Weekend wrap: Men’s hockey Lions erase two-goal deficit to defeat Lancers in double OT

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The York University Lions men’s hockey team came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the University of Windsor Lancers 3-2 in double overtime at Canlan Ice Sports on Saturday night.

Third-year defenceman Derek Sheppard scored 2:11 into the second extra frame to give the Lions their third win in a row and improve their record to 10-4-2 on the season. Fourth-year forward Greg Milner forced overtime with a power-play marker 10:40 into the third period to even the score at 2-2. More details on the York Lions website.

The triumph was the team’s second of the weekend as the Lions also earned a big 5-1 win over the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Friday night. The Lions used quick starts in each of the first two periods to take a commanding lead they would not relinquish.

Milner opened the scoring just 2:27 into the contest with his ninth goal of the year, and less than five minutes later Kyle Campbell found the back of the net to give the Lions a 2-0 lead after the first period. More details.

Women’s hockey Lions pick up third win of the season against Rams

York University Lions women’s hockey goaltender Eva Hall stood on her head on Thursday night to lead her team to a 4-3 victory over the Ryerson University Rams at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

The Rams fired 43 shots on Hall, including 17 each in the second and third periods, but the three goals she allowed were not enough for the Rams to claim the win. The Lions controlled most of the first period, outshooting the Rams 11-9 and scoring the period’s only goal, a power-play tally by rookie defender Taylor Davison at 14:23 of the frame to give her team a 1-0 lead. More details.

Also this past weekend, the Lions came back from two goals down but then fell in a shootout to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues by a 4-3 score. The Varsity Blues scored three unanswered goals in a 12-minute span in the second period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 advantage. But the Lions got one back before the period was over and another in the third to push the game past regulation. More details.

Men’s volleyball Lions win fifth straight with victory over Paladins

The York University Lions men’s volleyball team won its fifth straight match on Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over the Royal Military College (RMC) Paladins at the Tait McKenzie Centre.

The Lions’ recent streak has moved them into a three-way tie for second place in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East standings with 10 points and they will carry their 5-2 record into the long December break.

The Lions won the first set with ease, taking it 25-15, but the Paladins put up some resistance in the second before the Lions finally put it away at 25-23 to take a 2-0 lead in the match. More details.

One day earlier the Lions recorded a huge 3-1 win over the Queen’s University Gaels. Alex Duncan-Thibault continued his tremendous season with a remarkable 27 points in just four sets, picked up on 24 kills, two blocks and one service ace.

The match was a close one from start to finish, with all four sets being decided by four points or less. The Lions raced out to a big lead from the opening whistle and led 24-19 late in the opening set, but the Gaels chipped away with three straight points before the Lions put the set away at 25-22. More details.

Women’s volleyball Lions come back to defeat Gaels in five sets

The York University Lions women’s volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the visiting Queen’s University Gaels in five sets in their battle at the Tait McKenzie Centre on Saturday afternoon.

After winning the first set, the Lions dropped the next two before rallying in the fourth and fifth for their fourth victory of the season. The Lions dominated early in the first set, racing to a 7-0 lead that swelled to 16-8 at the technical timeout. They continued to pile on points and won the opening set 25-11. More details.

On Sunday, the Lions swept the Royal Military College (RMC) Paladins in straight sets to head into the December break on a three-game winning streak.

The result of the match was never in doubt as the Lions won each set by at least eight points en route to their fifth victory of the year. The Lions dominated the first set. They scored the first three points and did not look back, taking it 25-8 for an early lead. More details.

Thunderwolves hold on in fourth to edge men’s basketball Lions

The York University Lions men’s basketball team dropped a tough one on Saturday night to the Lakehead University Thunderwolves by a score of 79-75. The Thunderwolves edged out the Lions late in the fourth quarter to steal the win at the Thunderdome in Thunder Bay, Ont.

In the opening quarter of the game, the Lions hit four three-pointers from three different players. Jayden Frederick hit two while Nidun Chandrakumar and Nana Adu-Poku hit one each. The deep ball has continued to be a successful shot for the Lions early on in the season and, after some successful shot selection and great defensive play, the Lions entered the second quarter with a one-point lead as the scoreboard read 16-15. More details.

Women’s basketball Lions defeated by Thunderwolves

The York University Lions women’s basketball team suffered its fourth loss of the season on Saturday night after they travelled to Thunder Bay, Ont., to battle the Lakehead University Thunderwolves. The Lions took the loss by a score of 65-47.

The Lions’ best quarters of play came in the first and the third as they scored 15 points in both. In the opening period of play, Taylor McAlpine scored all six of her points to help the Lions offensive effort. After the first 10 minutes passed, the Thunderwolves led by five as the score read 20-15. More details.