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2/3/2012: LAKEHEAD - 4 @ BROCK - 2

WOLVES DEFEAT BADGERS WITH STRONG FINISH

John Payetta
Friday, February 03, 2012

The Lakehead Thunderwolves hockey team came back from a third period deficit to defeat the Brock Badgers 4-2 at the Seymour-Hannah Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario on Friday night.


After a scoreless first period, Lakehead’s Andrew Wilkins put the Wolves up 1-0 on a shorthanded and unassisted goal at 3:22 of the second.  Brock replied quickly when Jordan Gignac beat Thunderwolves’ goalie Alex Dupuis on the powerplay at the 4:20 mark.  That was all the scoring in the middle stanza, and the teams headed into the dressing room deadlocked at 1-1 heading into the third period.


The Badgers took a 2-1 lead at 7:34 of the third on a goal by Anthony Geldart, but the lead didn’t last long.  Lakehead’s Jake Carrick blasted one past Brock netminder Kurt Jory at 9:39 to tie the game up at 2-2.  Assists on the goal went to Wilkins and Keith Grondin.


The game appeared to be headed for overtime, but Ryan McDonald netted the winner on a goal set up by Matt Caria and Mitch Maunu with only 58 seconds remaining in the final frame.  Wilkins then fed Brennan Menard, who iced the game with an empty-netter with only 1 second left in the game to give the Thunderwolves the 4-2 victory.


The win puts Lakehead alone in second place in the OUA West Division with three games remaining in the regular season, and guarantees the Wolves home-ice advantage for at least the first round of the playoffs.


The Thunderwolves head next to London to take on the Western Ontario Mustangs on Saturday night.  The opening face-off is set for 7:30, and the game will be broadcast live on Rock 94 FM.

 

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1:
No Scoring
Penalties: 03:36 Lakehead, Matt Caria (HKG)08:57 Lakehead, Trevor Gamache (CC)11:09 Brock, Smeltzer (CTH/10 min Misconduct)14:45 Brock, Jones (SL)15:32 Lakehead, Andrew Wilkins (INT)
PERIOD 2:
1. 03:23 Lakehead, Andrew Wilkins (unassisted) SH 2. 04:20 Brock, Gignac (Brochu , Allen ) PP
Penalties: 00:16 Lakehead, Thomas Frazee (CHG)02:54 Lakehead, Chris de la Lande (SL)08:19 Brock, Allen (HKG)11:21 Lakehead, Jake Carrick (CTH/10 min misconduct)16:46 Lakehead, Matt Caria (10 min Misconduct)17:01 Lakehead, Devin Welsh (RO)17:01 Brock, Abercrombie (HS)
PERIOD 3:
3. 07:34 Brock, Geldart (Dickson , Abercrombie ) 4. 09:39 Lakehead, Jake Carrick (Keith Grondin, Andrew Wilkins) 5. 19:02 Lakehead, Ryan McDonald (Mitch Maunu, Matt Caria) 6. 19:59 Lakehead, Brennan Menard (Andrew Wilkins) EN
Penalties: none
Lakehead: Alex Dupuis, 28 saves made, 2 goals against.Brock: Jory, 21 saves made, 3 goals against.