OSHAWA, Ont. (March 25, 2013) - The Laurier Brantford Golden Hawks men's hockey team are 2013 OCAA Extramural champions after they defeated Seneca College 3-0 to win the championship tournament last Friday.
The Hawks, who qualified for the 12-team championship tournament after winning their host tournament during the season, entered the finals ranked 10th but thanks to a 9-0 record to finish the season, the team came away as champions.
"When it came down to it, all the guys came together and worked hard for the win," commented team captain Dave Howe. "This team simply hated to lose more than we loved to win and it showed in our teams play. We couldn't ask for anything more, we showed up to win."
"The boys certainly surprised me during the Challenge Cup, not by winning, which I knew they could achieve, but more so by the way in which they won," said Greg Stewart
, head coach and manager of athletics and recreation. "It was pure class the entire run. They outworked their opponents each and every shift and they did it with dignity and determination."
The extramural championship, which sees club teams across Ontario universities and colleges compete at a level between intramurals and varsity level, was hosted by Durham College. The tournament featured all 12 teams competing in a four pool, two game round robin format. The Hawks, who were paired with Fleming College and St. Lawrence College (Cornwall), captured first place in the pool with a 2-0 win over Fleming and a 2-1 shootout victory over St. Lawrence.
After receiving a bye straight to the quarter-finals, Laurier battled a tough Sault College squad and came out on top 4-3. In the semifinals, the Hawks faced Trent and took home an easy 4-0 win to advance them to the championship game.
In the final, Laurier used their skill and size differential to dominate from start to finish to come home with the trophy.
"My hat goes off to our graduating seniors, Kelan Herr, Andrew Pawluk, Paul Gallucci, Dillon Parnell and Tanner Rutland, as well as Dave Howe, our team captain and leading scorer," added Stewart. "Their play inspired us all the way to this championship title."