OUA M-HOCKEY ROUNDUP: NO. 2 UQTR BOUNCES BACK

KINGSTON, Ont. - One day after suffering their first loss in 12 OUA games, the No. 2 UQTR Patriotes bounced back for a 6-3 victory over the RMC Paladins on Saturday afternoon.

UQTR took an early 1-0 lead 3:58 after the opening face-off as Jonathan Boutin (La Pocatiere, Que.) netted his 15th goal of the season. But RMC tied the score late in the first period as Michael Soros (Ottawa, Ont.) scored on the power play.

The Paladins took a 2-1 lead early in the second period on another power play marker. Freshman forward Justin Lacey (Sudbury, Ont.) scored his 11 goal of the season on helpers by Paul Bradley (Calgary, Alta.) and Logan Oversby (Ashern, Man.).

Penalties would be RMC's undoing as the Patriotes scored four-unanswered goals on the power play. Alexandre Demers (Laurier-Station, Que.) scored twice with the man-advantage, while Etienne Bellavance-Martin (St-Jean-Chrysostome, Que.) and Jean-Sebastien Breton (Pincourt, Que.) added single tallies.

Matthew Pinder (Calgary, Alta.) scored for RMC late in the game, before Boutin scored his second of the game with an empty netter.

Source: OUA Communications

NO. 6 LAURIER 6, UOIT 3

WATERLOO, Ont. - Nick Vergeer (West Lorne, Ont.), Jordan Bonneville (St. Agatha, Ont.) and Tyler Townsend (Tavistock, Ont.) scored goals in a span of 61 seconds early in the first period as the Laurier Golden Hawks skated to a easy 6-3 victory over the visiting UOIT Ridgebacks Saturday night at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Vergeer opened the scoring in the first frame with a well-placed wrist shot. Bonneville added to the lead 30 seconds later with a shot from the slot that went through a screen, and 31 seconds after that, Townsend would jam home a loose puck to put the home-side up big.

Ridgeback netminder Matt Mateja (Mississauga, Ont.) was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots and his replacement acquitted himself quite well.

Despite burying backup Nick Fontana (Whitby, Ont.) in rubber, the Hawks had troubles putting the canine-named ones away for good. Fontana made 24 saves over two periods to keep UOIT within striking distance until the third.

The third period saw both teams open up. Luke Girard (Mississauga, Ont.) potted the game winner and his team-leading 13th of the year just a minute into the frame, and Ryan Bernardi (Etobicoke, Ont.) unleashed a howitzer from the face-off circle that went top shelf on Fontana for the Hawks fifth of the contest.

UOIT, just like the last time these teams met, got three late goals back but it was far too little far too late. Mark Voakes (St. Thomas, Ont.) got a empty-net goal to go along with his three assists for a four-point night.

Source: Golden Hawks Athletics

NO. 8 LAKEHEAD 6, GUELPH 3

THUNDER BAY, Ont. - The Lakehead Thunderwolves men's hockey team earned a home sweep over the visiting Guelph Gryphons with a 6-3 win Saturday night at Fort William Gardens.

The score was 1-1 after the first period with play being fairly even. The 'Wolves exploded for four tallies in the second to take the lead and never looked back. The Gryphons played well in the third and Lakehead fifth year senior netminder Chris Whitley (Oshawa, Ont.) had to be sharp in the final stanza, making a number of good stops. Whitley also made a good save during a Guelph penalty shot by Thomas LaPlante (Ste-Foy, Que.).

Guelph netminder Adam Jennings (Calgary, Alta.) also made some good saves to deny the 'Wolves, especially in the second period. Guelph outshot Lakehead 49-39 in the game.

Lakehead had three players with three-point nights; Dan Speer (Thunder Bay, Ont.) and Scott Dobben (Drayton, Ont.) with a goal and two assists each and Brock McPherson (Brampton, Ont.) with three assists. McPherson had a six-point weekend as he also had a goal and two assists in Friday's win over Guelph. Lakehead's other goals came from Mark Soares (Burnaby, B.C.), Bryan Wilson (Hearst, Ont.), Andrew Brown (Bancroft, Ont.), and Kris Hogg (Sicamous, Ont.). Wilson also added an assist.

Thunder Bay native Justin Gvora, Chris Baker (Leduc, Alta.), and Patrick Campbell (Sauble Beach, Ont.) scored for the Gryphons.

Source: Thunderwolves Athletics

OUA SCOREBOARD

November 29, 2008
UQTR 6, RMC 3
McGill 9, Ryerson 2
Brock vs. Windsor, PPD
Concordia 2, Queen's 0
Lakehead 6, Guelph 3
Laurier 6, UOIT 3
Toronto 4, Carleton 0

November 30, 2008
Waterloo 6, York 3