The Best Beyond the West: The Lancers Place First in Entire OUA

by Ankur Kumar
The Lance – Sports Intern

Last season, Spencer Pommells of Grand Prairie Alberta led the Lancers hockey team with 13 goals and 19 assists through a 28-game campaign. Seven games into the new season – one quarter of the 2014-15 schedule – Pommells is already sitting at nine goals and nine assists.

Whether it was completing the hat trick with five seconds left to play in regulation  in the 5-4 win Oct. 24, or scoring the overtime winner the following night in a 7-6 win against the Lakehead Thunderwolves, number 11 remains modest after exceeding expectations.

“I was just trying to remain calm when the games were tight like that,” said Pommells. “Everyone starts to grip their stick… You just have to calm yourself”

What is so different about Pommells this season compared to last? He credits his linemates and the group of senior players leading the charge for this season’s new class of Lancers.

“We have solid veterans. They realize these games are just a prelude to the playoffs,” said Pommells. “We’re going to keep playing the way we play and if we continue to do that, we will be successful.”

The Lancers are standing strong with a perfect 7-0-0 record. Not only are they undefeated in the West division, but they sit first place atop the entire OUA. Along the way, Pommells is the leading goal scorer and overall point getter in the conference.

“Pommells is playing great hockey and hopefully he keeps it up,” said sophomore Julian Luciani. “He is having a hell of a start.”

Luciani found a pair of points last weekend when he recorded two assists against one of the toughest teams in the OUA. The Thunderwolves came out harder the second night, but even though the Lancers once again found a way around them, they cannot let it get to their heads.

“To win two games was exciting in itself, but the way we won was particularly gratifying,” said head coach Kevin Hamlin.

The Lancers will return to South Windsor Arena to end a phenomenal October and start a promising November. With the lowly RMC Paladins coming to town, desperate for their first win, the Lancers will not take anything for granted.

“We have to improve every day… We have a target on our backs, especially now,” said Hamlin. “In order for us to get where we want to be, it’s important we continue to improve every day… to suggest we’re a finished product would not be accurate at all.”

If the first seven games have delivered so many worthwhile moments, one can only anticipate the excitement that will follow if the Lancers can add two more wins to their immaculate record.

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