Brock hockey struggling to begin season

Brock loses two straight games this weekend putting them at 1-4 this season.

Currently sitting at 1-4 and ninth overall in the western OUA division, men’s hockey had two nail-biter games this past weekend as they took on two away games versus UOIT and Queen’s University in which they lost both games by just one or two goals.

Only 5:46 minutes into Thursday evening’s game against the UOIT Ridgebacks, the Ridgebacks scored the first goal of the night, which was assisted by Dylan King and Jake Logan, giving Mark Petaccio his first goal of the season. As the two teams fought end to end, only six minutes into the second period, Sammy Bagna was set-up for a nice goal, which was assisted by both Chris Maniccia and Mitch Nardi to tie the game up 1-1.

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Photo Courtesy of: Christy Mitchell

 

Later in the game Petaccio beat Brock’s starting goaltender, Real Cormier for his second goal of the game at 5:48 into the third period, giving UOIT a 2-1 lead. With ten minutes left in regulation, the Ridgebacks took a 3-1 lead on a goal from James Woodcroft. One minute later into the game, Maniccia was setup nicely, which led the Badgers to end up trailing by one

In an effort to tie the game up, the Badgers pulled goaltender Real Cormier but sadly ended in an empty net goal scored by Ridgebacks forward, James Woodcroft with 19:07 minutes played in the third period resulting in a Badgers 4-2 loss.

Two days later, the Badgers took on Queen’s University in which Queen’s opened the scoring 12:26 into the opening period on the power play, with a goal scored by Peter Angelopolous which was assisted by Slater Doggett and Spencer Abraham.

Seven minutes into the second period, two nice assists were made by Mitch Nardi and Chris Maniccia, which allowed for rookie defenceman Skylar Pacheco to beat Queen’s goaltender giving Pacheco his second goal of the season, as well as giving Brock the opportunity to tie up the game.

Later in the second period, a goal was scored by Queen’s Slater Doggett, which was assisted by Angelopolous and Brendan Kennedy. But the Gaels didn’t stop there, as Queens was able to take the lead by two, as Joseph Luongo and Cory Genovese were able to set up Harrison Hendix and score on the Badgers.

Between the end of the second period and early in the third, Brock was able to tie the game up with a goal made by Sammy Banga and another by Nadri that gave him his second goal of the season.

Unfortunately, just two minutes after Nadri’s goal, Queen’s scored the game-winning goal made by Patrick McGillis.

The men’s team will continue to work hard throughout the week as they prepare themselves to play the Nipissing Lakers October 23 at 7:25 p.m. at home and then play the Laurentian Voyageurs October 24 at 3:15 p.m.

On the flip side, the Women’s hockey team is currently sitting with a record of 2-4 after playing two teams this weekend.

On Saturday, the women’s team travelled to the Seymour-Hannah Centre as they lost to the Nipissing Lakers with a final of 2-0.

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For the opening 20 minutes, the Badgers continually managed to fire shots at Nippissing’s goaltender Jacqueline Rochefort, but Rochefort was able to stop every shot fired at her dead in its tracks. Because of her excellent saves throughout the night, Rochefort was later recognized for her shutout victory with a 27-save performance.

The Lakers got on the board 6:18 into the second period as Alexis Debol and Zosia Davis setup Molly Sipprell for the power play marker. Just under two minutes later, Nipissing would take a 2-0 lead, as Janica Vossos one-timed a pass from Natalie Graham which beat a sprawled out Brock goaltender, Stephanie Loukes.

The next day, the women’s team took on the Laurentian Voyageurs which they defeated in the overtime period with a score of 1-0 at the Seymour-Hannah Centre.

Posted on Brock’s athletic website, it was a goaltending dual in [Sunday’s] game as Laurentian’s Laura Deller went head-to-head against Brock rookie, Jensen Murphy. Both would stand tall during 60 minutes of regulation with Deller collecting 30 saves and Murphy registering a career high 42 saves for her second straight victory. Murphy currently leads the OUA in save percentage (.984), which is second in goals against average (0.48 GAA) and third in wins (2). To end the game, Brock’s captain, Laura New was able to score the game-winning goal with only 39 seconds remaining in the overtime period.

The women’s team will return to the ice on October 24 at 7:15 p.m. when they take on the Laurier Golden Hawks at the Seymour-Hannah Centre.

Connor Allen
Assistant Sports News Editor

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