Sports Roundup: UOttawa’s men’s basketball team to host semi-finals Saturday

Your weekly round-up of sports in Ottawa for March 7-March 14, 2022.

Ottawa 67’s

The 67’s dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the Peterborough Petes on Friday (Mar. 11). Former head coach André Tourigny was in town on Monday (Mar. 14) with his Arizona Coyotes to take on the Ottawa Senators and took part in a ceremonial puck drop before watching the team he coached for three seasons fall 7-3 to the Niagara IceDogs.

Amid a seven-game homestand, the 67’s face Kingston on Wednesday (Mar. 16) while a pair of games against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday and Sunday (Mar. 19-20) close out the week. All games start at 2pm – March break. The 67’s currently sit 7th in the Eastern Conference, 10 points ahead of the 9th place Sudbury Wolves who sit just outside the playoff picture.

Carleton Ravens

Men’s Basketball swept Queen’s on the week, 86-46 (Mar. 11) and 94-75 (Mar. 12), capturing top spot in the OUA East with a 14-0 record and earning a first-round playoff bye. The Ravens will host the winner of the Ryerson vs. Laurentian match-up on Saturday (Mar. 19). Connor Vreeken was named Raven’s Men’s Athlete of the Week.

Women’s Basketball split their games against Queen’s, winning 64-61 on Friday (Mar.11) before dropping a 71-60 contest at home on Saturday (Mar. 12). Also earning a first-round bye – finishing 2nd in the OUA East with a 10-4 record – it awaits the winner of Ottawa and Laurentian for it’s Saturday (Mar. 19) match-up. Madison Reid was named Raven’s Women’s Athlete of the Week.

Men’s Hockey fell 5-1 to the Concordia Stingers on Tuesday (Mar. 8), finishing with a 4-4-3 record on the season. It will face the UQTR Patriotes in an East quarterfinal single-elimination game on Wednesday (Mar. 16).

Women’s Hockey season came to an end on Sunday (Mar. 13) in a 2-0 loss to the Montreal Carabins in the second game of a best-of-three bronze medal semi-final. The Ravens lost 1-0 in the first game on Thursday (Mar.10).

University of Ottawa Gee-Gees

Men’s Basketball split a pair of home games with the Laurentian Voyageurs, winning 76-58 on Friday (Mar. 11) before losing by a single point, 61-60, on Saturday (Mar. 12). It finished second – only behind Carleton – in the OUA East division with a 13-3 record, earning a first-round bye. It awaits the winner of Nipissing and Queen’s and will host the semi-final on Saturday (Mar. 19).

Women’s Basketball was scheduled to play two games against the Laurentian Voyageurs (Mar. 11-12) but both games were cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols within the Laurentian squad. The team finished third place in the OUA East division with a 10-4 record. The teams will meet in a first-round playoff match on Wednesday (Mar. 16).

Men’s Hockey defeated McGill’s Redbirds 3-1 on Friday (Mar. 11) before losing 3-2 to the UQTR Patriotes on Saturday (Mar. 12), finishing the season with a 9-8-1 record. It faces the Nipissing Lakers on Wednesday (Mar. 16) in an East quarterfinal single-elimination game.

Women’s Hockey is set to take on the Bishop’s Gaiters in a best-of-three bronze medal semi-final, beginning on Thursday (Mar. 17), continuing Saturday (Nov. 19) with a third match scheduled for Sunday (Mar. 20) if required. Originally scheduled to begin on Mar. 10, the postponement was made to allow a number of Gee-Gees to exit COVID-19 protocols.

Ottawa Titans

The Titans signed Canadian pitcher Evan Grills for the 2022 season. The Lefty was selected in the 10th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros and owns a career 4.25 ERA over 608 minor league innings.

Grills will continue to serve as a pitching coach for the Ottawa-Nepean Canadians youth baseball club.