Exhibition: Brock defeats Golden Hawks 2-1 in honour of Vince Scott
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University men's hockey team defeated the Laurier Golden Hawks by the score of 2-1 in front of a sold out crowd of 2,012 at the Seymour-Hannah Centre Friday Night. Prior to the game, the Badgers honoured former teammate Vince Scott by naming the leading scorer trophy after him and retiring his number 24 becoming just the second hockey player to have his number retired, and first in 31 years.
"It was a tough night and a lot of emotions played a part in the first period," said Brock head coach Murray Nystrom. "As the game wore on, I thought we channeled our emotions more positively, particularly in the third period when we had to kill a number of penalties and the guys found ways to make second and third efforts on loose pucks and blocked shots. In the end that was the difference in the game."
In the first period, the Golden Hawks outshot Brock 15-7, but could not solve Brock starter Kurt Jory (Brandon, MB) who played outstanding registering 19 saves for the game. Sophomore Jordan Bent, replaced Jory midway through the second and played strong for the second straight night finishing with nine saves in the victory.
After a scoreless first period, Brock opened the scoring 2:49 into the second period as junior Isaac Smeltzer (Estevan, Sask.) setup sophomore Josh Schram (Paris, Ont.) who beat Laurier starter Ryan Daniels for his first of the preseason.
With less than a minute left in the second period, The Golden Hawks would tie the game 1-1, as Stephen Witiuk and Zach Shepley found Zach Woolford in front of the goal beating Bent over the shoulder for his first of the preseason.
In the third, Brock would kill of back-to-back penalties, including a four minute penalty to open the period. In their first even strength opportunity of the final frame, senior Steve Mullin (Guelph, Ont.) and junior Brad Flynn (New Glasgow, NS) setup freshman Matt Abercrombie (Sarnia, Ont.) who beat Daniels for the eventual game winner with 7:28 left in regulation.
The Steel Blade Tournament continues Saturday night at 7:15 pm when Laurier takes on the Guelph Gryphons. The Steel Blade Championship Game is scheduled for 2:15 pm on Sunday at the Seymour-Hannah Centre with the teams still to be determined.
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