Lancers inch closer to top spot in OUA West

After dropping two straight to Queen’s in Kingston two weeks ago, the Lancers bounced back significantly against Western and Brock. A 3-2 shootout win over the Badgers followed a 5-1 win over the Mustangs.

Ankur Kumar

Reporter

After dropping two straight to Queen’s in Kingston two weeks ago, the Lancers bounced back significantly against Western and Brock. A 3-2 shootout win over the Badgers followed a 5-1 win over the Mustangs.

The Lancers were led by Captain Drew Palmer’s two goals against the Mustangs last Friday night. Palmer also notched the game winner on the power play with 15 seconds left in the first period.

The offensive breakout by the captain was followed by Kenny Bradford’s two goals and Spencer Pommells’ three assists. After Josh Unice allowed four goals on 18 shots, Greg Dodds stepped in the crease for the Mustangs and despite stopping all nine shots he faced, the Mustangs could not score beyond Matt Marantz’s lone goal.

Against Brock, the Lancers pulled a 3-2 win in their first shootout win of the regular season. The Lancers handed the Badgers their fifth loss in six games, sinking the Badgers to ninth place in the OUA West. As the Lancers swept their season series by beating the Badgers a second and final time this season, they also inch closer to the top spot of the OUA West, just shy of the Lakehead Thunderwolves. The Thunderwolves recently beat the York Lions in two straight games, winning nine games of their previous 11 played.

At 11-4-0, the Lancers have had an incredible push in the first half of the season. The Lancers will next square off with the Western Mustangs on Dec. 16 at Comerica Park.

Previously scheduled for Oct. 25, the game was postponed to coincide with the Hockeytown Winter Festival in Detroit. Beyond Lancer Nation, this game will be one of the biggest in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport, as two neighbouring rivals will battle at one of sport’s grandest stages.

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