(WINDSOR, ON) – The Brock Badgers live up to their name and hounded the Lancers at every turn, last night at South Windsor Arena. In the end, however, Windsor outlasted the visitors 9-6 in front of 300 fans on Senior Night.
The final points leader in the CIS, Spencer Pommells, paced the Lancers with 2 goals and 2 assists. His 16th goal of the season and 34th assist solidified the Saskatchewan native atop the national points standings.
Dylan Denomme opened the scoring at 5:07 of the 1st period, on the power play, assisted by Pommells and Drew Palmer. Pommells then upped the lead a minute and a half later, scoring from Matt Beaudoin.
Brock retaliated less than a minute later, to set the tone for the evening. Jordan Gignac netted the goal on a power play when a point shot got by a screened Parker Van Buskirk.
Pommells and Kenny Bradford put two more behind Badger goaltender Clint Windsor, the latter again on the power play, with just one in reply from Brock. The 1st period ended with Windsor seemingly in the driver’s seat, 4-2.
Alaskan Isak Quakenbush put a squeaker past Windsor from the doorstep to open the 2nd period. The goals then started flying as both teams gave up on defense. Brock scored their third 3 minutes later, then Sebastian Beauregard responded with his 3rd of the season, 2 minutes after that.
Then it was Brock’s turn at 10:37, to bring the score to 6-4 in Windsor’s favour. Palmer jumped on the puck at the side of the net to restore the 3-goal lead, but the Badgers wouldn’t go away, scoring with just a minute and half left in the 2nd.
Finally, in the 3rd, both teams settled down, as just three goals were scored. Chad Shepley wristed a shot past Windsor at 7:21, from Eric Noel and Denomme. Brock replied at 15:31 on the power play before Mike Christou closed out the scoring, with the man advantage, with just 40 seconds left to play.
The play of Windsor goaltender Park Van Buskirk was simply mediocre last night. He had no chance on three of the goals, a screen shot, a tip-in, and a high stick the refs allowed, but he looked less than sharp on the other three, including a weird bounce off the Zamboni door that eluded him. Van Buskirk’s performance against Brock belies his steady play throughout the season. The last time he gave up six was in a 7-6 Windsor win on the road against Lakehead on October 25, last year. The win for Van Buskirk was his 18th of the year. Tops in the CIS.
The game got chippy late in the 3rd period when Windsor captain Drew Palmer was boarded into the glass in the offensive zone. A melee ensued resulting in one of the rare instances in OUA hockey when the gloves were dropped. Brock’s Kaine Geldart was assessed a minor and a misconduct for the original incident and was followed to the dressing room by Dylan MacEachern, who was dealt the wrath of Dylan Denomme.
The Windsor Lancers hosted a pre-game ceremony for Senior Night on Saturday. The organization paid tribute to the graduating class of seniors with plaques and their families in attendance. The Lancers will say goodbye to standout players Drew Palmer, Spencer Pommells, Paul Bezzo, Isak Quakenbush , Parker Van Buskirk, Matt Beaudoin, and Chad Shepley.