OUA West Tightens After Lancer Loss

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Eric Noel nets his 9th goal of the season as he rifles a shot past Colin Furlong of the Laurier Golden Hawks. Noel’s goal wasn’t enough as the Lancers dropped a 2-1 decision to Laurier.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The South Windsor Arena was the scene of OUA men’s hockey as the Laurier Golden Hawks flew into town to take on the Windsor Lancers. The Hawks clamped down and wouldn’t let go for a 2-1 win to tighten things up in the OUA West.

The two squads skated to 0-0 draw after 20 minutes of chippy play and verbal barbs.

Eric Noel broke the deadlock as he was set up by Scott Prier at 7:52 of the 2nd period for a laser shot that beat Colin Furlong to the glove side. However, Laurier knotted the score again, just 16 seconds later and then went up to stay with a goal just a minute after that.

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Ryan Green is hauled down by Mac Clutsam and crashes into Colin Furlong in the Laurier net. Clutsam received 2 minutes for negating the scoring drive.
Photo by John Skinner.

The 2nd frame saw a total 36 minutes in penalties handed out, including a double minor to Julian Luciani which left the Lancers two men short for 3 minutes.

The most effective weapon the Hawks employed was Ryan Lopes, who filled the role of instigator each of his shifts. A player who is otherwise untalented, the goonish behaviour by Lopes was enough to suck the Lancers into needless retaliatory infractions. Though fighting is forbidden in the OUA, spectators were left wondering if Lopes would finally get his rightful due.

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Justice Dundas (15) chases down the puck as Blake Richard guards the Lancer net. Two shots got past Richard in a 2-1 loss to Laurier.
Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor’s 3rd straight loss leaves the team with a 10-9-3 record and 5th place in the West. They are a single point behind Waterloo and Guelph in 3rd and 3 points ahead of Laurier and Ryerson in 6th.

It will be the Rams that Windsor next faces as the Blue and Gold travel to the Matamy Centre in Toronto on Saturday before returning home to face Toronto and Ryerson to close out January.

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Colin Furlong gets a close up view of Eric Noel’s goal as the Lancers forward celebrates. The tally would be the only one to get by the Laurier net minder.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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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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