Brock men's hockey captures playoff berth with 5-4 shootout victory over York
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University men's hockey team (11-8-6 OUA West) defeated the York Lions by the score of 5-4 in shootout Friday night at the Seymour-Hannah Centre.
With the victory, the Badgers clinch a playoff berth for the first time in two seasons and currently sit just one point behind Lakehead and Waterloo for third place in the OUA West.
Brock opened the scoring 8:25 into the first period on the power play. Senior Steve Mullin (Guelph, Ont.) and junior Isaac Smeltzer (Estevan, Sask.) setup rookie Thomas Stajan (Mississauga, Ont.) in the slot, who beat York starter Travis Rolheiser for the 1-0 lead.
York answered with back-to-back goals four minutes apart before the end of the first period. At 14:08, the Lions Jesse Messier and Jaskirat Gill setup Adam Stuart for his sixth of the season. With less than two minutes left in the opening frame, York's MacKenzie Micks took a pass from Matt Thomson and jammed it into the bottom corner past Brock starter Kury Jory (Brandon, Man.) for the 2-1 lead.
The Badgers would tie the game 2-2 just under five minutes into the second period. Junior Adam Schwark (Saskatoon, Sask.) rushed down the left side and stepped around the York defenseman finding junior Derek Brochu (Welland, Ont.) on the corner of the crease who slid it past Rolheiser for his sixth of the campaign.
Brock made it 3-2 in the power play midway through the second period. Freshman standout Matt Abercrombie (Sarnia, Ont.) registered his team leading 14th goal of the season with Brochu and Schwark collecting assists.
York answered right back at 16:40, as Jesse Grespan beat Jory five-hole tying the game at 3-3.
Just over a minute later at 17:50, Brock regained their one goal lead. Junior Dan Dooley (Saint John, NB) setup sophomore Josh Schram (Paris, Ont.) who buried a one-timer from the top of the circle over the shoulder of Rolheiser for the 4-3 lead.
At the 13:16 mark of the third period, York's Gill took a pass from Thomson and made a nice move on Jory tying the game 4-4 and sending it to overtime. In overtime, nothing was solved sending it to a shootout for the second consecutive game.
In shootout, Jory would continue his dominance stopping all three York shooters, before Brochu ended it burying a snap-shot past Rolheiser for the victory.
Jory recorded 26 saves for his 11th victory of the season. Rolheiser turned aside 22 of 26 Brock shots in a losing effort.