Hockey: Lakehead loses country's leading goal scorer

Lakehead's shootout loss at RMC cost it more than a point in the cutthroat OUA West.

People who read scoring summaries might have noticed Brock McPherson, the CIS goal scoring leader (also first in the OUA in points) did not appear in the shootout vs. the Paladins. It turns out McPherson suffered a separated shoulder that could keep him out until January. Pierre-Marc Guilbault, whose eight goals lead all OUA defencemen, also went down with a foot injury that may keep him out for 6 weeks, into the New Year.

With the exam break, Lakehead has only two league games, and a pair of non-conference home series vs. Saskatchewan (Dec. 4-5) and Manitoba (Dec. 29-30) between now and Jan. 1. However, they open the OUA's stretch drive vs. No. 3 Western.

Forwards Matt Dias and Ryan McDonald, who each scored more than 30 goals in their CHL overage seasons, will become eligible in January. Lakehead might need the extra scoring potency; they've lost two games this season where they had more than 50 shots and their opponent had less than 25.
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  1. Scoring potency is not the issue with the Twolves. They need to play better team defense and get timely saves from the goaltenders.

    They've given up piles of goals this season. I suppose more firepower up front would counteract this, but somehow I think a committment to team defense would produce better results.

  2. I think they both picked a good time to get hurt if there is one. Between early December and Janaury there are no actual conference games. They could each miss only a couple games. I hope they are back soon though, as I was curious to see how Lakehead would stack up against Saskatchewan and Manitoba with a full roster(I am a Laurier fan myself). Then again, Lakehead may be a very different team come Janaury.