By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor Lancers goaltender Marissa Kozovski lead the women’s squad to two wins over the weekend including a 26 stop 7-0 shutout against Nipissing Friday night.
The Lancers took the play to the Lakers from the opening face-off but couldn’t put anything past Jacqueline Rochefort until late just before the end of the first frame. Fourth year history student Bree Polci scored her 3rd goal of the season at 16:33, and the home team nursed the lead into the dressing room. Polci’s goal was assisted by Regina, SK, native Jenny MacKnight.
In the second, Windsor struck twice quickly starting at the five minute mark. Markham native Candace Kourounis netted her first goal of the year, assisted by MacKnight and Natalie Barrette. Just 1:55 later, Polci intercepted a pass while killing a penalty and fired a shot past Rochefort for her second of the game.
Windsor was 1 for 5 on the power play while killed off eight shorthanded situations.
Erinn Noseworthy, a second year student from Appin, completed the second period scoring at 15:04, assisted by Polci and MacKnight.
Nipissing head coach made the decision to switch out goaltenders to start the third period. The first year goalie from Chesley, Micaela Stutzki, allowed two goals on seven shots.
Rookie Andrea Benac tallied the first of three Lancer third period goals at 4:23 from Candice Chevalier and Kourounis. Polci then logged her hat trick on the power play at 14:52, set up by Kourounis and MacKnight.
Kourounis rounded out the scoring when she picked up her second goal at 16:37 with assists by Chevalier and Barrette.
On Saturday night the Lancers earned their second win in as many tries as they edged Laurentian Voyagers 3-2 at Tecumseh Arena.
Benac and Kayla Dodson each scoring within the first four minutes of the first period. At 12:32 of the second period, MacKnight scored what would stand up to be the game winner despite two Laurentian goals in the third.
With the two wins, the Lancers now sit alone in 5th spot, in the OUA, with 7 points. The women next host Western at South Windsor Arena on October 26. Game time is 4:00 pm.