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Warriors Fall to Hawks in Battle of Waterloo
Laurier: 3 Waterloo: 1

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Waterloo, ON – The Hawks second home game of the regular season came against their cross-town rivals – the Waterloo Warriors. With two wins under their belts already, the Hawks would settle for nothing but a win against the only team to beat them in pre-season regular time.

The first period began with both teams battling. Although the Hawks did not completely dominate play, as they did in the first period of their exhibition loss, they were the first to score. Seven minutes into the game, Amanda Joseph scored with assists from Fiona Aiston and Jessica Singh. Throughout the rest of the period, the Hawks had scoring opportunities, but were unable to capitalize. Their penalty kill was impeccable though, allowing the Warriors zero opportunities on two penalties late in the period.

Period number two again saw both teams battling for control. This time, it was the Warriors who would strike first. Waterloo tied up the game early in the period and continued to pressure the Hawks through the period. Although Laurier left them limited scoring opportunities, the Warriors did the same in return. Most of the period was spent in the neutral zone, with both teams having difficulty mounting a solid attack.

In the third period, we saw the same things as in the second. Both teams were constantly being tied up in the neutral zone and had few scoring chances. In fact, the deadlock was not broken until the sixteenth minute when Samantha Cully took a breakaway pass from Andrea Bevan and scored on her own rebound. With a minute left, Waterloo pulled their goalie to try to even the score. But with seven seconds remaining in the game, Nicole Gooding scored for the Hawks. This gave Laurier a two goal cushion and a comfortable win – in a game that was anything but comfortable.

With the win tonight, the Golden Hawks improve their record to 3-0. But a win against Waterloo was not the simple win many were expecting. After the game, head coach RICK OSBORNE said, “Forget the records, we beat a really tough team tonight.” When asked about the team’s play, Osborne commented, “Our five D played really well with Ashley Stephenson out.” As for standout players, Osborne said, “Jessica Singh was strong shift after shift.” And Samantha Cully, who’s had three goals in two regular season games, “is developing into the sniper we recruited.” The Lady Hawks next game is this Friday, October 29th vs. their division rivals, the Guelph Gryphons.

Game Summary:
1st Period
Shots: Waterloo – 5, Laurier – 8
Goals: 7:00 WLU Joseph/Aiston/Singh
Penalties: 8:20 Wat. MacDonald RO; 16:11 WLU Bevan RO; 18:54 WLU Mitchell HO

2nd Period
Shots: Waterloo – 3, Laurier – 8
Goals: 2:14 Wat. Vandenheuvel/Lindstol/Wood
Penalties: 3:16 Wat. Casselman HKG; 7:11 WLU Meschino HO; 16:59 Wat. Yeung RO

3rd Period
Shots: Waterloo – 7, Laurier – 13
Goals: 16:13 WLU Cully/Bevan; 19:53 WLU Gooding EN
Penalties: 0:23 Wat. Costa BC
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