OUA M-HOCKEY ROUNDUP: TAYLOR SHINES IN LANCERS SPLIT WITH THUNDERWOLVES

THUNDER BAY, Ont. - The Lakehead Thunderwolves men's hockey team finally found their offence as they skated to a 6-1 win over the visiting Windsor Lancers Saturday night at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Wolves had been having trouble finding their scoring touch so far this season but Saturday they had a balanced attack with six different players hitting the scoring sheet. Scoring for the Wolves were Kalvin Sagert (Abbotsford, B.C.), Arron Alphonso (Orangeville, Ont.), Dan Speer (Thunder Bay, Ont.), Brad Priestlay (Kamloops, B.C.), Kris Hogg (Sicamous, B.C.), and Shandor Alphonso (Orangeville, Ont.). Windsor's tally came from Shayne Taylor (Port Perry, Ont.); who had a big weekend scoring three of the Lancers four weekend goals.

The score was 1-1 after the first period but Lakehead exploded for four goals in the second to take control of the game.

The win puts Lakehead's record at 1-1 in OUA play and 3-4 overall. Windsor's OUA mark also is 1-1 and also 3-4 overall.

Lakehead outshot Windsor 30-16 on the night. Lakehead netminder and last year's OUA MVP Chris Whitley (Oshawa, Ont.) earned the win (1-0) and looked sharp again when called upon. Whitley hasn't lost an OUA regular season game since the 2006-07 season; and his winning streak now stands at 16 straight. His last regular season loss came against the Western Mustangs on Feb. 9, 2007. Windsor's Jim Watt (Edmonton, Alta.) took the loss to put his record at 1-1 in OUA play.

There weren't many penalties in the game but Lakehead's power play also finally came to life as the Wolves were 2-4 on the power play compared to the Lancers 0-3.

Lakehead continues OUA play next weekend on the road when they travel to Waterloo, Ontario to challenge the always tough Waterloo Warriors.

Source: Thunderwolves Athletics

OTTAWA 4, MCGILL 3

OTTAWA, Ont. - Fourth-year centre Dan McDonald (New Liskeard, Ont.) scored twice and added two assists and second-year left wing Ryne Gove (Cornwall, Ont.) had the game winner in the third period to go with two assists In the Gee-Gees 4-3 men's hockey win over McGill Saturday night.

"We got some momentum and went with it," said Gove, who scored the winner at 17:07 of the third period as the Gee-Gees earned their first win of the season in the OUA Far East.

"It feels good to get the monkey off our back."

Third-year left wing Yanick Charron (Hull, Que.) had a goal and three assists.

The Gee-Gees, which finished ahead in shots 30-21, killed off a six-on-four advantage with 10.5 seconds left to preserve the win.

"That was a tough team to beat," said Gee-Gees goaltender Riley Whitlock (Calgary, Alta.) of the winless Redmen (0-2), which featured 12 first-year players.

Source: Gee-Gees Athletics

TORONTO 3, BROCK 1

TORONTO, Ont. – The Brock University men's hockey team took on the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday night. Brock carried the play for much of the game out shooting Toronto 35 to 19, but it was Toronto who capitalized on their opportunities to win the game 3-1.

For the first time this season penalty trouble finally caught up with the Badgers. Midway through the first period two consecutive penalties would put Toronto on a 5-on-3 opportunity. After cycling the puck, a quick pass back door allowed Byron Elliott (Burlington, Ont.) to find the back of the net and put Toronto up 1-0. Brock would fight back pinning Toronto in their zone and shooting the puck, but a great job by Toronto's defenders would force all shots to be taken from the outside allowing goaltender Russ Brownell (Oakville, Ont.) to turn away all chances.

Although Brock goaltender Kurt Jory (Brandon, Man.) was not overly busy, the shots that got through required big saves to keep the game within reach. After being robbed twice by Jory, Toronto's power play was once again able to find the twine, this time freeing up Claudio Cowdrey (Mississauga, Ont.) in the slot. Again Brock attempted to create some offensive opportunities but Toronto's defenders managed to block the shooting lanes, stopping Brock from getting anything going.

Finally, in the third period Brock's offensive pressure paid off with Dan Dooley (St. John, N.B.) finding Steve Pattison (Red Deer, Alta.) in front of the net who buried his first of the season. Brock kept up the heat but it was too little too late, and Toronto scored the empty net goal to end it.

Brock's home opener will be taking place on Oct. 18, 2008 at 7:35 p.m. at the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre.

Source: Badgers Athletics

CARLETON 4, CONCORDIA 3, SO

MONTREAL, Que. - The Carleton Ravens defeated the Concordia Stingers, 4-3, in a shootout to improve their OUA Far East regular season record to 2-1-0 for four-team points. The game was played at Ed Meagher Arena, in Montreal, Quebec.

The Ravens spotted Concordia a first period goal as Carleton's rookie goaltender Alex Archibald (Ottawa, Ont.) stopped 11 of the 12 shots he faced in the first period. Concordia's net minder Maxime Joyal (Châteauguay, Que.) was also busy as the Raven offence peppered him with 18 shots, but trailed by one after the first period.

In the second period, Carleton would scored two goals within three minutes of each other as Ian Greene (Ottawa, Ont.) and Bobby McBride (Claremont, Ont.) tallied to bring the score to two each after the second period. The Ravens outshot Concordia 12 to 6 in the middle frame.

The Stingers would draw first blood in the third period at the 11th minute mark, but Carleton would tie the game less than two minutes later on a goal by Justin Caruana (Orono, Ont.) at the 13th minute of play. The game would stay tied after 60 minutes and nothing was solved in the five-minute overtime as Carleton outshot Concordia 46 to 29 for the game.

In the shootout Carleton's Brandon MacLean (Burlington, Ont.) would be the only skater to beat either goalie earning Carleton their second league victory of the 2008-09 campaign.

Archibald stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced to earn his second OUA victory of the season.

Source: Ravens Athletics

QUEEN'S 7, UOIT 2

KINGSTON, Ont. – The Queen's University Golden Gaels came up with a 7-2 victory over the UOIT Ridgebacks on Saturday afternoon in OUA men's hockey action.

The Ridgebacks started off the game on the right note as 2007-08 leading scorer Nathan Spaling (Drayton, Ont.) netted his first goal of the year just four minutes into the contest on the power play. Queen's did not wait long to tie things back up as they scored just nine seconds following the UOIT goal.

UOIT struck again later in the period, once again on the power play as Brent Varty (Oshawa, Ont.) scored his first goal of the year for UOIT. Freshmen Mike Noyes (Lucan, Ont.) and Tony Rizzi (Kingston, Ont.) picked up their second assists of the game. Noyes now has five points in two games to start his career with UOIT.

At this point trailing 2-1 in the game, Queen's was able to regroup scoring two goals in the final three minutes of the period to take a 3-2 lead into the first intermission. The Gaels would carry over the momentum from the late period rally as they would score two goals in both of the final two frames to win their first game of the season 7-2.

Clinton McCullough (Aurora, Ont.) and Jeffrey Johnstone (Etobicoke, Ont.) scored two goals each for the Gaels.

Although Queen's would end up out-shooting the Ridgebacks 40-33 in the game, surprisingly the Ridgebacks out-shot the Gaels 22-20 over the final two periods.

Source: Ridgebacks Athletics

RMC 7, UOIT 6, SO

KINGSTON, Ont. – It was a wild night for the UOIT Ridgebacks men's hockey team in their OUA season opener against RMC on Friday night as the game featured five goalies and 13 goals. Trailing by four heading into the third period, the Ridgebacks stormed back with four goals to tie the game at 6-6. Despite the amazing comeback, the Ridgebacks could not squeak out a win as they defeated UOIT 7-6 in the shootout.

While outshooting the Paladins 30-18 in the first two periods, the Ridgebacks trailed in the game by four goals. At that point, head coach Marlin Muylaert made a goaltending change putting in Josh Sturrock (Dundalk, Ont.) in the game to replace starting goalie Matt Mateja (Mississauga, Ont.). The move sparked the Ridgebacks offence as they scored four third period goals in a span of two minutes to tie the game up at 6-6.

At this point of the game, things turned wacky. In an act of frustration after letting the lead go, the RMC goaltender shot the puck over the glass, resulting in an ejection from the game. Later in the period, the RMC back-up goalie suffered a game-ending injury, leaving RMC without a netminder. The game was paused for a 15-minute break as a RMC skater strapped on the equipment to fill the void in the line-up. The move somehow worked out for RMC as they went in a defensive shell and the Ridgebacks could not score for the remainder of the game, including in the shootout.

Muylaert described the season opener as one of the craziest games he has been involved with in his career. "It is not very often you see five goalies play in a single game!"

Mike Noyes (Lucan, Ont.) made an impressive debut for the Ridgebacks scoring a hat trick for UOIT. Derrick Bagshaw (Oshawa, Ont.) also had a great game scoring two goals in the third period to lead the Ridgebacks charge.

Source: Ridgebacks Athletics

UQTR 5, CARLETON 2

TROIS RIVIERES, Que. - The Carleton University Ravens men's hockey team fell 5-2 to the UQTR Patriotes, in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec in OUA Far East regular season action.

The Ravens, playing in the one of the hardest road venues in the entire OUA started off well competing with the Patriotes, holding them to one goal in the first period at the five-minute mark by Alexandre Demers (Laurier-Station, Que.). Carleton's first year goaltender Alex Archibald (Ottawa, Ont.) made eight saves in the period as UQTR out shot Carleton 9-4.

The Patriotes would double their lead as they open the scoring in the second period, on a goal at the six-minute mark by Guillaume Chicoine (Dubreuilville, Ont.). Carleton would respond as Bobby McBride (Claremont, Ont.) would draw Carleton within one on assists from Ryan Berard (Niagara Falls, Ont.) and Brandon MacLean (Burlington, Ont.). UQTR would tally one more time with under two minutes remaining to go into the intermission up 3-1 courtesy of Francis Charland (Victoriaville, Que.).

In the third period Carleton would spot UQTR two goals in the first nine minutes to fall behind 5-1 before Berard would score the Ravens second goal with six seconds remaining on the power play. MacLean would earn one of the two assists along with Andrew Gibbons (Oshawa, Ont.). Scoring for the Patriotes were Jean-Sebastien Breton (Pincourt, Que.) and Jonathan Boutin (La Pocatiere, Que.).

The Patriotes out shot Carleton 28-23 for the game as Archibald made 23 saves in Carleton's net.

Source: Ravens Athletics

WINDSOR 3, LAKEHEAD 1

THUNDER BAY, Ont. - The Lakehead Thunderwolves men's hockey team fell 3-1 to the visiting Windsor Lancers Friday night in both teams' OUA season opener at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ont.

It was fast paced game for the first game of the season and the young Lancers impressed with their speedy and tenacious overall play. Lakehead had good scoring opportunities but were denied by Windsor netminder Jim Watt (Edmonton, Alta.).

Scott Dobben (Drayton, Ont.) scored his first of the year for the Wolves while Windsor was paced by Shane Taylor (Port Perry, Ont.) with a pair of goals with a single tallied by Brock Zinken (Linwood, Ont.).

Lakehead outshot Windsor 40-32 on the night. Lakehead was 0-5 on the power play while Windsor went 1-5.

Source: Thunderwolves Athletics

OUA SCOREBOARD

October 10, 2008
Concordia 2, McGill 1
UQTR 5, Carleton 2
Windsor 3, Lakehead 1
York 3, Queen's 0
RMC 7, UOIT 6, ST
Toronto 7, Guelph 3
Western 7, Waterloo 6, OT

October 11, 2008
York 4, RMC 2
Guelph 3, Ryerson 0
Queen's 7, UOIT 2
Carleton 4, Concordia 3, OT
Ottawa 4, McGill 3
Lakehead 6, Windsor 1
Laurier 5, Waterloo 3
Toronto 3, Brock 1