While the Brock Badgers men’s hockey team may currently hold a playoff spot, as the games continue to emerge it looks as if that coveted position is starting to slip away.
On Jan. 30, the Badgers hosted the Waterloo Warriors at the Seymour-Hannah Centre in St. Catharines, losing their fifth straight game. Waterloo, who has been having quite the successful season, defeated them by a margin of 4-2.
The second period was the most action-packed of the evening, starting with a goal-line outbreak that almost led to Waterloo’s second goal, but ended up injuring Waterloo’s topline centerman, Matt Kennedy, who did not return to the game. Waterloo’s bench got smaller just a few seconds after the injury when freshman forward, Phillip Fife, was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for butt-ending.
Kaine Geldart was Brock’s only contributor for the night, scoring both goals for the team. This is fitting, considering that the final stretch of this season may be the 25-year-old veteran’s last stretch in which he gets to partake in his university career.
“You look at the schedule, and I might only have three or four games left here,” said Geldart. “I’ve got to try and do my best. This is the end of the line for a lot of guys in that dressing room.” Geldart then continued about Brock’s absolute need to secure more points.
“We’ve got to find a few points and just get in (the playoffs),” said Geldart. “Once we get in, anything can happen after that.”
Head Coach, Murray Nystrom, said that his team’s defensive breakdowns were the cause for their loss, as he noted that Brock had just thrown away two precious points that were desired to sustain a top eight ranking in the OUA standings.
“It’s down to the wire now, it’s playoff style hockey, and we made a couple of errors that cost us,” said Nystrom. “Give Waterloo credit, they capitalized on it. We’ll get ready for a Laurier team and turn the page on tonight.”
Brock outshot Waterloo 37-30 in the matchup. Despite Waterloo’s combined 23 minutes of penalties on six infractions, they still came out on top. Brock only served eight minutes in the box on four infractions. Freshman goaltender, Clint Windsor, swapped in for starter Adrian Volpe after Waterloo had taken a 2-0 lead off of a shorthanded tally earlier in the second frame.
Brock then traveled to Waterloo to take on the Laurier Golden Hawks, who were 9-14-1 on the season, and once again came out shorthanded, losing 4-1 on enemy soil. Laurier would score three goals in the first two periods, credited to Ryan Lopes, Luke Hietkamp and Mike Webley.
Four minutes and 40 seconds into the third period, Kaine Geldart’s brother Anthony, a senior and five-year veteran defenseman for Brock, made Brock’s lone goal of the night, with assists from Dan Tanel and Mike McGurk. Laurier would go on to seal the deal with an empty-net goal from Zach Lorentz. Coming off a prodigious game on Thursday night, where Laurier’s captain Tyler Stothers netted a hat trick, he would assist on two goals, one of them being Hietkamp’s game winner.
Laurier goaltender, Vinny Merante, stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced to net, his third consecutive win in between the pipes. Brock’s freshman goaltender, Clint Windsor, made 32 saves in their beating.
Badgers men’s hockey is back in St. Catharines for their final home game of the regular season, taking place on Feb. 6 against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. The game will also play host to ‘Do It For Doczy’ night, sponsored by Front Row Sports. The Brock University men’s hockey team is now 9-14-2 on the season, and is currently in a six-game drought.
You can catch the Badgers men’s hockey team take on the University of Toronto Varsity Blues at home on Friday, Feb. 6 at the Seymour-Hannah Centre. Puck drop is at 7:15 p.m.
*** All quotes are courtesy of gobadgers.ca