The Queen’s Gaels believe they have what it takes to win their second Ontario college hockey title in three years.
Brett Gibson’s club is currently in first place in the OUA East Division with a 6-0-1 record.
“We don’t want to get too far ahead, but so far everything is going well,” says freshman forward Jonathan Yantsis.
Yantsis played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kitchener Rangers. In his first seven games with the Gaels, Yantsis has posted a whopping 16 points.
“I’m playing grown men now,” the 22-year-old from Markham joked.
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“It’s a much more physical league because the players are a bit older and stronger, so some adjustments are needed. The veterans here have really helped make my transition from junior major to college smooth. “
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One of those veterans is Patrick Sanvido. The fifth-year Arts and Sciences student from Guelph, Ontario, enters his third year as captain of the hockey club.
“Our record so far is excellent, but we expect more from ourselves,” said the former OHL Sudbury Wolves star.
“There are little things we can improve on,” the six-foot-five defender continued.
“This is one of the best teams I have ever been a part of. It is similar to our championship team in 2019. We are fast, we are big and we have skill. We also have nine defenders with significant junior experience. That makes things difficult for Coach Gibson. You have some tough decisions to make when it comes to healthy scratches. “
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The Gaels have a home game left before Christmas break.
On Friday, the Tri-Color will face the North Bay Nippising Lakers. Game time is 7:30 pm at the Kingston Memorial Center on York Street.
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