Voyageurs return to action

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After the Laurentian Voyageurs men’s hockey team dropped the puck on the post-Christmas side of the university sports schedule last weekend, the rest of LU’s winter teams will get in on the action starting this Friday.

Ben F. Avery Gymnasium will be the site of a showdown between the women’s basketball team and the Queen’s Gaels, starting at 6 p.m. The men’s cagers follow with a tilt against Queen’s at 8 p.m.
Laurentian then hosts the York Lions on Saturday, with starts at 6 p.m. for men and 8 p.m. for women.

The women’s basketball squad will look to build on a 76-59 win over the Western Mustangs on Dec. 1, which snapped a three-game losing skid and lifted the locals to 3-7 on the season. Emily Tinnes, with 21 points, Kayla Deschatelets, with 17, and Mackenzie Robinson, with 16, paced the Voyageurs attack in that contest, while Deschatelets and Bailey Tabin collected 10 rebounds apiece.

Tinnes leads Laurentian in points per game, with 17.1, followed by Deschatelets, with 14.8, Robinson, with 9.9, and Andrea Zulich, with 9.6.

Queen’s and York will be tough outs, however, as they own records of 7-3 and 5-5, respectively.
On the men’s side, the Voyageurs will try to rebound from a pre-holiday loss to Western, 88-78, which dropped LU to 5-5 on the year and 1-4 in its last five games.

Laurentian was without third-year scoring star Kadre Gray, who joined the Canadian men’s team for a pair of World Cup qualification games, leaving Anthony Iacoe to lead the Vees offensively with 21 points. Haroun Mohamed chipped in with 16, as well as a team-high eight boards.

Gray continues to lead the Voyageurs, as well as all league scorers, with 32.4 points per game. Iacoe has 11.2, Joseph Hlady 9.5, Mohamed 8.3 and Josis Mikia-Thomas 8.0 points per outing.

Queen’s brings a record of 6-4 into the weekend, while York sits at 4-6 on the season.
The men’s hockey team will pursue a better result after back-to-back exhibition losses at Lakehead last weekend, by scores of 4-2 and 3-2.

The Voyageurs will take a 5-11 record into a game against Nipissing, owner of a 4-12 mark, to be played at Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex on Friday at 7:35 p.m.

The women’s hockey team (4-9) hosts Waterloo (8-4) on Saturday at 4 p.m., then the Laurier Golden Hawks (7-9) on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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