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2/21/2003: WINDSOR - 2 @ LAKEHEAD - 11

LAKEHEAD ROUTS WINDSOR 11-2 TO SWEEP SERIES

Mike Aylward
Friday, February 21, 2003

The No. 4 Lakehead Thunderwolves rode a second period offensive explosion Friday night on their way to routing the Windsor Lancers 11-2 before 2950 fans at the Fort William Gardens  in Thunder Bay. The win gives the Thunderwolves a 2-0 sweep in their best-of-three OUA Far West Division Semi-Finals. 

The Thunderwolves had very balanced scoring, getting tallies from 9 different players.  Lakehead was led by Captain Joel Scherban with 2 goals and an assist, Robert Hillier with 2 goals and an assist, Jeff Richards with 3 assists, Murray Magill and Aaron Piccinin with a goal and an assist each, and Matt Kenny with 2 assists. 

Penalties proved very costly to Windsor as Lakehead's lethal powerplay scored 5 consecutive PP goals in the second period to set a new team record.  They also tallied one shorthanded goal.  Windsor's normally steady goaltending tandem of Kevin Rivest and Derrick Laporte had a tough night, facing 50 Lakehead shots, many of them dangerous scoring chances.  Lakehead goaltender Grant McCune faced 13 Windsor shots, including a penalty shot which he saved.  Dan Murrell and Kyle Trudell scored Windsor's goals.

Lakehead's Murray Magill opened the scoring in the first with a beautiful goal at 3:20.  He slipped the puck through the Windsor defenseman's legs, then dropped goaltender Rivest with a fake and lifted the puck upstairs.  Windsor's Dan Murrell tied it at 8:56 on during a 5 on 3  powerplay when he tipped in a shot from the point past a screened McCune.  Lakehead retook the lead at 11:25 when Leon Cooper fooled Rivest with a quick wrist shot between the goaltender's legs.  Kyle Trudell tied it for Windsor at 18:52 when Lakehead defender Shawn Perring cut in front of his own net and Trudell took a quick swipe at the puck that knocked it past a surprised Grant McCune.  Lakehead outshot Windsor 18-5 in the first period.

The second was a penalty filled affair with the Thunderwolves taking full advantage of their PP opportunities.  The Thunderwolves quickly opened the scoring at 1:03 when Robert Hillier flipped the puck over the fallen Lancer goaltender.  From then on it was all Lakehead as the Thunderwolves ran up their string of 5 powerplay goals in less than eight minutes to put away the game.  Scherban started at 1:52 when he put a nice move on Rivest, then skated around the fallen goalie to put the puck in the net.  Aaron Piccin blasted a one-timer in at 3:37, set up by a great pass from Richards.  Bryan Duce ripped a blast from the point at 7:04 that Rivest never saw.  Windsor Head Coach Vern Stenlund then put Derrick Laporte in the Lancer goal but he would fare little better.  Lakehead's Mike Jacobsen made it 7-2 on a excellent individual play; flying past a Windsor defenseman, faking Laporte left, then roofing the puck in the top right corner.  Jeff Adduono finished off the powerplay blitz, knocking in a rebound off a point shot by Jason Lange.  Lakehead goaltender Grant McCune made a good sliding save off a penalty shot by Windsor's Joel Cort.  Lakehead outshot Windsor 16-3 in the second period.

The third period was very clean, perhaps because the outcome was no longer in doubt.  Lakehead's Brad Bartlett made it 9-2 when he beat Laporte with a low slapshot at 4:36.  Joel Scherban one-timed a pretty shorthanded goal at 9:37, set up by a lovely soft pass by Jeff Richards.  Robert Hillier ended the scoring at 15:27 when he knocked in a rebound off a point shot by Matt Kenny.  Lakehead outshot Windsor 16-5 in the third and 50-13 in the game.

Lakehead Head Coach Pete Belliveau was happy with Lakehead's intensity and balanced play.   "I thought our team played very well tonight, with a lot of intensity.  I like the fact that our scoring was spread throughout the team as well.  The Windsor Lancers showed a lot of class in this series, and I really appreciate that.  So, we'll enjoy the feeling tonight and then we'll regroup and get ready for Western."

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SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1:
1. 03:20 Lakehead, Murray Magill (Craig Priestlay) 2. 08:56 Windsor, Murrell (Lombardo ) PP 3. 11:25 Lakehead, Leon Cooper (Shawn Perring, Aaron Piccinin) 4. 18:50 Windsor, Trudell (unassisted)
Penalties: 01:04 Windsor, Trapagna (High Stick)07:16 Lakehead, Bryan Duce (High Stick)07:56 Lakehead, Craig Priestlay (Hook)12:44 Windsor, Gawant (Cross Check)13:42 Windsor, Trudell (Interference)14:58 Lakehead, Shawn Perring (Interference)16:35 Windsor, Trudell (High Stick)18:52 Windsor, Trudell ()
PERIOD 2:
5. 01:03 Lakehead, Murray Magill (Erik Lodge) 6. 01:52 Lakehead, Joel Scherban (Bryan Duce) PP 7. 03:37 Lakehead, Aaron Piccinin (Jeff Richards) PP 8. 07:04 Lakehead, Bryan Duce (Jeff Richards, Joel Scherban) PP 9. 08:35 Lakehead, Mike Jacobsen (Bryan Duce, Kris Bragnalo) PP 10. 09:39 Lakehead, Jeff Adduono (Jason Lange, Erik Lodge) PP
Penalties: 01:22 Windsor, Bench (Delay Game)02:45 Lakehead, Jason Lange (Roughing)02:45 Windsor, Budrewicz (Roughing)03:28 Windsor, Trudell (Interference)05:57 Lakehead, Jeff Adduono (Slash)06:14 Lakehead, Craig Priestlay (Roughing)06:14 Lakehead, Craig Priestlay (Misconduct)06:14 Lakehead, Shawn Perring (Roughing)06:14 Lakehead, Aaron Piccinin (Roughing)06:14 Windsor, Murrell (Rough (2 min), 10 min misconduct)06:14 Windsor, Gaylord (Slash (2 min), Rough (4 min))06:14 Windsor, Lombardo (Rough (4 min))06:14 Windsor, Hopes (Rough (4 min))06:47 Windsor, Trudell (Interference)08:25 Windsor, Gawant (Interference)12:41 Windsor, Trapajna (Cross Check)15:47 Windsor, Trapajna (Cross Check (Ejection for third stick penalty))
PERIOD 3:
11. 04:36 Lakehead, Bradley O'Hearn (unassisted) 12. 09:37 Lakehead, Joel Scherban (Jeff Richards, Matt Kenny) SH
Penalties: 18:22 Lakehead, Craig Priestlay (Tripping)
Lakehead: Grant McCune, 11 saves made, 2 goals against.Windsor: Rivest/Laporte, 39 saves made, 11 goals against.Referees: xx (referee), xx, xx,