Waterloo, ON - After finishing the first half of the season with a record of 8-1-2-1, the Wilfrid Laurier Women’s Hockey team traveled to Concordia University to play in their annual Theresa Humes Tournament. With only one practice under their belts since the break, the ladies were forced to get into game shape in a hurry. In their first game, the lady hawks faced off against the McGill Martlets. Although they didn’t look their best, they were able to take the Martlets to overtime and eventually to a shootout, where Laurier goaltender Cindy was flawless and stopped all five of the McGill shooters. Laurier’s Samantha Cully
had the game winning goal when she high on the glove side of the McGill goalie with a shot that hit the post and crossbar before going through to the back of the net. In the second game, against the University of Regina Cougars, the Hawks used goals by Amanda Joseph
, Diana Cicchillo
, and Samantha Cully
to give them a 3-1 victory and a birth in the gold medal game. The game was a rematch of the final game in Laurier’s Thanksgiving tournament. In that tournament, the Concordia Stingers edged out the Golden Hawks 1-0. The Hawks were determined not to let this happen again. The first period was scoreless, but Concordia stung first in the second. The Hawks bit back though. Less than a minute later, Laurier’s Fiona Aiston
beat the Concordia goalie to tie the game. The tie continued until the very end of the game, when Laurier’s Samantha Cully
scored with about three and a half minutes left on the clock. Laurier held on to win the game 2-1.
When asked about bouncing back so quickly from the break, head coach RICK OSBORNE
said, “It took us until the second period of the game against Regina to get completely back on track after the break. But after that, we were in top form and played some of our best hockey this season.” Osborne continued, “This tournament was a good warm up for the second half of the season. We beat some of the best teams in the country and we’ll keep this momentum going through the second half of the season.” Laurier’s goaltender, Cindy Eadie
, had similar thoughts, “After a long break for exams and the holidays, I wasn’t sure how we would respond to the challenge of playing some of the top teams in the country. But we came out firing and ended up playing some of our best hockey to this point, in my opinion.”
Two Golden Hawks were named to the tournament’s MVP list. Defender Ashley Stephenson
won top defense honours, despite missing the gold medal game with the flu, and goalie Cindy Eadie
won the top goaltender award. When asked about winning the goalie award, Eadie said, “It’s really easy to be a goalie on this team. When everyone is doing their part and following the game plan, the opposing team rarely gets quality scoring chances. That’s why we’re one of the best teams in the country.”
Wilfrid Laurier Women’s Hockey currently has a record of 13-1-1-2 in exhibition this season, and 8-1-2-1 in regular season play.