The Brock Badgers men’s and women’s hockey and volleyball teams were in full swing this past weekend, as all four teams had action-packed road games. There were a whopping seven games played between the teams. Here’s a quick look at each team’s weekend.
The men’s hockey team finished their week with identical 4-3 scores in two games, but they split the results down the middle with one being a win and one being a loss bringing their record to 6-3.
Their first test was against the Ryerson Rams at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. This was a frustrating one for Brock; goaltender Logan Thompson could only do so much as they were outshot by a wide 43-25 margin. The Rams capitalized on the man-advantage in this one as they were perfect in their opportunities (2/2). This likely won’t be the last tight contest we see of these two OUA West heavyweights, as Ryerson sits atop the division standings at 7-1-1 (15 points) with Brock trailing by just three points in third place.
Game two was a solid bounce-back win, as the Badgers managed to roll into Guelph and steal a game from their rival Gryphons. It was the teams’ second meeting of the season, as the Badgers bested the Gryphons in Guelph once more back on October 17 in a shootout. This time around they didn’t need the skills competition, as Ethan Spaxman’s third period powerplay goal stood up as the game-winner after the Gryphons provided a bit of a scare with a goal with just 1:11 left in the game.
The women’s hockey team suffered a similar fate against the Ryerson Rams, losing in a one goal fashion by a score of 3-2 in a shootout. This game concluded a 1-1-1 road trip that brings their season record to 2-1-1. The Badgers have a three game homestand up ahead, where they’ll look to continue their strong defensive play as they’ve gotten out to remarkable start as a team with a 1.75 goals against average. The Badgers’ four games played is the least in the OUA at this point. They’ll look to make the most of their games in hand with Laurentian up next on November 9, which is followed by a complete contrast in opponents: the last placed Windsor Lancers and the first placed Western Mustangs.
Brock men’s volleyball continued their slide to start the season as they dropped their two matches against Windsor (25-19, 25-21, 25-22) and Western (26-24, 27-25, 25-20) over the weekend, each finishing 3-0. The story of the season so far point was on full display in each match with Brock unable to come out with the upper hand in close games. To this point in the season, of the 12 games the Badgers have lost in the four matches, 8 have been by three points or less. The team’s home opener is due for November 9 versus the also 0-4 Royal Military College at 8:00 p.m.
The women’s team got their season on track with a convincing 3-0 victory (25-22, 25-11, 25-22) over the Windsor Lancers on the road. This was a nice response or the Badgers after they took a tough pair of 3-1 losses the previous weekend. The positivity was quickly soured, though, as their travels to Western led to a difficult 3-0 defeat to the undefeated Mustangs. This brings their record to open the season to 1-3, on the opposite end of the spectrum from their 3-1 record at this time last season. Like the men’s team, the women are itching to return to home court at Brock with hopes of sparking a run of wins. They’ll look to do so against Royal Military College at 6:00 p.m. on November 9.