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1/8/2005: UQTR - 6 @ LAKEHEAD - 3


Mike Aylward
Saturday, January 08, 2005

The No. 9 UQTR Patriotes swept their non-conference series with the No. 3 Lakehead Thunderwolves by posting a 6-3 win Saturday night before 2778 fans at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay.  Yannick Lavigne led UQTR with a goal and an assist.  UQTR's other goals Simon St. Pierre, Nicolas Pelletier, Mathieu Thibodeau, Frederic Lavoie, and Pierre Yves-Albert.  Lakehead was led by Chris Shaffer with two goals with Mike Self adding a single.  Lakehead outshot UQTR 37-31 in the game.    

The first period was rather listless with neither team looking sharp.  Play started with UQTR's Jean Morin firing a hard shot from the right point that was deflected wide by Lakehead goalie Grant McCune.  Lakehead's Sean Stefanski then tried a between the legs backhander that was blocked by UQTR's Goulet.  A giveaway by a Lakehead dman proved costly as it set up a Patriotes' 2-on-1.  Gabriel Balasescu fed a perfect pass from the right side into the slot and found Yannick Lavigne who fired it home at 3:52.  Lakehead then drew a minor but it was the Wolves' Chris Shaffer who had a good chance from the slot that was steered wide by Goulet.  Les Patriotes Mathieu Thibodeau then fired a hard shot that McCune got a piece of and the puck trickled just past the left post. 

The Wolves then had a man advantage but couldn't get a shot on net.  Lakehead put on a little pressure and Mike Self fired a slap shot along the ice that beat Goulet 5-hole at 15:50.  The assists went to Sean Stefanski and Tobias Whelan.  However, Whelan took a minor, putting the Wolves down one man.  UQTR struck quickly when Nicolas Pelletier fired a weak low shot that was deflected past McCune by a Lakehead dman at 16:54.  The assist went to Pierre Morvan.  A small skirmish broke out right after putting the Thunderwolves down one man.  Lakehead's McCune then made a fine save off a point blast by UQTR's Jerome Bergeron followed by a quick reaction save off a shot by Balasescu.  UQTR's Thibodeau jumped on a rebound and roofed it past McCune at 19:36, assisted by Balasescu.  UQTR outshot Lakehead 14-6 in the first.

UQTR jumped on the board at the 24 second mark of the second when a weak backhander by Frederic Lavoie's centering pass found its way past McCune into the Lakehead net.  The assist went to Begeron.  Lakehead then switched goaltenders; putting in Chris Whitley but Whitley had no luck as well.  The first shot he faced beat him at 2:48; when Pierre Albert fired a hard drive from the slot assisted by Lavigne.  Lakehead then had some pressure but Goulet jumped on the loose puck in the crease.  Lakehead then went a man down again and Lakehead's Chris Shaffer scored a beautiful shorthanded goal at 6:27; firing a quick wrist shot over Goulet's left shoulder assisted by Jason Lange.  UQTR's Morin then blasted a shot that hit the intersecton of the right Lakehead post and crossbar.  Lakehead's Brad Priestlay the fired a hard wrist shot that was gloved by Goulet at 7:50. 

Lakehead then went on the powerplay and scored an apparent goal that was disallowed by the referee in a very strange decision.  But, the Wolves quickly made it up when a point blast by Dene Poulin was deflected by Chris Shaffer past Goulet along the ice at 11:42, with the other assist going to Lange.  UQTR took a timeout at this point.  Les Patriotes put on the pressure and Simon St. Pierre deked Whitley out of position and tucked the puck in the Lakehead net at 15:21, assisted by Samuel Gibbons.  UQTR's Goulet made a good glove save off a quick backhander by Lakehead's Lange at 16:20.  Goulet made a fine "Patty Roy" splits glove save off Lakehead's Francis Walker at 17:28.  Lakehead put on some furious pressure, shooting the puck all around the UQTR net.  UQTR was called on a minor with a minute left and Lakehead's Shaffer fanned.  UQTR was called for another mino

1. 03:52 UQTR, Lavigne (Balasescu , Sean Stefanski) 2. 15:50 Lakehead, Tobias Whelan (unassisted) 3. 16:54 UQTR, Pelletier (Morvan ) PP 4. 19:17 UQTR, Thibideau (Balasescu )
Penalties: 04:32 Lakehead, Jouni Kuokkanen (High Stick)10:50 UQTR, Morin (Trip)16:21 Lakehead, Tobias Whelan (Cross Check)17:14 UQTR, Nadeau (Rough)17:14 Lakehead, Michael Wehrstedt (Charge)17:14 Lakehead, Brad Priestlay (Rough)
5. 00:24 UQTR, Lavoie (Bergeron ) 6. 02:48 UQTR, Albert (Lavigne ) 7. 06:27 Lakehead, Chris Shaffer (Jason Lange) SH 8. 11:42 Lakehead, Chris Shaffer (Jason Lange, Dene Poulin) PP 9. 15:21 UQTR, St.Pierre (Gibbons )
Penalties: 05:43 Lakehead, Dene Poulin (Hold)10:12 UQTR, Morvan (Trip)19:02 UQTR, Balasescu (High Stick)20:00 UQTR, Gibbons (Cross Check)
No Scoring

Penalties: 02:59 UQTR, Balasescu (Rough)02:59 Lakehead, Hugo Lehoux (Rough/10 min misconduct)08:25 Lakehead, Jouni Kuokkanen (Slash)09:30 UQTR, Bergeron (Charge)11:03 UQTR, Jean (Cross Check)14:12 UQTR, Jean (Rough)14:12 Lakehead, Brad Priestlay (Holding Stick)17:36 Lakehead, Andrew Brown (Slash)18:59 UQTR, Jean (Elbow)
Lakehead: Grant McCune, 11 saves made, 4 goals against.Lakehead: Chris Whitley, 14 saves made, 2 goals against.UQTR: Groulet, 34 saves made, 3 goals against.Referees: Lance Dysievick (referee), Eric Vastamaki, Richard Gordon,