Brock Hockey: Men split weekend games, while women continue to struggle

STEVEN SAZANT

Brock University’s men’s Hockey Club finished off their weekend with a 1-1 record. Their home opener, which took place at the Seymour-Hannah Centre against Guelph on Friday night certainly did not go as planned, as they succumbed to the Gryphons by a score of 7-3. Taylor Fielding scored for the Badgers in the second period to cut Guelph’s lead down to 4-1, while both Kaine Geldart and Sammy Banga scored third period power play goals – Jamie Kendra and Andrew Radjenovic were both credited with two assists, while Sammy Banga delivered one. That’s all that Brock was able to gather. Guelph’s Teal Burns, former veteran of the Western Hockey League (WHL), notched three goals for the adversary, one of which was an empty netter. The overall attendance for the Badgers was a total of 453. Allowing early goals has been a struggle for Brock, but Head Coach Murray Nystrom has a ton of confidence in his players nevertheless, so he looked to forget this matchup and focus on their game against York, which took place the following day on the road.  Travelling to Canlan Ice Sports, York University’s home territory, influenced a much better outcome for the Badgers as they plummeted the Lions by a score of 3-1, good enough for the first win of their 2014/2015 campaign. Sammy Banga scored in the first period to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead, though York was quick to respond in the second period with the help of Colton Vannucci, who was set up by Niagara IceDogs alumni Trevor Petersen and Shayne Rover. In the third period, Brock forward and fellow Niagara IceDog alumnus Greg Jambrosich notched two goals, one of them shorthanded, to finish the game on top. Taylor Fielding was credited with an assist, and Andrew Radjenovic provided another two helpers for the second night in a row. Adrian Volpe made 30 saves for the Badgers.

The men’s Hockey Club is now 1-3-0 overall in the OUA. They will play host to UQTR on Friday night at the Seymour-Hannah Centre, with puck drop at 7:15 p.m.  Brock University’s Women’s Hockey Club, on the other hand, returned from their Toronto road trip empty-handed.

Facing off against Ryerson at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Friday night, ended in a 3-1 final in favor of the Rams. Brock was able to keep it close in the third period, after fifth-year forward Jessica Fickel had the Badgers within one goal in the latter portion of the third period after an unassisted effort. This was Fickel’s 47th goal of her university career – good enough to take over Brock’s all-time scoring record. Ryerson forward Sarah McGilvray confirmed their victory with an empty net goal to end the game. The Badgers were 0-4 on the power play.

After longing to turn things around following their loss to Ryerson, Brock remained ineffective at Varsity Arena. Mary Claire Geneau opened up the scoring late in the second period for the Varsity Blues, occupying a 1-0 lead going into the final period. Early in the third, Brittney Cabral was able to even the score after finding an opening at the side of Ryerson’s goal. Although the Varsity Blues recovered the lead after a rebound goal from Sonja Weidenfelder, Jessica Fickel displayed her strong presence yet again, scoring off of the faceoff on a 6-4 advantage with 0:59 remaining in regulation to force overtime. Extra time was unable to determine a winner; thus, the game progressed to a shootout, where Kristi Riseley and Taylor Day both scored on their attempts for the University of Toronto, dropping the Badgers in a 3-2 conclusion.

Brock University’s Women’s Hockey Club is now 0-2-1 overall in the OUA. They will continue their journey on the road against the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

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