Laurier: 2 Guelph: 1
WATERLOO - In a battle between the top two teams in the OUA, the #1 nationally ranked Golden Hawks won another close game as they defeated the Guelph Gryphons 2-1.
The opening 20 minutes was marked by some sloppy defence by the Hawks in their own zone, which resulted in a couple Gryphons scoring chances. At 16:47, Morgan Wielgosz
made an incredible sprawling glove stop on a scoring chance spurred by a bad bounce off of a Hawks defender.
The Gryphons opened the second period flat-footed, while the Hawks were aggressive and maintained offensive zone control. Laurier had a couple power play chances but a number of errant passes would prove costly and kill the momentum. Gryphons netminder Aleisha Lusk kept the Gryphons in the game as she made 24 saves through 40 minutes of action. Contrastly, the Gryphons only managed four shots on goal in the third period.
The Hawks would finally solve Lusk in the early stages of the third period as a Katherine Psota shot from just inside the blue line was redirected off of Candice Djukic
who was waiting on the doorstep for the eventual rebound, but would be credited with the goal. The Hawks would extend the lead to two goals as Diana Cicchillio crashed the net and jammed in the rebound on a shot by Djukic. Over a minute later, the Gryphons caught the Hawks napping in their own zone as Laura Mills snapped a shot past Wielgosz blocker side to cut the deficit in half, and spoiling Wielgosz’s bid for her third shutout of the year in the process. However, there would be no scoring on either end as the Hawks held on for the victory. Djukic had a two point night, while Lusk made 38 saves in the loss for the Gryphons. This win marks the eighth one-goal victory for the Golden Hawks this season.
"Somehow, some way Guelph always comes up with a way to keep games close with us. We had a tie last time we were in Guelph. Our conditioning kicked in, in the third period-we finally got one by (Lusk) who played a very strong game, and they found a way to make this a nail-biter at the end. But I was kind of proud of the energy level we had in the third period. It was great to see Candice get two-points in her 100th regular season game as a Golden Hawk," said Head Coach RICK OSBORNE
after the game.
The Hawks now move on to London to take on the Western Mustangs Saturday afternoon at 2PM.
1.WLU-Djukic (Psota) 5:10
2.WLU-Cicchillio (Djukic, Meschino) 11:17
3.UoG-Mills (Anso) 12:36
Shots on goal