By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – After dominating game one against Lakehead University, the Lancers found themselves looking at a 2-0 deficit as the Thunderwolves went in front in Game 2. However, just 52 seconds after Lakehead’s second goal, the OUA Rookie of the Year, Justin Luciani, got Windsor on the board, and 15 seconds later, Evan Stibbard tied the game.
In the second period it was all Windsor as the Lancers scored three unanswered goals to pull away. Kenny Bradford scored on the power play at 6:56 with what would stand up as the game winner. Another power play goal was notched by Mac McDonnell at 17:07, and that was followed up a minute and a half later by Blake Blondeel.
The third period was quiet with just four minor penalties being handed out. Matt Beaudoin capped the scoring with an unassisted empty-netter at 18:17.
Parker Van Buskirk was in net for the Lancers and turned aside 28 of 30 shots for the win.
Number 9 ranked Windsor now qualifies for the CIS National Championship series, for the first time since 1999, and will be Regina-bound for 20 March. They will also face the winner of the Carleton/McGill eastern final in the Queen’s Cup finals this coming weekend. The Lancers haven’t won the Queen’s Cup since the 1997-98 season.