Hope For Windsor In Overtime

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Parker Van Buskirk stopped 27 of 30 shots that came his way in game 3 of the opening round of the OUA men’s hockey playoffs. Windsor defeated Brock 4-3 in overtime on an unassisted goal by Kyle Hope.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – After a 4-2 come-from-behind win, that featured two goals by Ryan Green and a short-handed effort by Matt Beaudoin, Saturday night, Windsor set the stage for the deciding game in the first round of the OUA playoffs against Brock.

In the low-scoring series to date, the Badgers took what seemed to be a commanding 2-0 lead by book-ending the first period with tallies by Sammy Banga and Daniel Tanel. It took until 14:10 of the second period before Windsor got on the board via a Julian Luciani power-play marker from Dylan Denomme and Kenny Bradford.

The season then came down to just 20 minutes as the Lancers put everything on the line.

Chad Shepley struck at the 12:00 mark, assisted by Scott Prier, to lift the Lancers even. But Brock re-established the one-goal margin just 34 seconds later when Spencer Turcotte beat Parker Van Buskirk.

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Julian Luciani scored twice in game 3 including the tying goal that sent Windsor and Brock into overtime.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

With just over 3 minutes remaining, Beaudoin and Spencer Pommells got the puck to Luciani who rocketed a shot past Adrian Volpe. The clock then ticked down, forcing the teams into overtime.

After close calls at both ends of the rink, Kyle Hope jumped on a lose puck in Brock’s corner a wristed a shot that took Volpe off-guard. The goal pushed Windsor past the Badgers and into the next round of the playoffs.

The Lancers will now take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves who upset the 2nd place Western Mustangs in two straight games. In the other series, Guelph eliminated Waterloo from the post season while the Toronto Varsity Blues did likewise to the Ryerson Rams.

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After pouncing on the puck deep in Brock’s end, Kyle Hope wristed a shot toward the Badger net that caught Adrian Volpe by surprise. Hope’s overtime goal lifted the Lancers into the second round of the OUA playoffs to face Lakehead Thunderwolves on February 18.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The second round will commence for the Lancers in Thunder Bay on February 18.


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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