Lancer Women’s Hockey Experience First Setback of the Season to Mustangs

Lancers forward Candace Kourounis in action Oct. 18 against Western at South Windsor Arena. [Photo Courtesy of golancers.ca]

by Ankur Kumar
The Lance – Sports Intern

Despite their first loss of the season in a shootout to the Western Mustangs, the Lancers women’s hockey team remain positive as they continue their road trip to Laurentian and Nippissing.

While the lengthy voyage up north might be tiresome, it is plenty worthwhile, knowing there is an attainable four points up for grabs.

“It will be two tough games to play… If we play our game then we should have no problem coming out on top for both games,” said fifth-year Lancer Candace Kourounis.

Kourounis, the sole goal-scorer for the Lancers Oct. 18 game against Western, said she is not worried and spoke with a positive mindset after bringing the game down to the wire.

“We are the team to beat this year,” said Kourounis. “That’s special to hear because the league now sees us as a top competitor. That is excellent motivation to want to put in effort day in and day out.”

The Lancers have not found a regular season win against the Western Mustangs in three seasons. The Lancers continue to climb the ladder in the OUA and make a name for themselves along the way. In each of the team’s first three games, the outcome has been decided by one goal.

There may be backlash early in the season due to star forwards Jenny MacKnight and Bree Polci not registering any points just yet. Effort may not show up on the score sheet, but they have never lacked heart at any point this season as they try to supply points for the Lancers.

Up against the winless Laurentian Voyageurs next, the Lancers swept their last season’s series and have been known to generate an offensive onslaught against the Voyageurs.

“If our top line is having an off game, we can still rely on our second and third lines to bring offence,” said Kourounis. “It has only been three games. Jenny and Bree are getting many opportunities… The puck will go in for them.”

In the meantime, the notable results of Candace Chevalier, Jillian Rops, and newcomer Larissa Borowiec have proven to be tremendous support for a team that is continuing to strive for better numbers. Whether it’s the senior Chevalier or the freshman Borowiec, the depth of the team has shown it can score early in the season and that’s a good sign moving forward.

As the Lancers gear up for their next two games, before concluding the road trip in Waterloo against the Warriors and the Golden Hawks, their work is cut out for them. Aspirations remain high and reachable for a group that is shaking things up early in the OUA women’s hockey season.

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