Lancers Close 2014 On A Down Note

Spencer Pommells (11) scores in OUA Hockey at South Windsor Arena  between the Windsor Lancers and Western Mustangs on 03-Dec-14.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Spencer Pommells (11) scores in OUA Hockey at South Windsor Arena between the Windsor Lancers and Western Mustangs on 03-Dec-14.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Even with seven goals in the game, there was very little in the way of scoring chances created between the University of Windsor Lancers and Western University Mustangs. However, both teams took advantage of what little there was and Western skated away with a 4-3 victory, last night at South Windsor Arena, to head into the Christmas break.

Western opened the scoring in the 1st period with a power play tally at the 4:33 mark. The lead lasted for 10 minutes until first-year liberal arts major Dylan Denomme tied the game, from defensemen Saverio Posa and Kenny Bradford, also with a man advantage.

Windsor took the lead with just over a minute left to play in the first frame when Spencer Pommells registered his 11th goal of the year. The shifty skater took a pass from captain Drew Palmer and tucked the puck behind Mustang’s goaltender Greg Dodds, from behind the goal line.

Matt Beaudoin (43) watches Ryan Green's shot hit the target in OUA Hockey at South Windsor Arena  between the Windsor Lancers and Western Mustangs on 03-Dec-14.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Matt Beaudoin (43) watches Ryan Green’s shot hit the target in OUA Hockey at South Windsor Arena between the Windsor Lancers and Western Mustangs on 03-Dec-14.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Scott Prier helped Ryan Green score his 6th goal, at 6:34 of the 2nd period. The goal again came with Western a man down.

The Mustangs notched their second of the evening while Palmer was sitting a 5-minute major for for checking from behind. That’s the last Palmer would see of the ice as he was also sent to the showers early with a game misconduct for his hit on Alex Micallef.

Luke Karaim scored twice for Western in the 3rd period (neither of them on the power play), the last one just as the final minute began counting down. Despite head coach removing Parker VanBuskirk in favour of an extra skater, and Pommells coming close at the side of the net, Western was able to wind the clock down to preserve the win.

Dylan Denomme (24) is hooked from behind in OUA Hockey at South Windsor Arena  between the Windsor Lancers and Western Mustangs on 03-Dec-14.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Dylan Denomme (24) is hooked from behind in OUA Hockey at South Windsor Arena between the Windsor Lancers and Western Mustangs on 03-Dec-14.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The loss was just the second of the season for Windsor. They still sit atop the leader board in the West Division with 29 points, two in front of Western, and enjoy 1st overall in the OUA. The team will now travel to New Brunswick for a new year tournament down east before returning to OUA play on January 9, 2015, when they bus up to Laurentian for two matches opposite the Voyageurs.

The Lancers will be back at home on January 16 and 17 for two against Concordia. The puck drops at 7:30 pm both nights at South Windsor Arena.

Dylan Denomme (24) celebrates scoring in OUA Hockey at South Windsor Arena  between the Windsor Lancers and Western Mustangs on 03-Dec-14.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Dylan Denomme (24) celebrates scoring in OUA Hockey at South Windsor Arena between the Windsor Lancers and Western Mustangs on 03-Dec-14.
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