(WINDSOR, ON) – In defence of their grip on the Queen’s Cup, the Windsor Lancers men’s hockey took to the ice on the road vs the Brock Badgers on February 11. Both sides defended against a repeat of the 15-goal outburst that occurred in Windsor, just the weekend earlier, as the Badgers skated to a 2-1 victory, in game 1 of the best-of-three series.
Windsor and Brock hit the dressing rooms after 20 minutes deadlocked in a scoreless tie. The Lancers gave the home team three chances to score with an extra man as they took undisciplined minor penalties.
Unscathed, the Lancers netted the only goal of the second period, which was a robust affair. Patrick Volpe was assessed 2 and 10, early on, for checking from behind, then Julian Luciani and Ryan Purvis exchanged minors at the 5:44 mark.
Dylan Denomme got his second call of the night at 8:24 and was followed to the box by Andrew Radjenovic at 18:07. Just 33 seconds later, the CIS leading scorer, Spencer Pommells, set up Denomme for the first goal of the game, to close out the middle period.
Radjenovic redeemed himself by scoring to tie the game at 6:31 of the 3rd, and then Brock went ahead to stay on a Kaine Geldart goal at 7:22.
The Lancers then applied the pressure right to the final whistle, but had to board the bus without finding a way to notch the equalizer.
Parker Van Buskirk faced 21 shots between the pipes for Windsor while Adrian Volpe was peppered with 40, by the Lancers.
The two squads are back at it at South Windsor Arena Saturday night for game 2. Windsor is, obviously, looking for a better outcome in order to force the rubber match on Sunday. Saturday’s matinee gets underway at 4:00 pm while the puck drops on Sunday, if necessary, at 7:30 pm.