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2/11/2012: BROCK - 4 @ LAKEHEAD - 6


Dan Pella
Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Lakehead Thunderwolves beat the Brock Badges 6-4 on Saturday night at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, ON.

Lakehead controlled play in the early parts of the first period; only to have the Badgers get on the board first as Thomas Stajan tipped a pass in front past Lakehead netminder Alex Dupuis at 4:19 of the first to give Brock the early lead.

The Thunderwolves tied it up at 6:03 of the first as Ryan McDonald put home a nice pass courtesy of Matt Caria. The other assist was credited to Thomas Frazee. Defenceman Mitch Maunu put Lakehead in front 2-1 on a nice deke that fooled Badger goalie Kurt Jory at 10:30 of the first. Assists on the goal went to Ryan Magill and Victor Anilane.

Mike Quesnele got things rolling for Lakehead early in the second period when he made a nice move to bring the puck deep into the Badger zone and put a nifty shot past Jory. Mike Hammond and Trevor Gamache collected the assists.

The bounces continued to go Lakehead’s way as Andrew Wilkins batted down a pass attempt at the Lakehead blueline and converted on a short-handed breakaway to give Lakehead a seemingly comfortable 4-1 lead. 

But Brock erased Lakehead’s three goal lead, with three unanswered goals courtesy of Dan Tanel, Dylan MacEachran and Ryan Allen, evening things up at 4-4 by the 3-minute mark of the third period.

Lakehead restored its lead at 7:26 of the third when Thomas Frazee found the twine to put the Wolves up 5-4. Assists on the goal went to Jake Carrick and Keith Grondin.

Mike Hammond iced the game for Lakehead with under two-minutes left in the period on a bad angle shot that eluded Jory, making the final score 6-4 for the Thunderwolves.

The Molson 3 Stars of the game were:
1-Andrew Wilkins, Lakehead
2-Mike Hammond, Lakehead
3- Thomas Stajan, Brock

Next up for the Thunderwolves are the OUA playoffs.  Lakehead finished in second-place in the OUA West Division and will meet the seventh-place Guelph Gryphons in the West Division Quarter-Finals.  Game One of the playoffs is set for Wednesday night in Guelph, and will be broadcast live on Rock 94 FM.  Game Two will be Friday night at 7:30 in Thunder Bay, and if necessary, Game Three will go Saturday night at the Fort William Gardens.

1. 04:19 Brock, Stajan (Geldart K ) 2. 06:03 Lakehead, Ryan McDonald (Matt Caria, Thomas Frazee ) 3. 10:30 Lakehead, Mitch Maunu (Ryan Magill, Victor Anilane)
Penalties: 02:03 Brock, Schram (HLD)02:03 Lakehead, Ryan McDonald (USC)07:12 Brock, Bonawitz (HLD)14:02 Brock, Schram (CC/RO)14:02 Brock, Giganic (RO)14:02 Lakehead, Brennan Menard (RO)14:02 Lakehead, Mike Hammond (RO)15:28 Lakehead, Matt Caria (INT)20:00 Brock, Smeltzer (USC)
4. 02:04 Lakehead, Mike Quesnele (Mike Hammond, Trevor Gamache) 5. 10:25 Lakehead, Andrew Wilkins (unassisted) SH 6. 16:38 Brock, Tanel (Stajan ) PP 7. 18:30 Brock, MacEachran (Gelhart K , Gelhart A )
Penalties: 03:00 Lakehead, Mitch Maunu (CC)05:20 Brock, Boudreau (HS)13:19 Brock, Allen (USC)13:19 Lakehead, Jake Carrick (USC)14:14 Brock, Boudreau (SL)16:12 Lakehead, Andrew Wilkins (CC/10 min misconduct)
8. 03:00 Brock, Allen (Smeltzer , Brochu ) PP 9. 07:26 Lakehead, Thomas Frazee (Jake Carrick, Keith Grondin) 10. 18:03 Lakehead, Mike Hammond (Brennan Menard, Trevor Gamache)
Penalties: 01:33 Lakehead, Brennan Menard (HKG)14:11 Lakehead, Thomas Frazee (HS)14:11 Brock, Smeltzer (ELB)
Lakehead: Alex Dupuis, 37 saves made, 4 goals against.Brock: Jory, 23 saves made, 6 goals against.Referees: E.Vastamaki (referee), K.Ritchie, J.Prager,