BADGERS REMAIN UNDFEATED IN OUA PLAY

The Brock Badgers had two wins against Toronto-based teams this weekend to extend their unbeaten run to five games to start the 2005/06 season. The Badgers, first in the Mid West Division, dumped the Toronto Varsity Blues 5-2 Friday at Varsity Arena and the defeated the Ryerson Rams 6-1 Saturday At George Bell Arena. Freshman right-winger Josh Bonar scored twice for Brock in the win over Toronto, as the visitors exploded for four goals in the second period. Matthew Harwood turned away 31 of 33 shots to get the win in the Brock net. Bonar made a difference in the Ryerson game, as well, scoring what proved to be the game winner at 13:38 of the first period, while adding two assists. The Port Alberni, BC native has four goals and four assists in Brock’s first five games. John Martin had two goals for Brock, Shawn Doucet had a goal and two assists and Dallas Beaton chipped in three helpers. Tom lee got the call in net for the Badgers and made 27 saves in the victory.

Far East leaders the UQTR Patriotes rebounded from a disappointing 2-0 shut-out loss to the McGill Redmen Friday to defeat the Ottawa Gee-Gees 4-3 in overtime Sunday. First-year winger Mathieu Gravel had two goals and an assist to lift the Patriotes to the win. Gravel sent the game to the extra session with the tying goal at 11:42 of the third period and then notched the winner in OT at 4:44.Tommy Lafontaine and Louis Mandeville had a goal and an assist each for UQTR. Danny Dallaire made 22 saves in the win, including 11 in a busy third period. McGill handed the Patriotes their first loss of the young season thanks to a pair of first-period goals by Doug Orr and a 26-save shut-out from Mathieu Poitras. Orr scored at 4:36 of the first and again at 19:27, with both goals coming on the power play.

The RMC Paladins had one of the most surprising results of the weekend with an 11-4 pounding of the Guelph Gryphons Kamloops, BC native Dion Lahoda netted a hat-trick and added two assists, while Brent Maurice had two goals and two helpers. Roman Srutek had two goals and an assist and Paul Bradley racked up four assists. RMC scored five goals in the opening period on Guelph goaltender Ken Ritson, who was pulled to start the second. Andrew Arklie came in for the remaining two periods and didn’t fair much better, giving up six goals on the 30 shots he faced. RMC also got a point in a 3-3 overtime game with the Laurier Golden Hawks Friday. The Paladins entered the third period up 3-1 but Laurier goals Nick Vergeer and Andre Gill sent the game to the extra period.

The Lakehead Thunderwolves and Windsor Lancers have gotten pretty familiar with each other after meeting up four times in the first few weeks of the season. Lakehead dropped their first two against the Lancers in Thunder Bay but rebounded to sweep their latest weekend series, 3-2 Friday and 3-1 Saturday. Windsor took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Alex White in the first game but Lakehead responded with three straight, including the eventual winner by reigning OUA MVP Joel Scherban. Brad Priestley, Erik Lodge and Scherban each scored in the second meeting, while Wolves goaltender made a total of 50 saves in the two games to earn both wins.

In other OUA action, the Western Mustangs and Waterloo warriors split a home-home series with the Mustangs winning 6-2 at the John Labatt Centre Thursday and Waterloo earning a 5-3 decision at home Saturday. The York Lions won twice on the week, defeating the Ryerson Rams 4-2 Thursday and blanking the rival Toronto Varsity Blues Saturday. Kevin Druce made 31 saves for the shut-out., while Phil Knapp notched the winning goal in the first period. The Guelph Gryphons defeated the Queen’s Golden Gaels 5-3 Friday. Queen’s responded with a 3-2 overtime win over Laurier the following day.
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