Lak­ers’ hockey pre-sea­son starts Fri­day

Nipiss­ing men host Ot­tawa, women skate off to Que­bec for three games

North Bay Nugget - - SPORTS - Dave Dale

The Nipiss­ing Lak­ers hockey pro­gram be­gins its 2017-18 OUA pre-sea­son this week­end with the men’s team host­ing the Ot­tawa Gee-Gees at Me­mo­rial Gar­dens Fri­day, while the women hit the road for three ex­hi­bi­tion games for three days in Que­bec.

Fea­tured on the men’s ros­ter are four lo­cal for­wards, in­clud­ing re­turn­ing OHL grads Dy­lan Sta­ples of Cal­lan­der and Danny Des­rochers of North Bay. They are joined this sea­son by Bat­tal­ion grad­u­ate Brett Har­grave of North Bay and former Tren­ton Golden Hawks cap­tain Lu­cas Brown of Powas­san, who is fresh off backto-back Dud­ley He­witt Cup cham­pi­onships.

New in net this year is a fa­mil­iar face to lo­cal fans in Brent Mo­ran of Or­leans, Ont., who spent his over­age OHL year with the Bat­tal­ion last sea­son.

Coach Mike Mc­Par­land told The Nugget he likes what he sees with the new blood, not­ing Har­grave and Mo­ran are look­ing good and added that Brown (along with rook­ies Tyler Brown and Travis McEvoy) are “hard on their stick, hard work­ers who give us a lit­tle more jam up front.”

Puck drops Fri­day at 7:30 p.m. and that con­test is fol­lowed by a trip to Sud­bury to take on the Lau­ren­tian Voyageurs Tues­day night at Coun­try­side Arena at 7:35 p.m., with a third game back at the Gar­dens when the Voyageurs visit Sept. 23 for a Satur­day night tilt.

For Nipiss­ing’s home­com­ing week­end, the men host the Toronto Var­sity Blues Sept. 30, with the reg­u­lar sea­son start­ing on the road Oct. 13 with their home-opener Oct. 20.

The women’s team also fea­tures four lo­cal play­ers, be­gin­ning with fan-favourite vet­eran Jade Gau­thier of Cal­lan­der, who is joined this year by sev­eral oth­ers who wore the North Bay Ice Boltz colours. On of­fence with Gau­thier is Maria Do­minico and Robyn De­gagne, both of North Bay, and in net be­hind OUA al­ls­tar Jackie Rochefort is As­torville’s Danika Ranger, who back-stopped Canada’s U18 team to a sil­ver medal last year.

The Lak­ers are com­ing off a his­toric sea­son where they went all the way to the OUA fi­nals be­fore los­ing out to the de­fend­ing cham­pion Guelph Gryphons, which rel­e­gated Nipiss­ing into sec­ond place on the last week­end of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

They start the pre-sea­son tak­ing on McGill, Fri­day, be­fore play­ing the host Uni­ver­sity of Mon­treal Cara­bins Satur­day and Sun­day.

Their next ex­hi­bi­tion ac­tion is Sept. 30 on home­com­ing week­end fac­ing off against the Ot­tawa GeeGees at 4:30 p.m. with the reg­u­lar sea­son be­gin­ning Oct. 20 against the West­ern Mus­tangs.

Sin­gle game Lak­ers hockey tick­ets are $10 for adults, $5 for stu­dents and chil­dren un­der 12 years, $7 for se­niors and alumni/fac­ulty and staff. Tod­dlers two years and younger are ad­mit­ted free.

Sea­son passes for the women’s hockey of­fers ad­mis­sion to 12 reg­u­lar sea­son games (in­clud­ing seven bonus ad­mis­sions to men’s games dur­ing dou­ble-head­ers) plus one ex­hi­bi­tion game (Sept. 30 vs Ot­tawa). Price for adults $110, se­niors-staff-fac­ulty pay $77 while stu­dents and chil­dren un­der 12 pay $55.

Sea­son passes for men’s hockey of­fer ad­mis­sion to 14 reg­u­lar sea­son games and three ex­hi­bi­tion matches, plus ad­mis­sion to the seven women’s games dur­ing dou­ble-head­ers. Cost for adults is $145, se­niors-staff-fac­ulty pay $100 while stu­dents and chil­dren un­der 12 pay $70.

Sea­son ticket hold­ers are also given a Lak­ers hockey T-shirt and draw prizes are handed out at games. See the Lak­ers web­site for more in­for­ma­tion un­der the In­side Ath­let­ics tab.

DAVE DALE / NUGGET FILE PHOTO

Dy­lan Sta­ples is one of eight lo­cal play­ers on the Nipiss­ing Lak­ers hockey teams this sea­son, with the men and women be­gin­ning their pre­sea­son ac­tion this week­end. Sta­ples and the men host the Ot­tawa GeeGees at Me­mo­rial Gar­dens, Fri­day night, while the women hit the road for a three ex­hi­bi­tion games in Que­bec.

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