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11/5/2016: ONTARIO TECH - 2 @ LAKEHEAD - 7


John Payetta
Saturday, November 05, 2016

Ontario Tech came into the game as the fourth-ranked team in the country, but the Ridgebacks left with their tails between their legs after being beaten 7-2 by the Lakehead Thunderwolves in front of 1922 fans at the Fort William Gardens on Saturday night.

Kelin Ainsworth led the way with a five-point game and Devin Green was solid in the Lakehead net for the second night in a row, but it was a total team effort by the Wolves from start to finish.

Lakehead scored three unanswered goals in the opening period, the first coming from Dylan Butler at 4:35.

Ainsworth put a move on Ridgebacks’ goalie Brendan O’Neill that left him sprawled out of position before losing control of the puck, but Carson Dubchak pounced on the rubber and slammed it into the open cage at 8:13.

Freshman defenceman Patrick Murphy added another at 14:44 to round out the scoring in the opening frame.

Lakehead continued to pour it on when Ainsworth beat O’Neill low on the glove side after breaking in on him alone just 51 seconds in the middle stanza.

Justin Sefton rifled a one-timer from the point on a Thunderwolves’ power play at 2:46 to put Lakehead up 5-0, and the Ridgebacks were reeling.

UOIT called a time-out to try to settle things down, and the ploy seemed to work when Anthony Latina fired the puck between Green’s pads just over a minute later.

If the Ridgebacks were hoping for a miracle comeback, Brennen Dubchak put a dagger in their hearts by finishing off a fast break by the Wolves with 55 seconds left in the period, giving Lakehead a 6-1 lead after 40 minutes.

E.J. Faust added fuel to the fire when he tipped Murphy’s point shot past O’Neill while the Wolves held the man-advantage midway through the third, extending Lakehead’s lead to 7-1.

Mitch Bennett got a power play goal for the Ridgebacks with 40 seconds remaining in the game to complete the scoring.

For the night, Lakehead went 2-for-9 on the power play, while Ontario Tech was 1-for-7.

Total shots on goal were 30-29 for the Thunderwolves.

The Molson three stars of the game were:
1. Kelin Ainsworth, Lakehead
2. Dylan Butler, Lakehead
3. Devin Green, Lakehead

The victory improves Lakehead’s OUA record to 4-4-1, and the Wolves will look to continue their winning ways next weekend when they travel to Kingston for a pair of games with the RMC Paladins.


1. 04:35 Lakehead, Dylan Butler (Kelin Ainsworth, Tyler Anton) 2. 08:13 Lakehead, Carson Dubchak (Kelin Ainsworth) 3. 14:44 Lakehead, Patrick Murphy (Kelin Ainsworth, Dylan Butler)
Penalties: 06:06 Lakehead, Jake Ringuette (CC)09:32 Ontario Tech, Doucette (RO)
4. 00:51 Lakehead, Kelin Ainsworth (Dylan Butler, Cody Alcock) 5. 02:46 Lakehead, Justin Sefton (Kelin Ainsworth, Cody Alcock) PP 6. 03:49 Ontario Tech, Latina (Blasko ) 7. 19:05 Lakehead, Brennen Dubchak (Evan Mignault, Dylan Butler)
Penalties: 01:29 Ontario Tech, Ulett (TR)04:45 Ontario Tech, Carrick (HLD)11:48 Lakehead, Jake Ringuette (SL)12:01 Ontario Tech, Blasko (CC)16:15 Lakehead, Cody Alcock (CFB/10 Min Misc)
8. 11:05 Lakehead, E.J. Faust (Patrick Murphy, Brennen Dubchak) PP 9. 19:20 Ontario Tech, Bennett (Esler , Carrick ) PP
Penalties: 02:55 Ontario Tech, Robinson (CC)07:59 Lakehead, Justin Sefton (SL)09:07 Ontario Tech, Latina (SL)12:29 Ontario Tech, Bennett (HKG)14:11 Ontario Tech, Oneill (SL)17:08 Lakehead, Tyler Anton (CC)17:42 Lakehead, Linden Springer (TR)19:35 Lakehead, Linden Springer (RO)
Lakehead: Devin Green, 28 saves made, 2 goals against.Ontario Tech: ONeill, 22 saves made, 7 goals against.Referees: L.Dysievick A.Blando (referee), B.Prete, T.Vallant,