by Brett Hedges
The Lance – Sports Editor
The Windsor Lancer men’s hockey team earned their first point in the standings in almost two weeks as they split a two-game road trip.
For the third straight game the Lancer men’s hockey team let a third period slip away as they fell 3-2 to the Brock Badgers at the Seymour-Hannah Centre in St. Catharine’s Nov. 13 before squeezing a single point out of an overtime loss to the York Lions the next night in Toronto.
With the weekend split the Lancers fall to 6-4-2 on the season while the Lions improve to 7-1-3 and sit three points ahead of the Lancers in second place of the OUA West division standings. Brock currently sits in fourth place in the division – one point behind the Lancers throughout the first 12 games of the regular season.
After a scoreless opening period, the Badgers would strike first at the 1:57 mark of the second as Chris Maniccia and Skylar Pacheco set up Mitch Nardi for the power play goal and a 1-0 lead.
Midway through the second period, Lancer Ryan Green beat Brock’s starting goaltender Clint Windsor tying the game 1-1. With less than five minutes left in the second, Kyle Hope and Chris Scott found Tyler Morrison who registered his first goal of the season to give Windsor a 2-1 lead.
The Badgers would add another power play marker at the 8:12 mark of the third period as Windsor native Sammy Banga beat Lancer starter Michael Doan to tie the game at 2-2 with Maniccia and Jake Cardwell earning the assists.
With 3:35 remaining in the third period, Brock’s Pacheco took a cross-ice pass from Maniccia and one-timed it past Doan for the 3-2 lead. Maniccia finished the game with three helpers while Cardwell also added his second assist of the night on Pacheco’s goal, which proved to be the game-winner.
In the net Lancers keeper Doan collected 25 saves in the loss while Brock goalie Windsor recorded 35 saves for the victory.
The next evening the Lancer men earned one well-deserved point in the standings but ultimately fell 2-1 to the York Lions in overtime at Canlan Arena in Toronto.
The Lancers came out of the gate with a fast start and striking first on a short-handed tally by Windsor’s leading scorer Justice Dundas just 1:42 into the first period after York’s Derek Sheppard took an interference penalty less than one minute into the contest.
The lead did not last long however as Sheppard would find the back of the net shortly after to even the score at 1-1 midway through the opening frame.
Both goaltenders would settle down the game after that point and turned away every other shot they faced in the remaining 50 minutes of regulation. York’s Mikhal Poldma scored midway through the first overtime period to give the Lions the win and send Windsor to their fourth consecutive loss.
Lancer goaltender Doan had another solid performance in net, making 33 saves in the loss while York keeper Chris Perugini finished the game with 22 saves.
The Lancers return home next weekend for a pair of games against the always-competitive Lakehead Thunderwolves. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on both nights at South Windsor Arena.
The weekend after will see the Lancers travel to do battle with the Waterloo Warriors and Laurier Golden Hawks on consecutive nights at Columbia Ice Field and Sunlife Arena with the puck dropping at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. respectively.
Windsor then closes out the first half of the regular season with a midweek battle against the rival Western Mustangs at home Dec. 2.