Nathan TorchiaNathan Torchia is the U Sports goaltender of the year. He and his Lancer teammates will open the national title tournament Friday at 1 p.m.

Lancer goalkeeper wins national recognition

U Sports named Lancer Nathan Torchia its goaltender of the year Wednesday during the awards banquet before its men’s hockey championship tournament in Charlottetown.

Head coach Kevin Hamlin praised Torchia as one of the finest netminders in the country after a season that saw him notch 16 wins with a 2.04 goals against average and .936 save percentage, then follow that with a 1.78 GAA and .946 save percentage in post-season play.

Windsor is seeded fourth in the University Cup tournament and will open by meeting the Alberta Golden Bears at 11 a.m. Friday, March 17.

Friday also marks the start of the national men’s volleyball championships in Hamilton, with the Lancers seeded fifth and opening with a 3 p.m. match against the Sherbrooke Vert & Or.

All games from both the hockey and volleyball competitions will be webcast live on CBC Sports digital platforms, up to and including Sunday's gold medal games. The full webcast schedule will be available throughout the tournaments at