Jan 31, 2005
The No. 8 Lakehead Thunderwolves scored a weekend sweep over the No. 3 Western Mustangs ending their four game loosing streak. In their first match-up, the Thunderwolves scored four goals in the third period to storm back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Mustangs by a 6-4 margin. Jason Lange led the team with 2 goals and 1 assist while veteran player, Peter Cava, added a goal and two assists in the victory. The other Lakehead goals came from Joel Scherban, Jeff Richards, and Mark Robinson. Mike Rice led the Mustangs with two goals while singles came from Steve Benedetti and Craig Kennedy. Western outshot Lakehead 31-29 in the game but the Mustangs could not hold onto their early lead as they surrendered four unanswered goals in the final period.
In their second game, Lakehead once again defeated the Western Mustangs with a convincing 8-4 win Saturday night in London before 5230 fans, a record crowd for an OUA game. Lakehead's first line of Captain Joel Scherban, Jeff Richards, and Austin Wycisk proved lethal as Richards had 3 goals and 2 assists while Scherban and Wycisk each added a goal and 4 assists in the win. Lakehead's other goals came from Mike Wehrstedt, Hugo Lehoux, and Jounni Kuokkanen. Western's goals came from Craig Kennedy, Sal Peralta, Jason Davies, and Chris Clayton. With these two crucial victories, Lakehead tightens the race for first place in the Far West Division and will look to move closer in their game against Guelph on February 5, 2005.
Waterloo 3, Windsor 2 (OT) & Waterloo 4, Windsor 4 (OT)
The No. 10 ranked Waterloo Warriors extended their unbeaten streak to 13 games this weekend with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Lancers on Friday night and a 4-4 overtime tie Sunday afternoon at home. In their first game, despite out shooting the Warriors 42-25 and dominating play for much of the game, the Lancers were unable to capitalize on their scoring chances needed to secure a victory. Waterloo got a strong goaltending performance from rookie, Curtis Darling, who turned aside 40 of the 42 shots he faced. Waterloo's Doug Spooner and Kevin Hurley opened the scoring for the Warriors each scoring a goal in the first period while rookie player, Matt Levicki, scored the game winning goal in overtime to give the team the all important 3-2 victory. Windsor was led by second year centre, Jordie Preston, who scored both of the Lancers goals.
In Sunday's match, the Warriors and the Lancers battled it out in overtime for the second consecutive game with this game ending in a 4-4 tie. Waterloo's goal scorers were Jim White, Frank Fazio, Sean Roche, and Shawn Germain while third year centre, Geoff Rivers, added two assists. The Lancers goals came from Graeme Lindsay, Jason Melo, Drew Petkoff and Alex White. With the victory and the tie, the Warriors remain in the hunt for top spot in the tough Far West Division.
Toronto 6, Queen's 2
The Toronto Varsity Blues defeated the Queen's Golden Gales by a 6-2 margin despite being outshot 39-26 in the game. Blues second year player, Mark Wright, led the team to victory with two goals and an assist while teammate, Scott Malcolm, added a goal and two assists. Singles came from Alex Nagribianko, Jesse Rycroft, and Mark Deciantis. The Golden Gaels two goals were scored by Jeff Ovens and Mark Norman but the offence was unable to capitalize on their scoring chances as Toronto remains atop the Mid East Division with a 10-7-1 record.
UQTR 6, Concordia 5 (OT)
The UQTR Patriotes pulled out a 6-5 overtime victory over their division rivals the Concordia Stingers. The Patriotes were led by Gabriel Balasescu and Pierre Morvan who each had a goal and an assist in the game but it was teammate, Mathieu Thibodeau, who scored the game winning goal at 2:22 of overtime to give UQTR the victory. Concordia was led by second year player, Philippe Lacasse, who scored a goal and added two assists and Frederic Faucher who added a goal and an assist in the loss. With the victory, UQTR holds onto first place in the Far East with an 11-3-3-1 record while Concordia remains close behind in third place with a 10-6-1-1 record this season.