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2/22/2012: LAKEHEAD - 3 @ WINDSOR - 2 OT


John Payetta
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Lakehead Thunderwolves hockey team defeated the Windsor Lancers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1 of the OUA West Division Semi-Finals at the Windsor Arena on Wednesday night.

Windsor scored the only goal of the first period when the Lancers’ Evan Stibbard beat Lakehead netminder Alex Dupuis at 4:18 on a goal set-up by D.J. Turner and Drew Palmer.  Lakehead outshot Windsor 12-8 in the opening stanza, but the Lancers held the 1-0 lead at the first intermission.

The Thunderwolves tied the game at 1-1 when Mike Quesnele and Matt Caria fed Thomas Frazee, who blasted a long shot past Lancers’ goalie Parker Van Buskirk at 1:44 of the second period.

Following a double-minor for cross checking and a five minute match penalty for kicking by Mike Quesnele, Lakehead’s penalty killing unit was severely tested in the last of half of the period.  But the Wolves successfully killed off a 9-minute Windsor power play to keep the game knotted at 1-1 heading into the third.

Although they played short-handed for much of the period, the Thunderwolves still managed to outshoot Windsor 15-12 in the second.

Frazee notched his second marker of the game at 2:50 of the third period on a goal set up by Devin Welsh and Ryan Magill to give Lakehead a 2-1 lead.  Windsor responded and tied the game at 2-2 with only 5:06 remaining in regulation when Turner fed Tom Craig in-close, who in turn beat Dupuis to force overtime.

Windsor dominated the shot clock in the third period, out-chancing the Thunderwolves 13-5.

Lakehead’s Keith Grondin was the hero in overtime, scoring the winner at the 6:04 mark on a goal assisted by Caria and Jake Carrick.  Shots on goal were 3 per side in extra time, giving Windsor a slight 36-35 advantage for the game.

The series now shifts to Thunder Bay, where Lakehead will have two chances to finish off the Lancers in the best-of-three Semi-Finals.  Game 2 will be Friday night at the Fort William Gardens, with the opening face-off set for 7:30.  If necessary, Game 3 will go Saturday night at the Gardens.



1. 04:18 Windsor, Stibbard (Turner , Palmer )
Penalties: 10:25 Lakehead, Devin Welsh (HKG)10:49 Windsor, Pommels (CFB/10 min misconduct)13:21 Windsor, McCready (SL)13:21 Lakehead, Jake Carrick (SL)
2. 01:44 Lakehead, Thomas Frazee (Matt Caria, Mike Quesnele)
Penalties: 06:41 Lakehead, Chris de la Lande (CC)10:37 Lakehead, Mike Quesnele (CC(4min)/Match(Kicking))
3. 02:50 Lakehead, Thomas Frazee (Devin Welsh, Ryan Magill) 4. 14:54 Windsor, Craig (Turner )
Penalties: 05:05 Windsor, Stibbard (CHG)18:07 Lakehead, Devin Welsh (TR)
5. 06:04 Lakehead, Keith Grondin (Matt Caria, Jake Carrick)
Penalties: 00:57 Windsor, Stibbard (HLD)
Lakehead: Alex Dupuis, 34 saves made, 2 goals against.Windsor: Van Buskirk., 32 saves made, 3 goals against.