MONTREAL - The Queen's Gaels lost 22-17 on a rainy afternoon in Montreal to the McGill Redmen in CIS football exhibition action. Nate Hobbs connected on a short pass with Peter Hannon for the Gaels lone touchdown.
The weather conditions slowed down the pace of the game early as the rain was a constant and neither team was able to sustain any offence to start out the game.
The Redmen got the first chance to hit the scoreboard on offence as Nicolas English lined up for a 23-yard field goal but missed. The ball went through the back of the end zone, and the Redmen picked up a single point.
Aided by a 15-yard run from Gaels running back Jonah Pataki, the Gaels found the scoreboard two possessions later as Nick Liberatore hit a 30-yard field goal to make it 3-1 Gaels.
From there the Gaels defence stood tall. First, a Cam Lawson sack forced McGill deep into their own territory. Rather than punt the ball away they conceded their first of three safeties on the afternoon making it 5-1 Gaels.
After Liberatore missed a field goal but picked up a single, McGill conceded another safety in the third quarter, and Queen's opened up an 8-1 lead.
The Gaels defence stepped up once again as Tyler Roy got the McGill quarterback Frédéric Paquette-Perrault who fumbled and Roy collected on the Redmen two yard line. From there Nate Hobbs connected with Peter Hannon for an easy two-yard score making it 15-1 Queen's.
After a late touchdown in the third quarter, the Redmen put together a big fourth. It started out with a third and goal play where Paquette-Perrault threw a touchdown pass to Joel Soucy tying the game at 15-15.
After McGill had conceded a safety to give Queen's a 17-15 lead, the Redmen pushed through with another touchdown as Dominic Perron caught his second score of the game securing the 22-17 win for the home team.
BY THE NUMBERS
7 - More days until the OUA season starts
6 - The Gaels defence forced McGill to concede a safety on three occasions, scoring a touchdown worth of points for Queen's
2 - Touchdowns for Perron in the game for McGill
36 - Yard run for Gaels running back Adam Black was the longest play of the day on offence
The Gaels open up their 2016 OUA campaign as they travel to Waterloo next Sunday to take on the Laurier Golden Hawks. Kick-off is set for 1pm and the game can be seen live on OUA.tv.
To purchase tickets to the Gaels upcoming home football games visit www.gogaelsgo.com/tickets.
Source: Queen's Gaels