Narrow losses for the Lions


Emily Goodwin | Editor-in-Chief

Featured Image: Nik Malencia (left), Jack Goranson (centre), and Peter De Coppi celebrate De Coppi’s goal against the Warriors. | Courtesy of 

The Lions had a tough weekend at home against the Brock Badgers and the Waterloo Warriors. They came up one point short in each game, falling to the Badgers 2-1 and the Warriors 3-2.

In their Friday night match against the Badgers, the Lions struggled to put any of their shots past Badgers’ goalkeeper Mario Cavaliere in the first two periods. They found their stride in the 19th minute of the third period when Jeremy Lucchini and Bredan Browne assisted team captain Scott Feser in scoring during a power play.

Unfortunately, this was not enough to force overtime, as the Badgers were already up by two as the clock counted down the final seconds of the game. Ryan Burton (assisted by Frank Pucci and Jordan Sambrook) scored on a second-period power play, while Connor Brown (assisted by Cosimo Fontana and Conner Walters) scored on an empty Lions net a minute before the Lions lone goal.

The Lions scored more during their match against the Warriors the following night, but faced tough competition to a team who also lost the night before. The Lions took the lead in the first period, scoring what would be their only two goals. Peter De Coppi, with the assistance of Jack Goranson and Nik Malenica, scored six minutes into play. This was followed by Browne capitalizing on a pass from teammate Braydon Buziak seven minutes later.

The game took a turn in the second period, which saw the Warriors dominate the ice. Connor Cole and Dave Comeau teamed up to score early in the period. Four minutes later, Michael Morgan added the Warriors’ second goal with the help of Jack Scanlan and Andrew Cordssen-David.

At the start of the third period, the two teams were locked in a 2-2 tie with 20 minutes left to snatch the win. Unfortunately for the Lions, Cole (assisted by Cam Nicoll) was able to sneak in his second goal of the game early in the period, which left the Lions playing catch-up. Despite outshooting their opponent in this period, the Lions were unable to score again, and came up short 3-2 to the Warriors.

The Lions, who are now at 5-10 for the season, will head down to Waterloo this week to take on the Warriors on Thursday, November 28 and the Laurier Golden Hawks on Friday, November 29. They will return home in the new year on January 3 to host the Varsity Blues in the second annual Mark Cross Memorial Game. Puck drop for that game will be at 7 p.m.

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