Laurier: 3 OUA Semi-Finals - Brock: 0
Toronto, ON - The Golden Hawks clinched a berth in the OUA Finals, thanks to a 3-0 shutout victory over the Brock Badgers in their OUA Semi-Finals match-up.
The Hawks controlled the tempo with some intense forechecking for the majority of the first period. Their efforts were rewarded with less than four minutes remaining in the first period as Laurissa Kenworthy
(Newmarket, ON) put the Hawks on the board first with a power-play goal, giving the Hawks the 1-0 lead heading into the intermission.
The second period saw more of the same domination of puck control by the Hawks. Despite many scoring chances, the Hawks were unable to build on their lead heading into the third period, while the defensive zone coverage continued to neutralize the Badgers’ offensive attack.
The Badgers made some third period adjustments, one of which was to crash the crease and create traffic for Hawks netminder Cindy Eadie
(Brantford, ON). However, despite the increased pressure, Eadie maintained her composure and was able to make several key stops in the third period, including a save on a Badgers breakaway with seven minutes remaining. As the Badgers maintained possession in the Hawks zone, Amanda Bevan (Collingwood, ON) made a great play to chip the puck out of the zone, and raced to the loose puck and shot it into the empty net, with 25 seconds remaining ensuring the Hawks victory. Amanda Joseph
(Oakville, ON) added another empty netter 11 seconds later, ultimately giving the Hawks the 3-0 win.
Eadie was named player of the game as she made 17 saves with another shutout to her credit. While Kenworthy and Joseph had a goal and an assist each.
After the game Head Coach RICK OSBORNE
commented on the hard-fought victory, "That was a real tough game out there. The shots on goal were lower than normal. I thought territorially we did all the things that we’re good at, but our puck movement and our feet weren’t moving like they normally do in the second period and I think Brock had something to do with that. We had to regroup between periods and I was real happy with the finish."
The Hawks now advance to the OUA Championship game, where they will meet the winner of tonight’s game between Queen’s and Toronto. The Gold Medal game takes place at 8 PM on Saturday at Varsity Arena in Toronto. The game will also be televised LIVE on Rogers Television.
Shots on goal:
1.Kenworthy (Joseph, Aiston) 16:31 (PP)
2.Bevan (Unassisted) 19:35 (EN)
3.Joseph (Kenworthy) 19:46 (EN)