Lancers Trap Wolves

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Lakehead’s Justin McDonald looks behind him as he’s beaten to the glove-side by Ryan Green. The Lancer forward put on a stick handling seminar before firing the shot from the top of the slot.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – South Windsor Arena was the scene of the next step toward defending the Queen’s Cup as the Windsor Lancers eliminated the Lakehead Timberwolves and moved on the the OUA West finals. Windsor skated away with a 6-3 win to take the best-of-three semi-finals 2-0.

Lakehead gave every indication that they weren’t going to go away peacefully. The visitors opened the scoring with a goal by Jake Carrick at 13:07 of the 1st period. And for a few minutes the T-wolves swarmed the Windsor nets as the Lancers were uncharacteristically disorganized in their own end. Lancer goaltender Parker VanBuskirk barred the door to keep the deficit from growing larger.

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Mike Hammond had scored a hat-trick to eliminate Western from the post season, but he was no match for the play of Parker VanBuskirk. Here the Lancer net minder is down but not out as he tips Hammond’s shot wide of the gaping goal.
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VanBuskirk’s play encouraged Ryan Green, who grabbed the puck from Spencer Pommells in the Lakehead zone and dipsey-doodled his way around the defenders before firing a rocket to the glove-side of Justin McDonald to tie the score.

Less than a minute later, Dylan Denomme and Drew Palmer charged the Thunderwolves’ net and Eric Noel pounced on the puck in the scramble behind McDonald and buried it.

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Eric Noel fires his first of two from the doorstep Saturday night. His goal put Windsor into a lead they would never relinquish.
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Early in the 2nd period, the Lancers dominated play, keeping the puck in the Lakehead end, but unable to beat McDonald. The T-wolves managed to dump the puck into Windsor’s zone and Denomme dug the disk out of a scrum, but was then hit from behind by Trevor Hynnes.

On the ensuing power-play, Denomme exacted his revenge when he and Pommells set up Palmer, at the seven minute mark, with Windsor’s 3rd strike of the night. However, the persistent visitors ventured deep into the Lancer end and Hynnes wristed a shot into the net while the referees missed the interference being inflicted on VanBuskirk.

The the 3rd period, Noel restored the 2-goal lead when he chased down the puck while draped with a Lakehead defender. Noel managed to get a shot off which eluded McDonald to the glove-side.

Jay Gilbert was able to pull Lakehead back to within a goal, less than a minute later, with a shot that squeaked through VanBuskirk’s 5-hole.

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Windsor captain Drew Palmer is punched in the face by Lakehead’s Jake Carrick during a faceoff. The Thunderwolves were full of such tricks, but they were unable to unseat the defending Queen’s Cup champions.
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With the period, and Lakehead’s season, winding down, they pulled out all the stops, including yanking McDonald in favour of an extra attacker. The move backfired when Pommells notched an empty netter and boosted Windsor to a 5-3 lead at 18:42.

McDonald was pulled again in a last ditch effort, with the same result. This time Mike Christou carried the puck deep into the Lakehead end and dumped it off to Sebastian Beauregard who had the whole net as a target.

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It was congratulations all around at the final horn as Windsor defeated Lakehead from the OUA West playoffs. The Lancers will now face the winner of the Guelph-Toronto series.
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The Lancers now await the survivor of the Guelph-Toronto series heading into the deciding game tonight at Varsity Arena . In the East, UQTR disposed of Carleton and will now face McGill, who had defeated Queen’s 2 games to none.

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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.
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