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Laurentian boys finding their form on the court as regular season winds down

Voyageurs have won five straight games and sit seventh in national rankings
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A number of Laurentian athletes were in action last week, including the nation's seventh ranked men's basketball team. (File)

A number of Laurentian athletes were in action last week, including the nation's seventh ranked men's basketball team.

The Voyageur's men's basketball team battled some inconsistency throughout the month of January, but have found their form of late, winning five straight games to hold a 15-5 record, good enough for third in their division behind a pair of powerhouses from Ottawa in the 19-1 Carleton Ravens and 16-4 Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Laurentian hit the road over the weekend and came out on top in a pair of games, dropping both Queen's and Ontario Tech by similar scorelines. The Voyageurs got the better of Queen's on Friday, posting an 88-74 victory. On Saturday the team went head-to-head with Ontario Tech and walked away with an 85-75 win.

The team will finish out the regular season on the road this weekend with games against University of Toronto and Ryerson.

On the ladies side of things, the Lady Vees took a weekend split against Queen's and Ontario Tech. The ladies were on the wrong side of a blowout on Friday, as Queen's cruised to a 93-53 win. On Saturday the ladies bounced back against an Ontario Tech team that has won just once this season, posting a razor thin victory of 63-62.

Playoff basketball is not in the cards for the women's team, as they have managed just three wins in 20 games this season and will wrap up the year against the same two teams as the men on Feb. 14 and 15.

Laurentian's hockey teams were both on the ice of the weekend as well, with the men's team taking a pair of losses and the women earning a weekend split.

The men were beaten by the nation's third ranked Carleton team on Friday by a score of 6-3, before being handed a 6-4 loss to Ottawa on Saturday. The women's team was in Toronto over the weekend to take on Ryerson and UofT.

The ladies skated away with a 3-2 win in overtime over Ryerson, before dropping a tough 2-0 loss to the University of Toronto, who are ranked third in Canada.

It was a season to forget for the men's hockey team, who finished up with a record of 5-21-1-1 and dead last in the OUA standings.

The loss for the ladies on Saturday spelled the end of their playoff hopes, as they sit six points back of the eighth and final playoff spot with just two games left on their schedule. The ladies will take on Brock and Guelph this weekend to wrap up the regular season.

Laurentian's swimmers saw success in the pool at the OUA championships last week in Scarborough, with the women finishing fifth overall and the men taking sixth.

Abby McDonald won a bronze medal in the 100m butterfly, while Samuel Boily-Dufour took home three medals - silver 100m freestyle, silver 200m freestyle relay, bronze 50m freestyle.

Laurentian coach Phil Parker was named OUA women's coach of the year.




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