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.