WATERLOO - The women’s hockey team has picked up right where they left off. Over the course of the summer the defending National Champions didn’t sit around polishing their medals. The girls worked hard to improve their conditioning while the coaching staff augmented the lineup with seven impressive recruits, and the benefits have already started to shine through.
After having only one practice as a team, the Hawks tested themselves early in a game against the Oakville Ice of the National Women’s Hockey League. The NWHL is filled with Olympic-caliber players and former college and university standouts, but the young Laurier team fared very well against them. After falling behind 2-0, it was the Golden Hawks’ conditioning and composure that brought them back into the game, tying it up at two goals a piece and eventually taking the lead 3-2. Oakville responded but the Hawks scored yet again to seal the deal at 4-3 on a power play goal by Lauren Barch
The team also faced off against the Guelph Gryphons in pre-season action for a two game series. After falling behind 2-0, Julie Mitchell
found the back of the Gryphon net on a one-timer. Strong performances by rookies Lauren Barch
and Andrea Ironside
brought the final score to 3-2 in favor of the purple and gold. In the second game of the series, Laurier dominated the flow of the game, but could not prove that domination on the score board. Laurissa Kenworthy
and Diana Cicchillo
pocketed a goal a piece, but that was all the offence the Hawks could muster as they skated to a 2-2 tie. Head Coach RICK OSBORNE
commented "It was a strong performance, However, it was tough seeing Guelph score two goals after being out-shot 12-5 in the third period. This will be a good learning experience for us."
The Golden Hawks hit the road for their next competition against Brock on September 23rd. The next home preseason game is slated for September 25th - 7:30pm at the Waterloo Recreation Center.