Lancers In The Hunt For Spring Hockey

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The OUA’s leading goal scorer, Shawna Lesperance (20), takes aim for the Laurier net at South Windsor Arena on 5 February 2016. Lesperance notched a hat trick for the Lancers as Windsor disposed of the Hawks 7-2.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The 7-1-11-2 Lancers had their work cut out for them this past weekend as they played back-to-back at home and on the road against teams above them in the standings. With all things said and done, the women earned a split during what could be termed a successful series.

Friday night the Windsor Lancers played host to the 6th place Laurier Hawks at South Windsor Arena. The game was tight, with Windsor leading 3-1 after 2 periods, but the women let loose in the 3rd, winning 7-2 and sending the Hawks packing.

The OUA’s leading goal scorer, Shawna Lesperance, led the Lancer attack with a 3-goal outburst en route to a 4-point night. She now has 17 goals on the season.

Hillary Hettwer opened the scoring at 8:44 of the 1st period. There wouldn’t be another goal until Lesperance netted two in the middle frame, two minutes apart starting at 14:22. Laurier got one before the end of the 2nd, but then the floodgates opened.

Erinn Noseworthy made it 4-1 before the 3rd was a minute old. Stay at home defenseman Davis Smith scored her second goal of the season at 2:38, then Lesperance completed her hat trick 42 seconds later, as the Hawks fell apart.

Krystin Lawrence then traded goals with Laurier as the teams then agreed to skate out the remaining 12 minutes.

Ingrid Sandven was credited with her 7th win as she kicked out 25 shots between the pipes in the Windsor end. Sandven wasn’t as fortunate on Sunday as the Guelph Gryphons slide 5 past her for her fifth loss, while the Lancers could manage only two in response..

Windsor didn’t get on the board until Taylor Conte beat Guelph goalie Stephanie Nehring at 7:13 of the 3rd period. That goal was quickly followed by Hettwer’s second of the weekend, but time was running down for a Lancer comeback.

Two more goals by the Gryphons to close out the period set aside any thoughts of a come-from-behind win for Windsor.

Windsor now has three games remaining in the regular season as they continue to chase Laurentian for the final playoff spot. The Voyageurs are currently six points ahead of Windsor with one game remaining on their schedule, against 1st place Guelph.

The Lancers start their run with a home tilt vs Waterloo on Friday followed by a second match at South Windsor Arena the following evening against Western. Both games start at 7:30pm. The women will wrap up the regular season with an away trip to Toronto to take on the York Lions on February 20.

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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. Email Ian Shalapata