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Lady Hawks Dominate Mustangs
Laurier: 4 Western: 0

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London, ON – After a 3-1 win in Kingston against Queen’s last weekend, the Hawks traveled to London this evening to take on the University of Western Ontario Mustangs. The last time these teams met was in November, when the Stangs battled Laurier to a 1-1 draw in Waterloo. On this evening, however, Laurier came out strong and were determined to go home with two-points. With shutout performances from both Cindy Eadie and Morgan Wielgosz they wouldn’t go home disappointed.

The Hawks began their attack at the opening face-off and were rewarded with their first goal at 9:38 in the period. Candice Djukic scored on a near breakaway when line-mate Fiona Aiston lost the puck after being hit at the blue line. Laurier struck again in the period with a goal from Lyndsey Parissenti at 16:09; Nicole Gooding had the assist.

The second period was much the same as the first. Western brought their game up a notch, but Laurier equaled them and continued to shut down the Mustangs’ attack. The Hawks scored two more goals in the second, the first by Lindsay Arbeau at 8:19, assisted by Jessica Singh and Lauren Meschino, and the second at 15:46 by Jessica Singh with assists from Julie Mitchell and Ashley Stephenson.

With a 4-0 lead going into the third period and 13 saves for goaltender Cindy Eadie, Coach Osborne decided to put in Morgan Wielgosz for her first action of the regular season. Wielgosz looked solid in net and although she wasn’t tested much – only 3 shots – she maintained the shutout. Although the Hawks had some chances in the third, they were unable to put the puck in the net and went on to win 4-0.

Hawk Coach RICK OSBORNE was extremely happy with the way his team played tonight. “It was especially pleasing to give Morgan her first action of the year and have her keep the shutout intact.” Wielgosz said, “I felt confident going in because I had this team behind me. We dominated the whole game and came out with a big win.” Nicole Gooding, who had an assist in the game, was a force all over the ice and was given player of the game honours for her tenacity. For her, the key to success tonight was simple. “We skated well and didn’t lose many battles in the corners. We were determined to win.”

2005 has been perfect for the Lady Hawks so far. “Five good road wins to start off 2005, and in OUA league play we are 7 goals for and 1 against,” said Coach Osborne. “Things are looking good for us down the stretch.” Osborne is pleased with the way the team has come into the second half. “Tonight we had goals from three lines. It shows that everybody’s chipping in to pick up the offence. We’re practicing and playing with a high tempo and that’s great to see.” Lindsay Arbeau, who had one goal in the match, attributes their success to an upbeat bench. “The atmosphere on the bench is really positive right now. We’re all having a lot of fun and we’re working hard to carry this momentum through the OUA’s to Nationals.”

The Hawks next game is this Sunday, Jan 23rd, against Team Ontario Under 18.

Game Summary

1st Period
Shots: Laurier – 14, Western – 5
Goals: 9:38 WLU Djukic/Aiston; 16:09 WLU Parissenti/Gooding
Penalties: 2:07 UWO Beattie TR; 5:44 UWO Trimm-Combes BC; 10:08 WLU Cicchillo HKG

2nd Period
Shots: Laurier – 8, Western – 8
Goals: 8:19 WLU Arbeau/Singh/Meschino; 15:46 WLU Singh/Mitchell/Stephenson
Penalties: 2:06 WLU Blundy SL; 9:05 WLU Cully BDG; 12:12 UWO Gray CC; 17:03 WLU Meschino INT

3rd Period
Shots: Laurier – 9, Western – 3
Penalties: 1:49 UWO McCreadie RAW

Wilfrid Laurier Women’s Hockey currently has a record of 10-1-2-1 in regular season play and 13-1-1-2 in exhibition this season.
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