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11/28/2014: WESTERN ONTARIO - 3 @ LAKEHEAD - 2


John Payetta
Friday, November 28, 2014

The Lakehead Thunderwolves were narrowly defeated 3-2 by the Western Ontario Mustangs in front of 2283 fans at the Fort William Gardens on Friday night.

Special teams played a key role in the outcome, accounting for all but one of the five goals scored in what was a very exciting match.

Lakehead opened the scoring 6:07 into the game on a power play goal by defenceman Nathan Bruyere who was playing in his first game after missing a month with a shoulder injury. Bruyere’s slapper eluded Mustangs’ goalie Greg Dodds, with Jake Carrick and Ryan Magill picking up the assists.

Western Ontario replied while the Mustangs had the man-advantage when Steve Reese beat Wolves’ netminder Justin McDonald at 13:08.

Stefan Salituro scored the only even-strength goal of the game with just over two minutes remaining in the first period to give Western Ontario the 2-1 lead heading into the second.

The Mustangs extended their lead to 3-1 at 16:06 of the middle frame with another power play goal when Julian Cimadamore received a nice feed in the slot and quickly fired it past McDonald before he could get set.

Lakehead controlled most of the play in a penalty-filled third period, and narrowed the gap to 3-2 when Andrew Tessier found a streaking Ryan Magill who broke through the Mustangs’ defense and slipped the puck between Dodds’ legs for a beautiful short-handed goal at 12:26.

Despite applying more pressure, Lakehead was unable find the back of the net for the remainder of the contest.

The Molson Three Stars of the Game were:

1. Ryan Magill, Lakehead
2. Stefan Salituro, Western Ontario
3. Carson Dubchak, Lakehead

The Thunderwolves will look to exact a measure of revenge when the two teams take to the ice again on Saturday night.  The opening face-off is set for 7:30 at the Fort William Gardens in Lakehead’s last game before the Christmas exam break.

1. 06:07 Lakehead, Nathan Bruyere (Jake Carrick, Ryan Magill) PP 2. 13:08 Western Ontario, Reese (McKee , Karaim ) PP 3. 17:48 Western Ontario, Salituro (McKee )
Penalties: 05:04 Western Ontario, Cimadamore (HKG)06:18 Lakehead, Carson Dubchak (SL)09:23 Lakehead, Jay Gilbert (INT)10:31 Lakehead, Andrew Tessier (HS (4 min))14:27 Lakehead, Jay Gilbert (HKG)19:18 Western Ontario, Corson (BRD)
4. 16:06 Western Ontario, Cimadamore (Paltridge , Corrente ) PP
Penalties: 12:42 Western Ontario, MacDonald (HS)14:54 Lakehead, Mike Quesnele (BRD)17:39 Western Ontario, Gaskin (SL)
5. 12:26 Lakehead, Ryan Magill (Andrew Tessier) SH
Penalties: 04:32 Western Ontario, Gaskin (HLD)05:49 Lakehead, Mike Quesnele (USC/CTH/10 Min Misc)10:50 Lakehead, Luke Maw (RO)14:26 Lakehead, Kelin Ainsworth (RO)14:26 Lakehead, Luke Maw (Butt End (4min))14:26 Lakehead, Trevor Hynnes (CFB/10 min Misc)14:26 Western Ontario, Corson (SL)14:26 Western Ontario, Ouellette (RO/BRD)18:43 Western Ontario, Corrente (CC)20:00 Western Ontario, Gaskin (10 Min Misc)
Lakehead: Justin McDonald, 28 saves made, 3 goals against.Western Ontario: Dodds, 25 saves made, 2 goals against.Referees: J.Prager (referee), J.Prager, J.Prager,