By Ankur Kumar
(WINDSOR, ON) – The last time the Lancers were fortunate to sweep the UOIT Ridgebacks at the Campus Ice Centre was in November 2011. With the team’s most successful start in school history, it should not be a surprise the team has surpassed some of the records. Four Lancers, Drew Palmer, Spencer Pommells, Isak Quakenbush, and Parker Van Buskirk, remain on this season’s roster from the 2011-2012 season and certainly made an impact this past weekend.
After trailing 4-3 on Saturday, the Lancers rallied back with three straight unanswered goals in the third period to regain the lead and win. Although team captain Drew Palmer’s goal in just 35 seconds fuelled the Lancers’ early lead, the UOIT Ridgebacks answered back on the power play midway through the first.
An exchange of goals would eventually result a persuasive lead for the Ridgebacks, even if they were up by just one.
Freshman Dylan Denomme answered back 24 seconds into the third to tie the game at 3-3, but Kevin George once again put the Ridgebacks in the lead.
After a successful power play goal by Ryan Green, the Lancers unleashed a fury thanks to Matt Beaudoin’s game winning goal and eventually the empty netter.
The Lancers won 6-4 on the first night, thanks to the resurgence of the Lancers in the third and the 29 saves of Van Buskirk.
Sunday afternoon was the same story.
Taylor Speed stepped in between the pipes for his second start, the first since the Lancers’ 7-2 win over the RMC Paladins on November 1. Speed gained his second win of the season stopping 31 of 32 shots and helping the Lancers toward a 2-1 victory.
“The team did a good job adjusting to the game,” explained the sophomore goaltender. “The boys played really well in front of me. They battled and cleared shots. It was a big team win and we’re happy we got the four points this weekend.”
While the Lancers have struggled on the penalty kill, they held the Ridgebacks to 0-for-6. Speed was notable for some great saves and it did not go unnoticed by head coach Kevin Hamlin.
“Every team’s best penalty killer has to be their goalie,” Hamlin said. “Taylor Speed made the big saves for us when we needed him. He was the best player.”
Palmer netted a goal in the first game along with an assist, followed by a second goal of the weekend on Sunday. Spencer Pommells collected his 10th goal of the season in the second game of the doubleheader to lead the Lancers and the OUA conference with 29 points. And Matt Beaudoin jumped to second in team scoring with two goals and an assist in the two games.
Up next for the Lancers are the sizzling Waterloo Warriors. The Warriors will bring their four game win streak to South Windsor Arena after stumping the Carleton Ravens, previously winners of nine straight. The Warriors have thwarted three top contenders in the OUA East during their hot streak and will seek to finally get the best of the OUA’s West.