NCAA Battles Lie Ahead For Men’s Hockey Program

The Windsor Lancers men's hockey team split a weekend set of games against two OUA East division opponents. [Photo via // geegees.ca]

by Brett Hedges
The Lance – Sports Editor

The Windsor Lancers are looking forward to their annual NCAA preseason road trip after splitting a weekend set of games against the Carleton Ravens and the Ottawa Gee Gees.

The Lancers opened the weekend with a 4-1 loss to the Ravens with Brennan Feasey scoring the only goal for Windsor Sept. 22. The Lancers bounced back with much more energy the following night and earned a tight 3-2 victory over the Gee-Gees the next evening. Dylan Denomme scored a pair of goals and Tyson Ness tallied as well to pull even in the two-game set. Paolo Battisti took the victory in goal for Windsor.

Lancers captain Blake Blondeel said he thought we played well overall on the weekend against some top OUA East division opponents. The Lancers will battle the Ravens in a pair of games during the regular season up in Ottawa once again at the Ice House Nov. 11 and 12th.

“We had a tough match up against a good team in Carleton but saw some of the things we needed to work on,” said Blondeel. “Had video the next day of that game and watched our mistakes. We played much better against uOttawa and battled through some adversity winning early but did the right things to hold the win.”

The men’s hockey program now has the unique opportunity to step on the ice compete with NCAA division one opponents. Windsor will travel to Bowling Green, OH. for a battle with the Falcons Oct. 1, followed up by a trip to Ann Arbor, MI. to face off against the Michigan Wolverines Oct. 2nd.

“We’re getting better and better with every game and we’re looking forward to Michigan and Bowling Green this weekend,” said Blondeel. “Fourth year doing it. I can now say I played against Michigan and Michigan state. Lots of stories for the kids one day.”

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