The Brock Badgers started the new year off right as they got their first win of 2016 defeating the Western Mustangs by a score of 3-2 as they took on the Mustangs on the road at Thompson Arena.
A new Badger in particular started 2016 strong as he was able to score his first regular season goal with the team. The Uxbridge native Jeff Corbett is a rookie defenseman who was set up by left-winger Ryan Purvis at 7:14 into the first period, giving Corbett his first goal of the season.
Five minutes later, the Badgers increased their lead, as Brody Silk was able to connect with Purvis as he buried one past Windsor goaltender Peter Delmas, giving the Badgers a 2-0 lead and marking Purvis’ third goal of the season.
To start the second period, the Mustangs came back to life as Western’s Cody Brown was able to cut the lead to one as Brown drilled one past Clint Windsor, Brock’s starting goaltender. Both Spenser Cobbold and Jed Rusk were accounted for an assist on the goal.
Purvis proved to be on his A-Game this past Friday night as he was able to score his second goal of the evening past Delmas, thus increasing the lead back to two. Purvis was later recognized for his efforts during the game as he collected his first three-point performance as a Badger, which included two goals and one assist.
Nearing the end of the second period, Western would answer one last time in an effort to continue in the fight as they cut the lead to 3-2. Trevor Warnaar was setup by Dylan Corson with eight minutes remaining in the period giving Corson his fifth goal of the season.
Brock’s goaltending proved to be strong especially in the third period as the 6’4” Clint Windsor was able to save a total of 17 shots against him, as he stood tall and finished the game with a 40-save performance. Western’s goaltender would finish the loss with a total of 34 saves.
To continue their weekend battle, the Badgers headed to Windsor as they took on the Windsor Lancers and ended their one-game winning streak as they lost 4-2 against the Lancers.
The Badgers took away the Lancers home ice advantage as Brock was able to answer on the powerplay as Josh Timpano was set-up by Kitimat native Skylar Pacheco and Mitch Nardi at 3:52 in the first period, giving Timpano his sixth goal of the season.
With six minutes left in the period, the Lancers were also able to answer on the powerplay as Eric Noel got one past Clint Windsor as he was set up by teammates Justice Dundas and Dane Phaneuf giving Noel his eighth goal of the season.
To add to the Badger wound, Windsor’s Tyler Ness scored his seventh goal of the season giving the Lancers the lead of 2-1 as Ness was assisted by both Noel and Dundas.
The Lancers hit the ice hard as they were able to score their third goal of the night only 28 seconds into the period. Ness was able to increase the lead by 3-1 as he scored his second goal of the evening.
In an effort to regain their strength, the Badgers were able to cut the lead to one with sophomore Greg Jambrosich was setup by Andrew Coupland and Dan Tanel resulting in Jambrosich’s second goal of the season.
The Badgers later used their last resort as they pulled Brock goalie, Clint Windsor, to get the extra-attacker on the ice and try to punch a goal through. Unfortunately, Windsor’s Dylan Denomme was able to secure the win for the Lancers as he was able to score an empty net goal with 45 second left in the third period.
Despite the loss, Clint Windsor recorded a career-high of 55 saves while the Lancers starting goalie Michael Don only let in two of the 42 shots made on net resulting in the win.
The Badgers next home action is Jan. 15 at 7:15pm when they host the York Lions at the Seymoour-Hannah Centre.
In other news, the women’s hockey team headed to Waterloo this weekend as they played a shutout victory against the Waterloo Warriors this past Sunday afternoon, winning 1-0.
Ending up as the game winner, Brock captain Laura Neu was able to score a shorthanded goal midway through the first period.
Overall, Brock rookie goalie Jensen Murphy recorded 27 saved for the shutout victory as Warriors goaltender Stephanie Sluys managed 29 saves for the loss.
Brock returns home for three straight games at the Seymour-Hannah Centre versus the UOIT Ridgebacks (Jan 16 – 2:15pm), Windsor Lancers (Jan. 17 – 2:15pm) and Toronto Varsity Blues (Jan. 23 – 2:15 pm).
Assistant Sports Editor