By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – Dropping the first match, in a shootout, on Friday, the Lancers women rebounded Saturday and took away 3 of 4 available points in OUA hockey play. The ladies are now 8-2-2 on the year, good enough for 18 points and 3rd place overall.
Friday’s game saw the women face-off against nationally ranked Guelph at South Windsor Arena. While the Gryphons opened the scoring at 7:04 of the 1st period, Windsor’s Candace Kourounis tied the score, with helpers from Shailyn Waites and Natalie Barrette, less than 5 minutes later.
The lone markers in the 2nd period came when Barrette added a goal of her own, a five-hole shot from the point, assisted by Larissa Borowiec and Jillian Rops, to send the Blue and Gold into the dressing room with a 2-1 lead.
The Lancers jumped all over an early power play in the 3rd when Erinn Noseworthy deposited the puck behind Stephanie Nehring at the 4:39 mark. The goal, assisted by Barrette and Jenny MacKnight, one of two Lancers named to Canada’s 2015 Universiades team. However, within a span of just over two minutes, Guelph had tied the game to force a 5 minute overtime that proved nothing.
In the shootout, Jessica Pinkerton skated away with the only goal, and gave Guelph a 4-3 win over Windsor. Marissa Kozovski took the loss between the pipes for Windsor and allowed 3 goals on 24 shots.
On Saturday evening, the Lancers rebounded from the loss to Guelph by dominating play against the visiting Brock Badgers. Windsor scored early and they scored often against Brock goaltender Emily Kelly, who took the loss.
The multi-sport Krystin Lawrence opened the scoring at 1:44 of the 1st on a goal set up by Kourounis. Noseworthy then scored her second goal of the weekend at 9:47 from MacKnight. MacKnight took advantage of a Brock let down with a tally just 16 seconds later, Noseworthy returning the favour, along with Bree Polci, MacKnight’s Team Canada teammate.
MacKnight notched her second of the game, again from Noseworthy and Polci, just over a minute into the 2nd act. Kourounis added Windsor’s 5th goal of the night, assisted by Lawrence and Shailyn Waites. The goal chased Kelly from the net in favour of Stephanie Loukes, after giving up 5 goals on just 11 shots.
MacKnight welcomed Loukes to Windsor by completing her hat trick at the 19:12 mark of the 2nd, this time helped by Waites and Barrette.
Brock managed to get on the scoreboard when a defensive lapse led to a power play goal by Jessica Fickel, and ruined Ingrid Sandven’s shutout bid. In just her first start of the season, Sandven made 13 saves for the win.
The men’s hockey side had two skirmishes in Oshawa opposite the UOIT Ridgebacks. In the first battle on Saturday, fans saw four lead changes as the two teams traded goals before Matt Beaudoin potted two in the final half of the 3rd frame to edge Windsor ahead, for good, 6-4. Worthy of mention were 3 assists by Julian Luciani.
In the Sunday afternoon rematch, the game was a close run thing, with the score tied 1-1, on a tying goal by Drew Palmer, late into the 3rd period. The Lancers were showing some tiredness as the Ridgebacks carried much of the play.
With less than 8 minutes to play, Spencer Pommells, the OUA leading scorer, was left alone in front of the UOIT net and drove a rebound into the twine. Despite Windsor goaltender Taylor Speed giving up the puck with just seconds remaining, the Dogs couldn’t hit the open net, and the Pommells goal would hold up, his 5th game winner of the season, as the Lancers swept two in the ‘Shwa.
The Lancers basketball teams were on the north shore of Lake Superior to face Lakehead on Saturday evening. In the women’s game, Cheyanne Roger (19 points, 9 rebounds) and Korissa Williams (18 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals) put in strong performances in the 80-70 Windsor win over the Thunderwolves. The win was especially poignant as the Lancers had only eight players available due to injuries.
There are now four teams in the OUA with five wins, but only the Lancers are without a loss. The win over Lakehead pushes Windsor into 1st place in the OUA West, half a game in front of Laurier. Their next challenge will come against Brock (2-3) at home on Friday and then McMaster (5-1) on Saturday.
The men’s squad mirrored the win in Thunder Bay by disposing of Lakehead by a score of 85-76. Evan Matthews registered the double-double for the Blue and Gold by dropping 14 points and pulling down 13 boards.
“Evan Matthews was spectacular the whole game,” explained head coach Chris Oliver. “He provided the much needed rim protection and rebounding we needed the whole game.”
Rotimi Osuntola Jr contributed a game high 22 points and Mitch Farrell chipped in 15 points in 30 minutes.
“Mike Rocca and Mitch Farrell also made big shots at the right time, especially when we pushed and maintained the lead in the second half,” Oliver said.
Windsor now sits atop the OUA West at 4-1, a half game in front of Western (4-2). The Lancers will now return home for two home games this week against Brock (2-3) and McMaster (4-2) at St Denis Fieldhouse.
Men’s volleyball split their weekend matches by dropping a 3-2 decision to York on Friday and sweeping Nipissing 3-0 the following day. Their record on the season now stands at 4-4 and the team is tied for 6th place in the OUA with Queen’s and Western. They will travel to Toronto this coming weekend to face the Varsity Blues and the Ryerson Rams.