Kevin Domingue lifts Ottawa past L.U. in game one
by Randy Pascal
Back on November 10th, the Laurentian Voyageurs men's hockey team gave the powerful Ottawa Gee Gees quite the scare, leading the team that
would top the OUA East standings this year, well into the third period, before eventually dropping a 6-5 deicison.
Kevin Domingue almost single-handedly made sure that wasn't about to happen again as the teams reconvened for game one of their first round
divisional best of three quarter final series Wednesday evening at the Gerry McCrory Sports Complex in Sudbury.
Domingue netted no less than four goals as the visiting Gee Gees blasted L.U. 8-1, with the teams back at it again in the nation's capital on Saturday and
Sunday, if necessary.
Kyle Ward, Brendan Jacome, Michael Poirier and Eric Locke rounded out the scoring for Ottawa, while an early second period goal from
Nicolas Dionne, which briefly narrowed the Gee Gees lead to 3-1, provided just about the only bright spot for the homeside.
The first place team (22-2-4-0) chased L.U. starter Michael Giugovaz midway through the second, scoring five times on 30 shots, with local
product Mackenzie Savard not faring a whole lot better against the high-powered offense, allowing three goals on eight shots.
Anthony Brodeur chalked up the victory between the pipes for Ottawa, turning aside 17 of the 18 shots that he faced. All things considered, the
contest was a relatively mild affair, with a total of 13 minor penalties being assessed, along with one misconduct.
The Voyageurs needed a late surge to secure the eighth and final playoff spot this season, their record of 9-18-1-0 (19 points) leaving them 29 points
back of the league-leading Gee Gees.
The L.U. - Ottawa battle stood in stark contrast to the remaining OUA men's hockey playoff games disputed to date, with an astounding nine of eleven
games played settled by just a single goal, with three of those games going to overtime and two more to double overtime.