It was a big weekend on home ice for the Brock Badgers men’s hockey team, picking up three out of four possible points from their two Quebec matchups against the No. 4 ranked Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes and the Concordia Stingers.
Friday night’s game against UQTR (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes) started off with forward Marc-Olivier Mimar, former QMJHL veteran, getting the adversary on board with the help of Tommy Giroux with 5:13 remaining in the first period. Brock was quick to respond with just over a minute remaining in the period, Spencer Turcotte evened the score, with Daniel Zweep and Evan Morden earning credit for the helpers. The same dynamic duo of Mimar and Giroux put UQTR back on top, where UQTR maintained a one-goal lead by the end of the second period. In the third, Brock sophomore Sammy Banga “banged” home a PP goal 10:23 into the third period with assists from Thomas Welsh and Andrew Radjenovic, and followed up the effort by scoring an unassisted goal just 1:27 after his first to give Brock a 3-2 lead. With four minutes remaining in regulation, Anthony Verret evened the score at three a piece. With one overtime period not being enough to settle the game, the game entered into a second overtime with the new OUA and CIS rule, featuring a five minute 3-on-3 period. 14 seconds in, Mimar was set up to win the game for UQTR, completing his night with a natural hat trick.
Saturday night’s game against Concordia could have been the turning point of the Badgers’ season. Taking advantage of PP opportunity late in the first period, Sammy Banga scored first for the Badgers, followed by a goal from Jordan Gignac just 22 seconds later. Brock came into the second period hot, where Andrew Radjenovic would escalate the lead to 3 just 19 seconds in. Radjenovic would go on to score again 8:49 into the period. Concordia returned the favor by scoring two more goals at 12:00 on the PP and 15:08, from Antoine Houde-Caron and Dany Potvin respectively – though, this wasn’t enough to overcome the Badgers. Veteran Dylan MacEachern would score a final goal for Brock just 7:01 into the third, being enough to maintain a 5-2 final score over the Stingers. The collective amount of penalties in this matchup was 22; with five of them being 10-minute misconducts.
The Brock Badgers men’s hockey team is now 2-3-1 after 6 games.