Brock Men's Hockey defeats Warriors 4-3 in shootout
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University men's hockey (10-8-6 OUA West) got goals from freshman Matt Abercrombie (Sarnia, Ont.) and senior Steve Mullin (Guelph, Ont.) in a shootout as they defeated the Waterloo Warriors by the score of 4-3 at the Seymour Hannah Centre Wednesday night.
"I've got to give Waterloo a lot of credit for fighting back in this game. They're a veteran squad and it really showed tonight," said Badgers head coach Murray Nystrom. "One of our veterans, Steve Mullin, came through for us in the shootout to take home much needed two points."
Senior Ryan Allen (Fort McMurray, Alta.) opened the scoring on the power play 11:58 into the first period with assists from Mullin and freshman Jake LaPlante (Mississauga, Ont.). The Badgers extended their lead five minutes later when Waterloo goalie Keaton Hartigan misplayed the puck, allowing Abercrombie to net his team-leading 13th of the season to put the Badgers up two.
With less than two minutes left in the opening frame, Waterloo pulled to within one goal when Jarrett Schnurr beat Badgers junior goalie Kurt Jory (Brandon, Man.).
Midway through the second period Waterloo's Tyler Moir evened the score at two with his ninth of the year. It was less than a minute later that the Badgers responded and regained their one goal lead. Rookie defenceman Kevin Christmas (Hamilton, Ont.) made an end to end rush and beat Hartigan for his second career goal.
At the 12:15 mark of the third period, Waterloo's Josh Schappert knotted the game at three as his shot from a bad angle eluded Jory. The remainder of the third period and overtime was scoreless, sending the game to a shootout.
In shootout, Jory stopped the first Waterloo shooter and Abercrombie was able to slip the puck past Hartigan to put the Badgers up by a goal. Jory cut the angle down on Waterloo's second shooter Steve Whitely. The Badgers next shooter Mullin beat Hartigan top shelf to give the Badgers the victory.
Jory made 28 saves including both players in the shootout to earn the win. Hartigan stopped 21 of 24 Brock shots in a losing effort.
With the win, the Badgers need a single point or a York loss to clinch a play-off spot, with York visiting the Seymour-Hannah Centre for a 7:15 puck drop on Friday night.