By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – The Lancers were visited by two northern Ontario hockey clubs, both well above Windsor in the standings, over the weekend, with split results. There was nothing divided about the effort by Erinn Noseworthy, who filled the opponents’ goal with pucks.
Friday evening at South Windsor Arena, the Lancers played host to the Nipissing Lakers (9-1-5-4), currently the OUA’s 3rd place team. Undaunted in their task, Windsor cast off the Lakers 5-3 on the strength of a Noseworthy hat trick.
Rachel Chantler opened the scoring for Windsor at the 5:55 mark of the 1st period. The lead, however, was short-lived when Nipissing tied the score less than two minutes later. Just before the buzzer, Larissa Boworiec put the Lancers back in front to stay with her 3rd goal of the season.
After the break, Noseworthy went to work. An early goal by the OUA’s leading scorer established a two-goal buffer for the Blue and Gold. She then netted her second of the night just two minutes later, though the Lakers would reply with one of their own before the period’s end.
In the 3rd, Noseworthy completed the natural hat trick with her ninth of the season, with just over four minutes remaining to play. With their goaltender on the bench in favour of an extra attacker, Nipissing could only claw back one goal as Windsor held on for the win.
The following afternoon, Windsor dropped a close game to the Laurentian Voyageurs, 4-3.
The visitors carried a 1-0 lead into the 1st intermission and extended that to 3-0 after two periods. Noseworthy scored Windsor’s fourth straight goal half way through the final frame and then added her 11th of the year to bring the Lancers to within one.
The Voyageurs restored the two-goal lead, but Shawna Lesperance notched her 12th of the campaign, to give the Lancers some hope. Unfortunately, time wound down on the comeback.
Ingrid Sandven was credited with the win on Friday, but played just two of the periods on Saturday. Hanna Slater took the loss for Windsor, marking the second time this year she has held the short stick against Laurentian.
The road to the playoffs doesn’t get any easier for the Lancers. This weekend they will be on the road for games against Toronto and Ryerson before returning February 5 to take on Laurier.