by Ankur Kumar
Sixteen games have passed and the Lancers record still sits at 14-1-1.
Only one game saw the Lancers not earn a single point and yet they have remained in first place the entire semester. Even the 4-2 lead the Lancers had heading into the third period against the Waterloo Warriors Nov. 28 dissipated into a 5-4 come-from-behind victory for the Black & Gold.
“It has always been back and forth. There’s a history and we know they’re always difficult,” explained team captain Drew Palmer. “Waterloo is a highly skilled team. We still got a point out of it and we’re 14-1-1.”
The Lancers resumed their winning ways against the York Lions in Toronto with a 3-1 win.
“It was high intensity and same as UOIT – Both teams worked hard,” elaborated Palmer
Palmer assisted rookie scorers J.C. Houde and Dylan Denomme in the game against the Lions. Whether it was to redeem his own output from 24 hours earlier or to set a better example for the freshmen, the team is back on track.
Even more so, Kenny Bradford leads the CIS in goals amongst defensemen with seven – five of them coming on the power play. The blue line has been demonstrative of some of the strongest offensive capabilities in the OUA and CIS. Last Friday against the Warriors, three defensemen collected points on the first goal of the game.
Bradford dished a pass to sophomore partner Julian Luciani and went for a change. Luciani waited for the next defender and as Saverio Posa skated onto the ice towards the boards opposite the Lancers bench, Luciani connected the pass to him and Posa finished the play with a bank shot off the glass that caught goaltender Mike Morrison out of position, leaving the entire six-by-four frame wide open and receptive of the goal.
The unique play did not go unrecognized by any one in the crowd or on the bench, especially head coach Kevin Hamlin.
The Lancers have the best scoring threat in the OUA and the CIS. Spencer Pommells has 10 goals and his 22 assists are the most in the OUA and CIS. Pommells’ 32 points through 16 games have him leading the scoring race in the CIS as well. It took Pommells 28 games last season to achieve that many points. Halfway through the season, Kevin Hamlin knows there is plenty left to accomplish in the second half of the 2014-15 campaign.
“He wont be measured by his stats at the Christmas break,” stated Hamlin “But with his stats at the end of the season.”