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2/14/2015: LAKEHEAD - 4 @ WESTERN ONTARIO - 1

WOLVES SWEEP MUSTANGS TO ADVANCE TO SEMI-FINALS

John Payetta
Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Lakehead Thunderwolves downed the Western Ontario Mustangs 4-1 at the Thompson Arena in London, Ontario on Saturday to win the best-of-three OUA West Division quarter-finals series in two straight games.

The Wolves were led by senior forward Mike Hammond’s three goals and a sterling performance by sophomore netminder Justin McDonald.

Hammond notched a pair of goals to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead after the first period, his first one coming when he beat Mustangs’ goalie Marc Nother on the blocker side 11:21 into the game with the assists credited to Brennen Dubchak and Jake Wright.  Then with Lakehead on the power play, Hammond converted again with just 49 seconds left on the clock.  Wright picked up his second helper, with the other assist going to Keith Grondin.

Hammond got the only goal of the second period at the 4:34 mark by completing a natural hat-trick when he slid the puck in the net during a goalmouth scramble, and the Wolves held a 3-0 lead heading into the third.

The Mustangs’ Matt Marantz knocked home a rebound to spoil McDonald’s shutout bid at 8:50 of the third period, but with the Wolves on the power play, Nathan Bruyere’s point shot rang off the post and into the net with just under six minutes to play to seal the deal for Lakehead.

Shots on goal in the game were 34-32 for the Thunderwolves.

Lakehead now advances to the West Division semi-finals against an opponent still to be determined.  The Wolves only home game of that best-of-three series will be game #1, which will be played at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay on Wednesday night.

 

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1:
1. 11:21 Lakehead, Mike Hammond (Jake Wright, Brennen Dubchak) 2. 19:11 Lakehead, Mike Hammond (Keith Grondin, Jake Wright) PP
Penalties: 14:07 Western Ontario, Cimadamore (RO)14:07 Lakehead, Mike Quesnele ()15:38 Western Ontario, McKee (HS)18:32 Western Ontario, Micallef (BRD)
PERIOD 2:
3. 04:34 Lakehead, Mike Hammond (unassisted)
Penalties: 06:24 Lakehead, Luke Maw (HKG)08:18 Lakehead, Justin McDonald (DOG)
PERIOD 3:
4. 08:50 Western Ontario, Marantz (De Coste , Paltridge ) 5. 14:19 Lakehead, Nathan Bruyere (Mike Hammond, Keith Grondin) PP
Penalties: 03:23 Lakehead, Cody Alcock (SL)12:45 Lakehead, Justin McDonald (RO)12:45 Western Ontario, Schwartz (RO)13:58 Western Ontario, Marantz (HKG)19:38 Lakehead, Carson Dubchak (HS)
Lakehead: Justin McDonald, 31 saves made, 1 goals against.Western Ontario: Nother, 30 saves made, 4 goals against.Referees: D.Ransom, C.Bannerman (referee), T.Ford, C.Fraumeni,