- Gaels: Saturday's 94-71 win over Lakehead (it was a five-point game after three quarters) restores some of the excitement. Baris Ondul, the third-year guard from Istanbul, had a career night with 30 points in 24 minutes, making 6-of-8 threes. The announced attendance was double that of the previous night, which shouldn't be discounted.
It's really cold out. The Queen's hockey team was playing at the same time, Lakehead isn't a big rival or a name school like Carleton, and students are busy with term papers and exams. Regardless, the turnout (543 fans) was decent. Either that or they counted twice.
Nick DiDonato, who like Ondul also comes for a faraway, exotic place (Sault Ste. Marie), was also lights-out, hitting 4-of-5 three-pointers.
Seeing that the Gaels allowed 92 points a Friday's loss to McMaster was a bit of a shock, but they might have been due for a lapse after keeping a couple teams down in the 50s. Starting the OUA East portion of the schedule vs. Toronto and Ryerson on Jan. 4-5 will be tough.
- Ravens: Give second-year guard Mike Kenny a nod for chipping in well during the Ravens' road wins at Brock and Guelph: 15 points in 29 minutes on 6-of-12 over the weekend, including a late basket that helped thwart a Brock comeback on Friday.
(Aaron Doornekamp averaged 18 points, nine boards across these two games... is it OK to mention that? The other Ravens forward from Odessa, Jacqui Snyder, contributed eight points to Carleton women's 53-41 win over Guelph despite playing just 11 minutes.
- Gee-Gees: The U of O was probably due for this -- a 12-point loss at Brock
- Gaels: Queen's goalie Brady Morrison faced 47 shots in 47 minutes before leaving with a minor injury in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Trois-Rivieres. At that rate, he might have to sign on with the Frontenacs, who've made not helping the goalie an art form, just for an easy night. (Fat chance of that happening, of course, but the joke is worth it.)
According to the summaries, Morrison and Ryan Gibb faced 104 shots over two games this weekend. Don't miss the point, though: Queen's split this weekend, enough to stay in first place, one point ahead of Toronto (which had a big weekend) and two ahead of RMC.
It doesn't hurt the Gaels that they miss Lakehead in the New Year, while both RMC and Toronto play that team twice. They drew the long straw in the scheduling and travel to lowly Windsor instead.
- Ravens: It's difficult to muster enthusiasm about the Big One and little three women's league, but credit Carleton for taking Saturday's rivalry game 2-1 in a shootout over the Gee-Gees, with rookie Amanda Mulhig beating the U of O. They've got the rivalry, isn't that enough? (All we want for Christmas is someone, anyone, to take a point off McGill.)
That 5-2 setback vs. U of T on Friday night could end costing the Carleton men (7-8-1) in an end-of-season tiebreaker scenario, since Varsity swept the season series. .
- Gee-Gees: An empty weekend (4-3 loss at Toronto; 5-3 at Ryerson) really puts the Gee-Gees in a tight playoff race in OUA. They can go toe-to-toe with the top teams in the conference, but they're also in what shapes up as four-way fight for two spots.
The Gee-Gees must be cursing Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. The OHL team he owns, the Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors, carried Ryerson forward Brent Small for half a season a few years ago, meaning he couldn't go to the NCAA. So he's at Ryerson, where he had three goals on Saturday, giving him five in two games vs. Ottawa.