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