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Laurier: 4 CIS Championships - McGill: 1

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ANTIGONISH, NS – Fifth year veteran Candice Djukic put two pucks in the net in two-and-a-half minutes as the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawk defeated the McGill Martletts 4-1 to advance to the CIS gold medal game for the second consecutive year.

Last year, Laurier defeated Alberta in the gold medal game to win the National championship for the school’s first women’s hockey banner.

After opening the CIS pool play with a mediocre 4-2 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers, the Golden Hawks displayed a performance today indicative of their season-long play.

The Hawks controlled the game by playing at a faster pace then their competitors – forcing the Martletts into penalty situations. The Hawks, although unable to capitalize on the man advantage more then once, found themselves in the opportunity six times throughout the game compared to the two penalties they gave up.

Assistant captain Lauren Meschino opened scoring for the Hawks, netting the team’s first power-play goal of the 2005-06 post season. Meschino put the puck on the net as the four remaining Hawks moved in towards the net, screening the shot.

Head coach RICK OSBORNE was happy with the performance of the team in their second game of the tournament. "McGill matched our pace for most of the first-period, but then we stepped it up and outplayed them for the remainder of the game."

Djukic scored the following two markers, the first on a pass from Andrea Bevan who stick-worked her way from the point to the side of the net. The second was from a shot in the lane.

"To get everyone in the game like we did today, creates a positive experience for everyone," said Djukic. "We were all able to skate well today and as a result we could roll four lines without a problem."

McGill’s Christine Hartnoll scored her second of the national tournament, putting the Quebec champions within two of the Hawks.

However, the Hawks continued to keep the pressure on and eventually put it away when rookie Lauren Barch did some fore-checking and was able to put her own rebound past Kalie Townsend.

Towsend faced 30 shots in the game while Laurier goalie Morgan Wielgosz only had 20 in the game.

Laurier now awaits the winner of the Alberta Pandas and the hometown St.FX X-Women in the CIS gold medal game. The game will take place on Sunday, March 12th at 4:00 p.m. local (3:00 p.m. eastern). There is no television or radio broadcast of the event however the game has live play-by-play stats on the St.FX website at www.goxgo.ca.

SCORING SUMMARY
Laurier 4, McGill 1

SCORING BY PERIOD
Laurier 1-2-0:4
McGill 0-1-0:1

FIRST PERIOD
SCORING:
1. WLU Lauren Meschino (1) (A. Ironside, F. Aiston), 15:07 PP

PENALTIES:
K. Robertson (MCG) HK, 8:00; C. Hartnoll (MCG) HLD, 9:28; G. Merrifield (MCG) INT, 13:25.

SECOND PERIOD
SCORING:
2. WLU Candice Djukic (1) (A. Bevan), 8:07
3. WLU Candice Djukic (2) (unassisted) 10:37
4. MCG Christine Hartnoll (S. Denis, C. Gauvin) 18:38

PENALTIES:
A. Stephenson (WLU) RO, 0:48; K. Holbrook (MCG) TR, 12:57; V. Paquette (MCG) BD, 14:56.

THIRD PERIOD
SCORING:
5. WLU Lauren Barch (1) (unassisted) 17:43

PENALTIES:
B. Privee (MCG) HK, 5:58; L. Kenworthy (WLU) HS, 7:40

POWER PLAY:
WLU: 1/6
MCG: 0/2

SHOTS ON GOAL (by period):
WLU: 7-16-7:30
MCG: 7-5-8:20

GOALTENDERS
WLU- Morgan Wielgosz (W, 20 shots, 19 saves, 60:00)
MCG- Kalie Townsend (L, 30 shots, 26 saves, 60:00)
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