For the second consecutive year both Golden Hawk hockey programs are in the final four for the province.
The Golden Hawks return to the provincial championships in London to defend their last three titles. The team finished the season with a 19-2-3 record. They won every series battle against their opponents this season only losing to Toronto and York in the regular season. This team, under RICK OSBORNE
, has seen contribution from many of their players on their offense this season and the team's defense has been strong as well with the third lowest goals against in Canada.
The strongest offense in the province this season was the Golden Hawks with 77 goals for this season. They were 13 goals ahead of their closest competition - the Queen's Golden Gaels. Second year forward Lauren Barch
led the attack leading the province in goals this season with 14. Defenseman Andrea Bevan
and Captain Laurissa Kenworthy
are each a goal behind her with 13 on the year. This group of athletes makeup three of the top four point-getters in the province.
Goalies Morgan Wielgosz
and Liz Knox
make up one of the strongest defenses in the province as the two split the season fairly evenly this year. Wielgosz has a 1.02 goals against average this season and a save percentage of 95.1% on her 10-1-2 record. The Dorchester native also picked up four shutouts on the season. Wielgosz has the experience under her belt as she backstopped the team to last season's provincial championship and playing to a National silver. Rookie Liz Knox
has the balance of the games sitting second in the province to her teammate with a 1.31 goals against average and a save percentage of 93.4.
Come out to the game and cheer on the Hawks to their 4th consecutive Ontario Championship taking place at the University of Western Ontario on the weekend of March 10-11. Tickets can be purchased online on ticketmaster at:
A victory at the OUA Championships at Western will give the Hawks a seed in the CIS Championship to be hosted at the University of Ottawa from March 16-19. Tickets info can be found at: http://www.cisport.ca/e/championships/w_hockey/2007/tickets.cfm
Following the arrival of new coach Kelly Nobes
, the Hawks started off the season on the right foot, and have been the premier team in the OUA all season long. This year’s team led the country in wins with 22, posting a regular season record of 22-5-1 overall, that set a new Laurier record. Along the way Laurier entered the CIS Top Ten at #10 in November and have maintained a position since, with the most recent ranking at #3.
Finishing in 1st place in the OUA, the Hawks found themselves with a first round bye, awaiting an opponent of Brock, York or Lakehead. After two overtime game wins over York, the Thunderwolves from Lakehead advanced to take on the well rested Golden Hawks. Traveling to Thunder Bay for game one, the Hawks got off to rough start, going down a goal 19 seconds into the game. Laurier then replied with three straight goals and battled back to a 4-2 victory. Returning back to Laurier, the Hawks were looking for a second straight win to seal the series victory. After a slow start the Hawks found themselves down 2-1 after the first period, however on a strong special-teams effort, the Hawks went on to win 5-2 with three power-play goals, and a short-handed marker.
All season the Golden Hawks have put forth a real team effort. All three goalies have seen action and contributed to wins, and have been led by starting goalie Jeff MacDougald
. Up front the Hawks have had contributions from all four lines, but have been led by the likes of Mark Voakes
, Nick Vergeer
, Chris DiUbaldo and Nathan Peacock
. Supporting the back end has been veterans Rob Dmytruk
, Riley Moher
, Tyler Gover and rookie Chad Kennedy
Now heading into the OUA West Final, the Hawks face the cross-town rival Waterloo Warriors. The Warriors are presently ranked #6 in the country, and have just come off a three game series victory over the Western Mustangs. With a strong commitment to hard work and hustle, the Warriors are led by last year’s first team OUA All-star and West Rookie of the year, goalie Curtis Darling.
This series begins Wednesday February 28th at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, with game two at UW on Friday March 2nd, and game three (if necessary) back at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Sunday March 4th.
A victory in the UW series gives the Hawks a seed in the National Championship, and would see the Golden Hawks host the Queen’s Cup at home on Saturday March 10th at 7:30pm at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.
Tickets for all OUA playoff games can be purchased at: https://www.laurierathletics.com/ecommerce/index.php?CatID=3
Tickets for the CIS National Championship to be held at the University of Mocton from March 22-25 can be purchased at:
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