Lancers Women’s Hockey Split Weekend Series

Toronto Varsity Blues defender Stacey Oue takes a shot on Windsor Lancers goaltender, Marissa Kozovski in OUA womens hockey action at Varsity Arena in Toronto. The Lancers won 4-3 in a shootout. [Photo courtesy of golancers.ca]

by Ankur Kumar
The Lance – Sports Intern

For the first time since the 2010-11 season, the Windsor Lancers found a win over the Toronto Varsity Blues in a 4-3 shootout win thanks to Krystin Lawrence’s game winning play in the second round. In the previous seven occasions over the last three seasons, the Lancers had never been able to solve the reputable hockey program.

It was Jan. 29th, 2011 when the Lancers last beat the Blues in a 5-0 shutout. A rookie Candace Kourounis had her 10th goal of the season in that contest. Along with Kourounis, three other Lancers from that season’s roster play on the team today – Candice Chevalier, Kayla Dodson and Jenny MacKnight. Although the Varsity Blues women’s team has consistently been of the upper echelon in Canadian collegiate hockey, the Lancers were inevitable to end that losing streak with the way they have rolled through the season so far.

While Sonja Weidenfelder and Alessandra Bianchi put the Blues on the board in the first period, it was not long into the second period until Krystin Lawrence cut the lead in half.

“Shaillyn Waites got the puck to me and I went one on one, then shot it far side, it went off the post and in” said Lawrence about her third goal of the season.

With her ninth point in 10 games, Krystin Lawrence has been a reoccurrence on the score sheet. As mentioned by head coach Jim Hunter, a team of fresh faces needs someone to step up and play like a veteran. Lawrence has done that and still has more to contribute with more than half the season left to play.

“My season’s going well this year. I’m getting points on the board. I’m doing my best to help the team win,” Lawrence elaborated on her freshman season.

With her first goal since the home opener against the Waterloo Warriors, Jillian Rops collected her second goal and fourth point overall of the season so far.

“It was more of a grinder game and that’s more of my style,” Rops described about her play. “We battled out of our end. A whole bunch of scrums and we got it back to Zoe (Ellis). It bounced back and I hit it in.”

The Lancers had third place of the OUA to protect and are situated behind the Western Mustangs and Queen’s Gaels. If the Gaels lose to Laurier and Waterloo this weekend and the Lancers can come up with a win, they will find themselves in second place by the start of next week.

The Guelph Gryphons are a single game behind the Lancers with a 6-2-1 record and in fourth place. The Lancers have another piece of history to defy as the Gryphons had won the previous three regular season contests including a sweep of last year’s season series.

With their undefeated home ice record on the line, the Lancers will pull out the stops and whatever else it takes to preserve that streak at South Windsor Arena Nov. 21 at 7:30.

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