The nationally ranked Brock men’s hockey team split their games this past weekend, topping Ottawa in a shootout and dropping a lopsided game to Carleton.
After a 4-3 shootout win this past Friday, where the Badgers saw goals from Tyler Rollo, Cosimo Fontana and Ethan Spaxman, they couldn’t find the net as easily the following day. They fell to Carleton 4-1 on Saturday night after giving up four unanswered goals in the final two periods of the game.
Brock head coach Marty Williamson acknowledged that while his team has had a good first month of the season, there are still struggles that they must work through to continue to improve.
“We struggle with 60 minutes right now, we’re playing pretty good but even against Ottawa, we played two good periods and then sat back in the third and got outshot 13-4,” said Williamson.
“There are good teams in this league and if you sit back, they’ll keep coming at you. We didn’t have an answer tonight or a push back.”
In their game Saturday night against Carleton, the Badgers outplayed the Ravens in the first period. Jared Marino scored his first OUA goal just under four minutes into the game. Goaltender Logan Thompson stopped all 10 shots in the first period and the Badgers appeared to have full control of the game. Carleton struggled to get quality shots on the Badger net and the Badgers had plenty of grade-A chances offensively.
The second and third period were anything but under control for Brock. Carleton outshot Brock 23-16 in the second period. Despite only beating Thompson once in the second, Carleton had all the momentum for the remainder of the game.
“We played good hockey tonight only for one period, we sat back and mailed it in, you need to learn from it,” said Williamson. “We have to go to Ryerson on Thursday and we need to regroup and get back to our kind of hockey.”
Towards the end of the third period and after the final whistle, there was plenty of pushing, shoving and yelling between the two teams.
“A lot of yapping going on, frustration builds up, it’s part of the game, you gotta put it behind you,” said Williamson.
Through their first seven games of the season, Brock’s Logan Thompson sits fourth in saves in the OUA (208). Ryan Burton leads the team in points with six (three goals, three assists), while eighteen Badgers have recorded a point thus far.
Brock returns to the ice this Thursday as they travel to play another nationally ranked team in Ryerson. They will then travel to play Guelph on Saturday, who they beat 4-3 in a shootout on October 17. Their next home game is Saturday, Nov. 10th against Windsor.