After two tough losses last week, the Brock Badger’s men’s hockey team came out with guns blazing this week as they claimed two wins, putting them 2-3-1 and seventh place overall in the Western OUA Division.
On Wednesday, the Badgers showed the Nipissing Lakers that their two losses last weekend were a mere hiccup and that the Badgers are not a team to be put on the back burner, as they shutout the Lakers by a score of 3-0.
Halfway through the first period the scoring opened up as right-winger Jamie Kendra scored his first goal of the season as Sammy Banga and Brody Silk set him up for the goal. With only two minutes left in the first period, St. Catharines native Chris Maniccia snipped a rocket through Domenic Graham, Nipissing’s goaltender, to give Brock the lead by two.
Little happened during the second period, but with only five minutes remaining in the third period Jake Cardwell added salt to injury when he was set up by Tyson Dallman and Maniccia to score a goal past Graham giving the Badgers a final score of 3-0.
Overall, the starting goaltender, Clint Windsor made his team proud as he recorded 34 saves for the shutout victory, Nipissing’s Graham had a total of 26 saves.
The following day, the Badgers rocked the Laurentian Voyageurs at home as they won 8-1.
Midway through the first period, the Badgers scored on the power play, as Josh Timpano was set up for the goal by Andrew Coupland and Sammy Banga. As the first period continued, the Badgers were able to put two more in the back of the net with Mitch Nardi being set up by Banga yet again to give him his third goal of the season. Only two minutes later, Nardi was able to pass to Jamie Kendra, and he was able to meet up with Jake Cardwell, who put another goal on the scoreboard.
But the Badgers showed no sign of slowing down as they continued to score four more goals in the second period by Brody Silk, Chris Maniccia, Banga and Coupland giving the Badgers a 7-0 lead, while Timpano added the final goal of the game in the third period.
The Badgers as a team worked extremely hard and should be proud of their efforts. The game’s top scorers were: Sammy Banga with four points, a goal, and three assists during the game and of course, goaltender Clint Windsor with a recorded 40 saves as he is put down for his second straight victory.
A job well done by the Badgers as they prepare for their next two opponents, Toronto and Ryerson at home next week, both at 7:15 p.m.
In other news, the women’s team is not doing so well as they went on a two game losing streak this weekend.
On Saturday, the Badgers took on the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks in which they lost 1-0 at home.
During the first period, the Badgers struggled as they were scored on late in the period which ended up being the game winning goal from Dollee Meigs, which was set up by Jessie Hurrell.
Throughout the game, the Badgers were only able to come out with five shots on net in the first 40 minutes as Laurier outshot them 11-4 in the final period. Despite the loss, with a .978 save percentage and 0.65 GAA within her first three career games, Brock’s rookie goaltender Jensen Murphy had a total of 26 saves while Laurier’s goalie, Laurin Webber had her shutout victory with 16 saves.
The next day, the Badgers took on the Guelph Gryphons who are ranked sixth overall OUA in which the Badgers lost 3-1. The women are now 1-4-1 for tenth place in the OUA. They now head to Toronto on October 29 to face-off agaisnt Ryerson.
Assistant Sports Editor