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9/27/2014: LAURENTIAN - 6 @ LAKEHEAD - 4


John Payetta
Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Lakehead Thunderwolves let an early lead slip away and wound up falling 6-4 to the Laurentian Voyageurs in front of 2586 fans at the Fort William Gardens on Saturday night.

Lakehead opened the scoring when Carson Dubchak fed a streaking E.J. Faust, who notched his first goal in a Wolves’ uniform just 3:48 into the game.

Five minutes later, Carson Dubchak beat Laurentian goalie Charlie Millen from in-close after some nice work by Kelin Ainsworth and Jake Wright, and the Wolves held a 2-0 lead before the midway point of the first period.

Laurentian responded shortly after with two goals in just over a minute and a half.  The first was a blast from Beau Williams-Orser that found its way through traffic to beat Lakehead netminder Justin McDonald, and the second was a Nick Esposto power play marker for the Voyageurs to deadlock the score at 2-2 and round out the scoring in the opening stanza.

In the second period, freshman defenceman Cody Kostecki, who was playing his first game as a Thunderwolf, put Lakehead up 3-2 on a shot from the slot at the 5:33 mark.  Matt Kaarela picked up the assist.

Laurentian’s Jamie Haines tipped in a floater from the point just over two minutes later with the Voyageurs on the power play once again to knot the score, and then at 9:01 Laurentian took the lead when former Lakehead forward Mike MacDonald scored for the Voyageurs.

Lakehead tied the game at 4-4 when Cody Alcock one-timed Kaarela’s rebound at 9:46 of the third period, with Faust picking up the second assist.  But Laurentian stormed right back to re-take the lead when Mike MacDonald notched his second straight on a broken play while the Voyageurs were short-handed.

The Wolves were unable to capitalize on some good scoring chances in the final minutes of the game, and then Graham Yeo sealed the deal for Laurentian with an empty-netter with just 29 seconds left on the clock.

Laurentian outshot Lakehead on the night by a margin of 41-34.

The Molson Three Stars of the Game were:

1. Carson Dubchak, Lakehead
2. Mike MacDonald, Laurentian
3. E.J. Faust, Lakehead

Lakehead will open OUA regular-season play on the road, with games at Waterloo and Laurier next Friday and Saturday nights.






1. 03:48 Lakehead, E.J. Faust (Carson Dubchak, Mitch Fillman) 2. 08:30 Lakehead, Carson Dubchak (Kelin Ainsworth, Jake Wright) 3. 10:11 Laurentian, Orser (Francisco ) 4. 11:40 Laurentian, Esposto (J.Haines , Pachis ) PP
Penalties: 10:46 Lakehead, Nathan Cull (SL)
5. 05:33 Lakehead, Cody Kostecki (Matt Kaarela) 6. 07:40 Laurentian, J.Haines (Orser , Pachis ) PP 7. 09:01 Laurentian, M.McDonald (Smith ) SH
Penalties: 01:32 Lakehead, Jake Wright (TR)07:34 Lakehead, Carson Dubchak (HLD)07:59 Laurentian, Howes (HLD)09:20 Laurentian, Fitze (HS)09:20 Lakehead, Jake Wright (RAW)16:00 Lakehead, Cody Kostecki (CC)19:49 Lakehead, Mike Quesnele (CC)20:00 Lakehead, Mitch Fillman (10 miin Misconduct)20:00 Laurentian, Esposto (10 min Misc)
8. 09:46 Lakehead, Cody Alcock (E.J. Faust) 9. 10:21 Laurentian, M.Mcdonald (Orser ) 10. 19:22 Laurentian, Yeo (Dionne ) EN
Penalties: 19:58 Lakehead, Kelin Ainsworth (SPR(4 min))
Lakehead: Justin McDonald, 35 saves made, 5 goals against.Laurentian: C.Millen, 28 saves made, 4 goals against.Referees: A.Brewer L.Bryson (referee), B.Irwin, K.Kuluski,