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Hawks take four points on weekend
Laurier: 4 Toronto: 3

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WATERLOO – The #3 nationally ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks went 2-0 in their home opening weekend defeating the Brock Badgers 7-3 and the Toronto Varsity Blues 4-3.

The Hawks opened up scoring 4:38 into the first when Laurissa Kenworthy netted what would be her first of the evening. The Badgers responded with three unanswered goals on four shots – two by last season’s scoring leader Kate Allgood.

Head Coach RICK OSBORNE must have got his team fired up during the first intermission as the Hawks scored four of what would be six unanswered goals. Andrea Ironside put the first in the net 29 seconds in while assistant captain Fiona Aiston followed with two including what would be the game winner on a shorthanded goal.

Lauren Barch scored the fifth and sixth of the evening while defender Andrea Bevan scored her second of the season as the final goal of the game.

Rookie goaltender Liz Knox replaced Morgan Wielgosz after the second. Wielgosz faced nine shots and Knox only three.

Penalties plagued both teams as they continue to adjust the rules – 19 penalties for 38 minutes – nine of them to the purple-and-gold.

On Saturday afternoon the Hawks hosted the #5 ranked Toronto Varsity Blues and wasted no time scoring. Vanessa Bennett and Laura Bartolini scored their first of the season putting pucks by Toronto netminder Stephanie Lockert.

The Blues responded after the first intermission putting two pucks by Knox, one of which a power play goal. Assistant captain Lauren Meschino was able to get the Hawks’ third of the game to put the team ahead at the end of the second.

Lauren Barch scored a power-play goal and what would be the game winner 4:23 seconds into the third. Toronto was able to get one more before pulling their goalie to try and tie it up but it wouldn’t happen.

Laurier outshot their opponents 31-21. The Hawks were 1-6 on the power play while Toronto 1-2.

Laurier plays next weekend at home – hosting their cross town rivals the Waterloo Warriors on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and then the York Lions on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Both games are at the Waterloo Recreation Complex.
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