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2/9/2007: WESTERN ONTARIO - 5 @ LAKEHEAD - 3


Mike Aylward
Friday, February 09, 2007

The Lakehead Thunderwolves men’s hockey team lost 5-3 to the Western Mustangs, Friday night at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  The loss puts the Thunderwolves at 13-10-2-2 OUA record and 16-17-2-2 overall.     The Mustangs go to to17-6-2-2 OUA play and 19-8-2-2 overall.

Lakehead’s scoring came from Matt Maisonneuve, Jarry Brend, and Brock McPherson.  Tobias Whelan added two assists.

Sal Peralta paced the Stangs with two goals and an assist while single markers came from Sean Courtney, Steve Benedetti (1 assist), and Kevin Richardson.  Jeff Martens and Chris Eade each notched two helpers.

The Wolves outshot the Stangs 33-30 on the night.  Lakehead went 2-6 on the powerplay while Western was 1-4.  Western netminder Brad Topping played a very sharp game for the Stangs and saw the puck well all night.  Lakehead’s Chris Whitley had a tough start but then played a solid game from the midway point of the second period. 

The Thunderwolves now find themselves 1 point behind York and 1 ahead of Brock in the final jockeying for the 4-6 OUA West playoff spots.  All three teams play Saturday night and those outcomes will decide who each will face in the playoffs. 

The Molson’s Three Stars, as chosen by Bryan Wyatt of 580 CKPR AM, were:
1) Western: Sal Peralta
2) Western: Brad Topping
3) Lakehead: Jordan Smith

Lakehead and Western take to the ice again Saturday night at the Gardens at 7:30 pm EST and the game will be videocast live off the Lakehead hockey site at

Game Summary:
Period 1
: Western 3 Lakehead 1
Period 2: Western 5 Lakehead 1
Period 3: Western 5: Lakehead 3

Shots on Goal:
Period 1:
Lakehead 16 Western 8
Period 2: Western 17 Lakehead 4
Period 3: Lakehead 13 Western 5
Total: Lakehead 33 Western 30

Scoring Summary:
Per. 1:

1) Western: 1:34: Sean Courtney from Steve Benedetti
2) Lakehead: 8:32: Matt Maissoneuve from Richard Molenaar
3) Western: 10:41: Benedetti from Chris Eade and Scott Russell
4) Western: 16:45: Kevin Richardson from Sal Peralta and Jeff Martens
Per. 2:
5) Western: PP 2:27: Peralta from Martens and Patrick Ouellet
6) Western: 14:24: Peralta from Eade.
Per. 3:
7) Lakehead: PP: 3:39: Jarryd Brend from Jordan Smith and Tobias Whelan
8) Lakehead: PP: 17:50: Brock McPherson from Whelan 

1. 01:34 Western Ontario, Courtney (Benedetti ) 2. 08:32 Lakehead, Mathieu Maissoneuve (Richard Molenaar) 3. 10:41 Western Ontario, Benedetti (Eade , Russell ) 4. 16:45 Western Ontario, Richardson (Peralta , Martens )
Penalties: 08:32 Western Ontario, Russell (USC)14:29 Western Ontario, Russell (HKG)18:25 Western Ontario, Oullet (RO)
5. 02:27 Western Ontario, Peralta (Martens , Oullet ) PP 6. 13:24 Western Ontario, Peralta (Eade )
Penalties: 01:32 Lakehead, Jarryd Brend (TR)04:54 Western Ontario, Sellan (INT)08:39 Lakehead, Tobias Whelan (HKG)15:12 Lakehead, Jarryd Brend (HLD)
7. 03:39 Lakehead, Jarryd Brend (Jordan Smith , Tobias Whelan) PP 8. 17:50 Lakehead, Brock McPherson (Tobias Whelan) PP
Penalties: 02:10 Western Ontario, Courtney (INT)05:05 Western Ontario, Russell (SL)14:54 Lakehead, Tobias Whelan (SL)17:33 Western Ontario, McKewon (SL)18:07 Western Ontario, Harrison (RO)18:07 Lakehead, Andy Zulyniak (RO)
Lakehead: Chris Whitley, 25 saves made, 5 goals against.Western Ontario: Topping, 30 saves made, 3 goals against.Referees: L.Dysievick (referee), T.Plummer, K.Kuluski,