The Lance – Sports Intern
Wins over Ryerson and Toronto last weekend had the Windsor Lancer men’s hockey team extend their winning streak to 11 games.
The Lancers have encountered several scenarios that disprove the fact this has been an easy run of any kind. After Domenic Alberga tied the game for the Ryerson Rams with 19.5 seconds left in regulation Nov. 7 the Lancers had to go to second overtime of 3-on-3 before they recovered the win. Despite a 10-3 win earlier this season, the Varsity Blues led the Lancers by two goals on three separate occasions in the game.
“They weren’t the same team we played at South Windsor,” said third-year forward Matt Beaudoin “They were really hard on the puck. They were really physical.”
Beaudoin led the charge of four goals just 1:49 into the third period. Only for a few minutes were the Lancers within one before Jeff Brown, known as public enemy number one to Lancer Nation because of his gritty, hard-nosed play, regained the two-goal lead for the Blues.
“When we‘re down, our team has the ability to come back if we play the right way,” said Beaudoin. “It has been paying off. I don’t know what’s happening. It’s pretty special. It’s indescribable.”
After Kenny Bradford got the Lancers back within one before Eric Noel tied the score, Dylan Denomme’s late game tiebreaker secured the 6-5 win. However, the Lancers cannot relish in the triumph of three unanswered goals. It’s back to work before a rematch with the McGill Redmen – nearly eight months after the Lancers had captured their first Queen’s Cup in 16 years over the historically known school.
“It’s the marquee matchup this year. We’ve had it marked on our calendar and I know they have as well,” said Beaudoin. “We’re 11-0 for a reason because we prepare the same week in week out.”
Many teams are still skeptical of the success demonstrated by the Lancers. The team has found themselves on the brink of loss already this season and despite managing comebacks thanks to late game heroics, they have plenty to prove to the rest of the competition in the conference and beyond.
While the Lancer veterans, such as team captain Drew Palmer, Queen’s Cup MVP Parker Van Buskirk, third-year forwards Spencer Pommells and Matt Beaudoin know what to brace themselves for, a newcomer such as Dylan Denomme can only leave so much to the imagination.
“That’s what people portray it as – a rematch of the Queen’s Cup. The biggest game of the year so far,” said
Denomme, who remains scheduled in the lineup despite a hit from Mitch Quinlin of RMC two weeks ago from a broken nose, is reamining optimistic.
The McGill Redmen are 7-3-0 prior to their return to South Windsor Arena. Despite the eight months since the Queen’s Cup, the loss will be fresh on the minds of the Redmen as soon as they step on the ice at South Windsor Arena.