By Gabriel Rodrigues
This weekend, Laurentian’s women’s hockey team dropped both their home games, furthering their winless start to the season to 0-5-1.
On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Voyageurs lost their home opening season game in a shootout 3-2 to the Windsor Lancers.
After a scoreless first period, Laurentian forward Amanda Pereira, opened the scoring in the second with her first goal of the campaign.
In the third, the Lancers came out strong and scored two goals thanks to Erinn Noseworthy, giving Windsor a 2-1 lead.
However, with less than minute of being down, Laurentian captain Julie Hebert would level the score 2-2 on the power play, sending the game to overtime.
After nothing was resolved within the extra frame, the game was sent to a shootout, where Windsor would outscore Laurentian 2-1 with the Lancers’ Jenny MacKnight scoring the winning goal.
Laurentian’s goalie, Laura Deller, saved 37 of 39 shots in the losing effort.
Windsor’s goaltender, Marissa Kozovski, made 31 saves backstopping the Lancers in the win.
On Sunday, Oct. 26, the Voyageurs lost 5-2 to the Western Mustangs.
With another scoreless first period, Laurentian’s Samantha Morell scored a power play goal with just over two minutes played in the second.
Western’s Cassidy Gosling replied with her first of two goals during game. However, soon after the Mustangs’ goal, Voyageurs’ Hebert capitalized with another power play goal, giving Laurentian a 2-1 lead going into the final frame.
In the third, the Voyageurs came out flat and conceded four straight goals within ten minutes, pushing Laurentian’s losing streak to six straight games.
Stacey Colarossi, Laurentian’s head coach, believes this weekend’s scores don’t indicate her team’s effort throughout both games, but said her team is still learning and needs to get rid of “old habits.”
“Ironically, we are younger team this year than we were last year,” she said. “We had a very hard start to our season. We’ve had moments of brilliance, but sometimes we can’t make one simple pass. We need to take care of little details and execution in practice. Hopefully playing at home will be a great opportunity for us to get this train moving in the right direction.”
The Voyageurs’ next home games will be on Saturday, Nov.1 against the UOIT Ridgebacks at 3:50 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 2 versus the Queen’s Gaels at 1:50 p.m. at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.