MacDonnell’s hat-trick clips Gryphons

There was nothing short of excitement this past weekend for the men’s hockey team in Lancer Nation. The news of a rescheduled contest between the Western Mustangs and Windsor Lancers at Hockeytown Winter Festival made waves through the OUA, but it was Mac MacDonnell’s hat trick against the nationally ranked Guelph Gryphons that made the bigger splash.

Ankur Kumar

Reporter

There was nothing short of excitement this past weekend for the men’s hockey team in Lancer Nation. The news of a rescheduled contest between the Western Mustangs and Windsor Lancers at Hockeytown Winter Festival made waves through the OUA, but it was Mac MacDonnell’s hat trick against the nationally ranked Guelph Gryphons that made the bigger splash.

The Gryphons were unsuccessful as they arrived in Windsor in search of a win against the upstart Lancers. Coming off of a disappointing 6-1 loss at the hands of Ryerson Rams, the Gryphons counted on Nicklas Huard to help the team regain momentum. Huard had become an early season point’s leader, totaling seven goals and three assists in five games. However, it seems the spark he started the season with has burnt out. Huard’s impressive stats were overshadowed by the Lancers’ own numbers.

Former Erie Otter, Macauley MacDonnell stole the spotlight from the visiting Gryphons, who notched his first career OUA hat trick, while Jadran Beljo supported with a goal of his own and two assists on MacDonnell’s goals. The 4-2 victory over the Gryphons extended the Lancers’ winning streak to four games. The Lancers continue their home stand this weekend as they host the Brock Badgers on Friday night, followed by a visit from the York Lions on Saturday night.

As for the Western Mustangs’ cancelled visit, the game has been rescheduled for Dec. 16 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. With the highly anticipated NHL Winter Classic scheduled for Jan. 1, 2014, SiriusXM has sponsored the Hockeytown Winter Festival – a series of events celebrating all levels of hockey, which now includes the OUA. Further information regarding tickets and puck drop will become available in coming weeks, so be sure to check golancers.ca or westernmustangs.ca

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