Despite a strong start and a standout performance from goaltender Alain Valiquette, the Voyageurs were unable to hold back the Mustangs in the last two periods. In the end, Western earned the win, beating the Voyageurs 3-2 at Countryside Arena in Sudbury.
The Voyageurs had one of their best starts of the season, putting up two goals within the first 10 minutes of the first period.
Laurentian opened the scoring at the 1:36 minute mark, when Nick Esposto scored his first of the game and seventh of the season. The Voyageurs continued to put the Mustangs under pressure, and netted their second of the game at 6:34 minutes into the first. Marc-Alain Begin was assisted by Therrien and Lamarre for his fifth of the season.
The Mustangs answered back less than a minute later.
Neither team would score for the remainder of the first, and Laurentian headed into the first intermission up on the Mustangs in a 2-1 game.
The Mustangs came out swinging in the second, though, outshooting and outscoring the Voyageurs.
The Mustangs notched their second goal of the game at the 7:15 minute mark in what would be the only goal for the period.
The Voyageurs were outshot 14-10.
The third period proved to be similar to the second. While the Voyageurs were able to outshoot the Mustangs, they were unable to find the back of the net. The Voyageurs took a penalty near the beginning of the third period for slashing, which led to a power-play goal for the Mustangs and the 3-2 win.
The Laurentian Voyagers men's hockey team will be looking to earn their first victory in the new year against the Guelph Gryphons today at the Countryside Arena.