celebration after winning the Queen’s
Cup final against Ottawa, 3-2.
It only took York University men’s hockey coach Graham Wise
one year to win his first Queen’s Cup championship as the
Ontario University Athletics champions.
On Sunday night at Thompson Arena he finally got his second — 16
years later. The York Lions defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees 3-2 in
the Queen’s Cup final to give York their first championship
since 1988, when they won their fourth of four straight finals.
“ was my first year as head coach,” Wise said. “Dave
Chambers coached the previous three years when we won. Since then,
I had lost four straight finals, and in the first three we didn’t
even score a goal.”
The game, which started very cautiously on each side, turned out
to be a nail-bitter with the winning goal coming with just over
one minute left to play in regulation.
After a scoreless first period in which both teams looked like
they were playing to make sure nobody got hurt, the action picked
up in the second period.
York got on the scoreboard first on a goal by Jerry Connell half
way through the period. They added to their lead shortly after
when Phil Knapp gave the Lions a 2-0 lead. York looked to have
things well in hand until Ottawa’s Dave Campbell scored a
weak goal that beat Derek Dolson, who was coming off a 50-save
performance against Lakehead on Saturday.
That set the stage for an exciting third period with Ottawa pressing
to try to get the tying goal. York managed to hang on for most
of the period, but Nevin Patterson scored at 13:46 to tie the game.
The rest of the period was again played conservatively and it looked
as though the game would head to overtime.
That was until an unlikely hero stepped up for the Lions. With
just over a minute to play, after a scramble in front of the net
and some confusion on both sides, the puck came out to Rich Kearns,
who put it into the back of the net and won his team the Queen’s
Cup on just his third goal of the season.
“I just spun around and put it on net, and the goalie was
out of position,” Kearns said. “I’m a third-line
guy and I’m used to playing against the other team’s
top line. Usually it’s my job to keep the puck out of the
Wise said he was proud of his team, which few thought would get
SHARE THE BISCUIT, MR. CHRISTIE. Ottawa forward Jonathan Robert
(right) protects the puck better than any crazed cookie aficionado
from York blueliner Steve Chabbert (left).
“I give all the credit to the players. They kept battling.
No one expected us to get here, but we just stuck to the game plan.
Ottawa’s a helluva team — we tied them in our only
regular season game and we almost went to overtime with them again.”
Ottawa coach David Leger was obviously disappointed, but said
he was happy the team reached their goal of getting to nationals.
“There were two good teams here tonight and one had to lose.
I’d rather lose here than at nationals.”
By winning their semi-final games on Saturday, both York and Ottawa
will be heading to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships
next week in New Brunswick, which may have caused some of the restrained
play. Wise disagreed.
“We coach every game to win,” he said. “We were
not thinking about nationals, we were thinking about the Queen’s