Lancers Take Lead In Western Finals

Curtis Longland skates back to the Windsor bench, bloodied but none the worse for wear after a tussle with a Lakehead player. Longland earned a double minor for roughing for his part in the incident. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Curtis Longland skates back to the Windsor bench, bloodied but none the worse for wear after a tussle with a Lakehead player. Longland earned a double minor for roughing for his part in the incident. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Lancers men’s hockey team opened the OUA West Finals, in front of 411 raucous fans at South Windsor last night, drubbing the Lakehead Timberwolves 7-1 in an often chippie game.

Richard Cameron opened the scoring on a deflection for #9 ranked Windsor at 7:27 of the first period. Saverio Posa then scored, what would be the game winning goal, at 12:12. The Lancers would end out the first frame 3-0 as Spencer Pommells bookended the first intermission with his 3rd and 4th goals of the playoffs; the 2nd going coming short handed as Isak Quackenbush served a bench minor.

Derek Lanoue completed Windsor’s 2nd period scoring while Ryan Crevatin and Matt Beaudoin chipped in one each in the 3rd. Lakehead finally got on the score sheet at 16:37 to break the shutout bid by Parker Van Buskirk.

Lakehead’s starting goaltender, Jeff Bosch was chased from the net mid-way through the 2nd period having given up 4 goals on 23 shots in 30:24 of play. His replacement, Justin McDonald didn’t do too much better as he allowed three goals on 19 shots.

The Lancers will now travel to Thunder Bay to take on the Thunderwolves in Game 2 tomorrow evening. If necessary, Game 3 will also take place in Thunder Bay and is scheduled for Sunday.

Windsor is vying for the OUA slot at CIS’s 2014 Potashcorp University Cup in Regina running from 20-23 March.

Third-year Lancer Isak Quackenbush slips by Lakehead's Keith Grondin and heads up ice. Windsor defeated the Thunderwolves 7-1 in the first game of a best of three OUA West Finals. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Third-year Lancer Isak Quackenbush slips by Lakehead’s Keith Grondin and heads up ice. Windsor defeated the Thunderwolves 7-1 in the first game of a best of three OUA West Finals. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Ryan Magill trips up Windsor's Blake Blondeel in the neutral zone. There was no call on the play. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Ryan Magill trips up Windsor’s Blake Blondeel in the neutral zone. There was no call on the play. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Curtis Longland (17) raises his stick in celebration of Richard Cameron's (16) opening goal of the game. Windsor would score six more times before Lakehead could get on the sheet. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Curtis Longland (17) raises his stick in celebration of Richard Cameron’s (16) opening goal of the game. Windsor would score six more times before Lakehead could get on the sheet. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The referee talks to Matt Beaudoin (L) and Andrew Wilkins after play was beginning to deteriorate late in the third period. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The referee talks to Matt Beaudoin (L) and Andrew Wilkins after play was beginning to deteriorate late in the third period. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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