Badgers lose two tight contests to UOIT Ridgebacks and Queens Golden Gails
After a sloppy first period, which consisted mostly of neutral zone play and no goals, the Badgers were first on the scoreboard in the second period when senior Jessica Fickel fed a gorgeous pass in front to rookie Christina Ieradi, giving the Badgers 1-0. Then came a scare to the Badgers and their head coach Jim Denham when their starting rookie goaltender Stephanie Loukes injured herself and had to leave the game with a lower-body strain. The Ridgebacks would tie the game a few minutes later on a goal by Kassidy Nauboris. In the third period, with less than nine minutes to go, Zoe Battie deflected home a point shot to give the Ridgebacks a 2-1, which would hold up as the final score. Emily Kelly made 19 saves in relief of Loukes, while Tori Campbell stopped 17 in the Ridgebacks victory.
On Nov. 9, the Badgers were back out on the ice when they took on the Queens Golden Gails. The Badgers put up another solid effort, but once again came up on the short end of the stick, losing this one 4-3. Badgers veterans Laura Neu had two goals, and one assist, while Jessica Fickel put up three assists in the loss. Badgers rookie Christina Ieradi scored one goal for the second time in as many nights. In goal for the Badgers was Emily Kelly who was tested early and often, but still came away with 34 saves on the afternoon. The Badgers remain winless this season with a record of 0-5-2, and are still in last place in the OUA Standings. They’ll try to bounce out of their early slump when they take on the Waterloo Warriors at the Seymour Hannah Centre on Nov. 15 at 2:15 p.m.
Badgers split weekend games vs. LakeHead Thunderwolves
After starting the season with three straight losses, the Badgers had to catch up to the rest of their OUA competition. They did so by picking up five out of a possible six points in their next three games before getting crushed by the McGill Redmen 8-1 on Oct. 31. On Nov. 7 in Thunder Bay the Badgers bounced right back with a 4-2 victory. Spencer Turcotte, Tyson Dallman, and Johnson Andrews scored in the first period to take a 3-1 lead into the intermission. That lead turned out to be enough, as Johnson Andrews would seal the game with his second of the night 4:27 into the third period. Adrian Volpe was solid in goal for the Badgers stopping 29 of 31 shots he faced.
After a great game on Nov. 7 and stealing a win in Thunder Bay the Badgers gave it right back on Nov. 8. From the moment the puck dropped the badgers were getting crushed, as the LakeHead Thunderwolves put up four goals against the Badgers to take a 4-0 lead into the first intermission. In the second period, it was more of the same as three more goals squeaked by Badgers goaltender Adrian Volpe to give the Thunderwolves a 7-0 lead. Dylan MacEachern scored the lone goal for the Badgers in the losing effort. Volpe played the first two periods and allowed seven goals on 27 shots, while Clint Windsor came in relief of Volpe in the third period and stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced. The Badgers are in ninth place in the OUA west division and will be back at home on Nov. 14 to take on the Carleton Ravens at 7:15 p.m.