February 12, 2019 8:35 am

Queen’s has home-ice advantage in their playoff series with Concordia

The Queen's Gaels play the Concordia Stingers in the opening round of the OUA hockey playoffs

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The Ontario University men’s hockey playoffs begin on Wednesday at the Kingston Memorial Centre.

The Queen’s Gaels will play the Concordia Stingers from Montreal in a best-of-three series. Game time is 7.30 p.m.

“It’s an exciting time of year,” said Gaels defenceman Nevin Guy.

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The third-year Arts and Science student from Mountain, Ont., looks forward to playing Concordia in the postseason for the third year in a row.

“We beat them two years ago, but they knocked us off last year,” said Guy, a graduate of the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s.

“They’re a good team with lots of skill. We match up well. The guys are pretty excited and it should be a great series. If we stick to our game plan and do what we do best, I think we should be able to come out on top.”

The Gaels finished in third place in the OUA’s Eastern Conference standings with 38 points. The Stingers ended up with 32.

“If we work hard, that hard work should get us through,” said Gaels forward Francesco Vilardi.

The Kingston native has OHL experience as well. Vilardi spent three seasons with the Plymouth Whalers and Flint Firebirds.

“We need to outwork them,” said Vilardi.

“It’s a great time of year to be a hockey player. The playoffs is what it’s all about. We have an opportunity to do something special here. We haven’t won the Queen’s Cup in a long time and that’s the ultimate goal. Hopefully, we can get that done this year.”

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Game two in the series will be played on Friday in Montreal.

If a third and deciding game is necessary, it is scheduled for Saturday night at the Memorial Centre.

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