by Ankur Kumar
The Lance – Sports Intern
Three games into the OUA hockey season, the Lancers have earned top spot in the OUA West.
The Lancers have a 3-0-0 record since opening the season against the Guelph Gryphons on October 1st.
Windsor returned to action in a busy week, with three games in five days, which included an exhibition outing against the NCAA’s Michigan State Spartans. Parker Van Buskirk stopped 43 of 45 shots against the Spartans and the Lancers battled from behind to clinch the 3-2 win in a shootout.
“It was pretty special to contribute a goal at MSU,” said Matt Beaudoin, who notched the game tying goal on the power play. “(Saverio) Posa made an unbelievable pass and I didn’t really have to do much aside from letting it hit my stick.”
The chemistry between Posa and Beaudoin proved successful again later that week against the Waterloo Warriors Oct. 10. While the Warriors’ Chris Chappell was charged with a slash, Beaudoin and Posa connected on the ensuing power play.
Identifying the opposition’s vulnerability when shorthanded is a skill Beaudoin said he has learned to exploit.
“Posa, again, took a great shot and got it through from the point,”said Beaudoin. “I was in front of the net and luckily got a piece of it.”
After a 3-2 win over the Warriors, the Lancers moved onto a rematch of the season opener against the Guelph Gryphons.
While Blake Blondeel scored on an unassisted effort two minutes into the game, Guelph scored two unanswered goals in the second period. It was a slight déjà vu of the home opener, where the Lancers were down 2-1 and uncertain of where the game was headed.
As the second period wound down, Eric Noel stepped up and answered back with the game-tying goal. Captain Drew Palmer would clinch the game-winner in the third period to extend the Lancers’ winning record to 3-0-0.
It was a weekend highlighted by LaSalle Vipers alumni – Whether it was Beaudoin’s contributions or Noel and Palmer’s goals in crucial moments, their pasts cannot be ignored.
“The Vipers organization has been great in developing their players,” said Noel. “Playing for our hometown university and at a higher level like the CIS excites us game in and game out.”
The Lancers, led by hometown heroes Beaudoin, Noel, and Palmer will return to South Windsor Arena for the first time in more than two weeks when they host the Laurier Golden Hawks and Toronto Varsity Blues Oct 17 and Oct. 18.