To start, UpFront Ottawa would like to congratulate the University of Ottawa women’s soccer team, who became provincial champions yesterday with a tight 1-0 win over the Western Mustangs in the gold medal game. Forward Pilar Khoury scored the game’s lone tally. The GeeGees will look to one-up their own accomplishment when they play in the national CIS championship next weekend in Laval. Good luck ladies!
Sadly, the GeeGees women’s rugby team fell short in the bronze medal game of the nationals, losing 17-5 to Western. Allison MacCormack, Ottawa’s star of the game, scored a try early on, but Western took over the offense from there. It was still the must accomplished season in the history of the program at UOttawa, and head coach Jen Boyd and the team deserve hearty congratulations for their efforts.
The Ottawa Redblacks lost their final home game of the season 34-25 to the Hamilton Tiger Cats on Friday night. The loss drops the Redblacks record to 2-15. Ottawa lead 8-0 after the first quarter and 15-14 at halftime. but costly turnovers in the second half of the game, including two interceptions in the final five minutes of play, allowed Hamilton to grab the victory. Running back Jeremiah Johnson had a strong game for the Redblacks with 131 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Ottawa plays its final game of the CFL season on Friday, November 7, as they travel to Toronto to clash with the Argonauts.
The Ottawa Senators did not fare much better than their football counterparts in a tough 4-2 road loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. The game was arguably even more lopsided than the scoreline, though the team can take nice goals from youngsters Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad as promising signs going forward. New father Robin Lehner took the loss in nets, though he did turn aside 25 shots. The Senators will attempt to get out of a current funk, in which they have lost 4 of the last 5 games, when they welcome the Detroit Red Wings to Canadian Tire Centre tomorrow night at 7:30pm. The game can be seen on TSN5.
In OHL action, the 67’s had a better weekend than their major league brethren. The team went 2-1 on a weekend-long road trip, beating the Niagara Ice Dogs 4-1 and the Guelph Storm 3-2. The only loss came against phenom Connor McDavid‘s Erie Otters, a 7-4 defeat. Hot sniper Dante Salituro “only” notched one goal over the weekend, but the star was goaltender Liam Herbst, who stopped 67 of 70 shots faced in his two wins. This weekend the Ottawa 67’s play at home Friday against the Oshawa Generals, travel to play the Kingston Frontenacs on Saturday, and return home for a Sunday battle with the North Bay Battalion. Update: the home games have been postponed due to an equipment malfunction at TD Place Arena that caused the ice to melt. The Saturday away game against Kingston will be the 67’s lone game of the weekend.
Title image courtesy of Michael Hall and geegees.ca
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