Ridgebacks hockey team swept in OUA quarter finals

Reporter: Sean OLeary

The UOIT Ridgebacks men’s hockey season has come to an end after being eliminated in their quarter-final series against the nationally ranked Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) Patriotes.
The Patriotes won the best-of-three series 2-0 by scores of 8-3 in game one, and 5-3 in game two.
UOIT made the playoffs as the seventh seed in the OUA’s eastern conference, matching them up with UQTR, defending OUA champions, and this year finished one point out of first place. In two meetings earlier this year, UQTR won both by scores of 5-1 and 7-0. Safe to say, the Ridgebacks were the underdog.
In game one, discipline was the enemy of the Ridgebacks. They gave UQTR eight powerplays, and the Patriotes capitalized on four of them. UOIT essentially handed the Patriotes the game by taking so many penalties, which let UQTR control the pace of the game with their offence, ultimately too much for UOIT to handle.
In the second game, UOIT came out with a much stronger performance, but were unable to handle the Patriotes’ potent offence, allowing two powerplay goals in the second period. Cameron Yuill, Dominic Crnogorac and Jason Shaw scored the goals for the Ridgebacks.
The Ridgebacks finished the year with an 8-24-4 record, but made the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Newly appointed head coach Craig Fisher will start fresh next season and look to improve the team.