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.