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Laurier: 4 CIS Championships - Dalhousie: 2

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ANTIGONISH, NS – Jennifer Heslin picked up two goals as the number one seeded and reigning National champion Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks opened the 2006 CIS championships with a 4-2 victory over the number-six Dalhousie Tigers.

The post-season win is the team’s tenth consecutive and third since they won the school’s first women's hockey National championship with a 4-1 victory over the Alberta Pandas.

Heslin, a native of Bolton, Ont. netted the Hawks first two goals of the contest. The double-goal game was the first of her post-season career. Previously in play-offs, she found the back of the net only twice.

"We didn’t come out as hard at the beginning of the game," said Heslin, later named the Laurier player of the game. "We managed to get the win in the end and we hope to carry over the momentum towards Saturday."

Dalhousie forward Ellen Wright tied the game at ones only four-minutes into the second before Heslin picked up her second. Fiona Aiston picked up her first point of the 2006 post-season with what would be the game winner late in the second.

The Tigers tightened up the game with a power-play goal by Jenna Currie, but five minutes later Laurissa Kenworthy, Laurier’s regular-season leading scorer, would put in the final goal of the match.

"I’m quite happy with getting the win this afternoon and the day off tomorrow," said head coach RICK OSBORNE. "We’ll spend tomorrow working on a couple of areas we need to work on as we look towards playing McGill."

The Hawks out-shot their opponents 44-14, but were only able to get four goals by Tiger netminder Kristen Ladoucer. Ladoucer would eventually be named Dalhousie’s player of the game for her performance. Hawk backstop Morgan Wielgosz was forced to make several key saves as the Tigers were able to take advantage of their odd-man rushes.

Laurier now receives a day off and then competes against the McGill Martletts on Saturday, March 11th at 4:00 p.m. local (3:00 p.m. Eastern).

Laurier 4, Dalhousie 2

1. WLU Jennifer Heslin (1) (L. Arbeau, L. Meschino), 4:31

E. Wright (DAL) BC, 5:35; D. Harrop (WLU) BC, 8:39; F. Aiston (WLU) high-sticking, 12:35; B. Whyte (DAL) interference, 12:43.

2. DAL Ellen Wright (1) (J. Knowles), 4:17
3. WLU Jennifer Heslin (2) (A. Bevan), 7:02
4. WLU Fiona Aiston (1) (A. Ironside), 13:29

J. Currie (DAL) hooking, 14:36; M. Read (DAL) high-sticking, 18:44

5. DAL Jenna Currie (1) (S. Beckman, L. Merkley), 11:52 PP
6. WLU Laurissa Kenworthy (1) (L. Barch), 17:48

L. Barch (WLU) interference, 11:12; A. Ironside (WLU) checking, 13:00; E. Wright (DAL) hooking, 16:26; C. Djukic (WLU) interference, 16:35.

WLU: 0/5
DAL: 1/4

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period):
WLU: 15-17-12:44
DAL: 0-6-8:14

WLU- Morgan Wielgosz (W, 14 shots, 12 saves, 60:00)
DAL- Kristen Ladouceur (L, 44 shots, 40 saves, 59:18)
DAL- Team (0 shots, 0:42)
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