Men’s hockey clinches playoff spot with overtime win versus Western

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The Brock Badgers men’s hockey team clinched a playoff spot this weekend with a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday night in London against the Western Mustangs.

The Badgers broke a two-game losing streak on Saturday, after losses to York (3-0) and Ryerson (4-3 in overtime).

Despite the loss to Ryerson, Brock was dominant in the first and second period.

Williamson noted that although the Badgers have been able to generate lots of chances offensively, they have to start putting the puck in the net earlier in the game.

“We make it tough on ourselves when we can’t extend leads.”

The play of Josh Timpano has been vital to the Badgers success, with playing time on the penalty kill and power play as well. Timpano also netted the OT winner in London on Saturday night just over three minutes in.

“He’s a warrior for us, broken nose, black eye, still out there playing and playing hard for us every night,” Williamson said of Timpano.

Brock (24 games played, 29 points) currently sit in fifth in the OUA West division, behind Guelph (24 games played, 37 points), York (25 games played, 33 points), Ryerson (24 games played, 31 points), and Laurier (24 games played, 29 points). If the playoffs were to begin today, Brock would square off with the Laurier Golden Hawks — who they split their season series with, losing 5-4 in a shootout, and winning 3-2 in overtime. With four games remaining, the Badgers are more than capable of picking up all 8 points to finish off the regular season. Let’s take a look at the final four opponents and where they will likely end up in the standings.

Waterloo Warriors — away game — Feb. 2

Previous meeting — Brock won 5-4, in overtime

The Warriors are currently in last place in the OUA West division, so this should be a sure win for the Badgers. Even with a playoff spot clinched, the Badgers will be looking to gain some momentum in this final stretch, and it starts with Waterloo.

Windsor Lancers — away game — Feb. 3

Previous meeting — Brock won 4-0

Windsor is 7-10-7 this season, with only one win in all of January (against waterloo, whom they lost to the following day). The Badgers should be able to take advantage of the struggling Lancers team, a team they beat in October, 4-0.

Toronto Varsity Blues — home game — Feb. 9

Previous meeting — Toronto won 3-2 in overtime

The Blues took care of the Badgers in overtime two weekends ago. Toronto is 9-14-1 under first-year head coach Ryan Medel, but have been thriving in the second half, with wins over York, Brock, and two wins over Ryerson, with an overall record of 5-3 this month. Brock will be looking to take the season series against Toronto on Feb. 9, in their final home game of the season.

Ryerson Rams — away game — Feb. 10

Previous meeting — Ryerson win 4-3, in overtime. Brock holds the season series lead with two wins and one loss.

Ryerson currently sits in third in the OUA West division, with a 14-7-3 record. A Brock win against Ryerson could be the difference between having to start playoffs on the road or securing home ice advantage. Ryerson has a tough schedule to finish off the regular season, with a game against Lakehead (holds the seventh seed in the West division), two games against division leader Guelph, and then Brock. When asked this past Thursday what the Badgers needed to change for their fourth and final game against the Rams, Williamson said not much, but, “[we have to] get at them a little stronger.”

With Ryerson having a two point edge on Brock, and Guelph eight points ahead (an unlikely reach), two Ryerson losses to Guelph would help the Badgers chances of moving into one of the first four playoff spots.

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