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3/26/2010: UQTR - 2 @ LAKEHEAD - 7


Michel Belanger
Saturday, March 27, 2010

March 26, 2010
THUNDER BAY, Ont. (CIS) – The tournament host and fourth-seeded Lakehead Thunderwolves struck early and never let up on their way to a 7-2 win over the No. 6 UQTR Patriotes in the fourth game of the CIS men’s hockey championship, Friday night, at Fort William Gardens.
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With the result, first place in Pool A and a spot in Sunday’s University cup final (7 p.m. Rogers Sportsnet / SSN Canada) will be on the line Saturday at 7 p.m. (Rogers Sportsnet / SSN Canada) when the T-Wolves (1-0) face the tourney favourite Alberta Golden Bears (1-0) in the final duel of the preliminary round.
The Bears beat UQTR 4-2 in the Pool A opener on Thursday.
The Patriotes return home with an 0-2 record and finish third in the group.
Lakehead opened the first period at a frenetic pace, generating several early chances after UQTR defenseman Alex Lamontagne (Crabtree, Quebec) took an early hooking penalty.
It was a short-handed break that produce the game’s opening goal, however, when three-year forward Kris Hogg (Sicamous, British Columbia) slapped a short-side bullet past Patriotes’ goalie Jean-Christophe Blanchard (Trois-Rivières, Quebec) with one second remaining on Lakehead forward Andy Hyvarinen’s penalty at 7:06.
Fifth-year senior Dan Speer (Thunder Bay, Ontario) made it 2-0 Lakehead at 13:06, slapping a shot into the net from twelve feet out before fourth year Brock McPherson (Brampton, Ontario) tallied the game-winner less than three minutes later.
All three of Lakehead’s first period goals were assisted by fifth-year senior Scott Dobben (Drayton, Ontario) who earned Thunderwolves player of the game honours.
“They came out strong,” said Blanchard at a post-game media conference. “The first period of a tournament like that is always important. They came out tough and it was a hard game.”
Lakehead continued to the heavy pressure in the second period, adding three goals courtesy of freshmen Matt Caria (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) and Ryan McDonald (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan) and Speer’s second of the game – a power play marker that made the score 5-1 at the 9:04 mark.
“I thought that tonight our fore check was the key,” said Thunderwolves head coach Joel Scherban. “We knew coming in a few weeks ago that we needed to step up the pressure and I think we did that tonight to generate a lot of offence.”
The smaller ice surface of the Fort William Gardens helped Lakehead establish a physical tone early in a game which saw the Patriotes collect 42 penalty minutes, and the Thunderwolves, 26. Lakehead capitalized with two power play goal on eight chances while UQTR went 1-of-10 on the man advantage.
“Part of our game plan every night is to be a physical team,” said Lakehead captain Jordan Smith. “When we’re skating and playing physical we’re at our best. I thought that everybody did a great job of getting in there and you saw the result on the scoreboard.”
UQTR second-year forward Francis Charland (Victoriaville, Quebec) and first year Félix Petit (Jonquière, Quebec) scored their team’s two goals at 5:00 and 12:33 of the second, respectively.
With the game out-of-reach, Caria added his second goal at 3:04 of the third period.
Both goaltenders were busy in net as Lakehead’s first year net minder Alex Dupuis (Thunder Bay, Ontario) made on 35 saves on 37 shots.
His counterpart Blanchard made 40 saves on 47 shots.
The damage could have been even worse for the Patriotes as Blanchard made several big stops on breakaway opportunities by Dobben and Shandor Alphonso (Orangeville, Ontario) in the second period.  
GAME NOTES: In nine previous games at the University Cup since 1973, Lakehead had never scored more than four goals in a game (twice)... In the only previous game between the two teams at the CIS championship, in 2003 in Fredericton, UQTR had prevailed 2-1 in pool play... The Thunderwolves are 0-4 lifetime at the University Cup tournament against their next opponent on Saturday, Alberta... Four-time national champion UQTR (1987, 1991, 2001, 2003) has now failed to advance past pool play in three straight University Cup appearances after going 1-1 in 2007 in Moncton and 0-2 in 2005 in Edmonton...
Lakehead 7, UQTR 2
1. LAK Kris Hogg (1) (Scott Dobben), 7:06 SH
2. LAK Dan Speer (1) (Scott Dobben, Mark Soares), 13:11
3. LAK Brock McPherson (1) (Scott Dobben), 15:40 PP
Alex Lamontagne (UQTR) hooking, 2:39;
Kalvin Sagert (LAK) slashing, 5:07;
Mitch Maunu (LAK) high sticking, 9:44;
Alexandre Demers (UQTR) unsportsmanlike conduct, 12:47;
Andy Hyvarinen (LAK), unsportsmanlike conduct, 12:47;
Félix Petit (UQTR) hooking, 14:53;
Mark Soares (LAK) roughing after the whistle, 16:39.
4. LAK Matt Caria (1) (Shandor Alphonso, Matt Dias), 2:08
5. UQTR Francis Charland (1) (Étienne Bellavance-Martin, Jean-Sébastien Breton), 5:00 PP
6. LAK Ryan McDonald (1) (Andrew Wilkins, Kris Hogg), 7:28
7. LAK Dan Speer (2) (Jordan Smith), 9:04 PP
8. UQTR Félix Petit (2) (Pierre-Luc Lessard, Olivier Donovan), 12:33
Olivier Donovan (UQTR) cross checking, 3:03;
Kris Hogg (LAK) interference, 3:03;
Scott Dobben (LAK) roughing, 3:56;
Maxime Lévesque (UQTR) tripping, 8:13;
Alexandre Demers (UQTR) 10-minute misconduct, 8:13;
Aaron Alphonso (LAK) goaltender interference, 11:02;
Étienne Bellavance-Martin (UQTR) illegal equipment, 12:06;
Louis-Étienne Leblanc (UQTR) tripping, 13:25;
Olivier Donovan (UQTR) slashing, 15:07;
Matt Caria (LAK) roughing, 18:23.
9. LAK Matt Caria (2) (Matt Dias, Mitch Maunu), 3:04
Ryan Baird (LAK) hooking, 0:50;
Maxime Fréchette (UQTR) checking to the head, 3:34;
Maxime Fréchette (UQTR) 10-minute misconduct, 3:34;
Matt Caria (LAK) roughing after the whistle, 5:07;
Matt Caria (LAK) hooking, 9:09;
Louis-Étienne Leblanc (UQTR) unsportsmanlike conduct, 13:46;
Ryan McDonald (LAK) hooking, 13:46;
Alexandre Demers (UQTR) high sticking, 14:29;
Mitch Maunu (LAK) holding, 17:31.
GOALS (by period)
LAK: 3-3-1:7
UQTR: 0-2-0:2
SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
LAK: 20-11-16:47
UQTR: 11-14-12: 37
LAK: 2-8
UQTR: 1-10
LAK – Alex Dupuis (W, 1-0, 37 shots, 35 saves, 2 GA, 60:00)
UQTR – Jean-Christophe Blanchard (L, 0-2, 47 shots, 40 saves, 7 GA, 60:00)
LAK: Scott Dobben
UQTR: Francis Charland
REFEREE: Jonathan Langille
LINESMEN: Kevin Kuluski, Nigel Black
START: 7:37
END: 9:48
LENGTH: 2:11
Pool A
1. Alberta
4. Lakehead
Pool B
2. McGill
3. Saint Mary’s
5. Manitoba
Pool A standings (after 2 of 3 games)
GP                  W        L          GF       GA      PTS
1. Lakehead     1          1          0          7          2          2
2. Alberta         1          1          0          4          2          2        
3. UQTR          2          0          2          4          11        0
Pool B standings (after 2 of 3 games)
1. SMU           1          1          0          4          2          2
2. Manitoba     1          1          0          5          4          2
3. McGill         2          0          2          6          9          0
Thursday, March 25
Pool B #1: Manitoba 5, McGill 4 (OT)
Pool A #1: Alberta 4, UQTR 2
Friday, March 26
Pool B #2: Saint Mary’s 4, McGill 2
Pool A #2: Lakehead 7, UQTR 2
Saturday, March 27
14:00 Pool B #3: Saint Mary’s vs. Manitoba (Rogers Sportsnet / SSN Canada webcast)
19:00 Pool A #3: Lakehead vs. Alberta (Rogers Sportsnet / SSN Canada webcast)
Sunday, March 28
19:00 University Cup Final (Rogers Sportsnet / SSN Canada webcast)

1. 07:06 Lakehead, Kris Hogg (Scott Dobben) SH 2. 13:11 Lakehead, Dan Speer (Scott Dobben, Mark Soares) 3. 15:30 Lakehead, Brock McPherson (Scott Dobben) PP
Penalties: 02:39 UQTR, Lamotnage (HKG)05:07 Lakehead, Kalvin Sagert (SL)09:44 Lakehead, Mitch Maunu (HS)12:47 Lakehead, Andy Hyvarinen (USC)12:47 UQTR, Demers (USC)14:53 UQTR, Petit (HKG)16:39 Lakehead, Mark Soares (RAW)
4. 02:08 Lakehead, Matt Caria (Matt Dias, Shandor Alphonso) 5. 05:00 UQTR, Charland (Martin , Breton ) PP 6. 07:28 Lakehead, Ryan McDonald (Kris Hogg , Andrew Wilkins) 7. 09:04 Lakehead, Dan Speer (Jordan Smith ) PP 8. 12:33 UQTR, Petit (Lessard , Donavon )
Penalties: 03:03 UQTR, Donavon (CC)03:03 Lakehead, Kris Hogg (INT)03:56 Lakehead, Scott Dobben (RO)08:13 UQTR, Levesque (TR)08:13 UQTR, Demers (10 min misconduct)11:02 Lakehead, Arron Alphonso (INT)12:06 UQTR, Martin (Inelligable Player)13:25 UQTR, Leblanc (TR)15:07 UQTR, Donavon (SL)18:23 UQTR, Caria (RO)
9. 03:04 Lakehead, Matt Caria (Matt Dias, Mitch Maunu)
Penalties: 00:50 Lakehead, Ryan Baird (HKG)03:34 UQTR, Frechette (CTH/10 min misconduct)05:07 Lakehead, Matt Caria (RAW)09:09 Lakehead, Matt Caria (HKG)13:46 Lakehead, Ryan McDonald (HKG)13:46 UQTR, Leblanc (USC/Diving)14:29 UQTR, Demers (HS)17:31 Lakehead, Mitch Maunu (HLD)
Lakehead: Alex Dupuis, 35 saves made, 2 goals against.UQTR: Blanchard, 38 saves made, 7 goals against.