(WINDSOR, ON) – The puck dropped on the start of another OUA men’s hockey season last night at South Windsor Arena when the Lancers hosted the Guelph Gryphons. Making his inaugural start for the Blue and Gold was rookie goaltender Blake Richard, who earned his first career OUA victory by allowing just one goal in a 5-1 Windsor win.
The lopsided score belies the closeness of the game where Scott Prier’s 1st period marker threatened to be the games lone goal. Windsor was then able to exploit Guelph’s attempt to tie the game, by bursting out for 4 goals in the final frame.
Guelph carried much of the play in the opening period, but it was Prier who opened the scoring at 7:59, assisted by Steve Anthony and Mike Christou, when his shot from the left point deflected past Gryphons’ goalie Andrew D’Agostini. It was the only scoring play by the time the buzzer sounded to end the 2nd period.
Kyle Hope staked Windsor to a 3-goal lead with two tallies a minute apart to open the 3rd period. However, Guelph struck with Justice Dundas in the box to pull within two, but that’s as close as they would get.
Ryan Green would reply with Windsor’s own power play goal, from Anthony and Kenny Bradford, and Eric Noel would close out the scoring with a single second remaining to play.
Richard stopped 32 shots for the win while Windsor threw 30 shots at D’Agostini.
The Lancers are next in action on Saturday when they face-off against Waterloo at South Windsor Arena at 7:30 pm.