Friday Windsor 4 Concordia 3 (OT)
Sunday Windsor 9 Concordia 4
The Concordia Stingers men’s hockey season didn’t begin with an ideal start on the road this weekend against the Windsor Lancers.
The Stingers lost 4-3 in overtime on Friday night and were blown out 9-4 the following day.
On Friday, the Lancers drew first blood early in the first period before Alexandre Monahan answered for the Stingers on a power play later in the period.
The teams exchanged goals in the second period, but Windsor took a 3-2 lead in the third when Mark Thorburn scored at the 4:46 mark of the period.
Trailing 3-2 with under 30 seconds remaining in the game, veteran defenceman Eric Begin scored for the Stingers to send the game in to overtime, guaranteeing Concordia a single point in the standings.
Windsor would not record a shot on goal until the 3:28 mark of overtime, but unfortunately for Concordia, the shot found its way past goalie Nicholas Champion and into the back of the net.
Despite the losing effort, Champion played well, stopping 46 of the 50 shots he faced.
After being outshot 50-37 in the first game the Stingers turned in an even worse effort on Saturday afternoon.
With backup goalie Peter Karvouniaris getting the nod in goal, the Stingers were outshot by a margin of 50-19, and Karvouniaris was left in for all nine Windsor goals.
Already trailing 3-1 after the first period, the Stingers imploded in the second frame.
They were outshot 22-7 in a second period that featured five Windsor goals and two by the Stingers.
Concordia’s next game is on the road Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. against UQTR.
The Concordia Stingers lost for a second time to the Laval Rouge et Or this season, falling by a score of 24-13.
Coming in to the season, Concordia and Laval were deemed the two powerhouses in Quebec, and were expected to challenge for a national title.
However, Laval has beaten Concordia in their only two meetings this season, and at this point the Rouge et Or seem to be the better team.
Laval is now first in the conference at 5-0, while Concordia now sits tied for second place with McGill at 3-2.
If the Stingers wish to control their own destiny and be guaranteed a playoff sport they must win their next game on the road on Oct. 16, against Sherbrooke, who are also battling for a postseason berth.