By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – Exiting from a .500 season, the Windsor Lancers are now setting their sights on the post season, starting with the quarter-finals in Guelph against the Gryphons on Thursday.
The Lancers (14-11-3) finished the February portion of the regular schedule 2-1 with road wins over Brock and York and a loss in London to Western. The Badgers failed to make the playoffs while York placed 1st in the OUA West and will face the Toronto Varsity Blues in the first round.
The 5th place Lancers averaged 3.61 goals per game through the regular season while Guelph was an even 3.00 gpg. Windsor also holds an advantage in shots per game with 38.6 compared to Guelph’s 33.1.
The Gryphons hold the upper hand on defense, giving up just 69 goals during the 28 game schedule. On the flip side, Windsor allowed 85 goals against.
Windsor hosted the Gryphons to open the 2015-16 season, defeating Guelph at South Windsor Arena by a score of 5-1, en route to a 6-2 October. However, on the return trip to Guelph in January, the Lancers were doubled up by the Gryphons 6-3 as their fortunes had turned during a time of 5 losses in 8 games.
Buoyed by their victory over York, Windsor will travel for a 7:30pm start at Gryphon Centre Arena this Thursday. The teams will then face-off in game-2 of the best-of-three series in Windsor on Saturday, February 20, also at 7:30pm.
If necessary, game-3 will go on Sunday evening, back in Guelph.
Tickets for the Saturday game will go one sale one hour prior to the puck drop.
In other series Western (2) hosts Laurier (7) and Waterloo (3) is at home to Ryerson (6).