The men’s hockey team was dominant on Nov. 27 against the west division’s Badgers
The Stingers were dominant in a one-sided effort which saw them crush the Brock Badgers by a score of 7-1 on Nov. 27 at Ed Meagher Arena.
The Stingers seem to have found their offensive touch during their last four games, outscoring opponents by a combined 12 goals; they’re 3-0-1 during this latest stretch. Brock on the other hand, has lost their last three games with a goal differential of negative 14 and this game continued the trend.
The first few minutes of the game were tense. Both sides were playing tight, checking hockey. Halfway through the first period, Stingers captain Olivier Hinse, the team’s leading scorer, ripped a shot on the power play after forward Scott Oke set him up on a one-timer. Brock then responded with a goal by Sammy Banga off a scrambled play in front of the net.
However, towards the end of the first period, the Stingers started to dominate the play and were clearly the better team, outshooting and out-chancing their opponent by a wide margin.
Hinse scored a goal off of a rush to start the second period, a period which saw the Stingers score five of their six unanswered goals. After Hinse scored, the game got tight for a few minutes before the Stingers found an extra offensive gear and took the play to the Badgers.
Brock goalie Real Cormier was solid in the first but after stopping 23 of his first 24 shots, he allowed three on the last four of the period.
The next goal was a rocket from Stingers forward Jessyko Bernard after defenceman Frederick Roy opened up the zone with a solid play on the boards. This was followed by a speedy, intelligent defensive play by Alexandros Soumakis who fed Luca Ciampini for his first of two goals during the period. Speed was a huge factor as the Stingers utilized it to establish their torrid pace and strong cycle game to keep the game out of reach for Brock.
In the third period, Stingers goaltender Miguel Sullivan made some fantastic saves and the Stingers continued to control the play even when Brock tried to impose their physical play. Roy was rewarded for his hard work on the penalty kill and great defensive coverage with a nice tip-in goal to make it 7-1.
The game got rough in the third period, as Soumakis left the game with an undisclosed injury. There were also a few tense moments after high hits on Hinse and Sullivan, but both would be all right.
Ciampini, who scored two goals during the second, now has seven goals in his last four games and explained the difference he’s felt during that stretch
“Just going to the net, using my shot, playing hard, I’ve got my confidence and we’ll just keep going from there,” Ciampini said.
Sullivan was another key factor in the game as he made key stops, including an incredible diving save in the third.
“It was outstanding, probably the best game I’ve ever been a part of,” Sullivan said. “They (Stingers) were strong offensively and strong defensively and they were all clicking.”
Stingers coach Marc-André Element was quite happy with the result and had praise for his goaltender’s effort,
“He kept us in the game, he [had] some key saves and this is what we want from our goalies,” said Element.
Element also praised his team’s attention to detail during the game.
“It’s one of the first games of the season that we played 60 minutes,” Element said. “We did all the little details we were asking for.”
The following night on Nov. 28, the men lost to York University 4-3. The Stingers now have a record of 6-7-3 on the year.