It wasn’t pretty, however, Brock men’s hockey came away with a nail biting 2-1 victory against the Laurier Golden Hawks, to sweep the best-of-three first round series. With their second win in as many games, the Badgers are moving on to the second round of the OUA playoffs for the first time since 2012.
That year, the Badgers defeated Waterloo to move on to the second round, but were swept 2-0 by Western.
Coming into Friday nights contest with a 1-0 series lead over the Hawks, the Badgers would have at least two opportunities to get to the second round.
In their two regular season contests against Laurier, a total of 13 goals were scored between the two teams – a 5-4 shootout loss for Brock and a 3-2 overtime win for Brock. It made for this first-round series to be a coin flip between the number four and five seed – Brock being the fifth seed.
In the first game of the series, Brock won 3-0, behind a 38-save shutout performance from senior goaltender Clint Windsor.
Game two saw three goals combined between the two teams, with Windsor coming up with 37 saves and Laurier’s Colin Furlong making 23 saves.
“We had good structure in the first game, [but] this game was a bit more heart and desire,” said Brock head coach Marty Williamson following the series win. “We sure weren’t perfect, [we’ve] got to continue to get better, generate a little more offense, [and] the power play is kicking in but I’d like to see a bit more from us during five-on-five play.”
In the second period, Badger forward Mack Lemmon took a scary hit and was on the ice for a few minutes before being helped to his feet by teammates and trainers. Williamson said Lemmon was shaken up, but will have the weekend off and should be good to go for the next series.
Through two games, Windsor leads all OUA goalies with a .987 save percentage.
Dexter Weber scored the series clinching goal for the Badgers for his lone point in the series. Matt MacLeod had the other Badger goal, as he finished the series with a goal and an assists.
Skylar Pacheco led Brock with three points in the series, as he had two goals and an assist in game one. Cosimo Fontana added to his playoff point total with an assist on Friday, but also had a goal in game one.
Connor Brown, Mack Lemmon, Adam Lloyd, Ayden Macdonald, Chris Maniccia and Mitch Nardi all had one assist in two games.
It’s unclear who the Badgers will play in the second-round, as they’re the first team in the OUA west division to move and the conference re-seeds each round. If the top three seeds in Guelph, York and Ryerson move on, the Badgers will play Guelph.
The OUA West playoffs currently look as followed:
#1 Guelph leads #8 Windsor 1-0 – Game 2 will be played February 17 at 7:30 p.m.
#2 York trails #7 Lakehead 1-0 – Game 2 goes Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m.
#3 Ryerson and #6 Western are tied 1-1 – Game 3 goes Feb. 18 at 7:15 p.m.