Windsor’s Torchia closes door on Varsity’s perfect start

Goaltender made 21 saves in season's first game.

Nathan Torchia celebrates with his Windsor Lancers teammates after securing a 3-0 shutout victory over the University Toronto Varsity Blues, Saturday at Varsity Arena. (Photo: Ryan Galati) 

After beating the Western Mustangs 4-1 on Friday night, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues fell to the Windsor Lancers 3-0 Saturday evening at in OUA men’s hockey action at Varsity Arena.

The back-to-back started well for the Blues, taking down the Mustangs convincingly through two-point nights from Cole Purboo, Jacob King, and Owen Robinson. The three each scored one goal, and assisted on another.

In the defensive end, it was all Jett Alexander on Friday night for Toronto, saving 46 of the 47 shots he faced for his first win of the season.

The goalie took the ice again Saturday for the Blues as the starter, a tough ask after facing nearly 50 shots the night before.

Fatigue may have set in for the once Toronto Maple Leafs netminder, who was beaten three times on 23 shots against the Lancers.

In Saturday’s contest, the impressive goaltending performance was on the other end, Windsor goalie Nathan Torchia putting up a 21-save shutout, being relatively untested in the Lancers net, but looking comfortable every time the Blues attacked.

The third-year goalie faced his toughest task of the night in the third period, holding strong on his goal line after a net front scramble with less than half a period to go.

Torchia spent most of the game defending a lead after Aaron Shaw put the Lancers up 1-0 with an unassisted tally just 6:36 into the game.

That was all there was to the first two periods, the second seeing just eight shots combined between the two teams.

Windsor appeared the fresher side in the third, despite being on a back-to-back of their own, losing to Toronto Metropolitan on Friday night.

Just over three minutes into the final frame, Jacob Boucher took advantage of the bright start. He received a pass from Matt McNamara before sneaking a wrist shot by Alexander’s blocker side to extend the Lancer lead to two.

Not long after, Windsor would ice the game, Jake Durham scoring his second of the season, assisted by Mason Kohn and Keegan McMullen.

Tensions would boil over near the end of the game after Jacob King was called for slashing following a minor run-in with Torchia. The Lancer players quickly took exception to that as a scrap broke out in front and behind the Windsor net.

King and Mason Kohn the only players taken to the sin bin for two minutes a piece.

Windsor’s win brought both sides to 1-1.

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Posted: Oct 7 2023 8:16 pm
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